We made our bold predictions for the baseball season back in March.
The season is just about over.
How’d we do?
Judge for yourself:
|Tony Battaglia||Rick Green||Tom Reisenweber|
|3.||Tampa Bay||Baltimore||New York|
|4.||New York||Boston||Tampa Bay|
|2.||Kansas City||Cleveland||Kansas City|
|1.||LA Angels||LA Angels||Texas|
|Wild Card||Baltimore def. Oakland||Cleveland def. Texas||Baltimore def. LA Angels|
|Division round||Toronto def. Baltimore||LA Angels def. Cleveland||Detroit def. Baltimore|
|Detroit def. LA||Toronto def. Detroit||Toronto def. Texas|
|ALCS||Detroit def. Toronto||Toronto def. LA Angels||Detroit def. Toronto|
|MVP||Mike Trout, Angels||Jose Bautista, Blue Jays||Miguel Cabrera, Tigers|
|Cy Young||Justin Verlander, Tigers||Felix Hernandes, Mariners||Justin Verlander, Tigers|
|Rookie||Aaron Hicks, Twins||Wil Myers, Rays||Jurickson Profar, Rangers|
|Manager||Ned Yost, Royals||John Gibbons, Jays||Buck Showalter, Orioles|
|4.||New York||New York||New York|
|1.||LA Dodgers||LA Dodgers||San Francisco|
|2.||San Francisco||Arizona||LA Dodgers|
|4.||San Diego||San Diego||San Diego|
|Wild Card||Atlanta def. San Francisco||Washington def. Arizona||Atlanta def. Cincinnati|
|Division round||Washington def. Atlanta||Cincinnati def. Atlanta||Washington def. Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers def. Cincinnati||Washington def. LA Dodgers||San Francisco def. St. Louis|
|NLCS||Washington def. LA Dodgers||Cincinnati def. Washington||Washington def. San Francisco|
|MVP||Bryce Harper, Nationals||Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh||Joey Votto, Reds|
|Cy Young||Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers||Stephen Strasburg, Washington||Stephen Strasburg, Washington|
|Rookie||Julio Teheran, Braves||Hyun-Jun Ryu, Los Angeles||Shelby Miller, Cardinals|
|Manager||Don Mattingly, Dodgers||Clint Hurdle, Pirates||Bruce Bochy, Giants|
|World Series||Detroit def. Washington||Cincinnati def. Toronto||Detroit def. Washington|
Tony’s take on the Indians: Cleveland has a shot at making the playoffs because of a maturing lineup and the offseason additions of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds, Mike Aviles and Brett Myers. New manager Terry Francona brings a buzz to the team that is hard to ignore. However, it all boils down to the rotation and the stability at the front end with Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez. If the starters show progress and the bullpen stays strong, the Tribe will contend in the AL Central.
Tony’s take on the Pirates: Pittsburgh is looking forward to finally putting together a winning season after 20 years of sub-.500 finishes. Will this be the year? Clint Hurdle’s team is banking on its core players, led by Andrew McCutchen, to continue to develop and carry out its winning agenda. The few moves made in the offseason — the addition of catcher Russell Martin being the biggest addition — could help, but the Bucs’ ability to avoid a second-half collapse will be the biggest key to finally snapping the streak.
Rick’s take on the Indians: What’s not to like about their offseason moves? I certainly wish the Pirates would do something similar. The Tribe has speed and power, and Terry Francona is awesome in the “Harlem Shake.” It’s all trending in the right way for the Tribe. If they get the pitching, they’ll get a wild-card spot.
Rick’s take on the Pirates: Spring is all about optimism, so why not be optimistic about the Pirates? This is the one time where you can take such a rosy outlook. I’ll go all-in with the Bucs ending their 20-year string of futility. I’ll even predict them to finish second in the division, fueled mainly by Andrew McCutchen’s MVP performance. Russell Martin might not hit for an average, but he’ll throw out baserunners, something that was needed last year. One other highlight: Gerrit Cole is runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting.
Agree or disagree? Share your thoughts on the season in the comments below.