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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bob Walk the Planks Crystal Ball

Every year my friends and I fire a few emails back in forth making some predictions for the upcoming baseball season. What makes this fun is that we are rarely right, and some of the answers make for good harassment during the season.

I make fun of my buddy Micah because he was convinced Brent Morel was going to be good and win the rookie of the year a few years back. I'm guilty of picking Bryce Harper or Troy Tulowitzki to win every major award. I've shown great restraint by not picking either of them this year.

Here are the guesses in which I'll get made fun of by the end of the season.

AL Rookie – Carlos Rondon
NL Rookie – Jorge Soler

AL MVP – Mike Trout (going out on the limb)
NL MVP – Cutch

AL Cy Young – Chris Sale
NL Cy Young – Jon Lester

AL HR – Jose Abreu
NL HR – Giancarlo Stanton

AL War – Trout
NL WAR- Cutch

Pirates record - 89–73

Nl East – Nats
NL Central – Pirates
NL West – Dodgers
Wildcards ( Cards, Cubs)

Al East – Red Sox
AL Central – Tigers
Al West – Angels

Wildcards (Indians Mariners)

WS Cards over Red Sox


I always try and pick rookies for up and coming teams. Rondon has looked dominant in the minor leagues and should make his debut by May for the White Sox and Soler will play everyday for the Cubs. Kris Byant is the obvious choice, but since Soler has already had his taste of the big leagues I gave him the nod.

It is really hard to even think who might come close to Trout. Voters sometime like a good narrative so if the Angels suck or if he gets hurt and may open the door for someone else. I could see someone like Cano if the Mariners make the playoffs, but it seems like a long shot. I know in any betting situation you should always take the field, but if an exception exits it is probably Trout.

Big time homer pick with Cutch, but top 3 the last three years so its not like I'm picking Pedro Alvarez or something. I think the usual suspects will be in the mix like Posey, Stanton, Harper and Tulo

AL War probably won't be close.
NL War will be closer, but I'm a homer.

Consensus "expert" picks pretty much have the Nats, Dodgers, Cards and Pirates as playoff teams. Hard to really argue with the Nats and Dodgers. They have the two best pitching staffs by a pretty significant margin.

It was really hard for me to pick the last wild card team. You can make reasonable arguments for just about any teams minus the Phillies, Rockies, Dbacks and Braves. I chose the Cubs for really no other reason than money. If they are in it towards the trade deadline they have the resources to add players via taking on contracts or trading from a great farm system.

AL is wide open this year. So I just went with the teams that I thought had the best cores in place and that could go out and make themselves better at the deadline. The AL East is by far the most wide open division as all 5 teams project to be in the mid 80's for wins. The Red Sox have the best farm system to make trades for quality arms. Cole Hamels and Cueto could be available at the deadline.

I really wanted to pick the Indians to beat out the Tigers as I think their window is about to close, but couldn't bring myself to do it. It just feels like the wheels could really come off for the Tigers because of age and durability issues. The Indians have the most breakout candidates so if things go right they could have a really nice year.

Just because I know the baseball gods will do this to me I'm predicting a Cards/Red Sox world series. Both franchises have been blessed with quite a bit of success recently. It will be a tough road for the Cards as the NL is loaded this year, but they always seem to beat the Dodgers and the Nats find a way to piss away their chances in the playoffs.

Love to hear others predictions.

Thanks for reading.


  1. I normally don't bother with predictions but I might as well throw mine in.

    AL ROY - Alex Rodriguez
    NL ROY - Kris Bryant

    AL MVP - Alex Rodriguez
    NL MVP - Giancarlo Stanton

    AL Cy Young - Alex Rodriguez
    NL Cy Young - Clayton Kershaw

    AL HR - Alex Rodriguez
    NL HR - Kris Bryant

    AL WAR - Alex Rodriguez
    NL WAR - Bryce Harper

    WS - D-Backs vs Rangers

    I'm not a Diamondbacks or Rangers fan, but with the Cubs and Astros no longer laughing stocks, we need a new "the most awful teams in the MLB" to come through and troll the world by getting to the World Series. And based on their roster, the D-Backs and Rangers are perfect for it.

    1. I think the Dbacks and Phillies will probably fight for worst record. I give the edge to the Phillies because they will have no pitching staff once they trade Hamels.

      I would love to see Arod do well. It will make for great tv.

  2. NL ROY: Maikel Franco
    AL ROY: Aaron Sanchez

    AL MVP: Josh Donaldson
    NL MVP: Jonathan Lucroy

    AL Cy Young: King Felix
    NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer

    AL HR: Chris Carter
    NL HR: Paul Goldschmidt

    AL WAR: Donaldson
    NL WAR: Kershaw

    NL East: Marlins
    Central: Brewers
    West: Dodgers
    WC: Nats and Pirates

    AL East: Toronto
    Central: White Sox (*Shudder)
    West: Seattle
    WC: Angels and Royals

    WS: Nats over Mariners

    These will all be wrong!

    1. King Felix is another guy I've picked pretty much the last 5 years so I took a break. He is one of my favorites.

      Donaldson is a cool pick. If the Blue Jays do well he will get a lot of press.

      Everyone in the NL central has a scenario where they could be in contention. It is probably the most balanced division where if things go right all teams could be .500 or better.

    2. I think the Pirates will be very good this year, and I agree that the NL Central is very balanced, which is why I basically flipped a coin in my head to pick Milwaukee to win. MIL, STL, PIT could all be up there and of course the Reds could be this year's Royals; you just never know!

    3. The Reds just need rebounds from Votto and Bruce and that lineup is just as potent as any. Big problem with them is they have little depth.

  3. You beat me to the punch. I typed mine up, but they aren't scheduled to go live until Opening Day (Sunday). We picked the same AL & NL MVP as well as the same NL ROY and AL Cy Young. Lester as NL Cy Young? I hope you're right!
    Should make for a fun year having the Cubs actually being a non-cellar dweller.

    1. My NL Cy Young vote was just a way to take the field over Kershaw. Both he and Trout are at another level and are the smart picks, but I just wanted to come up with another scenario. I think Scherzer has a nice opportunity too.

  4. Scherzer. His name still stings the ears. If the Tigers make even the Wild Card, I'd be completely surprised. I'm also rooting for the Cubs and Astros to make the playoffs. Going to be a fun season. I look forward to revisiting your post over the All-Star break.

    1. They are really depending on Verlander to remember how to pitch. I could really see the wheels come off if he is bad again and they don't find someone to replace Joe Nathan. Nathan is terrible.