2017 MLB Season Preview and Predictions

Baseball is back. America’s pastime begins Sunday and many people including me are very excited for the upcoming season. There are many story lines to look forward to in 2017. Can the Cubs repeat as World Champions? Will Bryce Harper have bounce back season? Will the Mets rotation stay healthy and finally live up to all the hype? As a Cardinals fan I hope the team can go back to the playoffs after deciding to take a year off last season. In the American League, can anyone challenge the Indians? Will a team like the Mariners finally get over the hump and make it to the postseason? So many question marks leading up to this season. Will they be answered? We will just have to find out. In the rest of this article I will be giving my division winners and playoff predictions, award winners, and finally World Series Champion.

American League East Champions: Boston Red Sox

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I believe the Red Sox are going to be one of the best teams in the league. A great pitching staff along with a ton of young stars in their lineup. They were surprisingly swept out of the first round last year but I see them seeking revenge and maybe even another World Series appearance. Mookie Betts and the gang just have too much talent for the other teams in this division to handle.

American League Central Champions: Cleveland Indians

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The reigning American League Champions look to continue their success. I think this team has the easiest path back to the playoffs. I don’t see any team challenging them in their division. The addition off the powerful Edwin Encarnacion only makes this team more dangerous. They definitely have the fire power to make it back to the World Series.

American League West Champions: Houston Astros

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After missing the playoffs last year the Astros will be returning with a much more scarier team. With already having Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa who are MVP candidates, they add names like Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick, and Brian McCann. The race with the the Texas Rangers will be tight all season but I think the Astros will edge them at the end. This team is one of the most improved since last year if you look at the roster. They are going to be a very fun team to wath this year.

American League Wild Card 1: Toronto Blue Jays

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The Blue Jays will be a Wild Card team once again. We know the hitting is there even with the loss of Encarnacion. This is a team with Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Troy Tulowitzki and a really good young pitcher in Marcus Stroman. This team is good, not as good as the Red Sox but good enough to be a Wild Card team.

American League Wild Card 2: Texas Rangers

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The second Wild Card team is the Texas Rangers. This team continues to impress me every year. They are just all around solid team that knows how to play together. Like I said earlier the Astros will overtake the division this year but the Rangers will be right there with them in the postseason. Plus who doesn’t want to see the new found rivalry between the Blue Jays and Rangers play in the playoffs for the third year in a row. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jose Bautista get cracked in the face again either.

National League East Champions: New York Mets

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It pains me to say this but the Mets are the best team in this division. They have the pitching, if it stays healthy. The hitting isn’t anything to brag about other than Cespedes, but they won’t need many runs with these pitchers. I live in New Jersey and the Mets fans are starting to become very cocky. They talk like this team is the best thing ever. I think its time for these Mets to prove that their fans are right. I don’t know if this is the Mets team that will do that, but I do believe they could make a run in the playoffs.

National League Central Champions: Chicago Cubs

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I hate the Cubs. That’s all I have for them.

National League West Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Los Angeles Dodgers. I don’t like them either. They win the division every year and get knocked out of the playoffs every year. I see this Dodger team following suit and keeping the rich history of the Dodgers the same as always.

National League Wild Card 1: St Louis Cardinals

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It’s weird not seeing the Cardinals as the best team in their division. The Cubs have overtaken them as the kings of the Central. That doesn’t mean the Cardinals won’t be in the playoffs. Last year I didn’t feel like I was watching Cardinal baseball. Terrible fielding, horrible at home, and sub par pitching. It was just a fluke of a season. They added Dexter Fowler who will help with the fielding and the fact that he was a Cub makes the signing ten times better. We know the hitting is there and if the Cardinals get back to way they always played baseball they are an extremely dangerous team and a top World Series Contender every year.

National League Wild Card 2: San Francisco Giants

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The Giants are the exact opposite of the Dodgers. Never win the division, barely sneak into the playoffs every year, and actually win World Series Championships. I don’t like this team very much. Mainly because there the only team in the National League who knows how to beat the Cardinals in the playoffs. I see the Cards and the Giants meeting in the Wild Card Game in St Louis this year.

American League Championship Series: Red Sox over Indians

In a rematch of last years ALDS in which the Indians swept the Sox, I see the Red Sox getting revenge. These are to two best teams in the American League and are on a crash course to meet in the ALCS Both acquired big names this offseason. The Indians got Edwin Encarncion and the Red Sox got Chris Sale. Both will help there teams but I think the Red Sox win this round with the Indians.

National League Championship Series: Cardinals over Mets

Why not have a rematch of one off the best playoff series in the last 20 years. Everyone will say how are the Cubs not in this. I believe they are a one hit wonder. They are not the same team as last year. It’s very hard to repeat as champion let alone make it back to the World Series and the Cubs aren’t going to make it to either. The Mets have the pitching and the Cardinals have the hitting. I pick the Cardinals because yes I’m a fan off them and I hate the Mets but also because I think they’re better than the Mets and know how to win in big game situations.

World Series: Cardinals over Red Sox29series3_span-jumbo

Call me biased I don’t really give a shit. I root for a team that I believe can go to the World Series each year. There’s a reason they have the second most World Series Championships with 11 and the most in the National League. They’ve been to 4 since 2000. That’s tied for the most in the league. I firmly believe the Red Sox and Cardinals will meet in the World Series for the third time in 15 years and for the 5th time ever. The Cardinals will get the W this time and celebrate their 12th World Series title. The veteran leadership of the Cardinals will be the key to the victory.

American League MVP: Mookie Betts

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This kid is something special. Breaking out last season with a crazy year. I see him having an even better 2017 campaign. Many people including me thought he should’ve won the award last year. We won’t have to worry about that this year because I believe he will blow away any other competition including Mike Trout this year.

National League MVP: Bryce Harper

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Lat year I think Bryce Harper was kidnapped by aliens. I didn’t seem like him out there. Judging from spring training this year he must have broken free. He’s killing it. I expect a huge year from Bryce. This guy has a ton of talent and if he uses it at full force he is easily the best player in the National League. Bryce is back.

American League Cy Young: Cory Kluber

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This guy is a tank. I don’t think he gets talked about enough. He will get more attention know because his team was in the World Series last year and is a favorite to make it back again. He’s a strikeout machine and that will be the reason he will raise the Cy Young award in 2017.

National League Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard

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Actually a big fan of this Mets player surprisingly. He looks like a Viking. His nickname is Thor. His walk up song is from Game of Thrones and he is going to appear in one of the last two seasons(I’m a big Game of Thrones guy). He’s a pretty good pitcher too.

American League Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi

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I don’t know much about the rookies this year, but I have heard of this guy. He looks like a baseball player so I think he’ll win this award.

National League Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson

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This guy also looks like a baseball player so that’s why he will win also. Both these guys have great flow so that puts them at an advantage when it comes to the voting.

-Ryan Gorman

 

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