April 2, 2006

Open Chat: Opening Day & Predictions


Little darling, it's been a long, long lonely winter
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right

Little darling, the smiles are returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since they've been there
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right

Little darling, mmmmmm, I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
There goes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say, it's all right


- Here Comes the Sun

It was a long lonely winter, but thankfully there's a full slate of games today and another seven months of baseball ahead. I'll be back with Twins-specific predictions tomorrow, since for some unknown reason the Twins don't actually play on Opening Day, but for now here are my general predictions for the 2006 season:

AL WEST       W    L     AL CENTRAL    W    L     AL EAST       W    L
Athletics 94 68 White Sox 92 70 Red Sox 94 68
Angels 88 74 Indians 90 72 Yankees 93 69
Mariners 78 84 Twins 88 74 Blue Jays 82 80
Rangers 77 85 Tigers 77 85 Orioles 76 86
Royals 60 102 Devil Rays 68 94

NL WEST W L NL CENTRAL W L NL EAST W L
Giants 86 76 Cardinals 91 71 Braves 90 72
Dodgers 82 80 Brewers 84 78 Phillies 89 73
Padres 80 82 Astros 81 81 Mets 86 76
D-Backs 75 87 Cubs 80 82 Nationals 71 91
Rockies 65 97 Reds 75 87 Marlins 68 94
Pirates 70 92

ALDS: Athletics over Yankees AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez
ALDS: Red Sox over White Sox NL MVP: Albert Pujols

NLDS: Cardinals over Phillies AL CYA: Johan Santana
NLDS: Braves over Giants NL CYA: Jake Peavy

ALCS: Athletics over Red Sox AL ROY: Justin Verlander
NLCS: Cardinals over Braves NL ROY: Prince Fielder

WORLD SERIES: Athletics over Cardinals

I'll be around all day watching baseball -- it is my job, after all -- so feel free to hang out with me in the comments section. Make your own predictions, criticize or praise mine, and keep up to speed on what is without question the best day of the year.


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