Diamond Hoggers 2010 Season Predictions Post

As part of our full-service primer for the 2010 season, we make our picks on everything so we can look back and see how everyone did at season’s end. Here’s our 2009 predictions, not that bad. Last year was hit and miss, but we feel much more educated for this year. We’ve really studied up and feel confident as ever about how things will shake out. Here’s how I see things in baseball for the following season:

American League

AL East:
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays*
Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central:
Minnesota Twins
Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals

AL West:
Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Angels
Oakland A’s

National League

NL East:
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves*
Florida Marlins
New York Mets
Washington Nationals

NL Central:
St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona DiamondBacks
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres

* Denotes wildcard teams

New York Yankees over Texas Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays over Minnesota Twins
Atlanta Braves over St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers over Philadelphia Phillies

Los Angeles Dodgers over Atlanta Braves
Tampa Bay Rays over New York Yankees

World Series:
Tampa Bay Rays over Los Angeles Dodgers in 5 games

AL MVP: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
NL MVP: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
AL CY YOUNG: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
NL CY YOUNG: Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves
AL Manager of the Year: Ron Washington, Texas Rangers
NL Manager of the Year: Bobby Cox, Atlanta Braves
AL Rookie of the Year: Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
NL Rookie of the Year: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Team that will most resemble Cinderella: Arizona DiamondBacks
AL Manager first fired/hot-seat: Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox
NL Manager first fired/hot-seat: Bud Black, San Diego Padres
AL Team Worst Record: Oakland A’s
NL Team Worst Record: Pittsburgh Pirates