My annual MLB predictions are back, and I’m coming off a very strong showing of correctly predicting the World Series for the second consecutive year! (Look it up, I truly picked the Braves over Astros in 2021, and Dodgers over Rays in 2020. I can prove it with WordPress timestamps and everything!) I correctly picked 7 of the 10 playoff teams too, incorrectly picking only the Twins, Padres and Mets. If only I had access to sports gambling here in Texas. Come on, Greg Abbott, stop worrying about transgender kids and do something worthwhile!

As a diehard Twins fan entering my 30th season following the team religiously with very little payoff (one playoff series victory in that entire timespan), my expectations are a little tempered. I know there’s some buzz around this team with Carlos Correa and a handful of other interesting acquisitions, but the roster just feels incomplete to me somehow. I was a huge fan of Donaldson and Garver, so that’s got a lot to do with it.

The lineup seemingly has very few holes, but I think we’ll miss the bats of the aforementioned Donaldson and Garver. Pitching depth looks a little thin, too. Unless they make another trade, the rotation of Gray-Ryan-Ober-Bundy-Archer is okay but not great. Defense, however, should be elite. Buxton-Correa-Polanco up the middle has to be best in the league and may mask some of the pitching staff’s shortcomings.

My guess is the Twins will be as close to .500 as anyone. Probably not good enough for a playoff spot, but entertaining and interesting all through the summer.

Predictions from 7yo Son

Hooray, John made his predictions for the season, and they are very sensible. He has a couple wild surprises, but it’s plausible. For a second grader, this is pretty sharp.

AL East: Yankees
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Astros
AL Wild Cards: Blue Jays, Tigers, Athletics

NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Pirates
NL West: Dodgers
NL Wild Cards: Mets, Cardinals, Giants

ALCS: White Sox over Yankees
NLCS: Dodgers over Phillies
World Series: White Sox over Dodgers

My 2022 Predictions

Not many surprises to be found here. I think all the AL Wild Cards come out of the East. I don’t think the Mariners are for real, and I think the Tigers will be dangerous. The Reds won’t be as awful as people think after a semi-fire sale, and the Giants will come back down to earth.

Blue Jays9567 Mets9468
Yankees*93692 Phillies*91713
Red Sox*91714 Braves86768
Rays*857710 Marlins788416
Orioles5011242 Nationals709224
AL CentralWLGB NL CentralWLGB
White Sox9468 Brewers9765
Tigers837911 Cardinals*89738
Twins828012 Reds798318
Royals768618 Cubs709227
Guardians719123 Pirates639934
Astros8874 Dodgers11151
Angels82806 Giants*897322
Rangers81817 Padres837928
Mariners788410 Rockies748837
Athletics729016 Diamondbacks679544

ALCS: Blue Jays over Astros
NLCS: Brewers over Dodgers
World Series: Brewers over Blue Jays

AL MVP: Shohei Ohtani
NL MVP: Freddie Freeman
AL CY: Shane Bieber
NL CY: German Marquez