Jesse and Sam's 2010 MLB Predictions

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

With the Major League Baseball season beginning this week it is time once again for predictions. Jesse Kurtz and Sam Farnsworth both made their picks for division winners, playoff winners and World Series winners for the 2010 season. Let us know where you agree and disagree and what your predictions are as well.

Jesse Kurtz's 2010 MLB predictions:

AL EAST

1.       Boston Red Sox
2.       Tampa Bay Rays
3.       New York Yankees
4.       Toronto Blue Jays
5.       Baltimore Orioles
The Yankees will not defend their World Series title. The Yanks aging lineup will catch up with them in 2010 while the Red Sox starting pitching is outstanding! Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey will be the best rotation in baseball. Tampa Bay’s roster is still filled with young talent that will continue to mature but it won’t get them into the playoffs in 2010. 
AL CENTRAL
1.       Detroit Tigers
2.       Minnesota Twins
3.       Chicago White Sox
4.       Kansas City Royals
5.       Cleveland Indians
Minnesota will feel the loss of Joe Nathan. The Twins closer was one of the best in baseball. I don’t think you lose that sort of talent and still win the division. Not with a team like Detroit breathing down your neck. The Tigers will benefit from the veteran leadership that Johnny Damon will provide and will return to the playoffs in 2010.
AL WEST
1.       Texas Rangers
2.       Seattle Mariners
3.       Los Angeles Angels
4.       Oakland Athletics
Texas will again field one of the top offenses in baseball in 2010. The Rangers pitching has drastically improved too with the addition of Rich Harden. I like Seattle a lot, especially the 1-2 punch of Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, but the pre-season injury problems to Lee have me a little bit concerned. Seattle still makes the playoffs as a wild card team.
NL EAST
1.       Philadelphia Philles
2.       Atlanta Braves
3.       Florida Marlins
4.       New York Mets
5.       Washington Nationals
This is the Phillies division… No Question! Roy Halladay will win 25 games which will take some pressure off Cole Hammels. Philly’s offense is crazy good once again. The Braves will give the Phils a run for the division title with the great young pitching and Billy Wagner as the team’s new closer, but they won’t make the playoffs.
NL CENTRAL
1.       St. Louis Cardinals
2.       Chicago Cubs
3.       Milwaukee Brewers
4.       Cincinnati Reds
5.       Houston Astros
6.       Pittsburgh Pirates
Look for Matt Holliday to play very well for the Cardinals in 2010. Fresh off signing a new contract, the former Rockies slugger will protect Albert Pujols in the lineup to provide a dangerous middle of the lineup in St. Louis. Sorry, Cubs fans… There’s always next year.
NL WEST
1.       Colorado Rockies
2.       Los Angeles Dodgers
3.       Arizona Diamondbacks
4.       San Francisco Giants
5.       San Diego Padres
The Colorado Rockies will win their first division title in franchise history IF they pitching staff stays healthy. Already Jeff Francis is headed to the D-L (which is really scary). If Francis gets healthy, the Rockies have one of the best rotations (1-5) in the National League. Ubaldo Jimenez, Jeff Francis, Aaron Cook, Jorge De La Rosa and Jason Hammel each could win 14-18 games. I like the Diamondbacks to surprise some people to give the Dodgers a run for the #2 spot in the division.
AL PLAYOFFS
ALDS – Boston Red Sox over Seattle Mariners (3-2)
Detroit Tigers over Texas Rangers (3-1)
ALCS – Boston Red Sox over Detroit Tigers (4-2)
NL PLAYOFFS
        NLDS – Philadelphia Phillies over Los Angeles Dodgers (3-0)
        Colorado Rockies over St. Louis Cardinals (3-2)
        NLCS – Philadelphia Phillies over Colorado Rockies (4-1)
WORLD SERIES
        Philadelphia Phillies over Boston Red Sox (4-2)

Sam Farnsworth's 2010 MLB predictions:

AL EAST

1.       New York Yankees
2.       Boston Red Sox
3.       Toronto Blue Jays
4.       Tampa Bay Rays
5.       Baltimore Orioles
Same old story in the American League East. The Yankees are going to win another division title with the Red Sox right on their heels. But here’s my curve this time around… the Red Sox will NOT make the post season. See AL West.
AL CENTRAL
1.       Minnesota Twins
2.       Detroit Tigers
3.       Kansas City Royals
4.       Chicago White Sox
5.       Cleveland Indians
With the MVP Joe Mauer locked into a long term deal and the acquisitions of DH/1B Jim Thome and SS J.J. Hardy to go along with Justin Morneau at first and Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Jason Kubel in the outfield, the Twins will win the AL Central and head back to the playoffs. I’m predicting Kubel to have a breakout season this year too, so keep an eye on him.
AL WEST
1.       Los Angeles Angels
2.       Seattle Mariners
3.       Texas Rangers
4.       Oakland Athletics
The Angels are a hard team to pick against in the AL West. They have one of the top managers in the Bigs in Mike Scosia, not to mention some huge bats in the lineup (Torrii Hunter, Kendry Morales, Bobby Abreu.) But the Angels were also active on the free-agent market picking up Hideki Matsui. I also like their pitching, led by Jared Weaver. But you can’t cout out the Mariners this year. I am picking Seattle to be the AL Wildcard winner finishing only a game behind the Angels down the stretch with Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez confusing opposing hitters.
NL EAST
1.       Philadelphia Phillies
2.       New York Mets
3.       Washington Nationals
4.       Florida Marlins
5.       Atlanta Braves
Once again the Philadelphia Phillies will emerge as the NL East division champs. Sure they lost Cliff Lee, but at the same time they picked up Roy Halladay. So there is no loss in the pitching staff. Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley will continue to lead the way at the plate. The New York Mest will finally pull off a healthy season and will finish second in the East as well as lock up the NL Wild Card.
NL CENTRAL
1.       St. Louis Cardinals
2.       Chicago Cubs
3.       Cincinnati Reds
4.       Milwaukee Brewers
5.       Houston Astros
6.       Pittsburgh Pirates
Will we ever see a winning team in Pittsburgh again? Only if the front office figures out how to sing and KEEP some All-Star caliber players. In the meantime, the St. Louis Cardinals will continue to take care of business in the Central with another divison title. Sorry Cubs fans! Despite finishing only two games behind the Cards, the drought will continue.
NL WEST
1.       Colorado Rockies
2.       San Francisco Giants
3.       Los Angeles Dodgers
4.       Arizona Diamondbacks
5.       San Diego Padres
O.K. Rockies fans. This is your year to finally win a division title. I tried to convince myself to not pick the Rox as the division winners, but I couldn’t. The Dodgers are a team in disarray and Manny will become more of a distraction than a help to the team which leaves them sliding to third. The Giants will gave the Rockies chase in September, but Jim Tracy will find a way to pull away in the final week of the season for the club’s third playoff appearance in the past four seasons.
AL PLAYOFFS
(ALDS) Yankees vs Mariners (NY wins in 5)
(ALDS) Angels vs Twins (LA wins in 5)
(ALCS) Yankees vs Angles (LA wins in 6)
NL PLAYOFFS
(NLDS) Phillies vs Cardinals (St. Louis wins in 4)
(NLDS) Rockies vs Mets (Colorado wins in 5)
(NLCS) Rockies vs Cardinals (St. Louis wins in 7)
WORLD SERIES

Angels vs Cardinals (L.A. wins in 6)

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