MLB Predictions

Since opening day of the 2020 Major League Baseball season was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to remain in a holding pattern for sports. As a die-hard baseball fan, this is difficult for me. As a die-hard sports fan, this is even more difficult for me. As I try to remain positive, I’d like to give you guys an MLB season preview of each team because this is what makes me happy. I’m going to provide what I believe would be the final standings for each team in the American League with a brief paragraph on a few players.

American League East Division

1. New York Yankees. The Yankees have a very home-run friendly ballpark giving way to the power-hitting bats of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees are also an embarrassment of riches with adding starting pitcher, Gerrit Cole, this offseason. New York won their division by seven games last year and I look for them to win by even more this year. 2. Toronto Blue Jays. This might seem surprising, but I think the Jays are going to sneak up on the league. The Blue Jays have a trio of young, talented players whose fathers all played in the league. Cavan Biggio, son of Huston Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, son of four-time all-star Dante Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of the great Vladimir Guerrero Sr. 3. Tampa Bay Rays For a team that players in front of basically no fans, they still manage to put on a decent show. Blake Snell is one of the more talented left-handed pitchers in the game; the Rays also have one of the best defensive centerfielders in all of baseball with Kevin Kiermaier. While the Rays don’t stick out as a divisional winner, they’re another team that remains under the radar. 4. Boston Red Sox. Boston fired the manager, Alex Cora, after it was found out he was in on the Astros cheating scandal. Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game, announced he’d be out for the season due to Tommy John surgery and they traded outfielder Mookie Betts. I look for the Red Sox to struggle this year but keep an eye on young phenom Rafael Devers. 5. Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles are not good and won’t be good for a while. They still have Chris Davis on their team, who, if he doesn’t hit a home run, he strikes out. They have a loaded and talented farm system with many guys that are years away from getting to the big leagues, but this year, it’s not going to lead to a whole lot of wins for them.

American League Central Division

1. Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are good. They have a great pitching staff after adding veterans Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez to go along with a young core of pitchers like Carson Fulmer. Tim Anderson is a hot-headed, talented speedster who can get on base. Jose Abreu hits for power and doesn’t do too bad in the field. Yoan Moncada is one of the overall top prospects in the game today. They Came in third in the division last year, but I believe they will win it this season. 2. Minnesota Twins. They added Josh Donaldson, which I think is a great move. He still has a lot of pop in his bat. Miguel Sano can hit for power, Byron Buxton is as talented as they come in the outfield, and Max Kepler is no slouch, either. 3. Cleveland Indians. They still have Fransisco Lindor, who hit for an average of .284 last year with 32 home runs and 74 runs batted in. The Indians re-acquired veteran Carlos Santana to add a little more pop in their lineup, but they traded their best pitcher: Corey Kluber. I don’t expect too much from them this year, but the Central division isn’t that good, so you never know. 4. Kansas City Royals. Ian Kennedy is still a solid pitcher; Salvador Perez is still one of the best defensive catchers in the game; Adalberto Mondesi, son of Raul Mondesi, should still get some fans out to that beautiful ballpark in Kansas City. 5. Detroit Tigers. It pains me to say this, but the Tigers stink. They had the worst record in baseball last year and I don’t expect that to change. They have drafted well recently and have a pretty solid farm system in place with pitchers Casey Mize, Alex Faedo and Matt Manning. The Tigers still have a Hall of Famer in Miguel Cabrera on their team. Matt Boyd had a great year on the mound last year, Michael Fulmer is coming off Tommy John surgery this year, but contending in the division is a few years out for the Tigers.

American League West Division

1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mike Trout is the best player in baseball and still young. Shohei Otani is in for a great year on the mound and from the plate. Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols is still on the team and despite being past his prime, he’s still pretty good. The Angels also added Anthony Rendon; they still have Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton. The Angels offense is stacked and they should make some noise. 2. Houston Astros. The Astros cheated, there’s no way around it. They got away with it by stealing signs and knowing what pitches were coming and they won a World Series. The organization got caught, many paid the price, but the players didn’t. By all accounts, since none of those guys like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and George Springer are gone, the Astros should still be really good. 3. Oakland Athletics. Marcus Semien is back, coming off a .285 season with over 30 home runs and 92 RBI’s. Other than a few other guys, I don’t know too much about the A’s. What I do know is they have one of the best general managers in all of baseball in Billy Beane, who always uses his cost-effective means to put out a solid team. 4. Seattle Mariners. This team is all about speed. If they get on base, they could be a force. Kyle Seager is a great player, Dee Gordon is as good on the basepaths as any, along with Mallex Smith’s 46 stolen bases last year. Daniel Vogelbach tallied 30 home runs last year, but will likely need to improve on his .208 average to get this team over the hump. 5. Texas Rangers. They’re playing in a new stadium this year, so that’s exciting for fans. They added Corey Kluber from the Indians and still have Joey Gallo hitting moonshot home runs over every fence, I’m just not sure it’s enough to compete in what looks like a stacked AL West division.

