Here is part one of our staff predictions for the 2009 season. Let us know what yours are!
NL Biggest Bust
Rob – Pamela Anderson…. oh, wait, that’s a different kind of big bust. I’ll go with Manny Ramirez
Sach – Aaron Harang, Cincinnati Reds
Joe D – The Phillies bullpen and rotation is rocked by injuries and ineffectiveness and keeps the Phillies out of the post season.
Mikey J – Francisco Rodriguez, NY Mets
Ryan – Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
Paul – Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Joey M – Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies
Jessica – The Cubs…
Matt – Philadelphia Phillies
Kelly – Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
AL Biggest Bust
Rob – AJ Burnett, NY Yankees
Sach – Jarrod Washburn, Seattle Mariners
Joe D – A-Rod returns, but fails to above .280 for the first time since 1995, and will struggle to knock in 75 RBI’s.
Mikey J – CC Sabathia, NY Yankees
Ryan – Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Paul – AJ Burnett, NY Yankees
Joey M – Mark Teixeira, NY Yankees
Jessica – If the Yankees don’t win division it will be considered a bust. Go Rays!
Matt – Los Angeles Angels
Kelly – CC Sabathia, NY Yankees
NL Biggest Surprise
Rob – Garret Anderson has a huge year in Atlanta
Sach – Matt Lindstrom of the Marlins will have more saves than Brad Lidge, but Jose Valverde will lead the NL in saves for the 3rd consecutive year.
Joe D – Hanson, Vasquez and a rejuvenated Francoeur lead Braves to a Wild Card.
Mikey J – Fred Lewis, San Francisco Giants
Ryan – Mike Pelfrey, NY Mets
Paul – Fred Lewis, SF Giants
Joey M – Daniel Murphy, NY Mets
Jessica – The Reds will rebound nicely this year.
Matt – Florida Marlins
Kelly – Daniel Murphy, NY Mets
AL Biggest Surprise
Rob – The Yankees fail to make the post-season again, and the Royals are in a pennant race thru early September.
Sach – The Angels sign Ben Sheets in July, and finally get out of the first round.
Joe D – Despite off-season improvements from the Yankees and Red Sox, the Rays win the AL East division.
Mikey J – Manny Parra, Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan – Alex Rios, Toronto Blue Jays
Paul – Russell Branyan, Seattle Mariners
Jessica – Texas Rangers
Matt – Kansas City Royals
Kelly – Nomar Garciaparra, Oakland A’s