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Our Best Predictions For the 2011 Season
Dan Port | Wednesday March 30th, 2011
Jered Weaver is good, but can he win the AL Cy Young? (Getty)
Jered Weaver is good, but can he win the AL Cy Young? (Getty)

The 2011 baseball season has arrived, and the Baseball Press staff is ready to play prognosticator and predict some outcomes.  Which teams will succeed and surprise?  Which players will take home the hardware?  Our writers weigh in with their picks.  Feel free to respond to our choices and leave your own predictions in the comments.

National League
NL West
Dan's Pick: San Francisco Giants
Reggie's Pick:
Colorado Rockies
Nate's Pick: Colorado Rockies
Joseph's Pick:
San Francisco Giants
Thad's Pick:
San Francisco Giants
Mark's Pick:
San Francisco Giants

NL Central
Dan's Pick: Milwaukee Brewers
Reggie's Pick:
Milwaukee Brewers
Nate's Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals
Joseph's Pick:
Milwaukee Brewers
Thad's Pick:
Chicago Cubs
Mark's Pick: Cincinnati Reds

NL East
Dan's Pick: Philadelphia Phillies
Reggie's Pick: Atlanta Braves
Nate's Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies
Joseph's Pick:
Atlanta Braves
Thad's Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies
Mark's Pick: Philadelphia Phillies

NL Wild Card
Dan's Pick: Colorado Rockies
Reggie's Pick:
San Francisco Giants
Nate's Pick:
Atlanta Braves
Joseph's Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies
Thad's Pick:
Colorado Rockies
Mark's Pick: Atlanta Braves

NL MVP Award
Dan's Pick: Albert Pujols
Reggie's Pick:
Troy Tulowitzki
Nate's Pick:
Albert Pujols
Joseph's Pick:
Albert Pujols
Thad's Pick:
Hanley Ramirez
Mark's Pick: Albert Pujols

NL Cy Young Award
Dan's Pick: Roy Halladay
Reggie's Pick: Clayton Kershaw
Nate's Pick:
Yovani Gallardo
Joseph's Pick: Tim Lincecum
Thad's Pick:
Tim Lincecum
Mark's Pick: Josh Johnson

NL Rookie of the Year Award
Dan's Pick: Freddie Freeman
Reggie's Pick:
Brandon Belt
Nate's Pick:
Aroldis Chapman
Joseph's Pick:
Freddie Freeman
Thad's Pick:
Brandon Belt
Mark's Pick: Brandon Belt

American League
AL West
Dan's Pick: Texas Rangers
Reggie's Pick:
Texas Rangers
Nate's Pick: Los Angeles Angels
Joseph's Pick: Oakland Athletics
Thad's Pick:
Texas Rangers
Mark's Pick: Oakland Athletics

AL Central
Dan's Pick: Detroit Tigers
Reggie's Pick:
Chicago White Sox
Nate's Pick:
Chicago White Sox
Joseph's Pick: Chicago White Sox
Thad's Pick:
Minnesota Twins
Mark's Pick: Chicago White Sox

AL East
Dan's Pick: Boston Red Sox
Reggie's Pick:
Boston Red Sox
Nate's Pick:
Boston Red Sox
Joseph's Pick: Boston Red Sox
Thad's Pick:
Boston Red Sox
Mark's Pick: Boston Red Sox

AL Wild Card
Dan's Pick: New York Yankees
Reggie's Pick:
New York Yankees
Nate's Pick:
New York Yankees
Joseph's Pick: 
New York Yankees
Thad's Pick:
New York Yankees
Mark's Pick: New York Yankees

AL MVP Award
Dan's Pick: Adrian Gonzalez
Reggie's Pick:
Robinson Cano
Nate's Pick:
Alex Rodriguez
Joseph's Pick:
Adrian Gonzalez
Thad's Pick:
Adrian Gonzalez
Mark's Pick: Adrian Gonzalez

AL Cy Young Award
Dan's Pick: Jered Weaver
Reggie's Pick: Jered Weaver
Nate's Pick:
Dan Haren
Joseph's Pick: Justin Verlander
Thad's Pick: Jon Lester
Mark's Pick: Jon Lester

AL Rookie of the Year Award
Dan's Pick: Jeremy Hellickson
Reggie's Pick:
Chris Sale
Nate's Pick:
Michael Pineda
Joseph's Pick: Michael Pineda
Thad's Pick:
Mike Moustakas
Mark's Pick: Jeremy Hellickson

Most Surprising Team of 2011
Dan's Pick: New York Mets
Reggie's Pick:
Oakland Athletics
Nate's Pick:
Florida Marlins
Joseph's Pick: Baltimore Orioles
Thad's Pick:
Washington Nationals
Mark's Pick: Oakland Athletics

Dan Port, Reggie Yinger, Nate Springfield, Joseph Merkel, Thad Miller, and Mark Stormyoak all contributed to this article.

Dan PortDan Port has been a writer and article editor for Baseball Press since the fall of 2009. He's a Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident, as well as an aspiring novelist, moderately successful gambler, and avid craft beer aficionado. You can reach him at dan@baseballpress.com or check him out on Twitter @danport and at DanielPort.com.