Bastian’s 2011 Predictions
I woke up at 6 a.m. this morning, or 3 a.m. according to my body’s clock, which was still on Arizona time. Once my morning coffee was in hand, and I had some tunes picked out for the car, I made the two-plus hour drive from my home to Columbus.
Now, where I live, there’s not really a direct path to I-71. And I’m not against taking scenic routes, so I opted for some country roads due south.
Even passed the Magical Farms and saw hundreds of alpacas munching the morning away in the fields. Gotta say… didn’t expect that.
Eventually made my way to Huntington Park, which is a beauty of a Minor League stadium. Seriously. If you’re within driving distance, come see this park. They did a tremendous job. Unfortunately, after two innings were in the books, the Father Winter decided that he had seen enough baseball for one day.
The Indians and Clippers played to a 1-1 tie after 2 1/3 innings with a little over 5,100 fighting the elements so they could see a little ball. After the game, the Indians officially set their roster. As expected, Grady Sizemore, Joe Smith and Jason Donald landed on the 15-day DL. Trevor Crowe and Jared Goedert were put on the 60-day.
Goedert was technically recalled from Triple-A before being de-activated. The demotion of Jensen Lewis, the trading of Jayson Nix to Toronto and the 60-day trips for Crowe and Goedert cleared four spots on the 40-man roster. So, welcome aboard Travis Buck, Jack Hannahan, Justin Germano and Adam Everett.
As today’s title suggests, now is as good a time as any to roll out my annual predictions. Last year, I nailed one division winner (Philadelphis) and two other playoff teams (Braves and Yankees). Among award winners, I correctly predicted both Cy Young Award winners (Felix Hernandez and Doc Halladay).
So, hey, I got 31% of my predictions right. I don’t think that’s too shabby.
Let’s give it another go…
1. Red Sox
4. Blue Jays
1. White Sox
*indicates Wild Card pick
Phillies over Red Sox
(Same prediction as last year. It’s GOT to be right this time)
AL Most Valuable Player: Robinson Cano, Yankees
AL Cy Young Award: David Price, Rays
AL Rookie of the Year: Kyle Drabek, Blue Jays
AL Manager of the Year: Ozzie Guillen, White Sox
NL Most Valuable Player: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
NL Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
NL Rookie of the Year: Brandon Belt, Giants
NL Manager of the Year: Jim Tracy, Rockies
So there you have it.