American League Predictions: UCB March Project
Posted by JE Powell
Every March the United Cardinal Bloggers’ Monthly Project deals with predictions. You can see mine from last year here, though I wasn’t very accurate. I will do my best to be better this year, though. And maybe I will be because of the extra Wild Card round. At least for who makes it in, I suppose, not necessarily in what order they finish. Also, I refrained from making final record predictions this year because I just wanted to predict the division standings. So, here goes.
- Detroit Tigers–Adding Price Fielder will make them an even better team over last season. A team that won 95 games.
- Cleveland Indians–If the movie Major League taught us anything it is not to count the Indians out.
- Kansas City Royals–Young team with up and comers. Should be an interesting year.
- Minnesota Twins–I picked them to win the division last year and they finished last. Health has been an issue. Probably will continue to be.
- Chicago White Sox–New manager, lost Mark Buehrle and have lost other key players. Looks like a rebuilding year.
- New York Yankees–It’s hard to pick against them to win the division.
- Boston Red Sox–Bobby Valentine should bring a little more discipline to the team and that should improve an otherwise good team.
- Tampa Bay Rays–Good team, but Red Sox should be improved, so it knocks the Rays down a peg, so to speak.
- Toronto Blue Jays–Languished around .500 most of last season and probably will this year, too.
- Baltimore Orioles–This is the Orioles. No reason to think they aren’t. Last place.
- Texas Rangers—I am picking them to finish first, just on principle. I am (admittedly) still a little bitter about the whole Pujols ordeal (despite my previous posts).
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim–Improved with the additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. But I cannot let myself pick them to finish first, again, based on principle.
- Seattle Mariners–Probably better than last year.
- Oakland A’s–They are trying to move to San Jose and have traded away several promising young pitchers. This team is not going to very good.
I fully admit that some of these picks are a little biased, but dammit, I just cannot bring myself to pick the Angel’s. But there you have it, a letter opener*, er, I mean my picks.
*See Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie to get this reference.