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Braves number one?The question: If a baseball season kicks off a week early with two games played in Japan, does it make a sound?

The answer: Yes. Kinda. Sorta.

The baseball season is upon us, but because we had to wake up super early to watch the games and because we couldn’t watch any of it first hand, it seems like maybe the A’s-Red Sox series was all a dream. It’s like when a restaurant or a casino opens with a “soft opening” serving only friends, family and VIP customers for the first week. Technically, they’re open. But not really.

While we’re waiting for the 2008 season to officially start, we here at Umpbump thought we’d make a few predictions about how things will unfold. Feel free to use these predictions as ammo to discredit us in the future.

Coley’s Picks:

NL East: Braves

NL Central: Cubs

NL West: Dodgers

NL Wild Card: Diamondbacks

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: Tigers

AL West: A’s

AL Wild Card: Yankees

NL Rookie of the Year: Hiroki Kuroda

AL Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria

NL CY Young: Aaron Harang

AL CY Young: Rich Harden

NL MVP: David Wright

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez

Sarah’s Picks:

NL East: Mets

NL Central: Brewers

NL West: Diamondbacks

NL Wild Card: Phillies

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: Tigers

AL West: Mariners

AL Wild Card: Yankees

NL Rookie of the Year: Johnny Cueto

AL Rookie of the Year: Jacoby Ellsbury

NL CY Young: Johan Santana

AL CY Young: Josh Beckett

NL MVP: David Wright

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez

Alejandro’s Picks:

NL East: Mets

NL Central: Cubs

NL West: Dodgers

NL Wild Card: Braves

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: White Sox

AL West: Mariners

AL Wild Card: Tigers

NL Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Fukudome

AL Rookie of the Year: Alexei Ramirez

NL CY Young: Johan Santana

AL CY Young: Rich Harden

NL MVP:David Wright

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera

Nick’s Picks:

NL East: Phillies

NL Central: Brewers

NL West: Dodgers

NL Wild Card: Cubs

AL East: Yankees

AL Central: Tigers

AL West: A’s

AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Fukudome

AL Rookie of the Year: Daric Barton

NL CY Young: Dan Haren

AL CY Young: Justin Verlander

NL MVP: Ryan Braun

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera

Paul’s Picks:

NL East: Mets

NL Central: Cubs

NL West: Diamondbacks

NL Wild Card: Brewers

AL East: Yankees

AL Central: Indians

AL West: Angels

AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Fukudome

AL Rookie of the Year: Daric Barton

NL CY Young: Johan Santana

AL CY Young: C.C. Sabathia

NL MVP: Ryan Braun

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez

9 Responses to “Bold and refreshing 2008 predictions”

  1. I like Coley’s A’s pick in the AL West…very bold. Wild Card predictions?

  2. Nick Kapur says:

    Hey, I picked the A’s too!

    Oh, and I’ve added my wildcard picks.

  3. Alejandro Leal says:

    I’ve got the braves as my Wild Card pick in the NL. They’ve got to make some noise with that lineup.

    And I’m liking a team from the central in the AL. It’ll come down to the wire, but the Tigs are my team in the WC.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    AL Wild Card: Yankees
    NL Wild Card: Phillies

    I noticed that the Braves are getting a lot of hype right about now. I think that’s all it is: hype.

    As for the Cubs, I think they will have an improbable collapse and entirely miss the playoffs. Sorry, Cubbies.

  5. Paul Moro says:

    Why is it that everyone else’s picks seem far more interesting than mine?

  6. Doug's Picks says:

    NL East: Mets

    NL Central: Brewers

    NL West: Diamondbacks

    NL Wild Card: Phillies

    AL East: Red Sox

    AL Central: Indians

    AL West: Angels

    AL Wild Card: Tigers

    NL Rookie of the Year: Geovany Soto

    AL Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria

    NL CY Young: Dan Haren

    AL CY Young: Fausto Carmona

    NL MVP: David Wright

    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera

  7. Sarah, The Cubs could certainly collapse this season but considering their history I don’t think you should call it improbable. Collapses in Wrigleyville are never improbable, unfortunately. Whenever expectation are high for this franchise bad things seem to happen. Hopefully that trend will reverse itself this season. Barring serious injury to any key players they should win their division.

  8. Sarah Green says:

    Haha, point duly noted Melissa!

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