2007 Baseball Predictions
1) New York – Especially if they can get Clemens at midseason.
2) Boston – Too much reliance on brittle players – Drew, Papelbon, Schilling – and unproven ones – Matsuzaka, Lugo on a contending team
3) Toronto – Still trying to find a way to leapfrog the Big Two
4) Tampa Bay – A good young nucleus but not in this division
5) Baltimore – Not in any division
1) Detroit – Feel like a one-year wonder, but the pitching is just too good to pick anyone else
2) Chicago – If they don’t make the playoffs, Ozzie Guillen’s head will explode
3) Minnesota – I’d like Garza, Slowey and Perkins in the rotation rather than Silva, Ponson and Ortiz
4) Cleveland – Not sure why this team is such a chic pick. I don’t see it.
5) Kansas City – Needs to channel the ghost of Buck O’Neil to contend.
1) Los Angeles – Best pitching in the division if Bartolo Colon comes back healthy, but the lineup is shaky.
2) Texas – Ron Washington makes the difference here.
3) Oakland – Losing Zito, Thomas and Kotsay is too much to overcome.
4) Seattle – Mike Hargrove is first manager fired.
1) Atlanta – Rebuilt bullpen returns Braves to the top.
2) New York – Could make a late run if Pedro returns in midseason.
3) Philadelphia – Garcia’s poor spring is an ominous sign for a team with high expectations.
4) Florida – Fredi Gonzalez inherits great young talent.
5) Washington – Start thinking about the new stadium in 2009.
1) Cincinnati – Everyone has to take a risk, and here’s mine.
2) Milwaukee – Ben Sheets’ health is the key to the season.
3) St. Louis – Are the Cards driving Tony LaRussa to drink?
4) Chicago – Money for Soriano was well spent; money for Lilly and Marquis was wasted.
5) Houston – A team caught in transition shouldn’t have spent $100 million on Carlos Lee.
6) Pittsburgh – The only team that can’t win this division.
1) Los Angeles – Lineup is weak but the pitching is stellar.
2) San Diego – Greg Maddux tutors Jake Peavy and Chris Young to greatness.
3) San Francisco – The top three teams might have baseball’s three best rotations.
4) Arizona – Love the new red hats, though.
5) Colorado – A team in continual rebuilding mode.
AL MVP – Mark Teixeira – Big Tex keeps Rangers in contention.
AL Cy Young – Johan Santana – He has to be the favorite every year.
AL Rookie of the Year – Delmon Young – Just don’t throw any bats at umpires.
NL MVP – Albert Pujols – See Johan Santana comment above.
NL Cy Young – Jake Peavy – Learning from a master.
NL Rookie of the Year – Kevin Kouzmanoff – Indians should have kept him.
AL Playoffs – Yankees over White Sox, Tigers over Angels; Tigers over Yankees.
NL Playoffs – Dodgers over Reds, Padres over Braves; Dodgers over Padres.
World Series – Dodgers over Tigers.