We've reached the three-quarters pole of the 2010 MLB season, so I decided to dust off our Orioles preview in b to see how I was doing with my preseason predictions. In short, I've got nothing on Miss Cleo. Let's recap, then you can mock me in the comments section. Trust me, I deserve it.
Predicting where the Orioles would finish: Fourth in the AL East. The 2010 Orioles were historically bad for a while and the Blue Jays have been one of the biggest surprises of the season, so I don't feel too badly about being a homer — Baltimore-style — and saying that the Orioles wouldn't finish in the cellar.
AL playoff teams: I had the Yankees, the Twins and (gulp) the Mariners winning their divisions, with the Red Sox edging out the Rays for the wild card. If the season ended today, I would go 2-for-4 on this one. If you think my Mariners pick was comically atrocious, wait until you see my AL Manager of the Year.
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod is batting .265 with just 21 home runs. Enough said.
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez. King Felix is second in strikeouts and third in ERA, but his 8-10 record isn't going to get it done, even though it's not his fault.
AL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz. Ugh.
AL Manager of the Year: The recently-fired Don Wakamatsu. OK, gang, let me have it.
NL playoff teams: My division winners were the Phillies, the Cardinals and the Giants, and I had the Braves winning the NL wild card. There's a decent chance I'll bat 1.000 on this one.
NL MVP: Albert Pujols. It was a safe pick, but it's looking good with Pujols leading the NL in homers and RBIs. He has the league's fifth-best batting average, too.
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay. He's in the hunt, but so are a bunch of other guys (Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson).
NL Rookie of the Year: Jason Heyward. I'm feeling good about this pick.
NL Manager of the Year: Bobby Cox. Ditto.
World Series pick: I had the Yankees beating the Cardinals. Let's hope I'm wrong on this one.
- Baltimore Orioles
- Cy Young Award
- MLB Rookie of the Year Award
- MLB Manager of the Year Award
- Seattle Mariners
- St. Louis Cardinals
- New York Yankees
- Albert Pujols
- Alex Rodriguez
- Major League Baseball
- American League East
- Atlanta Braves
- Boston Red Sox
- Minnesota Twins
- San Francisco Giants
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Roy Halladay
- Felix Hernandez
- Jason Heyward