Thursday, April 05, 2012

Happy Baseball

Unfortunately, work has been getting in the way of all my fun time. This clearly includes blogging. Since baseball is slowly progressing through its 13 opening days, I figured it was time for my annual sucktacular MLB picks. Last year, I believe my hit rate was around Tim Tebow's completion percentage. (It actually was probably worse.) No more chitty-chat. PLAY BALL!!

AL East - I think this year will see a shift in the power to the south. I know the Red Sox and Yankees will probably run away with this division since I am picking the Rays, but I like their pitching staff and their plethora of bats. The Trop still sucks.
1. Tampa Bay Rays
2. New York Yankees
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles

AL Central - My Twins had the worst possible season last year with injuries at an all-time high and production at an all-time low. Their pitching staff scares me a bit, but I can't see them being worse than last year. Still no playoffs for the Twinkies this year.
1. Detroit Tigers
2. Kansas City Royals
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Cleveland Indians
5. Chicago White Sox

AL West - Pujols is Pujols. Darvish looks legit (and huge). McCarthy . Montero. This should be a fun division.
1. Texas Rangers
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners

NL East - I will enjoy watching the Mets suck all year. It will be fantastic. I will also enjoy watching Heyward and Giancarlo hit bombs.
1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Atlanta Braves
3. Miami Marlins
4. Washington Nationals
5. New York Metropolitans

NL Central - Andrew McCutchen is one of my favorite players in baseball. He murders the Rockies every time they play. I see him exploding this year. He is going to be in the MVP race as the Pirates get off their losing season skid. Mark it down.
1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Cincinnati Reds
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Houston Astros

NL West - Possibly the most competitive division in baseball this year. I would think that 4 out of the 5 teams have a legitimate shot at winning the division. I love it.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. San Diego Padres

AL Playoff Teams
Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Wild Card)
New York Yankees (Wild Card)
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers

NL Playoff Teams
Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves (Wild Card)
Philadelphia Phillies
Saint Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants (Wild Card)

World Series
Tampa Bay Rays over Arizona Diamondbacks