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Athlon's 2011 MLB Predictions


- by Charlie Miller (@AthlonCharlie)

Athlon Sports offers up its official predictions for the 2011 Major League Baseball season.

National League East
1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Atlanta Braves
3. Florida Marlins
4. New York Mets
5. Washington Nationals

National League Central
1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. St. Louis Cardinals
3. Cincinnati Reds
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Houston Astros

National League West
1. San Francisco Giants
2. Colorado Rockies*
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. San Diego Padres
5. Arizona Diamondbacks

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NLCS: Philadelphia over San Francisco

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis
2. Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee
3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado
4. Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati
5. Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado
6. Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia
7. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida
8. Buster Posey, C, San Francisco
9. David Wright, 3B, New York
10. Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles

NL Cy Young
1. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
2. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco
3. Josh Johnson, Florida
4. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia
5. Ubaldo Jimanez, Colorado
6. Brian Wilson, San Francisco
7. Tim Hudson, Atlanta
8. Matt Cain, San Francisco
9. Zack Greinke, Milwaukee
10. Roy Oswalt, Philadelphia

NL Rookie of the Year
1. Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati
2. Brandon Belt, San Francisco
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta
4. Craig Kimbrel, RP, Atlanta
5. Jonny Venters, RP, Atlanta

American League East
1. Boston Red Sox
2. New York Yankees*
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Toronto Blue Jays

American League Central
1. Minnesota Twins
2. Detroit Tigers
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Kansas City Royals
5. Cleveland Indians

American League West
1. Texas Rangers
2. Los Angeles Angels
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners

ALCS: Boston over New York

1. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit
2. Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas
3. Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay
4. Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota
5. Carl Crawford, OF, Boston
6. Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York
7. Kevin Youkilis, 3B, Boston
8. Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota
9. Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas
10. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Boston

AL Cy Young
1. CC Sabathia, New York
2. David Price, Tampa Bay
3. Jon Lester, Boston
4. Felix Hernandez, Seattle
5. Justin Verlander, Detroit
6. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles
7. Dan Haren, Los Angeles
8. Clay Buchholz, Boston
9. Mariano Rivera, New York
10. Trevor Cahill, Oakland

AL Rookie of the Year
1. J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto
2. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City
3. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B/SS, Minnesota
4. Kyle Drabek, SP, Toronto
5. Dustin Ackley, 2B, Seattle

Athlon Sports 2011 World Series: Boston over Philadelphia

With the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox have a lineup that can score with anyone. And the Sox pitching is clearly deeper than New York's. Philadelphia may have one of the best rotations assembled in several years, but there are holes in the lineup, especially up the middle.