Fear not MLB fans, Baseball season is less than a month away. This off season has been one to remember for sure. From the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim making the biggest FA signing in Josh Hamilton, to the Toronto Blue Jays completely revamping their team and going for it all.
This is what we all love, but oh do we have questions. Can Mike Trout & Bryce Harper build on their strong rookie campaigns? Can Aroldis Chapman be a starting pitcher? Well I’m here to answer all your questions, well, sorta.
My friend Adam Kramer has a certain method at predicting the NCAA Football season and he gave me his blessing to do the same thing… By using a video game to predict the season, so MLB 13 the Show will bring you all these answers plus the World Series Champions. Boy this should be good.
Let’s start in the American League East where the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox had a very busy off season. Now, we all thought the Red Sox made great moves in adding to their lineup and making up for their fire sale last August, but man did anyone seeing them win the AL East? Well John Ferrell and the gang go 88-74 beating the Tampa Bay Rays by 1 game who go 87-75. Boy was this division competive as the Blue Jays finished in third with a 86-76 record and the Yankees finish in fourth with a 85-77 record… Tampa Bay does clinch one of the two wild card spots in the AL and will prepre for the one game playoff.
Now we go to the AL Central where the Detroit Tigers defend their AL crown and do win their division with an 85-77 record. But man Indian fans you have to be happy to see Terry Francona turn your team into an 84-78 team, but just missing the wild card spot. The Minnesota Twins make a big mark as well going 58-104. Looks like one franchise misses their speed guys at the top of the order.
Oh yeah, remember that whole “Can the Angels live up to the hype” discussion? Well how is 111-51 and winning the division by 22 games? As a team the Angels slugged .460!!! But it’s okay Texas. You my have lost Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli but hey you have a shot for the one game Wild Card against the Rays. The Houston Astros, welcome to the American League. Where you are in a familiar slot, the basement with a 67-95 record.
Now onto the National League, can they top what their fellow league did?
We’ll start with the Natonal LEague East who supply 3 Playoff teams… Yikes this is good.
BJ & Justin Upton look like they will be just fine together as they finish the year 98-64 with a 8 game lead on the Washington Nationals. Oh man, the Phillies do strike back, though. an 88-74 record gives them another shot at Washington and returning to the Postseason.
The New York Mets behind just david Wright go 74-88. The Miami Marlins finish… I can’t make this up 52-110… Someone better find Jeffrey Lauria and make sure he’s okay.
Now to the NL Central where oh man it finally happened!!!! It can’t be. The Pittsburgh Pirates go 82-80, they have a winning record! Oh, but they finish in 4th place.
The St. Louis Cardinals win the division by 5 games with an 89-73 record, as the Cincinnati Reds made a late run but suffer an 84-78 record. The Brew Crew wrap up an 83-79 cmpaign where oh the Cubbies hang a lot of L’s at Wrigley Field… 91 to be exact.
Where the West was won… The San Fransisco Giants faced their arch nemesis Los Angeles Dodgers who spent millions upon million of dollars. The Giants go 90-72 and the Dodgers again watch the post season at home with an 86-76 season. But apparently everyone is compeitive this year because the San Diego Padres finish 84-78 and the Arizona Diamondbacks go 82-80. The Colorado Rockies though, not so much as they go 68-94.
So if you’re keeping tabs at home…19 of the 30 Ball Clubs finish with winning records. Oh man this post season should be fun.
Now to your Award Winners:
Your National League MVP is Jason Heyward hitting a solid .307 with 42 Home Runs and 133 RBI. Talk about a breakout year.
The American League MVP stays in Detroit and Prince Fielder finally wins an MVP instead of protecting the winner. Prince hits .308 with 49 Home Runs and 140 RBI. Not too shabby.
Kris Medlen gets the Cy Young Hardware following his 19-4, 2.70 ER with 135 Strikeouts.. He has made Atlanta very very happy.
Oh but Jered Weaver isn’t impressed. Weaver wins the AL Cy Young over teammate Tommy Hanson (uhh what?). Weaver goes 22-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 126 Strikeouts. Hanson goes 17-5 with a 3.27 ERA and 132 Strikeouts.. How did he lose!
