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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:06 pm

Call your shots. At seasons end, we'll see who was right, and who was wrong.

How many games will the Indians win? What, if anything, will be their post-season fate? Who will win the World Series, and why?
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Unread postby Lebowski » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:57 pm

Tribe wins 90 games.

ALE: NYY
ALC: CHI
ALW: LAA
WC: CLE

NLE: ATL
NLC: STL
NLW: SD
WC: NYM

AL Playoffs:

CLE over NYY
CHI over LAA

CLE over CHI

NL Playoffs:

ATL over SD
STL over NYM

ATL over STL

World Series:

CLE over ATL
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Unread postby yargs7 » Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:28 pm

AL E-NYY
AL C-CLE
AL W-OAK
WC-BOS

NLE-ATL
NLC-HOU
NLW-LAD
WC-NYM

ALDS-NYY over CLE, OAK over BOS
NLDS-HOU over LAD, ATL over NYM
ALCS-OAK over NYY
NLCS-HOU over ATL

WS-HOU over OAK
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:46 pm

SWERB

AL Division Winners: Yankees, Indians, Angels
AL Wild Card: White Sox

NL Division Winners: Mets, Cardinals, Padres
NL Wild Card: Brewers

ALCS: Yankees over White Sox
NLCS: Mets over Cardinals

World Series: Yankees over Mets

Indians record: 93-69

I'm predicting the same record as a season ago for the Tribe, but this year it will be good enough to win the division. I think they will not play quite as well in interleague play, but should play better against the White Sox. I'm still not sure if swapping Millwood and Elarton for Byrd and Johnson is a wash, but I like what we have behind them better in Carmona and Sowers. Offense should produce similarly. I expect big seasons from Hafner and Sizemore, but a slight drop off in right field, and likely more injuries. The Indians bench is weak. And the ripple effect of a Wickman injury in the bullpen is concerning. That said, this is a young & exciting team that easily could have won over 100 games last year if they played anywhere close to .500 in one run games.

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, NYY
AL Cy Young: Johan Santana, Min
AL Rookie Of The Year: Delmon Young, TB
AL Comeback Player: Mark Loretta, Bos

NL MVP: Albert Pujols, StL
NL Cy Young: Ben Sheets, Mil
NL Rookie Of The Year: Matt Cain, SF
NL Comeback Player: Carlos Beltran, NYM

CRIS SYKES

AL Division Winners: Yankees, Indians, Angels
AL Wild Card: White Sox

NL Division Winners: Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Mets

ALCS: Yankees over Indians
NLCS: Braves over Cardinals

World Series: Yankees over Braves

Indians record: 94-68

The return to the playoffs! The 2006 Indians are geared to return the playoffs for the first time since the end of the “Era of Champions” in the 90’s. It all starts with the Opening Day Special against the White Sox, which will set the tone for the entire season. They will again have one of the best lineups in the American League, and have some serious quality arms in the bullpen. If they can get more than 20 wins total out of Paul Byrd and Jason Johnson, which will in effect replace Kevin Millwood and Scott Elarton.

AL MVP: Gary Sheffield, OF, NYY
AL Cy Young: CC Sabathia, Cle
AL Rookie of the Year: Ian Kinsler, Tex
AL Comeback Player:

NL MVP: Lance Berkman, Hou
NL Cy Young: Jake Peavy, SD
NL Rookie of the Year: Hanley Ramirez, Fla
NL Comeback Player:

STEVE BUFFUM

AL Division Winners: Yankees, Indians, A’s
AL Wild Card: White Sox

NL Division Winners: Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Mets

ALCS: A’s over Yankees
NLCS: Cardinals over Dodgers

World Series: A’s over Cardinals

Indians record: 92-60

I just don't see where all this perceived "dropoff" is coming from. Boone will be better or Marte will; Blake will be better with runners on because that's fluky and he's over his personal problems, or he'll be replaced. Broussard was an acceptible hitter against right-handers, so if Perez can hit lefties 1B is not a problem. As for guys like Peralta and Sizemore regressing, I don't understand the logic. Any luck we lose from the bullpen should be offset by winning a few more 1-run games as we regress (progress?) to the mean there. It's a good team: not without weakness, but damn good.

