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MLB Predictions Part IV: the Rest

This is the final installment of our 2008 MLB prediction series.  Flops, Comebacks, injury issues and the top stories are the big topics here. 

Once again, thanks to Brando, Shawn, DonS, Todd V, Nicky V and Teddy Ballgame for baring their souls.  Maybe we’ll check back after the season and see how we all did.

 

2008 AL Flop of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Gary Sheffield  
Shawn David Eckstein  
DonS Asdrubal Cabrera  
Todd V J.D. Drew  
Nicky V J Dye  
Teddy Ballgame Jason Giambi  
TBZ D Young  

 

2008 AL Flop of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Andruw Jones “He’s not going to hit at Dodger Stadium just hope he plays solid defense.”
Shawn Kosuke Fukudome  
DonS Pie or Dempster  
Todd V Kosuke Fukodome  
Nicky V A Rowand/ R Braun  
Teddy Ballgame Eric Gagne  
TBZ A Jones  

 

2008 AL Comeback Player of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando J. D. Drew “Only if he stays healthy.”
Shawn Keith Foulke  
DonS Harden “Maybe Mauer”
Todd V Justin Duchscherer  
Nicky V    
Teddy Ballgame Rich Harden  
TBZ    

 

2008 NL Comeback Player of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando    
Shawn Marcus Giles  
DonS Furcal “No bias on either of these”
Todd V Jason Bay  
Nicky V Pedro Martinez  
Teddy Ballgame Pedro Martinez  
TBZ P Martinez  

 

First Manager Fired in 2008

  Prediction Comment
Brando Yankee Manager “George will hire Kirk Gibson to everyone’s surprise”
Shawn Ozzie Guillen  
DonS Hurdle  
Todd V Jim Leyland  
Nicky V Guillen  
Teddy Ballgame Bruce Bochy  
TBZ Yost “on a limb here; high expectations in Milw.”

 

First key AL player to end his season because of injury

  Prediction Comment
Brando Curt Schilling “His career will be over and he can retire with Randy Johnson”
Shawn Rocco Baldelli  
DonS J.D. Drew  
Todd V    
Nicky V Alex Rodriguez “Hopefully”
Teddy Ballgame JD Drew  
TBZ Schilling  

 

 

First key NL player to end his season because of injury

  Prediction Comment
Brando Randy Johnson “The D-Backs drop to third in their division”
Shawn Kerry Wood  
DonS Stephen Drew  
Todd V    
Nicky V Pujols  
Teddy Ballgame Saito  
TBZ Kerry Wood  

 

Most truly exciting story of the 2008 season

  Prediction
Brando Tampa Bay makes the playoffs for the first time in their history
Shawn Yankee Stadium’s final season
DonS  
Todd V  
Nicky V Yankees-Red Sox brawl(s)
Teddy Ballgame Troy Percival
TBZ Cubs win World Series!

 

Most over-hyped story of the 2008 season

  Prediction
Brando The continuing saga of Barry Bonds
Shawn Canseco’s new book
DonS  
Todd V Red Sox-Yankees; “It’s always the most over-hyped story.”
Nicky V Leyland smoking in dugout (on camera)
Teddy Ballgame Joe Torre & LAD
TBZ  

 

That’s it!  Hope you enjoyed our 2008 Prediction Series.  Feel free to comment on this (or any other) post. 

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2008 MLB Predictions Part III: More Awards Winners

This is Part III of our 2008 MLB prediction series.  We finish up the awards picks.

