Thursday, April 2, 2009


Well the Brewers are playing their final spring training game in Arizona today. They have a couple of fake games at Dodgers Stadium this weekend and then the Regular season starts in San Francisco on Tuesday. I'll be in the Bay Area next week so I'll be catching Gallardo's first start on Wednesday and the next game on Thursday before getting on the red-eye to make it back to Milwaukee in time for the home opener. Oh, and I'm going to the game on the 11th too. Attending four out of the first five is pretty good, no? Anyone else going to opening day (or any of the SF games)? I figure this is as good a time as any to make some season predictions:

East: Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Nationals
Central: Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Cardinals, Astros, Pirates
West: Dodgers, D-Backs, Giants, Rockies, Padres
Wild Card: Phillies

East: Yankees, Red Sox, Devil Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles
Central: Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Indians, Royals
West: Angels, As, Mariners, Rangers
Wildcard: Red Sox

NLDS: Brewers over Phillies 3-1
NLDS: Dodgers over Mets 3-0

ALDS:Yankees over Tigers 3-0
ALDS: Red Sox over Angels 3-2

NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers 4-2
ALCS: Yankees over Red Sox 4-1

World Series: Yankees over Dodgers 4-1

NL MVP: Ryan Braun
NL Cy Young: Cole Hamels

AL MVP: Don't care.
AL Cy Young: CC Sabathia

What do you guys think?


tracker said...

I don't know how you put the Cubs 3rd. As far as I'm concerned they were a good team that got better. And I don't know how you put the Brewers first, who certainly appear to be only slightly better than last year's 86-win outfit (yeah, I know they won 90 but I'm discounting the CC factor and calling yo-Sheets a wash).

I'm in the camp, however, that the Reds are a serious potential WC contender, as are a bunch of teams. In fact, the only teams I'm immediately dismissing from wild-card contention are Pittsburgh, San Diego and the Marlins. Probably Houston too, in spite of Cecil Cooper's belief that he's managing a 100-win team.

DannyNoonan said...

"I don't know how you put the Cubs 3rd. As far as I'm concerned they were a good team that got better. And I don't know how you put the Brewers first,"


E.S.K. said...


The guys on the Baseball America podcast predicted the Cubs to be this years Detroit Tigers (and the hose of Baseball Today echoed those sentiments). There seems to be a bit of a Cubs backlash going on.

I'll still be picking them to win the division. I'll post mine tomorrow.

ahren said...

east: marlins, mets, phillies, braves, nationals
central: brewers, cubs, cardinals, reds, pirates, astros
west: giants, d-backs, dodgers, rockies, padres
wildcard: mets

east: rays, red sox, yankees, jays, o's
central: indians, twins, tigers, white sox, royals
west: a's, angels, rangers, mariners
wildcard: angels

nlds: mets over dodgers 3-2
nlds: brewers over marlins 3-1
alds: indians over angels 3-1
alds: red sox over a's 3-2
nlcs: brewers over mets 4-3
alcs: indians over red sox 4-2
ws: brewers over indians 4-3

nl mvp: hanley ramirez
nl cy: lincecum
nl roy: cameron maybin

al mvp: grady sizemore
al cy: dice-k
al roy: brett anderson

ahren said...

nice opening day schedule danny. i'll be hitting up the rockies home opener and the third game of that series as well...

if anyone is ever in denver and wants to catch a game, gimme a shout-- i'm a quick walk from coors field.

the brewers series is the 2nd last series of the year...

PaulNoonan said...

East: Mets, Braves, Phillies, Marlins, Nationals
Central: Cubs, Brewers Reds, Cardinals, Pirates, Astros
West: Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Rockies, Padres
Wild Card: Braves

East: Yankees, Devil Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles
Central: Indians, Twins, Royals, White Sox, Tigers
West: Angels, Rangers, Mariners, A’s
Wildcard: Rays

NLDS: Cubs over Braves
NLDS: Mets over Dodgers

ALDS:Yankees over Indians
ALDS: Rays over Angels

NLCS: Cubs over Mets
ALCS: Rays over Yankees

World Series: Rays over Cubs

NL MVP: David Wright
NL Cy Young: Edinson Volquez

AL MVP: Nick Markakis
AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke

tracker said...

Dbacks (WC)

Brewer wins - 87

Cy Young- Volquez
MVP- Pujols

DannyNoonan said...

"nice opening day schedule danny."

Yeah, it couldn't have worked out better. I just happen to be in SF that week for work and the deposition I'm covering has been ending early so the Wednesday and Thursday games are totally doable. Sadly, the first game is probably too early to catch, but I might give it a shot depending on how things go.

And I'm with E. The Cubs are the team to beat in the central, but they are fragile. Just a little misfortune and they go from great to shitty real quick.

Chris said...

I bet AT&T park will be frigid better bring a coat. I am very jealous

Jon said...

Nick Markakis as MVP? He could lead the league in WARP, WPA, etc., he's not winning MVP on a last place team. I suppose if you were picking who you thought would deserve your MVP vote, its more possible. the AL East is so stacked its ridiculous. Ok here goes
East: Mets, Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Nationals
Central: Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Astros, Pirates
West: Dodgers, D-Backs, Giants, Rockies, Padres
Wild Card: Phillies

East: Yankees, Rays, Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles
Central: Twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals, White Sox
West: As, Angels, Rangers, Ms
Wildcard: Rays

NLDS: Phillies over Cubs
NLDS: Mets over Dodgers

ALDS:Yankees over As
ALDS: Rays over Twins

NLCS: Mets over Phillies
ALCS: Rays over Yankees

World Series: Rays over Mets

NL MVP: Chase Utley
NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb

AL MVP: Mark Texeira
AL Cy Young: Scott Kazmir