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4/03/2007 12:16:00 PM

For the record

2007 SI.com Experts' Predictions
  Tom
Verducci
Jon
Heyman
John
Donovan
Jacob
Luft
Albert
Chen
Alex
Belth
Jon
Weisman
Ben
Reiter
AL East Yanks Red Sox Yanks Yanks Red Sox Red Sox Yanks Yanks
AL Central Indians Tigers Indians Twins Indians Indians Indians Tigers
AL West Angels Angels Angels Angels A's Angels Angels Angels
AL WC Red Sox Yanks Red Sox A's Jays Yanks Red Sox Indians
NL East Mets Mets Braves Mets Phillies Mets Phillies Mets
NL Central Cards Reds Cubs Cards Brewers Cards Cards Brewers
NL West Dodgers D'backs Padres Padres D'backs Dodgers Dodgers D'backs
NL WC Braves Cards D'backs Brewers Mets Phillies Padres Braves
AL champ Angels Tigers Yanks Angels Red Sox Yanks Yanks Tigers
NL champ Dodgers D'backs D'backs Mets D'backs Phillies Padres Mets
WS champ Angels Tigers Yanks Mets Red Sox Yanks Yanks Tigers
AL MVP Sizemore Ortiz Sizemore Hafner Sizemore Guerrero Ortiz Hafner
NL MVP Pujols Pujols Pujols Cabrera D. Lee Pujols Pujols McCann
AL Cy Santana Santana Halladay Santana Santana Sabathia Harden Halladay
NL Cy Sheets Webb Zambrano Willis Peavy Schmidt Carpent. Sheets
AL ROY Dice-K Dice-K Gordon D. Young D. Young Dice-K Dice-K Miller
NL ROY Young Hamilton Young Kouzm. Tulowitzky Young Young Hamilton
Breakout Kendrick Kendrick Teahen Hart Wainwright Crawford Kendrick Hamels
Bust Pierre Meche Matthews Dice-K Clemens Ryan Meche Igawa

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Posted: April 3, 2007 12:46 PM   by Dan - Boston
Why is everyone so high on "Dice-K"? He proved nothing in Spring Training and his numbers aren't that much better than Igawa's. For 4 of your "experts" to be picking him as AL ROY is absurd. Name one other Japanese pitcher that was successful in the US. Japan is where American players go when they are washed up. He'll be a .500 pitcher at best.
Posted: April 3, 2007 1:19 PM   by Anonymous
No love for the Jays? I see Mr Chen is the only enlightened one.
Posted: April 3, 2007 1:21 PM   by Anonymous
Does eveyone think Yankees and Bosox and going to make it big again??? Come on guys the Yankees have poor pitching and the Bosox have an over-rated line-up and pitching. Give some credit to the Jays. They have been making some noise lately and it won't surprise me if the win the AL East. It just seems that just because they are a Canadian team that everyone thinks they won't do as well as the other power houses. The Jays have the best 1-2 punch in the rotation (Halladay/Burnett) and the ultimate 1 though 6 batting. No other club can claim otherwise. Watch for all the Jays hatters to eat their words..... Go Jays Go.
Posted: April 3, 2007 1:30 PM   by Anonymous
I can't believe not one of you picked Oswalt as the NY Cy Young. Why doesnt he get the respect of the national media? He is one of the top five pitchers in the game right now.
To Dan from Boston-
There's this guy, Kaz Sasaki. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2000, and was a dominant closer over the early part of the 20th century. Perhaps you've heard of him.
This other guy, Hideo Nomo, threw two no-hitters. Being that you're a Bostonian, I would think you might have remembered one of them.
Dice-K throws in the mid 90's, has command of six different pitches, and humiliated numerous countries in the World Baseball Classic. He's a pro, give him a chance.

