2011 MLB Predictions Rewind

Early in the baseball season Corky and I made our predictions for the year.  We chose MVPs, Cy Youngs, ROTYs and playoff results.  Obviously, this is tough to do and rarely everything comes out as predicted, which is why baseball is so great.  Nothing ever happens how it should.  Lets take a gander back at our predictions and report the actual results.  In this article we will show our picks, their stats for the season, their votes in each award, the actual winners and their stats.

American League Rookie of the Year:

Lucas picked Zack Britton the LHP of the Baltimore Orioles.  Britton struggled through the season with injuries and allowing more hits than innings pitched.  His 11-11 record isn’t too bad being a rookie on the worst team in high powered American League East division.  He sported a 4.61 ERA, which is too high for any starter.  Britton didn’t receive any votes for the rookie of the year.

Corky went with Michael Pineda the RHP of the Seattle Mariners.  Pineda came out soaring into the big leagues and made his presence felt early.  He faded as the year progressed but was strong throughout.  He pitched to a 9-10 record and had 173 Ks in 171 innings pitched.  He finished the season ranked 8th in the AL with a 1.10 whip.  He received 3 second place votes and 2 third place votes for rookie of the year. His final spot in the voting was 5th.

The winner of the award was Jeremy Hellickson the RHP for the Tampa Bay Rays.  He received 17 first place, 5 second place and 2 third place votes to win the rookie of the year.  Hellickson posted a 13-10 record with an ERA of 2.95.  He ranked 8th in the AL in walks and ERA. He also had a whip of 1.15. Others receiving first place votes were Mark Trumbo, Angels (5), Eric Hosmer, Royals (4), Ian Nova, Yankees (1) and Dustin Ackley, Mariners (1). 

National League Rookie of the Year

Lucas selected Domonic Brown OF for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Brown was up and down between Triple-A and the Big Leagues.  He showed some promise early, then struggled and then came back strong again.  Quite the roller coaster season for Dom Brown.  He finished the season with a . 245 average, 5 home runs, and 19 RBIs.  he also had a .333 OBP.  Domonic Brown did not receive any votes for ROTY.

Corky decided to go with Craig Kimbrel RHP/Closer for the Atlanta Braves.  Kimbrel lead the NL with 46 saves which placed him behind only Detroit’s Jose Valverde for the ML lead (49).  He had a 2.10 ERA and 1.04 whip.  His strikeout rate was a staggering 14.8 per 9 innings pitched, which was good for sixth best all-time.  Craig Kimbrel received all 32 first place votes to win the Rookie of the Year Award unanimously.

American League Cy Young

Lucas chose Jered Weaver RHP for the Los Angeles Angels.  Weaver finished the season with an 18-8 record and an ERA of 2.41.  He notched a whip of 1.01.  He ranked in the top 10 in the AL for Wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, whip, ERA, win percentage and complete games. He received 17 second place, 8 third place, 2 fourth place and 1 fifth place votes ranking him 2nd in the Cy Young voting.

Corky went with Weaver’s teammate Dan Haren RHP for the LA Angels.  Haren finished 16-10 with an ERA of 3.17.  His Batting average against was .235 and had a 1.02 whip.  He finished in the top 10 in the AL for Wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, whip and complete games.  He received 2 third place votes, 1 fourth place and fifth place placing him 7th in the voting.

They both fell short to Detroit’s Justin Verlander.  Verlander won the Pitching Triple Crown by leading the league in Wins, ERA and Strikeouts.  He ranked first in the AL in Wins, ERA, whip, Batting average against, strikeouts, innings pitched and winning percentage.  He placed 4th in complete games.  Batters hit only .192 againts Verlander all season.  He also threw a no-hitter which was the most dominating pitching performance of the year, missing a perfect game due to an eighth inning 11-pitch walk.  Verlander won the Cy Young with the unanimous 28 first place votes.

National League Cy Young

Lucas went with Roy Oswalt RHP of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Oswalt finished 9-10 after struggling through a back injury for a good part of the season.  He went on to notch a 3.69 ERA and a 1.34 whip.  After a strong second half last season and quick start this year, Oswalt tweaked his back and never regained his velocity and struggled with pitches stayinh up in the zone.  He received no votes for Cy Young consideration.

