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Writer’s Roundtable: Bold Predictions

Can McCutchen lead the Pirates to the postseason…finally? (mlb)

Q: What is your boldest MLB prediction heading into 2013?

Don McGettigan:

I think this is the year that the Pittsburgh Pirates finally return to the playoffs. It has been pointed out through multiple sources that in 17 of the 18 wild-card seasons, at least one team made the playoffs the year after a losing season. The Pirates have a roster full of young talent (Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Sterling Marte), a respectable 1-2 in the rotation (A.J. Burnett, and Wandy Rodriguez) soon to be joined by top prospect, Gerrit Cole, and an underrated closer in Jason Grilli.

On August 1st, the Pirates were 60-44, leading by a game in the Wild Card, on September 1st the Pirates were 70-62, and just 1.5 games back in NL Wild Card, but they would only win 9 more games, finishing the season 79-83, 9 games out of a playoff spot. This is the year that they hold on strong until the end.

Jay Floyd:

The New York Yankees finish last in the AL East. Injuries will leave the once dominant club struggling to keep pace with the rest of their improved division.

Alex Lee:

The Yankees will finish below .500 for the first season since 1992. The Bombers seem to be headed down the same path the Phillies took to .500 in 2012. The following group will start the season on the DL: Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Phil Hughes. Even the surest best in baseball over the past 20 years, Mariano Rivera, is coming off a season lost to knee injury. There are some things not even a $200 million payroll can overcome.

Jon Nisula:

My bold prediction for 2013 is…the Phillies will make the playoffs as at least the first wild card. I think that they’ve shown us enough in Spring Training to prove that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley–the two keys to this offense–are healthy, and that will be huge for them this season.

Pat Gallen:

Domonic Brown will hit 27 home runs this season. In the American League, I think the Cleveland Indians return to the playoffs with an 88-win season and hold off the Detroit Tigers in the Central Division. Bold!

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Jaron B

    April 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I like the Yankees under .500 (possibly last in the AL East) and a Phillies-Pirates WC game. I think Brown is capable of a 27-HR season, but he really needs to hit 15 of them by the ASG. I’d think 20-24 is the count but it wouldn’t be bold if we didn’t exaggerate.

  2. George

    April 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t think the Yanks finishing under .500 is bold at all. They have so many injuries so far and the other teams in their division are improved, so I think it would be bolder to predict that they finish ABOVE .500.

  3. glutenous

    April 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    My bold prediction: The Phillies will hit .067 this season with runners in scoring position.

  4. phil

    April 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I’m all about the Indians. I don’t think the tigers are that great.

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