2012 RAB Staff Predictions

The Mason Williams Watch
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Back in the day when RAB was just the three of us — Ben, Joe, and myself — we never really bothered to make predictions. Joe and I might have done them on a podcast at some point, but never as a post on the site. We’ve added a few people to the staff over the last year or so, and I figured now was a good time to break out the prediction post.

Like the homers we are, seven of the eight of us picked the Yankees to win the World Series. O’Grady’s already been banned from the site, don’t worry. Apologies in advance for having to scroll, but the Google Doc is too big and I couldn’t find a way to fit it into the margins of the site and keep it reasonably readable as well. Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments, as well as tell us how stupid ours are.

The Mason Williams Watch
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  • MB

    Joe picks A-Rod as the AL MVP? That’s a stretch.

    • Jesse

      I have a feeling that’s a sarcasm pick by Joe.

  • MB

    Also a little surprised on Strasburg as the NL Cy Young with Mike’s pick. Pretty sure the Nats are giving him about a 160 innings limit which is not a lot of innings for a SP. He’d be to be lights out (which he can be), but I’m not sure if I see Strasburg getting the Cy Young Award. Ben’s pick for Mo as AL Cy Young is a stretch too I’d say, but we shall see.

    • Rick in Boston

      I’m guessing that Mike doesn’t believe the Nats will shut Strasburg down if they’re in the hunt in September.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I think he’s going to throw 175 IP or so and be that awesome.

  • Jeremy T

    Looks pretty reasonable in general, but I see you went out on a limb with a few of these. A-Rod MVP? Rivera Cy Young? Darvish Cy Young but somehow not ROY? I’m a little surprised at two picks for the Dodgers in the playoffs, too. I guess we’ll see :)

  • forensic

    Mike, i know you tried other options, but the scrolling and arrows don’t seem to work on the iPad. Can we get some sort of other display? Maybe an enlargeable picture kind of thing or split it into two images with four of you in each (the first four writers are visible)?

    If not, no biggie, just thought I’d check. Thanks!

  • lance bass

    m. cabrera = melky cabrera?

    • Ray Fuego

      Miguel Cabrera!

    • Robert The Bruce

      LOL, I had the same reaction — “Mike is picking Melky as MVP?! i’ll have one of whatever he is drinking.”

  • jjyank

    Cool post guys, thanks.

    I love all the NL MVP love Upton and Votto got, since I have both of them on my fantasy team!

    • boogie down

      Are you in a keeper league? Unless you got Upton on the wrap around at the top of the 2nd…

      • jjyank

        It not a keeper league, and yes, I got Upton in the early second round.

  • gc

    Why would anyone trust Axisa’s picks? The guy clearly couldn’t even predict the Yankees opening day payroll and doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. RAB can’t predict anything right. ;-)

    • Havok9120

      I laughed. You’ve been reading the payroll thread I see.

      • gc

        It was worth a chuckle, yes. The things that rile people up around here sometimes. :)

  • the Other Steve S.

    Bobby V. may not last out the season.

    • jjyank

      I can’t decide if I want that or not. I hate Bobby V, but he gives me a reason to hate the Red Sox more, which I like. On the other hand, I hate Bobby V so I want him to get fired.

      Do I make sense?

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Unfortunately, yes. A lot of us probably feel the same way about him!

      • Jesse

        I’ll still hate the Red Sox like no other even if he gets fired. Honestly, him getting fired and going back to Japan would be the greatest thing ever.

  • forensic

    Hopefully I’m not the only one who had to go to br.com to figure out who S. Marte is.

    • jsbrendog

      no idea who that is

    • Jesse

      I’ve heard of him somewhere before, but I checked B-R just to make sure I know who he is.

  • Peter R

    Bobby V and manager of the year? Think I would die a little inside.

    Also JR secretly a Texas fan? What up with that?

    • Jake

      Texas is really good. It’s predictions, not wishes.

  • vin

    I’d love to see Mo win the Cy Young. Sort of a lifetime achievement award… and then announce to the world that he just signed a new 3 year deal with the Yanks.

    • Havok9120

      That would be the greatest thing ever.

  • vin

    “Like the homers we are, seven of the eight of us picked the Yankees to win the World Series. ”

    It’s not like this is an Orioles blog. There’s no shame in picking the Yankees to go all the way.

    • Brian in NH

      For a second i was like “way to be homers guys” but then i thought about it, and yes, while they are all being kind like homers, but a lot of people in the media agree the yanks have a legitimate shot at the WS title again, so then…why the hell not?

      • Justin Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        Kevin Millar picked the Sox to come in 3rd in AL East this year.

  • forensic

    Hannah too cool to submit predictions? And what about ‘Technical Consultant Jay Gordon’? No predictions or intro post or anything???


    • Justin Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      A ‘whimsy’ post, no less. Color me shocked.

  • Smallz

    I am stunned how Texas finishes better then Anaheim. I dont even see them in the wc picture if Boston is involved.

    • Havok9120

      You must have a very high opinion of CJ Wilson and very low opinion of Darvish. I mean, this isn’t a markedly different team from the one that’s gone to the World Series the last two years.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        True, but I feel kinda the same way Smallz does. I think Texas has skated by on luck pitching much the way Tampa Bay has skated by on luck hitting.

        That’s not to say Darvish can’t be great and Feliz (in whatever role they put him in) won’t excel.

        I just think that Cobly Lewis, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland aren’t as good as people make them out to be. It seems as if everything broke right for them over the last two years. Near the same exact thing with Tampa Bay and their offense.

        Those trends don’t last 3 years.

  • forensic

    How are the tigers going to win their division when they suck like this? Swinging at every Lester pitch, two DP’s in 2 innings, bums.

    • Jesse

      Tribe time!

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    JR is the only one to not pick the yankees to win it all. SHUNNED!

    • gc

      He’s dead to us.

    • Ethan

      He also picked darvish to win the AL Cy young but not ROY…

    • steve s

      I guess that was his “Special Contribution”.

  • cmerc

    well im glad these picks werent biased or anything…

    • steve (different one)

      Not for nothing, but all of the projection systems seem to think the Yankees are the best team in baseball.

      I mean, of course there is some bias, I would bet on the “field” to win the WS over the Yankees easily. But as for taking an individual team? The Yankees are as strong a choice as any other team.

  • Kevin D.

    Coal Hammels is the best pitcher ever.

  • Ethan

    You guys should do an extended poll to see what us readers predict too!

    • Justin Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Why? So unpopular responses can be attacked like in the confidence poll?
      If one can’t deal with someone else’s opinion, don’t ask.

    • Will

      I think it’s pretty obvious that if they do that, Jesus Montero will be the unanimous pick for the AL MVP, ROY, and Cy Young awards.

  • MMMMyyKuroda

    Joe’s prediction would be a dream season…Yankees avenge 2001 and A-Rod takes the MVP award… I hope he’s right!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    How could Pedro Alvarez be “comeback player of the year?”

    What exactly is he “coming back” to? They’ve been waiting for him to “break out.” Not “come back.”

  • Rick

    Love that Mike and Jay picked Melky Cabrera to win the MVP… SOOO Ballsy

  • boomer

    dream scenario is mariano rivera gets his revenge against the dbacks and finishes off #28