(b)
Posted: April 3, 2007 1:51 PM   by CJQ
I still cant believe anyone would pick Harden for anything. Even with his injury risk (which is just about as high as it gets), he hasn't even been that good when healthy. MLB's most overrated player.
Posted: April 3, 2007 1:51 PM   by Anonymous
Matsuzaka will be the real deal. Remember when Nomo broke into the league, I would say he was a threat as a Japanese pitcher. Dice-K will be better than him by far.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:00 PM   by Chris
to Dan from Boston - How about Nomo? Granted he didn't have a stellar carreer, but he did win ROY and had 3 great seasons.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:11 PM   by Heek
Jon Heyman is uncanny. Reds will win NL Central and Harang gets the Cy he should have won last year. Josh Hamilton best story of year. Karma baby. Nice call Jon!
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
The Toronto Blue Jays will remain the third place team in the minds of most who follow the AL East but on paper come the end of the season will be right there for either the division or the wildcard. The Yankess pitching...doesn't scare anyone! Boston's line up outside of Ortiz and Ramirez...weak! Let those who doubt speak now for come September there will be no room on the band wagon for them.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
Matsuzaka will be VERY successful in the AL. DK's a product of a vastly different pro ball pitching environment - starting with his conditioning and relentless game preparation ethic. Big league pitchers in America (these days) don't come even remotely close to those who've trained in Cuba, DR and Japan - they're just too soft and pampered from the minor leagues on up. We're all in for quite an entertaining performance this season from DK!
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:21 PM   by Alex - Boston
Dan, Dan....who knows how Dice-K is going to pan out, but your demand for 'one' Japanese pitcher who was successful in MLB just shows you don't know too much about baseball. Hideo Nomo won the ROY in '96, and was close to the top in CY Young voting twice. Igawa didn't even make the roster of the Japanese team that won the World Baseball Classic last year - finishing over several teams that were stacked with MLB hitters - while Dice-K was their star.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:25 PM   by Dan - Boston
Comparing Dice-K to Nomo? Why not Irabu? Or any of the many other Japanese pitchers that were amazing in Japan? Nomo was ROY in a VERY weak class. We'll see about Matsuzaka at the end of the year, but it's ridiculous to predict when they guy has never faced major league bats (when it counts). Next, regarding Kaz Sazaki, comparing a closer to a starter is not a valid argument. In addition, I don't see how 3 years of a 3+ ERA as a closer is dominance. Back to Dice-K (horrible nickname...can't anyone in Boston NOT have a nickname???) don't forget, the Sox have a very weak lineup outside of Ortiz and Manny. It's tough to be a star with minimal run support.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:28 PM   by Jake- Boston
u might be from boston but ur clearly not a sox fan dan. did u even watch spring training? dice-k showed great poise and he has stuff similar to pedro martinez in his prime. He's gonna be able to adjust to the hitters because of all of his pitches and his ability to thorw strikes and change speed. he will be much better than a .500 pitcher i wouldnt be surprised if he wins 17 or 18
I gotsto get on that Jays bandwagon. Definitely have the team to make the postseason (as long as Gibbons doesn't beat anyone up LOL). With reasonable health they can and I think will win the Al East.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:36 PM   by Anonymous
I find it funny that people are talking about the Boston pitching and lineup as being overated. just because Ortiz and Ramirez are the center of their lineup doesnt mean that there isnt more there. They now have a ligit 5 hole hitter in JD Drew who I think will have a big year. They also have speed at the top of the lineup and power with Lowella the bottom. As for the pitching they are vastly improved over last year with a starting rotation that has ceiling high potential, and a newly revamped bullpen. They have arguably the best closer in the game last year until his injury and I pick them to win the East and go far in the playoffs.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:37 PM   by Anonymous
The NL Central is up for grabs, as illustrated by the fact that four different teams were picked by "the experts". Because every team in that division is missing something, I like the Pirates to build off of last season's second half success and get into the mix. Remember the first half of the season they were plagued by one-run losses which shows they were in every game. Now that the winning attitude is there with one more big bat (LaRoche) and a year more experience with the pitching staff, they will be the suprise club of this season.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:47 PM   by Anonymous
Why is Dice K even a possibility for ROY. Like Matsui before him he has major league experience. The precedent is set.... Matsui was easily ROY. But no votes because he already played. Come on, I know the Yankees are evil but fair is fair.
Posted: April 3, 2007 2:51 PM   by Anonymous
It's very nice to see some members of the media looking favorably on all the changes to get younger that Byrnes and the D'backs' new management has made. Now let's see if we can get the Unit back to his old dominating self.
As a Bostonian, I and many other fans take pride in our baseball knowledge. Firstly, to say that the Red Sox do not have top lineup is absurd. Julio Lugo, the leadoff man, has had an OBP of .353 since 200, 6th among shortstops. Kevin Youkilis has been called "the Greek god of walks" in moneyball. Saying that outside Ortiz and Manny the lineup is weak doesnt wash because they are still big papi and man-ram. 80 HRs and 220 RBIs year in and year out. That is nothing to sneeze at. Its like saying that "outside Halladay and Burnett the Blue Jays rotation is weak." Thats still a very good chance to win a game 60-70 times a year. Papi/Manny is an instant HR every other game and over 1 RBI per game on average. But back to my main point, you call JD Drew weak? Hes still another 20 HRs and 100 RBIs when healthy, and with the investment the Sox have made, theyre gonna do everything to keep him that way. Despite an off year Varitek is still one of the best hitting catchers around. Justin Pedroia is iffy and i cant really defend him yet. Lets not forget the coming of Coco Crisp! Matsuzaka isnt even part of the Sox 1-2 Punch. And he is much better than any healthy yankee starter at this point or possibly even Burnett.

