my preseason MLB standings predictions

Posted: 03/27/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

Here they are (plus each divisions MVP and CY Young, and rising star.):

NL East:

1. Philadelphia Phillies, 93-69… Trending down (age and injuries taking their toll)
2. Miami Marlins, 90-72 … Trending up (new stadium, big FA)
3. Atlanta Braves, 88-74.. Not trending (quiet offseason)
4. Washington Nationals, 83-79.. Trending up (maybe the first winning season coming up?)
5. New York Mets, 66-96… Trending down (Big salary dump this offseason)

Overall, this is one of the top 2 if not the top division in baseball.

MVP: Giancario Stanton, Miami Marlins
CY Young: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
Rising Star: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

NL Central:

1. Cincinnati Reds, 87-75… Trending up (easier division this year, traded for an ace in Mat Latos)
2. Milwaukee Brewers, 85-77… Trending down (lost Fielder, gained Aramis Ramirez)
3. St Louis Cardinals, 81-81… Trending down (lost Pujols and gained Beltran. Now Carpenter is out for months)
4. Pittsburgh Pirates, 78-84… Not trending (good offseason, but they won’t be trending up until they break .500 for the first time in decades)
5. Chicago Cubs, 73-89… Trending up (rebuilding year, time to shed those contracts. The trending up is just because i like their front office changes)
6. Houston Astros, 57-105… Not trending (they stink, next year they move to the AL West)

One of the worst, and most winnable, divisions in baseball..

MVP: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
CY Young: Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
Rising Star: Shelby Miller, St Louis Cardinals

NL West:

1. Arizona Diamondbacks, 91-71.. Trending up (traded a top prospect for another mid level SP, improving depth. Signed power hitting Jason Kubel)
2. San Francisco Giants, 85-77… Not trending (hitting is still the problem)
3. Colorado Rockies, 82-80.. Not trending (last year was a down year, they traded their ace and now need their young pitching to develop. High scoring team in Coors)
4. LA Dodgers, 80-82… Trending up (ownership fiasco is over with, they have 2 longterm building blocks in Kemp and Kershaw)
5. San Diego Padres, 72-90… Trending up (traded their ace for some top tier prospects. Patience is needed in San Diego)

Interesting division. I could see any of the top 4 winning if the D-backs aren’t as good as I think they will be. Top 4 are all very talented.

MVP: Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
CY Young: Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers
Rising Star: Trevor Bauer, Arizona Diamondbacks

AL East:

1. New York Yankees, 96-66.. Trending even (Let’s face it. They are the Yankees)
2. Tampa Bay Rays, 90-72.. Trending even (pitching is still the strength and it all comes from good drafting)
3. Boston Red Sox, 89-73.. Trending even (very talented, new manager, pitching problem)
4. Toronto Blue Jays, 86-77.. Trending up (would be in contention to win the division in almost any other division)
5. Baltimore Orioles, 70-92.. Trending down (they are trapped in a bad division with a bad team. Not a good combination)

Might be the toughest division.

MVP: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
CY Young: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
Rising Star: Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays

AL Central:

1. Detroit Tigers, 92-70.. Trending up (Got Prince Fielder, lost Victor Martinez. I’ll take it.)
2. Cleveland Indians, 81-81.. Trending down (Fausto Carmona’s identity issue causes the trending down)
3. Kansas City Royals, 80-82.. Trending up (young talent has arrived. Joakim Soria is down for the year, but they can replace him)
4. Chicago White Sox, 70-92.. Trending down (it is bad when you start rebuilding when your top prospect is barely inside the top 100)
5. Minnesota Twins, 68-94.. Trending down (their stars are just too injury prone)

Looks like the Tigers are the most obvious preseason division winner pick

MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
CY Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Rising Star: Will Myers, Kansas City Royals

AL West:

1. LA Angels, 93-69… Trending up (Gotta love Pujols and CJ)
2. Texas Rangers, 90-72… Trending down (Angels may have passed them in terms of talent, lost CJ Wilson for Darvish)
3. Seattle Mariners, 70-92… Trending up (great prospects, in a few years they may be over .500)
4. Oakland Athletics, 65-97… Trending down (rebuilding has just began)

This is a very split division, with LA and Texas way better than Seattle and Oakland..

MVP: Albert Pujols, LA Angels
CY Young: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Rising Star: Danny Hultzen, Seattle Mariners

 

Playoff predictions coming tomorrow

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Comments
  1. Marinite says:

    Let’s hope for the Giants!

  2. philabundant says:

    I lke the divisional picks for MVP, CY, and rising stars.

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