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Hulser’s 2018 MLB Preview

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The Houston Astros made good on Sports Illustrated’s 2017 World Series prediction as they captured their first ever World Series title in Franchise history.

There is no 2018 prediction from five years ago to report on right now (mainstream media anyway) but there are plenty of expectations around the league.

Many see the Houston Astros repeating as champions with the addition of former Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Though the hardest thing to do in sports is not to win a championship, but to go back to back.

The New York Yankees are in tremendous shape to win their 28th World Series title as they brought in the likes of Neil Walker, Brandon Drury and of course, Giancarlo Stanton who is coming off of a 59 home run season. Pairing Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in that already intimidating lineup is reminding us all of the Mantle and Maris comparisons that were first brought up when Stanton officially joined the Yankees.

The Seattle Mariners are looking to break the longest playoff drought in professional sports. With the addition of Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy and others, Seattle’s chance is NOW but it won’t be an easy ride as they will now have to fend off the much improved Los Angeles Angels and the rising Oakland Athletics who all of a sudden have one of the most powerful lineups in baseball.

Can the New York Mets get one full season with all of their young starting pitchers healthy? This is Matt Harvey’s final year of his contract. It’s now or never in New York.

Can the Chicago Cubs bounce back after a mediocre year last season? Even with mediocrity, they still made it to the NLCS. A lot of analysts noticed a lag in play in Chicago, like an extended World Series hangover. It was comparable to a student who was on the honor role their Junior year than coasted through Senior year. Yeah you got into a good college, but you mailed it in because you didn’t care since you got what you wanted. Exactly the feel in Chicago.

Will the Dodgers have the ability to get back to the World Series? It’s hard for a team to get back to the fall classic after failing the year before. The Kansas City Royals were able to accomplish the feat in 2015 after falling short in 2014. While the Mets and Indians both have been unable to make their presence known in the World Series after losing.

There are just so many questions to ask, but I only have so much space and I’m sure you don’t want me to blabber on about if the Rockies, Twins etc. will return to the playoffs and tons of other questions.

So here are my predictions for the 2018 season:

*Note Z stands for clinched best record, Y is clinched division and X is Wild Card*

AL EAST

Z- Yankees

X- Red Sox

Rays

Blue Jays

Orioles

AL Central

Y- Twins

Indians

White Sox

Royals

Tigers

AL West

Y- Astros

X- Mariners

Angels

Athletics

Rangers

NL East

Z- Nationals

X- Mets

Braves

Phillies

Marlins

NL Central

Y- Cubs

X- Brewers

Cardinals

Reds

Pirates

NL West

Y- Rockies

Diamondbacks

Dodgers

Giants

Padres

 

Wild Card games –

Mariners over Red Sox

Brewers over Mets

ALDS –

Yankees over Mariners in 4

Twins over Astros in 5

NLDS –

Nationals over Brewers in 3

Rockies over Cubs in 5

ALCS –

Yankees over Twins in 5

NLCS – 

Rockies over Nationals in 7

World Series –

Yankees over Rockies in 5

 

AL MVP – Carlos Correa

NL MVP – Nolan Arenado

AL CY YOUNG – Chris Archer

NL CY YOUNG – Max Scherzer

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Gleyber Torres

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Ronald Acuna

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR – Aaron Boone

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR – Craig Counsell 

 

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