Monday, April 10, 2017

MLB 17 picks


NL East

1. Nationals
2. Mets
3. Marlins
4. Phillies
5. Braves

NL Central

1. Cubs
2. Pirates
3. Cardinals
4. Reds
5. Brewers

NL West

1. Dodgers
2. Giants
3. Diamondbacks
4. Rockies
5. Padres

AL East

1. Red Sox
2. Blue Jays
3. Orioles
4. Yankees
5. Rays

AL Central

1. Indians
2. Tigers
3. Royals
4. Twins
5. White Sox

AL West

1. Astros
2. Rangers
3. Mariners
4. Angels
5. Athletics

MLB Playoffs

National League

1. Cubs
2. Nationals
3. Dodgers
4. Mets
5. Pirates

American League

1. Red Sox
2. Astros
3. Indians
4. Blue Jays
5. Rangers

Wild Card Round

Pirates over Mets
Blue Jays over Rangers

NL Divisional Round

Cubs over Pirates
Dodgers over Nationals

AL Divisional Round

Red Sox over Blue Jays
Indians over Astros


Dodgers over Cubs


Red Sox over Indians 

World Series 

Dodgers over Red Sox


AL MVP: Carlos Correa
NL MVP: Bryce Harper

NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard
AL Cy Young: Marco Stroman

AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi
NL Rookie of the Year: Manuel Margot

AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell
NL Manager of the Year: Dave Roberts

NL Comeback Player of the Year: Bryce Harper
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Michael Brantley

Bold Predictions: 

Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Bryce Harper will all hit 50+ homers this year. Stanton is the x-factor because of his injury history but I believe this is the year he finally stays healthy. Bryce Harper is going to bounce back in a huge way obviously. Everyone already expected him to return to prominence, but an MVP and 50 home run season will put a cherry on top. Josh Donaldson's 50 homer season is basically because he plays in Toronto and that stadium just launches balls. I still feel he is one of the most underrated players in the game.  He's overshadowed because of the abundance of young stars in the game so it seems as if he's forgotten a tiny bit. A 50 homer season will remind people of his greatness. 

Andrew McCutchen wins the gold glove in right field. After all the craziness surrounding him and the Buccos this offseason with trade rumors and the shifting from center to right field, he's going to get the last laugh and win the gold glove in right field. He would have won comeback player of the year too if Bryce Harper doesn't have the season I think he has. At least Cutch will remind us that he's nowhere near done playing the game at a high level. If Bryce does not hit my 50 homer plateau prediction though, Andrew McCutchen will win comeback player of the year.

Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw are going to strikeout 300 batters but neither of them is going to win the NL Cy Young. That just says the faith I have in Noah Syndergaard. This is crazy though because last year, Kershaw was the 1st pitcher to strike out 300 guys since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002. 


MLB Predictions:

Kansas City

-Wild Card:

