Welcome to the third installment of my annual divisional prognostications! Today we finish up with the American and National League West divisions. Why not just plunge right in?
2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez will make 30 quality starts and win less than half of them. Larry Bernandez will make 27 quality starts and win less than a third of them.
Jerry Blevins will lose 4 pounds as the result of a stomach flu and on the first breezy day will float away like a dandelion spore.
Howie Kendrick will take up knitting!
Elvis Andrus will learn to tap dance and cement his status as the Shirley Temple of major league baseball.
First Place: Oakland A’s (because I want to go out on a limb somewhere.)
Last Place: Seattle Mariners
Carlos Gonzalez will hit 18 more home runs and Troy Tulowitzki 4 more cycles off of Cubs pitching.
I don’t have any predictions for Arizona. I just want to point out that I was wrong about Detroit… the Diamondbacks also have 3 Virginia natives on their roster (Justin Upton, Joe Saunders, and Daniel Hudson.) I, for one, never would have thunk it.
Now bereft of their All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres offense will not hit a home run in Petco Park once the entire 2011 season.
Ted Lilly will hit a home run… at Petco Park. Dun dun dun!
Freddy Sanchez will discover and re-popularize “The Freddie.”
First Place: Colorado Rockies
Last Place: San Diego Padres
NL Wildcard Winner: San Francisco Giants