2008 Major League Baseball Predictions
Without question, one of the best times of year has arrived.
March Madness is drawing a close with the Final Four a week away, however Opening Day (and im not talking about two games in Japan- no offense to you Red Sox and A’s fans out there) is upon us.
The blue skies.
The green grass.
The Royals and Devil Rays are still in contention.
It must be opening day.
With that, the start of a baseball season isn’t complete without predictions.
And with that, lets get it started…
AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS
New York Yankees 97-65
Boston Red Sox 93-69
Toronto Blue Jays 82-80
Tampa Bay Rays 78-84
Baltimore Orioles 66-96
Cleveland Indians 95-67
Detroit Tigers 92-70
Chicago White Sox 85-77
Minnesota Twins 76-86
Kansas City Royals 70-92
Seattle Mariners 89-73
Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim 85-77
Oakland Athletics 79-83
Texas Rangers 71-91
Wild Card- Boston Red Sox
New York Mets 94-68
Atlanta Braves 89-73
Philadelphia Phillies 87-75
Washington Nationals 82-80
Florida Marlins 73-89
Chicago Cubs 88-74
Milwaukee Brewers 85-77
Cincinnati Reds 80-82
Houston Astros 79-83
St. Louis Cardinals 77-85
Pittsburgh Pirates 73-89
Los Angeles Dodgers 91-73
Arizona Diamondbacks 90-72
Colorado Rockies 84-78
San Diego Padres 81-81
San Francisco Giants 67-95
Wild Card- Arizona Diamondbacks
2008 POST SEASON
Yankees over Mariners 3-0
Red Sox over Indians 3-2
Mets over Diamonbacks 3-0
Dodgers over Cubs 3-1
Red Sox over Yankees 4-3
Mets over Dodgers 4-2
Mets over Red Sox, 4-2
American League MVP- Derek Jeter
National League MVP- David Wright
American League Cy Young- C.C. Sabathia
National League Cy Young- Carlos Zambrano
American League Rookie of the Year- Joba Chamberlain
National League Rookie of the Year- Kosuke Fukudome
-Robinson Cano wins the batting title
-The Rays are in contention on Sept. 1
-Barry Bonds hits 15 Homeruns for Oakland
-Felix Hernandez throws a perfect game
– The Royals run off 12 straight victories late in the year, avoiding a 100 loss season
-Mark Teixeira is the only player to hit 50 homeruns
-The Diamondbacks have two 20 game winners (Webb and Haren)
-The first no-hitter in Mets history is thrown by Oliver Perez
-Joe Torre wins Manager of the year
-Matt Holiday approaches Dimaggio’s 56 game streak, and falls short at 48
-The Detroit Tigers miss the playoffs, and Jim Leyland loses his job at seasons end.
-Josh Beckett wins less than 15 games
-Vlad Guerrero fails to hit .300
-Ozzie Guillen resigns by August 1st as the White Sox seem stuck in neutral
-The final game at Yankee stadium sees the Red Sox clinching ther second consecutive AL pennant
-Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies find themselves back on the outside looking in, and Charlie Manuel finally loses his job
-Ryan Braun proves to be a one year wonder, and is sent back down by June 1st
-Unable to tolerate the pain in his elbow, Albert Puljos misses the final 3 months of the year
-Randy Johnson wins 3 games, starts only 12, and retires in July.
-Miguel Tejada is released by Houston prior to the trade deadline.
Other Notable Storylines to watch in 2008
At least one shoe-in, first ballot hall of famer-to-be is suspended 50 games for steroid use
Other Veterans who probably should have retired after last season: Tom Glavine, Jamie Moyer, Curt Schilling, Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza, Orlando Hernandez, Ken Griffey Jr.
100 Years Since The Cubs sipped Championship Champagne
Can the Mets recover from their ’07 collapse?
More Milestones- 500 HR for Manny, 600 for Griffey, 300 wins for Big Unit to name a few
Joba Rules- To Start or not to Start
Breakthrough Players to watch- Dustin Pedroia, Troy Tulowitzki
2 Comments »