Photo Credit: David J. Phillip/AP Photo
Photo Credit: David J. Phillip/AP Photo

With Opening Day a few days away, here are all of my predictions in one spot. I provided the links to each division breakdown as well as added the postseason and awards.


American League East

2015:

  1. Toronto Blue Jays* 93-69
  2. New York Yankees* 87-75
  3. Baltimore Orioles 81-81
  4. Tampa Bay Rays 80-82
  5. Boston Red Sox 78-84

2016 Prediction:

  1. Toronto Blue Jays* 88-74
  2. Tampa Bay Rays* 86-76
  3. Baltimore Orioles 81-81
  4. New York Yankees 79-83
  5. Boston Red Sox 74-88

American League Central

2015:

  1. Kansas City Royals* 95-67
  2. Minnesota Twins 83-79
  3. Cleveland Indians 81-80
  4. Chicago White Sox 76-86
  5. Detroit Tigers 74-87

2016 Prediction:

  1. Kansas City Royals* 93-69
  2. Cleveland Indians 84-78
  3. Minnesota Twins 82-80
  4. Detroit Tigers 76-86
  5. Chicago White Sox 72-90

I decided to swap the bottom two teams here. Not that it’s a big deal who finishes fourth and who comes in last. I don’t think either team is going go be particularly good. But I just think that the White Sox clubhouse is in a bad spot right now, and that will ultimately be the difference.


American League West

2015

  1. Texas Rangers* 88-74
  2. Houston Astros* 86-76
  3. Los Angeles Angels 85-77
  4. Seattle Mariners 76-86
  5. Oakland Athletics 68-94

2016 Prediction:

  1. Houston Astros* 90-72
  2. Texas Rangers* 88-74
  3. Seattle Mariners 84-78
  4. Oakland Athletics 75-87
  5. Los Angeles Angels 71-91

National League East

2015:

  1. New York Mets* 90-72
  2. Washington Nationals 83-79
  3. Miami Marlins 71-91
  4. Atlanta Braves 67-95
  5. Philadelphia Phillies 63-99

2016 Prediction:

  1. New York Mets* 89-73
  2. Miami Marlins 85-77
  3. Washington Nationals 80-82
  4. Atlanta Braves 72-90
  5. Philadelphia Phillies 70-92

National League Central

2015:

  1. St. Louis Cardinals* 100-62
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates* 98-64
  3. Chicago Cubs* 97-65
  4. Milwaukee Brewers 68-94
  5. Cincinnati Reds 64-98

2016 Prediction:

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates* 95-67
  2. St. Louis Cardinals* 91-71
  3. Chicago Cubs 85-77
  4. Cincinnati Reds 71-91
  5. Milwaukee Brewers 70-92

National League West

2015:

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers* 92-70
  2. San Francisco Giants 84-78
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks 79-83
  4. San Diego Padres 74-88
  5. Colorado Rockies 68-94

2016 Prediction:

  1. San Francisco Giants* 91-71
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks* 88-74
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers 86-76
  4. San Diego Padres 72-90
  5. Colorado Rockies 68-94

Postseason Picture:

American League:
1. Kansas City Royals
2. Houston Astros
3. Toronto Blue Jays
4. Texas Rangers
5. Tampa Bay Rays

National League:
1. Pittsburgh Pirates
2. San Francisco Giants
3. New York Mets
4. St. Louis Cardinals
5. Arizona Diamondbacks

AL Wild Card Game: Rays over Rangers

NL Wild Card Game: Cardinals over Diamondbacks

ALDS: Royals over Rays
Astros over Blue Jays

NLDS: Pirates over Cardinals
Giants over Mets

This is where the Mets lack of defense and fundamentals come back against them. The Giants specialize in both aspects. No matter how good the Mets rotation is and how motivated they may be after losing the World Series, they will not be able to beat teams like this in a postseason series with their current roster construction.

ALCS: Astros over Royals

NLCS: Pirates over Giants

World Series: Astros over Pirates

Now that I am not picking the Royals to win the World Series, that means they will win it. The bottom line is Kansas City and Houston are both very good ball clubs. After losing the way they did a season ago, I think Houston will want to get over the hump that is the two-time defending American League Champions. If they can do that, I see them going all the way, beating an excellent Pittsburgh Pirates team that finally gets to the Fall Classic for the first time since the “We Are Family” team that won it in 1979.

Photo Credit: Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY Sports
It will be a fun 2016 campaign for Orbit, the mascot of the Houston Astros. (Photo Credit: Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY Sports)

Awards:

AL MVP: Carlos Correa, HOU
NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI

AL Cy Young: Chris Archer, TB
NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez, MIA

AL Rookie of the Year: Sean Manaea, OAK (my luck)
NL Rookie of the Year: Cody Reed, CIN (see above)

AL Manager of the Year: A.J. Hinch, HOU
NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle, PIT

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