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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018 MLB Prediction thread!

With opening day tomorrow (FINALLY) it’s time to put your pride on the line! Who’s going to win? Who’s going to tank? Who will come closest to matching Mike Trout’s stratospheric WAR?  Link goes to the 538 projections, which take into account elo as well as the Davenport, Fangraphs, and PECOTA projection systems.  The Indians are tipped to win 99 games, which… I’ll take the under, thanks.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 28, 2018 at 12:38 PM | 55 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 28, 2018 at 03:40 PM (#5644458)
AL East:
Yankees (92-70)
Red Sox (91-71) 1st WC
Blue Jays (86-76)
Orioles (79-83)
Rays (77-85)

AL Central:
Indians (95-67)
Twins (86-76)
Royals (77-85)
White Sox (69-93)
Tigers (68-94)

AL West:
Astros (96-66)
Angels (90-72) 2nd WC
Mariners (81-81)
Athletics (74-88)
Rangers (72-90)

NL East:
Nationals (100-62)
Mets (89-73) 2nd WC
Barves (73-89)
Phillies (71-91)
YEAH JEETS (49-113) (0-19 vs the Nats)

NL Central:
Cubs (93-69)
Brewers (91-71) 1st WC
Cardinals (82-80)
Pirates (74-88)
Reds (69-93)

NL West:
Dodgers (97-65)
Rockies (88-74)
Diamondbacks (81-81)
Giants (72-90)
Padres (65-97)

AL Playoffs
WC: Angels over Red Sox
ALDS1: Angels over Astros
ALDS2: Indians over Yankees
ALCS: Indians over Angels

NL Playoffs
WC: Mets over Brewers
NLDS1: Mets over Nationals
NLDS2: Dodgers over Cubs
NLCS: Dodgers over Mets

World Series
Indians over Dodgers in 7

Awards
AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
AL ROY: Shohei Ohtani
NL MVP: Noah Syndergaard
NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard
NL ROY: Lewis Brinson (but only because the Braves screw with Ronald Acuna's service time)

I have no clue if those predicted records in any way even out.

   2. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 28, 2018 at 03:41 PM (#5644459)
NL
East: Washington
Central: Chicago
West: Los Angeles
Wild card #1: New York
Wild card #2: St. Louis

AL
East: New York
Central: Cleveland
West: Houston
Wild card #1: Boston
Wild card #2: Los Angeles of Anaheim



Post-season

NL:
New York over St. Louis (WC)
Chicago over Washington (NLDS -1)
Los Angeles over New York (NLDS -2)
Chicago over Los Angeles (NLCS)

AL:
Boston over Los Angeles of Anaheim (WC)
Cleveland over Boston (ALDS -1)
New York over Houston (ALDS -2)
Cleveland over New York (ALCS)

World Series: Cleveland over Chicago




   3. Spahn Insane Posted: March 28, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5644473)
AL
East: Yankees (3rd playoff seed)
Central: Indians (2nd)
West: Astros (1st)

NL
East: Nats (2nd playoff seed)
Central: Cubs (1st)
West: Dodgers (3rd)

(Is this the least interesting year in history in terms of predicting likely division winners? Except in the AL East, where I could see the Red Sox winning it, seems to me anyone other than the five winners I listed winning their divisions would be a pretty big surprise. Anyway...)

AL WC1: Red Sox
AL WC2: Angels

NL WC1: Cardinals
NL WC2: Mets

ALWC: Red Sox over Angels
NLWC: Mets over Cardinals

ALDS: Astros over Red Sox
Indians over Yankees
NLDS: Cubs over Mets
Nats over Dodgers

ALCS: Astros over Indians
NLCS: Cubs over Nats

WS: Cubs over Astros

   4. SouthSideRyan Posted: March 28, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5644474)
Yankees 99-63
Red Sox 90-72
Orioles 77-85
Blue Jays 77-85
Rays 73-89

Indians 97-65
Twins (WC) 91-71
White Sox 73-89
Royals 69-93
Tigers 61-101

Angels 94-68
Astros (WC) 93-69
Mariners 87-75
Rangers 77-85
A's 66-96

Nationals 94-68
Phillies (WC) 87-75
Braves 79-83
Mets 77-85
Marlins 55-107

Cubs 95-67
Cardinals 86-76
Brewers 80-82
Pirates 72-90
Reds 69-93

Dodgers 95-67
Rockies (WC) 92-70
Giants 82-80
Diamondbacks 76-86
Padres 67-95

Rockies over Phillies
Rockies over Dodgers (3-1)
Cubs over Nationals (3-2)
Cubs over Rockies (4-2)

