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Justin Verlander, the Most Over-Rated MVP in History

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Justin Verlander, the Most Over Rated MVP in History

If you know one thing from reading my Blog, I am not a hater by any stretch of the imagination. I do poke fun at any situation and there is not a line I wouldn’t cross. However, when it’s all said an done…Get Your Money! What do I care if people are successful? It doesn’t make or break anything in my life.

With that said, I have to disagree with the voters decision to make Justin Verlander this years AL MVP. While he is one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball, I feel he is extremely over rated. Making him the MVP is not only a joke, but an insult to anyone who follows this sport. Here are a few bullet points you must consider before jumping on the Verland-wagon.

He Pitches in the American League Central

When I bring this argument up to the Verlander supporters it’s immediately countered with “what do you want him to do?!? that’s the league he pitches in, and he is dominating.” Listen, I NEVER once said he is not doing what he has to do. My argument was simply that he faces nobody all year. Let’s Examine the wins from late in the season to early (I am listing all appearances). We can also go deeper into opposing ball parks and opp BA, but here is the shortened version :

September
[AWAY]Oakland (74-88) Sub 500 ( 20th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]White sox (79-83) Sub 500 ( 18th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Cleveland (80-92) Sub 500 (16th in the league in runs scored)
[Home] White sox (79-83) Sub 500 (18th in the league in runs scored)

August
[AWAY]Twins (63-99) Sub 500 (25th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Rays (91-71) +500 (15th in the league in runs scored)
[Home]Twins (63-99) Sub 500 (25th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Indians (80-92) Sub 500 (16th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Royals (71-91) Sub 500 (10th in the league in runs scored)

July
[Home]Angels (86-76) + 500 (17th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]White Sox (79-83) Sub 500 ( 18th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Twins (63-99) Sub 500 (25th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Royals (71-91) Sub 500 (10th in the league in runs scored)

June
[Home]Mets (77-85) Sub 500 (12th in the league in runs scored)
[Home]Diamondbacks (94-68) +500 (9th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]Rockies (73-89) Sub 500 (8th in the league in runs scored)
[Home]Indians (80-92) Sub 500 (16th in the league in runs scored)
[Home]Mariners (67-95) +500 (30th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY]White sox (79-83) Sub 500 (18th in the league in runs scored)

May
[Home]Redsox (90-82) +500 (1st in the league in runs scored)
[Home]Rays (91-71) +500 (15th in the league in runs scored)
[Home]Royals (71-91) Sub 500 (10th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY] Blue Jays (81-81) +500 team (6th in the league in runs scored)

April
[Home]White Sox (79-83) sub 500 ( 18th in the league in runs scored)
[AWAY] Baltimore (69-93) sub 500 (14th in the league in runs scored)

Now looking at the above, does this by any stretch of the imagination look like a taxing bunch of games? 18 of the 24 wins in 2011 were against teams that could not win half of their games. That leaves 6 games against top flight offenses, only 1 in top 5. Granted, he beat the Rays and defeated the Redsox , but after the way you seen that team finish off the season by getting owned by Baltimore and the Tampa Bay Rays AAA team, Are you really surprised ? This guy hasn’t faced anyone. This combined with pitching about half the games at Comerica Park, which is historically known to be a pitcher’s paradise ( even still after the adjustments made to the ballpark a few years back). One could see how these factors could add up to quite the season for the veteran.

*please note* I am not going to sit here and say that I could prove that he wouldn’t have had this success in the AL East (although I love to scream it when I’m drunk at ballgames). With only a few game to use as a reference, I don’t feel there is enough evidence to back that point. Naysayers, could point to his wins against the AL East in 2011 and trump a discussion. However, I really do feel based on the offense from the Redsox and Yankees alone, an argument could be made. Facing both those ball clubs a handful of times a year can change a lot. Those two line-ups can make a pitcher go from dream season to slump with a swing of the bat.

Let’s also remember The Detroit Tigers had the number 4 offense in the league, which is why I find it funny that people say ” Not only would he have 24 wins he would probably have more with that Yankees or Red Sox offense” give it a break. The Tigers have a AL east Offense in a weak central.

How the FUCK can someone who is responsible for 1/5 of regular season games played receive an award over a position player who runs out there everyday ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Again.. the man has had an unbelievable season and deserves the Cy Young. But really MVP. Why? because of the low ERA against nobodys and the high win total against scrubs. Gimmie a break voters..

But then again, these are the same writers that called the 2011 Boston Redsox “The Greatest Team Ever” lol

Whatever man,

AC
@AConDEMAND

In Honor of Verlander Winning AL MVP, Here is a Video of Me Screaming at Him ForBeing Overrated

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Jesus is Upset with the Broncos Win Over the Jets

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Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul at MSG Together – THE TRIO IS COMING SOON!!!

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YESSS!! THE TRIO IS COMING TO THE GARDEN!!.. well maybe – AC

Here some pics of what it would look like…



Green Bay Packers Are for Sale, Fans Get Stock Option

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The only publicly owned franchise in the NFL is, for only the 5th time since 1923, once again offering shares of the team to the public. The team’s attorney sent a letter to the State of Utah’s division of securities with an estimate of $250 per share to be offered to the public starting as soon as tomorrow.

