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2009 Baseball Predictions

by Matt Foust on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

We are two weeks into the 2009 Major League Baseball season and things are starting to have a little bit of shape to them. Granted, there are still an abundance of games to be played, but I have at least had some time to form an opinion on most every squad. Considering that, here are my 2009 Baseball Predictions, which feature my American League division winners and their odds as currently listed at BetUS.com.2009 Baseball Predictions

American League East: New York Yankees +100
The Yanks are presently in second place in the AL East at 7-6 and their offensive lineup is probably just a semblance of what it will be in the summer months. Mark Teixera has been limited due to a wrist injury and Alex Rodriguez has yet to play a game, but New York have still banged out a respectable 70 runs. This batting order should only get more potent as the year moves along, and I'm not sure that that can be said of the rest of the division.

New York's pitching staff has been hot and cold in the early going as well. Sabathia usually gets better as the season progresses, which will be a positive, and Joba Chamberlain, if he is the talent that everyone believes he is, will likely develop some greater consistency as he garners more time as a starter. Pettitte is always a steady guy in the middle or backend and A.J. Burnett has some of the nastiest stuff in baseball. This is a very solid rotation, and if Wang can regain his old form, it becomes an excellent one.

Do not discount the Blue Jays hot start. They have plenty of guys with pop in their lineup and their young pitching staff, anchored by the veteran Roy Halladay, has proven to be formidable.

American League Central: Detroit Tigers +275
The Indians pitching staff is a big question mark to me, especially if Cliff Lee is going to be up and down. They could still take the Central given its wide open nature, but I like the Tigers to finish on top. Detroit should be able to score as many or more runs than any team in this division and their pitching staff could be a big surprise, especially if Edwin Jackson and Rick Porcello can keep things rolling.

I like the Royals as a dark horse here because of their starting rotation and ,usually, solid bullpen. Gil Meche, Zack Greinke, and Kyle Davies are possibly the top one through three starters in the division and they, barring injury, will keep KC in this race throughout the season.

American League West: Los Angeles Angels -140
The Angels are not off to a good start, currently sitting at 4-8 and in last place in the division, but they have also had more on their minds than just baseball. Additionally, two of their three best starting pitchers have not even taken the mound this year. When John Lackey and Ervin Santana return, this will be a different ballclub. And as a potential added bonus, Kelvim Escobar, who had surgery on his throwing shoulder last year, could be ready to go sometime in May or June.

No other team in the West can matchup with the Angels pitching-wise when they are healthy. Unless Los Angeles digs too deep a hole in April and May, I see them emerging to take this division over sometime in the summer.

The Mariners are the sleeper team in the West. Many think their 8-5 start is an aberration — and it may be — but they do have two of the best one (Felix Hernandez) and two starters in the league when Eric Bedard is healthy. 

BetUS.com's 2009 Baseball Predictions

AL East Odds:
Baltimore Orioles +2500
Boston Red Sox +165
New York Yankees +120
Tampa Bay Rays +400
Toronto Blue Jays +1500

AL Central Odds:
Chicago White Sox +400
Cleveland Indians +250
Detroit Tigers +275
Kansas City Royals +400
Minnesota Twins +350

AL West Odds:
Los Angeles Angels -140
Oakland Athletics +350
Seattle Mariners +400
Texas Rangers +600

NL East Odds:
Atlanta Braves +500
Florida Marlins +200
New York Mets -120
Philadelphia Phillies +275
Washington Nationals +7500

NL Central Odds:
Chicago Cubs -250
Cincinnati Reds +1000
Houston Astros +4000
Milwaukee Brewers +1100
Pittsburgh Pirates +4000
St. Louis Cardinals +350

NL West Odds:
Arizona Diamondbacks +350
Colorado Rockies +750
Los Angeles Dodgers -170
San Diego Padres +800
San Francisco Giants +1000

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