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World Series Matchup and More – 10 MLB Predictions

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson looks to take the next step in order to help the Braves contend for a playoff spot. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As the frost melts from the fields, a brand new Major League Baseball season has kicked into gear. This season is arguably the most hyped in recent memory, as the MLB finds itself in a transitional period with a significant influx of young talent rising up through the minors. Old veterans will be trying to make one last gasp for a championship, while up-and-comers look to cement themselves as household names for years to come. With the young season kicking into gear, here are ten bold predictions for the 2018 MLB season:

  1. Los Angeles Angels Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani dominates immediately, hitting 25 home runs, winning 10+ games, as well as the AL Rookie of the Year.
  2. Despite the acquisition of reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees will lose the American League East Race to the Boston Red Sox, led by ace Chris Sale and new addition J.D. Martinez, and settle for one of the Wild Card slots.

  3. Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies secure their everyday starting positions up the middle for the Braves, helping Freddie Freeman, newcomer Ronald Acuña and a young pitching staff contend for the second Wild Card slot.

  4. After losing all three starting outfielders – the aforementioned Stanton plus Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich – the Miami Marlins will finish with less than 60 wins on the season, easily the worst record in baseball.

  5. 2017 AL Manager of the Year Paul Molitor will lead an always-improving Minnesota Twins team to a two-way race for the AL Central title with the powerhouse Cleveland Indians, only to fall just short, and settle for a Wild Card slot.

  6. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado both have career seasons, but will eventually lose in the MVP race to Kris Bryant due to the Cubs’ superior record.

  7. Max Scherzer dominates once again, taking home his third straight Cy Young Award, and fourth overall.

  8. Four out of the five teams in the NL West – Giants, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Rockies – finish the season above .500.

  9. While the Astros coast their way into the World Series, the Dodgers and Cubs fight for a full seven games, with the Cubs pulling out the victory at Wrigley Field.

  10. In a matchup of young stars galore, the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs will meet in the World Series, and once again the ‘Stros will rule the baseball world, with 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve taking home more hardware, this time as World Series MVP.