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2011 MLB Predictions

I realized that I hadn’t gotten around to putting my 2011 MLB predictions on here.

AL 

East
Red Sox
Yankees
Blue Jays
Rays
Orioles

Central
Twins
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals

West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners

MVP – Adrian Gonzalez
Cy Young – Jon Lester
Rookie of the Year – Kyle Drabek
Manager of the Year – Mike Sciosca

NL

East
Phillies
Marlins
Mets
Braves
Nationals

Central
Brewers
Reds
Cardinals
Cubs
Astros
Pirates

West
Giants
Rockies
Diamondbacks
Dodgers
Padres

MVP – Prince Fielder
Cy Young – Roy Halladay 
Rookie of the Year – Aroldis Champan
Manager of the Year – Ron Roenicke

Playoffs

Division Series

Angels over Yankees
Red Sox over Twins
Phillies over Brewers
Giants over Reds

League Championship Series

Red Sox over Angels
Giants over Phillies

World Series

Red Sox over Giants

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ESPN: Manny Ramirez retiring due to failed drug test

According to ESPN, Manny Ramirez is retiring due to a failed drug test. What a shame. Makes sense that he would retire rather then sit out 100 games though. Had a great career and was definitely the most feared right handed hitter of his generation.

Career Stats

Counting down to weeks of Yankees fan calling WFAN about Red Sox championships being tainted despite Yankees having Pettite, Clemens, Jeff Nelson, Grimsley, Jose Canseco, Glenallen Hill, David Justice, Chuck Knoblauch having played for championshio teams in Bronx.

Also, Kevin Brown, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and A-Rod played for them.

…..and I’m sure I’m still missing guys.

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Yankees Put Rivalry Aside When Tragedy Struck the Red Sox – WSJ.com

Yankees Put Rivalry Aside When Tragedy Struck the Red Sox – WSJ.com

Hours before a game last September, word went around the Yankee clubhouse that hitting coach Kevin Long wanted to gather the entire team for a rare meeting. Soon, the players were huddled up, and Long told them about Bridget, an 11-year-old girl they had never met, the daughter of Ron Johnson, the first base coach for the Red Sox. Bridget, Long said, had been in an accident. She was riding a horse alongside the road in August, near the Johnsons’ Tennessee home. A driver came around the corner a little too fast and plowed into Bridget’s horse, severing the young girl’s leg above the knee.

A great article from the Wall Street Journal about the New York Yankees and their generous donations to help with medical bills for the daughter of Boston Red Sox first base coach.

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Jon Lester gets a no-hitter

Congratulations to Jon Lester who just moments ago finished off the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history. He allowed just 2 walks and was dominating throughout. Gotta love sports. A year ago he’s fighting cancer. Then goes on to get the win in the World Series clinching game last year and now a no-hitter. Good stuff. Interesting note….4 out of the last 6 American League no-hitters have come courtesy of the Red Sox.

Boxscore

MLB Predictions

Just realized I hadn’t put my MLB predictions down on paper as of yet. I am really looking forward to this season. Got my MLB.tv package again this year. I think this season will be one of the better ones in recent memory as far as competitive balance is concerned. Check out my over/unders too.

AL East
I really could see Toronto, New York, Boston and Tampa all win 85 games this year. Of course that means that Baltimore probably loses a 100 games this year. The Red Sox are obviously the cream of the crop and should come out on top at the end. Manny and Papi in the middle of the lineup is just too much for pretty much anyone to handle. I really expect the Jays to be very good this year. I really like their pitching and hopefully they can stay healthy. The lineup should score a lot of runs with Rios having a breakout year and announcing his arrival on the big stage. I expect Vernon Wells to have a really solid comeback year. My choice for AL Comeback player of the Year. Wouldn’t surprise me if they are the Wild card team this year but with this division being so deep I’m pretty sure the Wild card comes out of another division. I have a lot of questions about the Yankees. The pitching would really worry me if I was a Yankee fan. What kind of inning limits are Hughes and Kennedy on? Can Mussina bounce back? How will Pettite handle steroid talks over the summer as the Clemens story develops? Who builds the bridge to Chamberlain and Rivera? A-Rod should have a monster year. A season of 55+ HRs wouldn’t surprise me one bit. I like Tampa’s lineup. Pitching is obviously a concern. I like the signing of Percival. How early do we see Price called up? Saw his stuff in the spring and I’m surprised he’s not up on the roster already.

Red Sox
Blue Jays
Yankees
Rays
Orioles

AL Central
Even with their awful start I will stick to my original pick of the Tigers winning the Central. I’m not just doing it out of the principle either. That lineup is just too good. They will score a ridiculous amount of runs this year and should feast on AL pitching staffs all year. I really don’t think Cleveland is that good. Twins somehow or another pull it off every year. Really pulling for Liriano this year. Wouldn’t surprise me if Gomez won Rookie of the Year. I don’t what to think of the White Sox. Their lineup doesn’t impress me one bit…..and the pitching staff isn’t much to write home about. The Royals? What else is there to say. One of these years they might do something. I love their pitching but don’t see them scoring anywhere enough runs to matter.

