Monday, May 29, 2017

NBA 17 Big Board

2017 NBA Draft Big Board

Editor's note: I am a huge 76ers fan, so (unfortunately) I pay very close attention to the draft prospects throughout the college season (seriously, I’m likely one of six people who watched Washington more than once this past season. Okay I watched them only two times). My big board rankings are not based on the Sixers needs but I am sure there is some influence on these rankings, no matter how hard I try to shield that from my thought process (PROCESS, TRUST IT). I also did my very best to compile these rankings based off my eyes and thoughts, not “consensus” rankings. It’s hard to throw out the “experts” takes, but I did my best. And while I watch more college hoops then the average fan, it’s certainly tough to watch enough to get a good sense of certain players, so I relied heavily on YouTube (seriously, what an amazing tool). With that noted, here is the 2017 #KunkelBigBoard, going from 15 to 1.

15: Zach Collins: As Gonzaga made their run to the title, the nation saw just how good this kid is. I’m probably a little low on him, and won’t be shocked if he gets drafted in the top 10.

14: Harry Giles: This dude was the number one recruit in the country before a bunch of injuries killed his freshman year at Duke. I think he should have returned to school and refined his game, but he oozes potential with his frame and physical tools. We’ve seen the impact a guy like Tristan Thompson has had in Cleveland. Given time to develop, Giles could be a steal for a team outside of the top 10.

13: Justin Jackson: Speaking of going back to school, Jackson certainly showed that he made the right call. On way to a national title, he developed almost every aspect of his game. There are some very good playoff caliber teams that could eye trading up for Jackson, who doesn’t have the ceiling like some in this class, but will be ready to contribute right away. Jackson could be a very good “3 and D” wing if he can refine some of the defensive tools.

12: Lauri Markkanen: The first real wildcard for me. The jump shot is elite, and at a legit 7’0 that is scary. But he stinks on defense and can’t really rebound well for his size. In the right role, I think he could really thrive. I think it’s funny that many have him going to Dallas to replace Dirk. I would bet a lot that he won’t be “the next Dirk” as some have compared. With that said I do think that’s a great spot with Nerlens Noel running the floor, cleaning the glass and protecting the rim.

11: Frank Ntilikina: If Markkanen is the first wildcard, Ntilikina --so happy this is an article not a podcast. I have zero idea if I’ll ever be able to pronounce that-- is the biggest wild card. He’s long. SUPER long. But he’s also very young, and needs a lot of work offensively. He’s the only guy on this list that I did not get to watch live. Most scouts who study Europe think he’s got the tools to be a versatile, elite defender. He has a 7’0 wingspan and is still just 18 years old. All indications are that side of the ball won’t be a problem. But can he play on this level offensively? If he can, he could be one of the best players in this loaded draft.

10: Jayson Tatum: Shocker! No seriously, I’m a little shocked I ended up here. I loved Tatum for most of the season. He took game’s over. But hear me out. He relies so much on having the ball to be effective. It was like I was watching Rudy Gay 2.0. Folks Rudy Gay is a really good NBA player, but there is a reason he keeps getting moved. That type of player isn’t what the new NBA is about. The jump shot is streaky, he’s a below average passer, and the defense went in and out. There are not 10 players more talented than Tatum, but can he be efficient enough?

9: Luke Kennard: And you were just thinking “this Duke hater.” I am HERE for Luke Kennard. The stones man. The fucking stones on this dude. Watch Luke Kennard for more than a few minutes. He is a BALLER. Smooth lefty. Best shooter in the draft, 6-6 wing and a ton of DOG in him. Sure, he might not be the next incarnation of Khawi Lenoard on defense (okay not even close), but he has size and tenacity to be effective on that side. Luke Kennard will be one of the best 10 players from this loaded draft. BOOK IT.

8: Malik Monk: Monk can flat out shoot it and take over games. He loves the big shot. If he’s a more efficient version of JR Smith I don’t think any team would be mad. He’s a little small, and there are a lot of other questions. Can he guard? Is he a little small to take games over in the playoffs, when play is much more physical? Maybe his biggest issue is versatility. The NBA is all about versatility, and Monk is a small (6-3ish) and doesn’t feature elite athleticism like his backcourt mate. But man, he can shoot. And that’ll get you far in the NBA in the year 2017.

