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Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

Posted on: April 3, 2010 1:54 am
Edited on: April 3, 2010 1:05 pm
 
After reading Scott Miller's predictions (and quickly realizing the MLB season is about to start), I've decided to put together some predictions regarding the MLB for this season. There will be some shocking performances here and there, yet overall, I see a pretty straightforward year for the contenders. With that being said, I also see a nice surprise come World Series time...

American League Predictions

AL East Division Winner: New York Yankees

In the East, it's hard to pick against the defending champions. They have a solid group of players who know they can win it all once again, and made some solid additions in the offseason, including pitcher Javier Vazquez and outfielder Curtis Granderson. Combine those two with the likes of Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, Derek Jeter, etc., and you have a team more than capable of winning their second consecutive World Series.

AL Central Division Winner: Minnesota Twins

With one of the best players in the league in Joe Mauer, as well as a superb supporting cast that includes Justin Morneau, reborn Michael Cuddyer, up and coming Denard Span, and underrated offseason addition Orlando Hudson, this is a team that can hit. The pitching is something to watch as always, but look for Kevin Slowey to have a solid year. He's got great command and his low walk rates will definitely help the Twins and their pitching woes.

AL West Division Winner: Texas Rangers

I expect Ian Kinsler to have a huge year, and I don't really know why. I have a feeling his batting average will raise greatly this season, while maintaining his home run total from last season. I really believe Kinsler will contend for the AL MVP this year, and possibly win it. He's got all the talent to make it happen. As for the rest of the team, there is a lot of talent among the Rangers. If Josh Hamilton can even improve slightly, and stay healthy, it's a huge plus for the Rangers.

AL Wild Card: Boston Red Sox

Victor Martinez didn't make as huge of a splash last year as I thought he would, but I like him to have a solid year this season. Here's a guy who is a hard worker and an overall well rounded player. Boston has too many talented players, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Lackey, Jonathan Papelbon, not to make the playoffs. As always, they will contend for the division title as well.

AL Champions: Boston Red Sox

It's a bit of a stretch, but I really like Boston's chances this year. Tim Wakefield is no Jamie Moyer, not yet, and as the worst pitcher in the rotation can still provide some solid innings here and there. Clay Buchholz has great potential, and the trio of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey could be dangerous come playoff time. And as mentioned earlier, a lot of talented hitters on the squad as well.

player photoAL MVP: Evan Longoria

 Ian Kinsler, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Mauer, and Dustin Pedroia will all be in MVP talks, but I like the young third baseman from Tampa Bay to win the MVP this year. He's got great power and just needs to improve slightly on his batting average, which I believe he will this year. Definitely see a breakout year coming, and a huge breakout year at that.


player photoAL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz

 He's got an unbelievable amount of potential, even with everything he's already shown. As a young pitcher, a mixture of nerves and inexperience may lead to a higher ERA than most would expect, but his strikeout numbers and wins should offset that. A scary good young pitcher, always hard to go against.


player photoAL Cy Young: Justin Verlander


 The best strikeout artist in the American League and a 20 win threat, it's hard not to respect Justin Verlander as one of the best aces in the league. Felix Hernandez and C.C. Sabathia will have strong years and contend for the Cy, but I like Verlander and his consistency to get the job done. With that being said, it would be nice to see him get that ERA down, even if slightly.
Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 7:09 pm
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

I think the Mariners have a realistic shot at beating out the Angels and Rangers, don't you think?Honestly, any of those three teams you mentioned have a shot at taking the division. I went a different direction that most people, but I have no problem with anyone who thinks that the Angels or Mariners win the division. My main knack on Seattle is that they improved, but I don't think they improved that drastically. We shall see, though.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 7:06 pm
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Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

I think the Mariners have a realistic shot at beating out the Angels and Rangers, don't you think?



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 11:57 am
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

Rangers can squeak by the Angels or Mariners and take the division.It will definitely be a close race throughout the season among those three teams, and honestly any of those three could win the division. I think the Angels just lost too much in the offseason, whereas the Mariners gained a lot. Still, I like the Rangers hitting and pitching depth to trump the quickly-improving Mariners squad. I think Cliff Lee may be getting hyped up a tad bit too much. He's a solid pitcher, but not elite.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 11:54 am
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

Sadly, the Yankees will probably be the ones holding up the trophy at the end of the year.I think they have a great shot as well, obviously, but it will be hard. Getting to the World Series by beating the Red Sox in a series beforehand will be very difficult, and then dealing with the NL Champ (everyone's saying Phillies, so why not?) will be tougher than last year, especially if the Yanks get over-confident. The Red Sox are just loaded with talent, as are the Rays in that division. The Yankees really have their work cut out for them, it's waaay to early to declare them champs. But yea, obviously they are frontrunners.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:40 am
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

Good blog my friend. I agree that Longo is MVP material and that the Rangers can squeak by the Angels or Mariners and take the division. Holland, Feliz, Feldman are all really good pitchers.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:22 am
 

Harst's 2010 MLB Predictions: American League

Sadly, the Yankees will probably be the ones holding up the trophy at the end of the year.


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