Predictions for 2016- The Family Version

 

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.

First from CardinalsGM, a retired teacher that blogs this site and now has written over 700 pages for his new site at HistoryofCardinals.

AL East                                                     NL East

Toronto                                                       Washington

Boston                                                        New York Mets

Tampa Bay                                                 Miami

New York Yankees                                     Atlanta

Baltimore                                                    Philadelphia

 

ALCentral                                                   NL Central

Cleveland                                                     Pittsburgh

Kansas City                                                  Chicago

Chicago                                                        St. Louis

Detroit                                                           Milwaukee

Minnesota                                                     Cincinnati

 

AL West                                                        NL West

Houston                                                         Los Angeles Dodgers

Texas                                                             San Francisco

Seattle                                                           Arizona

Los Angeles Angels                                       San Diego

Oakland                                                          Colorado

 

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

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The next predictions comes from Ryan at Knup Solutions, LLC

NL East
Mets
Nationals
Braves
Marlins
Phillies

NL Central
Cubs
Pirates
Cardinals
Brewers
Reds

NL West
Giants
Diamondbacks
Dodgers
Padres
Rockies

Playoffs: Mets, Cubs, Giants, Pirates vs. Nationals
NL Pennant: Cubs

NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner
NL ROY: Corey Seager

AL East
Blue Jays
Red Sox
Yankees
Orioles
Rays

AL Central
Royals
White Sox
Indians
Twins
Tigers

AL West
Astros
Angels
Mariners
Athletics
Rangers

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

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This is from Rodney at ESPNPeoria.

National League East

Washington 97-65

New York Mets 93-69

Miami 77-85

Philadelphia 65-97

Atlanta 64-98

396-414

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

Chicago 96-66

Pittsburgh 91-71

St. Louis 87-75

Milwaukee 68-94

Cincinnati 66-96

408-402

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

Arizona 81-81

San Diego 74-88

Colorado 70-92

406-404

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

Toronto 89-73

Boston 87-75

New York 85-77

Baltimore 83-79

Tampa Bay 76-86

420-390

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

Chicago 87-75

Kansas City 86-76

Detroit 83-79

Cleveland 78-84

Minnesota 75-87

409-401

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

Houston 89-73

Texas 85-77

Anaheim 79-83

Seattle 70-92

Oakland 68-94

391-419

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

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This is from Randy, an accountant at Caterpillar

AL WEST
Astros
Rangers
Angels
Mariners
Athletics

AL CENTRAL
Royals
Twins
Tigers
White Sox
Indians

AL EAST
Bluejays
Red Sox
Yankees
Orioles
Rays

NL WEST
Giants
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Padres

NL CENTRAL
Cubs
Cardinals
Pirates
Reds
Brewers

NL EAST
Mets
Nationals
Marlins
Phillies
Braves

AL ROY- Gallo
NL ROY- Seager
AL CY- Archer
NL CY- Bumgarner
AL MVP- Trout
NL MVP- Goldschmidt

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The last one is from my 12-year old grandson.

NL East
Mets
Nationals
Marlins
Braves
Phillies
 
NL Central
Cubs
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Reds
NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Padres
Playoffs: Mets, Cubs, Giants, Nationals vs. Cardinals
NL Pennant: Cubs
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer
NL ROY: Piscotty
AL East
Blue Jays
Orioles
Red Sox
Yankees
Rays
AL Central
Royals
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Twins
AL West
Astros
Rangers
Angels
Athletics
Mariners
Playoffs: Blue Jays, Royals, Astros, Rangers vs. Orioles
AL Pennant: Astros
AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: David Price
AL ROY: Byron Buxton
WORLD SERIES WINNER: Astros
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I hope everyone is wrong and the Cardinals prevail in 2016. Let the marathon known as baseball march on.
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