2017 MLB Predictions
With every new season comes a fresh start.
Rebuilds come to fruition, while others cross the point of no return.
It’s standard for any website to post staff picks for the sport they cover the closest. No surprise with us, as our minds focus squarely on baseball once the calendar turns to April 2nd.
Hoping to add some flavor to this year’s batch of picks, I reminded myself of a popular phrase…
With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.
Does this thought apply when I reveal our ‘guest’ staff predictor for 2017 is actually my father?
Not in the slightest. But the saying still has some merits.
Your experiences during youth, beget your stories and insight when you graduate to one of the wise. Any fan who has lived through 50 years of baseball has predictions and reasoning worth listening to. Past generations are the single biggest influence on the way baseball current exists, and we’d be ignorant not to lend an ear back to the eras past.
I merely hope to absorb a fraction of the baseball knowledge that my father has by the time I am his age. For him, wisdom has surely come with age.
Upon seeing his picks for the first time, I chuckled at how similar they were to mine. To draw on another popular phrase, like father, like son.
This may be a relatively standard year with regards to division titles and awards. But if I know anything from the last few seasons, just when we think something is predictable, the human element has a mystical way of turning expectation on its head.
Cheers to a fantastic season. Here are our staff picks for 2017.
|AL WEST||Houston Astros||Houston Astros||Houston Astros|
|AL CENTRAL||Cleveland Indians||Cleveland Indians||Cleveland Indians|
|AL EAST||Boston Red Sox||Boston Red Sox||Boston Red Sox|
|AL WC #1||Seattle Mariners||Detroit Tigers||Texas Rangers|
|AL WC #2||Toronto Blue Jays||Seattle Mariners||Detroit Tigers|
|AL MVP||Mike Trout||Mike Trout||Mike Trout|
|AL CY YOUNG||James Paxton||Chris Archer||Chris Archer|
|AL ROY||Andrew Benintendi||Andrew Benintendi||Andrew Benintendi|
|NL WEST||Los Angeles Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|NL CENTRAL||Chicago Cubs||Chicago Cubs||Chicago Cubs|
|NL EAST||Washington Nationals||Washington Nationals||Washington Nationals|
|NL WC #1||Colorado Rockies||New York Mets||San Francisco Giants|
|NL WC #2||Pittsburgh Pirates||St. Louis Cardinals||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|NL MVP||Kris Bryant||Nolan Arenado||Nolan Arenado|
|NL CY YOUNG||Clayton Kershaw||Max Scherzer||Clayton Kershaw|
|NL ROY||Lewis Brinson||Dansby Swanson||Dansby Swanson|
|ALCS||Astros over Indians||Indians over Red Sox||Red Sox over Rangers|
|NLCS||Dodgers over Nationals||Dodgers over Nationals||Dodgers over Nationals|
|WORLD SERIES||Dodgers over Astros||Red Sox over Dodgers||Dodgers over Red Sox|
Photo via the Flickr Creative Commons, thanks to AP3 for the shot of Fenway Park’s vintage seats.