The NL Batting title goes to Arizona Catcher Miguel Montero hitting .341 with 21 HR & 75 RBI
The AL title stays with Miguel Cabrera. Miggy backs up his triple crown with a .323 Average, 44 HR and 123 RBI. Indians CF Michael Bourn finishes second with a .320 clip 8 Homers and 59 RBI.. Good signing Cleveland.
The NL Reliver of the year is now being called the Jason Motte Award. Motte had 55 saves with a 2.64 ERA and 48 Strikeouts.
Oh to be an Angel, and to have such an amazing recovery from Tommy John surgery.. Ryan Madson gets the Reliever of the year with a huge48 save 1.59 era and 31 Strikeout season. The Mechanical arm comes through!!
I’d tell you the ROY winners but their not real prospects.. OH you got us MLB with your fake players.
When it comes to your Hank Aaron winners, ithe Jay Hey Kid takes it with ease, as well as Miguel Cabrera.
Now foor the Gold Glove winners
NL: Daniel Hudson (P) Carlos Maldonado (C) Freddie Freeman (1B) Chase Utley (2B) Aramis Ramirez (3B) Jimmy Rollins (SS) Bryce Harper (LF) BJ Upton (CF) Andre Ethier (RF)
AL- Michael Pineda (p) John Hester (C) Mark Teixera (1B) Dustin Pedroia (2B) Kevin Youkilis (3B) Brendan Ryan (ss) Alex Gordon (LF) Adam Jones (CF) Nick Markakis (RF)
And now it’s post season time…
The Phillies end the Washington World Series run with a 11-5 vicotry eruptin for 6 first inning runs off of Stephen Strasburg.
Yu Darvish and a 5 spot in the third inning take the Rangers out of the Wild Card spot. Let the fun begin.
In the AL the Red Sox keep the magic alive with a sweep over the Detroit Tigers. What a run for the boys in Boston!
They will face the Angels who defeat their divison rival Rangers in 4 games.. Josh HAmilton has a rye smile after this one.
In the National League it’s the Giants turn to rest. They go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round and wait the Braves & Phillies battling it out to game 5.
The Braves win 2-0 in game 5 behind a Brian McCann 2 run bom and 7 shutout innings from Brandon Beachy.
So now it’s set. Boston vs Los Angeles Angels for the ALCS & Atlanta vs San Fransisco for the NL title.. Let’s go to the simulation.
Well the magic of Boston continues with a series victory in 5 over the magic of the Angels.. Take that Bobby V!
It was a great run at repeating for the Giants, but they fall short in 6 games. Beachy continues his post season dominance in the decider throwing a 4 hitter.
Now here we go for the World Series. The Braves get the Home Field advantage against the Sox, but nothing seems to faze these Red Sox.
The Sox take game 1 with a 4-1 final. Jacoby Ellsbury hits a 2 run blast and John Lester throws 8 innings of 1 run ball.
The Sox take the 2-0 lead but man a 9-8 ball game in Game 2! Boston puts up 4 runs in the second inning including Johnny Gomes going yard! Yup a Johnny Gomes sighting in this article.
We head to Boston with the Sox up 2-0 and on a 10 game winning streak in their last 3 World Series, can the Braves come back?
Game 3 the Braves win 5-4 where Jason Heyward hits for the cycle. Truly the greatest virtual athlete since Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl.
The Braves tie it up! a 6-3 win in game 4 makes it awfully interesting.
John Lester puts a stop to it in game 5 helping the Sox to a 5-4 victory behind a huge 2-4 day from Will Middlebrooks. Can the Sox do it? They stand just one win away.
The Red Sox win! The Red Sox win! In Game 6 only one inning sees any runs from both teams. The Sox start the 4th with 3 runs and the Braves can only score one. From a Fire Sale to World Champions… Really someone find Lauria.
Jarrod Salalamacchia brought the thunder with a 3 run blast in game 6 for the Sox to win it all. What a season!
With all these outstanding performances from the Red Sox your World Series MVP is……. Pedro Ciriaco? Huh? Well, he hit .500 with 3 RBI in the series to lead the Sox to a title. This will heal the wounds of Carl Crawford and Bobby Valentine, i’m sure.
So there you have it folks, the Boston Red Sox shock the world with another magical World Series run. Congrats to the boys at Fenway for sure.