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Globe staff baseball picks for 2011

March 26, 2011

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Here's how Globe and Boston.com columnists and reporters see things shaping up in Major League Baseball in 2011. (* - wild card team)

Dan Shaughnessy

AL EAST

1. Red Sox: This might make them bigger than Liverpool; 2. Yankees*; 3. Rays; 4. Orioles; 5. Blue Jays

AL CENTRAL

1. Tigers: Eminen can do a new commercial for the playoffs; 2. Twins; 3. White Sox; 4. Royals; 5. Indians

AL WEST

1. Angels: Order restored to the universe.; 2. Rangers; 3. Athletics; 4. Mariners

NL EAST

1. Phillies: Arlen Specter throws out first pitch in playoffs.; 2. Braves*; 3. Marlins; 4. Mets; 5. Nationals

NL CENTRAL

1. Brewers: Bud Selig wishes he still owned the team.; 2. Reds; 3. Cardinals; 4. Cubs; 5. Astros; 6. Pirates

NL WEST

1. Giants: Let’s win one for jailbird Barry.; 2. Dodgers; 3. Diamondbacks; 4. Rockies; 5. Padres

World Series: Giants over Red Sox

Bob Ryan

AL EAST

1. Red Sox: We’re the Town Bullies; deal with it.; 2. Yankees*; 3. Blue Jays; 4. Rays; 5. Orioles

AL CENTRAL

1. Tigers: Got worries about the hurlers, but I love the bats and the skipper.; 2. White Sox; 3. Twins; 4. Indians; 5. Royals

AL WEST

1. Athletics: Totally and utterly and completely a hunch, but they can pitch.; 2. Rangers; 3. Angels; 4. Mariners

NL EAST

1. Phillies: But it won’t be easy.; 2. Braves*; 3. Mets; 4. Marlins; 5. Nationals

NL CENTRAL

1. Cubs: No reason. For all I know, it could be a four-way tie.; 2. Cardinals; 3. Brewers; 4. Reds; 5. Pirates; 6. Astros

NL WEST

1. Rockies: 89 wins ought to take it.; 2. Giants; 3. Padres; 4. Dodgers; 5. Diamondbacks

World Series: Red Sox over Phillies

Peter Abraham

AL EAST

1. Red Sox: One-year playoff drought comes to merciful end as Adrian Gonzalez wears out the Wall.; 2. Yankees; 3. Rays; 4. Orioles; 5. Blue Jays

AL CENTRAL

1. Twins: They’re not good enough to win a playoff series. But they keep getting there.; 2. White Sox*; 3. Tigers; 4. Indians; 5. Royals

AL WEST

1. Athletics: Billy Beane is too smart not to figure it out eventually, right?; 2. Rangers; 3. Angels; 4. Mariners

NL EAST

1. Phillies: Cole Hamels is their No. 4 starter. All you need to know.; 2. Braves; 3. Marlins; 4. Nationals; 5. Mets

NL CENTRAL

1. Reds: Because somebody has to win this dull division.; 2. Cardinals; 3. Brewers; 4. Cubs; 5. Astros; 6. Pirates

NL WEST

1. Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki primed for an MVP season.; 2. Giants*; 3. Dodgers; 4. Padres; 5. Diamondbacks

World Series: Phillies over Red Sox

Michael Vega

AL EAST

1. Red Sox: After winning the winter with acquisitions of Crawford and Gonzalez, the Sox appear poised to win the fall as well.; 2. Yankees; 3. Orioles; 4. Rays; 5. Toronto

AL CENTRAL

1. Tigers: V-Mart and Verlander. Tigers won’t be able to spell victory in the division without their Killer Vs.; 2. Twins; 3. White Sox; 4. Indians; 5. Royals

AL WEST

1. Rangers: Sure, the departure of Cliff Lee will resonate, but Texas is still not to be messed with.; 2. A’s; 3. Mariners; 4. Angels

NL EAST

1. Phillies: The addition of Cliff Lee to that already stacked rotation? It just isn’t fair.; 2. Braves*; 3. Nationals; 4. Marlins; 5. Mets

NL CENTRAL

1. Cardinals: Loss of Wainwright hurts rotation, but Pujols will be looking to make a statement.; 2. Reds; 3. Cubs; 4. Brewers; 5. Astros; 6. Pirates

NL WEST

1. Giants: Defending World Series champs know what it takes and have what it takes to contend again.; 2. Rockies; 3. Padres; 4. Diamondbacks; 5. Dodgers

World Series: Red Sox over Phillies

Christopher L. Gasper

AL EAST

1. Red Sox: First 100-win team for the Sox since the Truman presidency.; 2. Yankees*; 3. Rays; 4. Blue Jays; 5. Orioles

AL CENTRAL

1. Twins: Model small market team makes playoffs for the seventh time in 10 seasons.; 2. Tigers; 3. White Sox; 4. Royals; 5. Indians

AL WEST

1. Athletics: After a five-year absence Moneyball is back in the playoffs, just in time for the movie.; 2. Rangers; 3. Angels; 4. Mariners

NL EAST

1. Phillies: If the four aces stay healthy, set course for 100 wins.; 2. Braves; 3. Marlins; 4. Mets; 5. Nationals

NL CENTRAL

1. Brewers: Zack Greinke is the most important arm in Wisconsin this side of Aaron Rodgers.; 2. Cubs; 3. Cardinals; 4. Reds; 5. Astros; 6. Pirates

NL WEST

1. Dodgers: Could distract Frank McCourt from all the money he’s going to have to fork over in his divorce settlement.; 2. Giants*; 3. Rockies; 4. Diamondbacks; 5. Padres

World Series: Red Sox over Brewers

Tony Massarotti

AL EAST

1. Red Sox: Woe is the visiting righthander who starts at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium this year.; 2. Yankees*; 3. Rays; 4. Jays; 5. Orioles

AL CENTRAL

1. Twins: So long as Mauer and Morneau stay healthy, Twins will be elite.; 2. White Sox; 3. Tigers; 4. Royals; 5. Indians

AL WEST

1. Angels: To borrow a Red Sox phrase, order will restored in West.; 2. Athletics; 3. Rangers

4. Mariners

NL EAST

1. Phillies: Meet the new Fab Four: Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels.; 2. Braves*; 3. Marlins; 4. Nationals; 5. Mets

NL CENTRAL

1. Cardinals: Truth be told, any of first four teams could win division.; 2. Cubs; 3. Reds; 4. Brewers; 5. Astros; 6. Pirates

NL WEST

1. Giants: Reigning World champs still the class of the division.; 2. Rockies; 3. Dodgers; 4. Padres; 5. Diamondbacks

World Series: Phillies over Red Sox

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