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2014 Bold Predictions: Calling Our Shot

It’s here. Opening Day 2014. Put those snow shovels away and grab your virtual manager’s cap. Baseball has arrived. What better way to ring in the arrival of the most glorious season of the year? Well, by telling you what is going to happen in each and every division around baseball. Recently, on the Box Score Baseball Podcast, the hosts relayed their predictions for the 2014 season. Of course, we cannot sit and just let our predictions go unquestioned in audio format, so we’re doubling up and Calling Our Shot once again in writing. Read on to find how we breakdown the landscape of the 2014 MLB season.

Disagree with any of our calls? Let us hear it in the comments or call us out on Twitter: @BretskyBall and @DaTrueGuru!

2014 MLB Predictions

 BretskyKaplan
Playoffs
NL
EastNationalsNationals
CentralCardinalsReds
WestDodgersDiamondbacks
WC1RedsDodgers
WC2PhilliesGaints
LCSNationals over DodgersNationals over Giants
AL
EastRaysRays
CentralTigersTigers
WestAngelsAthletics
WC1AthleticsOrioles
WC2OriolesRed Sox
LCSOrioles over RaysTigers over Orioles
World SeriesNationals over OriolesTigers
Superlatives
MLB
AL MVPAlbert PujolsMiguel Cabrera
NL MVPJoey VottoRyan Braun
AL Cy YoungJustin VerlanderChris Sale
NL Cy YoungCliff LeeClayton Kershaw
AL ROYJose AbreuJose Abreu
NL ROYGregory PolancoJavier Baez
Fantasy
Fantasy MVPMatt KempCole Hamels
Bust of the YearYasiel PuigBilly Hamilton
Impact ProspectArchie BradleyNick Castellanos
Fantasy BreakoutDerek DietrichRobbie Ross
Comeback PlayerAlbert PujolsStarlin Castro
Statistical Leaders
HRGiancarlo Stanton (48)Chris Davis (47)
StealsBilly Hamilton (62)Everth Cabrera (58)
BattingJoey Votto (.333)Cabrera (.348)
WinsJustin Verlander (21)Adam Wainwright (21)
StrikeoutsMax Scherzer (253)Jose Fernandez (alot)
SavesKenley Jansen (45)Greg Holland (49)

Bold Predictions

Wayne Bretsky

  • Dan Uggla is a top-10 second baseman
  • Dee Gordon holds more fantasy value than Billy Hamilton
  • Albert Pujols is the highest rated Angel on the player rater
  • Alex Cobb is the most valuable Rays’ pitcher
  • Justin Ruggiano goes 20/20 for the Cubs

Mark Kaplan

  • Brandon Belt is a top-10 first baseman
  • Anthony Rizzo finsihes outside the top-15 among first baseman
  • Austin Jackson check in as a top-20 outfielder
  • LaTroy Hawkins gives up more home runs than converted saves

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