It’s About The 2014 Predictions

It’s that time of year again! With the start of baseball season just around the corner– What do you mean it already started? You mean those games in Australia actually counted? But the teams came back to the U.S. to play more Spring Training games. Alright. It’s kind of silly but fine, whatever you say. What was I saying? Right. Now that the season is kind of, sort of underway because two NL West teams played two games in Australia this past weekend, we thought it would be the perfect time for the IIATMS staff to make their 2014 season predictions. We followed the same template as last season where we all named the division winners, the wild cards, the post season awards and made one additional bold prediction. (Some of them are doozies.)

And before you claim that we’re total homers, check out who most of us picked to win the American League East Division, okay?

Let’s get started and please feel free to add your predictions in the comments.

Jason:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels
AL WC1: Red Sox
AL WC2: Yankees

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Pittsburgh
NL WC2: Giants

ALCS Winner: Rays
NLCS Winner: Dodgers
WS: Winner: Dodgers

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Hanley Ramirez

AL CY: David Price
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Jose Abreu
NL ROY: Archie Bradley

AL MOY: Joe Maddon
NL MOY: Clint Hurdle

Bold prediction: Brian McCann will be the MVYankee. Outside the Yanks…I picked the Angels to have a major bounce-back season, making the playoffs ahead of the A’s (injuries to rotation) and Rangers (what pitching?)

Michael:

AL East: Yankees
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Athletics
AL WC1: Orioles
AL WC2: Red Sox

NL East: Braves
NL Central: Pirates
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Cardinals
NL WC2: Nationals

ALCS Winner: Athletics
NLCS Winner: Pirates
WS: Winner: Athletics

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt

AL CY: Yu Darvish
NL CY: Jose Fernandez

AL ROY: Taijuan Walker
NL ROY: Javier Baez

AL MOY: Robin Ventura
NL MOY: Walt Weiss

Bold prediction: Brian Roberts plays more games at second base than Robinson Cano.

William:

AL East: Yankees
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Angels
AL WC1: Athletics
AL WC2: Rays

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Giants
NL WC2: Braves

ALCS Winner: Yankees
NLCS Winner: Cardinals
WS: Winner: Cardinals

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Clayton Kershaw

AL CY: Max Scherzer
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Archie Bradley

AL MOY: Joe Girardi
NL MOY: Don Mattingly

Bold prediction: The Angels will be the best team in the West as Albert Pujols come back to do some damage.

Matt I.:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: A’s
AL WC1: Red Sox
AL WC2: Yankees

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Reds
NL WC2: Braves

ALCS Winner: Rays
NLCS Winner: Cardinals
WS: Winner: Rays

AL MVP: Mike Trout (third time’s a charm, right?)
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Max Scherzer, again
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw, again

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Javier Baez

AL MOY: Joe Maddon
NL MOY: Mike Matheny

Bold prediction: Brett Gardner leads the Yankees in WAR.

Domenic:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Rangers
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: A’s

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Diamondbacks
NL WC1: Dodgers
NL WC2: Braves

ALCS Winner: Tigers
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: James Shields
NL CY: Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Nick Castellanos
NL ROY: Oscar Taveras

AL MOY: Bob Melvin
NL MOY: Kirk Gibson

Bold prediction: The Red Sox will struggle to stay above water, and end up winning 79 games.

Matt B.:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Rangers
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Orioles

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Reds
NL WC2: Giants

ALCS Winner: Rangers
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Joey Votto

AL CY: Yu Darvish
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Billy Hamilton

AL MOY: Joe Girardi (even though it will never happen)
NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Bold prediction: Michael Pineda wins AL comeback player of the year.

Brad:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Rangers
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Red Sox

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Pirates
NL WC2: Braves

ALCS Winner: Rays
NLCS Winner: Cardinals
WS Winner: Cardinals in 7

AL MVP: Evan Longoria
NL MVP: Freddie Freeman

AL CY: Yu Darvish
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Javier Baez

AL MOY: Joe Maddon
NL MOY: Mike Matheny

Bold Prediction: Brian McCann finishes 3rd in the AL MVP vote behind Longoria and Mike Trout.

Joe:

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: A’s
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Indians

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Reds
NL WC2: Diamondbacks

ALCS Winner: Yankees
NLCS Winner: Dodgers
WS: Winner: Dodgers

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Yu Darvish
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Oscar Taveras

AL MOY: Terry Francona
NL MOY: Kirk Gibson

Bold Prediction: Harper smashes 50 home runs thanks to his off-season girl scout cookie diet plan.

Brandon C:

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Rangers
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Rays

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Giants
NL WC2: Pirates

ALCS Winner: Tigers
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Greg Bird (Ok fine, Mike Trout)
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Felix Hernandez
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Gregory Polanco

AL MOY: Brad Ausmus
NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Bold Predictions: Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann combine for more home runs than Robinson Cano, Cory Hart, and Logan Morrison. Curtis Granderson finishes top 3 in NL MVP voting, Michael Pineda finishes top 10 in AL Cy Young voting, Andrew Cashner finishes in top 5 in NL Cy Young voting, and Grady Sizemore has a terrific, durable season for the Red Sox.

E.J.:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Athletics
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Red Sox

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Braves
NL WC2: Pirates

ALCS Winner: Tigers
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Tigers

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Justin Verlander
NL CY: Jose Fernandez

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Billy Hamilton

AL MOY: Joe Girardi!
NL MOY: Matt Williams

Bold prediction: Billy Hamilton steals 100 bases

Tamar:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: A’s
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Orioles

NL East: Braves
NL Central: Pirates
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Cardinals
NL WC2: Nationals

ALCS Winner: Tigers
NLCS Winner: Dodgers
WS: Winner: Dodgers

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Yu Darvish
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
NL ROY: Javier Baez

AL MOY: Terry Francona
NL MOY: Kirk Gibson

Bold Prediction: Mariano Rivera unretires in May ala Roger Clemens. Okay, probably not, but a girl can dream can’t she?

Stacey:

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Athletics
AL WC1: Yankees
AL WC2: Red Sox

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
NL WC1: Braves
NL WC2: Giants

ALCS Winner: Rays
NLCS Winner: Nationals
WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Justin Verlander
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Xander Bogaerts (Because the writers will more than likely vote against Tanaka even if he’s out of this world.)
NL ROY: Billy Hamilton

AL MOY: Joe Maddon
NL MOY: Matt Williams

Bold prediction: Brian Roberts won’t make his first DL trip until July.

And finally, when I sent the email out to the staff asking them for their 2014 predictions this past weekend, Moshe, who was one of the co-founders of The Yankee Analysts, sent me this:

All Divisions: Yankees Only
World Series: Yankees Only
Awards: Yankees Only
Bold Prediction: Yankees Only

(Editor’s note: I know those two games in Australia counted so there is no need for anyone to leave nasty comments below.)

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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