With baseball’s second half set to kick off tonight I figured it was time to lose my prediction virginity. I have never written a prediction article. Not when I wrote for TO Sports. Not when I briefly wrote for Fadoo. Never.
But – seeing how I love to read prediction columns, why not try to write one? If even one of these come true it will be nothing short of miraculous. The below predictions are split into Blue Jay specific and the rest of baseball. Enjoy.
(Note: I have absolutely no inside knowledge from any viable source. If I did, I would be in Vegas, not at work.)
MLB Second Half Predictions
– AL East: Tampa wins the division, Yankees fade a bit down the stretch but snag the wild card
– AL Central: Division looks set to finish as a three-way tie, but Minnesota surges ahead at the end to win it, mainly because Alex Rios hits .097 in September
– AL West: Texas in a landslide, teaching the Angels that Brandon Wood has no place on a major league field
– NL East: Philly has a solid September and passes Atlanta for the division title on the strength of Halladay
– NL Central: In a wild finish, Cincinnati holds off St. Louis for their first title since ’95. The Cardinals get the wild card.
– NL West: San Diego falls apart when their young arms tire, Ubaldo fades, and the Dodgers self destruct. Giants grab a much needed bat at the deadline and steal the division on the last day.
MVP – AL: Miguel Cabrera, NL: Joey Votto
Cy Young – AL: Cliff Lee, NL: Roy Halladay
Rookie – AL: Brennan Boesch, NL: Jason Heyward
Manager – AL: Ron Washington, NL: Dusty Baker
– Roy Halladay goes 7-0 in September with two starts on three days rest to push the Phillies to the playoffs
– Prince Fielder is traded to San Francisco
– Ubaldo Jimenez completely falls apart in September, handing the NL West to the Giants and the Cy Young to Doc
– Albert Pujols hits 25 home runs in the second half, leading the Cards to the playoffs and me to my fantasy league title
– Pittsburgh continues to suck
Blue Jay Second Half Predictions
– Yunel Escobar hits 10 second half home runs. In Atlanta, Alex Gonzalez hits 3.
– Lyle Overbay, John Buck, Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs, and Jason Frasor are all traded. Jose Bautista is not.
– Bautista is caught by Miggy Cabrera of Detroit in the HR race, but sill finishes with 37, by far his career high.
– We are treated to the MLB debuts of JP Arencibia, Brett Wallace, and Brad Emaus in September. Kyle Drabek is not called up.
– Johnny Mac outhomers Edwin Encarnacion in the second half 2-1. I take back the apology I offered EE in early July when he had a 3-hit game.
– David Purcey gets an opportunity to finish games after Gregg is traded and finishes with 10 + saves.
– The Jays win their last home game on Sept 29 6-5 over the Yankees. The fans give Cito a ten minute ovation in his final home game as Toronto manager.
– Toronto goes 30-43 in the second half to finish the season with 74 wins, about 14 more wins than the “experts” predicted.
– I likely never write a prediction article again