Considering the Red Sox and A’s have already completed two "real" games in Japan, I guess I should roll out the second annual batch of preseason predictions. If any of you recall my picks last spring, well, I ain’t exactly Nostradamus. But, really, who is when it comes to these things?
Of the eight teams that made it to October baseball last year, I picked three (Yankees, Angels, and Phillies), and I only correctly predicted the Halos and Phils as division winners. I did, however, have the Rockies finishing second in the West, but not making the playoffs (almost had it!). I had no award winners right, but came close by picking Rox SS Troy Tulowitski for the Rookie of the Year.
World Series? Man, I had the White Sox beating the Cardinals. Chicago placed fourth in the AL Central with 72 wins and the Cards were third in the NL Central with 78 wins. D’oh. Needless to say, this isn’t exactly an exact science. So, with that stellar history in my back pocket, here’s my ’08 predictions:
AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS
3. New York
4. Tampa Bay
5. Kansas City
1. Los Angeles
NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS
*2. New York
5. St. Louis
1. Los Angeles
4. San Diego
5. San Francisco
*Indicates Wild Card
Detroit Tigers over Chicago Cubs
AL MVP Award: Manny Ramirez, Boston
AL Cy Young Award: Roy Halladay, Toronto
AL Rookie of the Year: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston
AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay
NL MVP Award: Aramis Ramirez, Chicago
NL Cy Young Award: Cole Hamels, Philadelphia
NL Rookie of the Year: Geovany Soto, Chicago
NL Manager of the Year: Joe Torre, Los Angeles
So there you have it. I will be wrong again — just like every prognosticator out there. I’m going sentimental this year and sticking with my hometown Cubbies, because this marks the 100th year since they won the World Series. But I just simply won’t ever believe they will win it all until I see it happen.
I think I went pretty safe in the AL, so I strayed somewhat from the general consensus with my NL picks. Everyone’s picking the Mets and there will be a lot of folks saying the Rockies will be there again. I say Jimmy Rollins predicted an East win last year and he made me look smart by agreeing. Go Phillies.
After reviewing my choices, Mike Wilner of FAN 590 suggested I have the Orioles finish sixth in the East — fair enough. I gave Toronto and Halladay some love, but I knew you all would just love it if I named John Gibbons the Manager of the Year. So how about Maddon? Rays could make a run at third place this year.
All right, debate away…