2019 MLB Predictions

Ben’s 2019 MLB PredictionsGeorge Springer

After last year’s picks were made late, I’m happy to announce my 2019 MLB Predictions!

AL East

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Tampa Bay Rays
  4. Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Baltimore Orioles

AL Central

  1. Cleveland Indians
  2. Minnesota Twins
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Detroit Tigers

AL West

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Oakland Athletics
  3. LA Angels
  4. Seattle Mariners
  5. Texas Rangers

NL East

  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. Philadelphia Phillies
  4. New York Mets
  5. Miami Marlins

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Milwaukee Brewers
  3. St. Louis Cardinals
  4. Cincinnati Reds
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West

  1. LA Dodgers
  2. Colorado Rockies
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. San Francisco Giants
  5. San Diego Padres

Awards

AL Most Valuable Player

  1. Mike Trout
  2. Aaron Judge
  3. Mookie Betts

NL Most Valuable Player

  1. Nolan Arenado
  2. Christian Yelich
  3. Ronald Acuña Jr.

AL Cy Young

  1. Chris Sale
  2. Blake Snell
  3. Justin Verlander

NL Cy Young

  1. Max Scherzer
  2. Jacob deGrom
  3. Miles Mikolas

AL Rookie of the Year

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  2. Eloy Jiménez
  3. Justus Sheffield

NL Rookie of the Year

  1. Touki Toussaint
  2. Fernando Tatis Jr.
  3. Victor Robles

Postseason Bracket

2019 MLB Predictions postseason bracket

After Game 3 of the ALDS last year when the Yankees were completely embarrassed at home by the Red Sox, I’ve tempered my expectations.  In addition, going into 2019 the Yankees have a lot of injury issues, which I think could slow them early and allow Boston to win the East again.  The Rays and Athletics may seriously challenge for the second AL Wild Card spot, but I wanted to go with a different team, hence the Twins.  The Indians seem to be in slow decline and I don’t think they’ll have a chance against one of the Big 3 juggernauts come October, just like last year.

I think the AL West is the most interesting division in the AL this year.  I’m always half expecting the Angels to finally make it back to the postseason, but the Athletics should be better.  The Mariners seem to be tanking a bit and are due for a regression.  I think the Rangers could surprise a bit and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them as high as third in that division.

The National League is tough to predict.  The East and Central both have 3 or more teams vying for the division titles.  Washington has the talent and pitching to embarrass Harper’s Phillies.  I’m trying not to have sentimental picks (else I’d have the Yankees winning the World Series with the Cardinals in the NLCS), but I couldn’t help it with the Braves.  I think their incredible young players could get even better in 2019, with their pitching edging them past the Phillies.

The NL Central should be a fun race to watch once again.  I don’t doubt that the Brewers can make a serious World Series run this year, but the Cubs are Cardinals have great teams as well.  The NL West has been declining and could be the weakest division in the NL.  That should make it easy for the Dodgers to win it, but I think they’ll be too weak for another pennant run.

Some miscellaneous categories that are fun to ponder:

American League

Surprising team: Twins

Disappointing team: Angels

Surprising player: Ronald Torreyes

Disappointing player: Charlie Morton

National League

Surprising team: Cubs

Disappointing team: Phillies

Surprising player: Touki Toussaint

Disappointing player: Bryce Harper

 

Feel free to leave your 2019 MLB Predictions below!

2 thoughts on “2019 MLB Predictions”

  1. Great post! I think those are some solid picks. It sure will be fun to watch Toussaint and Fernando Tatis Jr. compete in the NL for the Rookie of the Year. Guess we will see how the season turns out!

    • @Paul: Thanks for the compliment! I think there should be plenty of fun races, as usual.

      If the season ended today my picks would be horrible! XD Hoping the Yankees will be able to turn things around.

      Thanks for commenting.
      Ben

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