This could be a very competitive season for all the play-off spots with no clear run away favorite once the post-season starts…
My teams, the Braves and Rays will both suck and probably lose 90+ each games, so this season I’m band wagon-ing with the Pad Squad and Tribe with some attention to Pittsburgh and Seattle too…
Sure to be wrong picks to follow with little explanation.
by Mike Zimmer, Baseball Nerd
Here we go! Opening night, so I have to make my predictions. And of course, in the middle of this the Padres acquired Craig Kimbrel from the Braves and improved themselves even further…well, the former BJ Upton isn’t an upgrade at all…but they had to swallow the poison pill.
I like the NL East to be closer than expected, I just don’t buy the Nationals offense. I’m thinking the NL Central will be wild but the Pirates will win it but he Cubs will be very, very entertaining. The west? Dodgers and of course those pesky Pads.
In the AL, I don’t think there’s a solid team in the East, the West too seems less than good other than my surprise team Seattle coming from no where to win. The AL Central will be where it’s at with 4-good teams including last year’s AL champs the Royals. But I think they finish 4th and the Tigers, White Sox and Tribe all being very fun to watch.
In the end? I like Pittsburgh to beat Seattle in a World Series no one but die-hard fans will want to watch. I’ll take the Bucs in 7.
Here are the picks…
Washington Nationals 95-67 — Offense is going to be an issue, but pitching domination won’t be.
Miami Marlins 88-74 7 Young team blossoms only if they can pitch well enough down the stretch.
New York Mets 82-80 13 Mets are better, but David Wright and Curtis Granderson don’t help them.
Atlanta Braves 73-89 22 Re-made Braves not ready for prime time should be out of it by June.
Philadelphia Phillies 60-102 35 Full-fledged dumpster fire.
Pittsburgh Pirates 92-70 — Enough pitching and just enough offense to be a team that could challenge.
St. Louis Cardinals 90-72 2 I hate the Cardinals.
Chicago Cubs 88-74 4 Could the Cubs be this close to NEXT year?
Milwaukee Brewers 77-85 15 Brew Crew fade again down the stretch.
Cincinnati Reds 74-88 18 A fire sale just after the All-Star game is more than likely.
Los Angeles Dodgers 98-64 — The team to beat IF they can figure out the back end of their rotation/bullpen.
San Diego Padres 89-73 9 Pad Squad make a splash in the post-season after big winter dealings.
San Francisco Giants 81-81 17 In-between year/hangover from World Series year is what SF/Boston do.
Arizona Diamondbacks 72-90 26 Franchise trying to figure out who/what they are by trial and error.
Colorado Rockies 69-93 29 Rocks at Rock Bottom.
Wild Cards: St. Louis over San Diego
Divisional: Pittsburgh over Washington, Cardinals over Dodgers
NLCS: Pirates over Cardinals
MVP: Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
Cy Young: Max Scherzer (WAS)
Rookie of the Year: Chris Bryant (CUB)
Toronto Blue Jays 91-71 — Jays finally make it back to post-season, if pitching holds
Boston Red Sox 85-77 6 Plenty of bats, pitching a huge question, but Sawx acquire their need.
Baltimore Orioles 81-81 10 O’s can’t find consistency in pitching or their line-up…fall back to pack.
New York Yankees 77-85 14 Lost season in the Bronx as Yanks try to figure out direction.
Tampa Bay Rays 70-92 21 Rays without offense or Madden are…well, bad again.
Cleveland Indians 92-70 — Tribe have enough to overtake Tigers, may have challenging club.
Detroit Tigers 90-72 2 Tigers pitching, especially bullpen is suspect, but plenty of offense helps.
Chicago White Sox 88-74 4 South siders push their way into post-season .
Kansas City Royals 79-83 11 Royals fall back to reality as magic likely falls away.
Minnesota Twins 73-89 17 Twins will be more entertaining but likely bad again.
Seattle Mariners 95-67 — M’s finally make it back to post-season and make a push for pennant.
L.A. Angels of Anaheim 84-78 11 Halos are good but not good enough to make post-season.
Oakland Athletics 81-81 14 A’s don’t have magic but have a ton of young arms.
Houston Astros 78-84 17 Could they be but a year away from being a team to worry about?
Texas Rangers 68-94 27 Buried in a tough division is bad enough, no talent is worse.
Wild Cards: Tigers over White Sox
Divisional: M’s over Tigers, Indians over Blue Jays
ALCS: Mariners over Indians
MVP: Jose Abreau (CSX)
Cy Young: King Felix (SEA)
Rookie of the Year: Byron Buxton (MIN)