Yesterday, I posted a new poll* that provides a wide range of projected wins for the '06 Nats. I figure I should also do an MLB predictions post---maybe, like others before me, with haikus or with swears. But BamaNats already did a great and fascinating job with predictions in today's diary, so I'm going to run with that and promote the diary up to the Main Page. Just so I don't mooch off BamaNats entirely, I'll add some comments for each division in bold:
- Atlanta Braves: I'm 29 years old. The Braves have been winning the pennant for roughly half of my life. Consecutively. I'd call that a pretty strong trend.
- NY Mets (WC): They look great on paper. But don't be surprised if they stumble. It seems whenever the Mets look great on paper, they underachieve.
- Philadelphia Phillies: Ditto
- Washington Nationals: Like last year, pitching should be pretty good (thank you RFK). Also like last year, runs will be few (screw you RFK).
- Florida Marlins: Nice all-star Triple A team.
- St. Louis Cardinals: After Pujols, you have an old Edmonds, a recovering Rolen, a feisty Eckstein, and some questions. But love that pitching.
- Milwaukee Brewers: I'm officially buying into this team.
- Chicago Cubs: Great line-up. Blue Cross pitching staff.
- Pittsburgh Pirates: With all the attention going to the Brew Crew, don't forget about these guys. They've got some nice players who have been together for awhile.
- Houston Astros: Crash & burn.
- Cincinnati Reds: Move those fences back. If the pitching staff can surprise, this is a dark horse for a wild card. A very, very dark horse.
- Arizona Diamondbacks: Call it a gut feeling.
- LA Dodgers: I like the pitching. But I don't love it. Same with the line-up.
- San Diego Padres: Line up is good-ish. Love Peavy, love Hoffman. Hate everything in between. What happened to this pitching staff?
- SF Giants: This team should be sponsored by Pampers. Seems like every player is a baby or ready for a nursing home.
- Colorado Rockies: Wouldn't really be shocked if they play .500 ball for most of the season.
- Toronto Blue Jays: Yes, I'm impressed by their core group of guys and off-season additions. But believe it or not, I mostly have them here because of how I feel about the two marquee teams...
- NY Yankees: Nice line-up. Horrible bench. It's the other way around with the pitching. Nice bullpen. Unimpressive rotation.
- Boston Red Sox: Every pitcher is either at the end of their career or injury prone. Hideous infield. Just hideous. I mean, wow.
- Baltimore Orioles: Ok line-up. Decent rotation that will only get better. But the bullpen is what it is.
- Tampa Bay Devil Rays: I keep hearing how this is the year the Rays turn the corner into respectability. Why exactly?
- Chicago White Sox: Defending champs got better in the offseason.
- Cleveland Indians (WC): Probably the second best team in the AL
- Detroit Tigers: Maybe I'm crazy, but I think these guys would win the West and contend in the East.
- Minnesota Twins: I don't like what I'm seeing here
- KC Royals: Made some quasi-decent pick ups during the winter. Kind of like dressing a 60 year old hooker up in a Easter dress though.
- Texas Rangers: I love this line-up & I'm very impressed with how they actually made an effort and succeeded in improving their pitching. I'm actually shocked no one seems to notice how good they could be. Shocked I tell you.
- LA Angels: Will battle it out with Texas down to the wire.
- Oakland A's: It seems like everywhere I look, they're being listed as one of the top 5 teams in baseball. Um...ok.
- Seattle Mariners: They'll at least be better than they've been the last couple of years.
Cleveland over St. Louis
I'll toss in a pick here. Just a WAG: Yankees vs. Braves. We haven't had a dull, lifeless World Series in awhile. In addition, I always pick teams I despise, so that's why I have the Yankees winning. Didn't work with Duke, though . . .
* In the previous poll, Team Lerner took over 60% of the vote, winning our online Nats Derby. Amazingly, Ernest Borgnine finished second with about 17% of the vote, beating out both Team Smulyan and Team Malek. Yes, that's right: I wasn't the only person to select Ernest Borgnine.