7: Jon Issac: There is a chance that I (and many others) look back in five years and wonder why the hell they didn’t pencil Issac in at number one and start from there. The tools are incredible. 6-11, can shoot it well --35 percent from three, 78 percent from the line-- and is basically a more athletic and taller Draymond Green on YouTube. But does Issac want it? He disappeared at times while playing for a very deep FSU team. I don’t think Issac has the offensive talent to ever be a superstar, but he could be the best “3 and D” wing in the league while screwing over opposing coaches game plans.

6: Lonzo Ball: This is probably the worst place to put Lonzo. He’s either going to be a superstar, or a huge bust. I’m convinced. Let’s look at just the basketball stuff. Great size, good athlete, incredibly unselfish. His passing is so fun. The jump shot is WEIRD. No other way to put it. Will that work in the NBA? Great question. It hasn’t hurt him yet, but now he’ll be defended by bigger dudes and the three point line is farther. He lacks blow by speed in the halfcourt and that could be a huge issue in the NBA if his jumper is a problem. Either way, in transition you can see why he gets Magic comparisons. Next, we can’t simply ignore the off the court stuff. His Dad could be the toughest defender he’ll face. The pressure will be IMMENSE from day one. I’m still not sure if going to LA would be a good or bad thing for Lonzo. I do think we’ll find out. I would be shocked if the Lakers passed on him.

5: De’aaron Fox: He’s so so so fast. He’s so so so John Wall 2.0 athletically speaking. But he cannot shoot. Probably number one or two on my list if he could. However, with good coaching and hard work he could develop the shot. Form looks good. Shot 74 percent from the free throw line. That’s a good place to start. But he needs to develop the shot, then develop the confidence to actually use it. I would love to see Phoenix take him and move Eric Bledsoe for a good big man or wing. There is a reason the Lakers are taking a look at number two, and Philadelphia will take a hard look at three. He checks every single box for the modern day point guard….except the most important one.

4: Josh Jackson: Explosive as hell. He’s the wing version of Fox. I have him higher because of the size difference. Jackson is a 6-8 combo forward that can guard one through four. I think he’ll be the best defender in the draft. He’s going to absolutely YAM on some people. He *copy/pastes from above* checks every box...but the most important box. And unlike Fox (form wise) the jumper looks like it will need major work. There is a major hitch in it. The 38 percent three point percentage is a little misleading because he got very hot at the end of the season. 56 percent from the line makes me puke. I penciled Jackson in at three for the Sixers the moment I saw the logo pop up on lotto night. I’ve backtracked a bit. Name one elite NBA wing that flat out can’t shoot. Kidd-Gilchrist might be the best, and he is far from elite. Jackson will be a very good player, but will need to either A) Develop at least a reliable shot or B) go to a team where the shot won’t hold him back. Not to harp on it too much, but it’s the difference from a Paul George/Jimmy Butler type player, and MKG type player.

3: Donovan Mitchell: We’ve gotten to the guy that will make or break my big board (accuracy wise). I had to sit down many times and stop using national consensus in anyway here. Donovan Mitchell is made for the NBA in 2017. He is a BALLER who can do just about everything well, and some things great. As I watched I kept thinking a mesh of Brad Beal and Avery Bradley. At 6-3, he has super long arms that allow him to play longer than his height suggests (6’10 wingspan!!!). He’s so smooth offensively, has a beautiful shot (36 percent from three last year, 80 percent from the line). Defensively, he’s a flat out beast. This is where I kept seeing Avery Bradley. The length (again, 6-10 wingspan!!!!), the body (he’s freaking chiselled) and smarts (first team all ACC and first team all defense). He’ll be ready to contribute from day one on that end. Give the offense some time, and you’re looking at a multi time all star. Let’s go Donovan Mitchell.

2: Dennis Smith Jr: All the tools, can score from anywhere on the offensive end, features a very nice looking shot. If he didn’t waste away at NC State I think he would be getting more national coverage. There is no way there are three better players in this draft. Some suggest he has some effort issues, and maybe the attitude could use some work, but I can’t fault him too much. NC State was a train wreck. He’ll also be two years away from an ACL tear that may had limited him some last season, which is scary because he was already a top three pure athlete. He’s too athletic to not be at least a decent defender. He might be a little short (6-3, and 6-3 wingspan) but the hops make up for it. I see a ton of Dam Lillard in his game, and he’s certainly a better athlete. Yikes! I’ve officially started my #GetDSJtoPhilly campaign.

