2017 MLB Predictions

I’m late on posting these again, I know.

Division Winners

American League

Central

Detroit Tigers

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East

Tampa Bay Rays

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West

Houston Astros

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National League

Central

Chicago Cubs

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East

Washington Nationals

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West

Los Angeles Dodgers

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League Champions

American League

Houston Astros

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National League

Washington Nationals

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World Series Champions

Washington Nationals

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Top 16 of 2016

In no particular order:

Podcast

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Pardon My Take

Movies

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Moonlight

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Fences

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Sausage Party

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30 for 30: This Magic Moment

Music

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Lies – Plague

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

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Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

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Busted Outlook – Not Defined By Violence

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David Bowie – Blackstar

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photo by Brian Anderson (from KQED)

John Carpenter at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA – June 17, 2016

TV

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Westworld

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Insecure

Sports

Bartolo Colon’s home run

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Photo by Michael Reeves of Getty Images

Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev – November 19, 2016

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Photo by Michael Steele of Getty Images

Usain Bolt’s 2016 Olympics performance

2016 World Series Prediction

I can’t point to any legitimate solid reasoning to say the Cubs can’t beat the Indians except that they got shut down in games 2 and 3 of the NLCS. If the Cubs don’t score early, Andrew Miller can shut them down late in the game. Mostly, I’m just doubling down on my belief that the Cubs won’t win because they won over 100 games (and they’re the Cubs).

Indians in 7

MLB League Championship Series Predictions

MLB League Championship Series Predictions:

(all stats from baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted)

American League Championship Series Prediction

 

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Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays

I was way off about the Indians in the Division Series, thinking their injuries would make them beatable to the Boston Red Sox, but instead they swept the Red Sox. It’s possible that injuries catch up to the Indians this time, especially with a longer series. But, I think they showed they can win with the roster they have. I expect the Blue Jays to put up a fight, the teams were close in the regular season matchups, the Indians won 4 of the 7 games. I would not be surprised if either team won, but would be surprised if this was another sweep for either team. For the hell of it, I’ll predict this to go the same as the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Prediction: Indians in 6.

 

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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

I don’t know if Clayton Kershaw saving Game 5 of the Dodgers vs. Nationals Division Series means that Kershaw has exorcised his playoff demons or if the Dodgers bullpen is in trouble. But, I’ll just go ahead and assume Dave Roberts knows what he’s doing because it worked. Obviously the Cubs are good and were able to make Madison Bumgarner look mortal. On the flipside, the Giants exposed Aroldis Champan, the Cubs eked out a 1-run Game 1 at home, and needed a bullpen meltdown to win Game 4. The Cubs will have an early pitching advantage if Kershaw can’t play until Game 3 or 4. But, I think the Dodgers will get this done.

Prediction: Dodgers in 6

2016 MLB Predictions

Predictions from (pretty much) the start of the season:

(I probably should’ve posted these a couple days ago, but here we go)

Division Winners

American League

American League – East

Toronto Blue Jays

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American League –  Central

Cleveland Indians

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American League –  West

Seattle Mariners

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National League

National League  – East

Washington Nationals

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National League – Central

Pittsburgh Pirates

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National League – West

San Francisco Giants

SFG

 

League Champions

American League

Toronto Blue Jays

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National League

Pittsburgh Pirates

PIT

 

World Series Champion

Pittsburgh Pirates

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