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Thursday, March 3, 2011

NL Champ and World Series Picked Today!

So yesterday we broke down the AL and all of the teams in it.  Our picks may have surprised some of you, but look for those teams to really shine this year!  The teams in the National League should provide some great baseball to watch this year as the talent level really seems to have increased in many teams across the board.  Look for young, talented pitchers to make a big difference in a league that is dominated by the mound.  So here we go! We'll start with the NL East:

NL EAST- This year could very well be a three-way race to the finish in the East as the defending Phillies attempt to hold off the Braves and Mets as they make a run for the title.  The Mets have proven in the past that they have the ability to score runs and win games, but there isn't much certainty that they've made any sort of improvement to a bullpen that cost them many games last year.  While Reyes, Bay, Santana, and Wright will continue to put up stellar numbers, the pitching staff is just too thin to contend with the Phillies.  The Phillies themselves are consistently looking like the team to beat in the NL.  Despite the Giants success last year, it is tough to argue that there is a better rotation out there other than the Phillies.  If Oswalt can revamp his numbers, and Rollins can play like the star he has been, this team should have no issue making the playoffs.  The Braves are poised to regain their role as the top of the NL East.  The addition of Dan Uggla instantly adds pop to their lineup, which already is loaded with up and coming stars like Heyward.  Look for Tommy Hanson to make a run at a 20 win season since he will be pitching in the 4th slot of the rotation.  As long as Jurrjens can maintain his composure, and Chipper can stay healthy, this team could steal the East from the Phillies.  As far as the Marlins and Nationals go, there is just not enough experience or talent to contend in this division.  The Marlins have some stars that will probably go off to win a World Series for another team some day, and the Nationals are trying, but just not quite there yet.



NL CENTRAL- There are way too many teams in the NL Central.  There are simply no expectations for the Cubs to do anything this year, so look for them to actually play some good baseball and win some games, as long as Zambrano doesn't start throwing coolers around.  The Reds look to capitalize on their successes from last year with a pitching staff that is led by Cueto and Volquez.  This team should be exciting to watch, and Joey Votto could push for the NL MVP.  The Astros roster is filled with players that no one has ever heard of outside the city of Houston, but young talent in this league always seems to find a way to win games.  Don't expect playoffs out of this team, but they should be decent enough to matter, especially when Wandy Rodriguez takes the mound.  The addition of Zach Greinke to a powerful lineup will immediately take the Brewers to the next level.  Braun and Fielder are a great 1-2 punch that should carry this team into the playoffs.  The Pirates appear to be in the same situation as the Marlins.  They have some great young talent, but it never seems to stick around.  McCutchen is a speed demon that can cover just about anywhere on the field so look for him to possibly be shipped off before the season ends in return for some prospects.  After a disappointing season last year, the Cardinals hope to right their ship and return to contention for the NL Championship.  Pujols will be his usual self, but look for Ryan Theriot to play well after escaping the black hole of Chicago.

NL WEST- This may be the most competitive division in baseball this year.  While the Giants hope to rely on Lincecum and Cain to carry them back to the World Series this year, the return to glory won't be easy.  With Bartlett commanding the infield, and a solid pitching staff from start to close, the Padres look to be the 1st contender to take down the Giants.  The Dodgers have a fantastic bullpen that will help them pull out close games late in the season, and their lineup should produce plenty of runs behind the bat of Kemp and Loney.  The Rockies could be the team to watch with a starting rotation that manages to hold opens in check in that home run hitting fest of a stadium that they call home.  Their bats can be electric at times and the speed of Fowler will ensure that they constantly have runners in scoring position.  The D-Backs would surprise quite a few people this season with solid pitching from Hudson and speed and power from Upton.  This division will be tight down to the last week.

NL EAST CHAMPS- Atlanta Braves
NL CENTRAL CHAMPS- Milwaukee Brewers
NL WEST CHAMPS- Colorado Rockies
WILD CARD- Philadelphia Phillies

NLCS- Atlanta Braves vs Milwaukee Brewers
NL CHAMPION- Atlanta Braves
In his first season as the replacement for Bobby Cox, Freddy Gonzalez will lead the Atlanta Braves into the World Series! Cox has left Gonzalez with a team loaded with young talent and experienced leaders.  The Phillies will make it to the playoffs, but look for a key injury that will keep them from going deep into the playoffs.

So there you have it:
The 2011 World Series will be the BOSTON RED SOX vs ATLANTA BRAVES.
Our pick for the 2011 World Champion??  The BOSTON RED SOX (4 games to 2)

5 comments:

VEDS said...

The Braves really? Was this post created before the Phillies picked up Lee? Nice write up but wrong in so many ways

brewmaster12 said...

I honestly think that there is going to be a set back this year for the Phillies. Their pitching staff on paper should be dominant again, but all it takes is one injury for that to change! Let's face it.. Halladay and the rest of that staff aren't getting younger. I think the Braves have what it takes but if the Phillies can stay healthy and get consistent production out of that lineup they could very well return to the World Series. And believe it or not I'm actually a Yankees fan!

Edina said...

umm...what about the sox???

brewmaster12 said...

I honestly think that there is going to be a set back this year for the Phillies. Their pitching staff on paper should be dominant again, but all it takes is one injury for that to change! Let's face it.. Halladay and the rest of that staff aren't getting younger. I think the Braves have what it takes but if the Phillies can stay healthy and get consistent production out of that lineup they could very well return to the World Series. And believe it or not I'm actually a Yankees fan!

brewmaster12 said...

And what do you know... Chase Utley already injured this year.. Could be a long year if they can't keeep everyone healthy!

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