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2011 MLB Preview: Finalizing the on Paper Series, Who Wins it All?

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Mar 31 2011 @ 2:42 am In MLB | 3 Comments

To me Opening Day always marked the beginning of Spring, despite what that silly groundhog says.  A little bit after 1:00 p.m. eastern standard time, the season officially begins, and I can’t contain myself.

Everyone starts at 0-0, and fans from all teams remain optomistic.  Even fans from the Royals and Pirates think they have a shot.

Baseball is back my friends!

DIVISION SERIES PICKS

NLDS- Philadelphia (NL East winner) vs Colorado (NL WC winner)

These two foes met in the 2009 NLDS with the Phillies winning the series in four games.  I don’t see a different result here.

Phillies in three

 

NLDS- San Francisco (NL West winner) vs Milwaukee (NL Central winner)

This could be an interesting series, but I think the Giants pitching is too much.

Giants in four

 

ALDS- Boston (AL East winner) vs Los Angeles (AL West winner)

If this happens, it would be the fifth time since 2004 that the Angels and Red Sox have met in the postseason.  The Angels won the last meeting in 2009, but the Red Sox took the first three match-ups. 

Red Sox in three

 

ALDS- Minnesota (AL Central winner) vs New York (AL WC winner)

For the last two years the Twins went down to the Yankees in the ALDS, but I think the Twins are ready to overcome the Yankees.  New York will miss Andy Pettite this postseason.

Twins in five

 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PICKS

NLCS- Philadelphia vs San Francisco

It’s a rematch of last year’s NLCS, but the Phillies have the better pitching staff this season.

Phillies in six

 

ALCS- Boston vs Minnesota

I think this would be an exciting, high scoring series, but I think the Red Sox have too much firepower.

Red Sox in six

 

WORLD SERIES PICK

World Series- Philadelphia vs Boston

So I went with the convential pick.  I tried to find something unconventional, but barring injury, these two teams are head over heels better than everyone else in baseball.  Of course, stranger things have happened, but this would be a dream World Series.

Pitching wins in the playoffs, and the Phillies have the best staff in baseball.  I’m taking Philly.

Phillies in six

WORLD SERIES MVP- Roy Halladay

 

 

MVP PICKS

NL MVP- Ryan Braun (Mil)

Braun has always has been a consistent hitter.  I have the Brewers winning the NL Central with Braun being the main reason why.  His teammate Prince Fielder is a dark-horse candidate being in a contract year.

2. Troy Tulowitzki (Col)

3. Albert Pujols (Stl)

4. Ryan Howard (Phi)

5. Buster Posey (SF)

 

AL MVP- Carl Crawford (Bos)

A lot of people have went with Adrian Gonzalez as the MVP, but I love Crawford this year.  He’s going to score a ton of runs, hit for a high average and cause havoc on the base paths.

2. Robinson Cano (NYY)

3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos)

4. Josh Hamilton (Tex)

5. Miguel Cabrera (Det)

 

CY YOUNG PICKS

NL Cy Young- Josh Johnson (Fla)

The Marlins are my surprise team this season, and Johnson will be the main reason why. 

2. Roy Halladay (Phi)

3. Tim Lincecum (SF)

4. Cliff Lee (Phi)

5. Tommy Hanson (Atl)

 

AL Cy Young- CC Sabathia (NYY)

Besides Sabathia, the Yankees have very little depth in the rotation.  There’s a lot of pressure on him to carry the load in New York.  I think he responds by having the best season of his career.

2. Jon Lester (Bos)

3. Felix Hernandez (Sea)

4. Jered Weaver (LAA)

5. Justin Verlander (Det)

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR PICKS

NL ROY- Aroldis Chapman (Cin)

I think this will be similar to how Feliz won his Cy Young last year.  I think eventually Champman takes the closer’s job and runs with it.  With a 100-plus MPH fastball, and a Randy Johnson like slider, he’s not easy to square up.

2. Brandon Belt (SF)

3. Freddie Freeman (Atl)

4. Craig Kimbrel (Atl)

5. Danny Espinosa (Was)

 

AL ROY- Jeremy Hellickson (TB)

If last year was any indication, Hellickson could be due for a big year.  Matt Garza will be missed, but I think Hellickson will make up his production.

2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Min)

3. Mike Moustakas (KC)

4. Ivan Nova (NYY)

5. Kyle Drabek (Tor)

 

POWER RANKINGS

1. Philadelphia Phillies

2. Boston Red Sox

3. New York Yankees

4. Minnesota Twins

5. San Francisco Giants

6. Milwaukee Brewers

7. Colorado Rockies

8. Cincinnati Reds

9. Florida Marlins

10. St. Louis Cardinals

11. Los Angeles Angels

12. Texas Rangers

13. Chicago White Sox

14. Detroit Tigers

15. Atlanta Braves

16. Los Angeles Dodgers

17. Chicago Cubs

18. Oakland Athletics

19. San Diego Padres

20. Tampa Bay Rays

21. New York Mets

22. Seattle Mariners

23. Baltimore Orioles

24. Houston Astros

25. Toronto Blue Jays

26. Arizona Diamondbacks

27. Washington Nationals

28. Cleveland Indians

29. Pittsburgh Pirates

30. Kansas City Royals

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