Monday, April 3, 2017

Brandon's MLB Predictions 2017

Here's a shot at predicting the MLB standings, playoffs, and awards for the 2017 season:

AL East
1. Boston
2. Toronto*
3. Tampa Bay
4. Baltimore
5. NY Yankees
The Rays surprisingly lead the AL east for most of the first half before fading in the second half and missing the playoffs entirely. The O's finally live down to projections for once. The Yankees are younger and more exciting, but have the worst pitching in the AL besides whatever is going on in Minnesota. The Blue Jays have too many bats and talented young arms to miss the playoffs.

AL Central
1. Cleveland
2. Kansas City
3. Detroit
4. Minnesota
5. Chicago
By far the worst division in the American League. Detroit joins the Twins and White Hose in the basement. The Royals have a resurgent run to wild card contention, but come up short. The Indians got better from 2016 and run away to win the division by 15 games.

AL West
1. Houston
2. LA Angels*
3. Seattle
4. Texas
5. Oakland
The Mariners are much more competitive in 2016, but come up short of the postseason again. The Rangers finally underperform their projection. The A's are a year or two away with another crop of young pitchers. The Astros fulfill their considerable potential and add either Jose Quintana, Chris Archer, or both to their rotation. The Angels finally have enough pieces in place around Trout to get back to the playoffs and make some noise.

AL Playoffs
Angels over Blue Jays in Wildcard game
Red Sox over Astros in 6
Angels over Indians in 7

Red Sox over Angels in 6

AL Awards
AL MVP: Mookie Betts
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber
AL Manager: AJ Hinch
Comeback: Garrett Richards

NL East
1. Washington
2. NY Mets*
3. Atlanta
4. Miami
5. Philadelphia
The Mets pitching is so strong it doesn't matter who's hitting for them. The Braves comeback begins. The Nationals get it done despite Dusty.

NL Central
1. Chicago
2. St. Louis*
3. Pittsburgh
4. Milwaukee
5. Cincinnati
The Cubbies roll through the NL central again. The Cardinals haven't been to the postseason in a year or two, so they're due for a deep run. The Reds and Beers are awful.

NL West
1. Los Angeles
2. Arizona
3. Colorado
4. San Francisco
5. San Diego
The Giants have to finish down in 4th or 5th one of these years, right? Arizona has a ton of talent on that roster. The Rockies are all bash, again. Dodgers are the class of the division.

NL Playoffs
Mets over Cardinals in wildcard game
Cubs over Mets in 4
Nationals over Dodgers in 6
Nationals over Cubs in 7

World Series
Nationals over Red Sox in 7. It's now or never for the Nationals.

NL Awards
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson
NL Manager: Joe Maddon (after obligatory year-long media ball-washing)
Comeback Player: Matt Harvey

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