Spoiler alert! If you don't want to know what will happen this season in Major League baseball stop reading. It's prediction time.
First, let's talk about the only team that matters, the Fightin' Phils. Baseball Prospectus has the Phillies winning 88 games this season. Will they take my 'Over' action? I don't see them winning 102 like last season but 93 wins will be plenty to win the NL East for the 6th straight time. They will struggle until the All Star break, and 'gasp', they may not even be .500. Howard and Utley come to the rescue and after slow starts for both, they help the Phils to a MLB best 52-23 after the break. They enter the playoffs as the hottest team in baseball. And after they dispatch the Nationals and Giants, they best the Detroit Tigers in a 7 game epic. More than half the fan base will show up to the parade in casts, having broken their ankles jumping off the bandwagon when the Phillies were 41-46 at the All Star break. That's the big picture as I see it.
NL MVP - Ryan Zimmerman
AL MVP - Miguel Cabrera
NL Cy Young - Matt Cain
AL Cy Young - Jared Weaver
NL Batting Champ - Hunter Pence
AL Batting Champ - Miguel Cabrera
NL HR Champ - Joey Votto
AL HR Champ - Albert Pujols
NL Manager of the Year - Charles Fuqua Manuel Jr.
AL Manager of the Year - Jim Leyland
NL Division Winners - Phillies, Reds, Giants. Wild Cards - Diamond Backs, Nationals.
- The Mets are gonna suck...I really went out on a limb there.
- Chipper Jones will end his career on the DL.
- Jamie Moyer will have more wins than Johan Santana.
- The Pirates will finally finish a season over .500.
- Wheels will say "No Doubles Defense" at least once.
This is going to be a 'hang in there' kind of year. Remember the World Series isn't won in April, May or June.
Keep It Classy Philly!