MLB 2K11: The Predictions

AL East
Boston Red Sox    93-69
New York Yankees  90-72
Tampa Bay Rays    84-78
Toronto Blue Jays 76-86
Baltimore Orioles 69-93
AL Central
Minnesota Twins  88-74
Chicago White Sox 87-75
Detroit Tigers          82-80
Cleveland Indians 67-95
Kansas City Royals      59-103

AL West
Oakland Athletics 90-72
Texas Rangers          87-75
Los Angeles Angels      83-79
Seattle Mariners  72-90

NL East
Philadelphia Phillies  96-66
Atlanta Braves          91-71
Florida Marlins        81-81
New York Mets          80-82
Washington Nationals    68-94

NL Central
Cincinnati Reds        87-75
St. Louis Cardinals    87-75
Milwaukee Brewers 84-78
Chicago Cubs            76-86
Pittsburgh Pirates      72-90
Houston Astros          65-97

NL West
Colorado Rockies  88-74
San Francisco Giants    87-75
San Diego Padres  77-85
Los Angeles Dodgers    75-87
Arizona Diamondbacks    64-98

Awards Picks!
Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
Robinson has put together two consecutive stellar seasons since a down
2008. Particularly noticeable to me is his career high walk total of 57
against only 77 strikeouts (in 696 plate appearances) in 2010. He is also
now showing that he knows how to hit in the New Yankee Stadium as his
homerun totals in 2009 & 2010 were 25 & 29 (respectively), compared to
between 14-19 on the old Yankee Stadium.

Also considered:
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins

AL Cy Young
Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Weaver had basically career numbers across his entire state line last
season. At 28 and in his physical prime, I see no reason he can’t at least
reproduce his numbers from last season, if not slightly improve on them.

Also considered:
CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners

Joey Votto, 1B, Cinncinati Reds

Look for a repeat performance from Votto. He simply murdered the ball last season with a line of .324 ba, .424. ob%, .600 slg%. I’d look for a .330,
35, 125 season from him, hell throw in 15-20 stolen bases on top of it.

Also considered:
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

NL Cy Young
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Considering the Philly pitching staff and some other pitchers from around
the NL that could very well end up winning this award, I love Kershaw for
an upset in the Cy Young category this season.

All of his stats have trended up in every single year of his career (now
entering his 4th big league season). Although his record was a mere 13-12,
all of his other statistics would make you think he had a 20-win season
(2.79 era, 212 SO in 204 IP, career low in BB/9, a WHIP of 1.18).

I think if he can get enough run support he can certainly win 20.

Also considered:
Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

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