Bill and Mark’s Totally Accurate, Totally True Predictions for the 2017 Season

Spring training is over! Tonight we will have three opening day games to start the 2017 season.

  • New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays @ 1:10pm ET
  • San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks @ 4:10pm ET
  • Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals @ 8:35pm ET

Most of the remaining teams have their opening day on Monday (Bill will be going to the Orioles opening day game). Its an exciting time for all  baseball fans across North America, from New York to Toronto to Los Angeles. Customary around this time is to throw around early predictions on what will happen in the upcoming season. Questions such as “Who will win the MVP?” “Who will win the World Series? ” “Which team will have the best peanuts??” Well fear not! Bill and I looked into our crystal balls and have determined what will happen this season! Well, we each determined what we believe to be true about this upcoming season. All that remains is to write them down and let the baseball gods dicate what happens.

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Opening Day, a time when anything can happen in baseball! (Image via mlb.com)

Standing Predictions (1st to 5th from left to right)

Bill

  • AL East: Boston, Baltimore, Toronto, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay
  • AL Central: Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Minnesota
  • AL West: Houston, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle, Texas, Oakland
  • NL East: Washington, New York Mets, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami
  • NL Central: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati
  • NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco, Colorado, Arizona, San Diego

Mark

  • AL East: Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, New York, Tampa Bay
  • AL Central: Cleveland, Kansas City, Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago
  • AL West: Houston, Seattle, Texas, Los Angeles, Oakland
  • NL East: Washington, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami
  • NL Central: Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukeem Cincinnati
  • NL West: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado, Arizona, San Diego

Playoff Seeds and Results

Bill

American League

  • AL Seed 1: Cleveland
  • AL Seed 2: Boston
  • AL Seed 3: Houston
  • AL Wild Card 1: Baltimore
  • AL Wild Card 2: Los Angeles

where

  • Baltimore over Los Angeles in AL Wild Card Game
  • Cleveland over Baltimore in ALDS
  • Boston over Houston in ALDS
  • Boston over Cleveland in ALCS — Boston Red Sox are AL Champions

National League

  • NL Seed 1:Chicago Cubs
  • NL Seed 2: Los Angeles
  • NL Seed 3: Washington
  • NL Wild Card 1: St. Louis
  • NL Wild Card 2: San Francisco

where

  • St. Louis over San Francisco in NL Wild Card Game
  • Chicago over St. Louis in NLDS
  • Washington over Los Angeles in NLDS
  • Chicago over Washington in NLCS — Chicago Cubs are NL Champsions

The 2017 World Series will take place between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: BOSTON OVER CHICAGO. 

Boston Red Sox are World Champions

Mark

American League

  • AL Seed 1: Cleveland
  • AL Seed 2: Boston
  • AL Seed 3: Houston
  • AL Wild Card 1: Seattle
  • AL Wild Card 2: Toronto

where

  • Seattle over Toronto in AL Wild Card Game
  • Cleveland over Seattle in ALDS
  • Houston over Boston in ALDS
  • Cleveland over Houston in ALCS — Cleveland Indians are AL Champions

National League

  • NL Seed 1: Chicago
  • NL Seed 2: Washington
  • NL Seed 3: Los Angeles
  • NL Wild Card 1: St. Louis
  • NL Wild Card 2: Mets

where

  • St. Louis over Mets in NL Wild Card Game
  • Chicago over St. Louis in NLDS
  • Los Angeles over Washington in NLDS
  • Los Angeles over Chicago in NLCS — Los Angeles Dodgers are NL Champions

The 2017 World Series will take place between the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: CLEVELAND OVER LOS ANGELES.

Cleveland Indians are World Series Champions

Individual Player Awards

Bill

  • AL Cy Young Award: Chris Sale
  • NL Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw
  • AL MVP: Mike Trout
  • NL MVP: Kris Bryant
  • AL Rookie of the Year: Yoan Moncada
  • NL Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson
  • AL Comeback of Year: Chris Davis
  • NL Comeback of Year: Jason Heyward

Mark

  • AL Cy Young Award: Corey Kluber
  • NL Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw
  • AL MVP: Mike Trout
  • NL MVP: Corey Seager
  • AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi
  • NL Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson
  • AL Comeback of Year: Michael Brantley
  • NL Comeback of Year: Andrew McCutchen

The Serious Questions

Which President will win the most races at Nationals Park?

Bill – Thomas Jefferson

Mark – Abraham Lincoln

Between Nationals Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which park will have the better peanuts?

Bill  – The Nationals peanuts are more consistently on the money than the Birds.

Mark – The Nats’ peanuts may be more consistent, but at least one bag of Orioles peanuts will be superior.

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