“There are currently 4.8 million shares in the Packers owned by 112,158 different shareholders. Given the estimated $1.1 billion value of the team, according to Forbes magazine, the industry-recognized source of team valuations, each share is worth about $229. Shares cost $200 in the 1997 offering.” -CNN Money

The defending World Champions are technically a not-for-profit organization, so buying stock in the Packers will not make you Jay-Z rich, but shareholders will get quarterly reports, an annual meeting, and a peek at the financial books which is a very taboo subject with NFL teams who have fought vigilantly to keep those books secret. The stock pays no dividends, cannot be sold (only transferred to immediate family members), and appreciates about as drastically as a Dan Quisenberry rookie card.

The goal of this offering is to raise $130 million for Lambeau Field renovations where the Packers will add an additional 6,600 seats to the south end zone.

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Real Life Video Game Touchdown

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Dan Wheldon Dies in Indycar Crash (Video)

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Dan Shaughnessy Jinxes the Red Sox

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Why Trading AJ Burnett for Carlos Zambrano Makes Sense by @Christopherb609

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Redsox Supporter @Christopherb609 is a contributor here at Rareunlimited.com. Although we disagree on almost everything (including the below article) he offers a good, knowledgeable insight on the MLB. Here is his thoughts on why trading Yankee pitcher AJ Burnett for Cubs hurler Carlos Zambrano Makes Sense. Keep in mind he sent me this on Sept 15th, I slacked a little on posting. I’m looking forward to the next article about the Redsox 2011 collapse.-AC

This is sure to be an unpopular trade scenario at first, once you read the names you’ll say no way, but allow me to state my case before you slam the gavel and dismiss this idea.

Defendant A. AJ Burnett the most unpopular player in NY since “American Idle” Carl Pavano.

Defendant B. Carlos Zambrano a player that disgusts fans as much as the evil Bart Man.

And here’s why this deal would make sense…..

Looking strictly at the whole numbers their performance is somewhat on par with each other. Both pitchers have been far too hittable, the K’s are down from what is expected resulting in a 2-1 K/BB ratio for both pitchers. Zambrano’s era is slightly lower than Burnett’s which NL lineups could certainly be used as the excuse and both pitchers have had their woes in the second half. Factoring in lineups/league, parks, and more there maybe be no real difference in their performance. In fact #’s wise the only clear advantage Zambrano has over Burnett is more quality starts in less appearances, but that’s if you are just looking at the results and not the entire picture.

Zambrano is widely considered a head case, those who know him best (teammates and friends) label him misunderstood. He’s said to have an intensity that’s unmatched, even if it is uncapped at times. He may no longer be the 200+ K guy he was in ’06 but there’s nothing that suggests he is a 4.81 era type of pitcher either. His previous career high was 3.95 in ’07 and he’s coming off a year where he pitched to a 3.34 era. In fact he lowered his era each year from ’07 through 2010. He’s never been a K per inning guy, always slightly below, as was the case with his hits per innings. His swing and miss rate is roughly at his career norm, he’s simply suffering from a higher contact rate of pitches outside the zone. His approach is vastly different than any other year, he’s throwing a higher percentage of change ups and cutters than in any other season with a career low percentage of fastballs. This could be a result of a dramatic decrease in velocity, however I was not able to find the data that proves this. Reuniting with the only major league pitching coach he knew prior to this season, Larry Rothschild, could be the only answer to getting Carlos Zambrano back on track. I’m not saying top four in CY Young voting (which would trigger his 2013 option) but a great improvement over AJ Burnett’s past two seasons is a certain possibility if he is able to pitch in the same fashion. More quality starts mean he’s keeping his team in contention longer, the improved bullpen + offense could result in far more wins for Zambrano in 2012. He also has been less home run prone than Burnett this season.

For AJ Burnett’s argument I’ll use a pitcher who is similar in age, posted similar results in 2010, but has benefited greatly from a shift over to the National League.

Pitcher A (2010 Season):
K/9 6.99 – BB/9 3.76 – K/BB 1.86 – HR/9 1.21 – AVG Against .279 – WHIP 1.51 – ERA 5.25

> Almost identical
Pitcher B (2010 Season):
K/9 6.92 – BB/9 3.72 – K/BB 1.86 – HR/9 1.83 – AVG Against .254 – WHIP 1.40 – ERA 5.30

Pitcher A (2011 Season):
K/9 8.24 – BB/9 4.00 – K/BB 2.06 – HR/9 1.43 – AVG Against .257 – WHIP – 1.46 – ERA 5.28
> Vast improvement by Pitcher B
Pitcher B (2011 Season):
K/9 7.49 – BB/9 2.50 – K/BB 3.00 – HR/9 1.02 – AVG Against – 2.47 – WHIP 1.25 – ERA 3.92

As shown by the data provided above, pitchers A and B had almost identical 2010 seasons in comparison. In fact both pitchers not only played in the same league, they both played in the same division, facing the same competition. To take it one step further they pitched in the same park donning the same uniform, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, Pitcher B is, drum roll please, Javier Vasquez.

