Monday, April 30, 2012

Baseball Picks April 27-May 3

This post will house my picks for this week.
April 2012: 35-36 +0.91 units
May 2012: 5-5 +1.37 units
2012: 40-41 +2.28 units
May 3:
Don't get the Yankees line today.
Cubs +140 @ Cincy -1 unit
Yankees -125 @ Royals -1 unit
Cleveland +110 vs. White Sox +1.1 units
May 2:
Decent start to May, would've been fantastic if the Rangers held on to that five-run lead. I like four games today, so I'll play four.
Nationals -119 vs. Arizona +0.84 units
Giants -118 vs. Miami -1 unit
Texas +100 @ Toronto -1 unit
Oakland +170 @ Boston +1.7 units
May 1:
A 1-run and a 2-run beat. Uggh. At least I finished in the black during April.
Texas -143 @ Toronto -1 unit
Dodgers +114 @ Rockies +1.14 units
Oakland +159 @ Boston +1.59 units
April 30:
Arizona +150 @ Miami +1.5 units
Mets -110 @ Houston -1 unit
Dodgers +123 @ Rockies -1 unit
April 29:
Mets -105 @ Rockies +0.95 units
Tigers +180 @ Yankees -1 unit
Cleveland +100 vs. Angels +1 unit
April 27:
Just FYI, I won't be able to pick tomorrow (going camping)
Arizona +124 @ Miami +1.24 units
Washington +180 @ Dodgers -1 unit
White Sox +100 vs. Boston -1 unit

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Final 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Here it is, my final mock. No time for analysis.
1: IND Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2: WAS (from STL) Robert Griffin QB Baylor
3: MIN Matt Kalil OT USC
4: CLE Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5: TB Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6: STL (from WAS) Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7: JAC Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
8: MIA Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
9: CAR Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
10: BUF Mark Barron SS Alabama
11: KC David DeCastro OG Stanford
12: SEA Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
13: ARI Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
14: DAL Michael Brockers DT LSU
15: PHI Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
16: NYJ Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
17: CIN Riley Reiff OT Iowa
18: SD Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
19: CHI Kendall Wright WR Baylor
20: TEN Dontari Poe DT Memphis
21: CIN Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
22: CLE Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama
23: DET Cordy Glenn G/OT Georgia
24: PIT Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
25: DEN Jerel Worthy DT MSU
26: HOU Shea McClellin DE Boise State
27: NE Harrison Smith SS Notre Dame
28: GB Kendall Reyes DT/DE Connecticut
29: BAL Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
30: SF Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31: CLE (projected: from NE) Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
32: NYG Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

That's all!

MLB Power Rankings: Week 3

Here we go again. Yes, sports beside the NFL exist today. Analysis through Wednesday's games.
1: Rangers
2: Nationals
3: Rays
4: Yankees
5: Braves
6: Dodgers
7: Cardinals
8: Tigers
9: White Sox
10: Giants
11: Orioles
12: Blue Jays
13: Mets
14: Diamondbacks
15: Indians
16: Brewers
17: Reds
18: Phillies
19: Red Sox
20: Mariners
21: Rockies
22: A's
23: Angels
24: Marlins
25: Pirates
26: Astros
27: Padres
28: Cubs
29: Twins
30: Royals

That's all for now!

Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Another mock draft! My last one will go up Thursday afternoon in all likelihood.
1: IND Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2: WAS (from STL) Robert Griffin QB Baylor
3: MIN Matt Kalil OT USC
4: CLE Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5: TB Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6: STL Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7: PHI (projected: from JAC) Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
8: MIA Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
9: CAR Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
10: BUF Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
11: KC Riley Reiff OT Iowa
12: NYJ (projected: from SEA) Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
13: ARI Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
14: DAL Mark Barron SS Alabama
15: JAC  (projected: from PHI) Kendall Wright WR Baylor
16: SEA (projected: from NYJ) Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
17: CIN David DeCastro G Stanford
18: SD Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
19: CHI Michael Brockers DT LSU
20: TEN Dontari Poe DT Memphis
21: CIN Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
22: CLE Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama
23: DET Cordy Glenn G/OT Georgia
24: PIT Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
25: DEN Jerel Worthy DT MSU
26: HOU Shea McClellin DE Boise State
27: NE Whitney Mercilius DE Illinois
28: GB Kendall Reyes DT/DE Connecticut
29: BAL Peter Konz C Wisconsin
30: SF Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31: CLE (projected: from NE) Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
32: NYG Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

