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um why is people picking the brewers to win the world series? They are not even making the playoffs nevermind winning a World Series. If they have a winning season i'll be shocked like hell. They've been irrelevant since the early 80s.

oh and the Red Sox is winning the world series against some throwaway team.

I picked them because I can't pick against them...there is no money on this and who says I cant. They have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, with the "young guns" having a year of experience under their belt. Yes the World Series is a stretch, but here are the reasons the Brewers can contend. It's also hard to say they were irrelevant last year considering they finished only 2 games out of the playoffs, and forced San Diego to play Colorado in the Wild Card Game.

- 3rd Base will not be a defensive liability with the Bill Hall bumping Ryan Braun into the outfield

- They have picked up veterans to improve the bullpen, Torres and Mota

- If Gange can be the pitcher he was in Texas and not in Boston, he'll be fine

- Addition of Mike Cameron to bolster the outfield, and Jason Kendall is an improvement over Estrada...defensively, on the base paths, and hitting for average/OPB

- Ben Sheets is in a contract year, hopefully he can stay healthy

- They are young, and deep

-The NL Central is weak

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AL

East - Red Sox

Central - The Tribe

West - Angels

WC- Tigers

NL

East - Mets

Central - Cubs

West - Diamondbacks

WC - Brewers

ALCS - The Tribe over the Tigers

NLCS - Cubs over Brewers

World Series - The Tribe :winner: over the Cubs

World Series MVP - Grady Sizemore

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Here's my prediction:

The Cubbies WILL NOT win the World Series this year. That is all.

W00t for 100 years without a championship! They should get their own commemorative patch.\

AL E: R. Sox, Jays, Yanks, Rays, Os

AL C: Tribe, Tigers*, Twins, W. Sox, Royals

AL W: Angels, As, Mariners, Rangers

NL E: Braves, Phillies*, Nationals, Marlins, Mets

NL C: Brewers, Cards, Cubs, Reds, Astros, Pirates

NL W: D'backs, Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Giants

DS: Tigers over R. Sox

Angels over Tribe

Brewers over Braves

Phillies over D'backs

LCS: Tigers over Angels

Phillies over Brewers

WS: Tigers over Phillies

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

(Going by champions only)

AL East - Red Sox

AL Central - Tigers

AL West - Angels

AL Wild Card - Mariners

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NL East - Mets

NL Central - Cubs

NL West - Rockies

NL Wild Card - Diamondbacks

PLAYOFFS

AL Divisional

DET 3, LAA 1

BOS 3, SEA 2

NL Divisional

COL 3, CHC 1

NYM 3, ARI 1

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ALCS

DET 4, BOS 2

MVP: Miguel Cabrera, DET

NLCS

COL 4, NYM 3

MVP: Troy Tulowitzki, COL

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2008 WORLD SERIES

COL 4, DET 3

WS MVP: Matt Holliday, COL

Other notables:

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, DET

NL MVP: Matt Holliday, COL

AL Cy Young: Johnathon Papelbon, BOS

NL Cy Young: Johan Santana, NYM

AL Rookie of the Year: Jocoby Ellsbury, BOS

NL Rookie of the Year: The new japanese player whose name escapes me :unsure: , CHC

Ken Griffey, Jr. plays his final season and finishes his career with 612 home runs, locking himself as a first-ballot hall of famer.

If the veterans committee of the hall of fame is to vote, they finally get it right and vote Dodger legend Gil Hodges into the hall of fame.

That is all.

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I've noticed this on a couple of the predictions....how come folks are picking the wild card team to reach the World Series? If that team is good enough to win the league pennant, wouldn't make sense to also have them winning their own division along the way? I know wild card teams have made and won the World Series before, but it doesn't make much sense to predict a team will be the best in it's league and not the best in it's own division....