Los Angeles

-Wild Card:
San Francisco

World Series: Astros vs Pirates.
   -Winner: Pirates

Cy Young:
Chris Sale
Kenta Maeda

Mookie Betts
Corey Seager

Andrew Benintendi
Josh Bell


AL: Cleveland, Baltimore, Houston ALWC: Boston, Texas

AL Champ: Baltimore

NL: Mets, Cubs, Dodgers NLWC D-Backs, Pirates

NL Champ: Dodgers

World Series: Orioles over Dodgers

AL MVP: Manny Machado
NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson


World Series: Mets OVER Red Sox, 6 games
Let me open by saying OF COURSE I am picking the Mets to win the World Series. Any time there’s even the slightest possibility going into a season that one of my teams could win a championship I’m picking them. Yes, I will be bitching and moaning when the Mets are 54-53 in July about how their offense sucks, guys are hurt, blah blah blah. This is all part of the process. Trust it, baby. 
Instead of texting everyone all season, I’m just going to list my Mets grievances here and let them be (for the most part). They cannot hit lefties. There are too many damn left-handed hitters who don’t hit for average on this team. I have no idea what they’re going to do with future all-star Michael Conforto. Health will be a problem. I mean, you can’t sign a bunch of old guys with injury problems and be surprised when they get hurt. But time and time again, this happens. Surprise! Of course David Wright is going to get hurt! Neil Walker probably will too! And Duda! Back problems are bad. It might not ever work for Steven Matz in New York. Lugo has a torn UCL. Who knows what they’re getting from Harvey (I think he finishes in the 3.30-range). And the team is incredibly dependant on Yoenis Cespedes. 
WITH THAT BEING SAID I like so much about this team. Thor-DeGrom-Harvey-Wheeler-Gsellman is a hell of a starting five. I trust their bullpen more than anyone else in the NL. Salas-Reed-Familia 7-8-9 is dynamite. The Nats don’t have a closer! They might trade for a high-end one, but that’s a big concern. Their talent should carry them to a 95+ win season, but in a small sample size like the playoffs, with no closer against really good teams, that could really fuck them. I think no matter how the outfield situation shapes out between Granderson-Bruce-Conforto, they’ll hit a shit ton of home runs. Cespedes might be the NL’s best outfielder (that’s right, Bryce Harper). There are just a lot of talented vets who know how to get the job done day in and day out. 

AL East – Red Sox (1): Stacked rotation, extremely talented outfield
AL Central – Cleveland (2): Made the WS despite their rotation getting destroyed. Lindor might win AL MVP. Edwin Encarnacion is a huge signing. 
AL West – Houston (3): The amount of young talent in that day-to-day lineup is overwhelming. Pitching staff behind Kuechel is a concern. Should be enough for 90 wins. Need to get off to a decent start, unlike last year.
WC1: Baltimore (4): Every year people doubt the Orioles. And every year they’re in the playoffs. Never count out a team with an awesome bullpen who can hit home runs. 
WC2: Detroit (5): Fulmer-Verlander-Zimmerman at the top of the rotation prevails.
Just missing out: Texas, LA Angels (a team with Mike Trout on it has to come close to making the playoffs at least once, right?), Seattle Mariners .
Wild Card: Baltimore over Detroit WC (4-3)
ALDS: Red Sox OVER Baltimore, 4 games
ALDS: Cleveland OVER Houston, 5 games
ALCS: Red Sox OVER Cleveland, 7 games
NL East --Nationals (2): Bullpen is concerning, as is health of Scherzer and Strasburg, but they have some really top-end talent up and down that lineup.
NL -- Central: Cubs (1): I mean… yeah. 
NL West -- Dodgers (3): The window is closing.
WC1 -- Mets (4): YUP
WC2 -- Rockies (5): I BELIEVE IN YOU ROCKIES. They’ll have to withstand some early-season injuries. That lineup can mash in any park in the country. They hung around last year. If they’re close, they might pony up for a top-end starter, even if history suggests it probably won’t work at Coors field. 
Just missing out: Marlins (great lineup, incredible outfield, strong bullpen, pitching over the course of 162 might not be good enough), Pirates (same), Cardinals (they’ll probably have some AA guy we’ve never heard of hit 20 home runs).
Wild card: Mets OVER Rockies, 7-1
NLDS: Mets OVER Cubs, 5 games
NLDS: Nationals OVER Dodgers, 5 games
NLCS: Mets OVER Nationals, 6 games
AL MVP: Francisco Lindor
NL MVP: Corey Seager, Dodgers… If Freddie Freeman played on a better team I think he would win it. He could put up a monster season.
NL CY Young: Thor… People love a big man with flowing golden locks. I’d still take Jacob deGrom in a do-or-die game.
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale… Now that he’s in Boston people realize how good he’s been and feel bad he’s never won Cy Young before. 
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson, Braves. He does it all. True story, the Braves held him one at-bat short of qualifying as a rookie last year so he could win it this year. Glasnow and Gsellman get votes. 

AL ROY: I don’t know shit about AL prospects. AL baseball is stupid. Everyone seems to think Andrew Benintendi is going to win it. Does that ever go as planned? There has to be some foreign player out there. I’ll go Aaron judge, Yankees. 

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