That's all for now.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baseball Picks April 20-26

2012 season:
April: 31-31 +1.22 units
2012: 31-31 +1.22 units
April 26th:
Only 2 picks today cause there are 8 games, and I couldn't find 3 I like. Will do 4 sometime next week to make up.
Nationals -105 @ Padres -1 unit
The Nats are playing good ball right now.
Seattle +180 @ Tigers +1.8 units
My Tigers are in a slump right now, Porcello especially. I feel dirty rooting against the Tigers though.
April 25th:
Back in black again! That's what I call a good day. Just FYI, my final mock draft is going up tomorrow afternoon.
Arizona +110 vs. Philly -1 unit
The Phillies are having major problems right now.
Tampa Bay +100 vs. Angels +1 unit
No Trumbo tonight, and the Angels are overrated in general.
San Fran +121 @ Cincinnati -1 unit
Cincy is terrible right now, and the Giants are underrated
April 24th:
I'm not going to call something my pick of the day again, so that doesn't happen.
Mets +101 vs. Miami +1.01 units
Johan Santana is a boss.
Nats -108 @ Padres +0.93 units
Nats on a roll, Padres suck.
Cleveland -131 vs. Kansas City +0.76 units
Not gonna mess with a good thing.
April 23rd:
You know you've fallen hard when you're an underdog to the Padres. That's a lesson learned. Also good to know the Astros decided to show up.
Cardinals -109 @ Cubs -1 unit
Garza is good, sure, but the Cubs are not. Cardinals
Texas -109 vs. Yankees -1 unit
Play of the day, no question. Texas is far and away the best team and baseball, against the always inflated Yankees.
Toronto +100 @ Kansas City +1 unit
Let's not mess with a good thing, shall we? The Royals are likely going to be occupying the 30
April 22nd:
Another good day. Yankees came from behind for me, thought I was done for there.
Dodgers -130 @ Houston -1 unit
Don't get this line. Dodgers playing a lot better than Houston.
Philly +100 @ Padres -1 unit
Phillies are falling, but they shouldn't be even money versus the Padres.
Texas -125 @ Tigers +0.8 units
Rangers look unstoppable right now.

April 21:
That's what I call a good day. Back in black!
Cincinnati -121 @ Cubs -1 unit
The Cubs are terrible. Cincy is better than their record indicates.
Yankees +105 @ Boston +1.05 units
Boston is ridiculously overrated right now.
Blue Jays -117 @ Royals +0.85 units
I'll continue to fade the really bad Royals.
April 20:
Dodgers -125 +0.8 units unit Sticking with the value presented by the Dodgers.
Braves -105 +0.95 units Atlanta has been on fire since their first series.
Toronto +103 +1.03 units The Royals have looked awful lately.

2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Here's the second edition of my mock draft. Might put some commentary up later if I have time.
1: IND Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2: WAS Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
3: MIN Matt Kalil OT USC
4: CLE Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5: TB Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6: STL Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7: PHI Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Projected trade: PHI and JAC swap first rounders, JAC receives 2nd (pick 46) and 4th round picks as well.
8: MIA Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
9: CAR Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
10: BUF Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
11: KC Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
12: SEA Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
13: ARI Riley Reiff OT Iowa
14: DAL Mark Barron SS Alabama
15: JAC Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Projected trade: see pick 7.
16: NYJ David DeCastro OG Stanford
17: CIN Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
18: SD Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
19: CHI Kendall Wright WR Baylor
20: TEN Dontari Poe DT Memphis
21: CIN Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
22: CLE Courtney Upshaw DE Alabama
23: DET Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
24: PIT Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
25: DEN Michael Brockers DT LSU
26: HOU Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
27: NE Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
28: GB Shea McClellin DE/OLB Boise State
29: BAL Peter Konz C Wisconsin
30: SF Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
31: CLE Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
Projected trade: Cleveland and New England swap picks 31 and 37. New England also receives fourth-rounder (pick 100)
32: NYG Mike Adams OT Ohio State

MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

Same deal as last week. Rank the teams from 1 to 30 with as little bias as possible (definitely not an easy task).
1: Rangers LW: 2
18-3 is amazing, even against the struggling Red Sox.
2: Tigers LW: 1
Only fell due to the Rangers looking amazing.
3: Cardinals LW: 3
Quietly skating to a 9-3 record.
4: Nationals LW: 12
Ian Desmond is playing stellar at short.
5: Yankees LW: 4
Somebody get Jeter a long-term contract!
6: Dodgers LW: 11
Not higher than this due to the dearth of games against my bottom 5 teams.
7: Rays LW: 6
Still in a little bit of a rut to start the year.
8: Braves LW: 18
Playing great outside of the first series versus the Mets.
9: Blue Jays LW: 8
A team that should make the playoffs, but probably won't because 4 of the top 12 teams are in their division.
10: Diamondbacks LW: 5
A little too high on the D-backs last week.
11: Mets LW: 14
Mets coming down to earth some, and anyone can contend in the wide-open NL East (where the Phillies are last)!
12: Orioles LW: 19
Starting to believe in my division-leading O's.
13: Brewers LW: 13
I've jumped off the "Hate the Brewers" bandwagon. The boos aren't getting to Braun like I thought.
14: Phillies LW: 9
The talent is there, the wins so far are not.
15: Angels LW: 7
It's not just Pujols, there's just something a little off about this team. Wouldn't be shocked if they missed the playoffs (would be shocked if they won the AL West).
16: Giants LW: 16
Starting to get a little bit worried about Lincecum.
17: Marlins LW: 21
7-6, but the playoff prospects look dim.
18: White Sox LW: 25
Played very well against my Tigers. Not so much against my O's.
19: Mariners LW: 20
This team is better than most think, even if they stack up wins against the A's.
20: Reds LW: 10
Oh, my World Series pick. What's happening?
21: Red Sox LW: 17
Valentine isn't connecting with the team, and the bullpen is a disaster.
22: Indians LW: 22
I feel the Indians are very blah, except for the eventful game in KC earlier this week.
23: Rockies LW: 27
Jamie Moyer! He could solidly be a grandfather with no raised eyebrows.
24: Royals LW: 15
Watching them against Detroit, they looked terrible. Not really terrible, but not the 2nd place team I thought before the season.
25: Athletics LW: 24
What's the moneyline on Cespedes getting traded. -300?
26: Pirates LW: 23
To think they're 5th to last in my rankings and only 3rd to last in the NL Central here. That tells you something about how gaudy the Cardinals' record will look come September.
27: Astros LW: 28
I'm not sure anybody suspected anything more from these guys.
28: Twins LW: 29
The Twins move up a spot! It's a miracle! This team still has Mauer and Morneau, they should be higher.
29: Cubs LW: 26
Garza is great. The rest of the roster, not so much.
30: Padres LW: 30
The Padres hang on to the bottom spot. Only reason I care about these guys is because Chase Headley is on my fantasy team.

That's all for now!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Baseball Picks April 13-19 Week 2