Twins over Astros
Yankees over Twins (3-0)
Angels over Indians (3-2)
Yankees over Angels (4-2)

Cubs over Yankees (4-2)

NL MVP: Harper
NL CY: Kershaw
NL ROY: Acuna
NL MOY: Kapler
AL MVP: Stanton
AL CY: Paxton
AL ROY: Hays
AL MOY: Molitor
   5. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 28, 2018 at 04:14 PM (#5644479)
AL
East: Yankees
Central: Indians
West: Astros

NL
East: Nationals
Central: Cubs
West: Dodgers

AL WC1: Angels
AL WC2: Twins

NL WC1: Phillies
NL WC2: Rockies

ALWC: Angels over Twins
NLWC: Phillies over Rockies

ALDS: Astros over Angels
Yankees over Indians
NLDS: Cubs over Phillies
Dodgers over Nationals

ALCS: Astros over Yankees
NLCS: Cubs over Dodgers

WS: Cubs over Astros (4-1)
   6. Lassus Posted: March 28, 2018 at 04:30 PM (#5644496)
AL:

E - Yankees
C - Twins
W - Astros
WC1 - Angels
WC2 - Red Sox

NL:

E - Mets (yes!)
C - Cubs
W - Dodgers
WC1 - Nats
WC2 - Rockies

Angels over Red Sox
Astros over Yankees
Angels over Twins
Angels over Astros

Nats over Rockies
Cubs over Nats
Mets over Dodgers
Mets over Cubs

Angels over Mets

   7. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 28, 2018 at 04:52 PM (#5644505)

WS: Dodgers over Astros
   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 28, 2018 at 04:54 PM (#5644510)
ALEast - Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, Orioles
ALCentral - Indians, Twins, White Sox, Royals, Tigers
ALWest - Astros, Angels, Mariners, Rangers, Athletics
ALWildCard - Angels over Yankees
ALDS1 - Red Sox over Astros
ALDS2 - Indians over Angels
ALCS - Red Sox over Indians

NLEast - Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, 9 guys off the street in Hoboken, Marlins
NLCentral - Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates
NLWest - Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, Padres, Rockies
NL Wild Card - Mets over Phillies
NLDS1 - Dodgers over Nationals
NLDS2 - Cubs over Mets
NLCS - Cubs over Dodgers

World Series - Red Sox over Cubs

AL MVP - Francisco Lindor
AL Cy Young - Chris Sale
AL Rookie of the Year - Brent Honeywell

NL MVP - Corey Seager
NL Cy Young - Noah Syndergaard
NL Rookie of the Year - Lewis Brinson
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:02 PM (#5644514)
Exhibition Season:

NL
East: Washington
Central: Cubs
West: Dodgers
Wild card #1: St. Louis
Wild card #2: Milwaukee

AL
East: Boston
Central: Cleveland
West: Houston
Wild card #1: Yankees
Wild card #2: Angels

This Time It Counts:

NL:
Milwaukee over St. Louis (WC)
Washington over the Cubs in 5 (NLDS 1) (Sweet revenge, Part 1)
Dodgers over Milwaukee in 4 (NLDS 2)
Washington over the Dodgers in 7 (NLCS) (Sweet revenge, Part 2)

AL:
Yankees over Angels (WC)
Cleveland over Boston in 6 (ALDS 1)
Houston over Yankees in 7 (ALDS 2)
Houston over Cleveland in 5 (ALCS)

World Series: Houston over the Gnats in 6
   10. Kiko Sakata Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:03 PM (#5644515)
Some combination of what I think most likely to happen tempered by what I hope happens

AL E: Boston
AL C: Cleveland
AL W: Angels

WC 1: NY
WC 2: HOU

WC Winner: HOU
ALDS 1: Angels
ALDS 2: Indians
ALCS: Indians

NL E: WAS
NL C: Cubs
NL W: AZ

WC 1: LA
WC 2: Mets

WC Winner: Mets
NLDS 1: WAS
NLDS 2: Cubs
NLCS: Cubs

World Series: Cubs
   11. jmurph Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:17 PM (#5644531)
AL E: Boston
AL C: Cleveland
AL W: Houston

WC 1: NYY
WC 2: Minnesota

NL E: Washington
NL C: Cubs
NL W: Dodgers

WC 1: Arizona
WC 2: Milwaukee

World Series: Nats over Yankees
   12. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:18 PM (#5644533)
I like that out of the two predictions so far with win/loss guesses, the optimistic Marlins take is only losing 107 games.
   13. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:29 PM (#5644541)
ALEast - Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Jays, O's
ALCentral - Indians, Twins, Tigers, Royals, White Sox
ALWest - Astros, Angels, Mariners, Rangers, Athletics
ALWildCard - Red Sox over Angels
ALDS1 - Astros over Red Sox
ALDS2 - Indians over Yankees
ALCS - Indians over Astros

