2019 MLB Season Picks

2019 MLB Opening DayThe 2019 MLB season is a mere two weeks away and it can’t get here any faster. After a slow-moving offseason that saw both megastar free agents, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, sign in late Februrary and early March, respectively. As of this writing there are still major free agents that remained unsigned, players by the name of Dallas Keuchle and Craig Kimbrel. The fact that one of the games best closers and a starter with a Cy Young on his resume and no scary injury history are still free agents in March is ridiculous and troublesome. It makes writing this article more difficult but sometimes you just gotta play the cards that your dealt and here we are.

We saw many major moves occur during this offseason, some predictably, some out of left field. Here’s a list of the biggest moves this offseason and a recap:
Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz traded to the Mets for two top prospects & veterans
Wilson Ramos, Jed Lowrie, and Jeurys Familia all signed with the Mets
The Yankees acquired James Paxton (trade), Adam Ottavino, DJ LaMahieu, and Troy Tulowitzki
The Twins brought in Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, and Jonathan Schoop
The Astros roped in Michael Brantley
The Mariners got Edwin Encarnacion, Yusei Kikuchi, two top three prospects of the Mets’, the Yankees’ top prospect, Mallex Smith, and Domingo Santana
The Braves brought back Brian McCann and also signed Josh Donaldson for 1 year
The Nats got Patrick Corbin, Yan Gomes, Anibal Sanchez, and Brian Dozier
The Phillies reeled in Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, and Jean Segura
The Brewers got Mike Moustakas back and got Yasmani Grandal
The Cardinals made power moves and got Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller
The Reds acquired Sonny Gray, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood
The Dodgers added A.J. Pollock, Joe Kelly, Russell Martin (he’s back), and a couple of nice prospects from Cincinnati
The Padres were the winning suitor for Manny Machado, go figure

As you can see it was a busy offseason but a long one as well and now it’s time for baseball to be played. As of now it looks like the AL East will once again be a two team race between Boston and New York. The AL Central is getting better but Cleveland should still run it for now. The AL West is better, sans Seattle, but it looks like it’ll be Houston and Oakland in the top two spots. The NL East looks like it’s going to be a bloodbath as Philadelphia, Washington, New York, and Atlanta really loaded up this offseason and it should be a four team race all season. The NL Central is vastly improved and any team could pull away with the division crown. The NL West is also better, although Los Angeles once again will be heavily favored.

I think it’s safe to say that there is and will be a better showing of competitiveness and teams will be more closely grouped together in the NL. The AL, albeit improving, looks like it’ll be the same four powerhouses from last season (BOS, NYY, HOU, CLE) with the surprise 1-3 teams mixed in there along the lines. Before long Toronto, Tampa, Chicago, Minnesota, and LA will make their jump, perhaps even this year if someone has a surprise year like last years Oakland A’s team. I will also disclose my picks for all the awards like MVP, Cy Young, Rookie Of The Year, Comeback Player, Manager etc. Lets get to the picks.

*Wild card teams in italics behind division winners

AL East:
1.New York Yankees (103-59)
2.Boston Red Sox (99-63)
3.Tampa Bay Rays (89-73)
4.Toronto Blue Jays (77-85)
5.Baltimore Orioles (60-102)

AL Central:
1.Cleveland Indians (91-71)
2.Minnesota Twins (82-80)
3.Chicago White Sox (75-87)
4.Kansas City Royals (71-91)
5.Detroit Tigers (67-95)

AL West:
1.Houston Astros (98-64)
2.Oakland A’s (87-75)
3.Los Angeles Angels (80-82)
4.Texas Rangers (77-85)
5.Seattle Mariners (69-93)

NL East:
1.Washington Nationals (91-71)
2.New York Mets (89-73)
3.Atlanta Braves (88-74)
4.Philadelphia Phillies (85-77)
5. Miami Marlins (61-101)

NL Central:
1.St.Louis Cardinals (92-70)
2.Milwaukee Brewers (89-73)
3.Chicago Cubs (86-76)
4.Pittsburgh Pirates (81-81)
5.Cincinnati Reds (75-87)

NL West:
1.Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68)
2.Colorado Rockies (88-74)
3.San Diego Padres (79-83)
4.San Francisco Giants (74-88)
5.Arizona Diamondbacks (69-93)

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

The rest of the top three: Aaron Judge, Yankees & Alex Bregman, Astros

NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, St.Louis Cardinals

The rest of the top three: Nolan Arenado, Rockies & Michael Conforto, Mets

AL CY Young: Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros

The rest of the top three: Chris Sale, Red Sox & Shane Bieber, Indians

NL CY Young: Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers

The rest of the top three: Max Scherzer, Nationals & Jack Flaherty, Cardinals

AL Rookie Of The Year: Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox

The rest of the top three: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays & Justus Sheffield, Mariners

NL Rookie Of The Year: Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

The rest of the top three: Victor Robles, Nationals & Chris Paddack, Padres

AL Manager Of The Year: Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays

The rest of the top three: Aaron Boone, Yankees & AJ Hinch, Astros

NL Manager Of The Year: Dave Martinez, Nationals

The rest of the top three: Dave Roberts, Dodgers & Mike Shildt, Cardinals

ALDS:

(1) New York over (4) Boston in 5 games, 3-2

(2) Houston over (3) Cleveland in 4 games, 3-1

NLDS:

(4) New York over (1) Los Angeles in 5 games, 3-2

(2) St.Louis over (3) Washington in 5 games, 3-2

ALCS:

(1) New York Yankees over (2) Houston Astros in 6 games, 4-2

NLCS:

(2) St.Louis Cardinals over (4) New York Mets in 7 games, 4-3

World Series:

(1) New York Yankees over (2) St.Louis Cardinals in 7 games, 4-3. Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr., Eloy Jimenez

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