Open thread: Projections and expectations for 2010

It's that time of the year when all the regular baseball writers of the the world stick their neck out by pretending they have a clue what's going to happen in the regular season about to start.

In truth, the fun of the season (and these predictions) is that nothing ever goes as planned. The front runners sometimes stumble, and the nobodies (both teams and individuals) delight with their surprise play.

We present you what will (probably not) happen during the 2010 MLB season:

Tigers predictions

Kurt Alli Big Al
Mike
Best surprise Austin Jackson will play better than expected Eddie Bonine will become a competent 5th starter when...

Jim Leyland gives Clete Thomas less than 50 AB's in the 3 spot.

Scott Sizemore
Worst letdown The top of the rotation won't be as good as expected ... D-Train falls apart, as expected The ever mercurial bullpen fails to live up to expectations. Rick Porcello
Top rookie Austin Jackson Austin Jackson Austin Jackson Scottt Sizemore
Best pitcher Max Scherzer Justin Verlander Justin Verlander Justin Verlander
Best position player Miguel Cabrera Miguel Cabrera Miguel Cabrera, duh. Miguel Cabrera.
Record: 82-80 84-78 84-78 79-82
How long will they play? Regular season Regular season 1st round KO Just 162 games, unfortunately

American League Predictions

Kurt Alli Big Al Mike
AL Central winner Twins Twins Tigers Twins
AL East winner Yankees Yankees Rays Red Sox
AL West winner A's Mariners Mariners Rangers
Wildcard team Rays Rays Yankees Yankees
AL Cy Young Felix Hernandez Josh Beckett Justin Verlander Felix Hernandez
AL MVP Alex Rodriguez Miguel Cabrera Evan Longoria Alex Rodriguez
AL Rookie of the Year Austin Jackson Neftali Feliz Brian Matusz Brian Matusz

 

National League Predictions

Kurt Alli Big Al Mike
NL East winner Phillies Braves Phillies Braves
NL Central winner Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals
NL West winner Rockies Dodgers Dodgers Rockies
Wild card Braves Rockies Rockies Phillies
NL MVP Albert Pujols Troy Tulowitzki Matt Kemp Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young Dan Haren Tommy Hanson Roy Halladay Tim Lincecum
NL Rookie of the Year Jason Heyward Buster Posey Stephen Strasburg Jason Heyward

 

World Series Predictions

Kurt Alli Big Al Mike
AL Champion Yankees Mariners Rays Red Sox
NL Champion Rockies Braves Phillies Phillies
World Series Champion Rockies Mariners Rays Red Sox

 

Your Turn

Just copy and paste the form below and fill in your picks.

TIGERS PREDICTIONS:

BEST SURPRISE:
WORST LETDOWN:
BEST ROOKIE:
BEST PITCHER:
BEST POSITION PLAYER:
RECORD:
HOW LONG THEY WILL PLAY:

AL CENTRAL WINNER:
AL EAST WINNER
AL WEST WINNER:
AL WILD CARD:
AL CY YOUNG:
AL MVP:
AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

NL CENTRAL WINNER:
NL EAST WINNER
NL WEST WINNER:
NL WILD CARD:
NL CY YOUNG:
NL MVP:
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

AL CHAMPION:
NL CHAMPION:
WORLD SERIES CHAMPION:

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