2021 MLB Season Picks

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The 2021 MLB season is finally upon us! After a year in which we went through the height of a pandemic and endured a 60 game shortened season, baseball has returned for a more normal season in 2021.

The schedule is back to normal with every team playing a 162 game schedule, traveling across time zones, and with fans (limited) in the stands again. And after a very busy offseason in terms of player moves, we get to see lots of faces in new places. The newly reigning NL Cy Young award winner, Trevor Bauer, left Cincinnati after a season and a half to sign a short-term megadeal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were already draped in pitching depth and are fresh off a World Series championship. One of the most decorated postseason players in recent memory, George Springer, took his immense talents from Houston to Toronto on a six-year deal. Cleveland finally traded superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets, a month after new owner Steve Cohen took full control of the team. Those are just a few of the major moves during the offseason but with the new season hours away from starting let’s look ahead and see what I think will happen in this exciting 2021 season

NL East:
1. New York Mets (95-67)
2. Atlanta Braves (89-73)
3. Washington Nationals (86-76)
4. Philadelphia Phillies (84-78)
5. Miami Marlins (70-92)

NL Central:
1. Milwaukee Brewers (90-72)
2. St. Louis Cardinals (88-74)
3. Cincinnati Reds (82-80)
4. Chicago Cubs (80-82)
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-103)

NL West:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (105-57)
2. San Diego Padres (97-65)
3. Arizona Diamondbacks (80-82)
4. San Francisco Giants (76-86)
5. Colorado Rockies (64-98)

AL East:
1. New York Yankees (100-62)
2. Tampa Bay Rays (90-72)
3. Toronto Blue Jays (86-76)
4. Boston Red Sox (77-85)
5. Baltimore Orioles (62-100)

AL Central:
1. Chicago White Sox (96-66)
2. Cleveland Indians (88-74)
3. Minnesota Twins (85-77)
4. Kansas City Royals (75-87)
5. Detroit Tigers (63-99)

AL West:
1. Houston Astros (91-71)
2. Los Angeles Angels (85-77)
3. Oakland A’s (83-79)
4. Seattle Mariners (74-88)
5. Texas Rangers (66-96)

NL Wild Card Game:
San Diego Padres over
Atlanta Braves

AL Wild Card Game:
Tampa Bay Rays over
Cleveland Indians

NLDS:
Los Angeles Dodgers over
San Diego Padres in 5 games, 3-2
New York Mets over Milwaukee Brewers in 4 games, 3-1

ALDS:
New York Yankees over
Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games, 3-1
Chicago White Sox over Houston Astros in 5 games, 3-2

NLCS:
Los Angeles Dodgers over
New York Mets in 6 games, 4-2

ALCS:
Chicago White Sox over
New York Yankees in 7 games, 4-3

World Series:
Los Angeles Dodgers over
Chicago White Sox in 6 games, 4-2

NL MVP:
Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
AL MVP:
Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

NL CY Young:
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
AL CY Young:
Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays

NL Rookie Of The Year:
Ian Anderson, SP, Atlanta Braves
AL Rookie Of The Year:
Andrew Vaughn, 1B/OF, Chicago White Sox

Bold Predictions:
The Nationals pitching, including the big 3, is why they miss out on the playoffs
Fernando Tatis Jr. doesn’t live up to the hype in year 1 of his new megadeal
The Padres get their first no-hitter in franchise history
The Indians place three pitchers in the top six of AL Cy Young voting
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge combine for 65 homers

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