I need to extend apologies to my loyal readers for being away so long. (Thanks…both of you.) 🙂 I’ve been working on a Transformers related web project for the last couple of months. Hopefully, regular weekly blogs should resume this weekend.
Today however is special. It is the eve of that holiest of holy days, that moment without equal, opening day! I’m not sure that any other sport makes as much of a spectacle of the season opener as Major League Baseball, but maybe that’s just because it’s my favorite sport. I didn’t want to let the season begin without making my picks for the 2011 season.
In the National League, I have the Phillies winning the East easily, while the Cubs beat out the Reds in a close Central Division race. In the west, I see a three-way race with the defending World Series Champion Giants being beat out by the Rockies. For the Wild card, we go back to the East where the Braves take it easily.
In the American League, I predict the Red Sox demolish the American League to a record of 107-55, winning the Eastern Division easily. The only playoff threat in the Central is the Twins, and the Rangers repeat as Western Division Champions. The Wild Card goes to the Yankees. Ugh.
I think the National League Championship will go to the Cubs who will pull off two major upsets over both the Braves and Phillies.
In the American League (do I even need to say it?) the Boston Red Sox will easily defeat their first round opponent and, if there is any justice, bludgeon the Yankees with the greatest offense MLB has ever seen, into submission. (After this year, teams will no longer be compared to the 1927 Yankees, they’ll be compared to the 2011 Red Sox.) Sweeps in both series.
As much as I hate to inflict more misery on the poor Cubs fans…the Red Sox will beat them easily. I just hope we don’t have it end with another soul sucking heart stomping impossible to believe incredibly unlikely play (Steve Bartman, I’m talking about you). I don’t want the Cubs fans to suffer needlessly. It should be a sweep, quick and painless.
As to awards, I think Roy Halladay will win yet another Cy Young Award in the National League with Prince Fielder taking the MVP Award in a contract year. In the American League, Jon Lester will win his first Cy Young Award, and the often overlooked Kevin Youkilis will win the MVP Award beating out his teammates, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford.
Thanks for reading and go Red Sox!