1: Markelle Fultz: How many of you have actually watched Fultz? I hope the answer is low, because it takes a sick minded human to want to stay up and watch that Washington team. They were TERRIBLE. But Fultz was not. The hype is real. He is a STUD. He can score from all over. Great athlete. Super smooth. Just watch this, and you’ll see why he’s the consensus number one pick. That won’t change here. Link:

Monday, April 10, 2017

MLB 17 picks


NL East

1. Nationals
2. Mets
3. Marlins
4. Phillies
5. Braves

NL Central

1. Cubs
2. Pirates
3. Cardinals
4. Reds
5. Brewers

NL West

1. Dodgers
2. Giants
3. Diamondbacks
4. Rockies
5. Padres

AL East

1. Red Sox
2. Blue Jays
3. Orioles
4. Yankees
5. Rays

AL Central

1. Indians
2. Tigers
3. Royals
4. Twins
5. White Sox

AL West

1. Astros
2. Rangers
3. Mariners
4. Angels
5. Athletics

MLB Playoffs

National League

1. Cubs
2. Nationals
3. Dodgers
4. Mets
5. Pirates

American League

1. Red Sox
2. Astros
3. Indians
4. Blue Jays
5. Rangers

Wild Card Round

Pirates over Mets
Blue Jays over Rangers

NL Divisional Round

Cubs over Pirates
Dodgers over Nationals

AL Divisional Round

Red Sox over Blue Jays
Indians over Astros


Dodgers over Cubs


Red Sox over Indians 

World Series 

Dodgers over Red Sox


AL MVP: Carlos Correa
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard
AL Cy Young: Marco Stroman

AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi
NL Rookie of the Year: Manuel Margot

AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell
NL Manager of the Year: Dave Roberts

NL Comeback Player of the Year: Bryce Harper
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Michael Brantley

Bold Predictions: 

Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Bryce Harper will all hit 50+ homers this year. Stanton is the x-factor because of his injury history but I believe this is the year he finally stays healthy. Bryce Harper is going to bounce back in a huge way obviously. Everyone already expected him to return to prominence, but an MVP and 50 home run season will put a cherry on top. Josh Donaldson's 50 homer season is basically because he plays in Toronto and that stadium just launches balls. I still feel he is one of the most underrated players in the game.  He's overshadowed because of the abundance of young stars in the game so it seems as if he's forgotten a tiny bit. A 50 homer season will remind people of his greatness. 

Andrew McCutchen wins the gold glove in right field. After all the craziness surrounding him and the Buccos this offseason with trade rumors and the shifting from center to right field, he's going to get the last laugh and win the gold glove in right field. He would have won comeback player of the year too if Bryce Harper doesn't have the season I think he has. At least Cutch will remind us that he's nowhere near done playing the game at a high level. If Bryce does not hit my 50 homer plateau prediction though, Andrew McCutchen will win comeback player of the year.

Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw are going to strikeout 300 batters but neither of them is going to win the NL Cy Young. That just says the faith I have in Noah Syndergaard. This is crazy though because last year, Kershaw was the 1st pitcher to strike out 300 guys since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002. 


MLB Predictions:

Kansas City

-Wild Card:

