Wednesday, January 24, 2007

How'd We Do?

It's becoming a tradition around here for Mr. Mosvick and I to make spring predictions for the upcoming season regarding which teams will head to the playoffs and which players will win the big awards. It's still a little early to be doing the Nicks' Picks for the 2007 season, but it's always interesting to go back and take a look at how we did the year before. With that in mind, I'm going to take a look back at our pre-season predictions from last year and see how we did. For a competitive twist, we'll each get a point for a correct prediction, and the winner can brag for a day.

AL WEST CHAMP

Nick M. said: Oakland
Nick N. said: Oakland

Actual winner: Oakland

Fairly easy prediction. +1 each.

AL CENTRAL CHAMP

Nick M. said: Cleveland
Nick N. said: Cleveland

Actual winner: Minnesota

Well, at least we were both idiots.

AL EAST CHAMP

Nick M. said: New York
Nick N. said: New York

Actual winner: New York

Huge surprise. Tied at two.

AL WILD CARD CHAMP

Nick M. said: Minnesota
Nick N. said: Minnesota

Actual winner: Detroit

This would have been correct if not for that crazy last day of the season. For what it's worth, several people in the comment section thought we were crazy for predicting the Twins to make the playoffs at all.

NL WEST CHAMP

Nick M. said: Los Angeles
Nick N. said: Los Angeles

Actual winner: San Diego

So far, we had both been very creative and independent. Still knotted at two.

NL CENTRAL CHAMP

Nick M. said: St. Louis
Nick N. said: St. Louis

Actual winner: St. Louis

3-3.

NL EAST CHAMP

Nick M. said: New York
Nick N. said: Atlanta

Actual winner: New York

Crud. Mosvick takes the lead, 4-3.

NL WILD CARD WINNER

Nick M. said: Atlanta
Nick N. said: New York

Actual winner: Los Angeles

Nope.

AL MVP

Nick M. said: Alex Rodriguez
Nick N. said: Alex Rodriguez

Actual winner: Justin Morneau

This is the least disappointed I've ever been about being wrong.

NL MVP

Nick M. said: Albert Pujols
Nick N. said: Albert Pujols

Actual winner: Ryan Howard

We should've been right on this one.

AL CY YOUNG

Nick M. said: Johan Santana
Nick N. said: Roy Halladay

Actual winner: Johan Santana

Halladay had a good year, but Santana was unquestionably the best. Mosvick takes a commanding 5-3 lead.

NL CY YOUNG

Nick M. said: Jake Peavy
Nick N. said: Carlos Zambrano

Actual winner: Brandon Webb

The NL was as tough to predict one day before the results were announced as it was before the season started. No one exactly ran away with this award.

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Nick M. said: Joel Zumaya
Nick N. said: Francisco Liriano

Actual winner: Justin Verlander

Liriano could've won it if he'd stayed healthy.

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Nick M. said: Matt Cain
Nick N. said: Jeremy Hermida

Actual winner: Hanley Ramirez

Swing and a miss.

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Alas, it wasn't a very great year for predictions on either part, but Nick M. did a little better to pick up a 5-3 victory. The predictions for 2007 will be coming in March at some point, and hopefully we can get some readers involved in the contest this year as well.