Corky chose Josh Johnson RHP of the Florida (now Miami) Marlins.  Josh Johnson started off the season in stud form going 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 0.96 whip before getting hit with a season ending shoulder injury.  He struggled to get back on the field and almost did so after the all-star break before suffering a setback and closing it up for the year.  He received no votes for the Cy Yound Award.

Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw ran away with the Cy Young in the National League.  Kershaw went 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.98 whip.  He also won the Pitching Triple Crown in the NL.  He led the NL in wins, strikeouts, ERA and whip.  He also finished in the top 10 in innings pitched, win percentage and complete games.  He won the Cy Young with 27 first place, 3 second place and 2 third place votes.   Others receiving first place votes were Roy Halladay, Phillies (4) and Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks (1).

American League MVP

Lucas rolled with Adrian Gonzalez 1B of the Boston Red Sox.  Gonzalez finished the season with a .338 average, 27 home runs and 117 RBIs.  His on-base percentage was .410.  He finished in the top 7 in the AL in Batting average, RBIs, Runs, slugging percentage and OPS.  He also won the AL Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove at 1B.  Gonzalez finished 7th in the voting receiving 1 third place, 1 fourth place, 2 fifth place, 6 sixth place, 8 seventh place, 3 eighth, 3 ninth and 1 tenth place votes.

Corky went with Miguel Cabrera 1B of the Detroit Tigers.  Cabrera batted .344 with 30 home runs and 105 RBIs.  His OBP was a whopping .448.  He finished in the top 10 of the AL in batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs, walks, slugging and OPS.  Miguel Cabrera finished 5th place in the MVP voting notching 2 first place, 9 third place, 5 fourth place, 5 fifth place, 2 sixth place, 4 seventh place and 1 ninth place votes.

The American League MVP is the same as the American League Cy Young.  Justin Verlander topped all the voting and won the top spot for AL MVP.  He won with 13 first place votes.  Others receiving first place votes were Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox (4), Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (5), Curtis Granderson, Yankees (3) and Michael Young, Rangers (1).

 National League MVP

Both Lucas and Corky went with Troy Tulowitzki SS of the Colorado Rockies.  Tulowitzki had a season of .302, 30 home runs and 105 RBIs.  He had a .372 OBP.  He ranked in the top 6 of the NL in RBI, slugging and OPS.  He also hauled in the NL Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards for Short Stops.  Troy finished 8th in the MVP voting this year receiving 3 sixth, 4 seventh, 8 eighth, 5 ninth, and 4 tenth place votes.

Ryan Braun OF of the Milwaukee Brewers won the NL MVP this year receiving 20 first place votes.  Braun brought in a Silver Slugger award as well.  He batted .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs.  He ranked in the top 7 of the NL in batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs, stolen bases, slugging and OPS.  Others receiving first place votes were Matt Kemp, Dodgers (10), Prince Fielder, Brewers (1) and Justin Upton, Diamondbacks (1).

Postseason

Lucas  Picks.

AL East – Yankees

AL Central – Tigers

AL West – Rangers

AL Wild Card – Red Sox

AL Champ – Yankees

NL East – Phillies

NL Central – Brewers

NL West – Rockies

NL Wild Card – Reds

NL Champ – Phillies

WORLD SERIES – Phillies Beat Yankees.

Corky Picks.

AL East – Red Sox

AL Central – Indians

AL West – Rangers

AL Wild Card – Angels

AL Champ – Red Sox

NL East – Phillies

NL Central – Brewers

NL West – Rockies

NL Wild Card – Braves

NL Champ – Phillies

WORLD SERIES – Phillies Beat Red Sox.

Actual Winners.

AL East – Yankees

AL Central – Tigers

AL West – Rangers

AL Wild Card – Rays

AL Champ – Rangers

NL East – Phillies

NL Central – Brewers

NL West – Diamondbacks

NL Wild Card – Cardinals

NL Champ – Cardinals

WORLD SERIES – Cardinals Beat Rangers

I would assume that it is safe to say that we aren’t the best at making these predictions.  We also seem to have a home town bias with the Phillies.  When making these predictions we need to be men.  Men pick with their heads, while boys pick with their hearts.  Always remember that.

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