HOTSPROTSTAKES 2018 MLB predictions

OH HELL YEAH IT IS OPENING DAY! Unless you’re a Tigers/Pirates fan, who have already had their game postponed today. SAD!

But Opening Day means that it’s time for us to make some SURE-FIRE, NEVER-WRONG predictions about the 2018 MLB season! Do we know what we’re talking about? PROBABLY NOT! But we have a website that we paid all of $20 for, so that gives us all the authority in the world to make baseball predictions!



AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
AL West: Houston Astros

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: LA Dodgers

AL Wild Cards: Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners
NL Wild Cards: Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies

AL MVP: George Springer; NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale; NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw

World Series: Cubs over Yankees in 6, in the most-watched WS since the games were on in black and white.

The thing that interests me most the season is trying to figure out which team that was lousy or just missed the playoffs last year, takes that next step and gets into contention, or makes a surprise run to the postseason. The problem, I just don’t see many teams that might “sneak up” on anyone this year. The Brewers played well last year, and got better this year so they’re a different team that could rock the boat. The Rockies made smart moves and seem poised to make a run at a wild card spot and maybe a division title, but again, neither of those feel like surprises.

If you made me pick one team that could string it all together and surprise, I guess I would pick (barf) the Oakland A’s?, But they’re in a division where the Astros should win by about 15 games, so it would be for a wild card spot. It just feels like there are 8-10 good teams, and then a bunch of teams who have no prayer.


AL West: Houston Astros
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
AL East: New York Yankees

NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Central: Milwaukee Brewers (just for fun)
NL East: Washington Nationals

AL Wild Cards: Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels
NL Wild Cards: Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs

AL MVP: Aaron Judge NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw

World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers over the Houston Astros in 6 games

The MLB unfortunately seems to be gridlocked into a situation where each of the divisions have a clear favorite and rest of the teams are struggling to stay afloat. The American League East should be a close race between the Red Sox and the Yankees and the Brewers could potentially overthrow the Cubs in the National League Central but beyond that I wouldn’t hold my breath for parity.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that unlike the NBA which has been dominated by 2 teams for the past few years, there’s plenty of competition among the elite in the MLB. There’s no less than 7 or 8 teams that you reasonably go all the way. This makes for a potentially exciting and unpredictable postseason. The only problem is the pesky 162 game regular season that’s in the way.


AL: East – Yankees
Central – Indians
West – Astros
Wild cards – Red Sox & Twins

NL: East – Nationals
Central – Cubs
West – Dodgers
Wild cards: Cardinals & Rockies

AL MVP: Trout; Cy Young: Kluber
NL MVP: Arenando; Cy Young: Kershaw

World Series: Indians over Cubs.

I want to talk about the Minnesota Twins, the luckiest team in baseball. While I do not think the Twins are a better team than their fellow wild card hopefuls, the Blue Jays or Angels, they will qualify for the MLB postseason because of the geographic location of their city. The Blue Jays have to deal with the powerhouse Red Sox and Yankees, plus the scrappy Rays and Orioles, and the Angles have the hovering around .500 Rangers and Mariners in their division. Meanwhile, in the AL Central, the Twins will be free to feast on the lowly White Sox, Tigers and Royals, piling up easy wins against teams who have no intention of making the playoffs in 2018.


Detroit Tigers: 69 wins (ed. note: nice)

And there you have it! There’s our predictions and what we’re looking forward to this season! Enjoy the season everyone!


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