Philliedelphia Brings You 2011 Major League Baseball Season Predictions

Posted by Stephen Gallo

The following is the first of five pieces from Philliedelphia writers looking ahead to the 2011 season.   Some of them you will like; others you will not.


Throughout the week, the brain trust here at Philliedelphia will be posting our predictions for the upcoming 2011 season.  That’s right, the 2011 season is only days away so break out the charcoal grill, the bean bag toss (or “corn hole” if you prefer), and your favorite watered down, light beer and let’s celebrate the greatest week of the year.

Below are my predictions for the season.  Some are obvious and some are surprises.  What do they all have in common?  They were picked by someone who would hardly call himself a professional.  That being said, take a look and let me know in the comments section below if you agree or disagree. Come October, we can look back on these and see who has the bragging rights.

Play Ball.


American League predictions

AL East division winner – Red Sox

AL Central division winner – Tigers

AL West division winner – Rangers

AL Wild Card team – Twins

AL MVP – Joe Mauer, Twins

AL Cy Young – David Price, Rays

AL Rookie of the Year – Michael Brantley, Indians

AL Manager of the year – Terry Francona, Red Sox

AL Playoff prediction

Divisional Round – Red Sox over Twins, Tigers over Rangers

Championship round – Red Sox over Tigers

National League predictions

NL East division winner – Phillies

NL Central division winner – Cardinals

NL West division winner – Rockies

NL Wild Card team – Braves

NL MVP –  Ryan Howard, Phillies

NL Cy Young – Josh Johnson, Marlins

NL Rookie of the Year – Freddie Freeman, Braves

NL Manager of the year – Fredi Gonzalez, Braves

NL Playoff prediction

Divisional Round – Phillies over Cardinals, Rockies over Braves 

Championship round – Rockies over Phillies

World Series Prediction

Rockies over Red Sox in 7 games.


I think it’s easy to pick the Red Sox as the favorite to win it all.  And it’s just as easy to pick the Phils to make it back to the World Series, but I’ve just got a feeling that it is the Rockies’ year.  As much as it pains me to think that we’ll have to hear the awful expression “Rock-tober” over and over again, I think it can happen.  Their lineup is powered by Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, who will just take MVP votes away from each other, allowing Ryan Howard to sneak in and steal the award.  Josh Johnson will win the Cy Young and people will finally know who he is. 

(Actually, I think he’d look nice as our 5th starter.  Get on that, Rube.)

What do you think of my picks?  Let me know in the comments section below, if you dare.