The 2011 MLB season is right around the corner and everyone is gearing up for some baseball. Today, we take a look at some of the teams we figure will advance to the playoffs in 2011. We will look at the three divisional winners from each league and our prediction and preview for the Wild Card teams. For those of you interested in betting on Major League Baseball you should definitely follow these MLB Picks For Free.
Boston Red Sox– This is a team that did not sit on their hands during the off-season. They made two major additions with Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez added to the fold in 2011. Both players were All Stars with their former teams. Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis already in a Red Sox uniform, make this a formidable line-up. Add the rotation of John Lackey, Dice-K and Clay Buchholz, along with reliever Jonathon Papelbon and the Red Sox become the best team in the American League East. Look for the Boston Red Sox to win 98 games.
New York Yankees– The Red Sox and Yankees battle it out all summer with New York coming up short and securing the Wild Card for the American League. The offensive side of this team is difficult to match with Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixiera all mashing extra base hits on a daily basis. The main reason they can’t match the Red Sox is the pitching. Andy Pettitte has retired and the staff has to rely on CC Sabathia for more innings and continued success. The Yankees win 93 games to advance via the Wild Card route.
Minnesota Twins– This division is a two horse race with a slight advantage of the Twins edging the White Sox in the AL Central. Pitching in this division is weaker than others but Kevin Slowey, Carl Pavano and ace Francisco Liriano will have enough to get them to a division title. Every game has the potential for the Twins to be high scoring with the bats of Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Jim Thome, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel. The Twins win 90 games in 2011.
Texas Rangers– The hit parade can be found in Texas led by Josh Hamilton. Plug in the power of Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz and baseball go in orbit. Glove work in the middle infield will be handled adequately by Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler. Brandon Webb becomes an important signing to an average pitching staff. The Rangers win the AL West with 91 wins.
Philadelphia Phillies– This team has no known weaknesses. On offense they have slugger Ryan Howard and base hit machine Chase Utley. Dominic Brown has Rookie of the Year written all over him and Jimmy Rollins is rock solid. The dominant pitching has everyone penciling this staff as a possible best ever status. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels are likely to go the mound and shut the opponents out every time they take the mound. Phillies win the NL East with 102 wins.
Atlanta Braves– The Braves could easily take any other division but they are in the East and secure the Wild Card spot. This is a very good team that will win many game with Jason Heyard, a 5 tool player, and Brian McCann holding a bat and look for a resurgence of Chipper Jones to compliment them. In the rotation they have Jair Jurrijens, Derek Lowe, along with Minor and Hanson. Atlanta Braves win 94 games.
Milwaukee Brewers– The NL Central was a three-team race until Adam Wainwright went out for the season and now the Brewers and Reds fight it out. The Brew Crew win out with the new acquisition of pitchers Zach Greinke and Shawn Marcum. Each of these pitchers were successful last year and upgrade the Milwaukee staff. Yovanni Gallardo is the ace and many have overlooked that fact. At the plate, they send Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Casey McGahee to drive in the runs and plate some home runs. A scary team like the Brewers will win 94 games in 2011.
San Francisco Giants- The Giants repeat as NL West champs. They have the pitching in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Baumgartner and Barry Zito to throw at you nightly. Buster Posey will get a full year under his belt and the addition of Miguel Tejada adds tons of extra base hit to their statistics. A healthy Mark DeRosa and the Giants win 95 games in the 2011 season.
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