2019 MLB Predictions
1. Boston- Red Sox Repeat- Whatta Relief
2.* Tampa Bay Rays Find an Opening
3.** New York Booming Bats, but Bombers Brittle
4. Toronto Vlad Jr. is the Whole Show
5. Baltimore Rest of MLB will Hyde from O's
1. Minnesota Rocco's Roster Rebounds
2. Cleveland Shipping off Vets Cost Tribe
3. Chicago Youth Movement Nears Fruition
4. Kansas City Hard to Believe They Won it All Just Four Years Ago
5. Detroit Curse of Mike Illitch
1. Houston No competition in this division
2. Los Angeles Trout Extended, So is Streak of No Post Season Success
3. Seattle But DiPoto Keeps Trading Off Pieces
4. Oakland No Moneyball Here- 2018 was a Fluke
5. Texas Last With or Without a Border Wall
*= First Wildcard **= Second Wildcard
Wild Card Yankees over Rays
ALDS: Houston over NYY, Red Sox over Twins both series in four games
ALCS: Sox beat Astros again in 2019, this time in 6 games
1. Washington Best Outfield in NL even without Harper
2, New York Seattle imports Diaz/Cano plus rotation lead Metropolitans.
3. Philadelphia Philly Boos Bryce
4. Atlanta Step Back for Young Braves
5. Miami This is What Jeter has Created
1. Chicago Cubs Window is Not Closed after All
2.** St. Louis Goldy Leads St. Loo to Silver Place Finish in Central
3. Milwaukee Cannot Recreate 2018 Magic
4. Pittsburgh But are in the Wild Card Hunt into September
5. Cincinatti Not Tanking, but Still Not Good Enough
1. Los Angeles But Grip on Division is Slipping
2.* Colorado Rockies Push LA to Last Day
3. San Diego Finally Have a Franchise Face....Fernando Tatis, Jr.
4. Arizona Bad Team, But Escape Cellar
5. San Francisco Sad Ending to Bruce Bochy's Hall of Fame Career
Wild card Rockies beat Cards.
NLDS Cubs get revenge over Rockies in 4, LA is not going to World Series this year, lose in 5 to Nats.
NLCS Washington finally wins NL in 7 games over Cubs.
World Series: Red Sox take down the team from the nation's capital in five games to win fifth 21st Century World Championship ( matching the five titles from the first two decades of the 20th Century). They are paced by WS MVP Rafael Devers, who hits .429 with four home runs in the Series, the last three all in the clinching Game Five win.
AL MVP Alex Bregman ( a Sox outfielder not named Betts finishes in top five of voting)
NL MVP Javier Baez
AL Cy Chris Sale
NL Cy Jacob DeGrom ( but this time he wins 18 games)
AL Mgr Alex Cora
NL Mgr. Mike Shildt
AL ROY Eloy Jimenez
NL ROY Victor Robles
Red Sox Note or two
Sox repeat again in large part due to the big step forward by five players:
Eduado Rodriguez 17 wins with ERA under 2.80
Rafael Devers 33 Home Runs with much improved defense, an AL All-Star
Blake Swihart Takes over as #1 catcher by mid-June, hits .310
Andrew Benentendi Flourishes in leadoff spot, also makes All Star team
Jackie Bradley, Jr. His batting style change made mid-2018 takes hold and eliminates the up and down batting performance he was known for. JBJ hits .282 with 26 home runs and wins the Gold Glove again.
The bullpen overcomes doubts with a strong performance by Matt Barnes and with call ups of Travis Lakins, Durbin Feltman, and Darwinzon Hernandez during the season.
Welcome Back Baseball. Here's to 2019.