- New York Mets- a fairly good lineup anchored by the horse-riding, homerun hitting egotist filled with rising young players such as Travis D’arnaud complements the best pitching staff fans under twenty have ever seen.
- Washington Nationals- A healthy Anthony Rendon could be a difference maker, but an aging core of hitters and a pitching staff that underperformed last year puts them behind the Mets. They also lost Jordan Zimmerman.
- Miami Marlins- not a deep team, but they have the best two hitters in the division probably, Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton. They have a great pitcher in Jose Fernandez, but they do not seem deep enough to really make a run.
- Philadelphia Phillies- they suck, but not quite as much as the braves. Other than Ryan Howard it’s pretty difficult to name a player team on the team.
- Atlanta Braves- this is a rebuilding year, and the Braves know that, they traded Andrelton Simmons and Shelby Miller, all but admitting this fact.
- Cubs- Potentially the best team in baseball comes in with a stacked lineup highlighted by Rizzo, Russell, and Bryant complements a solid pitching staff and a pretty good pen. Their lineup has no weak points. Zobrist could be huge. Watch out ivy, you’ll be hit a lot.
- Pittsburgh Pirates- Pretty much the same team that won 98 games last year without Neal Walker, they are one year better and one year older and probably could win any other division in baseball.
- St. Louis Cardinals- They won’t be as good as they have been in years past but they could make a run for that second wild card spot. They will finish third in this division because the other two teams suck a lot. I can never count the cardinals out because when Pujols goes away Matt Adams comes up and for some reason is great.
- Cincinnati- there is a small chance the Red Stockings win less than 60 games, although they still have Phillips and Votto, but a weak pitching staff and a lineup filled with more Holes than Camp green lake does not make this team look promising.
- Milwaukee Brewers- If any team were to break the Mets record for losses in a season it would be these Brewers, their lineup is “anchored” by an unsteroided Ryan Braun coming off his least productive year. Their next best player is Aaron Hill and their Rotation is bad at best. Sorry Milwaukee, at least you have the bucks.
- Arizona Diamondbacks- Last year’s 2nd highest scoring offense anchored by my pick for this year’s MVP, Paul Goldschmidt only got better by adding Shelby Miller and Zach Greinke to the pitching rotation.
- Los Angeles Dodgers – Pretty much the same team as last year, but an aging hitting core is one year older, and Greinke got replaced by Scott Kazmir. An uninspired offseason should lead to a second place finish.
- San Francisco Giants- They were pretty bad last year but they acquired Jeff Samardzja/Samarjda/Samarzdja/Samarijzda, Johnny Cueto and Denard Span and are poised to fight for a playoff spot.
- San Diego Padres- they lost Justin Upton, easily their best player to the Tigers, but they have some young talent and could make a solid run for .500 and if the stars align, maybe a run for the playoffs, although that would require their pitchers who underperformed last year to do better.
- Colorado Rockies- yeah they really are not that good and they may have the worst pitching staff in the League (5.27 ERA in 2015). No lineup can combat that.
MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
Cy Young: Jacob DeGrom, New York
- Toronto Blue Jays- The lineup that scored 127 more runs than the next best team last year will not fail to repeat that feat. They don’t have Price anymore, but they will have Tulo for the whole year.
- Boston Red Sox- They got price which will be huge, and they will also benefit from an improved bullpen- having added Carson Smith and Craig Kimbrel.
- New York Yankees- best bullpen in baseball, added Starlin Castro, but they are just so old, and their aging pitching rotation is falling apart. They could make a run for the division and either of the two teams above him.
- Tampa Bay Rays- They did nothing but add Corey Dickerson, and they will fall back given that the top three teams have improved. They will, as usual find a way to be alright.
- Baltimore Orioles- They had a terrible pitching staff and the only thing that changed, was that they lost Wei-Yin Chan. They should be the worst in this division.
Kansas City Royals- They won it all last year with pretty much the same team, except they added Ian Kennedy to complement a pitching staff which had its weaknesses. The only bullpen which compares to the Yankees’ will go a long way to help this small ball team make another run for it.
- Minnesota Twins- A lineup laced with young studs from Byron Buxton to Miguel Sano (18 hrs in 80 games last year) to Eddie Rosario is built around proven commodities at the dish like Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, and Trevor Plouffe. Unfortunately, their pitching staff is week at the top, but there have been worse staffs which have gotten team to the playoffs.
- Detroit Tigers- They could surprise people and make a run for the division, as last year their win total was controlled by their vast array of injuries, an already solid lineup is aided by Justin Upton and they essentially replaced Price with Jordan Zimmerman.
- Chicago White Sox- a deceptively solid lineup anchored by Jose Abreu, Brett Lawrie, Melky Cabrerra, and Adam Laroche will definitely improve on last year and complements a solid pitching staff with ace Chris Sale leading the charge. They could make a run for .500.
- Cleveland Indians- Last year their pitching staff was really solid, and there is no reason they won’t be again this year, but their lineup is weak at best, highlighted my Brantley (who will start the year injured), Lonnie Chisenhall, and Mike Napoli.
- Houston Astros- The consensus most exciting team in baseball has a dangerous lineup head to toe (their worst hitter may be either Jason Castro or Colby Rasmus). Their core of young stars will lead the charge with a pretty good (but not great) pitching staff and much improved bullpen. Watch out for these guys to win 100 games.
- Texas Rangers- very solid lineup which could be even better if Hamilton comes back swinging stacks up with a pitching staff with a lot of maybes. Cole Hamels is a probably, and Colby Lewis should be fine, but if Darvish is good, and Gallardo gets signed, and things work out, then watch out, they probably won’t dethrone the Astros, but they could make a run.
- Seattle Mariners- They will pitch well, but they won’t score even close to the amount of runs as the two above team, only having added Adam Lind.
- Los Angeles Angels- It seems weird to say that this team had trouble with offense, but they did and nothing has been done about it and they will again. They pitch respectably and should finish right around the Mariners.
- Oakland Athletics- They lost 94 last year and they had a bad bullpen which they solved. They improved, but not enough to remove themselves from the cellar, with their not very strong at all lineup.
MVP: Carlos Correa, Houston
CY Young: Chirs Archer, Tampa Bay
NL Wildcard game
- Nationals v Pirates – Pirates win
- Pirates v Mets – Mets win 3-1 because they score enough to have Syndergaard, Harvey, and DeGrom do the rest
- Dbacks v Cubs – Dbacks win 3-2 Shelby Miller and Zach Grienke lead the charge as Arizona wins only the games they start.
- Mets v Dbacks – Mets win 4-2 because they can match the top of the rotation for the Dbacks and are deeper in both lineup and roation.
AL Wildcard game
- Twins v Rangers- Really a toss-up but the edge goes to the Rangers because in any given game they can throw out a better pitched than the Twins.
- Rangers v Astros- Astros win 3-1: an intra-Texas rivalry should be nothing more than that as the Astros hit and pitch better than the rangers, the only thing that could be an issue is their lack of experience.
- Royals v Jays- Jays win 3-2 because they will win both games at home due to their pop and will simply overpower the Royals in one game at Kaufmann
- Astros v Blue Jays- Astros win 4-1 because they can pitch better and hit for pop almost as well as the blue jays, plus they have a much deeper lineup and a better bullpen.
Mets v Astros- This world Series sounds like the punchline to a joke, but two teams with young talent up the wazoo, the Mets with pitching the Astros with hitting, square off in a series which could be incredibly exciting, in the end I always give the nod to pitching before hitting in the playoffs. Mets win 4-3. Raise the goddamn Apple.