In recent days I have asked the writers at GetSportsInfo as well as some of my opponents in a few fantasy leagues to give me their predictions for the upcoming baseball season. They were asked to give each division winner along with their choice for Wild Card teams. They also listed MVP's, Cy Young Winners, Rookies of the Year and comeback players. Finally I asked them to tell me how many home runs Barry Bonds will hit and how may games they think Roger Clemens will win.
Here are the results of the 15 responses I received:
AL East - The Red Sox were the overwhelming favorite, garnishiing 12 votes. Three respondents chose the Yankees.
AL Central - The race in the middle of the country looks to be much closer. Detroit received eight votes to seven for Cleveland. Twelve of the voters chose both of these teams to make the playoffs, either through winning the division or the Wild Card.
AL West - In another two-team race, the Mariners edged the Angels by a vote of 8 to 7.
AL WC - As mentioned, most chose either the Tigers or Indians to grab the final spot. The Mariners, Red Sox and Yankees each got one vote.
In total, only six different teams were chosen to win the four playoff spots in the AL.
NL East - The Mets won this vote count with 11. They were followed by the Phillies with three votes and the Braves with one.
NL Central - Like the Mets, the Cubs dominated this choice with 11 votes. The Brewers picked up three and the Reds one.
NL West - Things get complicated out west. The Diamondbacks win with eight votes. They are followed by the Dodgers with three, and the Padres and Rockies each with two.
NL WC - Eight different NL teams were chosen to win the Wild Card. Not surprisingly, seven of the votes were for teams from the west.
In total, 10 different NL teams were voted to make the post-season. So, things are much more open in the Senior Circuit.
MVP - Both Miguel Cabrera and David Wright received seven votes to win their respective MVP Award. Second in the AL was Grady Sizemore with three votes. Prince Fielder and Matt Holliday received two votes apiece.
CY Young - Justin Verlander beat C.C. Sabathia 6 to 4 in the voting for the top pitcher in the AL. Johann Santana won with 10 votes in his new league.
Rookie of the Year - Evan Longoria and Jacoby Ellsbury dominated the AL voting with Longoria winning 6 to 5. In the NL, former Japanese star Kosuke Fukudome won the most votes with five. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was second with three votes.
Comeback Player - Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano garnished the most votes from anyone in this category with four. Rich Harden picked up three votes. Nick Johnson led everyone in the NL with three votes. Andruw Jones and Kerry Wood each received two.
Barry Bonds - Although he does not have a contract and may be in some serious legal trouble, seven different respondents think the Home Run King (ouch!) will add to his total this season. Three people think he will hit 15 home runs and one even suggested 24.
Roger Clemens - The Rocket has a lot in common with Bonds these days, both in and out of baseball. However, only two people think the 'retired' pitcher will win a game in 2008.
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