Los Angeles

-Wild Card:
San Francisco

World Series: Astros vs Pirates.
   -Winner: Pirates

Cy Young:
Chris Sale
Kenta Maeda

Mookie Betts
Corey Seager

Andrew Benintendi
Josh Bell


AL: Cleveland, Baltimore, Houston ALWC: Boston, Texas

AL Champ: Baltimore

NL: Mets, Cubs, Dodgers NLWC D-Backs, Pirates

NL Champ: Dodgers

World Series: Orioles over Dodgers

AL MVP: Manny Machado
NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson


World Series: Mets OVER Red Sox, 6 games
Let me open by saying OF COURSE I am picking the Mets to win the World Series. Any time there’s even the slightest possibility going into a season that one of my teams could win a championship I’m picking them. Yes, I will be bitching and moaning when the Mets are 54-53 in July about how their offense sucks, guys are hurt, blah blah blah. This is all part of the process. Trust it, baby. 
Instead of texting everyone all season, I’m just going to list my Mets grievances here and let them be (for the most part). They cannot hit lefties. There are too many damn left-handed hitters who don’t hit for average on this team. I have no idea what they’re going to do with future all-star Michael Conforto. Health will be a problem. I mean, you can’t sign a bunch of old guys with injury problems and be surprised when they get hurt. But time and time again, this happens. Surprise! Of course David Wright is going to get hurt! Neil Walker probably will too! And Duda! Back problems are bad. It might not ever work for Steven Matz in New York. Lugo has a torn UCL. Who knows what they’re getting from Harvey (I think he finishes in the 3.30-range). And the team is incredibly dependant on Yoenis Cespedes. 
WITH THAT BEING SAID I like so much about this team. Thor-DeGrom-Harvey-Wheeler-Gsellman is a hell of a starting five. I trust their bullpen more than anyone else in the NL. Salas-Reed-Familia 7-8-9 is dynamite. The Nats don’t have a closer! They might trade for a high-end one, but that’s a big concern. Their talent should carry them to a 95+ win season, but in a small sample size like the playoffs, with no closer against really good teams, that could really fuck them. I think no matter how the outfield situation shapes out between Granderson-Bruce-Conforto, they’ll hit a shit ton of home runs. Cespedes might be the NL’s best outfielder (that’s right, Bryce Harper). There are just a lot of talented vets who know how to get the job done day in and day out. 

AL East – Red Sox (1): Stacked rotation, extremely talented outfield
AL Central – Cleveland (2): Made the WS despite their rotation getting destroyed. Lindor might win AL MVP. Edwin Encarnacion is a huge signing. 
AL West – Houston (3): The amount of young talent in that day-to-day lineup is overwhelming. Pitching staff behind Kuechel is a concern. Should be enough for 90 wins. Need to get off to a decent start, unlike last year.
WC1: Baltimore (4): Every year people doubt the Orioles. And every year they’re in the playoffs. Never count out a team with an awesome bullpen who can hit home runs. 
WC2: Detroit (5): Fulmer-Verlander-Zimmerman at the top of the rotation prevails.
Just missing out: Texas, LA Angels (a team with Mike Trout on it has to come close to making the playoffs at least once, right?), Seattle Mariners .
Wild Card: Baltimore over Detroit WC (4-3)
ALDS: Red Sox OVER Baltimore, 4 games
ALDS: Cleveland OVER Houston, 5 games
ALCS: Red Sox OVER Cleveland, 7 games
NL East --Nationals (2): Bullpen is concerning, as is health of Scherzer and Strasburg, but they have some really top-end talent up and down that lineup.
NL -- Central: Cubs (1): I mean… yeah. 
NL West -- Dodgers (3): The window is closing.
WC1 -- Mets (4): YUP
WC2 -- Rockies (5): I BELIEVE IN YOU ROCKIES. They’ll have to withstand some early-season injuries. That lineup can mash in any park in the country. They hung around last year. If they’re close, they might pony up for a top-end starter, even if history suggests it probably won’t work at Coors field. 
Just missing out: Marlins (great lineup, incredible outfield, strong bullpen, pitching over the course of 162 might not be good enough), Pirates (same), Cardinals (they’ll probably have some AA guy we’ve never heard of hit 20 home runs).
Wild card: Mets OVER Rockies, 7-1
NLDS: Mets OVER Cubs, 5 games
NLDS: Nationals OVER Dodgers, 5 games
NLCS: Mets OVER Nationals, 6 games
AL MVP: Francisco Lindor
NL MVP: Corey Seager, Dodgers… If Freddie Freeman played on a better team I think he would win it. He could put up a monster season.
NL CY Young: Thor… People love a big man with flowing golden locks. I’d still take Jacob deGrom in a do-or-die game.
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale… Now that he’s in Boston people realize how good he’s been and feel bad he’s never won Cy Young before. 
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson, Braves. He does it all. True story, the Braves held him one at-bat short of qualifying as a rookie last year so he could win it this year. Glasnow and Gsellman get votes. 

AL ROY: I don’t know shit about AL prospects. AL baseball is stupid. Everyone seems to think Andrew Benintendi is going to win it. Does that ever go as planned? There has to be some foreign player out there. I’ll go Aaron judge, Yankees. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

NBA 16/17 Predictions


NBA 2016-2017 NBA Predictions

Eastern Conference

1.      Cleveland Cavaliers
2.      Toronto Raptors
3.      Atlanta Hawks
4.      Boston Celtics
5.      Indiana Pacers
6.      New York Knicks
7.      Chicago Bulls
8.      Milwaukee Bucks

Cavs over Bucks
Raptors over Bulls
Knicks over Hawks
Pacers over Celtics

Cavs over Pacers
Knicks over Raptors

Cavs over Knicks

Western Conference

1.      Golden State Warriors
2.      San Antonio Spurs
3.      Oklahoma City Thunder
4.      Los Angeles Clippers
5.      Portland Trail Blazers
6.      Memphis Grizzles
7.      Utah Jazz
8.      Minnesota Timberwolves

