We're about 24 hours from President Obama strolling to the mound at Nationals Park (hopefully not in a White Sox jacket) and ceremoniously declaring the 2010 baseball season open, so this seems like a good time for some predictions.
We'll get to some Nationals season predictions later, either this evening or first thing tomorrow. Right now, let's talk about the 29 other clubs.
My track record on these things isn't the greatest. Last year, I had the Diamondbacks winning the NL wild card, the Dodgers winning the World Series, the Cardinals and Rockies each finishing in fourth place in their respective divisions and Cameron Maybin and David Price winning their respective Rookie of the Year awards.
Then again, I did correctly predict four of six division winners (Phillies, Dodgers, Twins, Angels) and Joe Mauer as AL MVP. So I'm not completely ignorant (despite what many think).
So here we go: My predictions for the 2010 season...
NL WILD-CARD: Braves
NL CHAMPION: Cardinals
NL MVP: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
NL CY YOUNG: Roy Halladay, Phillies
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jason Heyward, Braves
2. Red Sox
5. Blue Jays
1. White Sox
AL WILD-CARD: Red Sox
AL CHAMPION: Yankees
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
AL CY YOUNG: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Brian Matusz, Orioles
WORLD SERIES CHAMPION: Cardinals.
(Make sure to save this and call me out in November for everything I got wrong.)