 

2008 AL Reliever of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Soria  
Shawn Jonathan Papelbon  
DonS K-Rod  
Todd V   “Could care less”
Nicky V K-Rod  
Teddy Ballgame K-Rod  
TBZ    

 

2008 NL Reliever of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Maybin, Moyban The Braves reliever whoever he is  
Shawn Takashi Saito  
DonS Wagner  
Todd V   “Same as AL”
Nicky V Wood “Woohoo!!”
Teddy Ballgame Coco Cordero  
TBZ    

 

2008 AL Rookie of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Jacoby Ellsbury  
Shawn Daric Barton  
DonS Joba  
Todd V Joba Chamberlain  
Nicky V    
Teddy Ballgame Alexi Ramirez  
TBZ Ellsbury  

 

2008 NL Rookie of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Hiroki Kuroda  
Shawn Michael Bourn  
DonS    
Todd V Jair Jurrjens  
Nicky V    
Teddy Ballgame Johnny Cueto  
TBZ G Soto  

 

2008 AL Manager of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Mike Scioscia  
Shawn Joe Girardi  
DonS Scioscia  
Todd V Jim Leyland  
Nicky V Leyland  
Teddy Ballgame Mike Scioscia  
TBZ Leyland  

 

2008 NL Manager of the Year

  Prediction Comment
Brando Joe Torre He’s finally out from under George’s big thumb
Shawn Bobby Cox  
DonS Yost  
Todd V Bobby Cox  
Nicky V Piniella  
Teddy Ballgame Dusty Baker  
TBZ Randolph  

 

 

Tomorrow is our last installment of our prediction series for the 2008 season.  Stay tuned for that cuz we’ll have some off the wall and interesting prediction questions (and probably answers). 

2008 MLB Predictions Part II: Award Winners

This is Part II of our 2008 MLB prediction series.  Today, we start on our picks for the MLB awards. 

2008 AL MVP Winner

  Prediction Comment
Brando Robinson Cano  
Shawn Derek Jeter  
DonS A-Rod “Still a punk”
Todd V Vladimir Guerrero  
Nicky V Ordonez  
Teddy Ballgame V Guerrero  
TBZ Guerrero “if he stays healthy”

 

2008 NL MVP Winner

  Prediction Comment
Brando Hanley Ramirez “He can do it all and who looks at defense when they’re voting”
Shawn David Wright  
DonS Prince Fielder “Should have been in 2007”
Todd V Chipper Jones  
Nicky V Howard  
Teddy Ballgame Howard  
TBZ Prince Fielder  

 

2008 AL Cy Young Winner

  Prediction Comment
Brando Dice-K  
Shawn Dan Haren  
DonS Jered Weaver  
Todd V Justin Verlander  
Nicky V Verlander  
Teddy Ballgame Lackey  
TBZ Lackey  

 

2008 NL Cy Young Winner

  Prediction Comment
Brando Johan Santana “National League hitters won’t know what hit them”
Shawn Jake Peavy  
DonS Webb  
Todd V Dan Haren  
Nicky V Martinez “Wow, nice comeback”
Teddy Ballgame Cain  
TBZ Santana  

 

2008 AL Homerun Leader

  Prediction Comment
Brando    
Shawn Arod  
DonS Ortiz  
Todd V Manny Ramirez  
Nicky V Hafner  
Teddy Ballgame Ortiz  
TBZ Arod  

 

2008 NL Homerun Leader

  Prediction Comment
Brando Mark Teixeira  
Shawn Fielder  
DonS Fielder “Unless the vegetables get him”
Todd V Adam Dunn  
Nicky V Howard  
Teddy Ballgame Fielder  
TBZ Fielder  

 

2008 AL Batting Champion

  Prediction Comment
Brando    
Shawn Miguel Cabrera  
DonS Ichiro “Best player in baseball”
Todd V Ichiro  
Nicky V Ichiro  
Teddy Ballgame Ichiro  
TBZ Ichiro  

 

2008 NL Batting Champion

  Prediction Comment
Brando Hanley Ramirez  
Shawn Pujols  
DonS    
Todd V Chipper Jones  
Nicky V Hanley Ramirez  
Teddy Ballgame Todd Helton  
TBZ Pujols “if he doesn’t have season-ending surgery”

 

 

Tomorrow, Part III with more awards predictions. 

