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Dan, Dave, and Geoff are here! We finally get a chance to go over Michigan’s “win” over Rutgers and the Brandon Peters hype train. We get Dave’s take on his Spartans almost winning a game they had no business winning. Can they really beat Penn State?…NO! Tony Paul from the Detroit News is awake this week and joins us to talk the thriller of a World Series we just witnessed, Tigers, and Kevin Spacey! Don’t miss this one, guys! Our apologies for the late posting….It’s Dan’s fault.

Mitten Sports Talk-Brandon Peters, The Keys are Yours

The guys discuss Brandon Peters’ debut, how big of a game is this week for the Lions and what to make of the past two weeks for Barstool Sports.

 

SRD Roadshow-Gurriel, what were you thinking?

The guys go over the World Series and ask what Yuli Gurriel was thinking, talk NBA and the Pistons start, talk NFL and the Lions and go over the Texans owner recent comments.

MLB Season Predictions & Awards (Part 3)

Editorial Note: As baseball is fully upon us, Sports Radio Detroit and its contributors are combining to give their MLB Season Predictions. In Part 3, Geoff Mehl lends you his forecast.

 Panorama from Comerica Park by JeffreyDobbs

Panorama from Comerica Park by JeffreyDobbs

 

AL East

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

WHY: This division will be a battle for the baseball ages, and certainly one of the more entertaining division races to watch this season. The Blue Jays lineup is loaded, and the development of Marcus Stroman has made them very dangerous, not only in the division but for the AL crown. Look for the Jays to fight off a surging Boston team that has made themselves into a contender once again.

AL Central

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

WHY: I still have the Royals as the AL Central champs because, well, they are still very good. Their grind-it-out style of baseball has proven to work like a charm in the past few seasons, and they still have a core of young, yet experienced players. They will give fits to both the Tigers and the Indians as they try to supplant the reigning World Series Champions.

Oh, the Detroit Tigers. Just when you think they are ready to compete for a World Series, they lay an egg in 2015. This year has much more promise with a revamped bullpen, healthier team and a deeper roster. Generral Manager Al Avila has put together a potent lineup, when healthy. And if the back end of the pitching rotation and bullpen don’t fall apart, they may just be able to make a run at the World Series in 2016.

AL West

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Texas Rangers
  3. Los Angeles Angels
  4. Seattle Mariners
  5. Oakland Athletics

WHY: I don’t even think I had to make any real decisions in this division. The Astro’s are head and shoulders above the rest with a budding rotation and the emergence of Carlos Correa. It is hard to pick against a team with such a solid, strong and young rotation that also has an AL MVP candidate in Correa and a defending CY Young winner in Dallas Keuchel.

Take the Astros to the bank as a playoff team and World Series contender.

AL Wild Cards

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Boston Red Sox

NL East

  1. New York Mets
  2. Washington Nationals
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Philadelphia Phillies

WHY: The Mets were so close last year to capturing a World Series title. Yet again, they were facing a hungry Royals team that may not have lost to anybody. This young pitching staff has the potential to be the best in the league. If Zach Wheeler can come back healthy and Yoenis Cespedes can compound off of last season, look for the Mets to be the last man standing come October/ November.

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. St. Louis Cardinals
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Cincinnati Reds

WHY: I love the Cubs, I really do. They have a great amount of young talent. They made solid offseason transactions, and Chicago has put together a team that other franchises dream of. That all being said, I am still nervous that the young talent hasn’t quite put it together just yet to make a deep run. I like them winning the division over the Pirates, but maybe not enough for a deep run.

NL West

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

WHY: Is the Giants’ rotation deadly or what? With the addition of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardjiza to the rotation with Madison Bumgarner, the Giants have another shot at a title. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are still a dangerous team. When a team has Clayton Kershaw anchoring the staff, there’s a good chance they can make a playoff run.

NL Wild Card

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers

 

World Series: New York Mets over Houston Astros

 

AL MVP – Josh Donaldson (Toronto)

AL Cy Young – Chris Sale (Chicago)

AL Rookie of the Year – Byron Buxton (Minnesota)

NL MVP – Bryce Harper (Washington)

NL Cy Young – Noah Syndergaard (New York)

NL Rookie of the Year – Corey Seager (Los Angeles)

 

MLB Season Predictions & Awards (Part 2)

  Fenway Park at night by Dan Cogswell

Editorial Note: As baseball is fully upon us, Sports Radio Detroit and its contributors are combining to give their MLB Season Predictions. In Part 2, Adam Strangis and Chris Brown lend you their forecasts. 

