It's about the predictions...

The season starts in a few days and predictions are like opinions--everybody has one. Now is the time to poll our top notch panel of IIATMS / YA writers to see who is on the money when it comes to predictions. Each one of us was asked to name the division winners, the wild cards, the post season awards and make one additional bold prediction. The only thing we forgot was to predict which league will win the All Star game. Did any of us predict the Yankees to win the American League East? It should be in the bag now that Juan Rivera was jettisoned, right?

Let's start with the founders and emeritus types:

Jason:

AL East: Blue Jays AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL WC1: Tampa Bay AL WC2: Rangers

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

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

AL MVP: Prince Fielder NL MVP: Joey Votto

AL CY: Justin Verlander (again) NL CY: Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Wil Myers NL ROY: Shelby Miller

AL MOY: Joe Maddon NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Bold prediction: Robinson Cano traded midyear to Dodgers for Andre Ethier, CASH, and a high level prospect.

*GASP!*

Larry:

AL East: NYY AL Central: DET AL West: LAA AL WC1: TOR AL WC2: TBR

NL East: ATL NL Central: STL NL West: LAD NL WC1: CIN NL WC2: WSN

ALCS Winner: NYY NLCS Winner: CIN WS: Winner: NYY

AL MVP: Robinson Cano NL MVP: Joey Votto

AL CY: CC Sabathia NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Dylan Bundy NL ROY: Oscar Taveras

AL MOY: Joe Girardi NL MOY: Davey Johnson

Bold prediction: Yankees will win the WS

Moshe:

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

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

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

AL MVP: Mike Trout NL MVP: Joey Votto

AL CY: Jered Weaver NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Mike Olt NL ROY: Jedd Gyorko

AL MOY: Joe Girardi NL MOY: Dusty Baker

Bold prediction: The Blue Jays will finish in....4th place. Again.

Alex: AL East: Rays AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL WC1: Rangers AL WC2: Yankees

AL MVP: Mike Trout AL CY: Justin Verlander AL ROY:  Dylan Bundy AL MOY: Mike Scioscia

ALCS Winner: Angels

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

NL MVP: Matt Kemp

NL CY: Stephen Strasburg NL ROY: Travis d'Arnaud NL MOY: Don Mattingly

NLCS Winner: Dodgers

World Series: Dodgers

Bold prediction: The Dodgers win more than 100 games.

Michael Eder:

AL East: Blue Jays AL Central: Tigers AL West: Athletics AL WC1: Yankees AL WC2: Angels

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

ALCS Winner: Tigers NLCS Winner: Braves WS: Winner: Braves

AL MVP: Mike Trout NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen

AL CY: Yu Darvish NL CY: Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Jurickson Profar NL ROY: Julio Teheran

AL MOY: Terry Francona NL MOY: Terry Collins

Bold prediction: The Yankees will have a ROY candidate.

Stacey: 

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

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

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

AL MVP: Mike Trout NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen

AL CY: Justin Verlander NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: MIKE OLT! *fist pump* NL ROY: Travis d'Arnaud

AL MOY: Joe Maddon NL MOY: Don Mattingly

Bold prediction: Alex Rodriguez makes it back by mid-July and hits 10 HRs in his first week back.

Domenic:

AL East: Rays AL Central: Indians AL West: Rangers AL WC1: Blue Jays AL WC2: Angels

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

ALCS Winner: Rays NLCS Winner: Braves WS: Winner: Braves

AL MVP: Evan Longoria NL MVP: Justin Upton

AL CY: CC Sabathia NL CY: Cole Hamels

AL ROY: Wil Myers/Trevor Bauer NL ROY: Jedd Gyorko

AL MOY: Joe Maddon NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Bold prediction: On the strength of a surprisingly stout offense and some tremendous defense, the Indians will win the AL Central.

Brad:

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

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

ALCS Winner: Tigers over Rays in 6 NLCS Winner: Nationals over Cardinals in 7 WS: Winner: Tigers over Nationals in 6

AL MVP: Robinson Cano NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: Justin Verlander NL CY: Adam Wainwright

AL ROY: Wil Myers NL ROY: Oscar Tavares

AL MOY: Joe Girardi NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Bold prediction: Despite another MVP-caliber season from Mike Trout, injuries to Pujols, Hamilton, and Weaver will cause Anaheim to miss the postseason entirely and cost the overrated Mike Scioscia his job.

Eric:

AL East: Yankees AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL WC1: Rays AL WC2: Blue Jays

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

ALCS Winner: Angels NLCS Winner: Nationals WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Robinson Cano (buying into the contract year myth) NL MVP: Bryce Harper AL CY: Justin Verlander NL CY: Steven Strasburg

AL ROY:  Jurickson Profar NL ROY: Tyler Skaggs AL MOY: Joe Girardi NL MOY: Dusty Baker Bold prediction: Vernon Wells will be a useful player

<Matt:

AL East: TOR AL Central: DET AL West: LAA AL WC1: TEX AL WC2: NYY

NL East: WAS NL Central: CIN NL West: LAD NL WC1: ATL NL WC2: STL

ALCS Winner: LAA NLCS Winner: WAS WS: Winner: WAS

AL MVP: Cano NL MVP: Harper

AL CY: Weaver NL CY: Strasburg

AL ROY: Wil Myers NL ROY: Oscar Tavares

AL MOY: Girardi NL MOY: Johnson

Bold prediction: Tim Lincecum returns to form.

EJ:

AL East: Tampa AL Central: Detroit AL West: Texas AL WC1: Los Angeles AL WC2: Oakland

NL East: Washington NL Central: Cincinatti NL West: San Francisco NL WC1: Atlanta NL WC2: Los Angeles

ALCS Winner: Texas NLCS Winner: Washington WS: Winner: Washington

AL MVP: Mike Trout NL MVP: Matt Kemp

AL CY: Justin Verlander NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Manny Machado NL ROY: Julio Teheran

AL MOY: Joe Madden NL MOY: Davey Johnson

Bold prediction: Kansas City wins 85+ games.

William:

AL East: Toronto AL Central: Indians AL West: Texas AL WC1: Los Angeles AL WC2: Red Sox

NL East: Washington NL Central: Cincinatti NL West: Los Angeles NL WC1: Atlanta NL WC2: St. Louis

ALCS Winner: Los Angeles NLCS Winner: Washington WS: Winner: Washington

AL MVP: Jose Reyes NL MVP: Joey Votto

AL CY: Josh Johnson NL CY: Cole Hamels

AL ROY: Wil Myers NL ROY: Jedd Gyorko

AL MOY: Terry Francona NL MOY: Davey Johnson

Bold prediction: The Blue Jays will live up to the preseason hype.

Tamar:

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

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

ALCS Winner: Angels NLCS Winner: Nationals WS: Winner: Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout NL MVP: Matt Kemp

AL CY: CC Sabathia NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Mike Olt NL ROY: Travis d'Arnaud AL MOY: Terry Francona NL MOY: Dusty Baker

Bold prediction: Dellin Betances pitches out of the bullpen in the Bronx and throws only one wild pitch for the rest of the season.

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There you have it. In probably what is pretty close to a microcosm of all of Yankee watchers, there is no consensus on how the Yankees will finish this season. Four of us think they will not make the playoffs, three think the Yankees will win the division title and six of us think the Yankees grab a wildcard.

Join the fun and copy the format above and make your own predictions. Everybody has them.