As some of you may recall (probably not), at the beginning of this baseball year I made some predictions about the season ahead. Although the season isn’t quite done yet, I think that enough time has passed for me to be able to effectively judge my predictions.
1. The Toronto Blue Jays will miss the playoffs
This one was spot-on. The Blue Jays sucked this year, and I pinpointed some of the reasons why. R.A. Dickey has regressed, posting a mediocre stat line thus far, and the team as a whole has struggled. It should be noted here the Danny Cooper, collegesportstown’s resident baseball expert thought that the Blue Jays would come in first in the AL East…the fool. (To be honest, I’m just mad that Danny signed Julius Thomas in our Fantasy Football league. That sonofabitch.) Grade: A+
2. The Reds will be the best team in the NL
Not quite. The Reds are certainly a playoff team, and may even win the division. And I think you could make an argument that the Reds are one of the top three teams in the NL. The team has been forced to play without ace Johnny Cueto and reliever Sean Marshall, and the hitting hasn’t been quite good enough. So really, my prediction wasn’t that far off; if Cueto had been healthy the Reds might have been downright filthy … but then Cingrani may never have been called up. So I guess this prediction wasn’t great. Grade: C
3. The Tampa Bay Rays will win the AL East
4. The AL East will NOT be baseball’s strongest division
Um … Grade: F
5. Bud Selig has another major move up his sleeve
This one also hasn’t panned out so far. However, there is still time for Selig to do something crazy, seeing as the season is not yet over. So while it may seem like a cop-out, I refuse to give this one a grade just yet. Grade: Incomplete
So overall I didn’t do a great job. But I did get the Jays right. Unlike a certain scumsucker who oughta give me Julius Thomas. Right now, I feel like saying this to him.