NLEast - Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Miami High School Junior Varsity All Stars
NLCentral - Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds
NLWest - Dodgers, Padres, DBacks, Giants, Rockies
NL Wild Card - Brewers over Mets
NLDS1 - Dodgers over Brewers
NLDS2 - Nationals over Cubs
NLCS - Dodgers over Nationals

World Series - Dodgers over Indians

AL MVP - Mike Trout
AL Cy Young - Cory Kluber
AL Rookie of the Year - Michael Kopech

NL MVP - Cody Bellinger
NL Cy Young - Kershaw
NL Rookie of the Year - Ronald Acuna


So, this scenario is entirely silly, but I've invested it with some fantasy. My dad turns 74 in a few weeks, and though, as a Dodgers fan since the days of Jackie Robinson, he hasn't really been deprived, he hasn't seen his team win the WS in 30 years now and he's the exact same age his own father was when he died. Not that he appears to be in danger of that -- he's in very good health and his mother is still kicking around going on 97 -- but I'm keenly aware, as he is, that this may well be the last wave of really good Dodgers teams that he gets. So there's that.

Anyway, the NL west shakes out like this: Seager and Turner, though better on a game-per-game basis than Bellinger, miss a bunch of time. Bellinger wins the HR title, and with the other obvious candidates either being (A) on bad teams (Votto, Goldschmidt) or (B) pitchers (Kershaw, Syndergaard), Bellinger wins it on narrative points as the Dodgers cruise to 96 wins and the NL West title. Then, a fully healthy Dodgers team steamrolls through the playoffs.

The AL plays out more-or-less as expected, though Judge hits "only" 39 homers and Altuve hits "only" .315. The Angels, on the strength of Mike Trout's best season to date and Shohei Otani turning out to be a capable second banana / near-ace starter (but not a capable DH), stagger to 85 wins and take one of the WC spots in a tallest little person contest. They lose to the Sox in the WC game and then the real playoffs start. The Indians-Astros ALCS proves to be one of the greatest playoff series of all time, going to extras three times in seven games and ending with unexpected hero Yan Gomes poking a leadoff solo shot in the bottom of the 11th inning to win game seven 6-5.

The Indians are so exhausted by the series that they go meekly to the Dodgers, 4-1, winning a token game when Kluber starts game 2.
   14. Baldrick Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:39 PM (#5644546)
AL East: Yankees
AL Central: Cleveland
AL West: Astros
Wild card: Angels over Red Sox

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
Wild card: Brewers over Cardinals

World Series: Dodgers over Cleveland

Pretty dull year for predicting teams. I can see a few places where something strange might happen and we get a different division winner, but it's pretty hard to justify predicting anyone other than those. The Red Sox and Yankees look reasonably close to me but the other five divisions look like they've got a CLEAR favorite.

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL Cy Young: Carrasco
NL Cy Young: Kershaw
   15. Voodoo Posted: March 28, 2018 at 05:54 PM (#5644550)
AL EAST: Boston
AL CENTRAL: Cleveland
AL WEST: Houston
WL WC #1: New York
WL WC #2: Los Angeles
(other contenders: Jays, Twins, Athletics)

NL EAST: Washington
NL CENTRAL: Cubs
NL WEST: Dodgers
NL WC #1: Cardinals
NL WC #2 Braves
(other contenders: Brewers, Phillies, Giants)

Cardinals over Braves
Yankees over Angels

Cubs over Cardinals in 4
Dodgers over Nationals in 5
Yankees over Indians in 5
Red Sox over Astros in 3

Cubs over Dodgers in 7
Red Sox over Yankees in 6

Cubs over Red Sox in 7

NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL CY: Kyle Hendricks
AL CY: David Price
AL ROY: Shohei Ohtani
NL ROY: Ronald Acuna
AL MOY: Mike Scioscia
NL MOY: Joe Maddon

   16. cardsfanboy Posted: March 28, 2018 at 06:06 PM (#5644559)
AL East Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rays, Orioles.
AL Central Indians, Royals, Twins, White Sox, Tigers
AL West Astros, Angels, Rangers, Mariners, A's.

Wc Royals, Angels.
Angles over Royals.
Angels over Astros
Indians over Yankees
Indians over Angels.

