Editor's choice: MLB predictions

by KFFL Staff on March 18, 2011 @ 03:57:30 PDT

 


KFFL's staffers pick their favorite 2011 MLB predictions.

Cory J. Bonini

The call
Philadelphia's pitching staff carries the team to 100 wins in 2011, but the Phillies' hurlers struggle down the stretch and are responsible for an NLDS defeat.
Despite all of their offensive talent, the Yankees' rotation falters down the stretch and leads to a third-place finish in the AL East.
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander; NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum; AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez; NL MVP: Albert Pujols
The Red Sox beat the Rockies in six games to win the World Series. Jacoby Ellsbury is named the World Series MVP.
Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 hits, Jim Thome joins the 600 club and Ichiro Suzuki becomes the all-time leader in total 200-hit seasons.

 

Nicholas Minnix

The call
Colorado Rockies will win World Series, despite poor postseason showing from Carlos Gonzalez; Troy Tulowitzki seals rep by becoming playoff hero, naturally.
AL MVP: Evan Longoria grabs reins as heart, soul of Rays, although Mark Teixeira gives him run for money. NL MVP: How 'bout Matt Kemp? Aramis Ramirez? If not, Tulo.
Oakland Athletics will win AL West, thanks to some shrewd offseason moves, despite Andrew Bailey's repeat absences. They will, of course, lose in ALDS.
AL Cy Young: It's Justin Verlander's turn. NL Cy Young: Tommy Hanson, Yovani Gallardo generate serious buzz; Clayton Kershaw unseats Doc - maybe.
For excitement Cliff Lee brought with him when he joined Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies will lose in NLDS - if they even make postseason.

 

Tim Heaney

The call
Nelson Cruz relives 2009 but loses to redeemed Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP. NL MVP: Albert Pujols. AL Cy: Jon Lester. NL Cy: Roy Halladay.
The Yankees once again settle for the Wild Card after a crazy race with the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics; the Bombers go home after the ALDS.
The Atlanta Braves surprise with NL East title, thanks to Philadelphia Phillies' sputtering O. The New York Mets finish with the worst record in the National League.
The Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers cruise to their respective division titles, but both miss out on the World Series in LCSes that last at least 6 games.
Surprise AL champion Chicago White Sox drop World Series in 5 to Wild Card Phillies, who ride SPs, late-season arrivals of Chase Utley, Domonic Brown.

 

Keith Hernandez

The call
Zack Greinke's social anxiety disorder is put to the test as the Brew Crew advance to the World Series. They then fall to the Boston Red Sox in the Fall Classic.
The 2011 MVPs will hail from the Sunshine State: Hanley Ramirez bounces back from a down year in '10 to win the NL MVP. AL MVP: Evan Longoria runs away with it.
The aces in Philly aren't spectacular - Tommy Hanson is Cy worthy with ATL. Jon Lester puts up 20-plus victories and wins the AL Cy Young as BOS takes off in the East.
The A's and Tigers are surprise playoff entrants in '11. Last year's WS teams (Rangers and Giants) both miss out on postseason action.
A frustrating year for Philly Phanatics: They miss the playoffs despite their monster rotation. J-Roll's age shows through, and Ryan Howard's power stroke struggles.

 

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