The past 4 seasons I have posted my preseason picks on my FACEBOOK page. I have done very well despite missing every World Series winner, but that puts me right in line with the 44 “EXPERTS” on ESPN. To prove how good I am. I decided to put my predictions in photos. Of course these photos use my hat collection and my nifty little smart phone so here goes.
Your 2014 MOST ACCURATE MLB PRESEASON PICKS
I’m a homer, simply put, so let’s start in the NL EAST where of course I pick Atlanta. It’s the easiest division in baseball. I also pick the Nats to go to the Wild Card, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they lost 90 games. Speaking of losing 90 games the Phillies need to start selling fast, and Sandy up in NY -your fan base is tired of losing; sure the team has improved offensively, but the starting pitching outside of Zack Wheeler is a mess.
Next up the lovely NL Central. This will spur some debate and/or some anger. Yes, I like the Pirates. I think they are building a consistent winner, and I feel that Gerrit Cole is about to make, that Matt Harvey leap– (without the TJ I hope). The Reds will score runs, but also give up plenty. I think, I’m the only human that isn’t sold on Homer Bailey. I’m also not sold on Cueto’s health. The Reds won’t be bad, but Ryan Braun will be looking to shut up his critics. I’m not one of them, but I am critical of Rickie Weeks. If Weeks can hit .230 the Brewers might make a wild card push. The Cards are the class of the division, I think of them as baseball’s Tim Tebow. They will win games–just not enough to win the division. Poor Chicago–Theology hasn’t worked as planned, but your teams in Iowa, Tennessee, and Daytona are awesome.
The Lovely NL WEST -oh how easy it should be to pick this division except I loathe Los Angeles. Ryu will be better than Grienke. Haren might be better than Grienke this year too. Kemp will rebound to Kemp status and the rest of the team will be introduced to “STAT GRAVITY.” On the other hand Tim Hudson will not win more than 12 games, but the advice he will give Cain and Bumgarner will make the Giants the most dangerous rotation (I didn’t say best I said dangerous) in baseball. The rest of the division is in the rear view even though my last blog thinks we found a sleeper in Denver
The AL East will be a 5 team dog fight. It really is New York’s to lose. And they will. Boston was strong last year; they even had the luck of the Irish, but they aren’t that good. Too many holes up the middle, the left, the right, and the rotation. Boston fans will be upset, until December, when they over pay for Max Scherzer.
The AL Central has been the Tigers division. It should continue to be, except Kansas City had a really good off-season. Omar Infante plugs the gaping hole at 2nd, and the addition of Aoki, will have the Royals dancing into October. Honestly the 1 and 2 can flip either/or, the three, four and five will all fight for .500. I think Terry Francona is the second best manager in baseball, but the Indians are a year older and banking on Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar instead of Kazmir and Ubaldo this is Jordan Belfort level risk, and nope I am not buying em. There is hope in Chicago and Minnesota though, one is 27 the other is 19.
The competitiveness of the AL WEST ends this year. Oakland will dominate. Seattle will improve thanks to Cano, and the young pitching. The Angels are hoping they can sign Tony Danza to plug into the atrocious back three of their rotation. Texas wishes they could have Tony Danza, Sam Malone, and the kid from Rookie-of-the-Year. Houston just wishes they could have all the kids from The Sandlot.
Well I really hope this year my World Series happens.
I am taking my favorite GM Billy Bean to finally get to the big game, play a 7 game duel with the Atlanta Braves and finally put on the ring. (Hollywood sequel to Moneyball)
But we all know this is what will happen instead.