NL East Nationals, Mets, Braves, Phil, Miami
NL Central Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Reds
NL West Dodgers, D-backs, Giants, Rockies, Padres

WC Cubs, Brewers.
Brewers over Cubs
Cardinals over Nationals
Dodgers over Brewers
Cardinals over Dodgers
Cardinals over Indians.

AL MVP Trout
NL MVP Ozuna (non-Cardinal player Corey Seager)
AL Cy Young Dallas Keuchel
NL Cy Young Carlos Martinez(non-Cardinal Kershaw....non-Kershaw Greinke)


   17. dejarouehg Posted: March 28, 2018 at 06:33 PM (#5644577)
NYY
BOS*
TOR
BAL
TBR

CLE
MIN*
KCR
CHW
DET

HOU
SEA
LAD
TEX
OAK

WAS
NYM*
ATL
PHI
MIA

CHC
MIL
STL
CIN
PIT

COL
ARI*
LAD
SFG
SDP

Bos over MIN
CLE over NYY
HOU over BOS
CLE over HOU

ARI over METS
WAS over ARI
CHC over COL
WAS over CHC

WAS over CLE

NL MVP: Arenado
NL CY: Syndegaard
NL MOY: Calloway beats out Snitkin
NL Comeback Player: A Russell
AL MVP: Betts
AL CY: Sale
AL MOY: Molitor
AL Comeback Player: Eovaldi

Gary Sanchez sets AL season record for HR by a C and has what will be regarded as the best offensive year for C in AL history
DeGrom throws a NoHitter
Cubs infielders each hit more than 20 HR (Not exactly a reach)
Showalter is first manager to get sacked
   18. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: March 28, 2018 at 07:34 PM (#5644607)
Only thing that matters ?! The World Series ... I will go with the Astros/or Yankees and the Cards/Dodgers !

Congratulate me later ! Love, AT-AT !
   19. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: March 28, 2018 at 07:36 PM (#5644608)
WAS over CLE


Noi way, Chipotle !
   20. ckash Posted: March 28, 2018 at 07:38 PM (#5644610)
AL
East
1. Yankees
2. Red Sox
3. Blue Jays
4. Orioles
5. Rays

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

West
1. Astros
2. Angels
3. Rangers
4. Athletics

Wildards - Red Sox, Angels

AL Champ: Yankees

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

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

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

Wildcards - Brewers, Cardinals

NL Champs: Cubs

World Series Champs: Yankees



   21. bunyon Posted: March 28, 2018 at 08:01 PM (#5644620)
AL East:
Yankees
Blue Jays 2nd WC
Red Sox
Orioles
Rays

AL Central:
Indians
Twins
Royals
White Sox
Tigers

AL West:
Astros
Angels 1st WC
Mariners
Rangers
A's

NL East:
Nationals
Mets
Braves
Phillies
Marlins

NL Central:
Cubs
Brewers 1st WC
Cardinals
Reds
Pirates

NL West:
Dodgers
Rockies 2nd WC
Diamondbacks
Giants
Padres

AL Playoffs
WC: Angels over Blue Jays
ALDS1: Astros over Angels
ALDS2: Indians over Yankees
ALCS: Indians over Angels

NL Playoffs
WC: Brewers over Rockies
NLDS1: Dodgers over Nationals
NLDS2: Cubs over Brewers
NLCS: Cubs over Dodgers

World Series
Indians over Cubs in 5
   22. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: March 28, 2018 at 09:01 PM (#5644644)
AL East
Red Sox
Yankees
Orioles
Blue Jays
Rays

AL Central
Indians
Twins
Royals
White Sox
Tigers

AL West
Astros
Angels
Athletics
Mariners
Rangers

NL East
Nationals
Mets
Phillies
Braves
Marlins

NL Central
Cubs
Brewers
Cardinals
Reds
Pirates

NL West
Dodgers
Rockies
Diamondbacks
Padres
Giants

Wild Cards: Yankees, Twins, Rockies, Brewers

MVP's: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper
Cy Young: Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw
ROY: Willie Calhoun, Ronald Acuna

Playoffs
Wildcards: Yankees over Twins, Brewers over Rockies
Division Series: Yankees over Astros, Red Sox over Indians, Dodgers over Brewers, Nationals over Cubs
Championship Series: Yankees over Red Sox, Nationals over Dodgers
World Series: Nationals over Yankees
   23. 'Spos Posted: March 28, 2018 at 09:17 PM (#5644654)
NYY 93 Boone fired in September
BOS 91 wc
TOR 86
TBR 82
BAL 78