This post will have my baseball picks this week.
2012: 19-23 -2.76 units
April: 19-23 -2.76 units
April 19th:
Yet another 1-run loss in extras, this time on a bad call. Just fade me. But if I win all 3 of these, I'll be back in the black...
Twins +195 -1 unit
They've won every time this series I didn't pick them.
Dodgers +125 +1.25 units
Let's try this again... best record in the NL *should* be good at +125, right?
Rays +109 +1.09 units
Really couldn't think of a good third pick so I chose this.
April 18th:
I think I'll call the Texas game in the ninth considering the 13 run lead. Picks:
Texas +116 @ Red Sox +1.16 units
Won't mess with a good thing.
Dodgers +160 @ Brewers -1 unit
I'll take the best record in baseball +160.
Mets +120 @ Braves -1 unit
The Mets have the Braves' number so far.
April 17th:
See what happens when I tell you to fade me? Good things. Going against 3 AL East teams today.
Twins +210 @ Yankees -1 unit
Twins beat the Yanks pretty solidly yesterday, and CC is overrated (and Liriano underrated).
Rays +130 @ Blue Jays -1 unit
Even with Romero on the mound, the Rays are better.
Texas +108 @ Boston +1.08 units
I'll take the (second?) best team in the AL with Colby Lewis on the mound at better than even any day.
April 16th:
Blegh. I really don't know how to describe the last 3 days. Just fade me.
Tampa Bay +105 @ Boston +1.05 units
Not giving up on these Rays, especially with Shields on the mound.
Mets +155 @ Braves +1.55 units
The other New York team is playing well so far this year.
Philadelphia -112 @ Giants +0.89 units
Halladay is playing a lot better than Lincecum so far this year, and the Phillies have the superior lineup.
April 15th:
Lost another 1-runner, this time my team gave up a lead in the bottom of the ninth.
Milwaukee +130 @ Atlanta -1 unit
I'm starting to warm up to this Brewers team.
Tampa Bay -105 @ Boston -1 unit
Matt Moore is a stud, as evidenced against the Tigers. Doubront is nothing to be scared of.
Angels +162 @ Yankees -1 unit
The Angels are good value at +162 no matter who they play.
April 14th:
Ugh. Two 1-run beats to find when I woke up (4th loss this year in extra innings as well). Today's picks:
Arizona +130 @ Colorado -1 unit
Seattle -105 vs. Oakland +0.95 units
Tigers +111 @ White Sox -1 unit
Arizona is better than Colorado and Jhoulys Chacin doesn't change that. Seattle has dominated Oakland this year, and the Tigers are playing some of the best ball in the MLB right now, despite a loss yesterday.
April 13th:
Rays +110 @ Red Sox -1 unit
Diamondbacks +100 @ Rockies -1 unit
Astros +190 @ Marlins -1 Unit

College Football Power Ratings Review

Last August, before I had this blog, I made pre-season college football power ratings. I have decided to revisit these ratings to see how I did. I'll score it by the following system:
Teams correctly picked in top 25: 1 point
Teams correctly picked in top 10: 2 points
Teams correctly picked within 10 spots: 2 points
Teams correctly picked within 5 spots: 3 points
Teams correctly picked within 3 spots: 4 spots
I'll use the final Sagarin ratings to determine how my ratings did. So here's my preseason ratings with the Sagarin predictor rating in parentheses:
1. South Carolina (13) 1
2. Stanford (5) 12
3. Florida State (19) 1
4. Virginia Tech (27) 0
5. Alabama (2) 12
6. Nebraska (25) 1
7. Oklahoma (4) 12
8. Arizona State (32) 0
9. Texas A&M (12) 12
10. Pittsburgh (68) 0
11. Missouri (16) 6
12. Air Force (57) 0
13. Oregon (7) 3
14. Florida (29) 0
15. Oklahoma State (3) 1
16. Mississippi State (35) 0
17. Northern Illinois (54) 0
18. Georgia (20) 10
19. Arkansas (9) 3
20. North Carolina State (66) 0
21. North Carolina (53) 0
22. SMU (51) 0
23. Nevada (48) 0
24. LSU (1) 1
25. West Virginia (24) 10
So I ended up with 85 points. I correctly picked 3 out of the top 10 teams, and 14 out of the top 25. I might post some more analysis about this soon, but that's all for now!

MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

Through the games of 4/11. Note that these rankings are my personal opinion.
1: Tigers
2: Rangers
3: Cardinals
4: Yankees
5: Diamondbacks
6: Rays
7: Angels
8: Blue Jays
9: Phillies
10: Reds
11: Dodgers
12: Nationals
13: Brewers
14: Mets
15: Royals
16: Giants
17: Red Sox
18: Braves
19: Orioles
20: Mariners
21: Marlins 
22: Indians
23: Pirates
24: Athletics
25: White Sox
26: Cubs
27: Rockies
28: Astros
29: Twins
30: Padres
That's all!

