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A crystal ball of my own (equally cloudy and uncertain)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Since Sam started the predictions, I’ll follow his lead.

MVP: Mark Teixeira (My first thought was to agree with Sam on Rodriguez, who’s going to have a big year, but I’ll go with Teixiera getting off to a strong start and carrying that momentum)
Surprise of the Year: Russell Martin (Sam went with Jeter, and I agree he’ll have a bounceback year, but I think Martin will become a fan favorite by May 1)
Disappointment: Robinson Cano (Strictly because the expectations are so sky high right now, good year but not an MVP year)
Lowest spot Jeter hits in the batting order this year: 2nd (Agree with Sam completely)
Date Jeter gets hit No. 3,000: June 8 (Sam picked his daughter’s birthday, I’ll pick my sister’s)
Over/Under 40 homers for A-Rod: Under (I’ll go with 39)
Over/Under 14.5 wins for Phil Hughes: Under (I’ll go with 14, but I think he’ll overall better season than last year, just think he won’t run into as many wins)
Does Jesus Montero spend significant time in the majors this season: No (I’m with Sam on this one, mostly because I believe Martin and Francisco Cervelli will hold down the fort)
Does Manny Banuelos: No (I think New York will see Andrew Brackman and Adam Warren before Banuelos)
Do the Yankees make a trade for a pitcher: Yes (but …)
Is it King Felix: No (Not even close, a small name if anyone)

And I’ll add few predictions of my own.

Taking Nick Swisher’s spot on the final all-star ballot: Curtis Granderson (Too many good outfielders for Granderson to be voted in initially, but he’ll follow Swisher’s final-ballot path to the all-star game)
More home runs, Eric Chavez or Andruw Jones: Jones (Better year for Chavez, but Jones’ all-or-nothing approach still gives him more homers)
Career saves for Mariano Rivera at the end of the season: 599 (40 saves seems about right this year)
Over/under 50 steals for Brett Gardner: Over (Gardner keeps reaching base, and gets more aggressive going from first to second)
Over/under 12.5 wins for Ivan Nova: Under (Right at 12 wins for the Yankees rookie)
First player up from Triple-A: Chris Dickerson (Pretty much impossible to guess where the Yankees might have their first need, but I’ll guess a short-term hole opens in the outfield and Dickerson fills it)
Breakout Yankees prospect: Brett Marshall
(Continuing what he started last year)




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