Poets on Sports

2014 MLB Predictions

By Patrick Trotti

Opening Day is right around the corner. Even if that corner is Sydney Australia. No meaty article or SABR equations to predict future outcomes. Oh, and none of that fantasy baseball garbage either. You want that then go somewhere else. So without further ado, the 2014 MLB season predictions by yours truly.

*Author’s note: this list will most likely be laughable come September but who cares. Also, full disclosure: I’m a Red Sox fan.

Let’s begin with the fun stuff, awards!

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, LAA

AL CY YOUNG: Yu Darvish, P, TEX

AL ROY: Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS

AL MOY: Joe Madden, TB

NL MVP: Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL

NL CY YOUNG: Jose Fernandez, P, MIA

NL ROY: Eddie Butler, P, COL

NL MOY: Bud Black, SD

I’m much more confident in my AL predictions than the NL. Call it a hunch, gut feeling, whatever but if the best defensive shortstop in a generation can make some improvements at the plate on a playoff team than I think he could steal the MVP. Fernandez had the best rookie performance since Doc Gooden and he’s only getting started. Eddie Butler may not even be on the opening day roster for Colorado but if he continues to dominate at the lower levels than look for the Rockies to expedite his path to the big leagues. As for manager, I’ve always respected how Bud Black manages to keep his team around .500 for a lot of the season despite a wealth of talent. He’s got a little more talent on his team this year, which should equate to more wins.

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As far as the AL goes well the only thing stopping Mike Trout from getting the MVP is Mike Trout. If he’s healthy I’m putting my money on him regardless of how healthy Miguel Cabrera claims to be in Detroit. I’m a sucker for a complete, all around, player for my MVP (see NL MVP.) Darvish isn’t much of risk either. If he gets 30 starts this year his strikeouts should be over 200 again and with his offense he should rack up the wins. Rookie of the Year is a little more difficult. I liked the poise that Bogaerts showed at the plate by drawing numerous walks and working the counts in the World Series. Given 600 at bats in a good Boston lineup I could foresee 15 home runs and lots and lots of doubles. Picture Manny Machado with the Green Monster and then you get an idea of where I’m coming from. Joe Madden, as far as I’m concerned, should be in the top three voting for Manager of the Year pretty much every year. His defensive shifts have revolutionized the game. Once again he’ll make the most of his bevy of young talented arms and will have Tampa in the mix for another playoff berth.

AL East

1. Boston Red Sox

2. Tampa Bay Rays

3. Baltimore Orioles

4. New York Yankees

5. Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Kansas City Royals

3. Cleveland Indians

4. Chicago White Sox

5. Minnesota Twins

AL West

1. Texas Rangers

2. Los Angeles Angels

3. Oakland A’s

4. Seattle Mariners

5. Houston Astros

NL East

1. Washington Nationals

2. Atlanta Braves

3. Miami Marlins

4. New York Mets

5. Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central

1. St. Louis Cardinals

2. Pittsburgh Pirates

3. Cincinnati Reds

4. Chicago Cubs

5. Milwaukee Brewers

NL West

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. San Diego Padres

3. San Francisco Giants

4. Colorado Rockies

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

ALCS: Tigers over Rangers

NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals

World Series: Dodgers over Tigers in 6.

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