Also I'd like to say that ive been following the cincinnati reds and theyre my pick to represent the NL in the world Series, crazy as it sounds, hear me out. Lohse could be this years Arroyo, facing most NL batters for the first time since coming over on the deadline. Homer Bailey, super prospect, should be up by the break. Pencil Harang in for another 16 wins and do the same for arroyo. The bullpen is iffy, but look at the lineup! It is almost of AL quaLity. The gutsiest player in the game, ryan freel, will be manning center field and with a full time job watch out as he could top 40 steals. Juniors move to right should keep him healthy enough to let him make a run at number 600. Dunn has been working on his contact since being reuinited with Brook Jacoby. Hatteberg will give them an OBP of about .350. Phillips should thrive in the 3 hole and have a year similar to last, considering he is finally gonna play a whole year. Edwin Encarnacion is projected to hit .90, hit 20 HRs, 80 RBI's and play improved D. Ross hit 21 HRS last year in 250 atbats, average that out to a full catchers season and he could hit around 30. Gonzalez is not known for his bat but has hit 23 in pitcher friendly florida, imagine what the launching pad of cincy could do for him! Josh hamilton should pitch in with a good season as the fourth man. Im just sayin, watch out.
With the AL Central so clearly THE dominant division, I don't understand why so many experts pick both New York and Boston to reach the postseason. I'm inclined to believe this year the Yankees will miss the show and both Detroit (reminiscent of the early Braves dynasty's team) and Cleveland will have cause for celebration.

Also, I have root for the Brewers in the weak, wide open NL Central. If Ben Sheets stays healthy, they're electric.
The Jays will win it all. Gordon will be the AL ROY. Harden will win the Cy Young. Loewen will be the surprise break out pitcher.
Ohka will have a better record than Matsuzaka, as the latter continues to have control problems and will give up gopher balls when he has to get a pitch over the plate.
Posted: April 3, 2007 3:29 PM   by Anonymous
dicek-- or diced - depending on how the season goes... CANT be rookie of the year even if he goes 20-6, 278ks 2.59 ERA. matsui deserved it in a landslide but a few writers left him competely off the ballot because he had been playing for years in japan- exactly liked dice d. we'll see if there really is a yankee bias when it comes to the sports writers around the country. makes you wonder if jeter would have been mvp had he been wearing some other uniform.
Posted: April 3, 2007 3:46 PM   by Anonymous
the jays have to realize, as long as they are in the al east, they will NEVER make the postseason, thats a fact, not an opinion
Posted: April 3, 2007 4:15 PM   by Anonymous
I think either the Yanks or Sox will take the AL East, but I think the Jays got a legit shot at taking the Wild Card. Solid pitching staff at the top (a little concern near the bottom of the rotation with Towers and Ohka, though), a scary 3-4-5-6 (Wells, Glaus, Thomas, Overbay), and soild defense as well.
Also, I also don't think Dice-K has locked up the AL ROY. I think Alex Gordon will be a very good player on a bad team, and will have a chance at taking it.
And I have to agree with Meche as being a bust. Did he prove anything last year? No, he went .500, and the Royals are banking on him being a 16-17 game winner. Way too much money for him, although it was a weak free agent pitching crop.
Posted: April 3, 2007 4:25 PM   by Anonymous
I realize that this is just a 'soft' predictions piece that the writers don't take TOO seriously...but what's with all the love for Cleveland?

I seem to remember similar predictions last year...followed by a terrible season.

