Category Archives: Predictions

Weighing Post-season Expectations for the Blue Jays

AL East champsWith the Toronto Blue Jays having clinched the AL East this past week, I wanted to write an article explaining to Jays’ fans that we should have no expectations for the team in the post-season; we should just enjoy the ride and live in the moment. After all, this is the first time in 22 years that we’re experiencing playoff baseball and we should just enjoy it.

However, after watching the clinching game this past week and getting all excited that they finally did it, I got to thinking … Continue reading→

Surmising the Blue Jays Playoff Roster

pompeyWith the Blue Jays about to clinch the AL East division any game now, and possibly today in Baltimore, I’ve begun to think about who might make their playoff roster. The starting nine of Revere, Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, hopefully Tulowitzki (he may actually return this series in Baltimore), Smoak,  Martin, Pillar, and Goins should be joined by a starting rotation of Price, Dickey, Stroman and then Estrada (5th overall in the AL in ERA; 2.78 ERA in 2nd half which is tied with Verlander for 2nd best for any starter having pitched greater than 80 innings) when you need a Game 4 starter.  Continue reading→

Should Houston Astros Begin To Worry?

mccullers (2)The Houston Astros at 36-28 still lead the division by 2.5 games over the surging Texas Rangers which is still very good. There might be no reason to worry considering that more injuries could unceremoniously hit the Rangers at any moment in time, and the Angels sure aren’t on fire. The Mariners are still very much a mess and Oakland can’t seem to build any consistency with their own injured roster. However history says young teams … Continue reading→

Jason Heyward is Overrated

heyward2Jon Heyman of CBS Sports recently wrote of a scout telling him that “They (the Cardinals) will rue the day they made that trade.” of Shelby Miller and prospect Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden. Those comments were issued after Heyward’s poor start to the season hitting just .248/.301/.352 after 28 games although he’s picked it up of late going 7 for 15 earlier in the week during the Cubs series. However I found the scout’s comments interesting and I too have often thought of the right fielder as one that is overrated… Continue reading→

Seven Rookie Relievers Who Could Impact 2015

castroEvery year it seems some players come out of nowhere to have a grand impact on their teams’ success just like Brandon Finnegan and Hunter Strickland did last year down the stretch for the Royals and Giants, respectively. However the following seven rookie relievers, who by the way have made their team’s opening day rosters, have a far greater chance of making a significant impact for their team’s 2015 season than those aforementioned simply because they’re starting Day 1 in the big leagues.

Without further ado, here’s the list in no particular order … Continue reading→

My Personal Predictions for 2015

AL East

Yankees – they always hit in Yankee Stadium, and if they’re healthy, their whole pitching staff can be really good.

Blue Jays (WC)  – I hope I’m wrong because I’d love to have the Jays win the East, but there’s just so many unknowns about this team (CF, 2B, SP, RP), it makes things unpredictable. They could conceivable finish anywhere from 1st to 4th. I like 88 wins though.

Red Sox – This is another team that could be a lot higher. I like what they’ve done and they have depth galore, but that SP I’m not a huge fan of. Porcello though could have a monster season.

Orioles – I’m probably underestimating them here because their offense shouldn’t be much different than last year despite the players who left (e.g., is Snider really that much worse than Markakis?). They have solid pitching throughout.

Rays – Good starting rotation and terrific OF defense will still play. As always, can they hit enough though?

AL Central

Indians – They could have a scary good pitching staff, and why not pick another sleeper team that could go all the way?

Tigers – Ageing core with potential for injuries. SP not as good. Not this year Detroit, sorry.

Royals – Shouldn’t be as good as last year especially without Shields. I expect a drop off, but maybe by not that much.

White Sox – Much improved team, but still is it enough? Will they gel? Having Rodon contribute could make their staff very strong and push them much higher in the standings.

Twins – Do they have any hope especially without Ervin? Not with those pitchers pencilled into the back of their rotation.

AL West

Angels – Should still be the team to beat once Richards get back. And they have Trout.

Mariners (WC) – They’re the sexy pick right now by a lot of people, but I have to see how their new additions hit in Safeco. Pitching could be the best in the division.

