Fearless Predictions That Are Invariably Wrong (2008 Ed.)
by Mike Carminati
Well, the season is upon us. After a false start in Japan last week, the season began in earnest in Washington tonight with the Nationals winning the opener at their new park, the eponymously Nationals Park. So the team with the best record in the majors as of today is Washington!?!
And I'll tell, George Bush might very well be our worst presidentsorry, Millard Filmore, but he looks great on a ball field. Witness this:
Thank god this will be the last home opener for which we will have to suffer his presence.
Enough of my proselytizing, here come the predictions (never mind the bullocks):
1) MetsToo much talent to lose it two straight years, Santana or no
2) PhilsStill dealing with last year's mistakes, too much talent to fade but not enough pitching to be taken that seriously. And there front office is DOAwitness Myers #1, Hamels #2, and Kendrick #4 meanwhile Tom Gordon is the closer.
3) BravesMediocrity is setting in
4) NationalsAt least they will be interesting
5) MarlinsA franchise steeped in Triple-A-ness
1) CubsWhy not?
2) BrewersToo much talent in a poor division
3) RedsGood young pitching
4) CardsThey're Yadier!
5) AstrosMichael Bourne leading off?
6) PiratesNot even a fish can save them, though they will continue to produce #3 pitchers for other organizations.
1) RockiesHow can you not like this team? Then again Clint Hurdle may be the dumbest man I have ever seen.
2) D-BacksCould these two young teams become the class of the NL over the next few years?
3) DodgersTorre will make it interesting, but they are not there yet, too much of a mixed bag
4) PadresRemember when they were a young up-and-coming team? Yeah, me neither.
5) GiantsThis is a team that eliminated any trace of Barry Bonds for this season. Hopefully, will be the worst team in baseball.
1) YankeesYoung pitching and aging though still potent lineup
2) Red SoxToo many players coming off career years and too many aging too quickly
3) Blue JaysIf this team were in the West
4) Rays (You doesn't have to call me Ray)Hey, they'll be interesting and would probably be .500 in the NL Central
5) OriolesBiggest question will be whether they lose 100 games
1) TigersHard not to like them even in a tough division
2) IndiansShould be close
3) White SoxJoe Crede at third, really?
4) Royals/TwinsWho really cares any more?
1) AngelsToo much talent not to win this weak division'
2) MarinersWhen will this team come together? Could surprise
3) A'sOh, Billy Billy Billy Billy
4) RangersRan out of Phillies castoffs for the pitching staff
D-Backs over Mets
Rockies over Cubs
Yankees over Angels
Tigers over Red Sox