Shouldn't they have to actually prove something when it counts before you select them the class of a division including the defending A.L. Champs, World Series champs of 2 years ago, and a team including the A.L. Batting Champ, MVP, and CY Young winner?
Apparently, Dan from Boston has been living in the Artic. If not... he sure smells like someone just trying to create controversy... maybe its.....Dan shaughnessy? Another tool bag who just likes to make comments for the sake of making comments. Hey Dan, nice try with the "boston" location, cause im pretty sure 100% of bostonians are pumped about this stud a.k.a Dice-K.
Why is everyone stating that the Red Sox lineup is weak?
The Rex have never has a weak hitting lineup. Ever!
In fact it has always been their pitching.
Is JD Drew weak hitting, or Kevin Youkalis, or Julio Logo all weak?
The name of the game is pitching and the Sox have that covered.
They have very good starting pitching, and one of the best closer/s in the game.
Dice K does have experience with Major League hitters.
I can assure you that Cuba and the DR were quite serious about that that series.
Have anyone watched him in spring training? He was very, very good
Posted: April 3, 2007 4:36 PM   by Anonymous
Ryan, I agree the the AL Central is the toughest division in baseball, but that's exactly why many people could pick both the Yanks and Red Sox to make the postseason. The White Sox, Indians, Tigers and Twins will beat up on eachother. A better division doesn't mean a better chance to make the postseason. It means you have more tough games. This isn't like the NCAA tournament where conference strength helps your seeding. The Red Sox and Yankees and games against the O's and D-Rays to fatten up on.
Yankee's not making the post season.
Are you insane.
They have arguably the best hitting line-yp of all time.
Calm down
Posted: April 3, 2007 4:54 PM   by Anonymous
How will B.J. Ryan be a bust? He proved what he can do last year. Maybe he'll have an off season, but he won't be considered a bust, contrary to what Alex
Belth says.
Posted: April 3, 2007 5:19 PM   by Anonymous
I have to agree with Dan from Boston Dice K will be a 500 pitcher at best and his era will be above 5.00 this year. Also i agree that the Angels will win the world series!
Posted: April 3, 2007 5:51 PM   by Anonymous
haha kevin is loving that kool-aid isn't he. No way anyone can have a non-biased opinion and live in boston. That would be crazy!! We all have to drink the kool-aid and make ridiculous predictions. Sox were going to win the AL East for the past 9 seasons, weren't they? every year the same old slop. 150 & 12 this year Kev? ha
Alex Bleth will be a bust. Dice-K will be called Door Mat by year end. The Sox fans are sadly deluded. Their pitching rotation is composed of 2 senior citizens, a rookie with control problems, a much hyped NL refugee with a 5.01 era and a long time head case. The Sox only have two reliable hitters and 1 of them quit on the team last year.
Posted: April 3, 2007 6:51 PM   by Anonymous
I cannot believe anyone picked the YANKS to win it all... they need to rid themselves of A-rod and we can talk
Posted: April 3, 2007 6:59 PM   by Anonymous
FINALLY some love for the Reds!!
Thanks for believing in us, Jon.
Posted: April 3, 2007 8:23 PM   by Anonymous
The Jays definately are going to be in the running this year. I think boston wins the division and they get the will card. The yankees might be able to hit but it might be too little too late when they get a decent rotation together. Cleveland is boing to be a top notch team this year. Last year gave them some experiance and they only got better in the offseason. As for the NL it is going to be the Mets. They proved themselves last year, they just went up against a really good team that ended up winning the WS. Those who think the Reds are going to do good should learn to watch some good teams. They aren't going to be that good. PS. the only thing that Juan Pierre is going to be busting this year is the basepaths. He is crazy qucik, and i don't see how that wouldn't be able to help out the Dodgers.
Posted: April 3, 2007 8:49 PM   by Tristan - Melbourne, Aust
For the guy who thinks that Jeter would've won the MVP last year if he was in a different uniform... Take off your interlocking NY cap and face the facts, Bronx Boy. If Derek Jeter played for another team, he would never have even finished in the top ten. He is just not that good. He's the most selfish, arrogant player in either league and he has ruined the reputation of the Gold Glove for the next 50 years. I would probably have a better range than that guy. If he wasn't such a poor team player, A-Rod would have a WS ring and wouldn't be on his way out of New York. Derek Jeter would get to the HoF as a dignified, solid hitter and SS if he was in another uniform. Because of the pinstripes, he'll be remembered as the MOST overrated player since the game started in the 1870s, or at least that's how knowledgeable baseball fans will know him. For the record, I've got another five pages worth of things wrong with Captain Calm Eyes up here in my head if anyone's interested.
Posted: April 3, 2007 9:50 PM   by Anonymous
the AL wild card aint coming from anywhere but the central, there is going to be wins wins wins there. red sox and angels, but the central is a toss-up, anyone in that division could win the world series
I love it when idiots make comments about their team and don't even know their facts. For the idiot bluejay fan that said "The Jays have the best 1-2 punch in the rotation (Halladay/Burnett)" Are you kidding me!! Burnett is a career .500 pitcher. Jays are stupid for signing him for that much money...for a mediocre pitcher. Seriously, maybe you think he's good because he's getting paid so much. This dude probably think Ted Lilly's awesome. Jays need to buy a clue, oh wait they spent all their money on a broken down mediocre pitcher and a fading whiny superstar. The big HURT. There's a reason why he's the big HURT ----> DL.
Posted: April 3, 2007 10:49 PM   by SweetheartbleedsCubbieBlue
Why dont you guys get off the Cardinals already. Pujols is a great hitter but he is not superman. The pitching is a bunch of odds and ends thrown together, excpet Carpenter. Who in their right mind makes Braden Looper a starter when he has been a reliever his whole career. Edmonds and Rolen are on the decline. There is nobody else to really fear in the lineup but Pujols. Cubs are taking the NL Central and only one of your experts knows that. D Lee is a better first baseman then Pujols any day.
these experts are just guessing... do they actually watch the games?... if you are picking the Braves for the NL East or the D'backs for NL Champs then you don't really watch baseball, you are just tryna be provocative, sorta like when someone picks college games based on the teams' mascots.