Athletics – Still will have good pitching in that ballpark, but they’ve got some big holes in that lineup.

Astros – They’re making some gains offensively and have key additions in that bullpen, but I still think they’re years away from their youth becoming stars and uplifting their team to playoff glory.

Rangers – The poor Rangers. Already the injury bug has hit them.

NL East

Nationals – Clearly the best team in baseball. Only injuries and/or lack of performance will prevent them from going far into the playoffs.

Mets – That starting staff is going to be special even with Wheeler out. It should carry the team into contention.

Marlins – They could conceivably finish second here, but they need their SP to be good until Fernandez gets back. Did they get Stanton enough protection? Not sure they have with Morse.

Braves – I don’t get what they’re doing by rebuilding and signing Markakis. Their offense will still be brutally bad. At least they finally traded Kimbrel – no use have a great closer on a rebuilding club.

Phillies – Oh boy. They can’t even trade their ageing stars.

NL Central

Cardinals – They’re a complete organization with tons of depth and talent. I will pick them to finish first every year until they don’t.

Pirates (WC) – St. Louis is still the class of this division, but there’s a lot to like in Pittsburgh. I just don’t like their SP as much as the Cards.

Cubs – They’re going to be good. Just not yet. Give them a season to gel and for the youngsters to grow. Do you see similarities here with the Jays?

Brewers – What’s happened now – so many people are down on the Brew Crew? They were doing so well to start last year and then plummeted. They too could be better than they were at the end of ’14.

Reds – Just a few years ago they were favoured to contend with largely the same guys. And now? They could still rebound and surprise if they’re healthy.

NL West

Dodgers – New regime with money and smarts. I think they’ll be okay despite early injuries.

Padres (WC) – Even with the Kimbrel trade, they marginally upgraded an already deep bullpen. This team will certainly be  better than 2014, but offense in that park and their team defense may hold them back.

Giants – No way, it’s an odd-numbered year.

Rockies – If only they had pitching.

Diamondbacks – I really don’t get this organization. For that reason, they’re last.

World Series Prediction: Dodgers over Indians

AL Rookie of Year: Steven Souza, Rays

NL Rookie of Year: Kris Bryant, Cubs

AL Cy Young: Sonny Gray, Athletics

NL Cy Young: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels

NL MVP: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

 

Baseball Hot Corner: 2015 MLB Predictions

ball mlb logos (2)For this year, instead of asking just a few writers to give their picks of the standings along with their explanations of those picks, I decided to poll all the writers on Baseball Hot Corner (BHC) and summarize the results. I simply asked each writer to give me their predicted order of finish in each division along with their picks for the wild cards and World Series winner as well as for the annual awards.

Here is what we said:

AL East: Boston led the way with 8 first place votes. Toronto was the team with the second most picks to finish in first with … Continue reading→

Current & Future Cuban All-Stars

rusney castillo4 (2)As the last instalment of this four part series I’ve written on both current and future Cuban all-stars, I’m covering outfielders and designated hitters. For previous instalments, check out Part 1 (1B & 2B), Part 2 (SS, 3B, C), and Part 3 (SP & RP). To continue reading this series over on Baseball Hot Corner, click here.

Why Fred McGriff Should Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame

mcgriff1Fred McGriff has spent five years on the Hall of Fame ballot and yet received his lowest ballot total yet in 2014 with only 11.7% of the vote. Whether he makes up some ground or not may be difficult as the 2015 ballot features many prominent names that are likely to be enshrined before McGriff is. With that being said though, does he deserve to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

McGriff is likely best remembered for his four and a half year tenure with the Atlanta Braves … Continue reading→

Should Jeff Kent Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Fame?

????????????????The Hall of Fame ballots will be cast and voting results announced at 2 p.m. EST on Jan. 6th, and Jeff Kent will be eligible for a second time on this year’s ballot. There’s little doubt that Kent’s career will be compared to fellow second baseman, Roberto Alomar, who was inducted in 2011, and Craig Biggio who just missed induction last year.

Kent is perhaps best remembered for … Continue reading→