Hi there, and greeting to all from finals week at BYU. As I do every March/April, I predict the upcoming MLB season, as applicable to my scope of interest, and then get around to putting it on paper about a week into the season. Why change this year.
Keep in mind these are my predictions, and have not been changed/influenced/updated at all in ANY way from the week of baseball I have already seen.
I tend to mix twenty-two years of baseball knowledge with ignorant optimism(every year I predict the Mariners will return to glory) and gut feelings.
Surprisingly, more often than not, my gut feelings are right, (did YOU have Butler going to the Final Four? Actually, I didn’t either…). Remember, you heard/saw it here first at NASORB.
American League West
- 90-72 Seattle Mariners – Look at the history of teams with multiple Cy Young caliber pitchers.
- 87-75 LA Angels of Anaheim – They’ve fallen, but still boast a strong roster.
- 84-78 Texas Rangers – They still don’t have the pitching necessary. Rich Harden won’t stay healthy.
- 75-87 Oakland A’s – Billy Beane might be the most overrated GM in baseball. How long has it been since this team was relevant?
- .323 7 54 Ichiro
- .301 5 53 C. Figgins
- .297 23 88 F. Gutierrez
- .300 23 97 M. Bradley
- .288 25 95 J. Lopez
- .260 20 75 K. Griffey Jr.
- .278 16 73 C. Kotchman
- .267 18 70 A. Moore/R. Johnson
- .266 5 59 J. Wilson
- 21-5 2.65 F. Hernandez
- 16-6 3.12 C. Lee
- 12-4 3.23 E. Bedard
- 14-10 3.97 I. Snell
- 13-7 3.67 R. Rowland-Smith
- 2-2 1.78 47 saves D. Aardsma
Mariners who will make the All-Star Team:
Ichiro, Franklin Gutierrez, Milton Bradley, Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, David Aardsma
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, 3B Yankees
AL CY YOUNG: Felix Hernandez, P Mariners
AL ROY: Wade Davis, P Rays
NL MVP: Albert Pujols, 1B Cardinals
NL CY YOUNG: Roy Halladay, P Phillies
NL ROY: Jason Heyward, RF Braves
AL Central Winner: Chicago White Sox
AL East Winner: New York Yankees
AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays
AL Champion: Seattle Mariners
World Series: Mariners over Phillies
Yes, you heard it here first. The Seattle Mariners will win the 2010 World Series. Write it down.
Maybe I am crazy. Maybe not. Jackie Z will add a bat by the deadline. King Felix, Lee and Bedard will be healthy together for the last three months of the season, Felix and Cliff for the last five. I ask you doubters to think of the last teams with three all-star caliber pitchers, multiple Cy Young caliber pitchers. Think about it. How did they fare in the post-season?
Bring on the criticism, you cynics. I’m okay for now being ignorantly(well, maybe not so ignorantly this year) optimistic.
See you in October.