Mark Whicker

23 Mar 19
Pasadena Star News
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
SCNG
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]”] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Press Telegram
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Daily News
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Orange County Register
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Whittier Daily News
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Press Enterprise
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Redlands Daily Facts
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Daily Bulletin
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Daily Breeze
Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer you their predictions for everything from how the final 2019 division standings will look to which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular-season awards. —– JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Angels over Twins ALDS: Yankees over Angels ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Dodgers NLCS: Nationals over Cubs World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger (Indians) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Brad Ausmus (Angels)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard (Mets) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Andy Green (Padres)”]   —– BILL PLUNKETT (Dodgers beat writer) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Yankees over A’s ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Cardinals over Phillies NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers World Series: Astros over Brewers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Anthony Rendon (Nationals) NL Cy Young: Aaron Nola (Phillies) NL Rookie of the Year: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– J.P. HOORNSTRA (MLB writer/columnist) —– AL West: Astros, A’s, Angels, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Rays over Red Sox ALDS: Yankees over Astros ALDS: Rays over Indians ALCS: Yankees over Rays NL wild card: Brewers over Phillies NLDS: Nationals over Brewers NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals World Series: Yankees over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone (Yankees)”] NL MVP: Kris Bryant (Cubs) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the year: Peter Alonso (Mets) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Mike Shildt (Cardinals)”]   —– MARK WHICKER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants NL Central: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds NL East: Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALDS: Astros over Indians ALCS: Astros over Yankees NL wild card: Dodgers over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Rockies NLDS: Brewers over Nationals NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers World Series: Astros over Dodgers Awards AL MVP: George Springer (Astros) AL Cy Young: David Price (Red Sox) AL Rookie: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Nolan Arenado (Rockies) NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers) NL Rookie: Touki Toussaint (Braves)   —– JIM ALEXANDER (Columnist) —– AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Mariners AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Astros over Indians ALDS: Yankees over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Cubs over Brewers NLDS: Cubs over Nationals NLDS: Dodgers over Cardinals NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs World Series: Dodgers over Yankees Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Astros) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals)   —– TODD BAILEY (MLB editor) —– DIVISION RACES (in predicted order of finish) AL West: Astros, Angels, A’s, Mariners, Rangers AL Central: Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Padres, Giants NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates NL East: Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins Playoffs AL wild card: Red Sox over Rays ALDS: Yankees over Indians ALDS: Astros over Red Sox ALCS: Yankees over Astros NL wild card: Phillies over Brewers NLDS: Nationals over Cardinals NLDS: Dodgers over Phillies NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers World Series: Yankees over Nationals Awards AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels) AL Cy Young: Chris Sale (Red Sox) AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) [cq comment=”[cq comment=”AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash (Rays)”]“] NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals) NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Nationals) [cq comment=”NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez (Nationals)”]
23 Mar 19
Archy news nety

Six members of the Southern California News Group sports department offer their predictions on everything from how the final 2019 ranking will see which teams will prevail in the postseason and which players will earn regular season prizes. – JEFF FLETCHER (Angels beat writer) – DIVISION RACES (in order of expected arrival) AL West: Astros, […]

