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2013 Preview: The HardballTalk staff predictions

Mar 29, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

Oh, great Oracle. Tell us what the future holds!
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Actually, we’re usually way wrong with this stuff. All of us picked the Phillies to win the NL East last year and that didn’t work out too well. ┬áBut at least unlike a lot of outfits, we come back to these in October and remind everyone how wrong we were, so the wrongness of it is underscored all the more. If you can’t tell, we don’t take this exercise entirely seriously. No battle plan survives engagement with the enemy and such.

Whatever the case, it’s fun to try to predict the future, darn it, so here we are:


CRAIGsource:

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Cubs

NL West

Giants
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Yankees
Orioles
Red Sox

AL Central
Tigers
Indians
Royals
White Sox
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Card: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
AL Wild Card: Indians, Rangers
AL Pennant Winner: Tigers
World Series Champ: Tigers over Nationals

source:  AARON

AL East
Rays
Blue Jays
Yankees
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals
Twins

AL West
Rangers
Angels
A’s
Mariners
Astros

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Brewers
Cubs
Pirates

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Padres

AL Wild Cards: Angels, Blue Jays
NL Wild Cards: Braves, Cardinals
AL Pennant Winner: Tigers
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
Word Series Champ: Nationals over Tigers

source:  JOE (only division winners because I sorta hit Joe up for his picks last minute)

NL East
Nationals

NL Central
Cardinals

NL West
Giants

AL East
Nobody. I’ll say Blue Jays for the fun of it.

AL Central
Tigers

AL West
Rangers

AL Wildcard: Angels and, yes, Royals. Why not?
NL Wildcard: Cardinals, Dodgers.
World Series Champs: Nationals over Rangers.


source:  D.J.

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Cubs

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Padres
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Yankees
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
Indians
Royals
White Sox
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Cards: Braves, Dodgers
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
AL Wild Cards: Rays, Rangers
AL Pennant Winner: Tigers
World Series: Nationals over Tigers

source:  DREW

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Cubs

NL West
Dodgers
Giants
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Padres

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Red Sox
Yankees
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
Royals
White Sox
Indians
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Card: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
AL Wild Card: Rays, Rangers
AL Pennant Winner: Angels
World Series Champ: Angels over Nationals

source:  BILL

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Brewers
Pirates
Cubs

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
D-Backs
Padres
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Yankees
Rays
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Card: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant winner: Nationals
AL Wild Card: Rangers, Yankees
AL Pennant winner: Blue Jays
World Series champ: Nationals over Blue Jays

source:  MATTHEW

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Brewers
Pirates
Cubs

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Yankees
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
Royals
White Sox
Indians
Twins

AL West
Rangers
Athletics
Angels
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Cards: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant Winner: Braves
AL Wild Cards: Rays, Athletics
AL Pennant Winner: Blue Jays
World Series Champ: Blue Jays over Braves

That’s all, folks! Take ‘em to the bank. Or don’t. You’ll do just as well either way.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Careful. Read your Frazier, Craig. The king must die.

  2. dondada10 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Nobody had the balls to pick the Yankees last.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Even in a worst case scenario, it’s hard to see them as a last-place team. Having a pitcher as good as Sabathia ought to keep them out of the cellar. And having Kuroda as their No. 2 should ensure it. And Rivera’s still closing.

      I hope I’m jinxing them when I say this, but 75 wins is the absolute floor for that team. And I don’t think that’s last place.

      • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        75 wins could conceivably place a team in last place in the AL East.

    • moe0594 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Ha! I thought the same thing….

  3. UgglasForearms - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Interesting picks. But I don’t see the Angels coming in third. Well, maybe if they’re 2 games behind the leader at the end of the season.

  4. Gobias Industries - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Those are some faces made for blogging.

    • Sorbet Te Charta Saccus - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      …and Radio

      • kranepool - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        …..and basement dwelling

      • dondada10 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I’d say those are some ellipsis forcing faces, evidently.

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Obviously, I think that the Beast from the East will win it all, but I like Joe’s pick of the Royals to make the playoffs. It will happen one day, so I am glad that Joe is keeping the faith.

  6. historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Well, lookie there. *ahem*

    /amends Shit List:

    1. Alexander Hamilton
    2. Koch brothers
    3. Bud Selig
    4. Jeff Loria Joe/Drew/Bill/Matthew
    5. (tie) Antonin Scalia/Clarence Thomas
    6. Jim Inhofe
    7. cur68 DJ/Aaron
    8. cur68
    9. next-door neighbors
    10. Pete Campbell

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Wait, how did Loria escape the list entirely?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Well, he did make the Detroit Feesh possible…

        ….

        ….

        he he

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        One team gathers what another team spills and all’s well, eh?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        More like we freed the captives and waste no fucks given on their former captor. (But, when he does something screwy again, I probably will add him back in a moment of passion.)