Warriors over Timberwolves
Clippers over Trail Blazers
Spurs over Jazz
Thunder over Grizzles

Clippers over Warriors
Thunder over Spurs

Clippers over Thunder

NBA Finals: Cavs over Clippers in 6

MVP: Russell Westbrook over Lebron James
ROY: Kris Dunn over Brandon Ingram
DPOY: DeAndre Jordan over Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved Player: Devin Booker over D’Angelo Russell
Coach of the Year: Tyrann Lue over Steve Kerr




NBA Predictions

1. GS
8. Kings

OKC vs Golden State

1. Cavs
8. Detroit 

Cavs vs Bulls

Finals: Golden State over Cavs

MVP: Westbrook
Coach: Luke Walton
Sixth Man: Lou Williams
DPoy: Whiteside
Rookie: Jamal Murray
Bottom 4: Phoenix and Pelicans
                  Sixers and Nets


East Standings (1-8): Cavs, Raps, Pacers, C’s, Hornets, Hawks, Pistons, Wizards

West Standings (1-8): GSW, SAS, UTAH, LAC, PORT, HOU, OKC, MINNY

Bottom Three Records: Nets, Suns, Lakers

East Finals: Cavs over Pacers

West Finals: SAS over UTAH

NBA Finals/ Champion: SAS over Cavs

MVP: Kawhi Leonard
ROY: Joel Embiid
COY: Quin Snyder
Defensive POY: Kawhi Leonard
Most Improved: Jahlil Okafor


East (1-8): Cavs, Toronto, C’s, Detroit, Indiana, Washington, Atlanta, NYK

West (1-8): GSW, LAC, SAS, Houston, Portland, OKC, Utah, Dallas

Bottom Three: Brooklyn (hahahahah), Philly, Lakers

East finals: Cleveland over Boston

West: GSW over LAC

Finals: GSW over Cleveland (in 6)

MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Ingram
COY: Brad Stevens
DPOY: Kawhi
Most Improved (is this a real award?): Rudy Gobert

-Other notes: No idea how Charlotte is going to score outside of Kemba this year. I’m worried about Batum… Washington was killed by injuries/lazy big men last year and still finished .500. I like them making a jump… Go Knicks!... I think the Heat could be intriguing but ultimately trade Dragic and aim for a top 5-7 pick… Dallas deserves an 8 seed out of respect for Dirk, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Minny make it… The baby Lakers are going to be fun but will have to have guys fake injuries so they can tank… I hope the Suns just let Booker take over… Memphis has had the same core for about 26 years. It’s over for them… The Clips became so overrated they’re underrated. Blake is going to finish top 4 in MVP voting (bron, Steph, KD, Blake)... An average of 18 and 10 is in play for Kristaps (finished with 14 and 7 ish last season)... Noah plays less than 30 games for the Knicks.

East Standings (1-8):  Cavs, Pacers, Raptors, Celtics, Hawks, Knicks, Wizards

West Standings (1-8):  Warriors, LAC, Spurs, Portland, OKC, Memphis, Dallas, T WOLVES

Bottom Three Records: Lakers, Nets, Kings

East Finals:  Cavs over Pacers

West Finals: Warriors over Clippers

NBA Finals/ Champion: Cavs over Warriors

MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Brandon Ingram
COY: Tibbs
Defensive POY: Kwahi Leonard
Most Improved: Blake Griffin

Friday, April 1, 2016

MLB Predictions

Feel free to send me your predictions to

Lee's Picks

American League
AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
AL West: Houston Astros
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
WC: KC Royals
WC: Baltimore Orioles

AL Champ: Orioles over Jays

National League
NL East: New York Mets
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: San Francisco Giants
WC: Pittsburgh Pirates
WC: Washington Nationals

NL Champ: Cubs over Giants

Cubs over Cubs over Orioles

AL MVP: Manny Machado
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber
NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

AL ROY: Byron Buxton
NL ROY: Corey Seager

AL MOY: Buck Showalter
NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

Matt's picks

Division winners:
AL East: Orioles
AL Central: Royals
AL West: Astros
NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Giants

AL WC: Blue Jays, Rays
NL WC: Pirates, Cardinals

AL champ: Royals
NL champ: Cubs
World Series winner: Cubs

AL MVP: Machado
NL MVP: Harper

AL Cy Young: Chris Archer
NL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole

