2013 Walkoff Woodward Staff Predictions

The MLB Landscape

Let’s start with the National League:

E

Josh

Grey

Erin

Bob B

Alex

Wally

Sam

1

Nats

Nats

Nats

Nats

Nats

Nats

Nats

2

Braves*

Braves*

Braves*

Braves*

Braves*

Braves*

Braves*

3

Phillies

Phillies

Phillies

Phillies

Mets

Phillies

Phillies

4

Mets

Mets

Marlins

Mets

Phillies

Mets

Mets

5

Marlins

Marlins

Mets

Marlins

Marlins

Marlins

Marlins

C

Josh

Grey

Erin

Bob B

Alex

Wally

Sam

1

Reds

Reds

Reds

Reds

Reds

Reds

Reds

2

Cards*

Cards

Cards*

Cards

Cards

Cards*

Pirates

3

Pirates

Brewers

Brewers

Pirates

Pirates

Brewers

Cards

4

Brewers

Pirates

Pirates

Brewers

Brewers

Pirates

Brewers

5

Cubs

Cubs

Cubs

Cubs

Cubs

Cubs

Cubs

W

Josh

Grey

Erin

Bob B

Alex

Wally

Sam

1

Dodgers

Giants

Dodgers

Giants

Dodgers

Giants

Dodgers

2

Giants

Dodgers*

Giants

Dodgers*

D’backs*

Dodgers

Giants*

3

D’backs

D’backs

Padres

D’backs

Giants

D-Backs

D’backs

4

Padres

Padres

D’backs

Padres

Padres

Padres

Rockies

5

Rockies

Rockies

Rockies

Rockies

Rockies

Rockies

Padres

Wild Card Winners*

Comments: No surprises here. Everyone likes the Nationals, Braves, Reds, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants save for Alex (of course, of course) who has picked the D’Backs as her dark horse wild card over the Cardinals. On the flip side everyone hates the Marlins and the Rockies, and, while, I don’t think we can use the word hate when we’re talking about the Cubs, it’s more accurate to say that we all agree that they just aren’t going to be any good again.

Now, the American League:

E

Josh

Grey

Erin

Bob B

Alex

Wally

Sam

1

Orioles

Rays

Rays

Rays

Rays

Tampa

Jays

2

Jays*

Yanks*

Jays*

Jays

Jays*

Yanks

Rays*

3

Rays

Jays

Yanks

Yanks

Orioles

Jays

Orioles

4

Sox

Orioles

Orioles

O’s

Yanks

Sox

Sox

5

Yanks

Sox

Sox

Sox

Sox

Orioles

Yanks

C

Josh

Grey

Erin

Bob B

Alex

Wally

Sam

1

Tigers

Tigers

Tigers

Tigers

Tigers

Tigers

Tigers

2

Royals

Royals

Sox

Royals

Royals

Royals

Royals

3

Indians

Sox

Royals

Sox

Indians

Sox

Indians

4

Sox

Indians

Indians

Indians

Sox

Indians

Sox

5

Twins

Twins

Twins

Twins

Twins

Twins

Twins

W

Josh

Grey

Erin

Bob B

Alex

Wally

Sam

1

Angels

Angels

Rangers

Angels

As

Rangers

Angels

2

Rangers*

Rangers*

Angels*

Rangers

Angels*

Angels*

A’s*

3

As

As

As

A’s

Rangers

A’s

Rangers

4

Mariners

Mariners

Mariners

Mariners

Mariners

Mariners

Mariners

5

Astros

Astros

Astros

Astros

Astros

Astros

Astros

Wild Card Winners*

Comments: Aside from the Tigers there isn’t a clear cut favorite here. I think this is perhaps that we, as a rule at WW, watch more AL baseball than NL so we all have our own unique opinions that we are more comfortable sharing than the ones regarding the NL. Or perhaps there’s just more parity in the AL, which when looking at the whole sport may be an accurate assessment when all is said and done; there are simply a few more elite teams in the NL than the AL. Regardless, 5 out of 6 writers recommend the Rays and Jays as playoff teams in the East, which the Yankees getting two votes and my lowly Baltimore Orioles, whom I love and adore, getting a singular one. The Central is Tigers all the way, and would be that way even if we weren’t a Tigers site. Looks like most of us honor the Royals attempts at getting better with a second place finish and we all have put the Twinkies where they bloody well belong. As for the West we all picked the Angels and Rangers save for Alex and our newcomer, Sam, who like the A’s. I”m a fan of this pick myself, though I choose them to finish third, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they snuck into the playoffs like they did in 2012 and sent the Rangers drowning in the miserable Texas heat.

Awards

Josh: AL MVP (Jose Bautista), NL MVP (Adrian Gonzalez), AL ROY (Brandon Maurer), NL ROY (Jedd Gyorko), AL CY (Justin Verlander), NL CY (Stephen Strasburg)

Grey: AL MVP (Mike Trout), NL MVP (Andrew McCutchen), AL ROY (Wil Myers), NL ROY (Oscar Taveras), AL CY (Justin Verlander), NL CY (Clayton Kershaw)

Erin: AL MVP (Jose Bautista), NL MVP (Matt Kemp), AL ROY (Wil Myers), NL ROY (Andrelton Simmons), AL CY (Justin Verlander), NL CY (Clayton Kershaw)

Bob B: AL MVP (Miguel Cabrera), NL MVP (Andrew McCutchen), AL ROY (Jackie Bradley Jr.), NL ROY (Shelby Miller), AL CY (Justin Verlander), NL CY (Clayton Kershaw)

Alex: AL MVP (Mike Trout), NL MVP (Matt Kemp), AL ROY (Jackie Bradley Jr.), NL ROY (Shelby Miller), AL CY (Justin Verlander), NL CY (Clayton Kershaw)

