MLB PREDICTIONS 2017

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST:

RED SOX: 89-73 Injuries to Price and Pomeranz drop them below 90 wins, but the lineup still propels them to AL East title.

BLUE JAYS: 88-74 Ironically its pitching that powers the Jays to a Wildcard birth, not hitting. That rotation is sneaky good. 

ORIOLES: 84-78 Offense is one-dimensional, but man can they swat the longball. Top end rotation could actually be quite good and Britton’s is un-hittable. 

YANKEES: 80-82 Other prognosticators are hotter on Yanks than I am. Can Sanchez do it for a whole year? Can Bird stay healthy? Can CC stay productive? Lots of “ifs”.

RAYS: 79-83 Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Rays can pitch, but they just can’t hit…

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL: 

INDIANS: 95-67 Encarnacion fills a HUGE power need. Healthy Salazar is essential. Healthy Carrasco would be nice. Healthy Brantley would be gravy. 

TIGERS: 86-76 This team is stuck in the good-but-not great category for another year. The bullpen continues to hold them back. 

ROYALS: 78-94 The window has closed. Outside of Duffy the rotation is simply not very good, and no one fears their bullpen anymore. 

WHITE SOX: 68-94 This team will rake in 2019, but this year is going to be miserable. Fire sale come June — Everything must go!

TWINS: 65-97 There are sprinkles of talent in the lineup, but they are very raw, and that rotation is simply hideous. 

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST:

MARINERS: 88-74 M’s swoop in and surprise with upgraded speed and defense. Gallardo and Smyly bounce back to contribute, too. 

ASTROS: 88-74 Their lineup is primed to put up silly-good numbers, but you can’t win every game 10-8. 

RANGERS:  87-75I like pieces of this team but not the whole. Depending on Choo and Gomez to be healthy and productive seems far-fetched and the back end of the rotation is a mess. 

ANGELS: 80-82 The same can be said here. This team is 2-to-3 arms away from relevance, but not as terrible as people think. 

ATHLETICS: 72-90 No one in their right mind would call the A’s good, but there are some promising arms here. That’s about it. 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST: 

NATIONALS: 90-72 Injury concerns abound, but this team is deep and talented. That bullpen is the Achilles heel. 

METS:  86-76 Speaking of injury concerns…If 3/5ths of the rotation can stay upright and the bats continue to hit homers, they will hang around the playoff discussion.

BRAVES: 81-81 For a rebuilding team these guys are gonna be downright respectable. 

PHILLIES 80-82 Better-than-you-think Phillies hang around the .500 mark. 

MARLINS: 74-88 An already thin rotation is made thinner by the tragic death of Fernandez. There’s just not the quality arms here to make a run. 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL:

CUBS: 96-66 Everything went right for my beloved Cubbies last year, but there’s no way they enjoy that much good health in the rotation again. 

CARDINALS: 87-75 Losing Reyes for the year is a killer, but they’re still a well-oiled machine down in STL and squeeze out a wildcard berth. 

PIRATES: 84-78 McCutchen bounces back and everyone in Pittsburg takes a collective deep-breath, but even that’s not enough to cope with pitching deficiencies. 

BREWERS 71-91 A long, slow rebuild defines the future in Brew-town. 

REDS: 65-97 Well…at least they’re not the Padres. 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST:

DODGERS: 90-72 A great lineup for sure, but i have some real durability and performance concerns about that rotation past Kershaw. 

GIANTS: 88-74 I like the rotation obviously, and picking up Melancon is a plus. Outfield looks a little spotty. 

ROCKIES: 82-80 I had these poor guys slotted for a wildcard spot before the rash of injuries. Buzzard’s luck in the mountains. 

DIAMONDBACKS: 82-80 Last year everything that could go wrong did. This year, some things go right…just not enough things. 

PADRES: 59-103 Wow. A whole different level of bad for these guys. Can you name a Padre outside of Wil Myers?

 

A.L. WILDCARD:

BLUE JAYS over ASTROS

 

N.L. WILDCARD:

GIANTS over CARDINALS

 

ALDS:

INDIANS over BLUE JAYS in 5

RED SOX over MARINERS in 5

 

NLDS:

CUBS over GIANTS in 4

DODGERS over NATIONALS in 4

 

ALCS:

INDIANS over RED SOX in 5

 

NLCS: 

CUBS over DODGERS in 5

 

WORLD SERIES:

INDIANS over CUBS in 6

 

 

AL MVP:

Francisco Lindor - Indians

 

NL MVP:

Nolan Arenado - Rockies

 

AL CY YOUNG:

Chris Sale - Red Sox

 

NL CY YOUNG:

Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers

Posted on April 2, 2017 .