Going for all the ivy.
One of my favorite things about baseball is predicting what will happen in the season to come. I spend a great deal of my time in the off-season thinking about next year. In 2010, my predictions were a mixed bag. I thought the Seattle Mariners would win their first World Series. Alas, the Mariners lost 101 games and finished last season with the worst record in the American League. However, I was spot on in picking Mariners ace Felix Hernandez to win his first AL Cy Young Award. Of course, I didn’t expect he would do it with a 13-12 won loss record.
I also correctly predicted all three National League divisional winners plus the wild card spot. Sure, picking the Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL East might have been a no-brainer. But how many people out there were willing to take a flyer on the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central? Well, aside from myself, there were precious few.
Now without further adieu here are my predictions for the 2011 MLB season. I think you will agree they are my most outlandish yet.
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
# - AL Wild Card winner
AMERICAN LEAGUE AWARD RECIPIENTS
AL MVP – Nick Markakis,
AL Cy Young – Trevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics
AL Rookie of the Year – Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners
AL Manager of the Year – Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles
AL Comeback Player of the Year – Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers
## - NL Wild Card winner
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