In accordance with my efforts to complete all previews prior to next week’s MLB Opening Day (see AL Preview, NL Preview, Cy Young Predictions), I present my prognostications for the MLB Standings 2011.
Familiar powers will return to the postseason in 2011. AL East sibling rivalry will feature the Bosox and Yankees as has been the case most of this decade but the Red Sox will finally best the Bronx Bombers thanks to a winter of Yankee-like free agent acquisitions. Look for the Chisox and Minnesota Twins to slug it out in the AL Central with the White Sox finally getting the best of the Bloomington Bopsies. In the West, last year’s AL Champion Texas Rangers will feel some heat from the Angels and the division will be heaven-sent. Los Angeles will find their way back into the postseason. Boston and Chicago will face each other in the ALCS with the Red Sox heading back to the World Series as the AL champs.
The National League will feature a lot of the same contestants from the 2010 postseason but with different results. Look for Philadelphia and San Francisco to lead the way while the Reds and Braves once again show their stuff. Colorado, Milwaukee and St. Louis will all assert themselves as contenders and the Cubs may find their way into the mix but ultimately the NL Central will be the Black and Blue Division. Should San Francisco and Philadelphia square off in another NLCS, it will be the Phillies this time around who celebrate. Four Aces (Phillies Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels) beats 2-1/2 Men (Giants’ Lincecum, Cain, Bumgartner) though these two teams resemble one another more than ever.
1. Prince Fielder, MIL .290 AVG, 55 HR, 159 RBI
Runners Up: Ryan Howard, PHI, Dan Uggla, ATL, Ryan Braun, MIL, Albert Pujols, STL, Andre Ethier, LAD, Troy Tulowitzsky, COL, Joey Votto, CIN, Jay Bruce, CIN
AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP
Runners Up: Carl Crawford, BOS, Robinson Cano, NYY, Vernon Wells, LAA, Josh Hamilton, TEX, Adam Lind, TOR
NLCS – Philadelphia (100-62) defeat San Francisco (90-72) 4-3
ALCS – Boston Red Sox (99-63) defeat Chicago White Sox (94-68) 4-2
Make sure you also see :
AL Preview http://prosportsblogging.com/mlb-baseball/mlb-2011-preview-al-east/
NL Preview http://prosportsblogging.com/mlb-baseball/mlb-2011-national-league-preview/
Pitching Preview : http://prosportsblogging.com/mlb-baseball/aces-wild-in-philadelphia/
Cy Young Predictions: http://prosportsblogging.com/mlb-baseball/2011-cy-young-predictions/
About the Author
Written by Christopher Rowe
Contributing writer Comcast Sports, NY Times contributing stringer 1996-2000, Contributing writer Yahoo Sports (2001 World Series). Contributing writer Newsday Long Island (1992-1994, Jets Training Camp) and Newak Star Ledger. Freelance Copywriter, Editor/Founder Atlantic Times Weekly (1993-2003) fantasy football magazine, produced screenwriter and general humorist. Hofstra University grad, Marist College honorary alum, Salesian; Purveyor of the Value and Valor of Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL Championship; Adrent believer that Eagles could have won Super Bowl XV...and Super Bowl XXXIX...plus modern decade of Eagles 5 NFC Championships... Believer in the Broad Street Bullies and the 1983 Sixers... Witness to Philadelphia Phillies World Series championships 1980 & 2008, Suffered Phillies first pro sports team to reach 10,000 losses,witnessed "1980 Cardiac Kids," 1983 "Wheeze Kids," 1993 "Macho Row" and many, many, many not-so-memorable seasons in-between... until the Philadelphia Baseball Renaissance of 21st Century, Five NL East division titles 2007-2011, 3 NLCS appearances 2008-2010, 2 consecutive World Series berths 2008 & 2009. 2008 World Champions of baseball [miss ya Harry and Richie]; "collector" of MLB ballparks (42 stadiums including 15 which are gone); Fantasy Football & Baseball player since 1992. Always a sports fan... Tenui Nec Dimittam Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org