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Times staff predictions for 2010 baseball season

What do we know? Our "experts" World Series picks from last season: Topkin — Cubs over Red Sox, Smith — Cubs over Rays, Romano — Red Sox over Cubs, Shelton — Cubs over Red Sox, Rittner — Yankees over D'backs.

Marc Topkin Rays beat writer Gary Shelton sports columnist John Romano sports columnist Joe Smith baseball writer Alan Rittner sports copy editor
AL East Red Sox Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees
AL Central Twins Tigers Twins Twins Twins
AL West Mariners Mariners Rangers Mariners Rangers
AL wild card Rays Red Sox Red Sox Rays Rays
AL Division Series Red Sox over Mariners, Rays over Twins Yankees over Tigers, Red Sox over Mariners Red Sox over Rangers, Yankees over Twins Yankees over Mariners, Rays over Twins Yankees over Twins, Rays over Rangers
AL Championship Series Red Sox over Rays Red Sox over Yankees Red Sox over Yankees Yankees over Rays Yankees over Rays
NL East Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies
NL Central Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Brewers
NL West Rockies Rockies Rockies Rockies Rockies
NL wild card Braves Cubs Braves Braves Braves
NL Division Series Phillies over Cardinals, Rockies over Braves Phillies over Cubs, Cardinals over Rockies Phillies over Rockies,

Cardinals over Braves

Phillies over Cardinals, Braves over Rockies Rockies over Braves, Phillies over Brewers
NL Championship Series Phillies over Rockies Phillies over Cardinals Phillies over Cardinals Phillies over Braves Rockies over Phillies
World Series Phillies over Red Sox Phillies over Red Sox Phillies over Red Sox Phillies over Yankees Yankees over Rockies
Rays wins, finish 94, 2nd 91, 3rd 91, 3rd 93, 2nd 95, 2nd
Rays All-Star(s) Carl Crawford, Matt Garza, Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, David Price Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford Matt Garza, Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, Matt Garza
Most Rays wins Matt Garza, 17 David Price, 16 David Price, 14 Matt Garza, 16 Matt Garza, 17
Most Rays homers Evan Longoria, 44 Evan Longoria, 33 Evan Longoria, 31 Evan Longoria, 39 Carlos Peña, 41
Next Longoria endorsement Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, Chevrolet Gatorade Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce Pepsi Speedo
Date of J.P. Howell's first game May 15, 2011 July 1 May 6 June 15 May 15
Leftfielder for Rays on Aug. 1 Carl Crawford Carl Crawford Carl Crawford Carl Crawford Carl Crawford
First manager fired Ron Washington, Rangers Ron Washington, Rangers Lou Piniella, Cubs Jerry Manuel, Mets Jerry Manuel, Mets
Elijah Dukes' next uniform Stripes What do Walmart greeters wear on casual Thursday? Oklahoma City RedHawks Best Buy Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Most losses Blue Jays, 95 Pirates, 94 Blue Jays, 99 Royals, 95 Blue Jays, 101
Most wins Phillies, 101 Yankees, 101 Phillies, 101 Yankees, 100 Phillies, 98
Best Bobby Cox parting gift John Schuerholz blue blazer A framed portrait of Leo Mazzone Another year of John Schuerholz Playoff berth A playoff appearance and an NL manager of the year award
AL MVP Evan Longoria, Rays Mark Teixeira, Yankees Evan Longoria, Rays Mark Teixeira, Yankees Evan Longoria, Rays
AL Cy Young Felix Hernandez, M's Justin Verlander, Tigers CC Sabathia, Yankees Felix Hernandez, M's Felix Hernandez, M's
NL MVP Ryan Howard, Phillies Albert Pujols, Cardinals Albert Pujols, Cardinals Ryan Howard, Phillies Brian McCann, Braves
NL Cy Young Roy Halladay, Phillies Roy Halladay, Phillies Roy Halladay, Phillies Roy Halladay, Phillies Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies

Times staff predictions for 2010 baseball season 04/02/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 5, 2010 12:13pm]
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