The Mets are the presumptive team to beat in the NL last year's shortcoming not with standing. They also have as good a shot at the WS title as anyone one else in BASEBALL NL or AL.

And watch out for the Brewers in the Central. Experts my left foot!
WHERE IS THE LOVE FOR IAN KINSLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
no one thinks he will breakout this year...he easily one of the best 2B in the AL.
if he didnt miss the first 1 1/2 mos last year, he wouldve had a good shot at the ROTY in the already amazing class...he is fast, and has a similar approach to michael young but with more power....and the high socks
Posted: April 4, 2007 3:39 AM   by Anonymous
I think Dan from Boston is a closet Yankees fan!
Posted: April 4, 2007 4:42 AM   by Anonymous
granted the blue jays do look very good on paper but they'll never be able to pull it off. it will be a race to the finish between the yanks and the sox, sox on top of course. further more the redsox starting rotation is one of the best ive seen in years. Schilling although hes old hes proven time and time again thats not a factor with a bloody ankle he still manages to win the series for the sox's first time in 86 years. Becket starting at number too has also proven he can win the big one in tough situations (Marlins) although he has trouble with control i expect him to hav a good year and as for dice-k with 8 different pitches and 6 of them being over 90 mph i expect him to be everything that we expect him to be, a champion. although 4 and 5 aren't amazing with wakefield and tavarez they hav still proven to be solid and who cant love wakefield the yankee killer? if they stay healthy the sox will be a force to recon with. and thats just the starting rotation wen u throw in timlin and papelbon the games over papelbon proved o be one of the best closer's ever last season and will continue where he left off. the sox offense has never been the problem but like others have posted here ortiz and manny are still the best 3-4 in baseball and the rest will fall into place. sorry canadia u just dun stand a chance.
Posted: April 4, 2007 5:04 AM   by Bud
Everyone is predicting the Yankees won't make the playoffs. That's good that they under-estimating us, and that they think our pitching is lousy. We'll pull a Jack of Speed on them.
Posted: April 4, 2007 8:26 AM   by Dan - Boston
It's funny how everyone from Boston has to be a Red Sox fan with blinders on. Kevin, not every Red Sox fan has to love everything the Red Sox do. It's possible, although rare, that a Red Sox fan is able to look at the game as a whole and not just at the Red Sox being the best team in the game. The Red Sox aren't very good right now, although the media will try to tell you otherwise. Their starting rotation, and I hate to say this, is really not as fantastic as ESPN will lead you to believe. Schilling - washed up. Beckett - wasn't even that great in Florida (just living off of the fame of beating the Yankees twice in '03). Dice-K - yet to show anything. Wakefield - shaky at best. Tavarez - a middle reliever forced into the rotation. That's not a very good rotation. Granted, it does beat out the mediocre teams, but can that rotation really hang with the Jays and the Yankees? I hate to say it, but I really don't think so. It's great that Red Sox fans love the team so much, but it's unfortunate that love is blind. Offensively, I've heard that they are a powerhouse, best in baseball, etc. That's just crazy. One of the highest payrolls in baseball should get you better players than Youkilis, Pedroia, Lugo, and Lowell in the infield.

