Late last night while perusing the major league standings and poring over the many envelopes that arrived in the mail (5 of them yesterday...I still wish I had taken a picture of the mailbox), I thought I'd make a few "bold" predictions and see just how little I know about baseball.
Come October I'll revisit this post and see just how badly I fared.
1. Albert Pujols will be hitting .300 at the end of the season. (Currently Albert is 88/328 .268) How crazy is this? Well let's see, there's 77 games left in the season, and assuming 4 ABs a game that's 308 more ABs this season. That would project out to 636 ABs total. That means Albert would need 191 hits to reach the .300 average. Albert has 88 hits so far, so the rest of the way he would have to hit .334 (103/308).
Yeah, I think he will get there.
2. 80 wins will be good for LAST in the AL East. This is the team that will be sitting there come season's end:
With their starting staff an injury depleted mess, I'm hoping for 80 wins. (They're at 43 now).
3. The Pirates will finally break their 20 year streak of being an under .500 team by finishing with:
They also will not make the playoffs. This 6 week run of amazing offense is going to come to an end, especially when they hit teams like the Reds (9 more games), the Cards (6 more games) and the Brewers (12 times, including a series that starts tonight). The Pirates still have holes to fill at 1st, short and two outfield spots (1 if Presley is able to return quickly from concussion symptoms).
The only saving grace is that they still have 20 games against Houston (7) and Chicago (13).
4, MLB will only have one 20-game winner this year.
5. Playoff teams and WS winner:
Division Winners: New York, Chicago and Texas (easy enough)
Wild Card: Los Angeles and Detroit
WS Representative: Texas
Division Winners: Atlanta, St. Louis and Los Angeles (NL West is also my pick for best race to finish the season, 3 games LA vs. the Giants to finish will be a classic series)
Wild Card: Washington and Cincinnati
WS Representative: Atlanta (just a gut feeling on this one)
World Series Winner:
Texas....3rd time is the charm.
WS MVP: Adrian Beltre
Thanks for reading, Robert