MLB Predictions: 2016

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For years now, some college buddies and I have sent out our predictions for the upcoming baseball season days before each season begins.

We pick division winners, wild card teams, miscellaneous individual awards/distinctions and lots of other things, including win totals for our favorite teams.

Anyway, I know the season began on Sunday, but this list was completed just before Sunday's Pittsburgh-St. Louis game began. Here you go. Enjoy, and feel free to tell me how smart or stupid I am.

  • NL West: Giants, Dodgers, D’Backs, Rockies, Padres
  • NL Central: Cubs, Pirates, Cards, Brewers, Reds
  • NL East: Nats, Mets, Marlins, Phillies, Braves
  • AL West: Rangers, Astros, Mariners, Angels, A’s
  • AL Central: Royals, Indians, Twins, Tigers, White Sox
  • AL East: Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays, Orioles

Playoffs

  • Wild Card: NL — Dodgers over Pirates; AL — Astros over Blue Jays
  • Division: NLDS — Pirates over Nats
  • NLDS — Cubs over Giants
  • ALDS — Astros over Royals
  • ALDS — Rangers over Yankees
  • League: NLCS — Cubs over Pirates; ALCS — Rangers over Astros
  • World Series — Rangers over Cubs

Award Winners

  • NL MVP — Andrew McCutchen
  • AL MVP — Carlos Correa
  • NL CY — Clayton Kershaw
  • AL CY — Carlos Carrasco
  • NL ROY — Trevor Story
  • AL ROY — Byron Buxton
  • NL Mgr — Clint Hurdle
  • AL Mgr — Terry Francona
  • NL Comeback — Jose Fernandez
  • AL Comeback — Yu Darvish

Other Notables

  • First Fired skipper — Buck Showalter
  • Biggest name to be traded — Sonny Gray
  • Most HRs — Bryce Harper
  • First Tommy John — Yordano Ventura
  • Most wins at All-Star break — Nationals
  • All-Star Game SPs — Matt Harvey/Chris Archer
  • Closer with most saves — Ken Giles
  • First team to clinch playoffs — Nationals

Season Win Predictions

  • Cubs wins — 96
  • Dodgers wins — 87
  • Rangers wins — 91
  • Cards wins — 84
  • Royals wins — 88

Prediction: Ian Desmond makes All-Star Game as Rangers’ starting center fielder

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