    • sportsdrenched - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      So, if Alexander Hamilton is at the top of your shit list, does that mean Aaron Burr is at the top of what ever you call your endearment list?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Negative. I hate both. I’m a free agent.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I’ve read Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, and nowhere did it mention the man’s baseball talents or accomplishments. Hard to believe so massive and thorough a study could have missed such crucial information.

  7. El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Better throw mine down here for reference later too:

    AL East: NYY
    AL Central: DET
    AL West: LAA
    WC1: TOR
    WC2: OAK

    NL East: WAS
    NL Central: CIN
    NL West: LAD
    WC1: ATL
    WC2: SFG

    WS: DET v ATL (ATL in 7) HAHAHA!

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I’ll join in.

      AL East: TOR
      AL Central: DET
      AL West: ANA
      WC1: TB
      WC2: TEX

      NL East: WAS
      NL Central: CIN
      NL West: SF
      WC1: STL
      WC2: LAD

      WS: ANA vs. WAS (WAS in 6)

      Now watch as none of these teams do as well as I predicted.

      • blockedshotnyr - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        AL East: TOR
        AL Central: DET
        AL West: ANA
        WC 1: TB
        WC 2: OAK

        NL East: WAS
        NL Central: CIN
        NL West: ARI #GRIT
        WC 1: ATL
        WC 2: SF

        WS: CIN v. TB – CIN in 5

    • theskinsman - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      El Bravo,the prediction was supposed to be for the 2013 season…Yankees….lmao…

  8. jdl1325 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Matthew seemed to be the only one willing to go out on a limb in anyway.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      What’s the point in going out on a limb when the idea is to guess what you believe most likely to happen?

      • chicitybulls - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        And that’s what you did? You believe that the White Sox are more likely to finish 4th in the division? Really? Based on what? Because “Konerko has to slow down at some point”? Every year “experts” say “this is the Royals year” and every year they are who most fans thought they are and finish last or next to it. Oh well, you know what they say about opinions and predictions.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        C’mon Craig. The point of media predictions is to be “out there,” to make “extreme” predictions, to generate “buzz,” leading to more attention. You, of all people, should know this, since you’ve often been accused on this here blog right here of posting “out there” things to generate attention.

        BTW, picking the Nats to lose the Series duly noted. Though being the “trendy” pick almost certainly dooms the Nats’ chances to win the Series anyway.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Matthew did not go out on a limb in predicting a repeat of the 1992 World Series.

  9. pkiguy22 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    You guys are way to high on the Twins.

    • El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      You could have just said, “You guys are way to high.”

      • El Barvo - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Yeah, what he said, man.

  10. asimonetti88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Drew picking the Angels to win the World Series. Nice! Can only hope you’re right. Looking forward to the season starting.

  11. spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    National League consensus, 6 good teams vying for 5 play-off spots, couldn’t agree more. More love for the Yankees and White Sox than expected here. Seldom does a young team, like the Orioles, fall into the fluke category. Don’t know if Brian Roberts can regain his form, but if he gets close, those O’s ought to be battling for a play-off spot, while the Yanks and Red Sox tussle for the cellar rights.

    But, to me, the play of the Royals and Indians, is the most intriguing. Doubt if either can dethrone Detroit, but one or both could be in play for a wild card.

    Aaron, the Cubs over the Pirates. Did you steal the Chicago Elixir from Craig?

  12. sdelmonte - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Surprised to see I am not alone in not trusting the Dodgers and their huge payroll.

    My picks?
    Rays, Tigers, Angels; Jays and Yanks wild cards; Tigers AL Champs
    Nats, Reds, Giants; Braves and Cards wild cards; Nats NL Champs

    And the Tigers will take the title!

  13. schm1471 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Joe’s picked the Cardinals to win the division AND the wild-card. If that’s not going out on a limb, I don’t know what is.

    • carbydrash - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      That’s the kind of gutsy pick I like out of my sportswriters.

    • paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      They’re just THAT good.

  14. UgglasForearms - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Looking at the staff pictures. I had no idea Drew was a team mascot.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Or that he was friends with Larry Bird.

      • Gobias Industries - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        And who’s that guy holding D.J.?

      • natstowngreg - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        I want the cat’s predictions. Probably not any better or worse than the humans’ predictions.

  15. ilovefootball2525 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Go Tigers!!

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I would love to agree with you, but your handle prevents it…

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I am sure that he expects that the Tigers will go the way of the Lions and Bears.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Is that good or bad?

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Obviously, you do not follow football.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I do not. I probably have not watched a pro game since someone named White played for the Cowboys. I understand that Baltimore has a team again.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Then I will not tell you how great the Lions and Bears have been playing.

  16. paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Craig = whipped

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        EEEEEAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        LMFAO

        Is that supposed to be a bird? Is it supposed to be scary or am I just supposed to laugh so hard you get the advantage?

