The kid is taking a post-bottle nap. So I’m sneaking away to throw out some thoughts on what could happen in 2011.
I’m no expert, nor am I all that thorough with my research.
Who cares? It’s fun.
Phillies Nobody’s better in the NL. Their “Four Horsemen” rotation scared the bejesus out of people. They are the best in this division and maybe even baseball.
Braves They have some solid young talent on this team. I love the direction Freddie Rodriguez has them going. They’ll contend for the division this year and maybe even win very soon.
Marlins Josh Johnson will win the Cy Young and the Marlins will see what they have with some of the young guys on their team. They’ll be strong when their new stadium opens. Of course, that ain’t this year.
Nationals I like this team. Of course, they are still bad.
Mets Nope, nothing to root for here. RA Dickey is decent, but that’s about all I can think of as being positive here. Maybe I’ll be wrong.
Brewers Tjhey are not a surprising team. But they are good. And when Greinke gets healthy, their pitching will really help them along.
Reds I don’t know if I really believe in these guys, but their pitchers are electrifying. And Drew Stubbs is awesome. Did I mention Joey Votto?
Cardinals It’s hard to pick against these guys, but I’m not that jazzed about them. They should have a solid offense but losing Wainwright won’t help at all.
Cubs UgIh. That sums it up. I love the Cubbies but they do not have any kind of identity right now. What is their direction? Youth? Veterans? It will be a forgettable 2011.
Astros Don’t know a ton about them. That’s because there ain’t much to know.
Pirates When will that youth break through? Neil Walker, Andrew Mccutcheon, Pedro Alvarez. Wow! Pitching…not wow…
Giants These guys have the pitching and the offense. Plus, I fear the Beard. End…
Padres They have a great mix on this team. Their pitching is strong, though they are all holding their breath in SD over the Latos injury. They’ll be right there.
Rockies I don’t know, but they slipped for this year. Cargo is great (he better be, he’s on my fantasy team) but the pitching is just ok.
Dodgers Don Mattingly will help, but they have a long way to go in LA. 2011 will be a long season.
Diamondbacks Kirk Gibson is the right guy there. But I don’t feel that they have a strong idea of how to rebuild this thing.
Red Sox Ugh, I know. They’re good. That’s what happens when you spend a bajillion dollars. Regardless, they are not just good. They are VERY good.
Rays I don’t think it is crazy. The Rays are always prepared to lose talent. And boy did they lose it. They planned for this, though. And they’ll be fine.
Yankees It will be the biggest flop in recent Yankees memory. You gotta have pitching to win. They ain’t got it.
Orioles I don’t think it is crazy to think that these guys could contend. And soon.
Blue Jays Bautista will not repeat his 2010 output and Hill and Lind better get it together if the Jays plan to have a future.
Tigers What a strong team! Wow! They have tons of firepower, a strong pen, and good rotation. They’ll be there.
White Sox Adam Dunn really helps make this offense elite. Their rotation is suspect but their pen is amazing.
Twins Mauer and Morneau have been dinged up lately. As they go, so go to the Twins.
Indians Grady Sizemore sums up this team: lots of promise, but they don’t reach it.
Royals I LOVE the Royals. I could totally be a Royals fan. But when will the potential turn into some darn W’s!!?
Rangers This is a three horse race. They should be the fastest horse out of the gate. But it won’t be easy!
A’s They have a decent staff, a decent offense, and a decent mix. Why will they be there in the end? I don’t know…
Angels Can’t count them out. Ever.
Mariners I can count them out. At least now, anyway. They have alot of rookies who will be auditioning for a job next year. That can be really exciting. As a Devil Rays fan of the day, I know what I’m talking about…
East Winner: Phillies
Vs Winner: Phillies 3-2
West Winner: Giants
Vs Winner: Giants 3-0
Central Winner: Brewers
Vs Winner: Phillies 4-3
East Winner: Red Sox
Vs Winner: Tigers 3-2
Central Winner: Tigers
West Winner: Rangers
Vs Winner: Rangers 3-2
Vs Winner: Tigers 4-2
Philadelphia Phillies 4-2
Well, that was fun.
I’m not going out on a limb to say that the Phils will take home the trophy this year. And, as we all know, anything can happen in our favorite game.
Let’s play some baseball!