HOTSPROTSAKES 2017 MLB Predictions

Winter is finally over and the truest sign that warmer weather is ahead is the start of the Major League Baseball season.

It will hard to top the 2016 season that saw the emergence of more young stars, some of the most thrilling postseason games of this era, and oh yeah, the Cubs end a 108-year World Series drought.

What’s in store for 2017? We’ll try to predict what we think is to come over the course of 162 games.

American League East

Predicted order of finish:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays (Wild Card 1)
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

This is Boston’s division to lose, and the defending champs will be tough knock off after adding Chris Sale in the off-season. After that, you could probably drop the four other teams in a hat and come up with a reason for why they were picked in that order. The most interesting thing to watch this season might just be the Yankees and seeing how their youth rebuild goes.

American League Central

Predicted order of finish:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox

Anther division where there is a clear favorite and then four other teams. The Indians might have the best team in the American League, top to bottom, but will they suffer from a World Series hangover after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cubs? Really, the only other team that could challenge Cleveland, and everything would need to go right, would be Detroit. Everyone else is either rebuilding or tearing it down.

American League West

Predicted order of finish:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners (Wild Card 2)
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics

If you bought MLB.tv and love staying up late, you’re in luck, because this might be the most fun division in baseball this year. The Astros and Mariners loaded up on talent in the off-season, while the Rangers retain most of the pieces from last year’s team that won the division by a whopping nine games. Oh yeah, Mike Trout also plays here but the rest of his team is garbage.

National League East

Predicted order of finish:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins

Outside of the AL West, there seems to be a recurring theme across the divisions, a heavy favorite, and then teams all jockeying for position behind them. The National have gotten better, but can they finally break through and make a deep run? The Mets could challenge if their pitching can ever stay healthy. Beyond that, the Phillies are still rebuilding, as are the Braves in a new park, and the Marlins will struggle to replace Jose Fernandez.

National League Central

Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card 2)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds

Again, the Cubs are just a behemoth and anything less than 100 wins and a division title would probably be considered a disappointing year for the defending world champions. The Cardinals will make a return to the postseason this year as a wild card, while the Pirates take another step back. The Brewers and Reds are trying to rebuild and both hold good pieces that could net a bunch of prospects at the trade deadline.

National League West

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants (Wild Card 1)
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

The Dodgers are just too deep both on the field and in the wallet for anyone to take them down, but beyond that, the race for second and a wild card spot could be really interesting. The Rockies, as always, will knock the cover off the ball but this year they might have enough pitching to make a run, while the Giants are always a tough out. The Diamondbacks will try to rebound after a bunch of big signings failed to pan out in 2016, and the Padres are just kind of there.

Playoffs

American League Championship Series:

Houston over Boston

National League Championship Series:

Washington over Chicago

World Series:

Washington over Houston

It’s boring to pick a repeat, and this year I think the Nationals get it done because Bryce Harper carries them in the postseason. In the American League, I think Houston’s young players put it all together for a deep run that ends up just short.

Award Winners

American League MVP:

Mike Trout. He’s just too good to ignore, even on a bad team.

National League MVP:

Bryce Harper. He rebounds from a “down” 2016 and has a monster year.

American League Cy Young:

Chris Sale. Pitching great for a great team finally wins him the award.

National League Cy Young:

Clayton Kershaw. See Trout, Mike but without the bad team part.

Bonus Predictions

Most Wins:

Chicago Cubs – 105

Most Losses:

Chicago White Sox – 102

Most Home Runs:

Nelson Cruz – 46

Most Pitching Wins:

Chris Sale – 22

Biggest Name Player to be Traded:

Ryan Braun

Tim Tebow Stats in Single-A:

.210/.268/.311, 6 HR, 49 RBI, 15 SB, 106 SO

 

 

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