AL ROY: Byron Buxton
NL ROY: Corey Seager

Andrew's Picks

AL East: Blue Jays
AL Central: Royals
AL West: Astros
Wild Card: Texas, Baltimore
AL Champ: Astros

NL East: Mets
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Giants
Wild Card: Dodgers, Nationals
NL Champ: Cubs

World Series: Cubs

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Anthony Rizzo
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
AL ROY: Byron Buxton (pure guess thanks to google)
NL ROY: Corey Seager (pure guess thanks to google)

Lash's Picks


AL EAST-Blue Jays
AL WEST-Rangers

NL WC1-Cardinals
NL WC2- Nationals
AL WC1-Red Sox
AL WC2-Royals

AL CHAMP-Blue Jays

NL MVP-Bryce Harper
AL MVP-Lorenzo Cain

NL CY YOUNG-Zach Greinke
AL CY YOUNG-Chris Sale

NL ROY-Corey Seager
AL ROY-Joey Gallo

Chas' picks

AL East: Toronto
AL Central: Detroit (my sister would kill me if she knew I picked otherwise)
AL West: Texas
WC: Boston
WC: Houston

NL East: New York
NL Central: Chicago
NL West: Los Angeles
WC: Pittsburgh
WC: Washington (Buccos get cuckolded at home for the third year in a row)

AL MVP: Mike "Should be 5 Years in a Row" Trout (and they'll still probably give to to Correa or something dumb)
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL CY: David Price
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: I don't know much about prospects from other teams so I'll say Jose Berrios because I think Buxton stinks

NL ROY: Corey Seager

Zach's Picks

AL: Blue Jays
     Royals            WC: Orioles and Boston

NL: Nationals
     Pirates            WC: Mets and Cubs

AL: Blue Jays vs. Royals (Blue jays beat Boston and Royals beat Houston)

NL: Pirates vs Giants (Pirates beat Mets and Giants beat Nationals)

World Series: Pirates over Blue Jays (in 6)

AL Cy Young: Marcus Strohman
NL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole
MVP: Donaldson and Mccutchen
Rookies: Joey Gallo and Corey Seager
Managers: John Gibbons and Clint Hurdle

Watch out: Marlins will be tough.
             Pirates outfield destroys the league.
             Cards don't have that great of a season (according to their standards).
               Boston makes a run and finishes better than Yankees.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015/2016 NBA

2015/2016 NBA Predictions

Lee Kunkel--

Eastern Conference

1. Cleveland 2. Miami 3. Atlanta 4. Washington 5. Toronto 6. Chicago 7. Orlando 8. Milwaukee

Western Conference

1. Oklahoma City 2. Golden State 3. Houston 4. San Antonio 5. LA Clippers 6. New Orleans 7. Memphis 8. Jazz

MVP: Anthony Davis
ROY: Jahlil Okafor

Finals: Cleveland over GSW

Worst teams: East: Philadelphia, West: Nuggets

Joe Haefner--

East West Division Winner
Cavs Divison Winner Rockets Division Winner Heat Divison Winner Thunder Division Winner Raptors Divison Winner Clippers

Bulls Warriors Wizards Spurs Hawks Pelicans Bucks Memphis Pacers Jazz

MVP Durant

East Heat, West Thunder (healthy)

Finals Thunder

Zach Reichard

1. Golden State
2. Spurs
3. Clippers
4. Thunder
5. Grizzlies
6. Rockets
7. Dallas
8. Lakers

1. Cavs
2. Hawks
3. Toronto
4. Wizards
5. Bulls
7. Bucks
8. Pistons

Cavs vs Hawks

Golden State vs Spurs

Golden State over Hawks!

MVP: Step Curry
ROY: D Russell

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MLB Predictions: 2015

April 1st means only one thing. No not is back! Opening Night is right around the corner, as the new look Cubs take on the raining NL Central reigning champion St. Louis Cardinals. Monday, Opening Day festivities begin across the country as the 2015 season "officially" gets underway.

Last season, I did a pretty good job. I got all six division winners correct! However, I failed to pick any of the four wildcard teams, and whiffed on my Baltimore over Washington World Series pick.

Feel free to send me your picks: Include division winners, wildcards, WS pick. Also MVP Cy Young and Rookie of the year (both leagues for these three).

Time to make some predictions: Without further ado....

