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2011 League-wide Predictions


Well, we've made our community predictions for (almost) every member of the Bucs and we've analyzed all the various ways that this season could be exciting or disappointing for the Pittsburgh boys.  But since it's Opening Day I thought it'd be fun to make some predictions for the rest of the league too.

 

Give your picks for each division as well as the playoffs.  Feel free to give your reasoning if you like, or not.  We'll revisit the list in October and see who came closest.  My picks and thoughts after the jump.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

East

Philadelphia  **
Atlanta *
Florida
Washington
New York

Thoughts:  Philly's rotation too good to overcome. Atlanta takes NL Wild card on strength of youth.  New York completely falls to pieces due to injuries and inconsistency.

Central

Cincinnati **
Saint Louis
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Houston

Thoughts:  Cincy will be the most balanced team and win a once-again unimpressive division.  Milwaukee will be inconsistent and start shopping Fielder in July.  Pittsburgh will trail Chicago for most of the season but overtake them in September as injuries accumulate for the Cubs and Pittsburgh's young core really starts to gel. Houston will be wretched.

West

San Francisco **
Colorado
Los Angeles
San Diego
Arizona

Thoughts:  Giants' pitching will carry them to postseason again.  Rest of division fights for scraps, Tracy's non-sequiters give Rocks a dangerous edge over more logical clubs.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

East

Boston **
Tampa Bay *
New York
Toronto
Baltimore

Thoughts:  The Yankees will still be good, of course, but I think this is the year they get edged out.  Sox lineup and Rays' rotation propel their clubs to playoffs.  Toronto and Baltimore consider joining a different division.

Central

Minnesota **
Chicago
Detroit
Cleveland
Kansas City

Thoughts:  Pretty sure no one's beating the Twins but that's all I'm confidant about.  I feel like any of the other four teams could put together an okay season or be completely putrid.

West

Texas **
Oakland
Anaheim
Seattle

Thoughts: I think this will be an okay year for Oakland, but the Rangers should have no trouble repeating. I think Anaheim and Seattle are both going to be disasters.

POSTSEASON

Atlanta over San Francisco
Philadelphia over Cincinnati
Philadelphia over Atlanta

Texas over Tampa Bay
Boston over Minnesota
Texas over Boston

Philadelphia over Texas

Thoughts:  Pitching rules in the postseason, and barring injury, I don't see how anyone can compete with the Phils.  Even if the offense is below league-average, they'll have a chance in nearly every game.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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