Sunday, March 31, 2013

Baseball Predictions, Part 9: Jon Paul Morosi

The taller of the two Fox Sports baseball analysts, Jon Paul Morosi, also doesn't have the Dodgers winning the NL West in 2013. Unfortunately, he's got the Dodgers all the way down at third place in the NL West, behind the Diamondbacks and Giants:


Diamondbacks: The late-spring injury to Adam Eaton will make the lineup less dynamic, but there’s more than enough outfield depth to compensate. The organization is pitching-rich, with Daniel Hudson set to return from Tommy John surgery at midseason.

Giants: They pitch superbly, they play together, and they score just enough runs to win. Tim Lincecum’s performance in his contract year will be fascinating to follow.

Dodgers: Profligate spending has yielded a roster of ill-fitting pieces. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will keep the Dodgers in contention, but this team needs an MVP-type season from Matt Kemp to reach the playoffs.

Padres: The momentum from last year’s second half has stalled, between Yasmani Grandal’s PED suspension and spring injuries to Chase Headley and Casey Kelly. The good news is that Jedd Gyorko will have ample opportunity to establish him as an everyday player.

Rockies: Four-man rotation, five-man rotation, six-man rotation — it wouldn’t matter. The Rockies don’t have enough good pitchers. But they will be watchable if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are healthy.

Morosi starts out the article claiming that he correctly predicted the Giants over the Rangers in the 2010 World Series, a claim that might be true (I'm too tired to find it online) and is dated anyway. But if he's right?

Morose, I.