Wally: AL MVP (Robinson Cano), NL MVP (Ryan Braun), AL ROY (Mike Olt) NL ROY (Jedd Gyorko) AL CY (Justin Verlander) NL CY (Clayton Kershaw)

Sam: AL MVP (Mike Trout), NL MVP (Buster Posey), AL ROY (Wil Myers), NL ROY (Julio Teheran), AL CY (Justin Verlander), NL CY (Matt Cain)

World Series

Josh: Washington Nationals over Baltimore Orioles 

Grey: Detroit Tigers over Washington Nationals

Erin: Detroit Tigers over Washington Nationals

Bob B:  Detroit Tigers over Washington Nationals

Alex: Detroit Tigers over Los Angeles Dodgers

Wally: Washington Nationals over Tampa Bay Rays

Sam: Detroit Tigers over Washington Nationals

  • http://www.walkoffwoodward.com/ Josh Worn

    New post all

  • Damian56xx

    Astros will finish 4th in the AL West, above either the Mariners or Rangers.

    Tribe will be inspired & motivated by first year manager Francona, finishing in second, despite a furious late season push by the Royals to overtake them.

    Yankees will likely finish last or in 4th, they and the Red Sox will fail to clinch a postseason berth, marking the first time neither ballclub isin the postseason, since the Wild Card was introduced.

    A’s and the O’s finish second in their respective divisions, and both clinching WC spots.

    Rays call up their prospect phenom Wil Meyers mid-season in an ultimately failed effort to inject more offense in their lineup, and they finish in 3rd again in the AL East.

    Angels and Blue Jays both win their respective division titles, but neither come close to the Tigers in wins (102) Tigers are seeded #1 in the AL for the postseason. They sweep the O’s in the ALDS handily, after the O’s win the one-game WC duel vs the A’s. Miggy has a terrific ALDS, hitting .495 w/4 homers, and 3 doubles, including a 432′ shot to straightaway CF,the ball caroming off the CF camera platform.

    Blue Jays defeat the Angels 3-1 in their ALDS, then take the Tigers to six games in the ALCS, before losing to Verlander in Game 6, who out-duels RA Dickey in a 2-0, 6 hit SHO over Toronto. Prince Fielder, who is red-hot in the series hits .412 w/6 homers and 4 doubles, including a 3 run walkoff homer in Game 2, in which he hit a total of 3 homers, is named ALCS MVP.

    The NL Pennant-winning Nats who have HFA, face-off vs the Tigers,and the World Series goes a full 7 games, with the Tigers winning Game 7 in a nail-biter in extra-innings 3-2. Fister (1-0) starts, but gets a ND when he is pulled for Benoit in the bottom 8th. Cabby solo-homers in the top of the 13th, and the Tigers’ RP Smyly comes into the game & sets the Nats’ heart of the order down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 13th.

    Sanchez starts, but takes a loss in Game 3, Porcello wins Game 5,and Scherzer goes 1-1,winning Game 2 but losing Game 6.

    Tigers win their 5th World Series championship in franchise history, and first in 29 long years. Torii Hunter is named WS MVP when he hits .396 w/4 homers, 3 triples, and 6 doubles during the 7 games. VMart has a great WS as well, hitting .325 with 3 homers and 4 doubles. Prince somewhat disappoints once again in the “Big Show”, hitting a mediocre .260 with 2 solo homers and 3 doubles. Miggy does much better, hitting .317 with 4 homers and 5 doubles.

    Verlander finally get the WS game-losing monkey off his back by winning Game 1 but gets into early trouble in Game 5, and is relieved by Porcello in the 4th inning. Avila catches in 4.5 of the 7 games, but a long season behind the dish of bumps, lumps, a few foul tips to the facemask, and bruises from defending the dish, again take their toll, and he hits a anemic .195 in the Series with one double, defensively he manages to throw out only 4 out of 14 SB attempts. His backup Pena does somewhat better, hitting .234 with 2 doubles, including a 3-run homer in Game 6 and throws out 6 of 8 SB attempts by the Nats’ baserunners.

    Jackson hits .290 with 5 SBs, 4 doubles and 4 triples, but fails to homer in any games. Infante and Peralta each hit 2-2 run homers, Jhonny hitting slightly better than Omar with 1 triple and 3 doubles @ .267 for the Series. Castellanos, playing in LF for a DLed Dirks, bats a very respectable .282 with 3 SBs, 2 triples, 2 doubles and hits a grand-slam in the 6th inning of Game 3 in place of Andy, who injured his left hip in Game 3 of the ALCS, while sliding to attempt to make a catch of a low line-drive that was hit to shallow left by Bautista.

    Sherzer (1-1) compiles the most Ks in the World Series for the Tigers, with 29 but Strasburg (2-0) easily surpasses him with 38. Tigers pitchers yet again have trouble with throws to their IFers, making 5 throwing errors, 3 to 1B. Tigers’ IF defense however, has a very good World Series with just 3 errors total.

    Jayson Werth proves to be the biggest pest in the Nats’ lineup, hitting .343 w/4 homers, 2 triples and 6 doubles including a walkoff RBI double in Game 6. Runner up is the Nats CF Bryce Harper hitting .321 w/3 homers, 3 triples, 5 doubles, and 6 SBs. Fortunately for the Tigers, they miss facing their former Twins nemesis in Denard Span,who had a season-ending injury in September, when sliding into third base, while trying to stretch a double into a triple, and fracturing his fibula.

    • http://twitter.com/BaconDrips Bacong

      you like homers.

      • Damian56xx

        Well..it IS my prediction, certainly not reality, so why not guess big?

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