Thursday, April 2, 2015
2015 Baseball Season Predictions
Only 3 more days till the 2015 baseball season is underway with the Dodgers starting a day later at Chavez Ravine or better known as blue heaven on Earth. Every team is equal on that 1st day and I know you can't wait for that 1st pitch to be thrown out and get this season going. I sure can't. As a Dodger fan I have high expectations as always for my team and with the way the team is structured right now their window for a long overdue championship is slowly closing. Maybe 3-4 years at best but help is on the way in the likes of Corey Seager, Julio Urias and many others. But that is the future and we are in the now and since everyone else is giving their ideas on what will happen in 2015 here are my insights.
NL Manager of the Year : Joe Maddon of the Cubs
AL Manager of the Year : Robin Ventura of the White Sox
NL Rookie of the Year : A Cub ( Jorge Soler or Kris Bryant, too close to call)
AL Rookie of the Year : Carlos Rodon of the White Sox
NL CY Young : Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers
AL Cy Young : Felix Hernandez of the Mariners
NL MVP : Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlns
AL MVP : Mike Trout of the Angels
Division and Wild Card Winners :
NL West : Dodgers
NL Central : Cardinals
NL East : Nationals
NL Wild Cards : Marlins and Padres
AL West : Mariners
AL Central : Tigers
AL East : Red Sox
AL Wild Cards : Angels and White Sox
NL Wild Card Round : Padres over Marlins as San Diego takes advantage of home field advantage
AL Wild Card Round : Angels over White Sox as Trout shows up this year
NL Divisional Round : Nationals over Padres. Washington has best record in the NL
NL Divisional Round : Dodgers over Cardinals. Clayton Kershaw and the blue finally overcome their playoff rivals.
AL Divisional Round : Mariners over Angels. Trout can't do it all while the AL's best record Mariners and Felix Hernandez shuts down everyone but Mike.
AL Divisional Round : Red Sox over Tigers. Cabrera starts to show his age and the Tigers pitching is exposed yet again.
NL Championship Round : Dodgers over Nationals. Clayton comes up big on the road in game 7 at Washington as both teams are evenly matched,
AL Championship Round : Mariners over Red Sox. Pitching is key as the Mariners staff bests Boston's in a hard fought 6 game series
World Series : The drought is over as the Dodgers pull it out in 6 games.
So, am I bias? Maybe just a tad but I still use logic and match ups for my predictions. The AL is top loaded unlike the NL so the Dodgers and Nationals should be head and shoulders over everyone and should meet up in the championship round. The AL is going to be close with a lot of the races undecided going into the final few days.
I think that the city of Chicago is going to have a revival on both the south and north sides as both their teams will be vastly improved hence why I think they will clean up in award season. I believe the ChiSox have an easier chance to get to the postseason as the Cubs have at least two (Pirates and Cardinals) to climb over and that's just in their division and that's not accounting for the other teams in the 2 other divisions. 2016 though watch out.
So what are your thoughts and predictions?
Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.