Monday, April 3, 2017

Barry's 2017 MLB Predictions

I don't have a good track record with these predictions, so I'm going with a slightly more scaled back approach this year.  Last year's sleeper team ended up losing it's first 25 games or so (Sorry Minnesota), so let's see who's getting jinxed this year...

AL East:
1. Toronto
2. Boston*
3. Tampa
4. Orioles
5. Yankees
The Red Sox will have too many injuries to overcome, and their bullpen will be their downfall.  The pitching injuries are too much for the pitching to overcome the decrease in offensive production without Big Papi.  The Blue Jays are right there with the Red Sox talent wise and they seem to be a little more healthy and a little more experienced in the every day lineup.

AL Central:
1. Cleveland
2. Kansas City
3. Minnesota
4. Detroit
5. Chicago
This division may be the weakest in baseball, it is certainly the weakest division in the American League.  The Indians appear to be the class of the division, but I don't see any wild card teams coming out of this group.

AL West:
1. Houston
2. Seattle*
3. Texas
4. Oakland
5. LA Angels
This may be the toughest division in baseball.  The Astros didn't live up to expectations a year ago, but this year is a different story.  Seattle and Texas finish within five games of the division lead and contend for wild card spots all season with the Mariners pulling it out.

NL East:
1. Washington
2. New York*
3. Marlins
4. Philadelphia
5. Atlanta
This division has belonged to the Nationals in recent years and that will continue, but if the Mets starting pitching can stay healthy this year than they will contend all summer long.

NL Central:
1. Chicago
2. St. Louis
3. Pittsburgh
4. Cincinnati
5. Milwaukee
The Cubs may have the most young talent in baseball, but a world series hangover may be in store for them.  Look for them to get a real challenge from the Cardinals and the Pirates look to bounce back from a disappointing year last season with a veteran lineup and some good young pitching.

NL West:
1. LA Dodgers
2. San Francisco*
3. Arizona
4. Colorado
5. San Diego
The top three teams in this division will compete for playoff spots all summer long.  The Diamondbacks look to be improved under old Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.

Playoffs:
AL Wildcard game: Boston over Seattle

ALDS: Houston over Toronto
             Boston over Cleveland
ALCS: Houston over Boston

NL Wild Card Game: New York Mets over San Francisco

NLDS: Mets over Cubs
Nationals over Dodgers

NLCS Mets over Nationals

World Series:  Astros over Mets in 7 games

AL Awards:
AL MVP: Carlos Correa
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
AL Manager of the Year: John Gibbons
AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi

NL Awards:
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Noah Syndegard
NL Manager of the Year: Terry Collins
NL Rookie of the Year: Jameson Tallion

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