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, NYY
AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay, Tor
AL Rookie of the Year: Howie Kendrick, LAA
AL Comeback Player: Aaron Boone, Cle

NL MVP: Albert Pujols, StL
NL Cy Young: Jake Peavy, SD
NL Rookie of the Year: Prince Fielder, Mil
NL Comeback Player: Oliver Perez, Pit

JARAD REGANO

AL Division Winners: Yankees, White Sox, Angels
AL Wild Card: Indians

NL Division Winners: Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Braves

ALCS: Yankees over White Sox
NLCS: Cardinals over Braves

World Series: Yankees over Cardinals

Indians record: 88-74

The Tribe should have made the playoffs last year, with or without their late collapse at the Jake. The core of the team is a year older, which should help offset some of the off-season losses. Losing Bobby Howry, Kevin Millwood, and Coco Crisp though are going to be large holes to fill. Even GM Mark Shapiro admits the team right now is not as good as the team that was applauded as they walked off the field for the last time in October. A key trade though could make this a mid-90's win team.

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, NYY
AL Cy Young: Johan Santana, Min
AL Rookie of the Year: Francisco Liriano, Min
AL Comeback Player: Aaron Boone, Cle

TONY LASTORIA

AL Division Winners: Yankees, Indians, A’s
AL Wild Card: Angels

NL Division Winners: Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Cubs

ALCS: Indians over A’s
NLCS: Braves over Cardinals

World Series: Indians over Braves

Indians record: 92-70

The AL Central race should be a four team race (Twins, Indians, White Sox, Tigers) all season, with the winner being decided in the final week. The division will prove to be the best division in baseball as four teams finish over .500, with the winner getting just above 90 wins. Ironically, the Indians win the division, this time by closing out the season at home with the White Sox and Devil Rays on a positive note. Indians go 92-70, winning the division by two games over the White Sox.

The Indians arguably have the deepest team in the AL, and will use some of that depth as trade bait for a big need around the trade deadline to solidify this team as a dangerous World Series contender. Even without a significant trade, the team is good enough to win the whole thing. The only thing that truly stands in the way of that happening is a serious rash of injuries to key players…..Eric Wedge….or, of course, TCE. If Wedge continues to have trouble managing in tight game situations, he could prove to be the Achilles heel of the team and they’ll get bounced in the first round. But, if he progresses as a manger like his young players have progressed on the field, there will be a victory parade on East 9th St for the first time in this town in over 40 years.

AL MVP: Travis Hafner, Cle
AL Cy Young: Johan Santana, Min
AL Rookie of the Year: Francisco Liriano, Min
Al Comeback Player: Jim Thome, ChiW

NL MVP: Derek Lee, ChiC
NL Cy Young: Jake Peavy, SD
NL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hermida, Fla
NL Comeback Player: Scott Rolen, StL
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Unread postby gnati » Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:50 pm

90+ wins and in the playoffs in some way shape or form, after that it is a crapshoot.

Indians and Twins fight for Central title, Chisox for various reasons (injuries, complacent, difficulty in repeating, career years) will not be the factor every thinks, but will still be good.
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Unread postby Guest » Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:17 pm

And I don't mean the kind that fly over the fence.

I don't really watch baseball (or even care for it all that much), but I think a lot of you are fooling yourself that the White Sox aren't going to be at least as good as last year - probably better.

And you're probably fooling yourself if you think the Indians will be as good as last year. They did nothing to improve themselves, and their strength (pitching), while still good, isn't going to be what it was in 2005.

I'd venture to say that the Yankees, White Sox, and Angels will win their respective divisions, with the Indians in the wild card hunt for a while, but most likely falling behind at least a couple of these teams: Toronto, Boston, Oakland, and maybe even Minnesota.

Enjoy the Cavs playoff run, because there's gonna be a lot of frustration sports-wise in Cleveland come July.
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Unread postby pup » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:15 pm

How is their rotation worse? Jason Johnson and Paul Byrd can easily match Millwood and Elarton's 20 wins.
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Unread postby consigliere » Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:39 pm

gnati wrote:90+ wins and in the playoffs in some way shape or form, after that it is a crapshoot.

Indians and Twins fight for Central title, Chisox for various reasons (injuries, complacent, difficulty in repeating, career years) will not be the factor every thinks, but will still be good.


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Unread postby swerb » Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:41 am

bump this up

Woefully off on the Indians I was, as was everyone. Still like my Yankees/Mets WS matchup. If the Pads hang on, I will have nailed all 3 NL division winners and likely the comeback player. And the AL Cy Young.
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Unread postby consigliere » Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:33 am

Yes, we all missed on the Indians.

But, the Indians also severly underperformed this year and were probably the biggest disappointment in baseball. I did get one thing right, and that was that the AL Central would prove to be the best division in baseball and become a 4-horse division.

Man, this division is going to be S-I-C-K the next several years.
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