(Still my favorite image of the season)
Well we made it. We've come to the end of the 3-week season review extravaganza, and I don't know about you readers but I've been exhausted by it and I'm glad it's over. We finish it off, as always, with a review of my preseason predictions and some honest self-reflection about my skills as a baseball prognosticator. Admittedly, my track record in making season predictions is not a sparkling one. 2011 was a tough year, 2012 even tougher. I honestly didn't even go back and recap my 2013 predictions post before I started writing this and there's no way I could remember them all off the top of my head, so this should be interesting. Here we go...
AL East Prediction-
Tampa Bay: 91-71
New York: 89-73**
AL East Actual-
Tampa Bay: 92-71**
New York: 85-77
Oof. Not off to a good start. Hella nice call on Tampa's record though.
AL Central Prediction-
AL Central Actual-
Goddamn White Sox. Not sure how to explain that one.
AL West Prediction-
AL West Actual-
If the Rangers wouldn't have shat the bed in September, I would have nailed that one. Not that the AL West was very difficult to predict this year, but whatever. Small victories are still victories.
NL East Prediction-
NL East Actual-
Nationals never put it together for long enough to live up to the hype. Losing Harper for a lot of time didn't help either.
NL Central Prediction-
NL Central Actual-
Is this the only good division in the National League. Yes, yes it is.
NL West Prediction-
NL West Actual-
Can you say "World Series hangover"? Good thing the Giants just gave Big Time Timmy Jim $35 million to come back and recapture the magic of 2012.
ALCS Prediction- Tigers over Rays in 6
ALCS Actual- Red Sox over Tigers in 6
NLCS Prediction- Nationals over Cardinals in 7
NLCS Actual- Cardinals over Dodgers in 6
World Series Prediction- Tigers over Nationals in 6
World Series Actual- TBD
AL MVP- Robinson Cano
NL MVP- Bryce Harper
AL Cy Young- Justin Verlander
NL Cy Young- Adam Wainwright
AL Rookie of the Year- Wil Myers
NL Rookie of the Year- Oscar Taveras
AL Manager of the Year- Joe Girardi
NL Manager of the Year- Bruce Bochy
Still too early to know how all those predictions will turn out, but I feel comfortable saying that none of my MVP or MOY picks will pan out. I'll stand by my original logic and say that I believe Joe would have won it over John Farrell if the Yankees could have somehow made it to the playoffs. But even then, I don't think Robbie was going to overtake Miggy Cabrera's monster numbers. I like my Wainwright pick, even if he is going to finish 2nd to Kershaw, and I was right on with Wil Myers. If Carlos Beltran would have gotten hurt early in the season like I expected, who knows what would have happened with Tavares.
So with Myers and picking 6 of the 10 playoff teams correctly, I'm going to put a positive spin on this and call it an improved year. I still whiffed on a lot of the divisional rankings, but I made progress and I'm moving in the right direction for 2014. With 3 years of prediction experience under my belt now, I feel like next year is the year I put it all together. Who knows? I might actually get 1 of the World Series participants right next year. That'd be a helluva thing, eh?