The MLB regular season has come to an end, so it’s time for my annual horrible playoff predictions, guaranteed to make me look like an idiot.
Before I get to my new predictions, let’s revisit the ones I made prior to the season.
1. New York — Pitching still a question mark, but that offense still one of the best.
2. Tampa Bay (WC) — Not a lot of offense, but that rotation is sick.
5. Baltimore — Hard to see them getting much better this year.
Looking back: Clearly I started off these predictions strong with the Orioles.
1. Detroit — Easily the class of the division.
5. Chicago — Not a lot to look forward to on the South Side this year.
Looking back: The White Sox overachieved, but in the end, I got the Detroit pick right.
1. Texas — Rangers are most complete team in the league.
2. Los Angeles (WC) — Pitching, Pujols make this team dangerous down the stretch.
4. Oakland — Repeat after me: Billy Beane is not a genius.
Looking back: In my defense, no one had the A’s winning this division.
1. Miami — Lot of energy with new park, new manager and talented roster.
2. Philadelphia (WC) — Injuries to Howard, Utley will hurt early in the season.
3. Atlanta — I still don’t believe in the Braves, despite most “experts” predicting big things.
4. Washington — Not this year, but 2013 could be the breakout season for the Nationals.
Looking back: Aside from the Mets, I got the order completely reversed here.
1. Cincinnati — On paper, Reds among league’s elite. Will Dusty Baker screw it up?
2. Milwaukee — Lineup definitely weaker this season, but the rotation is still strong.
3. St. Louis — Losing Carpenter for extended period could be as bad as losing Pujols.
4. Houston — I think this team will be more entertaining than the past two seasons. These young kids will hustle.
5. Chicago — As a Cubs fan, it pains me to say this — they stink.
6. Pittsburgh — Pirates still can’t be taken seriously.
Looking back: I overrated the Astros and underrated the Pirates. I was spot on with the Reds, though.
1. San Francisco — If the Giants can generate some offense, watch out.
2. Arizona (WC) — Not a great lineup, but the pitching staff will keep them in games.
Looking back: I nailed the Giants pick.
So overall I picked five of the 10 playoff spots correctly, including four division winners. Not great, but solid.
How about the awards and playoffs?
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, New York (I don’t know, something tells me he has one more MVP season in him)
AL Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay
NL MVP: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles
NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco
Looking back: The only one that might happen is Price winning the Cy Young. Lincecum…not so much.
Detroit over Los Angeles: Playing one-game playoff will hurt rotation.
Texas over New York: Rangers should cruise in a sweep
San Francisco over Philadelphia: See Los Angeles.
Cincinnati over Miami: An entertaining series, but Reds’ bats prevail.
Looking back: Every team I have advancing made the playoffs
Detroit over Texas: Tough to win pennant three years in a row.
San Francisco over Cincinnati: Could be a fun seven-game series.
San Francisco over Detroit
The Giants’ pitching proves to be too much, and San Fran takes out the Tigers in six games.
Looking back: This could still happen!
OK, now that we’ve gone over my preseason picks, here are my new horrible playoff picks.
Texas over Baltimore: Darvish leads the way for Rangers
Atlanta over St. Louis: Braves are the better team, by far.
Detroit over Oakland: The dream ends for the A’s.
Texas over New York: I still don’t really trust the Yankees pitching.
San Francisco over Cincinnati: This one could go the distance.
Atlanta over Washington: Braves bullpen will be the difference.
Detroit over Texas: Keeping with my preseason pick.
Atlanta over San Francisco: Bailing on the Giants now. Atlanta’s offense is a little better.
Detroit over Atlanta: Verlander wins two and the Tigers win in six games.
Oh yeah…fuck Miguel Cabrera!
NL MVP: Buster Posey: Braun had a better year, but the steroid issue keeps him from winning.
NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey: Writers will reward a knuckleballer that won 20 games on a horrible team.
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander: It’s splitting hairs between Verlander and David Price, but Verlander wins again.
AL MVP: Ah, the true debate.
I see both sides of the argument here. The new stats say Trout in a landslide. He’s got base running and defense over Cabrera, his WAR is through the roof and RBIs have become a flawed stat. But the traditionalists say the Triple Crown trumps all.
I think there are more traditionalists voting, so I think Cabrera edges out Trout in the voting. Personally, I wish everyone would get together and just agree to make them co-MVPs. Who would be against this?
If I had a vote…I’d go Trout. But I admit, I hate Miguel Cabrera so much. Fucking 2003 Marlins!
• After finishing with the best record in our league, I placed fourth in the fantasy baseball playoffs. My pitching let me down big time. Oh well, wait till next year.
• Mercifully the Cubs and Astros seasons are over. It can only go up from here…right?
• I’ll have a good college football blog coming early next week. Let’s just say Texas fans and their “I believe” talk after beating Oklahoma State got me thinking – and fired up.
• The Bears win over Dallas on Monday was awesome. That’s the most fun I’ve had watching a Bears game in a while. It proves that if Cutler gets protection, Chicago is tough to beat.
• Houston is the best team in the NFL, no doubt. And they are going to show the world when the Texans destroy the Jets on MNF.
• Booked my first media tour of the Festival of Lights season. Got 11 bookings over three days in four cities. That’s studly folks.
Four of the stops are TV, so I may have a link or two to share. The media tour runs from Oct. 14-17.
• While getting our hotel on Oct. 14 in Shreveport, my partner Stephanie and I had one request – it had to have AMC. The Walking Dead starts that night, and we have no intention of missing the beginning of Season 3!
• Is it Nov. 7 yet?
• Your HARO gem of the day:
Summary: Curve-A-Licious Ladies
Name: Angela Weingrad Major Cable Network
Media Outlet: Major Cable Network
ATTENTION ALL CURVE-A-LICIOUS LADIES!!!
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STARRING FUN, WILD, 20-SOMETHING GIRLS IN LOS ANGELES THAT DRESS SEXY, DATE HOT GUYS, AND PARTY HARDER THAN ALL THOSE “SKINNY B*TCHES”
NOW CASTING REAL WOMEN WITH REAL CURVES WHO ARE SINGLE, LOVE TO DATE HOT MEN, PARTY, DRESS SEXY, AND HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE THAN THOSE SKINNY BITCHES!
Buckley’s Note: WHY THE CAPS?!?
• Finally, you may have seen me post this on Wednesday, but I nearly hit the disabled list.
Let’s just say Garage Door 1, Buckley’s Finger 0.
Bear Down and Keep the Faith!