20 Mar 19
SCNG
By Mark Whicker Allen Crabbe and several Brooklyn Nets will spend their L.A. off-night at Price High School on Wednesday. They’ll watch Price officials rename the basketball court after Crabbe, who led Price to a Division IV CIF State championship in 2010. And they’ll know that without Crabbe, there wouldn’t be a ball to bounce or a report card to ace. Angela Evans, founder of the school and Crabbe’s aunt, says she was ready to close up shop when Crabbe came through with a six-figure donation in 2018. “Some of our students are putting out a music video and the theme is ‘I’m here,’ ” Evans said Tuesday. “Because that’s the message we’re trying to get out. If you want a great education, we’re here. Thanks to Allen, we’re going to be here.” Price is an educational beacon in South L.A. All of its students graduate and all of them get accepted to four-year colleges and universities. At the moment there are 174 students. “We’re in a lot better shape than we were,” Evans said. “But if we could increase our enrollment by 80 we would truly be self-sustaining.” Price sits on the campus of the Crenshaw Christian Center, where Frederick K.C. Price, 87, is the founder and bishop. Services at the church were so well-attended that Price oversaw the construction of the Faith Dome, which seats 10,000. Evans is Price’s daughter and the CEO of the Christian Center. Her brother, Frederick K.C. Price III, was struck by a car and killed when he was 8 years old. The school is named in his honor. Crabbe is the bishop’s grandson. He was a ballboy when the Knights won five state championships beginning in 2001, then was a first-team All-Pac-12 player at Cal and is playing in his sixth NBA season. The show begins at 6:30 p.m., with food and Pop-A-Shot hoops and a general feeling of relief, although Evans says it would be nice to get more corporate support to circumvent the next crisis. “We’re calling it A Knight To Remember,” she said, “because Allen was the shining knight who came to rescue us.”
20 Mar 19
SCNG
The upheaval and race cancellations at Santa Anita Park have “devastated” workers there, wiping out paychecks for jockeys, trainers and a host of others while potentially jeopardizing the Derby and Breeder’s Cup, two of the track’s biggest revenue drivers. Santa Anita officials have declined to discuss the fallout and repercussions felt by many employees. The racetrack has been closed since March 5 in the wake of 22 horse deaths. Racing is scheduled to resume March 29 following 12 cancellations this month. Jon Lindo, a Southern California radio personality and longtime thoroughbred owner, said the cancellations couldn’t have come at a worse time. “The three weeks they missed was a time when Major League Baseball hadn’t started up yet,” he said. “It was a quiet time when they could have gotten a lot of business.” #gallery-1698688-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1698688-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1698688-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1698688-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The home stretch and stands are empty at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2019. Extensive testing of the dirt track is under way at eerily quiet Santa Anita, where the deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months has forced the indefinite cancellation of horse racing and thrown the workaday world of trainers, jockeys and horses into disarray. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Animal rights activists protest the deaths of horses at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2019. Another horse died racing Saturday at Santa Anita, making it 20 fatalities at the racetrack since its winter meet began on Dec. 26. (Pete Demetriou/KNX-1070 AM via AP) Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of the Stronach Group, owners of Santa Anita Park, speaks at a press conference after another horse died at the track, bringing the total of horse deaths at the park to 22, in Arcadia, Calif., on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The Stronach Group declared a zero tolerance for race day medication at Santa Anita Park during the press conference. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) Santa Anita Park has been the site of 22 horse deaths since Dec. 30, four days after the racetrack’s winter meet began. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) A tractor grooms the dirt track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2019. The deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months has forced the indefinite cancellation of horse racing at the track. Some trainers are taking their horses to Los Alamitos to train. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Track consultant Dennis Moore, left, seen earlier this week at Santa Anita Park, is being charged with solving and fixing why 21 horses have died at the track since Dec. 26. (Photo courtesy of Santa Anita). Santa Anita Park plans to resume racing on March 29. That comes in the wake of 22 horse deaths that have occurred there since late December. (Benoit Photo via AP) To make up for lost time in the saddle, some jockeys have gone on to other venues, including Gulfstream Park in Florida, Keeneland in Kentucky and Oaklawn in Arkansas, he said. No determination yet Officials with The Stronach Group, the Canadian-based company that owns Santa Anita Park, have yet to determine the exact cause of the horses’ deaths. Some experts have speculated heavy rainfall and an increase in business from other racetracks closed due to bad weather have contributed to poor track conditions in Arcadia. Others, including People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, suspect the deaths could be related to race-day medications that allegedly masked pre-existing injuries sustained by the horses. Feeling the pain Santa Anita’s parimutuel clerks, who man the windows where racing fans place their bets, are among the suspension’s casualties. “This has been devastating to our members,” said Troy Tabak, business agent and southern vice president for Pari-Mutuel Employees Guild Local 280, which represents the workers. “Our crews have been reduced by 85 percent, so only 15 percent of them are working. And when they don’t work, they don’t get paid.” About 50 parimutuel clerks are on duty during a typical day at Santa Anita, Tabak said, and that nearly doubles on weekends. The closures have also reduced staffing at 23 satellite wagering sites at racetracks, sports bars, restaurants and fairground locations throughout Southern California, he said. Jockeys, which number between 20 and 30 at Santa Anita, also are feeling the pinch. “They are still out there staying fit and working the horses, but they’re not getting paid,” said Darrell Haire, a regional manager with Jockeys’ Guild, a Lexington, Ky.-based trade organization that represents the riders. “They only get paid when they run races.” Track consultant Dennis Moore, left, seen earlier this week at Santa Anita Park, is being charged with solving and fixing why 21 horses have died at the track since Dec. 26. (Photo courtesy of Santa Anita). While star jockeys earn millions of dollars, he said, most others are essentially squeaking by. “On a national average, they make about $33,000 a year,” Haire said. “They go out there and risk their lives because they love it. They’re just trying to get to that higher echelon.” Impact on the city The city of Arcadia is losing thousands of dollars for every canceled race. “We typically receive $5,000 to $7,000 per race day from Santa Anita,” said City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. The money comes from shared betting, which means Arcadia gets a percentage of what’s bet on any given day, he said. Based on those numbers, the city will conservatively lose at least $60,000 in March. A big money generator Last year’s Santa Anita Derby drew 39,023 fans, an 8 percent increase over 36,155 the previous year, according to the track’s website. But that pales in comparison to what’s in the pipeline. Santa Anita will host in early November the 2019 Breeder’s Cup World Championships, an event expected to generate as much as $100 million for Southern California’s economy. It will mark the 10th time Santa Anita has hosted the event. The park set a two-day attendance record of 118,484 when it last hosted the cup in 2016. There has been no talk of moving the Breeder’s Cup to date. Changes made Seventeen of the 22 horses that died were euthanized as a result of injuries sustained while training or racing on the main dirt track. Five others were injured on the turf course. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether the horse deaths were the result of criminal wrongdoing. Meanwhile, Stronach announced last week that it has banned race day medications at Santa Anita and at Golden Gate Fields, another racetrack it owns in Berkeley. The company additionally said a cushion riding crop should be used only “as a corrective safety measure.” [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Santa Anita head Tim Ritvo: ‘We’re going to do everything … to make it as safe as possible’ Santa Anita will reopen to racing on March 29 after owners, Stronach Group reach agreement L.A. County district attorney investigating 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita racetrack Whicker: Santa Anita desperately hopes Lasix ban can stop its own bleeding Don’t blame the rain for deaths at Santa Anita, the problem is much more complicated [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] Company Chairwoman and CEO Belinda Stronach offered her thoughts in an open letter posted on Santa Anita’s website: “What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking,” she said. “If we expect our sport to grow for future generations, we must raise our standards.”
16 Mar 19
Further Up and Further In

I. Entry We slink into Bakalotaverna like alley cats, emerging in twos or threes, never all at once. Seven thirty is a fluid number, a liminal space between evening and night without capacity for precision. First we are four in number, then we are seven, then our seven stretches to nine, and finally our company […]