2012 NFL Mock Draft

No analysis here, just throwing my draft out there.
1. Colts: Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2. Redskins (from Rams): Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
3. Vikings: Matt Kalil OT USC
4. Browns: Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6. Rams (from Redskins): Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7. Chiefs (from Jaguars): Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
8. Dolphins: Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
9. Panthers: Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
10. Bills: Riley Reiff OT Iowa
11. Jaguars (from Chiefs): Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
12. Seahawks: Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
13. Cardinals: Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
14. Cowboys: Dontari Poe DT Memphis
15. Eagles: Mark Barron SS Alabama
16. Jets: David DeCastro OG Stanford
17. Bengals (from Raiders): Dre Kirpatrick CB Alabama
18. Chargers: Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
19. Bears: Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
20. Titans: Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
21. Bengals: Kendall Wright WR Baylor
22. Browns (from Falcons): Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
23. Lions: Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
24. Steelers: Michael Brockers DT LSU
25. Broncos: Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
26. Texans: Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
27. Patriots (from Saints): Peter Konz C Wisconsin
28. Packers: Shea McClellin DE Boise State
29. Ravens: Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
30. 49ers: Nick Perry DE USC
31. Patriots: Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
32. Giants: David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
That's all!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Baseball Picks April 6-12 Week 1

I'll use this post to post my baseball picks for this week.
2012: 11-10 +1.31 units
April: 11-10 +1.31 units
April 12th:
Phillies +105 vs. Marlins +1.05 units
Diamondbacks -130 @ Padres +0.77 units
Angels -145 @ Twins -1 unit
Don't get why the Phillies are home underdogs to the Ozzie-less Marlins. I'll continue to fade the overrated Padres. The Twins are playing AAA ball, as I saw in person at Camden Yards last week. MLB power ratings coming tomorrow.
April 11th:
Mets +105 vs. Nationals -1 unit
Diamondbacks +105 @ Padres -1 unit
Royals +108 @ Athletics -1 unit
Mets have Santana, who is slightly better than Strasburg, and the Mets are the hotter team. Still not understanding why the Padres are so inflated. Royals over the A's for the same reasons I put yesterday.
April 10th:
Cardinals +100 @ Reds +1 unit
Royals +105 @ Athletics +1.05 units
Pirates +210 @ Dodgers -1 unit
Lohse should work his magic for the Cards again. A's have Cespedes and no one else. Even with Kershaw on the mound, +210 is way too high for a respectable Pirates team.
April 9th:
Giants +160 @ Rockies +1.6 units
White Sox +100 @ Indians +1 unit
Orioles +145 vs. Yankees -1 unit
Not getting the Giants line at all, SF is the slightly better team. White Sox have hung with the Rangers and are decent at even money. Yankees are always inflated but the O's just had a nice home sweep with some better than expected pitching.
April 8th:
Cardinals +105 @ Brewers +1.05 units
Dodgers +106 @ Padres -1 unit
Blue Jays +106 @ Indians -1 unit
No time for analysis today.
April 7th:
Braves -110 @ Mets -1 unit
Dodgers +102 @ Padres +1.02 units
Mariners -115 @ Athletics +0.87 units
Braves are far better than the Mets, and RA Dickey certainly doesn't change that. The Dodgers are so much more talented than the Padres, I don't get that line. Calon is decent, but Hernandez deserves better than -115 against an abysmal Oakland squad.
April 6th:
Twins +110 @ Baltimore -1 unit
Rays +110 vs. Yankees +1.1 units
Rockies -125 @ Astros +0.8 units
Twins should be better this year than Baltimore, good value at +110. Yankees are always fluffed up, especially near the beginning of the season. Even if the Rockies are in for a down year, the Astros are far worse.

Note: I don't actually make my picks (it's illegal!) I just keep track of them.