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2008 Predictions Part I: MLB Division Winners

I passed out a survey to everyone in the TBZ “office” and had them fill them out. The survey included 36 prediction questions about the upcoming 2008 baseball season.  Today’s installment compromises of predictions of division winners, losers, and who will take it all. 

Thanks to Teddy Ballgame, Shawn, Todd V, Don S, Nicky V and Brando for participating. 

-tbz

 

Who will be the AL East Winner?

Boston Red Sox 4 votes
New York Yankees 3 votes

 

Comments:  Brando says, “The young blood from last year and a rebound of JD Drew will put them over the top.”  Todd V notes: “It’s either them or the Yanks, right?  I don’t think the Yanks have the pitching.”  Nicky V who predicted the Sox as well simply exclaimed, “YUCK!” 

TBZ predicts: Boston Red Sox

 

Who will be the AL Central Winner?

Detroit Tigers 4 votes
Cleveland Indians 3 votes

 

Comments:  As it seems to be the pattern here, it was between two teams.  Brando says: “Pitching is still the key.”, though I don’t know if that bodes well for the Tigers or not.  Todd V expresses the same concern about pitching.  He predicts the Tigers “but I wouldn’t be surprised if Cleveland repeated.  Detroit’s bullpen worries me.”

TBZ predicts:  Detroit Tigers

 

Who will be the AL West Winner?

Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels 6 votes
Seattle Mariners 1 vote

 

Comments:  The only real clear favorite though that kinda surprised just a little.  Todd V just doesn’t “see how they can’t win this division.”   Brando thinks “Mike Scioscia will work his magic”.

TBZ predicts:  Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels

 

Who will be the NL East Winner?

New York Mets 3 votes
Atlanta Braves 3 votes
Philadelphia Phillies 1 vote

 

Comments: Our first tie.  You can thank TBZ co-blogger Teddy Ballgame who voted for the Phils for this.  Brando (as well as I) think that “Johan Santana will make the difference.”

TBZ predicts:  New York Mets

 

Who will be the NL Central Winner?

Chicago Cubs 3 votes
Cincinnati Reds 2 votes
Milwaukee Brewers 2 votes

Comments: This was the most hotly contested division.   I voted for the Cubs.  Call me a homer but I think it’s warranted.  Todd V, who predicts the Reds, says that the “upgrades in their pitching will put them on top over the injury plagued Cubs”.

TBZ predicts:  Chicago Cubs. 

 

Who will be the NL West Winner?

Arizona Diamondbacks 3 votes
Colorado Rockies 2 votes
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 votes

 

Comments: Another tough one to pick.  Brando, who is a Dodger fan (a Brooklyn Dodger fan) had a lot to say.  “With Joe Torre at the helm, and Japanese import, Hiroki Kuroda,  the Dodgers are ready.  Oh did I forget to mention Matt Kemp is going to have a big year?” 

As for the DBacks, Todd V was short and sweet.  “These kids can play.”

TBZ predicts:  Arizona Diamondbacks 

 

NL Worst Record 

Brando Pittsburgh Pirates (70-92)  
Shawn Cardinals (60-102)  
DonS Giants 64-98 “Tough times on the Bay; A’s not much better.”
Todd V Giants  
Nicky V Pirates 59-103  
Teddy Ballgame Pirates 62-100  
TBZ Giants 65-97  

 

 

AL Worst Record 

Brando    
Shawn Cardinals (60-102)  
DonS Orioles 66-96  
Todd V White Sox “Just did it to tick off my Chicago buddies”
Nicky V Rays 62-100  
Teddy Ballgame Orioles 58-104  
TBZ Rays 68-94 “Still have talent”

 

World Series Prediction

Brando Boston Red Sox  
Shawn New York Yankees “Yankees over Mets in 7 games”
DonS LAA Angels “Veering from prediction to prayer”
Todd V LAA Angels  
Nicky V Mets-Tigers  
Teddy Ballgame Reds over Red Sox  
TBZ Cubs “What can I say? Our time is up.”

 

Tomorrow:  2008 Award Winner Predictions and more!

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