Sunday, April 5, 2015

Cousin Jason's Predictions

Art kicked off the prediction season on Friday, which meant that I needed to get myself in gear. So here they are, limited thought was put into these so unlike Art take these to your local betting parlor! (Not you Jarred Cosart)

AL East
Boston- This is a homer pick, but the Sox do have arguably the best offense in baseball
New York- Hey, someone has to finish 2nd in this division of mediocrity
Baltimore- Too many question marks in the rotation, but better than the next 2 teams
Toronto- Jays can put up runs but their rotation can’t stop opponents enough
Tampa Bay- A questionable offense and a MASH unit for a rotation=Last Place

AL Central
Chicago- An off-season of savvy moves leads the White Sox to the pennant
*Cleveland- Tito’s team just misses the Central crown but easily makes the postseason
Kansas City- The defending AL champs show the toll that a deep postseason has a team
Detroit- Tigers do just enough to stay ahead of the Twins, despite July fire sale
Minnesota- Ervin Santana suspension costs them 4th place

AL West
Seattle- M’s march to West crown
**Oakland- I always doubt them and they always seem to be in the hunt, so 2nd place it is
Los Angeles- Angels overcome Hamilton’s drug use and clubhouse issues to beat the Lone Star State
Houston- Spunky ‘Stros finish ahead of their in-state rivals while challenging Angels
Texas- Adrian Beltre is a fine player, the rest of the roster not so much

Post Season
Wildcard Game: Indians over A’s

ALDS: Seattle over Indians in 4
Boston over Chicago in battle of Sox, 5 games

ALCS: Boston over Seattle in 7, Sox postseason pedigree proves too much for the Mariners

AL Awards
MVP Robinson Cano
Cy Young Felix Hernandez
Manager Robin Ventura
ROY Steven Souza
HR Mike Napoli 38

NL East
Washington- Nationals are loaded with a sense of urgency to win it all
Miami- Marlins are young and talented, but pitching not quite there
New York- Mets do just enough offensively to help there young arms stay in the middle of the pack
Atlanta- Braves seem to be building for the future
Philadelphia- Note to Ruben Amaro, just blow it up already!

NL Central
Chicago- Theo’s club headed Back to the Future?
**St. Louis- A postseason is always in the Cards
Pittsburgh- Pirates come up short of another postseason berth
Milwaukee- Not much for Bernie Brewer to celebrate
Cincinnati- Slow start leads to Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes

NL West
San Diego- Addition of Craig Kimbrel puts them over the top
*Los Angeles- Dodgers continue to spend like crazy but can’t catch the Padres
San Francisco- Giants can’t duplicate World Series in 2015
Colorado- Rockies Baseball: Fighting to stay out of the basement since 1993
Arizona- D’Backs snake bitten all year long

Post Season
Wildcard Game: It takes a 1 game playoff but the Dodgers finally vanquish the Cardinals

NLDS: Nationals sweep Dodgers
Cubs over Padres in 5 as payback for the 1984 NLCS

NLCS: Nationals sweep Cubs

NL Awards
MVP Kris Bryant
Cy Young Matt Harvey (Meaningless No-Hitter against the Braves in Sept. seals it)
Manager Bud Black
ROY Kris Bryant
HR Kris Bryant 40

World Series

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, NL Champs sweep their way into the World Series only to wait around for the Boston Red Sox. Only this time the Nationals are up to the task and take it in 6 games.

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