Tank’s 2003 Preview

EASTERN DIVISION

  • 1. New York Mets 92-70
  • 2. Atlanta Braves 86-76
  • 3. Philadelphia Phillies 84-78
  • 4. Florida Marlins 78-84
  • 5. Montreal Expos 73-89

A year after everything went wrong the Mets will play up to their potential taking the NL East. While the Braves will regret letting Tom Glavine and Kevin Milwood go as Mike Hampton and Paul Byrd struggle. The Phillies will struggle against high expectations, as Jim Thome’s adjustment to the NL is slow. The Marlins will be fast and entertaining but they don’t have enough to contend. While 103 road games will catch up to the Expos who could contend if they had a permanent home.

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • 1. Houston Astros 94-68
  • 2. St. Louis Cardinals 93-69*
  • 3. Chicago Cubs 85-77
  • 4. Cincinnati Reds 80-80
  • 5. Pittsburgh Pirates 68-94
  • 6. Milwaukee Brewers 51-111

The Astros and Cardinals will battle all season for the top spot with both teams being strong World Series contender and making the playoffs. Look for the Astros to go far with Jeff Kent bring his MVP experience. The Cubs will be stronger but are a year a way from any real contention. Ken Griffey Jr. will return to his All-Star level but the Reds don’t have any pitching to go far. The Pirates will continue to drift aimlessly. While the Brewers will need a miracle just to avoid the embarassment of 110 losses.

WESTERN DIVISION

  • 1. Arizona Diamondbacks 95-67
  • 2. San Francisco GIants 88-74
  • 3. Los Angeles Dodgers 86-76
  • 4. Colorado Rockies 78-84
  • 5. San Diego Padres 60-102

The dynamic duo of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling will continue to drive the Diamondbacks. The Giants will fall off enough to miss the playoffs, without Jeff Kent. The Dodgers will need career years from most their team to make any type of run. While the Rockies will have a competitive team that can start putting together the formula for winning. However, the Padres don’t have a prayer without Trevor Hoffman and Phil Nevin. Even if both were healthy the Padres still will finish last.

  • PLAYOFFS NLDS:
    New York Mets 3 St. Louis Cardinals 2 Houston Astros 3 Arizona Diamondbacks 2
  • NLCS:
    Houston Astros 4 New York Mets 3

EASTERN DIVISION

  • 1. New York Yankees 105-57
  • 2. Boston Red Sox 90-72
  • 3. Toronto Blue Jays 86-76
  • 4. Baltimore Orioles 73-89
  • 5. Tampa Bay Devil Rays 64-98

A word of advice for anyone playing the Yankees this year; Duck. Unless they self-destruct they will be unstoppable this year, as they will make a deal to fix any holes they have. The Red Sox will continue to play second fiddle. While the Blue Jays will surprise allot of people with a young exciting team. The Orioles have a long way to go, as they did nothing to improve. While Lou Piniella will be in misery all season long with the Devil Rays.

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • 1. Chicago White Sox 84-78
  • 2. Minnesota Twins 79-83
  • 3. Cleveland Indians 65-97
  • 4. Kansas City Royals 61-101
  • 5. Detroit Tigers 59-103

The addition of Bartolo Colon should put the White Sox over the top in this sorry division, as the Twins will fall off with injury problems affecting their pitching staff already. The Indians will be playing turn back the clock this year as they relive the days when the only time they won was in the movies. The Royals have nothing to cheer for again while Tigers fans that their coaching staff of Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson were still playing.

WESTERN DIVISION

  • 1. Anaheim Angels 96-66
  • 2. Oakland Athletics 94-68*
  • 3. Texas Rangers 87-75
  • 4. Seattle Mariners 79-83

The Angels and A’s will still be strong as both make the playoffs with the Angels finish first this time. However, there will be no repeat of last years miracle World Series run. The Rangers will finally bounce back and make some noise with new Manager Buck Showalter. While the Mariners will miss Manager Lou Piniella more then they thought as they fall into last place below .500.

  • PLAYOFFS ALDS:
    New York Yankees 3 Oakland Athletics 2 Anaheim Angels 3 Chicago White Sox 0
  • ALCS:
    New York Yankees 4 Anaheim Angels 2
  • WORLD SERIES:
    New York Yankees 4 Houston Astros 2

