March 30, 2006


2006 MLB PREVIEW WITH JOHNNY VEGAS;

Well Spring is here, and that means that the start of the baseball is upon us. In just a few days we get to kick the season off with the White Sox and Indians on Sunday Night Baseball.

I can’t wait to be pounding beers hoping that the Yankees lose every night, watching my beloved Cubbies put pitcher after pitcher on the DL, and taking in the occasional Tigers game, which is usually meaningless by the all-star break……the next 7 months will be great, and here are some of my thoughts on the 2006 off season, as well as my predictions for the year to come.

2006 OFF SEASON WINNERS:

Boston Red Sox: They lost Johnny Damon to the hated Yankees, but the Bo Sox have done quite a bit of improving in the off season. The addition of Josh Beckett will help the staff move in the right direction. He has a great arm, and brings World Series experience to the mound. When he is healthy, he is one of the top young pitchers in the game. Coco Crisp not only has one of the best names in baseball, but he is almost as strong as Damon as an every day center fielder. He won’t have quite the offensive numbers, but he is just as good on the bases, and is stronger defensively. I also love the addition of Willie Mo Pena; he will help both offensively and defensively in a platoon role with Trot Nixon.

Chicago White Sox: Not only did they resign Paul Konerko, but they brought him help. Jim Thome is a health risk, but a strong left handed bat in that already solid lineup is scary. If Konerko has protection all year, his numbers will increase big time. Javier Vasquez is another strong arm to add to the rotation, and the additions of Rob Mackowiak and Alex Cintron will add depth to an already strong defensive team.

New York Mets: Well the Mets are at it again adding more depth to their squad. They lost Mike Cameron, but at least they got Xavier Nady back for him. They also added a young arm in Jorge Julio, one of the greatest closers in the game with Billy Wagner, and an absolute stud in Carlos Delgado. They have improved all over the field. They also have two of the most promising prospects in baseball with Anderson Hernandez (who should start the year on the big league roster) and Lastings Milledge, who will be a late season call up.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Is there anyone that added more POTENTIAL to their team than the Dodgers? Brett Tomko will help the rotation start to gel more this season, and Danny Baez will add depth to an already (when healthy) strong bullpen. If Nomar Garciaparra can play more games than Mia Hamm does this year I will be shocked, but he is a good bat to help protect Jeff Kent. Rafael Furcal is one of the best defensive players out there, and his speed will add a new feature to the Dodgers offensive attack in ’06. Bill Mueller brings playoff experience, as well as a bat that has won an A.L. batting title. All and all I think the Dodgers had the strongest off season in baseball.

Here is a quick look at my predictions in both leagues:

AMERICAN LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox
Sleeper Pick: Travis Hafner – Cleveland Indians

CY YOUNG:
Rich Harden – Oakland Athletics
Sleeper Pick: Kevin Millwood – Texas Rangers

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Francisco Liriano – Minnesota Twins
Sleeper Pick: Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers

ROLAIDS RELIEF MAN:
Huston Street – Oakland Athletics
Sleeper Pick: BJ Ryan – Toronto Blue Jays

NATIONAL LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals
Sleeper Pick: Miguel Cabrera – Florida Marlins

CY YOUNG:
Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs
Sleeper Pick: Brandon Webb – Arizona Diamondbacks

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Jeremy Hermedia – Florida Marlins
Sleeper Pick: Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers

ROLAIDS RELIEF MAN:
Billy Wagner – New York Mets
Sleeper Pick: Derek Turnbow – Milwaukee Brewers

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS:

AL East Winner: Boston Red Sox

AL Central Winner: Cleveland Indians

AL West Winner: Oakland Athletics

Wild Card Winner: New York Yankees

Don’t be surprised if they're hanging around in September: Texas Rangers

ALDS: Red Sox over Indians in 4
ALDS: Yankees over Athletics in 5
ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees in 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS:

NL East Winner: New York Mets

NL Central Winner: St. Louis Cardinals

NL West Winner: San Diego Padres

Wild Card Winner: Chicago Cubs

Don't be surprised if they're hanging around in September: Milwaukee Brewers

NLDS: Mets over Cubs in 5
NLDS: Cardinals over Padres in 4
NLCS: Mets over Cardinals in 6

And your 2006 World Series Champions are……………………………………..

New York Mets over the Boston Red Sox in 6

I’m outta here for now, be back soon.

Johnny Vegas

1 Comments:

At 4:20 PM, Blogger CharlieB. said...

WEll, I like you picks in the NL, but where are the Whitesox, you have to be kidding me if you don't think they have a legitimate chance. Anyways, I really enjoy reading your blog. It is extremely entertaining. I am adding you to my blogroll. And, I would really appreciate it if you would add me to yours.

Charlie B.
MyFantasyBall Blog
http://blog.myfantasyball.com

 

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