This is in fact my first attempt at a blog. This will be the start of a series where I will essentially give you the answer key for the upcoming event. Please take all of my predictions with a grain of salt. Over the years, I tend to try to guess how I believe things will go throughout the season. It’s more of a personal challenge, but I also like to sort of show off what I know regarding the respective sport. In the end, predicting how a team will do, how a player will perform, the favorite to win a division, title, etc.; things like that is what truly makes sports so wonderful. I feel like it’s only right that I start off #DrePredictions with my baseball predictions due to my podcast with the 2 Greg’s Macafee and Malek. Without further ado, here are my official 2019 MLB Preseason Predictions.
- Red Sox*
- Blue Jays
- White Sox
Wild Card Round
American League: Red Sox over Rays
National League: Rockies over Pirates
- Yankees over Red Sox
- Astros over Indians
- Dodgers over Rockies
- Cardinals over Nationals
National League Championship Series: Cardinals over Dodgers
American League Championship Series: Yankees over Astros
World Series Champion: Yankees over Cardinals
National League Quick Hitter: The Cardinals are the baseball equivalent to the New England Patriots. Every year they bring in some nobody who turns out to be a key piece to a playoff run. This offseason, they brought in a top 3 first baseman in the MLB. I believe it’s their pennant to lose. The Dodgers and Rockies are easy playoff teams. Rockies have the best lineup in the NL and the Dodgers are right behind them with some of the best pitching the NL has to offer. A healthy Clayton Kershaw will go a long way from the Dodgers. The Rockies just need someone else to step up along side Kyle Freeland and German Marquez. This is the deepest the NL has ever been. You can make a case for 11 teams to make the playoffs this year. I chose the Pirates because they have a top 3 pitching staff in the NL. Despite the lineup upgrades, the Phillies pitching outside of Nola, Brewers also lacking in the pitching department, the Braves are not sneaking up on anyone this year, even if they will be a force for years to come. I really love the Mets and I hope they make the playoffs, however, the NL east is a complete gauntlet. When healthy, they have their starting pitching can potentially be the best in the National League.
American League Quick Hitter: Barring something catastrophic, the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, and Astros are no doubt playoff teams. You can take that down to the Rivers and bet your houses on that. I chose the Rays to make the playoffs because of their ability to stay one step ahead of other franchises despite their shortcomings with payroll. They have a deep farm system to go out and acquire talent to make a push at the deadline. Oakland takes a step back this year but is another team that is coming fast. Like the Rays, Billy Beane always stays ahead of other franchises despite their low payroll. Unlike the National League, this is the weakest I’ve seen the American League in a long time.
NL Award Winners
NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt
NL Cy Young: Noah Syndergaard
NL Rookie of the Year: Fernando Tatis Jr.
NL Manager of the Year: Dave Martinez
AL Award Winners
AL MVP: Aaron Judge
AL Cy Young: Jose Berrios
AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
AL Manager of the Year: Kevin Cash
Dre’s Bold Predictions
- The Baltimore Orioles will lose 120 games. Yeah I know, that’s 2/3rds of the season but you need to see their roster, and rotation to know that this is entirely possible.
- The Pirates making the playoffs is bold considering the gauntlet that is the NL Central. What helps them is this starting pitching and bullpen is truly dominant. Pitching beats hitting every single time people!
- 10 teams in the NL will finish .500 or better which will include Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers, Rockies, Pirates, Mets, Phillies, Braves, Brewers, and Cubs.
- Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will become the first teammates to hit 50 home runs in the same season since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle did it in 1961.