By: Adam Strangis


Division Winners (* denotes Wild Card)

NL East

  1. New York Mets
  2. Washington Nationals*
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies and Braves are in complete rebuild mode and will not be a factor in 2016. The Marlins will be more competitive than most people think, powered by SP Jose Fernandez and OF Giancarlo Stanton. In the end, they aren’t well rounded enough to compete. The Nationals and Mets will be in a dogfight for the division crown all season long. New York has the rotation to win everything, especially if Zach Wheeler provides the shot in the arm mid-season as expected.  Bryce Harper and the Nationals will have to settle for a Wild Card appearance.

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Louis Cardinals
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Cincinnati Reds
  5. Milwaukee Brewers

As with the NL East, the bottom two teams are rebuilding and will not be much of a factor. Look for Milwaukee to potentially ship C/1B Jonathan Lucroy to a contender by the trade deadline. The Pirates will once again tease their fans by being a very good team, but will miss the playoffs this season. The Cardinals have a rock solid rotation and will always be a team to fear. This year they will take a slight step back and miss out. The Cubs are the sexy pick here, but just have too much balance between young talent and veteran contributors to ignore.

NL West

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

Colorado still has yet to figure out the mystery of starting pitching. The Padres have been very quiet after the complete disaster of last off-season. The Dodgers have a ton of injuries already, and have zero proven SP options behind Kershaw. Former teammate Zach Greinke will help the D-Backs eke out a Wild Card slot over Los Angeles and St. Louis. San Francisco has an underrated offense and could have a lethal top three starters in Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto. The Giants will fight with the Cubs for the best record in the NL.

 

Wild Card Round – Nationals over Diamondbacks

National League Divisional – Cubs over Nationals Giants over Mets

National League Championship- Giants over Cubs

 

AL East

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

The Orioles can hammer the ball, but not much else. The lineup is so dependent on the home run, it won’t carry them far in the division. The Rays have the pitching to compete, but no offense to really speak of. The Yankees will have issues keeping all of their veterans healthy through the year and will eventually taper off. The Red Sox have a very balanced offense, but could really use another high end SP before the year is over. The Blue Jays are another team with pitching concerns, but the offense will smash their way to the division crown.

AL Central

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

Minnesota has some young talent to be excited about, but still has too many holes. The White Sox will be slightly better than last year, but not enough to compete over 162 games. The Detroit offense will once again be the strength of the squad, but they have question marks in the rotation and bullpen. Cleveland has the pitching to be a playoff team, but will end up regretting not getting one more bat for their offense. Kansas City once again has a questionable rotation, but they make it work with that power bullpen and their offense. It’s tough to pick against the defending champs.

AL West

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Texas Rangers*
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Oakland Athletics
  5. Los Angeles Angels

It’s incredible how little talent the Angels have around Trout, and they’ll pay for it this season. Oakland hasn’t looked great on paper the past few years, but always find a way to scrape together a competitive team. The Mariners will just continue to be stuck in the middle of the pack. Texas has a great offense, but is lacking in the rotation. Yu Darvish returning from Tommy John will push them in the second half to a Wild Card berth. The Astros are one of the most exciting young teams in baseball, and could end up with the best record in all of baseball.

 

Wild Card Round – Red Sox over Rangers

American League Division Series – Astros over Red Sox Blue Jays over Royals

American League Championship – Blue Jays over Astros

 

World Series:

San Francisco over Toronto

 

NL Rookie of the Year

Winner – Corey Seager, SS Los Angeles Dodgers

Runner-Up – Steven Matz, SP New York Mets

Dark Horse – Lucas Giolito, SP Washington Nationals

Seager will not be able to keep up the ridiculous pace he showed in his first 99 at-bats last season, but he is still one of the best prospects in MLB. It doesn’t hurt he plays a premium position on a prestige team. Matz has always had injury concerns, but stays healthy enough to gain some votes in what is assumed the best rotation in baseball. Giolito may or may not get enough time in the majors to win, but is a high impact player from his first pitch. I’m not sure how many fans realize just how special last year was for rookies coming up and making an immediate impact. This year has a nice selection, but doesn’t have near the ceiling of last year.