American League:

East: Baltimore Orioles
Central: Cleveland Indians
West: Los Angeles Angels
Wildcards: Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox

AL Champ: Baltimore Orioles

National League:

East: Washington Nationals
Central: Pittsburgh Pirates
West: San Diego Padres
Wildcards: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets

NL Champ: San Diego Padres

World Series: Baltimore Orioles over San Diego Padres

MVP: (AL) Robinson Cano, (NL) Andrew McCutchen
Cy Young: (AL) Felix Hernandez, (NL) Matt Harvey
Rookie of the Year: (AL) Daniel Norris, (NL) Joc Pederson

Reasoning: Let's start in the American League, and why I chose the Orioles to win it all (SURPRISE). The Birds lost some big names, mainly Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis, and Andrew Miller. Miller will likely hurt the most, as he is regarded by many as one of the top five relievers in all of baseball. He was lights out in Baltimore after the Orioles acquired him from Boston at the trade deadline. While those losses hurt, a healthy Manny Machado and Matt Wieters are more than enough to offset that missing production. Wieters is a top five catcher, Machado a budding super star and elite defender. Both missed almost all of last season. The Bullpen should be one of the top five in the AL once again.

The rotation will be even better this season, and it was pretty strong last year. Chris Tillman has become an ace, and there is great depth behind him. Baltimore is one of few teams that can survive an injury (or even two) to the pitching staff. Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez (should bounce back, nowhere to go but up?), and Kevin Gausman are all solid. Gausman and prospect Dylan Bundy are two of the better young arms in all of baseball.

Bullpen remains strong, the best manager in baseball --Buck Showalter-- remains in charge, and the Orioles have some nice young pieces to make a trade at the deadline if they need to.

I love the moves Boston made this offseason. The lineup is loaded, and they have a hungry team filled with guys that want to prove last year was simply a one year hangover, and not a sign of things to come. The pitching staff isn't great, but the farm system is stacked. If Boston wants to get Hamels or another high end pitcher, they can. The Yankees are still old, lack starting pitching depth, and are already battling some injuries at key positions. The A-Rod saga will linger on the first few weeks, and that could be something that blows up in the pinstripes face if they lose games early.

The AL Central will be the best race in baseball. The Indians are stacked with pitching and some great players that the casual fan may not know too well just yet. Michael Brantley is a star, and the staff is deep. (I think the Indians will make the ALCS and fall in seven games to the Orioles.) Chicago made some big moves, the Tigers remain strong, the Royals are coming off a run to the World Series. Sheesh. The Twins don't stand much of a chance.

Out West Seattle, LA, and Oakland are pretty even. The addition of Nelson Cruz, along with some really good young players coming through the minors, is the reason I chose Seattle to beat out Oakland for the Wild Card spot. The Angels, led by Mike Trout, still have the deepest lineup, and a very good rotation. But if you were to tell me they come in third, I wouldn't be shocked.

In the NL, a few things may standout. Number one, I'm drinking the Padres Kool-Aid. Kemp, Myers, Upton, Shields, Middlebrooks. What an offseason. The rotation is really good, and should thrive in that stadium. Obviously, the Dodgers are going to pretty damn good, but this is my bold pick. The Padres beat them out by a game. The Giants -who won the whole damn thing last year-- lost a few key pieces including the Panda. Can Matt Cain bounce back? They will need him too, because they feasted on a bad division last year. That won't be the case this year.

Pittsburgh finally gets over the hump that is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards lack depth in their rotation, and I question the Shelby Miller deal. They have a lot of guys coming of injuries, and their rotation cannot afford to lose anyone for any decent length of time. In Pittsburgh, Gregory Polanco will need to become a reliable everyday player. I think he will, and that gives the Buccos one of the better outfields in all of baseball. McCutchen is my MVP, and a top three player in the game, according to ESPN. The Cubs have a very good young team, but too young to contend just yet.

Expect the Nationals to once again dominate the East. You would be almost crazy to think anything else. The staff is loaded. The lineup is powerful and deep, the bullpen is very good, and the defense is improved (about time they moved Zimmerman to first). They should win the most games in the regular season (I'll say 105). But can they finally get it done in the postseason? Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez is about as good as it gets.

