Posted by JE Powell
Here it is, the third installment of my Montly Predicitons where I try to predict the Cardinals record for the month and overall record. So far I have been exactly right in predicting a 16-11 record in April and a 17-12 record for May. However, I will also predict that this will be the first time this year that I am wrong and will not be correct in June. Law of averages and all that.
Cards vs. SF Giants, 2 Games Series (last two of a series that started in May)
I am going with the same prediction of the first two games of the four game series and saying 1-1.
Cards vs. Chicago Cubs, 3 Game series
I predicted a 1-2 finish against the Cubs last month and I am going to predict a 1-2 series for the Cards again this month. Mostly because I hope by predicting the Cards actually win the series.
Cards at Houston Astros, 3 Game series
I cannot predict a sweep for the Cards for a third straight series against the ‘Stros, but I will predict a 2-1 finish against them in this series.
Cards at Milwaukee Brewers, 3 Game Series
The Brew Crew is playing very well right now, but I am going to predict a 2-1 series win for the Cardinals in this one. The Brewers are not a very good road team and this series is in St. Louis.
Cards at Washington Nationals, 3 Game Series
Pretty simple prediction on this one 2-1.
Cards vs. Kansas City Royals, 3 Game Series
The last time these two teams faced each other, back in May, the Cards won the series 2-1, but it was hard fought. However, I think the Cards will go 2-1 again, but a little easier this time. KC isn’t playing that well right now, so Cards win the series.
Cards vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3 Game Series
When these two teams met back in May, the Cards swept a two game series against the Phillies, but I don’t think the Phils will go down that easily again. 1-2, Cards lose the series.
Cards vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 3 Games Series
Jose Bautista is doing his best Albert Pujols impression this season (perhaps better as he hit 54 HR in 2010 and Pujols has never broke 50). However, the Blue Jays are mostly a one man show. Cards 2-1.
Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles, 3 Game Series
Baltimore is an improved team this season over last year, but right now I think the Cardinals are a better team. Cards 2-1
So, I am predicting a 15-11 record with an overall record of 48-34. Tune in next month where I will have a “I was wrong, but right about being wrong” post if I am, in fact, wrong.
Just like yesterday, please excuse the grammatical and spelling errors as I again sacrificed accuracy for content.
Posted by JE Powell
Just before the season started, I went through and predicted the outcome of each series in April (I was only right on 4 of the 9 series, but I had the over all recored right!) and I am now going to continue that for May. So, here I am at my computer, have a Diet Coke beside me and I am ready to go. (Just a note, I am going to go through this one a little quicker than last time, do to time constraints)
Cards at Atlanta, Last Game of 3 Game Series
It’s hard to sweep a series in the majors, but I am going to get greedy and say the Cards win this one. Derrick Lowe is the scheduled starter for Atlanta and he is fresh off of a DUI arrest, so perhaps he will be distracted. Oh, and the Cards have a little pitcher name Jaime Garcia going. 1-0
Cards vs. Florida, 4 Game Series
Florida is playing very well right now and so are the Cards. I see a draw. 2-2
Cards vs. Milwaukee, 3 Game Series
Milwaukee is a good hitting team this year, but seems to rely quite a bit on the long ball and their pitching isn’t quite what I thought it would be. They are still a good team, though, and I think it will be a tough series. Cards 2-1
Cards at Cubs, 3 Game Series
It seems to me that the Cards always struggle against the Cubs, especially in Chicago. I don’t have any stats to back that up, but I (and it frustrates me to says this) see a lost series. Cards 1-2
Cards at Cincinatti, 3 Game Series
The Reds are a much better team this year than their record (at the time of this writing, 13-13) would indicate and their is some recent bad blood between the two teams. I think the Cards have better pitching overall. Cards 2-1
Cards vs. Philadelphia, 2 Game Series
The Philies are pitching really well, but I think the Cards are two. These two teams match up well, in my opinion. Phillies have a little better pitching, but the Cards have a little better hitting. 1-1
Cards vs. Houston, 2 Game Series
If I keep predicting a sweep, I would have to be right sooner or later, right? Cards 2-0
Cards at Kansas City, 3 Game Series
The Royals are a good young team and a playing pretty well right now, but I think the Cards are a better team. I am also going out on a limb here and thinking that there might be as many Cards fans in KC as Royals fans. Might seem almsot like a home series. Cards 2-1
Cards at San Diego, 3 Game Series
A little revenge anyone? The Padres took two of three in St. Louis and since then the Cardinals have been hitting very well and the Padres haven’t. 2-1
Cards At Colorodo, 3 Game Series
This years Rockies team is much better than I thought they would be and are probably going to be near or at the top of the division all season long. Tough series, especially for in Colorodo. Cards 1-2
Cards vs. San Fransisco, 4 Game Series (Two in May)
The first two games depends on who the Cardinals face. If it’s Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, it will be tough to win both of the first two games. It will probably be tough anyway. 1-1
It’s kind of tough to predict how a team will do a week in advance, let alone a month, but, really, I have nothing to lose. Well, except perhaps the respect of my reader. But, my wife loves me, so I am not to worried about losing her respect. At least on my blog. If you do the math, I predict a 17-12 record for the month of May and a 33-23 record overall. If I am right, expect another “I Was Right! Sort Of…” post and if I am wrong, expect a “If you make enough predictions eventually you will get one right and just make sure you keep telling people about that one right prediction so they forget about the others” type of post. Or some such nonsense.