LEAGUE LEADERS AND AWARDS

American League

  • Derek Jeter Yankees
  • Alfonso Soriano Yankees
  • Alex Rodriguez Rangers
  • Alfonso Soriano Yankees
  • Tim Hudson Athletics
  • Pedro Martinez Red Sox
  • Pedro Martinez Red Sox
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Frank Thomas White Sox
  • Chan Ho Park Rangers
  • Josh Phelps Blue Jays
  • Doug Davis Rangers
  • Bartolo Colon White Sox
  • Edgar Martinez Mariners
  • John Burkett Red Sox
  • Rey Ordoñez Devil Rays
  • Mike Hargrove Orioles
  • Buck Showalter Rangers
  • Troy Percival Angels
  • Hidecki Matsui Yankees
  • Alfonso Soriano Yankees
  • Pedro Martinez Red Sox
  • Alex Rodriguez Rangers
  • Batting Crown
  • HR Leader
  • RBI Leader
  • SB Leader
  • Win Leader
  • ERA Leader
  • K Leader
  • Surprise Team
  • Disappointing Team
  • Comeback Player
  • Comeback Pitcher
  • Breakout Player
  • Breakout Pitcher
  • Best Acquisition
  • Falling Star Hitter
  • Falling Star Pitcher
  • Worst Acquisition
  • First Manager Fired
  • Manager of The Year
  • Fireman
  • Rookie of The Year
  • Hank Aaron Award
  • Cy Young
  • MVP

National League

  • Todd Helton Rockies
  • Vladimir Guerrero Expos
  • Jeff Kent Astros
  • Juan Pierre Marlins
  • Curt Schilling Diamondbacks
  • Tom Glavine Mets
  • Randy Johnson Diamond Backs
  • New York Mets
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Ken Griffey Jr. Reds
  • Kevin Brown Dodgers
  • Jay Payton Rockies
  • Mark Prior Cubs
  • Cliff Floyd Mets
  • Mike Lieberthal Phillies
  • Orlando & Livan Hernandez Expos
  • Paul Byrd Braves
  • Bob Boone Reds
  • Art Howe Mets
  • Armando Benitez Mets
  • Hee Sop Choi Cubs
  • Vladimir Guerrero Expos
  • Curt Schilling Diamondbacks
  • Jeff Kent Astros

American League

  • Derek Jeter Yankees Batting Crown
  • Alfonso Soriano YankeesHR Leader
  • Alex Rodriguez RangersRBI Leader
  • Alfonso Soriano Yankees SB Leader
  • Tim Hudson AthleticsWin Leader
  • Pedro Martinez Red Sox ERA Leader
  • Pedro Martinez Red Sox K Leader
  • Toronto Blue JaysSurprise Team
  • Seattle MarinersDisappointing Team
  • Frank Thomas White SoxComeback Player
  • Chan Ho Park RangersComeback Pitcher
  • Josh Phelps Blue JaysBreakout Player
  • Doug Davis RangersBreakout Pitcher
  • Bartolo Colon White SoxBest Acquisition
  • Edgar Martinez MarinersFalling Star Hitter
  • John Burkett Red SoxFalling Star Pitcher
  • Rey Ordoñez Devil RaysWorst Acquisition
  • Mike Hargrove Orioles First Manager Fired
  • Buck Showalter RangersManager of The Year
  • Troy Percival AngelsFireman
  • Hidecki Matsui Yankees Rookie of The Year
  • Alfonso Soriano YankeesHank Aaron Award
  • Pedro Martinez Red Sox Cy Young
  • Alex Rodriguez RangersMVP

National League

  • Todd Helton RockiesBatting Crown
  • Vladimir Guerrero ExposHR Leader
  • Jeff Kent AstrosRBI Leader
  • Juan Pierre MarlinsSB Leader
  • Curt Schilling DiamondbacksWin Leader
  • Tom Glavine MetsERA Leader
  • Randy Johnson Diamond Backs K Leader
  • New York MetsSurprise Team
  • Philadelphia PhilliesDisappointing Team
  • Ken Griffey Jr. RedsComeback Player
  • Kevin Brown DodgersComeback Pitcher
  • Jay Payton Rockies Breakout Player
  • Mark Prior CubsBreakout Pitcher
  • Cliff Floyd MetsBest Acquisition
  • Mike Lieberthal PhilliesFalling Star Hitter
  • Orlando & Livan Hernandez ExposFalling Star Pitcher
  • Paul Byrd BravesWorst Acquisition
  • Bob Boone RedsFirst Manager Fired
  • Art Howe MetsManager of The Year
  • Armando Benitez MetsFireman
  • Hee Sop Choi CubsRookie of The Year
  • Vladimir Guerrero ExposHank Aaron Award
  • Curt Schilling DiamondbacksCy Young
  • Jeff Kent AstrosMVP

OTHER PREDICITIONS

Milestones

300 Wins
Roger Clemens Yankees July

500 HR

Sammy Sosa Cubs Opening Day
Rafael Palmeiro Rangers May
Ken Griffey Jr. Reds August
Fred McGriff Dodgers September

Career HR for Catcher

Mike Piazza Mets June

50-50 Club

Alfonso Soriano Yankees 55 HR 51 SB

Murders Row

Alfonso Soriano 55 HR
Hidecki Matsui 52 HR
Jason Giambi 50 HR

Pete Rose Reinstatement

All-Star Break

Expos New Home in 2004

Northern Virginia

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