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2011 MLB Predictions

Published on February 9, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

2011-mlb-predictionsDid you know that it’s only a little more than two weeks before the start of Spring Training?

The first spring training games will begin on February 26th and 27th (Saturday and Sunday). That means that the start of the regular season is only a month and a half away.

The MLB regular season opens on Thursday, March 31 when the perennial near favorites, the New York Yankees, play at home against the Detroit Tigers at 1:05PM.

Major League Baseball Predictions for 2011

This early into things, there isn’t going to be a whole lot to base these 2011 MLB Predictions on except for the perceived team strength and last year’s results. However, I don’t think either of San Fransisco Giants or the Texas Rangers are going to make it back to the World Series this year.

Right now, the current favorites to win the World Series according to the sportsbooks are the Philadelphia Phillies followed by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The Phillies made the biggest move of the off-season in picking up Cliff Lee. Not only does that give them possibly one of the best one-two punches of all time with Roy Halladay, but it also prevented the Yankees from acquiring an elite arm.

That is the big reason that Philadelphia is currently only +180 on the odds to win the 2011 World Series. Unless your a Phillies fan, this is not something great to bet on. You are barely winning on your bet. If you want to bet this early, I would take a dark horse or slightly less than favorite like the St Louis Cardinals at +1500.

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2011 MLB Division Winners

Since I’m so great at making predictions :P, I’m going to try to call the division winners and wild card teams right now. Let’s start with the AL East. Tampa Bay should slide back a little bit this year with the players that they have lost. In all likelihood, both New York and Boston should make the playoffs. Since I need to make a prediction, I will say that the Red Sox are going to win.

Moving on to the AL Central, this should be pretty clear. The Minnesota Twins now own this division and that will not change this year. Neither Detroit or Chicago have added enough to challenge for the entire season barring injuries. But even last year the injuries didn’t matter.

The AL West is far more interesting. Can Texas recover their form from last year without Cliff Lee? Will either Oakland or the Angels make some noise? I have no idea, but I am going to pick the A’s to win this division.

Moving onto the National League, the Phillies would really need to have something catastrophic happen not to win the NL East. Atlanta may challenge as usual, but they will probably need to snag the Wild Card to get into the playoffs.

In the NL Central, I think that St Louis will narrowly win over last year’s champion Cincinnati. The Reds should be in contention for the Wild Card as well. I also think that the Cubs will make a surprise run but fall short yet again.

Finally in the NL West, it should be chaos as usual. I don’t think that San Francisco will repeat and there should be a four-team race the entire season. I think the the Dodgers will rebound from last year and win the West.

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