MLB Predictions 2011

April 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

For what it’s worth…

AL East: Boston
AL Central: Minnesota
AL West: Anaheim
AL Wildcard: New York

Caveats:

  • Boston is in no way the overwhelming favorite that everyone pegs them to be. Underwhelming performances (see 2010) from Beckett, Lackey, and Papelbon could have them finishing second or worse.
  • Oakland might have the best pitching in the AL. We’re not convinced that they have enough offense to win a division.
  • Texas is the defending AL Champion, but their starting pitching is suspect.
  • The White Sox will contend in the Central. Detroit won’t.
  • For a team that was an off-season “loser,” the Yankees sure look good. Mid-summer acquisition of a marquee starter could swing the balance in their direction.

NL East: Atlanta
NL Central: Milwaukee
NL West: Colorado
NL Wildcard: Philadelphia

Caveats:

  • Cincinnati doesn’t have the pitching to repeat.
  • Not convinced that the Giants will score enough runs to repeat.
  • Philly will have trouble scoring runs without Utley and a continued decline of Rollins.
  • Even without Wainright, St. Louis could still win a weak division.
  • The Brewers need big years from Greinke, Marcum and Fielder.

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