For Cliff from Boston - (1) Man Ram? Are you kidding? My 4 year old nephew won't even call him that. I guess you're from the South End. (2) 90 walks last year barely makes Youkilis the Greek god of walks. Further proof that most Red Sox fans are blind to reality and just believe what ESPN tells them to believe.
Posted: April 4, 2007 9:27 AM   by Anonymous
I got to give it to Dan from Boston on this one. Matsusaka is nothing more than hype all created by the media and the Red Sox PR. The only starts he "dominated" in spring training were against weak National League teams... All this hype is to keep bringing dumb fanatics that by now should realize of all the blunders that Theo and Co have commited over a 3 year span... Even the Jays went ahead of the Dead Sox... and the Yanks... nobody is even close to 'em.
Posted: April 4, 2007 9:50 AM   by Anonymous
For the Cubs Fan back there. NO first baseman is an all-around better player than Albert Pujols right now, and this is coming from a Brewers Fan.

Looking forward to seeing the curse continue, $300M getting wasted, and the Brew Crew beating up on the Cubs again.
Posted: April 4, 2007 10:15 AM   by Anonymous
Where is the love for the Astros?
Posted: April 4, 2007 10:17 AM   by Anonymous
Dan from Boston and everybody arguing with him must not have jobs by wasting all this time back and forth. Get over it Boston won't make the playoffs again, Dice K will be okay but nothing special, and start doing something productive with your day. Go Twins!!!!!
Laugh at this all you want, but I take Seattle in the AL West... The Oakland era is over and the Angels are over rated. Seattle will finally have it's pitching together and do well. The line-up will give them more run support and the young talent has more experience. Now let's see how many people jump on me for that one!
Posted: April 4, 2007 10:45 AM   by Anonymous
The Red Sox are indeed overrated. To have a payroll so high and to have Lowell, Varitek, Crisp, and Pedroia in the bottom four of their lineup is hilarious to say the least. Youkilis and Lugo aren't that much better at the top either. This would be a nice lineup in the NL, but in the AL East?? I think Theo might have to dust off his gorilla costume yet again come this late Oct. Nice to see Theo spend $100 million to proven pitching compared to the past pitching moves they have made. (Matt Clement, Wade Miller, etc.)
Posted: April 4, 2007 11:14 AM   by Anonymous
LOL, Justin Pedroia? Is he a brother of Dustin Pedroia... The Red Sox Second baseman er.....
Posted: April 4, 2007 11:27 AM   by Anonymous
everyone should have the Mets taking the division or at least the WC.. GO METS!!
Posted: April 4, 2007 11:32 AM   by Anonymous
Why didn't any of them pick Felix Hernadez for the AL Cy Young award? He is easily the best in the Al.
Posted: April 4, 2007 11:56 AM   by Anonymous
I must say that I agree with those people out here that think that Cleveland making it in the AL Central are nuts. I guess I am glad that no one is paying attention to the Twins this year because it will make it easier for them to sneak in under the radar and show what a real veteran team with genuine hunger has for motivation. How can the so called "experts" argue with a team that is all but a few exceptions the same team as last year? Except now they all have a year behind them to play together. The Yankees cannot win the series with as many disjointed, overpaid, egoists playing for them. They may have the "talent" to pummel a bunch of lesser teams during the regular season, but the one thing that the Yankees lack is genuine heart. When will the National media ever start noticing that the Twins not only have a model organization, but they actually put not only talented players on the field, but they also have a manager who is overlooked for his talent to generate the offense that they do to win games that otherwise are unwinnable? Small ball works folks, it's not all about home runs and shutouts! And for those of you Yankee fans that are upset that not the whole world loves the Yankees, remember this, Steinbrenner BUYS players, players who are more interested in how much money they get otherwise they would have stayed with the team that they were with before and helped make THAT team better. Its all about me attitudes do not fit in team sports!
Posted: April 4, 2007 12:14 PM   by Anonymous
good call albert and ben, the brewers not only will win the NL Central, but have, in my opinion, a strong MVP canidate in Bill Hall.
Posted: April 4, 2007 12:14 PM   by Anonymous
Give the TWINS some respect!

They ONLY have the reigning Cy Young, AL MVP & Batting Champ on the roster. Oh yeah, they also have the best bullpen in baseball. What more do you want? A better 5th starter maybe? Who doesn't have that problem? They should be considered the team to beat!
Posted: April 4, 2007 12:16 PM   by Anonymous
The Brewers--yes, the Brewers--are the team to beat in the NL Central. Just compare Bush and Vargas #'s to any of the other 4/5 starters in the NL Central. Go ahead and do it. It helps that Ben Sheets (2007 Cy Young) is back to being healthy also. Hall, Hardy, Weeks, Fielder, and Hart...get to know these names, everyone. YoGa (Yovanni Gallardo) and Braun are waiting to be called up too.