Tigers
Twins
Indians
Royals
White Sox

AL West
It is the Angels division to lose. I like the Hunter signing but am still scratching my head over the Matthews contract from last year. I love the pitching staff even with the injuries. As an Angels fan I really want to see what Adenhart and Wood can bring to the table this year. Contract year for K-Rod so hoping he comes through. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s pitching elsewhere though. The Mariners bullpen is just filthy. I like their starting pitching….but where exactly are they going for offense? The A’s are rebuilding….again. Only thing that matters with the A’s is…where does Blanton end up at the deadline? The Rangers have had some horrible pitching staffs over the years but this year’s group is just horrible. Their lineup is pretty bad too. Millwood probably gets traded at the deadline.

Angels
Mariners
Atheletics
Rangers

NL East
I think this is the Mets division to lose. The Pedro injury doesn’t bother me. His arm seems to be fine. The Mets should let him come back mid June/early July and keep his arm fresh. I have questions about the Mets lineup but I expect Reyes to have a great year. There is no way we see a repeat of the 2nd half with him. Even with Pedro hurt the Mets have the best pitching staff in the league. Perez is going to get himself a really nice contract somewhere next year. Is Delgado finished? I don’t understand how some of the experts are picking the Braves here. What exactly do they see with this team? I love the Phillies lineup but the pitching staff would bother me if I was a Phillies fan. Which Lidge will we see? Is Tom Gordon really the setup guy here? What’s the over/under on the amount of big games he blows for them? I like the trades that Nationals made in the offseason. I think Milledge is going to be a very good player for them for a long time to come. This is a lineup with some potential when healthy (Do they trade Nick Johnson somewhere at the deadline?)but the pitching is just awful. The Marlins? What is it….a $16 million payroll? Wow. What a joke. Someone strip this franchise from Loria.

Mets
Phillies
Nationals
Braves
Marlins

NL Central
Love the Cubs. Although I have questions about the lineup I think the pitching is strong enough that they should carry this division. Can Wood stay healthy? Hopefully their ownership saga can be resolved soon as this team could be a player at the deadline. It’s been a 100 years since they won it all. I love the Reds as the Wild card team coming out of the NL. I think that lineup as long as it stays healthy will score a lot of runs and the pitching staff is good enough to keep them in it in the NL. The Cardinals and Brewers are just awful. The Pirates pitching staff I like but that lineup is awful and it’ll only get worse once they ship Nady off to a contender

Cubs
Reds
Brewers
Pirates
Cardinals

NL West
If the bullpen can hold it for them this is one of top 3 pitching staffs in all of baseball. What can they get out of Randy Johnson? Webb and Haren will be a handful for anyone in the playoffs to open up a series. The lineup is really young but it should score more then enough runs for that pitching staff. The Giants are just awful . Barry Zito needs a change of scenery. I don’t believe he’s forgotten how to pitch. How much of the contract are they willing to eat up in order to ship him somewhere. I love Lincecum and really like Cain. Too bad none of the big 3 will get anywhere close to the run support you’d expect in the big leagues. This just maybe the worst lineup I have ever seen any team have. Dodgers are a borderline playoff team. If they were in the Central I’d have them be a lock for the playoffs. Torre obviously gives them a lot of credibility. Lineup is good enough….does the pitching hold up? I love the Rockies lineup but the pitching really worries me. Don’t expect a repeat of last year. Padres are right up there with the Dodgers. Another team where I wouldn’t be surprised if they were in the playoffs but with the Dodgers and the D-Backs they’ll be beating each other up all year long.

Diamondbacks
Padres
Dodgers
Rockies
Giants

Playoffs

Divisional Series
Red Sox over Mariners
Tigers over Angels
Mets over Reds
Cubs over Diamondbacks

League Championship Series
Red Sox over Tigers
Mets over Cubs

World Series
Mets over Red Sox

Digg story

Workers dig to rid new Yanks stadium of Red Sox Jersey

It took about five hours, but the Red Sox jersey that was embedded in the concrete of the Yankees’ new stadium to place a curse on the New York franchise has been unearthed with jackhammers, according to a published report. Earlier this week, a construction worker who is a Boston fan working on the concrete crew…

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So someone in the Yankee organization was actually worried about this shirt? Funny thing is that Ortiz is off to one slow start this year.

Bill Buckner throws out first pitch at Fenway Park

Loud cheers and a long ovation greeted Buckner, who occasionally dabbed at his eyes as he walked to the mound to throw out the first pitch. Former Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans caught his throw from the mound.

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That is from the ESPN.com story. This is something that I wanted to see happen opening day 2005 but Buckner wouldn’t do it then. I have to go check this out on mlb.tv as soon as the archive for the game is up. For so long Buckner was one of the faces of the “curse”. That is quiet a burden on anyone and his anger at the Red Sox fans was somewhat understandable. So today he decided to forget all that and make his first trip to Fenway since ’97 when he was a coach with the White Sox. Will Steve Bartman get his day in Chicago one day?