As the 2011 MLB season is about to get underway, the bookmakers in Vegas are getting anxious. Fantasy baseball managers are getting impatient. And maybe most importantly, the readers of this blog are frustrated as the Wriz has not let known his predictions for the upcoming season. Well fear not and read on.
As DB29 referenced in his article, the Wriz was pretty spot on last year. I’m not gonna lie, I had a few 900 phone line offers. But, alas, the Wriz never disappoints and my readers don’t get a recorded message. You get some misspelled words and poorly constructed sentences that can change a Vegas line before you reach the final punctuation mark. With that being said, I will preface this by saying I did so well last year I fully expect to shit the bed this year. So for amusement purposes only:
NL MVP: Albert Pujols,
Cardinals. He’s in a contract year. He’s the best position player in baseball and he will do what’s necessary to get his due. St Louis
NL Rookie of the Year: Freddie Freeman,
Braves. The NL rookie class is nowhere close to the depth of the AL. Brandon Belt, of the Giants, may be his only real competition….if he’s makes the team. Atlanta
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez is quickly gaining on Halladay as the best pitcher in baseball, but “The King” will need to wait to claim his 2nd Cy. I think after back-to-back seasons where the winner had 16 and 13 wins, the 2 fewest totals ever, it will take 18 or more wins to take it. The Mariners don’t have the line-up or the bench to support him. I was going to take Jon Lester, but DB29 did and he’s a mush. (Pu em in da bathroom!) So….David Price, Tampa Bay Rays.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hellickson,
Rays. There are more than a few others who could win this award, but Hellickson got a head start when he impressed in a brief call up last season. Tampa Bay
Twins. Not everyone will forget about the bat throwing incident in the minors, but Twins fan will be talking about his numbers instead. Delmon Young, Minnesota
Biggest Disappointment: Ian
Rangers. He’s the Chase Utley of the AL…except he’s hurt EVERY year. This year will be no different. Kinsler, Texas
NL Playoffs: The Phillies will make the playoffs, it just may be as the Wild Card team if they can’t shake the injury bug. Joining them will be the Braves,
Rockies and Brewers. The Phillies best the Brew Crew. The Braves oust the Rockies. And the Phillies return to the World Series in 2011.
World Series: I’m a homer, but I’m also a jinx. Red Sox win in 5.
Best New Trend: MLB GM’s bring up 20 year olds that can get the job done. (i.e. Mike Stanton and Jason Heyward)
Worst New Trend: MLB GM’s experimenting with young pitchers and not letting them know their role (i.e. Alrodis Chapman, Neftali Perez, and Chris Sale)