MLB season predictions

Hi again! I've taken a little hiatus but I'm back. I hope it's not too late for some MLB predictions but here we go...
AL East
1 Yankees 97-65
2 Rays 94-68
3 Blue Jays 89-73
4 Red Sox 82-80
5 Orioles 64-98
Shields, Moore and Price anchor a solid Rays lineup that will keep the AL East race interesting into the last week of the season. Cano will have a monster year, and the Yankees will take the division by a few games. Romero and Joey Bats will lead the Jays in a climb up the standings that will continue for a few years. The Red Sox will have bullpen issues and not gel very well under Bobby Valentine. Finally, Mark Reynolds will have a nice year for the O's but it won't be enough to compete in the toughest division in baseball.
AL Central
1 Tigers 99-63
2 Royals 80-82
3 Twins 75-87
4 Indians 74-88
5 White Sox 70-92
The Tigers will run away with this division as expected. Brennan Boesch will breakout, and the 3-4 combo of Cabrera and Fielder will be deadly. And I haven't even gotten to Justin Verlander and Doug Fister yet (not to mention Scherzer). Eric Hosmer and the Royals will be very good in a few years, but they're still developing. The Twins and the White Sox are going through rare rebuilding right now, which should keep them out of contention. As for the Indians, let's just hope they don't get in any more brawls.
AL West
1 Rangers 98-64
2 Angels 97-65
3 Mariners 69-93
4 Athletics 63-99
The Rangers and the Angels are the two teams to watch out for here (obviously). It's really a tossup between the 2, but I'm going with the Rangers because the Angels may take a while to develop good chemistry. Both of these teams have a very good shot at winning the world series. In the bottom half of this division, the Mariners have Ichiro, Felix Hernandez, and not much else. But that's more than the A's, who have Yoenis Cespedes and a bunch of prospects.
NL East
1 Phillies 95-67
2 Nationals 90-72
3 Braves 86-76
4 Marlins 81-81
5 Mets 72-90
The Phillies should win the NL East rather easily. The Nationals will provide a tough test with the Zimmermans and Strasburg, but regardless of infield injuries, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay are superb. The Braves really tired out their relievers (especially Craig Kimbrel) last year, and it showed during their September collapse. I'm not very high on the Marlins, there's too much drama to field a championship-caliber team there (just ask Rex Ryan). The Mets are really not as bad as people think, but this division is rather stacked.
NL Central
1 Reds 91-71
2 Cardinals 87-75
3 Brewers 79-83
4 Pirates 73-89
5 Cubs 67-95
6 Astros 60-102
Votto and Cueto should lead the Reds to the NL Central title. In addition, I believe that Aroldis Chapman is extrodinarily underrated (picked him up in the second to last round of my fantasy draft). The Cardinals simply aren't the same sans La Russa and Pujols. I have the Brewers lower than almost everybody else out there, mainly due to Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Braun will not be nearly as effective off steroids, and will be booed everywhere. Fielder is obviously not with the team anymore, so they could lose the production of two superstars. The Pirates are in for their 20th losing season in a row, but they have a rather good farm system that will bear fruit soon. The Cubs are projected to be a few games worse than their crosstown rivals, much to their dissapointment. The Astros will be happy to open a new chapter in the AL West next season, as I project them as the only team with 100+ losses.
NL West
1 Diamondbacks 89-73
2 Dodgers 86-76
3 Giants 84-78
4 Rockies 75-87
5 Padres 64-98
The Diamondbacks should ride Justin Upton to another division title in a down NL West. The Dodgers are higher here than in most places due to their dearth of talent, especially Kershaw and Kemp. Lincecum and Cain are great, but the Giants have shockingly little offense considering their payroll. I think Tulowitzki is in for a down year, but the only thing keeping Colorado from last place is the league's lowest payroll and lack of talent in San Diego.
ALWC Rays defeat Angels
NLWC Nationals defeat Cardinals
ALDS Rays defeat Tigers
Rangers defeat Yankees
NLDS Nationals defeat Phillies
Reds defeat Diamondbacks
ALCS Rangers defeat Rays
NLCS Reds defeat Nationals
WS Reds defeat Rangers
AL MVP Robinson Cano
NL MVP Joey Votto
AL Cy Young James Shields
NL Cy Young Roy Halladay
Considering I might be writing about the MLB a lot soon, I'd like to point out my two favorite teams are the Tigers and Orioles (in that order). That's all!