Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Stepping outside of the beer “scene” again, it’s time once again for Hedonist Beer Jive’s baseball predictions. Why, what goes better with a 22-ounce bomber of Belgian strong dark ale than America’s pastime? I intend to watch many innings of my beloved San Francisco Giants in 2010 in the company of many beers to be reviewed on this site. Therefore, it’s important that you know how I’m heading into the season – my hopes, my dreams, my predictions……yeah. Last year we told you that the St. Louis Cardinals – a team no one was picking - were going to be really good; they ended up running away with their division. The year before that, we picked the Tampa Bay Rays to grab the wild card; they one-upped me, and everyone else, and went to the World Series. Then again, I picked both the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks to win their divisions last year, and both totally stunk up baseball for the whole of 2009. It led to a new rule around here: Never, Ever, Trust the Diamondbacks And Their “Young Talent”. Smoke and mirrors, man, smoke and mirrors.

Here’s the deal: I watch a ton of San Francisco Giants baseball, and I think all the good-pitch/no-hit stuff about them is overwrought and overstated. The Giants will finally win the NL West this year, on the backs of amazing pitching (breakout year for Matt Cain coming) and surprising hitting rebounds from multiple players and a rookie or two. My Giants won’t be able to hack it in the playoffs vs. the superior Braves, Phillies or Cardinals, but I’ll take a division this year and maybe a World Series in 2011. Unfortunately the New York Yankees are unstoppable, and will beat my sleeper pick the Atlanta Braves in the World Series this year. I prefer it not to be so, but at least it’s not the Dodgers, right?

MLB play starts this Sunday. Start your craft beer shopping early.

National League East
1. Atlanta Braves
2. Philadelphia Phillies (wild card)
3. New York Mets
4. Florida Marlins
5. Washington Nationals

National League Central
1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Chicago Cubs
3. Cincinnati Reds
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Houston Astros
6. Pittsburgh Pirates

National League West
1. San Francisco Giants
2. Colorado Rockies
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. San Diego Padres

American League East
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox (wild card)
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Toronto Blue Jays

American League Central
1. Minnesota Twins
2. Detroit Tigers
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Cleveland Indians
5. Kansas City Royals

American League West
1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Texas Rangers
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Oakland A’s

NL = Philadelphia over San Francisco
NL = Atlanta over St. Louis
NL Championship = Atlanta over Philadelphia

AL = New York over Los Angeles
AL = Boston over Minnesota
AL Championship = New York over Boston

World Series = New York over Atlanta


SDD said...

If The Yankees beat The Angels in the playoffs again this year, I'm going on a nationwide killing spree.
Just sayin'.
Love to catch a game with you sometime...

Dave said...

As a Yankees fan, I endorse this post

The Drunkenpolack

Soo said...

There is no way the Braves will beat out Philadelphia for the NL East. The Phillies have shown the past two seasons to be able to stay healthy, score a ton of runs, and pitch effectively when it matters. How a team that has gone to back-to-back WS still gets no respect is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

I'll go out on a limb here and predict that the cubs won't win it all.

Rational Realist said...

Any team but the Dodgers.

Aaron said...

I agree with your Twins pick to win the Central division, and would love to see a Twins/Boston match up in the playoffs. With Mauer, Thome, Morneau, Kubel, Young and Cuddyer at the plate, a solid rotation, and momentum fueled by the excitement of a brand new outdoor stadium this year (I got season tix!) the Twins could be serious contenders to go far this year.