2019 MLB Season Preview and Predictions
It’s time to sing “Take me out to the ballgame!”
It’s time for America’s Pastime to take center stage once again, with the smell of the green grass, the diamond, the home runs, and of course the hot dogs, peanuts, and for some of you that ice-cold beer on a hot summer day.
In a slow offseason, where big name free agents did not sign their contracts until late February through early March, it is safe to say this will be an interesting season with players in new uniforms and teams with better chances to win their division.
Many teams had offseason shake-ups, where they decided to move on from their star players and start fresh with upcoming stars in their farm system. Two of those teams are the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals. The Diamondbacks were on the brink of finally getting a division title for the past two years but failed to get there during the final stretches of the season. With that they came to the conclusion that they were not going to get the title with the current roster and decided to move on from two of their star players, A.J Pollock who went to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Paul Goldschmidt who went to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Washington Nationals also lost their star player, Bryce Harper who signed a 13-year, $330-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The NL East is up for grabs where all teams have a legitimate chance of winning the division. The NL West will be a two-team race between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, unlike it other years it was a 3-team race with the Diamondbacks on their necks. AL East last year was dominated by the Boston Red Sox, but there will be a neck and neck race between the Sox and the Yankees.
There are a lot of questions to be asked for the upcoming season. Will the Boston Red Sox win a back-to-back World Series Championship? How many home runs will Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit? Will Mike Trout and Bryce Harper live up to their Mega Deals signed over the offseason? Or will the Dodgers finally end their World Series drought since 1988?
I will give you some bold predictions for players and where teams will finish by the end of the season.
PLAYER AWARD PREDICTIONS
NL MVP – Robert Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves
AL MVP – Mike Trout, Anaheim Angels
AL Cy Young Award: Chris Sale, Red Sox
NL Cy Young Award: Max Scherzer, Nationals
AL Rookie of the Year: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
NL Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles, Nationals
TEAM SEASON PREDICTIONS
- Houston Astros (Division Champion)
- Anaheim Angels
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- Oakland Athletics
- Minnesota Twins (Division Winner)
- Cleveland Indians
- Chicago White Sox
- Kansas City Royals
- Detroit Tigers
- New York Yankees (Division Champion)
- Boston Red Sox (Wild Card Winner)
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Baltimore Orioles
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Los Angeles Dodgers (Division Winner)
- Colorado Rockies
- San Diego Padres
- San Francisco Giants
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Chicago Cubs (Division Winner)
- Milwaukee Brewers (Wild Card Winner)
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Cinncinati Reds
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Atlanta Braves (Division Winner)
- Philadelphia Phillies
- New York Mets
- Washington Nationals
- Miami Marlins
New York Yankees defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers
The long awaited series between the Dodgers versus Yankees will finally happen. Although I think this series would be a back and forth battle between offenses, the Dodgers will lose for the third year in a row in the World Series and the Yankees will win their first championship since 2009.