2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

The time has come!  After an interesting and unique regular season with multiple records set, it is finally time for the most exciting time of year for many of us – the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason!  My 2019 MLB postseason predictions are right here on September 30th 2019 – ready to be proven wrong the very next day as the teams start playing!  XD

I LOVE the bracket.  It is filled with my favorite teams, and I think I like the bracket even better than last year.  I would have liked to see the Rockies again, but overall I almost couldn’t be happier with which teams made the postseason overall.  My favorite teams are 1) Yankees, 2) Braves, and 3) Cardinals as of 2019, so naturally I will be watching as many games as possible.  😀   In fact, I don’t truly dislike any of the teams, except maybe the Astros because they beat the Yankees in 2017 and feel they will again this year.  Historically the Twins would be my least favorite of the 10 teams, with almost all the others in my top half of favorite teamsFill out your own bracket!

Here is what I think will happen:

2019 MLB Postseason Predictions

I can’t help but predict a 2017 repeat, since the Astros and Dodgers really look like the best team in each league.  The Championship Series matchups could also look similar to recent matchups.  In addition, I think the Nationals will lose in the Division Series yet again and the Athletics will lose another Wild Card game.

However, this is what I WANT to happen:

Ben's 2019 MLB Postseason hopes

Now THAT looks GREAT!  Almost perfect.  I would love to see the Braves face the Cardinals in the NLCS so I didn’t have to root against the Cards so early on.

Feel free to share your own 2019 MLB Postseason Predictions below in the comments!

Baseball Playoffs Predictions for 2019

Baseball Playoffs Predictions – 2019 Edition

Here in the last days of August 2019, the postseason is little more than a month away!  This is a very exciting time of year for the sport, as anticipation builds towards the October climax.  Many teams are still in the playoff race, but many will be eliminated in the next 30 days.

Looking at my 2019 predictions, you can already see that I’ve been iffy on predicting the correct standings so far.  However, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to make more predictions as the season goes on!  It’s a way of trying to still be right by making even more predictions!  😀

What could September bring?

Cleveland’s recent rise in the Wild Card standings puts the Rays in a tight spot.  The AL East and AL West seem to have pretty clear winners.  The Nationals have finally been doing really well, with the Brewers still struggling to contend.

American League

Even as a Yankees fan I have to admit that the Astros are the favorite to win the AL pennant.  Their rotation and talent is absurd, and I think 2017 proved that they can outduel the Yankees in a long series full of starting pitching importance.  Regardless of what happens in the Division Series, I see the Astros beating the Yankees in the ALCS just like they did in 2017.  I do think it will be a good series, but good pitching generally beats good hitting.

National League

As usual the National League has more parity, though with the fall of the Red Sox and the incredible Dodger squad, it’s not quite as unbalanced between the leagues as it was in 2017 and 2018.  Just like last year I am heavily rooting for a Yankees-Braves World Series, but the Dodgers appear poised to win their third consecutive pennant.  I am disappointed and surprised that the Brewers have not been able to capitalize on their amazing run from last year, but the Cardinals are my second-favorite team in the NL right now after the Braves.  I don’t see the Cardinals holding on to win the NL Central, and I think there is a good chance we’ll see a 2017 World Series rematch: Astros vs. Dodgers.

That is my official prediction!  I’d probably go with the Astros in that matchup, but I hope I’m way off!  😀  (and that we’ll see a repeat of 1996)

Please leave a comment below with your 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs predictions!

Baseball Playoffs Predictions for 2019 - can anyone beat the Houston Astros?
Can anyone beat the Astros?

2019 MLB Predictions

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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!

My (late) MLB Baseball Predictions for 2018

I know it’s June 2nd, but back in high school I used to do baseball predictions at the beginning of every season.  Myself and a couple other friends would fill out pieces of paper with small dollar amounts for each spot, though we never actually agreed to bet on it and pay each other at the end of the season.  Still, it was a fun exercise, and one that I’ve gotten away from as I know less about Major League Baseball players and teams since 2012 and prior.

Ben’s 2018 MLB Predictions

AL East

  1. New York Yankees (could it really be any other team?)
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Baltimore Orioles

AL Central

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

AL West

  1. Houston Astros
  2. LA Angels
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Oakland Athletics
  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. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Cincinnati Reds

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. Mookie Betts
  3. Aaron Judge

NL Most Valuable Player

  1. Nolan Arenado
  2. Bryce Harper
  3. Ozzie Albies

AL Cy Young

  1. Justin Verlander
  2. Corey Kluber
  3. Luis Severino

NL Cy Young

  1. Max Scherzer
  2. Aaron Nola
  3. Mike Foltynewicz

AL Rookie of the Year

  1. Shohei Ohtani
  2. Gleyber Torres
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

NL Rookie of the Year

  1. Walker Buehler
  2. Ronald Acuña Jr.
  3. Christian Villanueva

Postseason Bracket

 

Sure there’s some Yankees bias, but who can blame me for that?  I feel that the Angels could finally make another postseason push, but the heavyweights of the past 2-3 years will be far too much for them to overcome.  The Red Sox are sometimes all over the place, and I feel the Yankees are more clutch and ready to roll this year.  I really feel like the Red Sox missed their chance in 2016 in Big Papi’s final year.  They looked incredible going in but got swept by the Indians.  Speaking of the Indians, they had an amazing chance that year but came up just short of the title.

Houston is just insane between their success last year and their crazy rotation this year.  However, until a team can prove wrong the championship funk (even the Giants’ short dynasty couldn’t win two in a row), I’m going to not put them as the champs.  I think the Yankees are hungrier and have a higher ceiling than the Astros.

In the National League, there is much more parity and uncertainty, even 2+ months into the season.  The Brewers never seem to keep up their early season pace, so I think the Central will eventually be overtaken by the Cubs.  I’ll admit that the Dodgers were my pick to win the World Series going into 2018, but they’ve been a complete disaster and look unable to make another pennant run.  The Braves and Rockies would be fun to see in a Wild Card game.  I think the Braves lineup would overcome the Rockies and Nolan Arenado’s brilliance (hopefully he’ll win at least one MVP sometime).

All that said, the Nationals have a deep team and I think this year is when their pitching staff will hold up and pitch them deep into October.  With the Cubs and Dodgers not looking like themselves, it’s time for the Nationals to capitalize, end their NLDS woes, and make a serious challenge for a title.

Lastly, some miscellaneous categories that are fun to ponder.

American League

Surprising team: Angels

Disappointing team: Twins

Surprising player: Mitch Haniger

Disappointing player: Chris Davis

National League

Surprising team: Braves

Disappointing team: Giants

Surprising player: Matt Kemp

Disappointing player: Marcell Ozuna