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.)