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Baseball Headlines and Bold Predictions 21

  • Posted by: Zach Parnes
  • April 9, 2010, 8:32 PM


As baseball returns this year, we are looking for all sorts of big plays. Who will be the first person to hit for the cycle? Or who will pitch the first no-hitter? This year may be one of the most exciting years in baseball. Big headlines have already been made just several games into the season. Here are just a few of them…

Jason Heyward's Rookie Year 
Heyward has already been discussed as a one of baseballs biggest prospects of all time, with Hall of Famer Hank Aaron saying that, “Baseball needs Heyward.” Many experts have also said that Heyward could have a potential breakout season. “Heyward could be great on both sides of the ball,” says ESPN analyst Keith Law. I personally agree with Law, but at the same time I think the main focus on Heyward will be his hitting ability. Already this season, Heyward has shown a great display of power and contact hitting. Most surprising was Heyward’s opening day home run against one of the more talented pitchers in the NL, Carlos Zambrano. In my opinion, Heyward will bring in a good number of RBI’s, but he’s probably not going to hit better than .285 as the season moves along.

The Wild NL West
This year the NL West looks like it has several teams who could possibly win the division. The defending division champs from last year, the L.A. Dodgers will have to fight for their title against the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks, (sorry Padres fans, there is always next year!) Each of the teams that I listed has something special about them. The Giants have a great pitching staff with “Tiny Tim” Lincecum and Matt Cain. The Rockies have a great offensive team with an array of power and speed with players ranging from Todd Helton to Troy Tulowitzki. The Diamondbacks are a team on the rise with some great players such as pitcher Dan Haren and outfielder Justin Upton. In my opinion, the NL West will be the second-hardest division to win, right behind the AL East. My pick to win the NL West is the Giants. With Lincecum leading one of the best rotations in baseball, along with power hitters such as the “Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have the advantage over the Dodgers.

Playoff predictions Picking the playoff teams for this year was extremely challenging…

American League
1. New York Yankees
2. Los Angeles Angels
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Tampa Bay Rays (Wild Card)
I know it’s a bit strange that I would pick the Rays over the Boston Red Sox for the Wild Card. However, I think the Rays will play much better than they did last year and surprise most of us.

National League
1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. San Francisco Giants
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Colorado Rockies (Wild Card)
For the NL Wild Card spot, I thought the Rockies would reach the playoffs. With players o such as Ian Stewart and Ubaldo Jimenez on the rise, I think that they have a solid chance to make the playoffs again under 2009 Manager of the Year Jim Tracy.

I think this year will be one of baseball’s best. 2010 has already been filled with exciting games and there are a lot more to come!

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21 Comments

PLAYOFFS WORLD SERIES. BRAVES VS. YANKEES.

braves going to the playoffs

go yankees your the best in the whole wide world

the yankees are suck nigger

braves all the way we'll miss you bobby cox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, a little update:

AL:
Yankees, Twins, Rangers, Rays (Wild Card)
NL:
Mets, Cubs, Padres, Giants (Wild Card)

Rays>Yankees

Twins>Rangers

Giants> Mets

Padres> Cubs

Twins> Rays

Padres> Giants

Padres> Twins

That is impossible. The Rays and Yankees can't play each other because they are in the same division.

there is No way the Dodgers won't win the NL west

AL playoffs

yankees
rangers
twins
rays (wild card)

NL playoffs
Phillies
cardinals
dodgers
rockies (wc)

Rangers win WS over cardinals.

Go Red sox

No way, Jose. LET'S GO YANKEES!

yea go

rangers all the way!!

My picks? Here they are:
For the AL:
1. Twins over 4. Red Sox
2. Yankees over 3. ATHLETICS
Twins over Yankees

For the NL:
1. Giants over 4. D-Backs
3. Cardinals over 2. Phillies
Giants over Cards

World Series:
Twins over Giants in 6 games

The Yankees are the best. Even though they got rid of there best players

AL
Yankees
Twins
Angels
Mariners- wildcard

NL
Phillies
Cardinals
Dodgers
Cubs- wild card

The Cubs will take a while yet to get rolling, but hey- they allways do. And look at the Yanks last year- Sabathia started his year with an era of over 30!!! 30 RUNS!!!!! And look at him now.... World Series champ.

this is what it really should look like al yankees mariners twins rays (wild card) NL brewers rockies cardinals braves (wild card)

Yo! TinyBiking! That's impossible! The Cards and Brewers are from the same div!
You didn't say who would win the NL East!!!!!!!!!!

This is what it is supposed to look like, Zach.

AL
Yankees
Twins
Mariners
Rays(Wild Card)

NL
Phillies
Cardinals
Dodgers
Braves(Wild Card)

FullBackCoyote, I think that looks pretty good.

No no no! It will be
AL
East: Yankees
Central: Twins
West: Angels
Wild Card: Mariners
NL
East: Phillies
Central: Cardinals
West: Dodgers
Wild Card: Rockies

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