It’s that time of year again, who will win each division? Who will win the pennants? Who will win the World Series? I usually get most of my predictions right, but I’m making some surprising picks so who knows this year.
1. NEW YORK YANKEES
There are some question marks with the health of the rotation, but the pitching looks very good. The bullpen especially is the best in the game. The lineup is full of power and should again lead the Majors in homers.
2. BOSTON RED SOX
The pitching is a major question mark. They have injury concerns in the rotation and little upside unlike their main rivals. Their bullpen is a major question mark in its entirety. A natural BABIP regression for their hitters from the abnormally high 2018 numbers and this isn’t a division winning team.
3. TAMPA BAY RAYS
The pitching may actually be better than Boston’s, but the lineup is pretty bad, unless a lot of things go right. If they do, then they can compete for one of the Wild Card spots, but if not then they’re not coming close to the playoffs.
4. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
A rotation full of question marks, weak bullpen and weak lineup. They’re not going to the playoffs.
5. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
They look like a AAA team. They will compete for the worst record in the Majors.
1. CLEVELAND INDIANS
They have one of the best rotations in the game and a solid bullpen. The lineup however is pretty weak and their biggest benefit is playing in a weak division.
2. MINNESOTA TWINS
They have a lot of upside and question marks mixed in. Their rotation can have some surprisingly strong years, or be subpar. Their bullpen is solid but questionable and their lineup can be anything from good to solid to subpar.
3. CHICAGO WHITE SOX
The pitching is weak but the lineup can be solid if everything breaks right. They won’t make the playoffs, but can compete with Minnesota for second place in the division.
4. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
They’re weak in every area, but their speed should be fun to watch. They’re not going to the playoffs.
5. DETROIT TIGERS
They’re a trade away from being in contention with Baltimore for having the worst record in the game.
1. HOUSTON ASTROS
They’re a lot more vulnerable than people might think. Their rotation is too top-heavy, their bullpen isn’t deep and their lineup isn’t that good. That said, they still look better than the rest of their division.
2. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
They have a weak rotation that will have to be carried by a strong bullpen. Their lineup is solid but in need of breakouts to make a big difference. They still have a chance at winning the division, but they’re not the favorites.
3. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Their pitching looks weak but has some upside if a lot of things got right. Their lineup looks solid but not spectacular. They should be in the Wild Card hunt, with an outside shot at the division.
4. SEATTLE MARINERS
Their rotation is solid enough that I would put it second to Houston’s in the division. Their bullpen is pretty weak however. Their lineup can actually be better than perhaps most expect and I could see a three-way competition between them, Oakland and Anaheim for second place in the division.
5. TEXAS RANGERS
Their pitching is very weak, so they will be have to be carried by their questionable lineup. They’re a last place team in this division.
1. BOSTON RED SOX
2. MINNESOTA TWINS
1. NEW YORK METS
Their rotation is a contender for the best in the division and they have the best bullpen in the division. Their lineup looks solid but requires health and stability. Their biggest question mark is the overall health of the team, if they can stay healthy they may actually win the division.
2. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
They have the best lineup in the division and a solid bullpen, but the rotation needs everyone except the ace to step up or it will be the team’s Achilles’ heel.
3. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Their rotation is a contender for the best in the division, they have a good closer but the bullpen looks a little questionable. The lineup looks solid but lacks proven middle of the order hitters and seems light on power, it requires things to go right.
4. ATLANTA BRAVES
The pitching doesn’t look that strong and there’s too many question marks in the rotation. Multiple pitchers need to step up for that to change. The lineup looks solid but also in need of players staying healthy and stepping up.
5. MIAMI MARLINS
They will be competing for the worst record in the league with a roster that strongly resembles a AAA team.
I could see either one of the top three and even four teams winning the division, but I feel that the New York Mets have the best overall team at the moment.
1. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
They have a strong lineup with a solid bullpen and a rotation that can be solid or subpar. I think that they’re just barely the best team in the division.
2. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
They have a question mark of a rotation, with a solid to (when healthy) good bullpen and a good lineup. They’ll becin contebtion for the division all season, but just barely fall short.
3. CHICAGO CUBS
Their rotation lacks an ace, but has depth and potential if they stat healthy and produce. The bullpen is solid but needs to be healthy and the lineup looks solid but again can go either way. They should be competitive, but I see them just barely missing out on the division and the second Wild Card spot.
4. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Their rotation can end up being the best in the division and the bullpen is good as well, but I just can’t see a team with that lineup winning this division.
5. CINCINNATI REDS
Their lineup can compete with the other teams in the division, but the pitching needs a lot of things to go right to do so. They will more likely finish at the bottom of the division.
1. COLORADO ROCKIES
They have the best lineup in the division and pitching that has upside. As long as their pitching doesn’t collapse they can win this division.
2. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Their rotation is their best asset and is filled with health questions. The bullpen looks shaky and the lineup needs a lot to go right. They weren’t leading the division for months before finally doing so, for two seasons in a row. This season they won’t be able to catch up.
3. SAN DIEGO PADRES
They’re too weak to go to the playoffs, but with their rivals potentially trading their best players by the trading deadline, might just squeak past them. There’s always a chance for some breakouts as well.
4. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Their lineup is weak, but the pitching is just below solid. A couple trades however and they won’t even have a chance to get third place.
5. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
They have the worst lineup in the division, add a shaky bullpen and a top-heavy rotation and you have a recipe for a last place finish.
1. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
2. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
I see it as a tight race, but Philadelphia and Milwaukee come out on top. Washington will just barely miss out getting one of the spots.
AL WILDCARD PLAYOFF GAME
Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins
NL WILDCARD PLAYOFF GAME
Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers
AL DIVISION SERIES
New York Yankees 3
Cleveland Indians 1
Houston Astros 3
Boston Red Sox 2
NL DIVISION SERIES
St. Louis Cardinals 3
Colorado Rockies 1
New York Mets 3
Philadelphia Phillies 2
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
New York Yankees 4
Houston Astros 2
NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
St. Louis Cardinals 4
New York Mets 3
New York Yankees 4
St. Louis Cardinals 0