The Mets, who I have stealing the final Wild Card, are going to be an extremely interesting team to follow. Matt Harvey might be the best pitcher in baseball. There are no numbers to back this, and he missed a whole season last year, so no I wouldn't take him over, say Kershaw. But his stuff? Lights out. Will the Mets allow him to pitch enough innings to warrant Cy Young consideration? That's another question. I really like the rest of the rotation too. Michael Cuddyer will hit like .700 at Citi Field with that massive outfield. The Mets will battle the Marlins for second place and that last wildcard, and pitching depth is the reason I'm picking them. The Braves will be a pest, but I can't see them breaking into the top three. The Phillies will be atrocious.

Matt Heiland: 

American League:

East: Baltimore
Central: Chicago
West: Seattle
Wildcards: Cleveland, Toronto

AL Champ: Baltimore

National League:

East: Washington
Central: St. Louis
West: LA Dodgers
Wildcards: Pittsburgh, Miami

NL Champ: Washington

World Series: Baltimore over Washington

MVP: (AL) Mike Trout, (NL) Giancarlo Stanton
Cy Young: (AL) Chris Sale, (NL) Clayton Kershaw
Rookie of the Year: (AL) Rusney Castillo, (NL) Joc Pederson

Ethan Woy: 

American League:

East: Baltimore Orioles
Central: Cleveland Indians
West: Los Angeles Angels
Wildcards: Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox

AL Champ: Angels

National League:

East: Washington
Central: St. Louis
West: LA Dodgers
Wildcards: Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins

NL Champ: Dodgers

World Series: Dodgers over Angels

MVP: (AL) Trout, (NL) Harper
Cy Young: (AL) Hernandez, (NL) Kershaw
Rookie of the Year: (AL) Carlos Rodon, (NL) Kris Bryant

Shae Hess: 


East - Boston Red Sox
Central - Detroit Tigers
West - Oakland Athletics
Wildcards - Kansas City Royals & Seattle Mariners 


East - Washington Nationals
Central - Pittsburgh Pirates
West - LA Dodgers 
Wild Cards - St. Louis Cardinals & San Diego Padres

AL Champ: Boston Red Sox
NL Champ: Washington Nationals 

World Series Champs: Boston Red Sox

AL MVP: Trout
AL CY YOUNG: Hernandez 
AL ROY: Carlos Rodon

NL MVP: Stanton
NL CY YOUNG: Kershaw
NL ROY: Kris Bryant

Andrew Heiland:

American League:
East – Baltimore Orioles
Central – Cleveland Indians      
West – Seattle Mariners
Wildcards – Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels

AL Champ – Baltimore Orioles

National League:
East – Washington Nationals
Central – St. Louis Cardinals
West – Los Angeles Dodgers
Wildcards – Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins

NL Champ – Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series – Baltimore over LA

MVP: (AL) Trout, (NL) Stanton
Cy Young: (AL) Hernandez, (NL) Kershaw
ROY: (AL) Dalton Pompey, (NL) Joc Pederson

Zach Lash:

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Mariners
Wildcard: Tigers, Angels

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
Wildcard: Padres, Marlins

World Series: Dodgers over Mariners

AL Cy Young: King Felix
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw

AL MVP: Jose Abreu
NL MVP: Yasiel Puig

AL ROY: Micah Johnson
NL ROY: Jorge Soler

Andre Frye:

American League:

East: Toronto
Central: Cleveland
West: Seattle
Wild Cards: Chicago, Baltimore

AL Champ: Chicago

National League:

East: Washington
Central: Pittsburgh
West: Los Angeles

Wild Cards: St. Louis, Miami

NL Champ: Pittsburgh

World Series: Pittsburgh over Chicago

MVP: (AL) Mike Trout, (NL) Andrew McCutchen
Cy Young: (AL) Chris Sale, (NL) Stephen Strasburg
ROY: (AL) Aaron Sanchez, (NL) Kris Bryant
Comeback POY: (AL) Prince Fielder, (NL) Matt Harvey
Manager of the Year: (AL) Lloyd McClendon, (NL) Mike Redmond

Joey Haefner

AL WEST Mariners
WILD CARD 2 Angels

NL EAST Nationals
NL CENTRAL Cardinals
NL WEST Dodgers
WILD CARD 1 Pirates
WILD CARD 2 Padres
WINNER Pirates

Mariners Over Indians
NL DIVISION SERIES Pirates Over Nationals
Cardinals Over Dodgers
Al Championship Series Mariners Over Red Sox
NL Championship Series Pirates Over Cardinals
WORLD SERIES Pirates Over Mariners

AL MVP Mike Trout
NL MVP Andrew McCutchen
AL CY YOUNG King Felix
NL CY YOUNG Gerrit Cole