 

NL Cy Young

Winner – Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Runner- Up – Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Dark Horse – Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

Kershaw is certainly a chalk pick, but with excellent reason. In the past five seasons, he hasn’t finished below third in Cy Young voting. His strikeout to walk ratio in 2015 was 304-42. If not for his former teammate Zach Greinke and Chicago’s Jake Arrieta having career seasons, Kershaw would’ve won last year. Bumgarner has always been on the periphery of the Cy Young conversation, and this is the year he vaults into the running. Cole finished fourth last season, and could make a run. His biggest issue is he’s too competitive for his own good sometimes.  I have a hard time seeing a Mets pitcher in the running since all of them could cannibalize votes for each other.

 

NL MVP

Winner – Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks

Runner-Up – Bryce Harper, OF Washington Nationals

Dark Horse – Andrew McCutchen, OF Pittsburgh Pirates

As other-worldly as Harper was last season, Goldschmidt had more hits, RBI and stolen bases. Harper will only be entering his age 23 season, and he could still get better as he matures. If he takes even a slight step back this year, Goldschmidt could slide in to take the MVP. McCutchen is not a traditional dark horse. It looks like he may bat second in the Pirates lineup, which help his totals across the board. However, Pittsburgh will not be close enough to the postseason for McCutchen to get the votes.

 

AL Rookie of the Year

Winner – A.J. Reed, 1B Houston Astros

Runner-Up – Byron Buxton, OF Minnesota Twins

Dark Horse – Blake Snell, SP Tampa Bay Rays

 

Even though Reed did not make the Opening Day roster for the Astros, he smashed the ball in the minors in 2015. Tyler White will not be able to hold off Reed for long, and he’ll fit right into the Houston lineup. Many people have soured on Buxton, but it would be totally unfair to judge a player off of 138 plate appearances. Even Mike Trout struggled when he first came up to the majors. Tampa really likes Blake Snell, trying to extend him before the season started. Snell faces a very difficult division which could keep his ceiling lower this season.

 

AL Cy Young

Winner – Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Runner-Up – Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays

Dark Horse – Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

Sale has always been one of the best pitchers in the game. He was reportedly very vocal in the Adam LaRoche situation, and will look to show he’s one of the team leaders. His ERA spiked last season, but his WHIP was still only 1.088. Archer will put together another fabulous season. The only thing that will hold him back is just how many great offenses he has to face in his division. King Felix had a down year for him last season, but expect that to be a blip in the radar. He still has a couple Cy Young seasons left.

 

AL MVP

Winner – Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

Runner-Up – Carlos Correa, SS Houston Astros

Dark Horse – Miguel Cabrera, 1B Detroit Tigers

Trout is on a team that looks to have no chance at the postseason and is in a lineup that doesn’t appear to give him much protection. Having said that, if he puts up the year he’s capable of, he’s the MVP again. Correa will regress slightly off of what we saw last season, but not a lot. It would not be a surprise at all if he walks away with the award. As with McCutchen in the NL, Cabrera is not a “dark horse”. He had a healthy off-season for the first time in years, and could potentially threaten a Triple Crown season once again.

 

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Tigers 84-78, 3rd place in the AL Central

AL Playoffs
East – Yankees
Central – Royals
West – Astros
WC1 – Blue Jays
WC2 – Rangers

NL playoffs
East – Mets
Central – Cubs
West – Giants
WC1 – Pirates
WC2 – Nationals

World Series – Cubs over Astros

Awards
AL
CY – Chris Sale
MVP – Carlos Correa
ROY – Byung-ho Park
Comeback – Yu Darvish
Manager – AJ Hinch

NL
CY – Gerrit Cole
MVP – Kris Bryant
ROY – Steven Matz
Comeback – Adam Wainwright
Manager – Joe Maddon

PED suspensions (why not?) – Odubel Herrera, Khris Davis, Odrisamer Despaigne, Colby Rasmus