Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Mah Per-dictions for 2005

American League - Long story short, it will be the same 4 boring teams.

AL East
1. Yankees
2. Red Sox (wildcard)
Sox win 95, but finish 20 back. O's make a legitimate move, winning games by 12-10. If Schilling goes head-to-head with RJ in the playoffs, he'll win that one game. But overall the Yankees are WAY too strong and want it too badly this time. I don't want to be them if they don't win it all.

AL Central
1. Twins
2. Injuns
And watch the Tigers.

AL West
1. Angels
2. A's
LA (or Anaheim or whatever) will have it sewn up by Labor Day.

National League - WHO CARES

1. OK, here's a per-diction: The NL will field 3 completely different playoff teams than last year.

2. The Braves will go to the Series and lose to the Angels. OK, the Yankees. But the Angels are the only team that will threaten the Yankees. And people besides me will call the 2005 Yankees the Best Team Ever.

3. Yankees win season series over Sox, 11-8. Three bench-clearing brawls, including two in one game (at Fenway). "Roid Rage" Sheffield and "Wild Man" Mantei at the center of the fracas. This time there are real injuries to both teams.

4. Matsui wins the AL MVP over A-Rod thanks to mondo total bases and RBIs. RJ wins 23 for the Cy over Santana. Matsui wins RBI title by a dozen over Sheffied and Tejada. Jeter has his best year ever with the bat, and 6 Yankees go 25/95.

5. Manny-Ortiz battle for HR title. Schilling has an off year (17-11) but comes alive in Aug-Sep to lift Sox to wildcard. Clement also wins 17, Arroyo 15, Wakefield and Wells 13, Miller 12. But not having Pedro and Lowe will be the difference in the playoffs.

Ex-Sox Per-dictions:

1. Nomar will be the Cubs MVP, but they'll come up short. Might make the wildcard.
2. Cabrera will become an All-Star with the Angels.
3. Pedro will go 17-7, Mets will contend until the Break.
4. Lowe will go 16-8, Dodgers will contend until late Sep.
5. Mientkiewicz will bat 8th but still get 18/80 and a gold glove.
6. Roberts will steal 66, 3rd in the NL.
7. Banished to Yomiuri, Gabe "Welcome Back" Kapler will date the goofy food-taster actress chick from Iron Chef.

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