MLB Season Predictions

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With America’s favorite sports websites filled with free MLB expert picks and MLB tips and predictions, it can only mean one thing. It’s time for the start of the 2016 MLB baseball season. Baseball fans across the globe are buzzing with excitement as all 32 major league teams depart from its spring homes in Arizona and Florida in anticipation of the first pitch to be thrown out on April 3, 2016.

 

The new season is always filled with hope as each of the league’s teams start the season at 0-0 with equal opportunities to make it to the World Series come October. MLB predictions typically cover everything from season records to player performances. The following analysis will delve into MLB season predictions, trying to decipher which team will stand alone as World Champions at the end of the season. All of these baseball tips and predictions are designed to give fans and gamblers a leg up as they get with their friends and/or bookmaker to put a little money down on who they believe with be the eventual champ.

 

(Note: The odds listed below were provided by one of the top online sports books in the world. Actual odds will tend to vary from site to site, so use discretion by “shopping” for the best prices related to the MLB tips and predictions you use.)

American League

New york yankees

AL East Wins Losses PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK
Blue Jays 1 0 1 0-0 1-0 1-0 W1
Red Sox 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Orioles 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Yankees 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Rays 0 1 0 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1

Toronto blue jays

AL Central Wins Losses PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK
Royals 1 0 1 1-0 0-0 1-0 W1
White Sox 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Indians 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Tigers 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Twins 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0

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AL West Wins Losses PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK
Astros 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Angels 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Athletics 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Mariners 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Rangers 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0

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CURRENT ODDS

 

To Win the American League Pennant:

Toronto Blue Jays +550

Boston Red Sox +500

Kansas City Royals +500

Houston Astros +600

New York Yankees +800

Texas Rangers +800

Detroit Tigers +1300

Los Angeles Angels +1400

Seattle Mariners +1200

Cleveland Indians +1200

Chicago White Sox +1800

Minnesota Twins +2800

Tampa Bay Rays +2300

Oakland Athletics +3500

Baltimore Orioles +2000

National League

Pittsburg pirates

 

NL Central W L PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK
Pirates 1 0 1 1-0 0-0 1-0 W1
Cubs 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Reds 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Brewers 0 0 0 0.5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Cardinals 0 1 0 1 0-0 0-1 0-1 L1

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NL West W L PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK
Rockies 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dodgers 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Giants 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Padres 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0

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NL East W L PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK
Marlins 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Nationals 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Phillies 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Braves 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Mets 0 1 0 0.5 0-0 0-1 0-1 L1

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To Win the National League Pennant:

Chicago Cubs +225

San Francisco Giants +500

New York Mets +400

Washington Nationals +600

St Louis Cardinals +750

Los Angeles Dodgers +700

Pittsburgh Pirates +800

Arizona Diamondbacks +1000

Miami Marlins +2000

San Diego Padres +4500

Milwaukee Brewers +6000

Cincinnati Reds +7000

Atlanta Braves +8000

Colorado Rockies +10000

Philadelphia Phillies +20000

 

To Win the World Series:

Los Angeles Dodgers +1300

Chicago Cubs +450

New York Mets +750

Toronto Blue Jays +1500

Washington Nationals +1400

Pittsburgh Pirates +1500

St Louis Cardinals +1400

Texas Rangers +1800

Houston Astros +1400

Kansas City Royals +1400

New York Yankees +1500

Boston Red Sox +1000

Cleveland Indians +2800

Detroit Tigers +2500

Los Angeles Angels +2500

San Francisco Giants +800

Seattle Mariners +3000

Baltimore Orioles +3000

Chicago White Sox +3500

Minnesota Twins +5500

Tampa Bay Rays +5000

Arizona Diamondbacks +2200

Cincinnati Reds +13000

Miami Marlins +4500

Milwaukee Brewers +10000

Oakland Athletics +7000

San Diego Padres +9000

Atlanta Braves +11000

Colorado Rockies +16000

Philadelphia Phillies +25000

 

MLB SEASON PREDICTIONS: AMERICAN LEAGUE:

 

Contenders:

Toronto Blue Jays – Behind a powerful offense and adequate pitching staff, the Blue Jays were able to capture the AL East in 2015 with a record of 93-69. There were few changes for the Blue Jays in the off-season as they come back with pretty much the same team they had last year when they led the league in scoring runs with 691, 127 more than the next team on the list. They again will be led by reigning league MVP 3B Josh Donaldson who batted .297 with 41 home runs and 123 RBIs. Also returning are veteran sluggers OF Jose Bautista (.250/40/114) and 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (.277/39/111). With the loss of ace pitcher David Price to free agency, pitching could be a problem. With that said, the Blue Jays will spend the better part of the year trying to outscore opponents.

