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Richard Van Zandt's 2006 Predictions
Final Standings

AL East W L Pct. NL East W L Pct.
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 Atlanta Braves 93 69 0.574
Toronto Blue Jays 94 68 0.580 New York Mets 92 70 0.568
New York Yankees 90 72 0.556 Philadelphia Phillies 77 85 0.475
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 74 88 0.457 Washington Nationals 67 95 0.414
Baltimore Orioles 64 98 0.395 Florida Marlins 49 113 0.302
AL Central W L Pct. NL Central W L Pct.
Chicago White Sox 98 64 0.605 St. Louis Cardinals 98 64 0.605
Cleveland Indians 90 72 0.556 Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 0.562
Detroit Tigers 84 78 0.519 Houston Astros 88 74 0.543
Minnesota Twins 74 88 0.457 Cincinnati Reds 83 79 0.512
Kansas City Royals 61 101 0.377 Chicago Cubs 70 92 0.432
Pittsburgh Pirates 68 94 0.420
AL West W L Pct. NL West W L Pct.
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580 San Diego Padres 88 74 0.543
Los Angeles Angels 92 70 0.568 Los Angeles Dodgers 84 78 0.519
Texas Rangers 81 81 0.500 Arizona Diamondbacks 82 80 0.494
Seattle Mariners 66 96 0.407 San Francisco Giants 78 84 0.481
Colorado Rockies 67 95 0.414
Playoffs

American League National League
Division Series Chicago over Toronto in 4 games Atlanta over SD in 3 games
Oakland over Boston in 5 games St. Louis over NY in 5 gms
League Championship Chicago over Oakland in 6 games St. Louis over Atlanta in 7
World Series Chicago over St. Louis in 6
League Leaders

Hitters American League Stat National League Stat
AVG Ichiro Suzuki (.324) 0.324 Albert Pujols (.335) 0.340
OBP Alex Rodriguez (.429) 0.429 Albert Pujols (.444) 0.437
SLG Mark Teixeira (.619) 0.619 Albert Pujols (.625) 0.675
OPS Paul Kornerko (.414/.610//1.024) 1.024 Albert Pujols (.444/.625//1.069) 1.069
R Derek Jeter (127) 127 Albert Pujols (136) 136
H Ichrio Suzuki (218) 218 Jimmy Rollins (212) 212
2B Mark Teixeira (48) 48 David Wright (50) 50
3B Carl Crawford (15) 15 Jimmy Rollins (16) 16
HR Jim Thome (46) 46 Adam Dunn (44) 44
RBI Paul Kornerko (145) 145 Carlos Delgado (128) 128
BB Jason Giambi (121) 121 Albert Pujols (128) 128
SO Richie Sexson (179) 179 Adam Dunn (186) 186
SB Scott Podsednik (70) 70 Jimmy Rollins (54) 54
CS Scott Podsednik (20) 20 Willy Taveras (18) 18
Pitchers
IP Jon Garland (239.2) 239.2 Brandon Webb (242.1) 242.1
W Josh Beckett (24) 24 Roy Oswalt (22) 22
L Daniel Cabrera (17) 17 Sergio Mitre (20) 20
ERA Jon Garland (2.40) 2.4 Jake Peavy (2.24) 2.24
H Carlos Silva (243) 243 Brandon Webb (253) 253
K Johan Santana (229) 229 Jake Peavy (242) 242
HR Scott Elarton (38) 38 Eric Milton (38) 38
BB Daniel Cabrera (103) 103 Oliver Perez (108) 108
Sv B.J. Ryan (48) 48 Jason Isringhausen (41) 41
Award Winners

Awards American League National League
Most Valuable Player Paul Kornerko (.292, 43 Hr, 145 RBI) Albert Pujols (.335, 42 Hr, 120 RBI)
Cy Young Josh Beckett (24-8, 2.67 ERA) Jake Peavy (20-4, 2.24 ERA)
Rookie of the Year Kenji Johjima (.282, 20 Hr, 90 RBI) Prince Fielder (.310, 28 Hr, 109 RBI)
Comeback Player Jim Thome (46 Hr, 118 RBI) Barry Bonds (.320, 32 Hr, 76 RBI)
Surprise Player Aaron Hll (.318, 14 Hr, 75 RBI) Yorvit Torrealba (.308, 20 Hr, 70 RBI)
Disappointing Player Octovio Dotel (0-3, 7.05) Jeromy Burnitz (.236, 12 Hr, 55 RBI)
Dave Kingman Wily Mo Pena (.241, 30 Hr, 166 K) Adam Dunn (.235, 44 Hr, 186 K)
Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins Hank Blalock (.312/18Hr, .242/8Hr) Ryan Klesko (.293/12Hr, .236/2Hr)
Richard's Comments on the Upcoming Season

For those who doubt the Sox, either Red or White, the pitching will be there.

As for the White Sox and those who say they played over their heads last year, I say thatís just wrong and as I expected them to do it last year, it was certainly no surprise to me. As you can tell in my season preview of them, I see no reason why they canít or wonít do it again. However, before all is said and done, theyíll have to get through Oakland to do it.

In the NL, there is just no strong competition for the Cardinals. They return 4/5thís of a solid rotation and have Anthony Reyes and/or Adam Wainwright in case Sidney Ponson proves to everyone that heís just not worth the effort.

And I wonít go against the Braves any longer simply because they keep making me wrong year after year. From now on, if they are to prove me wrong, itíll be by losing the division. Of course, theyíll still fall short come October.

The NL West is a division that I feel has improved if only slightly. A modest 25 game improvement across the board, though, and we should see at least two +.500 teams in a division that is wide open and should be competitive. Sadly for me though, while I feel my beloved Giants are the best team on paper, with such an old team there is virtually no way to expect them to keep the wheels from falling off. And thatís despite Bonds as the Comeback Player of the Year.



Scott's Take



See Scott's 2006 Predictions.



Keith's Take

I don't subscribe to the "pitching trumps all" theory, but since you do, you've severely misjudged several teams on that basis. Bartolo Colon will try to pitch with a partially torn lat this year. Detroit's pitching is either too young or too old. I shouldn't need to expand on the pitching woes of the Reds or Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers have a solid five-deep rotation, some of the best pitching prospects in the game behind that, and three ex-closers backing up Gagne. The Twins might have the best staff in baseball with Mayday Mays gone. And the Rockies don't have a bad staff when you factor in Coors field; particularly if Aaron Cook's sinker works as well there as it did last season.

As for the Marlins, at least you're not the only one who'll be 20-25 wins off on that prediction.

See Keith's 2006 Predictions.



Asher's Take



See Asher's 2006 Predictions.



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