With the baseball season about to begin (finally!), the Beyond the Box Score crew assembled our predictions* for how the 2011 standings would shake out. Here they are, along with the highest and lowest vote for each team.
|Boston Red Sox||1.1||1||2|
|New York Yankees||2.1||2||3|
|Tampa Bay Rays||2.8||1||3|
|Toronto Blue Jays||4.3||4||5|
|Chicago White Sox||1.7||1||3|
|Kansas City Royals||4.7||4||5|
|Los Angeles Angels||2.9||2||4|
|New York Mets||3.6||3||5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||2.9||1||4|
|San Francisco Giants||1.5||1||3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3.1||1||4|
|San Diego Padres||3.1||1||5|
* Predictions not necessarily the same as projections based on "hard data". In choosing the second place team for the NL Central, I may or may not have used a dart board.
AL East: Generally broad agreement about the order here. No 1st place votes for NY.
AL Central: The Twins and Pale Hose are neck and neck, with the Tigers just behind.
AL West: Rangers vs. A's, with a slight edge to the defending AL champs.
NL East: A lot closer than I expected between the Phillies and Braves. Clear top two though.
NL Central: All over the place - with four teams picked to win it - but the Reds and Brewers out ahead.
NL West: Four teams picked to win here too, but the Giants are the favorites.
In fact, 16 different teams had at least one 1st place vote.
AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez (7), Adam Dunn, Evan Longoria, Alex Rodriguez
NL MVP: Albert Pujols (4), Buster Posey (2), Roy Halladay, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Hanley Ramirez
AL Cy Young: Jon Lester (5), Brett Anderson (2), Felix Hernandez (2), Justin Verlander
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay (6), Tim Lincecum, Yovani Gallardo, Clayton Kershaw, Roy Oswalt
AL ROY: Jeremy Hellickson (5), Michael Pineda (2), J.P. Arencibia, Mike Moustakas
NL ROY: Brandon Belt (4), Freddie Freeman (3), Danny Espinosa, Brandon Beachy