The Brewers finally appear to be a solid club for many years to come. God does look down on Milwaukee every 25 years (Braves in '57 and Harvey's Wallbangers in '82).
Posted: April 4, 2007 1:22 PM   by Anonymous
Brewers? Yeah right!! Just like every year when you hear how good their lineup looks and then they actually have to play. When was the last time the brewers were in the post season? Talk all you want about the Cubs not going to the Series at least we have played in October a few times in the last 10 years. The Brewers will finish 5th!!!
Posted: April 4, 2007 2:30 PM   by the godfather
hey dan,

the redsox rotation can "hang" with any rotation that has carl pavano as an opening day starter.
Posted: April 4, 2007 2:31 PM   by Anonymous
So the D'Backs get three nods for taking the NL pennant over the Mets' two votes. Then the Yanks get three votes for the AL pennant, despite being no better than the team that won a single playoff game last October after being touted as possibly the "greatest post-season lineup ever." As a Cards fan in the stands had on his sign during the World Series: the experts are idiots.
Posted: April 4, 2007 5:24 PM   by Anonymous
the padres have the best pitching staff in all of the majors posted by red sox fan
Posted: April 4, 2007 5:29 PM   by Anonymous
padres will win the nl west again for 3rd straight year,only this time they have the team to win out the post season pitching and d will always get you there, as it has the last 2 yrs, but this year they have bats also
Mr Chen when you are going to learn that the yankees are the better team in the game right now. if give the yankees the wild card is a big risk how do you let them out of the post season. come on do not be a fanatic. if you really believe that you dont know nothing about baseball. no boston, no jays, yankees will win AL East. And for the record i hate the yankees.
Posted: April 5, 2007 3:50 PM   by Anonymous
Mr Chen when you are going to learn that the yankees are the better team in the game right now. if give the yankees the wild card is a big risk how do you let them out of the post season. come on do not be a fanatic. if you really believe that you dont know nothing about baseball. no boston, no jays, yankees will win AL East. And for the record i hate the yankees.
Posted: April 5, 2007 7:24 PM   by Anonymous
this is for the person who said that felix hernandez is the best in the al. you have to be kidding me, johan santana leads the league in innings pitched, strikeouts, era, and if they would have let him start his last start of the season, instead of saving him for the play offs he would have had the most wins. so if anyone thinks there is anyone better in baseball you have to be crazy
Posted: April 5, 2007 8:36 PM   by Tom C (Las Vegas)
Once again the Twins have somehow flown under the radar. No team in the majors gets the lack of credit than the Twinkies. With the same lineup as last year, one of the best bullpens in baseball, and the cy young, mvp, and batting champ on the same squad??? Go ahead and turn your head, but come october Minny will be a contender once again, and no one will notice.
Posted: April 6, 2007 3:27 AM   by Anonymous
are your predictions based on the same way you play the lottery.. no matter what every year the majority picks the yankees... I find it amusing considering they have not won a WS in six years.. last year they could not even touch Boston until the starting rotation was in tatters, they feasted on injury riddled clubs in their own division... this year same line up- weaker rotation...
The Jays are stronger with Thomas as a dh and they are healthy, Boston is healither the bullpen is stronger, the rotation better. I just wonder when the so called experts will actually go out on and really look at the contenders when making their predictions.
Posted: April 6, 2007 1:58 PM   by Matt
10 strikeouts and 10 straight guys retired at one point during the game. Is Dice-K overrated?

Also, anyone (including the Royals) can "hang" with Pavano and Kei Igawa. They're simply not that good...
Posted: April 6, 2007 5:29 PM   by Anonymous
I think the Twins are a better team this year than last, because last year, Brad Radke was inconsistent in all but several starts after the all star break before going down with injury the rest of the season. Francisco Liriano was indeed 11-3 when he was healthy, but the Twins didn't have Boof Bonser for all but several starts near the end of the season, and they also didn't have Matt Garza, who will be a solid starter once he's brought up this season. Bonser and Garza combined could very well win more games this season than Liriano and Radke (combined) did last season. So them, along with Santana, makes for a very good top and middle of the rotation. Among Ramon Ortiz, Carlos Silva, Sidney Ponson, Slowey, Perkins, and Baker, the twins should have no problem finding at least 2 capable 4th and 5th starters. Just you watch - the Twins will once again be 1st or 2nd in the AL in team ERA, like they've always been even when they've lost starting pitchers in the past, and people started questioning their starting rotation.

