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My “Gut Feelings” are not a result of sabermetrics, scouting reports or any type of “insider” information. Instincts, intuition and a feel for the game pave the way for these predictions.
1. Chris Davis will slow down to hit 48 Home Runs for the year. Momentum plays a huge role in sports. The All-Star Game breaks the daily routine of both teams and players, and Davis’ owners will feel it.
2. John Lackey will also feel the momentum shift. Lackey will be less than a .500 pitcher in the second half.
3. Brandon Workman will emerge to be a serviceable starter and strike out 1 batter per inning.
4. Koji Uehara will become the best AL closer.
5. Yankee hopes will be buoyed by a better offense, while the starting pitchers fall apart.
6. Eduardo Nunez will hit .280 and steal 12 bases in the second half.
7. Fernando Rodney will lose his job as Tampa Bay’s closer.
8. R.A Dickey will be traded to a NL contender.
9. The White Sox will trade Alex Rios and Alejandro De Aza and both will shine.
10. Argenis Diaz becomes the Tiger shortstop if the Tigers fail to acquire Jimmy Rollins.
11. Justin Verlander will have offseason surgery.
12. Kevin Gregg becomes the Tigers closer.
13. Greg Holland changes his name to Mariano next year.
14. Justin Morneau will be traded to Toronto.
15. Jason Castro finally gets noticed as a $10 catcher.
16. Josh Hamilton gets worse.
17. Yeonis Cespedes explodes in the second half and becomes Yasiel Puig.
18. Raul Ibanez disappears.
19. Josh Reddick never recovers.
20. Engel Beltre is Scott Engel’s first pick next year.
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