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2011 season predictions from the TNT staff: Who ya got?

Post by Ryan Divish on March 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm with 3 Comments »
March 28, 2011 9:53 pm
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, right, sits in the dugout with fellow Phillies starting pitchers from left; Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Joe Blanton (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

On Sunday, we began our week-long baseball preview, starting with all kinds of capsules, my power rankings and our staff predictions.

I also wrote a column talking a little about why it seems like everyone seems to pick from the same set of teams.

Look, there is no science in this. It’s a guess. We look at the same things as you do. Sure I went to spring training for two weeks, but that doesn’t make me an expert in baseball prognostication. About the only the thing that trips makes me an expert on is proper SPF and In-N-Out burger.

Want proof that there is the so-called “experts” can be wrong, look at last year’s picks from us.  Not one of us had the Giants or the Rangers.  Only myself and Dave Boling had the Rangers winning the AL West and John McGrath had the Mariners winning the division.

But it’s fun to make predictions. It’s fun to try and guess how it will all play out. It’s a lot different than an NCAA tourney bracket because it’s not one game. It’s a grueling marathon. All of us picked the Mariners to finish last in the AL West, and the rest of our picks probably won’t surprise you too much.

So here’s our picks below. Please post your picks. And share your thoughts on ours.


Larry LaRue, Mariners writer

  • AL West: A’s, Rangers, Angels, Mariners
  • AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, Orioles
  • AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers, Indians
  • NL West: Giants, Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, D’backs
  • NL East: Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals
  • NL Central: Reds, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Astros, Pirates
  • ALDS: Red Sox over White Sox, Twins over Athletics
  • ALCS: Red Sox over Twins
  • NLDS: Phillies over Brewers, Giants over Reds
  • NLCS: Giants over Phillies
  • World Series: Red Sox over Giants

Ryan Divish, Mariners writer


  • AL West: Rangers, A’s, Angels, Mariners
  • AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays
  • AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Indians, Royals
  • NL West: Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, D’backs, Padres
  • NL East: Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals
  • NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Astros, Pirates
  • ALDS: Red Sox over Twins, Yankees over Rangers
  • ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees
  • NLDS: Phillies over Cardinals, Rockies over Braves
  • NLCS: Phillies over Rockies
  • World Series: Phillies over Red Sox

Darrin Beene, Sports team leader


  • AL West: Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners
  • AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays Orioles
  • AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals, Indians
  • NL West: Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, D’backs
  • NL East: Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Nationals, Mets
  • NL Central: Reds, Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs, Astros
  • ALDS: Red Sox over White Sox, Twins over Angels
  • ACLS: Red Sox over Twins
  • NLDS: Brewers over Phillies, Rockies over Reds
  • NLCS: Rockies over Brewers
  • World Series: Rockies over Red Sox

John McGrath, staff columnist


  • AL West: A’s, Rangers, Angels, Mariners
  • AL East: Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles
  • AL Central: White Sox, Tigers, Twins, Royals, Indians
  • NL West: Rockies, Padres, Giants, Dodgers, D’backs
  • NL East: Braves, Phillies, Marlins, Nationals, Mets
  • NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Reds, Cardinals, Pirates, Astros
  • ALDS: Red Sox over A’s, White Sox over Rays
  • ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
  • NLDS: Braves over Cubs, Phillies over Rockies
  • NLCS: Braves over Phillies
  • World Series: Braves over Red Sox

Dave Boling, staff columnist


  • AL West: Rangers, A’s, Angels, Mariners
  • AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles
  • AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Indians, Royals
  • NL West: Giants, Padres, Rockies, Dodgers, D’backs
  • NL East: Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals
  • NL Central: Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, Astros, Cubs, Pirates
  • ALDS: Red Sox over Twins, Yankees over Rangers
  • ACLS: Red Sox over Yankees
  • NLDS: Phillies over Reds, Giants over Braves
  • NLCS: Phillies over Giants
  • World Series: Red Sox over Phillies

 

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  1. While I to would pick the M’s to be in last this season, I would’t be surprised if they ended up in third. If there’s anything I’ve learned the past few years, it’s that the M’s do the opposite of what everyone expects them to do. This year, that’s a good thing.

  2. Looks like Divish has grabbed his plate and is going back for seconds. (But seriously, folks . . . love the column you guys put out.)

  3. Woops! Make my comment, “While I, too, would….” Sorry folks.

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