The Twins will have no holes left, due to one of the top bullpens in the majors, a lineup that hit over .285 last year and possibly getting better this year due to the maturing of the mostly young hitters.

However, the other teams in the AL central will be better as well, so if the Twins don't win the division this year, it'll be because of that, and not because of their own lack of talent.
Posted: April 6, 2007 6:07 PM   by Anonymous
The Padres NL Champs??? God bless you Jon Weisman. Maybe the Friars are finally beginning to get a little love.
Posted: April 7, 2007 4:39 AM   by Steven dS
RE: the "10 strikeouts and 10 straight guys"

Odds are, one's of them's gay...
:)
Posted: April 7, 2007 10:41 AM   by Anonymous
If the baseball season can be played out on paper, then maybe we can just vote the teams into the playoff, LS and WS.

But it is fun to read your comments though.
Posted: April 7, 2007 2:19 PM   by Anonymous
Only one of you picking the Twins to win the AL Central? Once again no one gives them any respect. They only have the reigning AL MVP, batting champ, Cy Young winner, the most dominant closer in the game, and one of the best bullpens. With all the hype over the AL Central everyone is overlooking the Twins. It shouldn't surprise me though because it is the same thing that happens every year.
Posted: April 7, 2007 11:55 PM   by Anonymous
anyone thinking that the jays can hang with the yanks and sox are out of their minds, the jays are one injury away from bein a sub .500 team!
Posted: April 9, 2007 10:48 AM   by Anonymous
Adam - Many, LA

What about you in the playoffsthe braves they did a lot of good in the offseason revamping the pen they have three guys who can close any night without a problem. The offense is just as good and still have a real good rotation and just took 2 out of 3 from the mets. Come on there is only one man who you want pitching for in the playoffs anyway Smoltzie the winningest postseason pitcher EVER!
Posted: April 9, 2007 11:13 AM   by Anonymous
NL ROY - Micah Owings. Diamondbacks. He'll go 13-5 this year, be in the top 10 in strikeouts.
Posted: April 9, 2007 7:26 PM   by alex e
I got the baby d-backs winning it all with webb taking the cy young and chris young taking ROY. Anyone agree with me?
Posted: April 10, 2007 1:07 AM   by Anonymous
"I cannot believe anyone picked the YANKS to win it all... they need to rid themselves of A-rod and we can talk"


now don't you feel retarded?
13 RBI's and 5 HR
leading the majors man.
Posted: April 10, 2007 7:36 AM   by Anonymous
Why does baseball think its the end of the world if both the Yankees and Red Sox don't make theplayoffs? So what.
Posted: April 10, 2007 12:00 PM   by Anonymous
I find it amazing that every year, the "experts" leave out the Astros. Time and time again, they defy the odds and make it to the postseason.

Also, I have to say that the numbers don't lie when I say that Roy Oswalt is arguably the best starting pitcher over the past 3 years. Both 2005 and 2006 were Cy Young quality years, but of course players from well known teams and slightly lower stats were picked. He's won 45 games the past 3 years and he's good for at least 15-18 even if the team is terrible like last year! This is his year for the Cy Young award.
Posted: April 10, 2007 1:37 PM   by Anonymous
Santana has been the best pitcher in baseball for the past 3 years. He has close to 60 wins, compared to Oswalt's 45, while also pitching for a team that, except last year, has a crappy offense. Also, the Twins wth a bad offense two years ago were over .500, and with the good offense they have now are in a great position to win games, as they still have the best defense in baseball and one of the best pitching staffs, when you include the bullpen.
Posted: April 10, 2007 2:51 PM   by LongTimePadreFanInSD
Padres will no doubt hang in there throughout the season, with good D and solid pitching. But not being able to swing the lumber in Petco is all well and good to eek out some wins, but won't cut it in the post-season. Another token post-season appearence? Maybe. Another post-season fizzle? Without a doubt.
Posted: April 11, 2007 12:10 AM   by this suit is not black
give the twins some respect in the AL central. they have the dominant pitcher in baseball to go with the best pure hitter in the american league. if mauer can produce some power and morneau has a decent year they'll nab a wild card at the least. or maybe not. who knows?
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