      • paperlions - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        No, I was just finishing the Tony The Tiger “GRRRREEEEAAAAT!” that you started….wasn’t that the idea?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        No, that was your only warning, Woodpecker.

    • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      You read my mind. Sadly for her, I think Craig picking your team is the kiss of death.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Boooo!!!!

        /throws popcorn

      • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I’m not saying Craig’s wrong, but I’d trust OG’s Ouija Scrabble board prognostications before Craig’s.

  17. henson58 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Joe must be a cards fan he has the cardinals winning the central and the wild card I’m not sure how that works

    • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Probably a lot like last year.

      • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Whoa!, my bad, now I understand your criticism. Yeah, that would be hard to do.

      • jm91rs - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        If anyone can do it it’s those pesky red birds.

  18. El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    PS. Pie still shall rule over cake in 2013. That’s a promise, not a prediction.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Don’t make me say it.

      • El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        How much you love pie above all else? How pie saved you from drowning as a child? How pi circumferenced your circle?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        I was circumferenced, but now I’m found. My bread pudding is in bourbon drowned.

      • El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        I’ll have the former with a double of the latter please.

    • professormaddog31 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Since I’m relatively new here, I have yet to announce my allegiance to one dessert over another. However, where does the party stand on Boston Cream Pie? For that is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. A delicious riddle.

      • El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        As a long time veteran on Team Pie, I have evidence proving that we claimed Boston Creme Pie as an official pie way back in 2010. It is one of our elite players on our team. Cheesecake has been claimed by Team Pie as well (and I know this will spark cake-lover outrage, but I say bring it suckas, the thing has a crust and is a custard pie whether you call it “cake” or not!).

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        You are rigging the game, Bravo. Cheesecake is an independent category and the one item on which we all agree. It, therefore, does not qualify to play for either team. Already established.

      • kopy - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        As a fellow veteran on Team Pie, I can agree without bias with Captain Bravo’s assessment that Boston Creme Pie and Cheesecake are both pies.

        THEY HAVE CRUSTS. If you want to call your cheesecake a cake, it better not have a crust, and enjoy eating it.

      • El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        The game is only rigged in that Pie has always been vastly superior to Cake from the get go. So much so, in fact, it’s like Jordan (Pie) vs. anyone else (Cake).

      • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Per Wikipedia, the world’s foremost expert resource:

        “A Boston cream pie is a cake that is filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.[1] Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.”

        Nice try, pie eaters.

      • professormaddog31 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Hmmm. a dilemma to be sure. It’s like being the new kid in school and having to determine which lunch table to sit at…

        What if the majority of my favorites are pie, but I don’t like the crust? Does this make me a less worthy candidate for Team Pie?

        Also, what if I like brownies? Does this make me a traitor to Team Pie and forces me onto Team Cake?

        Ugh, what if I just say Turtle Sundae?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        professor, you are welcome to join the Adult Dessert table. Bread pudding!

      • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Brownies are definitely a subset of cake.

        The pie babies are out in full force today, but I assure you there is a strong coalition of cake lovers. They must be working or something.

        Turtle sundae? I think we can all agree that ice cream is awesome.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Thanks, historio. A small victory for we of the Cheesecake Liberation Front. :)

    • indaburg - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Booooo!

      /throws pie in your face

      • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Do it again! Do it again! lol

  19. chaimtavish - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    The Mariners are going to come in second in the AL West, proving all of you mavens wrong.

  20. shaggylocks - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Nationals, Braves, Phillies, Mets, Marlins. I’m pretty sure you’re all going to get the NL East dead right.

  21. knowlegeforyou - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    NL East- Braves, NL Central- Cardinals, NL West- Giants, NL WC- Nats vs Dodgers
    AL East- Jays, AL Central- Royals, AL West- Mariners, AL WC Angels vs Rangers.
    NL Pennant Nationals
    AL Pennant Jays
    Nats in 7

  22. knowlegeforyou - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Why does everyone think the Nats are the best team in baseball. Werth sucks now, Laroche played above his head, Espinoza is playing through injury, Desmond had a career year, Zimmerman can’t stay healthy, Harper is Awesome but span isn’t an upgrade from Morse Offensively. they had two guys capable of leading off so he doesn’t help much there. Soriano is a great addition but they lost their lh relievers. and Haren < Jackson.

    • sportsdrenched - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      The SF Giants have two World Series’ in the last 3 years with line-ups that couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. BUT, the have good young arms. Which is what the Nats have.

  23. knowlegeforyou - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Tigers will not make the WS!!!!!!!! They may make the playoffs in that sorry ass division though.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      So, just like last year?

  24. xjokerz - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    holy crap… i actually agree with craig for once… GO TIGERS

  25. devouredbychaos - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    lol @ all the Blue Jays hype. I’ve been say

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