2017 MLB Predictions

As I prepare to depart for Fort Myers, Florida for Twins spring training, here are my 2017 MLB predictions! I’m sure this is boring to most of you, but I’m documenting this for my own amusement!

Last year I was pretty successful, guessing 6 of the 10 playoff teams and correctly predicting the NL MVP and NL home run leader, but incorrectly guessed a Giants-Royals World Series. Nevertheless, it was one of my better showings. I don’t see there being many surprises this year; it all seems pretty cut and dry right now. But again, as usual, I hope I’m wrong!

The Twins are in good position to win 10-15 more games than last year–which isn’t saying much after a 59-103 record in 2016. I like that they finally have a front office that’s embracing some analytics, but I don’t think the payoffs will happen overnight. I still don’t like their lack of a real veteran clubhouse leader, but I give them credit for trying to lure Mike Napoli to Minnesota with a solid offer. What veteran guy like that would want to sign here, if even for a few more bucks? I just don’t see the Twins getting close to .500 this year, though I hope I’m wrong.

AL East W L GB NL East W L GB
Boston 94 68 Washington 99 63
NY Yankees* 87 75 7 NY Mets* 86 76 13
Toronto 86 76 8 Atlanta 78 84 21
Tampa Bay 81 81 13 Miami 74 88 25
Baltimore 74 88 20 Philadelphia 65 97 34
AL Central W L GB NL Central W L GB
Cleveland 103 59 Chicago Cubs 103 59
Detroit 82 80 21 St Louis 83 79 20
Kansas City 79 83 24 Pittsburgh 82 80 21
Minnesota 71 91 32 Milwaukee 73 89 30
Chicago WS 68 94 35 Cincinnati 61 101 42
AL West W L GB NL West W L GB
Texas 91 71 LA Dodgers 100 62
Seattle* 89 73 2 San Francisco* 95 67 5
Houston 85 77 6 Colorado 81 81 19
LA Angels 77 85 8 Arizona 73 89 27
Oakland 69 93 16 San Diego 59 103 41

AL Wild Card: Seattle def. NY Yankees
NL Wild Card: San Francisco def. NY Mets

ALDS: Cleveland def. Seattle, Texas def. Boston
NLDS: 
Chicago Cubs def. San Francisco, LA Dodgers def. Washington

ALCS: Texas def. Cleveland
NLCS: 
LA Dodgers def. Chicago Cubs

World Series: LA Dodgers def. Texas

AL MVP: Josh Donaldson, TOR
NL MVP: Javier Baez, CHC

AL CY: Chris Sale, BOS
NL CY: Clayton Kershaw, LAD

AL MGR: Terry Francona, CLE
NL MGR: Bud Black, COL

AL ROY: Yoan Moncada, CWS
NL ROY: Ozzie Albies, ATL

AL HR Leader: Miguel Sano, MIN, 45
NL HR Leader: Nolan Arenado, COL, 47

AL Batting Champion: Mike Trout, LAA, .343
NL Batting Champion: Adam Eaton, WAS, .350

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