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You Didn’t Ask for It: A Series of Lists about Baseball

September 30, 2014

(Largely collected for future bragging rights and/or embarrassment)

Rooting preference for the 2014 MLB playoffs (most preferred to least preferred):

  1. Kansas City Royals
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. Oakland A’s
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. Detroit Tigers
  7. San Francisco Giants
  8. Los Angeles Dodgers
  9. Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  10. St. Louis Cardinals

Personal confidence in teams winning the 2014 World Series (most likely to least likely):

  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Detroit Tigers
  4. St. Louis Cardinals
  5. Baltimore Orioles
  6. Los Angeles Angels
  7. Oakland A’s
  8. San Francisco Giants
  9. Pittsburgh Pirates
  10. Kansas City Royals

Preferred, semi-realistic 2015 New York Mets Pitching Staff, Opening Day

  1. Matt Harvey
  2. Zach Wheeler
  3. Jacob deGrom
  4. Bartolo Colon
  5. Dillon Gee

Preferred, semi-realistic 2015 New York Mets Pitching Staff, July 2015

  1. Matt Harvey
  2. Zach Wheeler
  3. Jacob deGrom
  4. Noah Syndergaard
  5. [Trade for available pitcher]

Moves I would attempt were I the General Manager of the New York Mets, Offseason 2014-2015

  1. Offer Jonathan Niese and Raphael Montero for Yoenis Cespedes (likely turned down, but willing to negotiate higher). If rejected, offer Niese for Will Middlebrooks (to be converted to LF).
  2. Offer Bartolo Colon (no money sent) for a second-tier prospect
  3. Shop Daniel Murphy for a Dickey/Beltran type-haul (i.e. top prospect, preferably a middle infielder)
  4. Aggressively court free agent SS J.J. Hardy
  5. Make reasonable (market-rate) but short term (3 years) offers to Jon Lester and/or James Shields. Hope that Theo Epstein decides to wait a year for pitching and/or market bottoms out. Go to 5 years if a premium SS prospect is available via trading deGrom/Syndergaard/Montero.
  6. Offer Colon plus choice of Niese, Montero, Gee, or Murphy to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp plus cash
  7. Offer 2/3 of Colon, Gee, and Murphy to Dodgers for Andre Ethier. Include either Niese (affordable contract) or Montero (high upside / lots of team control) among choices if significant cash is included.
  8. Make lowball offers on Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.
  9. Listen to any offers for Jose Bautista that don’t include Harvey or Wheeler. Hang up on Toronto as soon as they mention Jose Reyes.

Year the Mets will make next playoff appearance (from most confident to least confident)

  1. 2016
  2. 2017
  3. 2015
  4. 2018

Percentage of votes Pedro Martinez deserves to get on Hall of Fame ballot: 100%

Percentage of votes Pedro Martinez will likely get on Hall of Fame ballot: 88%

Awards – American League

  • MVP – Mike Trout
  • Cy Young – King Felix Hernandez
  • Rookie of the Year – Jose Abreu
  • Manager of the Year – Buck Showalter

Awards – National League

  • MVP & Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw
  • MVP if writers are stubborn: Giancarlo Stanton
  • Rookie of the Year – Jacob deGrom
  • Manager of the Year – Clint Hurdle (largely out of antipathy, to be honest)

UNSOLICITED PREDICTIONS WITHOUT MERIT OR RATIONALE:

  • Wildcard winners – Royals and Pirates
  • Division Series – AL Wildcard, Tigers, Nationals, Dodgers
  • League Champions – Tigers and Nationals (MVPs: Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmerman)
  • World Series – Nationals in 6
  • World Series MVP: Jason Werth
  • Random Prediction: Harold Reynolds surpasses Joe Buck in internet disdain

 

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