CLE 93
MIN 83
DET 71
KCR 69
CHW 66

HOU 96
LAA 87 wc
SEA 81
OAK 80
TEX 79

WAS 88
NYM 81
PHI 79
ATL 75
FLA 61 Jeter hires ARod to handle the media

CHC 94
STL 87 wc
MIL 78
CIN 76
PIT 71

LAD 93
ARI 83
COL 81
SFG 79
SDP 73

CHC beats LAA in six
   24. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: March 28, 2018 at 09:44 PM (#5644658)
AL East

NYY
BOS*
TOR**
BAL
TB

AL Central

CLE
MIN
CWS
DET
KC

AL West

HOU
SEA
LAA
OAK

NL East

WAS
NYM
PHI
ATL
MIA

NL Central

STL
CHI*
MIL
CIN
PIT

NL West

COL
LA**
ARI
SD

MVP: AL: Gary Sanchez NL: Willson Contreras (first time since 1951 catchers wIn MVP Awards in both leagues)
Cy Young: AL: Sonny Gray NL: Max Scherzer (three straight Cy Young awards for Max)
ROY: AL: Franklin Barreto NL: Ronald Acuna

One Game Playoffs:

Cubs over Dodgers
Red Sox over Blue Jays

Division Series:

Yankees over Indians
Red Sox over Astros

Rockies over Cubs
Nationals over Cardinals

League Championships:

Yankees over Red Sox
Nationals over Rockies

World Series:

Yankees over Nationals



   25. Ziggy's screen name Posted: March 28, 2018 at 10:20 PM (#5644668)
The Prediction Thread, wherein Ziggy makes a fool of himself.

Division winners are what you expect.

ALWC: Red Sox, White Sox

NLWC: Brewers, Pirates

Red Sox and Brewers advance to the real playoffs, and are quickly dismissed.

NL Pennant: Dodgers
AL Pennant: Yankees
WS: Yankees

NL MVP: Corey Seager
NL CYY: Clayton Kershaw
NL ROY: Luiz Gohara

AL MVP: Giancarlo Stanton
AL CYY: Luis Severino
AL ROY: Austin Hays

Other predictions:

After waiting decades for Johan Santana's no-hitter, the Mets will get two of them in the same day. Thor no hits the Marlins in the matinee, a night game is scheduled to make up a previous rain-out, and David Price (I'll tell you about the trade later) no-hits the Marlins in the evening.

Jason Giambi wins NL manager of the year award. The Pirates are playing sub-500 ball at the all-star break when Giambi is hired to turn things around. Which he does. The Pirates go on an historic tear, snatching the second wildcard away from the Diamondbacks. Of course they lose their one-game playoff to the Brewers, but it's enough to win Giambi his hardware.

Joey Gallo leads the AL in home runs. Somebody unexpected - Adam Duvall? - leads the NL.

Manny Machado gets traded to the Diamondbacks at the deadline. (He plays 3B. Lamb to LF.) It's not enough to save the Diamondbacks' season, but the prospects that the Orioles get don't pan out anyhow.

Mike Trout out-WARs everyone else, but Stanton's 157 RBIs are too much to overcome.

At least one of these predictions will be wrong.
   26. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 28, 2018 at 10:42 PM (#5644672)
Gary Sanchez sets AL season record for HR by a C and has what will be regarded as the best offensive year for C in AL history


Currently, probably Joe Mauer in 2009. .365/28/96 171 OPS+. Tough to beat that. I don't think Sanchez has a .320+ BA in him, so he would need 45+ HR I would imagine.
   27. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:12 AM (#5644685)
AL EAST: Boston
AL CENTRAL: Cleveland
AL WEST: Houston
WL WC #1: New York
WL WC #2: Los Angeles

NL EAST: Washington
NL CENTRAL: Cubs
NL WEST: Dodgers
NL WC #1: Cardinals
NL WC #2 Brewers

Brewers over Cardinals
Yankees over Angels

Cubs over Brewers in 3
Nationals over LA in 4
Indians over NY in 4
Red Sox over Astros in 4

Nats over Cubs in 6
Red Sox over Indians in 6

Red Sox over Nats in 5

NL MVP: Votto
AL MVP: Trout
NL CY: Kershaw
AL CY: Sale
AL ROY: Ohtani
NL ROY: Acuna
AL MOY: Cora
NL MOY: Martinez after Nats win 100+
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:43 AM (#5644691)
ALE - Boston
ALC - Chicago
ALW - Seattle
ALWC - NY
ALWC2 - Houston

