2018 Season Predictions

The 2018 season is ready to kick off, here are some predictions!

American League:

Rookie of the Year – Shohei Ohtani (LAA)
Cy Young Award – Chris Sale (BOS)
MVP – Andrew Benintendi (BOS)
Comeback Player of the Year – Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Manager of the Year – Alex Cora (BOS)
AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
AL West: Houston Astros
Wild Card: New York Yankees
Wild Card: Los Angeles Angels

National League:

Rookie of the Year – Lewis Brinson (MIA)
Cy Young Award – Stephen Strasburg (WAS)
MVP – Charlie Blackmon (COL)
Comeback Player of the Year – Kyle Schwarber (CHC)
Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell (MIL)
NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Milwaukee Brewers
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card: Chicago Cubs
Wild Card: Colorado Rockies

World Series Winner: Boston defeats Washington

Analysis:

The American League East is much watch TV for most of the year. The Red Sox / Yankees rivalry is back and in top form. Stanton & Judge each hit over 50HR, but split some MVP votes, while young Boston slugger, Andrew Benintendi, breaks out in Boston.

JD Martinez will provide some much needed protection in the lineup and Benintendi hits over 40HR, leads the league in OPS, and plays a Gold Glove LF in Fenway. New Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, uses ace Chris Sale more efficiently down the stretch, and the Boston starter has his best MLB season, along with a masterful playoff stretch that brings the Sox back to the World Series.

All in all it’s an exciting season – one of the most memorable in years – new stars emerge, as the battle for Rookie of the Year in the NL comes down to two new faces that will be stars for years to come- Miami’s Lewis Brinson, and the Phillies Scott Kingelry. Brinson wins the award and the Marlins surprise everyone by winning 75 games and hanging around the wild card until the season’s final month.

In the AL, Angels two-way rookie sensation lives up to the hype…eventually. After a rocky start to the season, the Angels eventually figures out how to deploy the Japanese superstar to maximize his abilities. He wins more games than he loses, and hits nearly 20HR in a part-time DH role.

In the end, a battle of two east coast powerhouses – the Red Sox and Nationals – fight it out for the crown. Both teams have strong starting rotations and balanced lineups top to bottom, but it’s the seemingly decade long uncertainty in the closer role for the Nationals that doom them in the end, as the Red Sox get some late game heroics to take home the 2018 World Series title.

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