Now that baseball season is upon us it is time to make the annual predictions for each league. With no further ado, here are the family predictions.
AL East NL East
Boston New York Mets
Tampa Bay Miami
New York Yankees Atlanta
ALCentral NL Central
Kansas City Chicago
Chicago St. Louis
AL West NL West
Houston Los Angeles Dodgers
Texas San Francisco
Los Angeles Angels San Diego
Wild Cards- Boston, Kansas City Wild Cards- Mets, Chicago
AL Winner- Houston NL Winner- Nationals
World Series Winner- Houston Astros
MVP- Trout MVP- Harper
CY Young- Sale Cy Young- Kershaw
ROY- Buxton Seager
The next predictions comes from Ryan at Knup Solutions, LLC
Playoffs: Mets, Cubs, Giants, Pirates vs. Nationals
NL Pennant: Cubs
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner
NL ROY: Corey Seager
Playoffs: Blue Jays, Royals, Astros, Red Sox vs. Angels
NL Pennant: Blue Jays
AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: David Price
AL ROY: Byron Buxton
WORLD SERIES WINNER: Blue Jays
This is from Rodney at ESPNPeoria.
National League East
New York Mets 93-69
I like the Washington Nationals this season. It’s awfully hard to pick with a guy named Dusty Baker, but Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer, along with Stephen Strasburg do it for me. Outside of a late season choke a season ago, this team should have been in the postseason a season ago. The National League East is a two team race, and I have concerns over the Mets offense. Cespedes is the man, but outside of that, I have major concerns. The pitching should be good, but a couple injuries, and there will be National League teams chomping at the bit to grab that wildcard spot.
National League Central
St. Louis 87-75
I hate that I am taking my St. Louis Cardinals to make an exit before playing in the postseason. Adam Wainwright is being relied on to be his young self. And Wainwright will likely come through with a strong season. Sure, I like Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha, but my trust can only take me so far. I do like the addition of Mike Leake, but the major concerns for this team rely in their offense. Lack of power, and timely hitting can only last for so long. At the top, the Chicago Cubs are certainly the best on paper, although in the end, I still do not trust their starting pitching past Arrieta and Lester. I do look for a slight drop in Arrieta performance this season, but that’s not a surprise, coming off a superhuman performance of last season. Gregory Polanco is a major wildcard for Pittsburgh. If he has a huge season, the Pirates will be awfully tough to beat.
National League West
Los Angeles 91-71
San Francisco 90-72
San Diego 74-88
I still like the Dodgers here. Arizona took Zack Greinke away, but Clayton Kershaw at the top, and several dangerous offensive keys are enough for me. It’s really difficult to predict against the San Francisco Giants in an even year, but that’s got to stop at some point, right? The Giants are going to be that unfortunate team in the National League that wins 90 games, but fails to make the postseason. The top of the National League is too good, and no room to slip up. Arizona tries to make a run in the division, but falls right at the .500 mark.
National League 1,210 – 1,220
Wildcard: Pittsburgh at New York; Pirates win
NLDS: Mets at Nationals; Nationals win in 5.
NLDS: Dodgers at Cubs; Cubs win in 4.
NLCS: Cubs at Nationals; Nationals win in 5.
National League Champion: Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals are my team, and come to me in October and see how far I’ve fallen flat on my face. The Nationals have some offensive questions, and are going to have to take some career years from their offensive guys, but Dusty Baker came back for a reason. Let’s just hope Scherzer and Strasburg have an arm by October.
Most Valuable Player: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Rookie of the Year: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker, Washington Nationals
Comeback Player of the Year: Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Homerun Leader: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
American League East
New York 85-77
Tampa Bay 76-86
I just have way too much love for the offense of the Toronto Blue Jays. Bombs away on opposing pitchers. There is no chance this team does NOT lead the league in runs scored, right? Murderer’s row is going to be the common word for these guys and their bats. The problem could be – how are they going to get people out? The pitching is what concerns me for Toronto; but I do think Marcus Stroman has a monster season, and J.A. Happ will win 15 games for the Blue Jays. The rest of the division is going to be solid, with Tampa Bay the lone team under .500. There will be a ton of offense in this division. Love the addition of David Price for the Red Sox. Baltimore will score a ton of runs, but strike out way too much. The Yankees are just too old. Give me Toronto.
American League Central
Kansas City 86-76
This may be where you question my sanity, again. The Chicago White Sox are my pick to click in the American League Central. But, I just could not find a way to leave the Kansas City Royals out of the postseason. They are the champions until proven otherwise. I look for a little regression for Ned Yost and his Kansas City squad this season. I know, the White Sox have drama before the season even starts, but Chris Sale is going to have his best season in MLB. Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon are also guys, with more run support should win games. The bullpen is the issue for Chicago.
American League West
The final divisional winner is the Houston Astros. A ton of young talent, that will ride the momentum of reaching the postseason of a season ago, and parlay that into a divisional title for 2016. The Astros biggest competition will be their state rival, the Texas Rangers. Look for those two to go back and forth for most of the season. The rest of the division is pretty weak. Anaheim is a team that could surprise teams, but after all – it’s Anaheim, which means they will finish at right around .500. Seattle and Oakland are going to be at the bottom of this division.
American League: 1,220-1,210
Wildcard: Kansas City at Boston; Royals win
ALDS: Kansas City at Houston; Royals win in 5
ALDS: Chicago at Toronto; Blue Jays in 4
ALCS: Kansas City at Toronto: Blue Jays in 7
American League Champion: Toronto Blue Jays
Most Valuable Player: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
Cy Young: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Rookie of the Year: Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Manager of the Year: Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox
Comeback Player of the Year: Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
HR Champion: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
World Series: Washington Nationals over Toronto Blue Jays
This is from Randy, an accountant at Caterpillar
AL ROY- Gallo
NL ROY- Seager
AL CY- Archer
NL CY- Bumgarner
AL MVP- Trout
NL MVP- Goldschmidt
The last one is from my 12-year old grandson.