The Phantom Voice
the phantom voice
The 2017 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner and it should be very entertaining to say the least. In honor of this I have decided to make my predictions for the season.
x-Division winner *-Wild Card Team
Although Boston lost a great hitter in David Ortiz the team is still one of the best hitting teams in the MLB with Bogaerts and Betts. Toronto lost Encarnacion but gained Kendry Morales so they are still at the same level of play I believe. Baltimore is basically the same team they were last year but, it won’t get them to the playoffs. New York has hitting talent but an awful starting rotation. Tampa Bay signed Wilson Ramos but one man can only do so much.
Cleveland signed all-star hitter Edwin Encarnacion which alone should win them the division. Detroit signed Omar Infante and Alex Avila which just isn’t enough to with the team the wild card. Kansas City didn’t gain anyone and lost star pitcher Yordano Ventura to a tragic car accident. Chicago didn’t lose nor gain anybody and Minnesota has been awful for years with no sign of improvement.
4. Los Angeles Angels 74-88
5. Oakland Athletics 67-95
Although Texas is an old team, they always seem to squeak there way into the playoffs. Houston is young and I believe they will truly shine this season. Seattle is on the brink but it just won’t be enough this year but wait till next year. Los Angeles and Oakland are both in a rebuilding stage so they won’t be in the playoffs for a few years.
The National League East can honestly go either way if New York can stay healthy and if Washington can successfully replace Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa. Miami keeps developing and improving their young talent but aren’t a playoff team just yet. Philadelphia and Atlanta are still rebuilding to become great NL East powerhouses once again.
Chicago is without a doubt the best team in baseball and are the odds on favorite to win the World Series again. St. Louis is a great team but are still on the brink of making the playoff because of starting pitching. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati made virtually no moves to improve their team in the offseason so both teams record will stay relatively similar to last year. Milwaukee needs to do something or else they will continue to be one of the worst teams in baseball.
San Francisco will capitalise on the fact that Los Angeles made little roster changes and lost more than they gained. Colorado has all of the tools necessary to make the playoffs, but they will just miss out this year. Arizona and San Diego are both rebuilding and are nowhere near playoff status this year.