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Posted on: April 3, 2010 1:54 am
Edited on: April 3, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

After reading Scott Miller's predictions (and quickly realizing the MLB season is about to start), I've decided to put together some predictions regarding the MLB for this season. There will be some shocking performances here and there, yet overall, I see a pretty straightforward year for the contenders. With that being said, I also see a nice surprise come World Series time...

American League Predictions

AL East Division Winner: New York Yankees

In the East, it's hard to pick against the defending champions. They have a solid group of players who know they can win it all once again, and made some solid additions in the offseason, including pitcher Javier Vazquez and outfielder Curtis Granderson. Combine those two with the likes of Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Derek Jeter, etc., and you have a team more than capable of winning their second consecutive World Series.

AL Central Division Winner: Minnesota Twins

With one of the best players in the league in Joe Mauer, as well as a superb supporting cast that includes Justin Morneau, reborn Michael Cuddyer, up and coming Denard Span, and underrated offseason addition Orlando Hudson, this is a team that can hit. The pitching is something to watch as always, but look for Kevin Slowey to have a solid year. He's got great command and his low walk rates will definitely help the Twins and their pitching woes.

AL West Division Winner: Texas Rangers

I expect Ian Kinsler to have a huge year, and I don't really know why. I have a feeling his batting average will raise greatly this season, while maintaining his home run total from last season. I really believe Kinsler will contend for the AL MVP this year, and possibly win it. He's got all the talent to make it happen. As for the rest of the team, there is a lot of talent among the Rangers. If Josh Hamilton can even improve slightly, and stay healthy, it's a huge plus for the Rangers.

AL Wild Card: Boston Red Sox

Victor Martinez didn't make as huge of a splash last year as I thought he would, but I like him to have a solid year this season. Here's a guy who is a hard worker and an overall well rounded player. Boston has too many talented players, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Lackey, Jonathan Papelbon, not to make the playoffs. As always, they will contend for the division title as well.

AL Champions: Boston Red Sox

It's a bit of a stretch, but I really like Boston's chances this year. Tim Wakefield is no Jamie Moyer, not yet, and as the worst pitcher in the rotation can still provide some solid innings here and there. Clay Buchholz has great potential, and the trio of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey could be dangerous come playoff time. And as mentioned earlier, a lot of talented hitters on the squad as well.

player photoAL MVP: Evan Longoria

 Ian Kinsler, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Mauer, and Dustin Pedroia will all be in MVP talks, but I like the young third baseman from Tampa Bay to win the MVP this year. He's got great power and just needs to improve slightly on his batting average, which I believe he will this year. Definitely see a breakout year coming, and a huge breakout year at that.


player photoAL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz

 He's got an unbelievable amount of potential, even with everything he's already shown. As a young pitcher, a mixture of nerves and inexperience may lead to a higher ERA than most would expect, but his strikeout numbers and wins should offset that. A scary good young pitcher, always hard to go against.


player photoAL Cy Young: Justin Verlander


 The best strikeout artist in the American League and a 20 win threat, it's hard not to respect Justin Verlander as one of the best aces in the league. Felix Hernandez and C.C. Sabathia will have strong years and contend for the Cy, but I like Verlander and his consistency to get the job done. With that being said, it would be nice to see him get that ERA down, even if slightly.
Posted on: May 18, 2008 12:32 am
 

MLB Player Rankings

Catcher

1. Russell Martin (great all around game)
2. Victor Martinez (best catcher offensively)
3. Joe Mauer
4. Brian McCann (very underrated, very good)
5. Ivan Rodriguez

1st Baseman

1. Albert Pujols (injuries, what injuries?)
2. Lance Berkman (this guy can hit the ball... far)
3. Derrek Lee (this guy is also a HR machine)
4. Mark Teixeira (one of the many solid first basemen in the NL)
5. Ryan Howard (another HR machine here, does strikeout a lot, though)

2nd Baseman

1. Chase Utley (best second baseman by far, underrated defensively)
2. Brandon Phillips (good all around game)
3. Dan Uggla
4. Ian Kinsler (extremely underrated, steals bases, solid defensively)
5. Placido Polanco (hits for a high batting average, defensively superb)

3rd Baseman

1. Alex Rodriguez
2. David Wright (should see more Gold Gloves coming his way)
3. Chipper Jones
4. Aramis Ramirez
5. Ryan Zimmerman

Shortstops 

1. Hanley Ramirez (except defensively, this guy's got it all)
2. Jimmy Rollins
3. Jose B. Reyes (this guy's got speed)
4. Michael Young
5. Miguel Tejada (hard to believe he is as old as he is)

Left Fielders

1. Matt Holliday
2. Manny Ramirez (he's a proven winner in Boston)
3. Carl Crawford
4. Carlos N. Lee
5. Alfonso Soriano (this streak is amazing)

Center Fielders

1. Curtis Granderson (great leadoff hitter, all around athlete)
2. Ichiro Suzuki (another monster leadoff hitter)
3. Grady Sizemore
4. Torii Hunter (has always been a defensive standout) 
5. Carlos Beltran

Right Fielders

1. Magglio Ordonez
2. Vladimir Guerrero
3. Nick Markakis (criminally underrated)
4. Bobby Abreu (streaky, but scary at times)
5. Jeff Francoeur

Starting Pitchers

1. Brandon Webb (does 9-0 mean something)
2. Jake Peavy (strikout machine)
3. Josh Beckett (will get to the World Series with any team)
4. Roy Halladay (can go all 9 innings when needed, would probably go 15 if asked)
5. Johan Santana

Relief Pitchers

1. Francisco Rodriguez (best closer for sure, this guy has all the tools needed)
2. J.J. Putz (would be better on a better team)
3. Jonathan Papelbon
4. B.J. Ryan
5. Mariano Rivera (he's getting old, but can still close games)

Posted on: April 11, 2008 7:16 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 3:10 pm
 

2008 MLB Predictions

For the record...

AL Cy Young: Josh Beckett, BOS   player photo

NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb, ARZ   player photo

AL MVP: Magglio Ordonez, DET   player photo

NL MVP: Chase Utley, PHI   player photo

AL ROY: Evan Longoria, TB  player photo

NL ROY: Kosuke Fukudome, CHC  player photo

 
 
 
 
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