It’s the dawn of a new baseball season! That means it’s time for our team of “experts” and myself to offer our picks to win it all.
I Matthew Paige – the Baseball Editor of SSU – hereby proclaim that the Houston Astros will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in an epic showdown for the World Series.
And whilst our heroes, those fighting True to the Blue Seattle Mariners will improve this season, it wont be enough. A valiant effort will be put forth to place them into the final spot in the Wild Card, but they shall not take it any further. Fear not M’s fans, as this is a portent of things to come. This year however, does not belong to the Mariners.
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a god amongst men. He is the Felix Hernandez of the National League; the 28 year old Kershaw has a lifetime 2.42 ERA and can not be stopped. With the likes of Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda, this rotation is ready to face the formidable Astros.
Kyle Seager’s little brother Corey has carved out a place for himself in Chavez Ravine. Dissatisfied with being “Kyle’s little brother,” Corey exploded on the scene with a .346 average. Compounded with Mr. Steady himself, Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers are ready for a deep run.
The Houston Astros boast a litany of stars who you may not know right now, but will be legends in their own right. First, is long-time M’s fans favorite Doug Fister. Yes guys, the 6’8 behemoth will bring a championship to Texas.
But it wont be just him, included is one Dallas Keuchel. The 28 year old Razorback (from Arkansas), hit 20 wins last year and earned a Cy Young award. Offensively, Jose Altuve is pulling his best Robinson Cano impression becoming the best 2nd baseman in the MLB at age 25.
The SSU team’s picks
Included in this poll, are fine folks who take on various roles here at the Seattle Sports Union (SSU), ranging from Social Media to Editing.
Included on these projections are of course myself, Ian Loney (baseball co-editor), Brent Goodwine (baseball contributor), Aarron Kemp (baseball contributor), Kevin Kapanowski (SSU Founder), Brett Masker (the delusional Editor), and the completely incorrect Abraham DeWeese (Editor-in-Chief).
Later this season my dear reader, I will recall how correct my premonitions were and prove my worth.
Feel free to add your thoughts/criticisms/rants below in our comment section. All members of this poll are available to defend their logic (except Abraham on his NL East pick).
|Matt Paige||Ian Loney||Abraham DeWeese|
|AL WEST||Houston Astros (103)||Houston Astros (95)||Houston Astros (99)|
|AL CENTRAL||Detroit Tigers (87)||Cleveland Indians (92)||Minnesota Twinkies (82)|
|AL EAST||Toronto Blue Jays (98)||Boston Red Sox (93)||Toronto Blue Jays (99)|
|AL WILDCARD 1||Texas Rangers (88)||Toronto Blue Jays (90)||Tampa Rays (97)|
|AL WILDCARD 2||Seattle Mariners (87)||Seattle Mariners (87)||Seattle Mariners???!!!!?!? (84)|
|ALDS||Houston beats Texas|
Toronto beats Detroit
|Houston beats Seattle|
Cleveland beats Boston
|Tampa beats Houston|
Toronto beats Minnesota
|ALCS||Houston beats Toronto||Houston beats Cleveland||Toronto beats Tampa|
|NL WEST||Los Angeles Dodgers (101)||San Francisco Giants (95)||San Francisco Giants (92)|
|NL CENTRAL||St Louis Cardinals (96)||Chicago Cubs (100)||St Louis Cardinals (101)|
|NL EAST||New York Mets (95)||Washington Nationals (93)||Miami Marlins (84)|
|NL WILDCARD 1||San Francisco Giants (89)||St Louis Cardinals (95)||Chicago Cubs (99)|
|NL WILDCARD 2||Washington Nationals (87)||Los Angeles Dodgers (93)||LA Dodgers (90)|
|NLDS||Los Angeles beats San Francisco|
New York beats St Louis
|Chicago beats St Louis|
San Francisco beats Washington
|San Francisco beats Chicago|
Miami beats St. Louis
|NLCS||Los Angeles beats New York||Chicago beats San Francisco||San Francisco beats Miami|
|WORLD SERIES||Houston beats Los Angeles||Chicago beats Houston||Toronto beats San Francisco|
|Kevin Kapanowski||Brett Masker|
|AL WEST||Texas Rangers (89)||Houston Astros (95)|
|AL CENTRAL||Detroit Tigers (89)||Cleveland Indians (93)|
|AL EAST||Toronto Blue Jays (90)||Toronto Blue Jays (92)|
|AL WILDCARD 1||Seattle Mariners||Seattle Mariners (90)|
|AL WILDCARD 2||Boston Red Sox||Tampa Bay Rays (89)|
|ALDS||Seattle beats Toronto|
Detroit beats Texas
|Seattle beats Houston|
Cleveland beats Toronto
|ALCS||Detroit beats Seattle||Seattle beats Cleveland|
|NL WEST||San Francisco Giants (92)||Los Angeles Dodgers (96)|
|NL CENTRAL||Chicago Cubs (94)||Chicago Cubs (100)|
|NL EAST||Washington Nationals (93)||New York Mets (94)|
|NL WILDCARD 1||Pittsburgh Pirates||St Louis Cardinals (98)|
|NL WILDCARD 2||St Louis Cardinals||Miami Marlins (90)|
|NLDS||Pittsburgh beats Chicago|
Washington beats San Francisco
|Chicago beats St Louis|
New York beats Los Angeles
|NLCS||Washington beats Pittsburgh||Chicago beats New York|
|WORLD SERIES||Detroit beats Washington||Seattle beats Chicago|
|Brent Goodwine||Aarron Kemp|
|AL WEST||Houston Astros (96)||Houston Astros (91)|
|AL CENTRAL||Cleveland Spiders (88)||Kansas City Royals (94)|
|AL EAST||Toronto Blue Jays (100)||Toronto Blue Jays (101)|
|AL WILDCARD 1||Tampa Bay Rays (92)||Seattle Mariners (87)|
|AL WILDCARD 2||Boston Red Sox (92)||Boston Red Sox (83)|
|ALDS||Toronto beats Cleveland|
Tampa beats Houston
|Kansas City beats Houston|
Toronto beats Seattle
|ALCS||Toronto beats Tampa||Toronto beats Kansas City|
|NL WEST||San Francisco Giants (98)||Arizona Diamondbacks (91)|
|NL CENTRAL||Chicago Cubs (99)||Chicago Cubs (99)|
|NL EAST||New York Mets (88)||Washington Nationals (95)|
|NL WILDCARD 1||St Louis Cardinals (96)||St. Louis Cardinals (97)|
|NL WILDCARD 2||Los Angeles Dodgers (88)||San Francisco Giants (89)|
|NLDS||San Francisco beats St Louis|
Chicago beats New York
|Chicago beats St. Louis|
Washington beats San Francisco
|NLCS||San Francisco beats Chicago||Washington beats Chicago|
|WORLD SERIES||San Francisco beats Toronto||Washington beats Toronto|