MLB Predictions For New Season
by James Oh on Friday, April 8th, 2016
Last season, the Kansas City Royals outplayed the New York Mets four games to one—becoming the World Series Champions of the 2015 MLB season. All-star performances from left fielder Alex Gordon and pitcher Chris Young helped the Royals seize the title. The Kansas City Royals dominated the whole year. Their success was most keenly reflected in their deep playoff run where they beat Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros in the Division Series, and all-star outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays in what was a heated American League Championship Series before their victory in the World Series. So, the 2015 Major League Baseball season is in the books, but which team will capture this year’s World Series, and who will be the league’s most valuable player in an exhilarating new season of professional baseball? Here are some predictions.
Before we go over any team predictions, it is integral for us to forecast the fan favorite Award Winners. According to ESPN, 15 out of 30 of their experts believe that Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will win the American League’s Most Valuable Award this year. This is not a huge surprise, however, as Mike Trout has been supreme in his position ever since he entered the league five years ago, winning various awards such as the MVP award in 2014, the Rookie of the Year award in 2012.
In the National League, 18 out of 30 ESPN experts believe that Bryce Harper, a unique right fielder that throws right and bats left, of the Washington Nationals, will take home the MVP award. Having been in the league for four years, Bryce Harper terrorizes pitchers with home runs, steals, and an incredibly high batting average of .330 last year. The most astonishing part about Harper is that he has been improving persistently ever since he joined the league. Since his unpolished rookie year, his batting average went up almost 0.06% and he hit 42 home runs last season, which is 20 more home-runs than he hit in his rookie season, after refining his batting form and swing mechanics. More bad news for the rest of the league? Harper is only 23 years old. With more experience, Bryce Harper has the potential to not only be, the MVP this year, but lead his team to the World Series in years to come.
Finally, here are the team predictions for the 2016 season based upon a team’s potential and its record and stats in recent memory. USA Today’s experts are unanimously convinced that in the AL east, the Toronto Blue Jays will thrive as division champions, although they believe that the Boston Red Sox, behind all-star Brock Holt, will put up a vigorous fight. In the AL central division, experts, quite surprisingly, picked the Cleveland Indians to garner the title over the World Champion Kansas City Royals. Perhaps this prediction is impacted by the Indian’s recent acquiring of all-star infielder Juan Uribe and the box office potential of an already proven all-star, Jason Kipnis. The Houston Astros are expected to win the AL west series, the Washington Nationals are expected to win in the NL east, the Chicago Cubs are to win in the NL central, and the San Francisco Giants is the favorite to win in the NL West. Who will win the World Series this year? Only time will be able to tell, but the 2016 season promises to be highly entertaining and intense for baseball fans, highlighted by veterans such as Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Lincecum, and exciting new talents like Joe Berrios and incredibly speedy Byron Buxton.
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