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April 6, 2009 - Seth Staskey
The forecast may be calling for snow at points this week, but winter time is far from my mind as two of the sporting calendar's biggest events unfold this week.

First and foremost, today (Monday) should be a declared a national holiday. I know Obama is a huge hoops fans, but maybe he can be persuaded to make the Opening Day of Major League Baseball a national holiday. I mean baseball is the nation's pastime. I think this is the year the Cubs get it done and erase all of the bad memories and finally get win the World Series for the first since 1908. Yes, I am a Cubs fan, but this pick is with total knowledge. Their pitching is top notch and I still look for Jake Peavy to be a Cub before the season ends; their bullpen is solid with Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol at the backend and their offense should lead the league in runs.

As for the other divisions, I will take the Mets (their bullpen is too good) in the East and the Dodgers (Manny for a whole season will be interesting) in the west. I look for the Phillies to win the Wild Card spot. I look for the Cubs to take out the Phils and the Mets to sweep the Dodgers in the Divisional Series and then the Cubs will outlast the Mets in six games to win the NL pennant.

In the American League, give me the Yankees (their signings will pay dividends) in the East; White Sox (Ozzie Guillen is crazy, but he can motivate) in the Central and the Angels (too much offense, which will make up for the loss of K-Rod in the pen) in a tight season-long race with the Athletics. Boston will earn the wildcard over a slim margin over Tampa Bay.

In the AL playoffs, look for New York to take out Chicago and Boston to take out Anaheim, setting up one of the best ALCS ever. I look for Boston to take the Yankees out in seven, but A-Rod will finally produce.

In the World Series, Cubs over Boston in six. MVP Award goes to Aramis Ramirez.

Now individual award predictions:
AL MVP -- Dustin Pedroia will repeat
NL MVP -- David Wright
AL Cy Young -- C.C. Sabathia
NL Cy Young -- Derek Lowe

As for the other big event of the week.....some people won't like this, but Tiger Woods is going to slip on the Green Jacket and with a win in the Masters.


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