In honor of the onset of the 2011 MLB season, we’re pleased to present the 2011 predictions of our entire 10-man staff. Apologies for the slight loss in fidelity of the below table, but it’s still readable. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to insert a chart into a post with 11 columns (for a larger version you should right-click on the graphic and open it up in a new tab, then click on it once more in the new tab).
To recap, nine out of 10 us expect the Red Sox to win the AL East, with William being the lone dissenter and going Yankees. However, the nine of us that picked Boston to win the ALE have the Yankees as the Wild Card, and so all 10 of us see the Yankees making the playoffs.
Regarding the Al Central champ, five picked the Twins, four have the White Sox, and one (EJ) picked the Tigers. In the AL West, six writers believe the A’s will dethrone the Rangers, only three of us think Texas will repeat, while one (William) has the Angels re-taking the West.
In the National League, all 10 of us see the Phillies winning the East; in the Central five picked the Reds, three have the Brewers, and the Cards and Cubs each picked up one nod apiece; and in the West, seven have the Giants repeating as division champs, while three picked the Rockies. For the NL Wild Card, nine out of 10 have the Braves, while one picked the Giants.
As for the World Series champ, five of us picked the Phillies, three the Red Sox, one the Rockies, and only one of our writers (William) thinks the Yankees will win the World Series in 2011.
The most valuable player on a new team via trade or signing was handily won by Adrian Gonzalez, with seven votes, while Cliff Lee picked up two and Dan Uggla one. The trade or signing that works out worst is led by Jayson Werth, followed by Adrian Beltre and Jeff Francoeur.
And finally, Alex Rodriguez received seven nods as the Yankee with the most MVP votes, followed by two for Cano and one for Tex.
What are your 2011 picks?