Toronto Bluejays

Kansas City Royals – The reigning World Series Champs return in 2016 to see if they can make it to the year-end championships for the third year in a row. Behind a balanced offensive attack and a “bend but don’t break” pitching staff, the Royals had the best record in the American League at 95-67. Behind OF Lorenzo Cain (.307/16/72/28 steals), the Royals showed they could win the title without the long ball as they finished last in the American League in home runs with 139. In the off-season, they pretty much stood pat, indicating the front office is happy with where the team is at this point in time.

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Houston Astros – The Astros have used an incredible farm system and timely trades to go from pretender to contender. The team’s offense is led by “AL Rookie of the Year” Carlos Correa who batted .279 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in only 99 games. This is a five-tool elite player who figures to win an MVP or two before his career is over. The Astros also have an exciting young pitching staff led by reigning Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, who went 20-8 with an ERA of 2.48 and 216 Ks. With another year of experience under their collective belts, the Astros will be looking to avoid injuries and take the next step forward after earning a wild card spot in 2015.

Astros

Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox made a big splash in the free agency market by scoring Cy Young Award runner-up David Price to bolster a pitching staff that was among the worst in the league. They will be counting on great young players like OF Mookie Betts (.291/17/77) and SS Xander Bogaerts (.320/7/82/84 runs) to take a step forward in support of retiring future Hall of Fame DH David Ortiz (.273/37/108) as the teams tries to put a horrible 2015 season (78-84) behind them. If the pitching holds up, they could give the Blue Jays a run for the money in the East.

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Other Contenders include the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox.

 

MLB SEASON PREDICTIONS: NATIONAL LEAGUE:

 

Contenders:

Chicago Cubs – Over the past two seasons, the Cubs have used an incredible farm system and free agency to build one of the most exciting MLB teams to come along in quite a while. Much like the Astros in the American League, the Cubs are led by veteran players like superstar 1B Anthony Rizzo (.278/31/101), plus “NL Rookie of the Year” Kris Bryant (.273/26/99) and reigning CY Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, who had one of the best seasons in NL history with a record of 22-6 and an ERA of 1.77 with 236 Ks. After picking up OF Jason Heyward and P James Lackey off the Cardinals in free agency, this team in loaded and ready to explode.

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New York Mets – After securing the NL East and making it all the way to the World Series in 2015, the Mets will again be counting on an incredible young pitching staff to get them back into the playoffs. The staff will be led by Matt Harvey (13-8/2.71/188), Jacob deGrom (14-8/2.54/205) and Noah Syndergaard (9-7/3.24/166). On offense, the Mets lost inspirational leader Daniel Murphy and will have to hope OF Michael Conforto is able to build on last year’s promise when he had 9 home runs and 26 RBIs in only 56 games. The key for this season might end up being the team’s decision to keep OF Yoenis Céspedes (.287/17/44 in 57 games with the Mets), who came over in a midseason trade with the Tigers.

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Pittsburgh Pirates – Over the past few seasons, the Pirates have been knocking at the door, trying to get to the World Series. Last year, they were eliminated by the Cubs in the wild card game due to a dominant performance by Arrieta. The talent is here in the form of former league MVP (2013) OF Andrew McCutchen (.292/23/96), OF Starling Marte (.287/19/81/30 steals) and P Gerrit Cole (19-8/2.60/202). If one or two of the team’s terrific minor league pitchers can come in at midseason and make an immediate impact, the Pirates could give the Cubs and Cardinals a run for the Central title.

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Arizona Diamondbacks – After a breakout season by OF A.J. Pollack (.315/20/77/39 steals), the DBacks seem to be poised for a great season. The team leader is All-Star 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.321/33/110/21 steals), who is arguably one of the top three players in the majors. The pitching staff got an off-season facelift with the signing of 2015 Cy Young runner up Zack Greinke (19-3/1.66/200 with the Dodgers) and Shelby Miller from the Braves. If P Pat Corbin stays healthy, this could end up being a very good team.

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Other Contenders include the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals with reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper (.330/42/99).

 

2016 Baseball Tips and Predictions

In the American League, the Astros and Blue Jays look like leading contenders. The main problem for the Blue Jays is going to be pitching. P Marcus Stroman looks like a future star, but the rest of the staff is pedestrian. The Astros have all the pieces, plus a top prospect in 1B A.J. Reed awaiting his turn in the minors. If they stay healthy, the Astros could look like a bargain at +600. If injuries slow them down, the Cleveland Indians with a great core of pitchers could shock the league at an inviting +1200.

 

In the National League, most MLB predictions and free MLB expert picks point towards the Chicago Cubs. The team is loaded with a list of prospects waiting in the wings for a chance to play. With that said, one can’t help to notice how the Arizona Diamondbacks have quietly assembled a real contender. They might be one hitter away from making a serious run, but that could be resolved with a midseason trade. The Cubs are a deserving favorite at +225, but the DBacks offer value at +1000.

 

For the World Series, the baseball world is dreaming of a Houston/Chicago matchup that would feature the two best young teams in decades. The smart play would be betting on the Cubs at +450 as a hedge, then taking a big shot with the Astros at +1400 and the Diamondbacks at +2200. For some reason, that angle feels right.

 

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