It’s MLB predictions time.
It’s finally opening day (I’m not acknowledging yesterday), and I’m going to put my predictions on record, so I can take victory laps in 6 months. I’m pumped for this season like no other recently. The Red Sox aren’t particularly great…but they may be somewhat surprising. And in general, baseball is LOADED with young stars.
WIthout further delay, let’s get to it.
Division Winners: Yankees, White Sox, Angels
Wild Cards: Blue Jays, Twins
*Note: Sox win 83 games.
MVP: Anthony Rendon
Well, Trout will be my choice until he retires, but that is Boring AF. So, I’m going to go with someone from the field, and I’ll take Trout’s teammate Anthony Rendon. He’s in the top 5 in odds to win, and he’s been quietly one of the best 10 offensive players in baseball for half a decade now.
Cy Young: Lucas Giolito
I’m predicting the White Sox win the Central, despite losing Eloy Jiminez for an extended time, which puts more pressure on the staff. I think Giolito will deliver.
AL ROY: Andrew Vaughn
Two weeks ago, he was supposed to start the season in the minors, but with the Jiminez injury, opportunity knocks. This guy can HIT, and can hit with power. He’ll be terrible in the OF, but he’s replacing Jiminez, who is probably worse.
Division Winners: Mets, Brewers, Padres
Wild Card: Dodgers, Braves
MVP: Juan Soto
This guy, is quite simply, one of the handful of best 21 year olds in the history of baseball. That’s not a joke… the stats prove it out. In almost any measure of offensive productivity amongst 21 yo with a significant number of AB’s, he’s on a list with Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, and Ty Cobb. That’s about it.
Cy Young: Ho, hum Jake deGrom
He’s the best pitcher in baseball, he’ll win the Cy again. It’s boring. If you want another name, kind of a “long shot”, take Aaron Nola.
ROY: Ke’Bryan Hayes
This guy finished 6th last year, so I’m not entirely sure why he’s eligible, but if he is….he’ll win it. Great defensive player, who could always hit, and is now flashing some real power. *Lil’ Dogg approved pick
World Series: Padres over Yankees, revenge for 1998