In today’s edition of Thoughts of the Day, we have some predictions to make! The World Series started last night and so did the NBA season. Will it be the Mets or Royals ending their long streak of futility? Who will take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June? Let’s do it!
Five predictions for the World Series
- Daniel Murphy won’t hit a homer the entire series: Murphy’s run of six straight postseason games with a home run is a major league record, but the Ruthian performance won’t continue. Before this incredible streak, the second baseman hadn’t hit home runs in consecutive games since May 2009. This power display isn’t a complete fluke, but it won’t continue, either. “Murph” will still drive in runs, but he’s going to have to find some gaps to do so.
- Steven Matz will pitch a three-hit gem for the Mets in Game 4: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard get all the love from New Yorkers, which means that the most unlikely source of the rotation will surprise everyone and pitch the best game of his young career. Why? Because it’s the postseason, and you have to expect the unexpected. Matz pitched well in his four and two-thirds innings in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs, and he will outduel counterpart Chris Young on Halloween at Citi Field.
- Alex Gordon will lead Kansas City: Remember Gordon? The second pick of the 2005 draft? He was nowhere to be found in last year’s World Series, but he will come out determined to overcome that seven-game series loss this time around. He’s always been steady with the glove, but his bat will come back alive for the first time since 2012. I’m predicting at least two homers from the Royals outfielder.
- The Mets will win in six. If this goes seven games, the Royals will win; they have home-field advantage and a team that just won’t go away. However, the Mets have proven that they are a juggernaut on offense and have the young fireballers on the mound to get this done without going to that seventh game. This series is a toss-up, but the Mets are ultimately the better team.
- Wilmer Flores will win World Series MVP. Eh, maybe not, but wouldn’t that be awesome?
Five Predictions for the NBA season
- Russell Westbrook will win MVP. Westbrook is the constant in Oklahoma City. If Durant cannot stay healthy the entire year, look for the arguably most electrifying player in the game to get the job done and put up monster numbers once again to get the Thunder back to the playoffs.
- Emmanuel Mudiay will win Rookie of the Year. The performances Mudiay is putting up in preseason could be foreshadowing of things to come. The Nuggets point guard from the Congo put up 22 points in the exhibition finale against the Thunder, which doesn’t mean much (it’s preseason) but shows he has the confidence to let it fly (17 shots attempted in that game) already. The 19-year-old is a phenom who could be an All-Star for years to come.
- The Cavaliers will defeat the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. Here’s a bold prediction: Derrick Rose will stay healthy for Chicago this year. Here’s a not-so-bold prediction: Rose and co. still won’t be able to vanquish LeBron James for the Eastern crown. Cavs in six for LeBron’s sixth straight Finals.
- The Warriors will defeat the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. A Warriors-Thunder matchup would be all about the depth of the two teams. The Warriors showed last year that they could plug anyone into the rotation and be successful last season, while I’m not sold on Oklahoma City’s bench, especially considering Dion Waiters carries team chemistry issues and Kyle Singler has yet to show he fits in that system. The Warriors outlast Westbrook and Durant’s crew in seven games.
- The Cavaliers will defeat the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Second verse, but not quite the same as the first. This time, a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be in the lineup and Tristan Thompson will prove he’s more than just a rebounder to help LeBron James deliver the championship his city has long awaited.
I’ve got the Mets in a couple weeks and the Cavaliers in June. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below!