It is not an April Fools joke, after a marathon exhibition season, Monday April 1st is finally, thankfully OPENING DAY.
Emerging from basements throughout America, the Royals Review consortium offer their predictions for the new season. Agree, disagree and offer your own. Whomever comes closest on their predictions wins a Ryan Shealy jersey.
Relevant notes to the below predictions:
Old Man Duggan noted that he picked James Shields as Royals' pitcher of the year 'only be default'.
I stole the American League RoY idea from Connor and picked Mike Moustakas just to be different (I enjoyed the benefit of seeing most of the predictions before doing my own). I think there is a chance that Moustakas approaches or breaks the team home run record and, if he does, he will win Player of the Year even if he does hit .234.
By and large, it would appear that this would be a good year to be a baseball fan in Los Angeles.
|Craig Brown||Old Man Duggan||Clark Fosler||I'm Not That Bright||Connor Moylan||Royals Retro||Jeff Zimmerman|
|KC Win Total||79||78||85||80||83||82||75|
|AL Central Order of Finish||Det,Cle,KC,Chi,Min||Det,Chi,Cle,KC,Min||Det,KC,Chi,Cle,Min||Det,Cle,KC,Chi,Min||Det,Chi,KC,Cle,Min||Det,KC,Cle,Chi,Min||Det,Chi,KC,Cle,Min|
|KC Player of the Year||Salvador Perez||Alex Gordon||Mike Moustakas||Alex Gordon||Alex Gordon||Alex Gordon||Salvador Perez|
|KC Pitcher of the Year||James Shields||James Shields||James Shields||James Shields||James Shields||James Shields||Jeremy Guthrie|
|AL East Winner||Tampa||Tampa||Tampa||Tampa||Tampa||Tampa||Tampa|
|AL West Winner||Texas||Texas||LAA||LAA||LAA||LAA||Texas|
|AL Wild Card||LAA over Boston||LAA over Toronto||Toronto over Oakland||Toronto over Texas||Texas over Toronto||Toronto over Texas||LAA over New York|
|AL MVP||Evan Longoria||Jose Bautista||Albert Pujols||Albert Pujols||Robinson Cano||Mike Trout||Prince Fielder|
|AL Cy Young||Felix Hernandez||David Price||Felix Hernandez||David Price||David Price||David Price||Yu Darvish|
|AL Rookie of the Year||Wil Myers||Jurickson Profar||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Wil Myers||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Aaron Hicks||Wil Myers|
|NL East Winner||Washington||Washington||Atlanta||Washington||Washington||Washington||Washington|
|NL Central Winner||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||St. Louis||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||St. Louis|
|NL West Winner||San Francisco||Los Angeles||Los Angeles||Los Angeles||Los Angeles||Los Angeles||San Francisco|
|NL Wild Card||Atlanta over LA||San Francisco over St. Louis||Washington over San Francisco||Atlanta over Cincinnati||St. Louis over San Francisco||St. Louis over Atlanta||Atlanta over Los Angeles|
|NL MVP||Andrew McCutchen||Joey Votto||Buster Posey||Bryce Harper||Joey Votto||Adrian Gonzalez||Ryan Zimmerman|
|NL Cy Young||Stephen Strasburg||Clayton Kershaw||Clayton Kershaw||Stephen Strasburg||Matt Cain||Stephen Strasburg||Jordan Zimmerman|
|NL Rookie of the Year||Shelby Miller||Zack Wheeler||Travis d'Arnaud||Jedd Gyorko||Julio Teheran||Shelby Miller||Shelby Miller|
|World Series||Detroit over Washington||Tampa over Cincinnati||Washington over LAA||Tampa over St. Louis||Washington over Tampa||Washington over Detroit||
Texas over Washington