NLE - New York
NLC - Chicago
NLW - Colorado
NLWC - Los Angeles
NLWC2 - St. Louis

ALWC - New York over Houston
ALDS - Boston over New York, Seattle over Chicago
ALCS - Seattle over Boston

NLWC - Los Angeles over St. Louis
NLDS - Los Angeles over Chicago, Colorado over New York
NLCS - Los Angeles over Colorado
WS - Los Angeles over Seattle

   29. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 29, 2018 at 01:07 AM (#5644698)
AL East:
Yankees
Red Sox
Blue Jays
Orioles
Rays

AL Central:
Indians
Twins
White Sox
Royals
Tigers

AL West:
Astros
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners

NL East:
Nationals
Phillies
Mets
Braves
Marlins

NL Central:
Cubs
Cardinals
Brewers
Reds
Pirates


NL West:
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Giants


AL Playoffs
WC: Red Sox over Angels
ALDS1: Astros over Red Sox
ALDS2: Indians over Yankees
ALCS: Astros over Indians

NL Playoffs
WC: Cardinals over Brewers
NLDS1: Nationals over Cardinals
NLDS2: Dodgers over Cubs
NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers

World Series
Nationals over Astros

Awards
AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole
AL ROY: Willy Adames
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer
NL ROY: Lewis Brinson

Notable Events
Stanton hits 4 home runs in one game at Yankee Stadium.
Arrieta throws a no-hitter.
Ohtani will strikeout the side and hit a home run in the same game.
Verlander will throw a perfect game for 8 innings and lose it (and the no-hitter) in the 9th...against Detroit.
The Giants will lose 15 games in a row at some point this season.
Josh Donaldson will be traded.
   30. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: March 29, 2018 at 02:38 AM (#5644702)
AL East:
Red Sox 93
Yankees 92 WC
Blue Jays 85
Orioles 81
Rays 66

AL Central:
Twins 90
Indians 88
White Sox 85
Royals 71
Tigers 66

AL West:
Astros 97
Angels 91 WC
Athletics 85
Mariners 73
Rangers 72

NL East:
Nationals 97
Mets 85 WC
Phillies 84
Braves 67
Marlins 68

NL Central:
Cubs 96
Brewers 84 WC
Cardinals 82
Reds 65
Pirates 64

NL West:
Dodgers 94
Rockies 82
Diamondbacks 82
Giants 82
Padres 63

AL Playoffs
WC: Yankees over Angels
ALDS1: Astros over Yankees
ALDS2: Red Sox over Twins
ALCS: Red Sox over Astros

NL Playoffs
WC: Brewers over Mets
NLDS1: Nationals over Brewers
NLDS2: Dodgers over Cubs
NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers

World Series
Red Sox over Nationals in 7

AL MVP Stanton
AL CY Sale
AL RoY Kopech
NL MVP Harper
NL CY Greinke
NL RoY Alfaro
   31. Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: March 29, 2018 at 04:29 AM (#5644709)
ALE: New York Yankees
ALC: Cleveland Indians
ALW: Houston Astros
ALWC1: Boston Red Sox
ALWC2: Minnesota Twins

NLE: Washington Nationals
NLC: Chicago Cubs
NLW: Los Angeles Dodgers
NLWC1: St. Louis Cardinals
NLWC2: Arizona Diamondbacks

AL Playoffs
WC: Red Sox over Twins
ALDS1: Indians over Red Sox
ALDS2: Astros over Yankees
ALCS: Astros over Indians

NL PLayoffs
WC: Cardinals over Diamondbacks
NLDS1: Dodgers over Cardinals
NLDS2: Cubs over Nationals
NLCS: Cubs over Dodgers

World Series
Astros over Cubs


AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL CY: Chris Sale
AL ROY: Gleyber Torres

NL MVP: Joey Votto
NL CY: Max Scherzer
NL ROY: Ronald Acuña
   32. dejarouehg Posted: March 29, 2018 at 08:09 AM (#5644715)
Ohtani will strikeout the side and hit a home run in the same game.
Not exactly Rick Wise, though I admit if Ohtani does well, I'll have to eat some crow. I think/thought he's been built up because he's a foreign player. Hunter Greene and McKay (TBR) are both 2-way players, why aren't they getting the same level of hype? Joey Gallo was throwing 95 when he graduated high school. He could probably have pursued both.

Currently, probably Joe Mauer in 2009. .365/28/96 171 OPS+. Tough to beat that. I don't think Sanchez has a .320+ BA in him, so he would need 45+ HR I would imagine.
I believe he's the best hitter on the team, so I'm thinking .315/41/115 as raw numbers, some of which will probably come at 1B. If he somehow limits his hideous catching flaws, I'd guess he's the top MVP "vote-getter" in the line-up, though that may be due to some cannibalizing between Judge and Stanton.....and DiDi, the most under-rated of all.

