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COMMENTARY: Early MLB Predictions


Austin Darrow Commentary


Several teams have reported to Spring Training which means baseball is here and April is right around the corner. Baseball fans are eyeing up a season to top last years.

Even though the MLB is trying to implement tons of rules, the games will still be fun to watch. Here’s my early frontrunners for the 2017 season.

NL East

  1. New York Mets (90-72)
  2. Washington Nationals (88-74)
  3. Philadelphia Phillies (78-84)
  4. Miami Marlins (77-85)
  5. Atlanta Braves (69-93)

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs (100-62)
  2. Louis Cardinals (89-73)
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates (79-85)
  4. Cincinnati Reds (74-88)
  5. Milwaukee Brewers (71-91)

NL West

  1. San Francisco Giants (90-72)
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers (89-73)
  3. Colorado Rockies (78-84)
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks (75-87)
  5. San Diego Padres (66-96)

AL East

  1. Boston Red Sox (93-69)
  2. New York Yankees (87-75)
  3. Baltimore Orioles (87-75)
  4. Toronto Blue Jays (85-77
  5. Tampa Bay Rays (73-89)

AL Central

  1. Cleveland Indians (95-67)
  2. Detroit Tigers (85-77)
  3. Kansas City Royals (80-82)
  4. Chicago White Sox (73-89)
  5. Minnesota Twins (69-93)

AL West

  1. Seattle Mariners (87-75)
  2. Texas Rangers (85-77)
  3. Houston Astros (85-77)
  4. Los Angeles Angels (75-87)
  5. Oakland Athletics (68-94)

Those are my early predictions for each division, I’ll get more detailed once Opening Day comes and teams go through some injuries.

As for right now though…

I see the Mets back on top in the East and the Phillies showing more progress with the loads of young talent they have. The Nationals don’t look that intriguing to me after they lost on every bid possible this offseason.

The Cubs and Cardinals will rule the Central. I do believe Andrew McCutchen will have a great year and prove last year was a fluke.

I like the Giants in the West over the Dodgers. The Giants have a bitter taste in their mouth after last year and the Dodgers didn’t really make big moves, like people expected. The Rockies need pitching, but they could disrupt the Dodgers and Giants.

No question the Red Sox take the East. I like the Yankees this year, but it’s going to be very close in the East, like usual. I don’t see the Blue Jays doing much this year.

The Indians take the Central with ease. The Tigers could make a stab at the postseason, but I’ll get on that around Opening Day.

This is Seattle’s year. They will take the West, the Rangers don’t impress me that much this year and I see them maybe as a Wild Card team.

I’ll get more detailed on playoff teams and maybe switch up the divisions – pending injuries and other stuff – come Opening Day.