I am going to make my predictions for the upcoming season.
Two divisions made significant moves to make themselves better.
I am going to start with division winners.
AL WEST: HOUSTON ASTROS
This team is fairly locked to win their division this year.
They added a very consistent bat in Michael Brantley and more power at catcher with Robinson Chirinos.
Their lineup from top to bottom has the ability to mash and score.
lineup, also, features four possible MVP Candidates: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and George Springer.
Their starting rotation features Verlander and Cole with Forrest Whitley coming later in the season.
Returning to the rotation are Collin McHugh and Brad Peacock after a year in the bullpen.
They added Wade Miley to be the lefty in this right handed heavy pitching staff.
CENTRAL: CLEVELAND INDIANS
Even with all the loses they took in the off season, Cleveland still looks to be the best in a rather weak division.
Their pitching rotation still features Bauer and Clevinger. These two are very good and possible CY Young Candidates.
Their lineup still features Lindor and Ramirez. But they will start the season with Lindor on the injured list.
AL EAST: BOSTON RED SOX.
Barely. The Red Sox will edge out the Yankees for the top spot in the AL EAST. The Yankees have a very spotty rotation, health wise. Their bullpen is okay. Their lineup can hit but they will, also, strike out a bunch too. The Red Sox rotation features a perennial Cy Young candidate in Chris Sale, but then you have former CY Young Winner, David Price, coming behind him. Bett, Bogaerts, Benetendi, and J.D. Martinez are features of the Red Sox lineup.
NL WEST: COLORADO ROCKIES
The Dodgers will have a down year because their rotation cannot stay healthy this year. The Padres are still a piece or two away from competing for the top two spots in the west. The Rockies rotation has great pitching and their lineup features premier players such as Arenado, Blackmon, and Story. They will edge out the Dodgers for the division crown, their first.
NL CENTRAL: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
The addition of Paul Goldschmidt helps bolster a young really good lineup. Though they only went .500 last year, they will edge out the Brewers, Cubs, and Pirates for the division crown. Tough division to make a decision in. Two really good teams are gonna miss the playoffs. Wainright, the vet, bolsters and up and coming rotation.
NL EAST: ATLANTA BRAVES
They are depending on Foltynewicz to be the ACE of their rotation this year. The addition of Donalson to their linup will help them get over the hump in this very competitive division. Ronald Acuna Jr, and Freddie Freeman, also, make this line up great. Mets added depth to their lineup but it is aged depth. The Nationals lost Harper to the Phillies, but that will end up being a blessing in disguise. The Phillies added Harper, Realmuto, Segura, and McCutchen to their team. I think they will contend for the division but fall short this year.
Now for the playoff picture:
AL WILD CARD ROUND: YANKEES OVER TWINS
AL DIVISIONAL ROUND: RED SOX OVER INDIANS, ASTROS OVER YANKEES
AL CHAMPIONSHIP: ASTROS OVER RED SOX
NL WILD CARD: DODGERS OVER PIRATES
NL DIVISIONAL ROUND: ROCKIES OVER CARDINALS, BRAVES OVER DODGERS
NL CHAMPIONSHIP: ROCKIES OVER BRAVES
WORLD SERIES: ASTROS OVER ROCKIES IN 5
AL MVP: CARLOS CORREA, HOUSTON ASTROS
NL MVP: BRYCE HARPER, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AL CY YOUNG: GARRET COLE, HOUSTON ASTROS
NL CY YOUNG: MAX SCERZER, WASHINGTON NATIONALS
AL ROY: VLAD GUERRERO, JR, TORONTO BLUE JAYS
NL ROY: FERNANDO TATIS, JR, SAN DIEGO PADRES
WORLD SERIES MVP: ALEX BREGMAN, HOUSTON ASTROS
Those are my predictions for the 2019 MLB season.
Will check back on these predictions later in the year and see where I am.
I will do a weekly roundup here every Monday during the MLB season.
Bryan Rainey is the author of the METAVERSE and Odyssey Star sagas. He is also the publisher and cover artist of the books.