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Saturday, April 13, 2013

2013 MLB Staff Predictions

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MLB Staff Predictions
Compiled by Wild on Sport MLB Analyst Aaron Dorman
Its that time of year! Time to poll a selection of our so called 'expert' staff to see what they think will happen during the 2013 MLB season. We will revisit these picks at the end of the season and see who came the closest. Please take all predictions with a large grain of salt; particularly the gentlemen on the far right.

Name
Aaron Dorman
Dennis Estes
Talyon Perry
Matt
McLaughlin
Joshua
Tarr
Kyle Kargel
Chris
Wentworth
NL East
Nationals
Nationals
Nationals
Nationals
Nationals
Nationals
Nationals
NL Cent
Cardinals
Reds
Cardinals
Reds
Cardinals
Reds
Reds
NL West
Dodgers
Giants
Dodgers
Giants
Giants
Dodgers
Rockies
NL WC1
Reds
Braves
Giants
Dodgers
Braves
Phillies
Mets
NL WC2
Braves
Cardinals
Pirates
Braves
Dodgers
Giants
Cubs
AL East
Blue Jays
Red Sox
Blue Jays
Blue Jays
Blue Jays
Orioles
Orioles
AL Cent
Tigers
Tigers
Tigers
Tigers
Indians
Tigers
Twins
AL West
Rangers
Angels
Angels
Angels
Angels
Angels
Rangers
AL WC1
Angels
Blue Jays
Rays
Rays
Tigers
White Sox
Yankees
AL WC2
Rays
Rangers
Royals
Rangers
Red Sox
Rangers
Astros
NL Pennant
Dodgers
Braves
Dodgers
Nationals
Nationals
Dodgers
Reds
AL Pennant
Angels
Angels
Angels
Tigers
Blue Jays
Tigers
Rangers
WS Winner
Angels
Angels
Dodgers
Tigers
Blue Jays
Tigers
Reds
NL MVP
Justin Upton
Joey Votto
Joey Votto
Bryce Harper
Matt Kemp
Matt Kemp
Juan Pierre
AL MVP
Mike Trout
Albert Pujols
Mike Trout
Mike Trout
Miguel Cabrera
Mike Trout
Alex Rodriguez
NL CY
Stephen Strasburg
Matt Cain
Clayton Kershaw
Stephen Strasburg
Matt Cain
Stephen Strasburg
Jorge de la Rosa
AL CY
Yu Darvish
Justin Verlander
Felix Hernandez
Justin Verlander
Felix Hernandez
David Price
Al Alburquerque
NL ROY
Julio Teheran
Shelby Miller
Jose Fernandez
Jason
Jennings
Jose Fernandez
Adam Eaton
Todd
Hollandsworth
AL ROY
Wil Myers
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Aaron Hicks
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Wil Myers
Pat Listach

Notes About the Predictions:
First of all, those who tried to abstain from the predictions were instead rewarded “bold” predictions placed for them. This also gave Wild On Sports an extra opportunity to represent some unsung underdogs such as the Mets and (!!!) Yankees, who otherwise would have been shut out of predictions.

Amazingly, the Nationals are the only unanimous prediction. Even so, the Braves are expected to win the wild card four out of the seven times, including one pennant. Among the seven writers, only two predict an NL championship. The Dodgers and Angels are the most common pennant teams, in their respective leagues. Curiously, nobody predicts a WS repeat for the Giants.

In the NL, Matt Kemp and Joey Votto are the reliably regular MVP candidates. Matt McLaughlin buys into Bryce Harper’s upside. I would not be surprised if Harper won an MVP, but I picked Justin Upton since he has already produced an MVP-caliber season, he’s in his prime, and he’s finally free from the team that didn’t seem to like him very much. Chris Wentworth believes Juan Pierre still has some legs.

In the AL, incumbent Miguel Cabrera is the only non-Angel MVP predicted. Dennis Estes believes that Albert Pujols will benefit from his place in the Angels’ batting order. Everyone else is assuming the indignity afforded Mike Trout last year will be undone. After all, who will hit the Triple Crown this year? Vernon Wells? Maybe not! Chris Wentworth courageously believes in a big second half from A-Rod.

Personally I am surprised that two people picked Matt Cain to win the Cy Young, although he is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball. In the AL, I am the only writer to predict a first-time winner; I believe Yu Davrish’s final hot two months last year indicate a pitcher who has adjusted to MLB.

Rookie of the Year predictions are always interesting. Several writers are buying into the spring hype of Jackie Bradley and Jose Fernandez. Adam Eaton was a bold prediction…until he got hurt. If he plays 100 games, he could still be a candidate if he gets on base and takes advantage of Arizona’s ballpark. Wil Myers is a guy to watch for in the upcoming weeks; he can help the Rays right now as a slugging right-fielder.

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