2006 Predictions

Ad1_65And now, with little fanfare (largely due to the trumpet players still recovering from their New Year’s Eve hangovers—and who can have fanfare without them?)—Here are my predictions for 2006.

NL Cy Young: Carlos Zambrano.
Yet another of my famous Strat league biased picks, Zambrano has won the conference Cy Young for me two years running. This year, Real Life will follow suit, as he will hum at a 2.45 ERA, and win 23 games, narrowly defeating Zach Duke and Dontrelle Willis for the award.

AL Cy Young: Kevin Millwood.
With all of Texas cheering him on, and Tom Hicks installing a giant fan to counteract the jet stream effect that occurred when he built a luxury box addition to Arlington Stadium, Millwood wins the Cy Young with an ERA of 2.98, and a 23 win season. Johann Santana fans cry foul again, as he leads the league in ERA and strikeouts, but wins 6 less games.

NL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hermedia.
Florida wins the Wild Card, and Hermedia hits .310 with 23 homers and 118 walks.

AL Rookie of the Year: Kenji Jojima.
Importing Rookie of the Year’s is outlawed after this season, as a rule is passed that includes all top level international leagues as eligibility, for players over 25 years of age. The catcher wins a Gold Glove, and hits .288 with 16 homers.

NL MVP: Miguel Cabrera.
The Marlin superstud hits .327 with 38 homers and 141 RBIs, largely due to Hermedia batting in front of him.

AL MVP: Derek Jeter.
He dives into stands. He saves babies from burning buildings. He is a media darling. He wins yet another (undeserved) Gold Glove. He hits .347 with 27 homers and 119 RBIs, and steals 23 bases. Johnny Damon kisses him in public, and calls him “the Heart of the Yankees”. Jason Giambi swears before a Senate subcommittee that he did not inject Jeter with any substance, including B-12. George Steinbrenner smiles in public, and says he finally got his money’s worth.

TEAM WINNERS:
AL WEST: RANGERS
AL CENTRAL: WHITE SOX
AL EAST: YANKEES
WILD CARD: INDIANS

AL CHAMPS: INDIANS BEAT YANKEES IN 7.

NL WEST: DIAMONDBACKS
NL CENTRAL: CARDINALS
NL EAST: BRAVES
WILD CARD: MARLINS

NL CHAMPS: BRAVES IN 5 OVER MARLINS.

WORLD SERIES: INDIANS BEAT BRAVES IN 6.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF WORLD SERIES:
TRAVIS HAFNER.

Special award for Most Prophetic Homer Writer goes to me, and the Indians rename a plate in the Media free food room “The Evans Platter—Indians fanfare served up with Pride”.

Peace-Out
Jim Evans
jevans@baseballdigestdaily.com

5 Comments

WISHFUL THINKING.

Some bold predictions… Marlins in the NL Championship, eh? Those rookies will all have to put up ROY-like numbers one would think.

First time on your blog. By the time I got down to the end of your “predictions”, I realized why the only credit you would give to the ChiSox in ’06 was to win the division, was because you’re a bonafide blinded Indian apologist. It took the men in black a “little while” (okay then, an eternity, but hey, they’ve won it twice since the Cubs last won it!) to get back on top, and they’re gonna stay there a few years. South Side Sox to repeat in 2006!

Predictions for the division winners are a little off. NL East: NY Mets, wild card will be Phillies. NL West: Dodgers; AL West: Athletics.
MVP NL: Carlos Beltran (come back year for the Mets)

MVP AL: Victor Martinez (Indians)

It will be a Mets-Indians World Series; Mets by 7 games on a close but well played series.

I will not give you grief for your prediction errors regarding division and league winners, even though you are mostly wrong. But Kevin Millwood for cy young? 27 homers for Jeter? .310 average for Hermida, with 23 homers? You couldn’t be more off base.

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