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Seems that the New York Post has procured a crystal ball for their Wednesday edition, and they’ve peered inside to offer up there predictions for the 2007 baseball season. George King predicts another parade down the Canyon Of Heroes for the Yanks, as their big bats and much-improved rotation proves too much for the rest of the league to handle. King picks a surprising key to the season, singling out Jorge Posada as critical to the Yanks’ success. Says King of Posada:

Will never win an MVP award, but look what’s behind him if he goes down for an extended period…The Yankees insist they will limit his playing time so he doesn’t tire in September. If they do, Posada could hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs…Not only would the Yankees miss him behind the plate and at it [if Posada were injured], they would be forced to deal for a replacement and the cost would be high.

While King predicts a Yankees Championship at the expense of the Philadelphia Phillies, Mark Hale predicts that it will be the New York Metropolitans winning the NL crown and heading to the World Series. Hale also says fans can “expect either Ben Johnson or Lastings Milledge to be playing every day in right field at some point this season.” More from Hale:

Don’t be surprised if. . .: Carlos Beltran is the NL MVP. Oliver Perez throws the Mets’ first no-hitter and Julio Franco retires or is cut mid-season.

Sure to make Mets fans grumble: If Guillermo Mota struggles, they¹ll likely have a short leash at Shea because of his drug ban.

Hale also predicts a big year from closer Billy Wagner.

Meanwhile, columnist Joel Sherman gets in on the fun as well, putting together a fictitious account of how he sees the 2007 season playing out for the Mets. Sherman predicts that in his search for an A+ arm, Mets GM Omar Minaya will explore trades for Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook, Chicago’s Jose Contreras, and Milwaukee’s Ben Sheets, before finally swapping Milledge and Aaron Heilman for Oakland pitcher Dan Haren. Like Hale, Sherman also foresees an end to the Julio Franco era in New York, and believes Shawn Green will lose his job to a platoon of Milledge and Endy Chavez. He predicts a falloff in Jose Valentin‘s production at second base, prompting Minaya to acquire Esteban German from Kansas City. Pedro Martinez will not be a factor in ’07, says Sherman. Most tantalizing for Mets fans is this finally tidbit:

Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado both exceed the team record for homers in a season, 41, and Jose Reyes removes any doubt about who is the current best shortstop in New York. Reyes joins Ty Cobb and (believe it or not) Juan Samuel as the only players to ever reach 70 extra-base hits (Reyes hits 22 homers) and 70 steals in a season, and Reyes accentuates it by also winning a Gold Glove.

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