Since opening day of the 2020 Major League Baseball season was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to remain in a holding pattern for sports. As a die-hard baseball fan, this is difficult for me. As a die-hard sports fan, this is even more difficult for me. As I try to remain positive, I’d like to give you guys an MLB season preview of each team because this is what makes me happy.

I’m going to provide what I believe would be the final standings for each team in the American League with a brief paragraph on a few players.

American League East Division

1. New York Yankees.

The Yankees have a very home-run friendly ballpark giving way to the power-hitting bats of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees are also an embarrassment of riches with adding starting pitcher, Gerrit Cole, this offseason. New York won their division by seven games last year and I look for them to win by even more this year.

2. Toronto Blue Jays.

This might seem surprising, but I think the Jays are going to sneak up on the league. The Blue Jays have a trio of young, talented players whose fathers all played in the league. Cavan Biggio, son of Huston Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, son of four-time all-star Dante Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of the great Vladimir Guerrero Sr.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

For a team that plays in front of basically no fans, they still manage to put on a decent show. Blake Snell is one of the more talented left-handed pitchers in the game; the Rays also have one of the best defensive centerfielders in all of baseball with Kevin Kiermaier. While the Rays don’t stick out as a divisional winner, they’re another team that remains under the radar.

4. Boston Red Sox.

Boston fired the manager, Alex Cora, after it was found out he was in on the Astros cheating scandal. Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game, announced he’d be out for the season due to Tommy John surgery and they traded outfielder Mookie Betts. I look for the Red Sox to struggle this year but keep an eye on young phenom Rafael Devers.

5. Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles are not good and won’t be good for a while. They still have Chris Davis on their team, who, if he doesn’t hit a home run, he strikes out. They have a loaded and talented farm system with many guys that are years away from getting to the big leagues, but this year, it’s not going to lead to a whole lot of wins for them.

American League Central Division

1. Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox are good. They have a great pitching staff after adding veterans Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez to go along with a young core of pitchers like Carson Fulmer. Tim Anderson is a hot-headed, talented speedster who can get on base. Jose Abreu hits for power and doesn’t do too bad in the field. Yoan Moncada is one of the overall top prospects in the game today. They came in third in the division last year, but I believe they will win it this season.

2. Minnesota Twins.

They added Josh Donaldson, which I think is a great move. He still has a lot of pop in his bat. Miguel Sano can hit for power, Byron Buxton is as talented as they come in the outfield, and Max Kepler is no slouch, either.

3. Cleveland Indians.

They still have Fransisco Lindor, who hit for an average of .284 last year with 32 home runs and 74 runs batted in. The Indians re-acquired veteran Carlos Santana to add a little more pop in their lineup, but they traded their best pitcher: Corey Kluber. I don’t expect too much from them this year, but the Central division isn’t that good, so you never know.

4. Kansas City Royals.

Ian Kennedy is still a solid pitcher; Salvador Perez is still one of the best defensive catchers in the game; Adalberto Mondesi, son of Raul Mondesi, should still get some fans out to that beautiful ballpark in Kansas City.

5. Detroit Tigers.

It pains me to say this, but the Tigers stink. They had the worst record in baseball last year and I don’t expect that to change. They have drafted well recently and have a pretty solid farm system in place with pitchers Casey Mize, Alex Faedo and Matt Manning. The Tigers still have a Hall of Famer in Miguel Cabrera on their team. Matt Boyd had a great year on the mound last year, Michael Fulmer is coming off Tommy John surgery this year, but contending in the division is a few years out for the Tigers.

American League West Division

1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball and still young. Shohei Otani is in for a great year on the mound and from the plate. Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols is still on the team and despite being past his prime, he’s still pretty good. The Angels also added Anthony Rendon; they still have Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton. The Angels offense is stacked and they should make some noise.

2. Houston Astros.

The Astros cheated, there’s no way around it. They got away with it by stealing signs and knowing what pitches were coming and they won a World Series. The organization got caught, many paid the price, but the players didn’t. By all accounts, since none of those guys like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and George Springer are gone, the Astros should still be really good.

3. Oakland Athletics.

Marcus Semien is back, coming off a .285 season with over 30 home runs and 92 RBI’s. Other than a few other guys, I don’t know too much about the A’s. What I do know is they have one of the best general managers in all of baseball in Billy Beane, who always uses his cost-effective means to put out a solid team.

4. Seattle Mariners.

This team is all about speed. If they get on base, they could be a force. Kyle Seager is a great player, Dee Gordon is as good on the basepaths as any, along with Mallex Smith’s 46 stolen bases last year. Daniel Vogelbach tallied 30 home runs last year, but will likely need to improve on his .208 average to get this team over the hump.

5. Texas Rangers.

They’re playing in a new stadium this year, so that’s exciting for fans. They added Corey Kluber from the Indians and still have Joey Gallo hitting moonshot home runs over every fence, I’m just not sure it’s enough to compete in what looks like a stacked AL West division.

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