Yes, the season has already begun, but if you make your 2019 predictions based on the first series of the season you may be sad puppies at the end of the year. So even a little late, the blog will throw out some categories with predictions with the proviso that if you are smart you will not use them for betting purposes, though you could put them aside for ridicule. Oh, and you are welcome to take your shot at these predictions yourself.
AL playoff teams – Division winners – Astros, Twins, Yanks – Wild Cards – Indians, Red Sox
It will be interesting, which team upsets the apple cart here and passes someone for a WC spot. The Indians have pitching, but the Twins may have a better overall team.
AL Playoff results – WC – Red Sox over Indians, ALDS – Astros over Twins, Yanks Over Red Sox, ALCS – Astros over Yanks
These will again be very intriguing playoffs as the Red Sox, Yanks and Astros should be the cream of the crop.
NL Playoff teams – Division winners – Phillies, Cards, Dodgers – Wild Cards – Nats, Brewers
The Phillies have done quite a bit in the off-season to pick things up. Could the Rockies or even the Padres slide in here?
NL Playoff results – WC – Brewers over Nats, ALDS – Dodgers over Phils, Brewers over Cards, ALCS – Brewers over Dodgers
The feeling here is that the Brewers will make in-season moves to solidify them heading into the playoffs and then head back to the WS.
World Series – Astros over Brewers (Yes, we are homers here at Chipalatta)
David Stearns’ team against his old boss’ team…..this could be a fun WS.
AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander – JV developing a change up at this age, when he is already a top end pitcher made me think of a line from Happy Gilmore, where the guy who already can drive the ball 400 yards suddenly has a short game “Happy learned how to putt, Uh Oh.” Next Verlander will use the anti-wood solution on the ball that Ray Milland used in “It Happens Every Spring”.
AL MVP – Really going out on the limb here and picking Mike Trout. I think he will be healthy and when he is healthy no one is above him.
NL Cy Young – Max Scherzer solidifies his legacy with his fourth Cy Young
NL MVP – No, not Mr. $300 million plus, we will go with….Paul Goldschmidt
Most Improved – Carlos Correa – He will come back on Sunday and he will play like he did in Spring Training. He may miss time along the way but if he can be the 2017 Correa we won’t care.
MVP – Verlander – Not normal to put a pitcher in this spot, but his leadership of the staff will be as important as his performance this season.
Best Everyday – Jose Altuve – Jose will grab the crown back from Alex Bregman who may press a little to earn his new contract.
Best Reliever – Roberto Osuna will edge out Ryan Pressly for this spot.
Most Disappointing – Collin McHugh – Hope I’m wrong on this, but I feel that he will struggle heading back to the rotation.
Top Rookie – When Forrest Whitley appears (and he will be needed some time) he will give the team a shot in the arm.
Most likely to be traded away – Josh Reddick – if he plays decent, but so does Jake Marisnick, they may try to package Reddick and what’s left of his money and promote Kyle Tucker or Yordan Alvarez
Steady Eddie Award – Michael Brantley – he will be strong but not spectacular across the board – 2nd or 3rd in many categories.
Leaders in Categories
Wins – Verlander – 20
ERA – Verlader – 2.35
Saves – Osuna – 32
BA – Altuve – .338
Runs – Altuve – 118
HRs – George Springer – 37
RBIs – Correa – 105
OK, now it is your turn – who, what, where, when are you predicting to happen this season. Make up your own categories and tear these down, whatever you folks feel like today.