(Not a Yankees fan, but while I continue to hate the Franchise, they keep fielding players that are easy to like. Bastards!)
   33. TomH Posted: March 29, 2018 at 09:04 AM (#5644726)
division winners: round up the usual suspects {NYY CLE HOU WAS CHC LAD}
WS: Nationals finally get there
Other:
(1) Last year the BoSox won a division while finishing last in the AL in home runs. That I didn't se coming. This year, the BoSox lead the league in runs scored, but do NOT win a division.
(2) The Orioles lead the majors in dingers with 250, but manage to finish LAST in their division, as they have a .300 OBA leadoff hitter, a pile of other noOBA guys, and no pitching
   34. Astroenteritis Posted: March 29, 2018 at 09:19 AM (#5644736)
AL East- Yankees
AL Central- Indians
AL West- Astros
WC1- Twins
WC2- Angels

WC-Twins def Angels
ALDS-Yankees def Twins
ALDS-Indians def Astros
ALCS-Indians def Yankees

NL East- Nats
NL Central- Cubs
NL West- Dodgers
WC1- Brewers
WC2- Rockies

WC-Brewers def Rockies
NLDS-Dodgers def Brewers
NLDS-Cubs def Nats
NLCS-Dodgers def Cubs

WS- Dodgers def Indians


   35. JJ1986 Posted: March 29, 2018 at 10:15 AM (#5644767)
NL East - Mets, Nats (WC), Phillies, Braves, Marlins
NL Central - Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds
NL West - Dodgers, Diamondbacks (WC), Giants, Rockies, Padres

NLDS - Mets over Cubs, Dodgers over Nats
NLCS - Mets over Dodgers

AL East - Red Sox, Yankees (WC), Orioles, Blue Jays, Rays
AL Central - Indians, Royals, Twins, Tigers, White Sox
AL West - Astros, Rangers (WC), Angels, Mariners, A's

ALDS - Yankees over Astros, Indians over Red Sox
ALCS - Indians over Yankees

WS - Mets over Indians

MVPs - Kris Bryant, Mookie Betts
Cys Young - Jake deGrom, Chris Sale
ROYs - Ronald Acuna, Willie Calhoun
   36. McCoy Posted: March 29, 2018 at 10:20 AM (#5644771)
NL EAST-Nationals
NL CENTRAL-Cubs
NL WEST-Dodgers
NL WC-ARI/STL

AL EAST-Yankees
AL CENTRAL-Indians
AL WEST-Astros
AL WC-BOS/MIN

NLCS Cubs over Dodgers
ALCS Yankees over Red Sox
WS Cubs over Yankees
   37. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 29, 2018 at 10:44 AM (#5644789)
Hunter Greene and McKay (TBR) are both 2-way players, why aren't they getting the same level of hype?


C'mon. One's in rookie ball and the other is in short season A-ball. Ohtani dominated the second-best league in the world as a pitcher, and hit well there, too. Call me when these guys reach the varsity.
   38. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5644810)
FWIW here's last year's prediction thread.

SPOILER ALERT: Nobody got the World Series matchup right, although Royals Retro and Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric picked the Astros over the Nats, and Dag Nabbit had the Astros beating the Cubs. Lotsa lotsa people, me included, overrated the Gnats and the Red Sox.
   39. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:05 AM (#5644811)

AL East - Yankees
AL Central - Twins
AL West - Astros
AL Wild Cards - Orioles, Indians

NL East - Mets
NL Central - Cubs
NL West - Dodgers
NL Wild Cars - Brewers, Nationals.

World Series: Indians over Nationals

MVPs: Corey Seager, Mike Trout (West Coast bias)
CYs: Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard (East Coast bias!!!11!)


   40. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:11 AM (#5644823)
The Sox did make the playoffs and won their division, so it's hard to say they were overrated. I'm heartened to see the number of people picking the Mets for a wildcard or better, but a lot of people thought well of the Mets last year... and they lost 92 games.
   41. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:18 AM (#5644828)
Hunter Greene and McKay (TBR) are both 2-way players, why aren't they getting the same level of hype?


C'mon. One's in rookie ball and the other is in short season A-ball. Ohtani dominated the second-best league in the world as a pitcher, and hit well there, too. Call me when these guys reach the varsity.

