Hopefully I am a smart Homer.
AL East: AL Central: AL West:
Boston 96-66 Minnesota 94-68 Los Angeles 87-75
New York 94-68* Chicago 85-77 Texas 85-77
Tampa Bay 86-76 Detroit 80-82 Seattle 83-79
Baltimore 76-86 Cleveland 70-92 Oakland 73-89
Toronto 69-93 Kansas City 66-96
Boston over LA Angels 3-1
i think Boston is much deeper.
Minnesota over New York Yankees 3-2
New field, better line-up, home-field due to Wild Card status.
Minnesota over Boston 4-3
Boston has the better pitching but the Twins have the better lineup.
NL East: NL Central: NL West:
Philadelphia 98-64 St. Louis 91-71 Colorado 92-70
Atlanta 85-77 Chicago 84-78 San Francisco 86-76*
Florida 82-80 Milwaukee 81-81 Los Angeles 80-82
New York 77-85 Cincinnati 79-83 Arizona 79-83
Washington 66-96 Pittsburgh 76-86 San Diego 63-99
* Wild Card
Philadelphia over San Fransisco 3-0
Halladay beats Lincecum, then it's over.
Colorado over St. Louis 3-2
Colorado has the deeper lineup.
Philly over Colorado 4-0
Philadelphia is the class of the NL.
Twins over Phillies 4-3
Twins use that all-star game home field advantage.
Homer-ism reigns supreme
Twins MVP: Joe Mauer
He earns well over his salary for another year. Bank it when he gets old!
Twins Top Pitcher: Kevin Slowey
Something like 18-12 3.30 ERA
Twins Best Rookie: Anthony Slama
If given the chance, he could close the second half of the season.
Twins Most Improved Player: Delmon Young
.310/.335/.470 with 25 SB would be a nice step forward. Maybe he'll walk someday.
Three Keys to Success for the Twins:
Liriano going from terrible to good. A under 4.00 ERA Liriano would go a long way. If he becomes great again, well that's just a bonus.
Slowey a full year healthy. He needs to pitch the full season in order to be 18-12 with that 3.30 ERA.
Slama coming up to seize the closer role. The team needs a closer. I hope it's Slama or Neshek.
Rest of the League Predictions
A.L. MVP: Joe Mauer
Considerations to: Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Josh Beckett
N.L. MVP: Chase Utley
Considerations to: Troy Tulowitzki, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez
A.L. Cy Young: Josh Beckett
Considerations to: Kevin Slowey, Zach Greinke, Felix Hernandez
N.L. Cy Young: Roy Halladay
Considerations to: Johan Santana, Tim Lincecum
A.L. Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz
N.L. Rookie of the Year: Jason Heyward
A.L. Breakout Player of the Year: Kevin Slowey
N.L. Breakout Player of the Year: Yovani Gallardo
A.L. Comeback Player of the Year: Fausto Carmona
N.L. Comeback Player of the Year: Tim Hudson
Those are my picks. What are yours?
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