In 2010 Burnett pitched 30 more innings, over the course of 7 games, resulting in 4 more quality stars and 5 more losses, however their peripheral stats are as close as can be.

As seen by the 2011 data, the switch to the more favorable league/park has greatly improved Vasquez’ peripherals. The results in a like amount of innings pitched have lead to 8 more quality starts an ERA improved by 1+, less hits, and a more favorable K to BB ratio. Now I am not saying AJ’s jump to the Cubs/National League would be as extreme as Javier’s, but given both Wrigley and Sun Life Stadium rate below 1.000 on the home run scale for major league parks 14th and 15th respectively (side note: below 1.000 constitutes a pitcher’s park) it appears his fly ball tendencies would result in far less runs scored. Currently, Yankee Stadium ranks as the 3rd most hitter friendly park in Major League baseball.

Looking ahead to the Cubs 2012 rotation currently Matt Garza, Randy Wells, and Andrew Cashner are projected for the rotation. Given that Zambrano won’t be returning to a starting pitching role under any circumstance and assuming Ryan Dempster will decline his player option for a multi year deal there will be two spots that need to be filled. Burnett will give the Cubs what Dempster has provided, a veteran pitcher who is capable of eating innings, however given that Burnett’s contact rate is 3 % lower than Dempster’s already I believe a transition to the National League would produce far greater results. As I stated worse case scenario is a split difference between his and Vasquez’ 2011 seasons which would result in a better year than both Dempster and Zambrano, the Cubs would also have him locked up for 2013 at a discounted rate, I propose the Yankees split the 15 million dollar difference in contract totals and kick in 7.5 million to be paid however the teams see fit. The Cubs would also gain 1.5 million for their 2012 payroll, the difference between Burnett and Zambrano’s salaries.

The ultimate benefit for the Yankees would be to get out from under Burnett’s contract as it has became apparent that he can no longer compete and win consistently in that environment.

Thank You,

Christopher B.
twitter: @ChristopherB609

Contrary to All the “Experts” Predictions, The New York Yankees Clinch the AL East

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NOT ONE! I REPEAT, NOT ONE! OF THESE “EXPERTS” PICKED THE YANKEES TO WIN THE EAST! FAIL

ESPN predicts the 2011 season

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Marty Bernoski,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Aaron Boone,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Steve Berthiaume,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Astros
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Dodgers
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Dave Cameron,
FanGraphs East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jim Caple,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Rays
Champion: White Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: White Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jason Churchill,
ESPN Insider East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Tigers
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Tristan Cockcroft,
ESPN Fantasy East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Yankees East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Dodgers
Wild card: Rockies
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Yankees

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jerry Crasnick,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Angels
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Braves over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Richard Durrett,
ESPNDallas.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Tigers
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Gordon Edes,
ESPNBoston.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Angels
Wild card: Tigers
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Doug Glanville,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cardinals
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jason Grey,
ESPN Fantasy East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Rays
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Giants
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Giants

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Steve Goldman,
Baseball Prospectus East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Pedro Gomez,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Orel Hershiser,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Brewers
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Tony Jackson,
ESPNLA.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Giants
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Giants

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Eric Karabell,
ESPN Fantasy East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Rays
Champion: Rays East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cardinals
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Rays

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jonah Keri,
FanGraphs East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Rockies
Champion: Brewers
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Brewers

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE John Kruk,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Angels
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE David Kull,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Rockies
WORLD SERIES: Rockies over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Tim Kurkjian,
ESPN The Magazine East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Keith Law,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Andrew Marchand,
ESPNNY.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Joe McDonald,
ESPNBoston.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Blue Jays
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cardinals
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Brewers
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Matt Meyers,
ESPN Insider East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Mark Mulder,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Angels
Wild card: A’s
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Cardinals
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Amy K. Nelson,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: A’s
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Braves over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Dave O’Brien,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Buster Olney,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Giants
WORLD SERIES: Giants over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Doug Padilla,
ESPNChicago.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Nick Pietruszkiewicz,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Rockies
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Karl Ravech,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Angels
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Nate Ravitz,
ESPN Fantasy East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Rays
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Mark Saxon,
ESPNLA.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Rangers
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Brewers
West champ: Dodgers
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE David Schoenfield,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: A’s
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jon Sciambi,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cubs
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Dan Shulman,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: A’s
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Braves
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Mark Simon,
ESPN Research East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cubs
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Jayson Stark,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Tigers
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Rick Sutcliffe,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Matt Szefc,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Peter Pascarelli,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Tigers
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Braves
Central champ: Cardinals
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Giants
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Giants

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Bobby Valentine,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cardinals
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Phillies over Red Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Dave Winfield,
ESPN East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cardinals
West champ: Giants
Wild card: Braves
Champion: Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE Gene Wojciechowski,
ESPN.com East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: White Sox
West champ: Rangers
Wild card: Tigers
Champion: Red Sox East champ: Phillies
Central champ: Cubs
West champ: Rockies
Wild card: Giants
Champion: Phillies