Is there an expectation that one or either of them will be two way players in MLB? Ohtani is intriguing for just that reason. Hell Brooks Kieschneck got a fair amount of attention for attempting it and he wasn't viewed as anything special either way. If Ohtani manages to be cromulent in both aspects that is pretty remarkable.
   42. JJ1986 Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5644845)
I don't think Greene has much chance of hitting in the big leagues unless he fails as a pitcher. If Ohtani has success, that might have the way for McKay to get the chance.
   43. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5644846)
Lotsa lotsa people, me included, overrated the Gnats and the Red Sox.

The Sox did make the playoffs and won their division, so it's hard to say they were overrated.


Well, so did the Gnats. But I was referring to the number of people who picked those two teams to make it to the World Series, and then to win it. And hell, I was one of those who picked the Red Sox to go all the way, so I'm including myself among the overraters.
   44. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5644865)
Well, so did the Gnats.


What? Didn't they finish dead last?
   45. SoSH U at work Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:53 AM (#5644871)
What? Didn't they finish dead last?


I think Gnats was his version of Nats, not Giants.

   46. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:54 AM (#5644874)
Well, so did the Gnats.


What? Didn't they finish dead last?


I'm guessing he means the Gnationals. I puzzled over that myself.
   47. Stormy JE Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:58 AM (#5644879)
E - Mets (yes!)
So, Lassus, are you suggesting Sandy had an inspiring offseason?
   48. Stormy JE Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5644903)
AL:
Red Sox
Indians
Astros

Yankees
A's

NL:
Nationals
Cubs
Dodgers

Mets
Brewers

POSTSEASON:

Yankees over A's
Mets over Brewers

Red Sox over Yankees, 3-2
Astros over Indians, 3-0

Nationals over Mets, 3-1
Cubs over Dodgers, 3-2

Red Sox over Astros, 4-2
Cubs over Nationals, 4-2

Cubs over Red Sox, 4-3

AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL CY: Corey Kluber
AL ROY: Franklin Barreto

NL MVP: Yoenis Cespedes
NL CY: Noah Syndergaard
NL ROY: Jack Flaherty

WORST RECORDS: Tigers, Marlins
   49. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5644904)
THE 2018 STANDINGS

Rays 93-69
Yankees 90-72
Blue Jays 85-77
Red Sox 78-84
Orioles 73-89

Royals 89-73
Indians 82-80
Twins 77-85
White Sox 77-85
Tigers 64-98

Astros 110-52
Angels 85-77
Rangers 73-89
Mariners 73-89
Athletics 67-95


Braves 96-66
Mets 92-70
Nationals 78-84
Phillies 76-86
Marlins 65-97

Brewers 93-69
Cardinals 85-77
Cubs 80-82
Reds 74-88
Pirates 73-89

Dodgers 100-62
DBacks 89-73
Rockies 77-85
Giants 74-88
Padres 62-100

There ya have it. No need to watch the games.
   50. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:19 PM (#5644910)
Also

DAVO’s 10 BOLD PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE 2018 SEASON

1. Alcides Escobar hits 20+ homers
2. For the first time in 98 years, a player will die due to injuries sustained on the field.
3. Tyler Mahle has an ERA+ over 120 and is the Reds best starter.
4. James Shields finishes in the Top Ten in the AL in wins.
5. The Nationals finish below .500.
6. Adam Frazier has a 5-WAR season.
7. Ketel Marte hits 25+ homers and receives MVP votes.
8. Miguel Rojas is an All-Star.
9. Trey Mancini hits 45+ homers
10. Jorge Soler sets the Royals new single-season home run record.

   51. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 04:05 PM (#5645906)
2. For the first time in 98 years, a player will die due to injuries sustained on the field.


Well that's dark.
   52. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 02, 2018 at 11:13 PM (#5647294)
A's snag second WC spot and SHOCK THE WORLD as they roll to a World Series victory.

AL MVP / Gold Glove - 3b: Matt Chapman
AL CYA: Sean Manaea
WS MVP: Matt Olson
   53. Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: April 09, 2018 at 02:17 AM (#5650111)
well, so much for Ronald Acuña...
0-7 at AAA Gwinnett.

I knew he was going to be a bust.
   54. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 09, 2018 at 07:44 AM (#5650123)
Shohei Ohtani specific predictions:
1. Hits 25 HR while slashing .310/.350/.550 in about 350 AB.
2. Wins 15 games in 30 starts while striking out 200 in 170 IP.
3. The baseball video game is renamed to "The Sho" after the season and introduces a new mode where you can be both a position player and a pitcher.
   55. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2018 at 02:01 PM (#5650352)
#6 - World Series: Angels over Mets

Given the way things are going, I'll just declare victory over all you mopes right now.

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