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AL East: BOS, NYY, TOR, TB, BAL

AL Central: DET, CLE (WildCard), CHW, KC, MIN

AL West: ANA, SEA, TX, OAK

NL East: NYM, PHI (WILDCARD), ATL, WSH, FLA

NL Central: CHC, MIL, CIN, HOU, STL, PIT

NL West: SD, AZ, COL, LA, SF

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AL East

Boston

AL Central

Detroit

AL West

LA Angels

AL Wild Card

Toronto

ALDS

Boston over Toronto in 4

Detroit over LA Angels in 5

ALCS

Detroit over Boston in 7

NL East

NY Mets

NL Central

Milwaukee

NL West

Arizona

NL Wild Card

Chicago Cubs

NLDS

NY Mets over Chicago Cubs in 3

Milwaukee over Arizona in 5

NLCS

NY Mets over Milwaukee in 6

World Series

Detroit over NY Mets in 7

World Series MVP: Curtis Granderson

MLB Awards

AL MVP: Magglio Ordonez, Detroit - Other Choices: Alex Rodriguez, NY Yankees and Vladimir Guerrero, LA Angels

NL MVP: Jose Reyes, NY Mets - Other Choice: Matt Holiday, Colorado and Ryan Howard, Philadelphia

AL Cy Young: Eric Bedard, Seattle - Other Choice: Roy Halladay, Toronto and Jonathon Papelbon, Boston

NL Cy Young: Johan Santana, NY Mets - Other Choice: Jake Peavy, San Diego and Brandon Webb, Arizona

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I've noticed this on a couple of the predictions....how come folks are picking the wild card team to reach the World Series? If that team is good enough to win the league pennant, wouldn't make sense to also have them winning their own division along the way? I know wild card teams have made and won the World Series before, but it doesn't make much sense to predict a team will be the best in it's league and not the best in it's own division....

Not necessarily. The Wild Card team could be one that starts out slowly, turns it on in the second half, and makes a run in the playoffs. Or, on the contrast, the WC team could have been in the lead most of the season only to be trumped by said hot team, but will still be a force in the playoffs. Once you are in the playoffs, it doesn't matter where you finished the regular season.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

AL EAST: Boston Red Sox

AL CENTRAL: Detroit Tigers

AL WEST: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

WILD CARD: Cleveland Indians

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NL EAST: New York Mets

NL CENTRAL: Chicago Cubs

NL WEST: Arizona Diamondbacks

WILD CARD: Philadelphia Phillies

2007 WORLD SERIES:

DETROIT TIGERS def. NEW YORK METS in 6

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I've noticed this on a couple of the predictions....how come folks are picking the wild card team to reach the World Series? If that team is good enough to win the league pennant, wouldn't make sense to also have them winning their own division along the way? I know wild card teams have made and won the World Series before, but it doesn't make much sense to predict a team will be the best in it's league and not the best in it's own division....

Because it happens at least decently often. In the last 8 years, 7/16 teams in the World Series have been Wild Card teams.

2006: Tigers

2005: Astros

2004: Red Sox

2003: Marlins

2002: Angels AND Giants

2000: Mets

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I've noticed this on a couple of the predictions....how come folks are picking the wild card team to reach the World Series? If that team is good enough to win the league pennant, wouldn't make sense to also have them winning their own division along the way? I know wild card teams have made and won the World Series before, but it doesn't make much sense to predict a team will be the best in it's league and not the best in it's own division....

Because it happens at least decently often. In the last 8 years, 7/16 teams in the World Series have been Wild Card teams.

2006: Tigers

2005: Astros

2004: Red Sox

2003: Marlins

2002: Angels AND Giants

2000: Mets

Ummm, are you forgetting the most recent? 2007 Rockies were the NL wildcard.

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I was thinking they'd won their division.

Well, make that 8/16. :lol:

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Here's my picks:

AL East: Boston

AL Central: Cleveland

AL West: Los Angeles

AL Wild Card: Detroit

Boston def. Detroit in 5 games

Los Angeles def. Cleveland in 5 games

Los Angeles def. Boston in 6 games.

NL East: NY Mets

NL Central: Milwaukee

NL West: Arizona

NL Wild Card: Atlanta

NY Mets def. Arizona in 4 games

Milwaukee def. Atlanta in 5 games

NY Mets def. Milwaukee in 7 games.

2008 World Series: New York Mets 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (MVP: Johan Santana)

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American League East

Boston

New York

Toronto

Tampa Bay

Baltimore

American League Central

Detroit

Cleveland*

Chicago

Minnesota

Kansas City

American League West

Los Angeles

Seattle

Texas

Oakland

ALDS

Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ALCS

Detroit Tigers over Boston Red Sox

National League East

Philadelphia

New York

Atlanta

Washington

Florida

National League Central

Chicago

Milwaukee

Cincinnati

St. Louis

Pittsburgh

Houston

National League West

Arizona

San Diego*

Los Angeles

Colorado

San Francisco

NLDS

Arizona Diamondbacks over Philadelphia Phillies

San Diego Padres over Chicago Cubs

NLCS

Arizona Diamondbacks over San Diego Padres

World Series

Detriot Tigers over Arizona Diamondbacks in 7 Games

World Series MVP: Miguel Cabrera

Awards

American League MVP: Miguel Cabrera, DET

National League MVP: Chase Utley, PHI

American League Cy Young: Erik Bedard, SEA

National League Cy Young: Jake Peavy, SD

American League Rookie of the Year: Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS (I believe he still qualifies--correct?)

National League Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Fukudome, CHI

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I know the season has already started, but barely.

AL East-BOS, NYY, TOR, TB, BAL

AL Central-DET, CLE, MIN, CWS, KAN

AL West-SEA, LAA*, OAK, TEX

NL East-ATL, NYM*, PHI, WAS, FLA

NL Central-MIL, CHC, HOU, CIN, PIT, STL

NL West-COL, ARI, SD, LAD, SF

*WildCard

ALDS

BOS over LAA

SEA over DET

NLDS

MIL over NYM

ATL over COL

ALCS

BOSover SEA

NLCS

MIL over ATL

World Series

Milwaukee Brewers over Boston Red Sox

AL MVP-Manny Ramirez-BOS

AL Cy Young-Dontrelle Willis-DET

AL Manager of the Year-John McLaren-SEA

AL ROY- Evan Longoria-TB

NL MVP-Prince Fielder-MIL

NL Cy Young- Johan Santana-NYM

NL Manager of the Year-Ned Yost-MIL

NL ROY- Kosuke Fukudome-CHC

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I know the season has already started, but barely.

AL East-BOS, NYY, TOR, TB, BAL

AL Central-DET, CLE, MIN, CWS, KAN

AL West-SEA, LAA*, OAK, TEX

NL East-ATL, NYM*, PHI, WAS, FLA

NL Central-MIL, CHC, HOU, CIN, PIT, STL

NL West-COL, ARI, SD, LAD, SF

*WildCard

ALDS

BOS over LAA

SEA over DET

NLDS

MIL over NYM

ATL over COL

ALCS

SEA over Bos

NLCS

MIL over ATL

World Series

Milwaukee Brewers over Boston Red Sox

AL MVP-Manny Ramirez-BOS

AL Cy Young-Dontrelle Willis-DET

AL Manager of the Year-John McLaren-SEA

AL ROY- Evan Longoria-TB

NL MVP-Prince Fielder-MIL

NL Cy Young- Johan Santana-NYM

NL Manager of the Year-Ned Yost-MIL

NL ROY- Kosuke Fukudome-CHC

So the Mariners got disqualified after the ALCS? Never seen that one before. :P

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I'm a little late to the dance but here they are...

AL East

Red Sox

Blue Jays

Yankees

Rays

Orioles

AL Central

Tigers

Indians

Twins

White Sox

Royals

AL West

Angels

Mariners

A's

Rangers

NL East

Mets

Braves (wc)

Phillies

Nationals

Marlins

NL Central

Brewers

Cubs

Reds

Cardinals

Astros

Pirates

NL West

D-Backs

Rockies

Dodgers

Padres

Giants

ALDS

Red Sox over Indians, Tigers over Angels

ALCS

Red Sox over Tigers

NLDS

Mets over Brewers, D-Backs over Cubs

NLCS

Mets over D-Backs

World Series

Red Sox over Mets in 6.

With a Red Sox repeat and the Patriots off to another undefeated start the mods finally create the "Hatin' on all things Boston" board.

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