HELLO BASEBALL MY OLD FRIEND

Forget the all but ceremonial opener on the Pacific rim, most people probably already have without being asked. Unless you were a diehard Ichiro Suzuki fan, you probably missed that it even happened. Today is OPENING DAY.

No other event signals the beginning of spring like the return of baseball. In ballparks all around the country, many children are mysteriously sick, unable to make it to school, but well enough to chow down on some hot dogs and popcorn. (Do they even sell cracker jacks at ball parks? I don’t care if they ever bring them back)

It just wouldn’t ducking be right if we let this momentous day go by without throwing out some predictions on how the season will unfold. It was just 5 months ago that the olde town team from Boston defeated the Los Angeles don’t call us Brooklyn what are you 90 years old Dodgers to be crowned World Series champion for the 9th time in their history, and the 4th time since they cowboyed up in 2004.

Will the Sox repeat as champs? Will the Dodgers make it back for what feels like the 10th straight year? Read below to see the answer:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

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  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Baltimore Orioles

It’ll be a dog fight in the east. Both the Yankees and Sox have explosive offenses headlined by four MVP candidates (Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts, and J.D. Martinez). Its the pitching staffs that are polar opposites of each other. Boston could have the best rotation in baseball, while on paper the Yankees undisputedly have the best bullpen in the game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Cleveland Indians

  1. Cleveland Indians
  2. Minnesota Twins
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Detroit Tigers

The Indians are the little engine that can, just chugging along. While the Astros and Red Sox garner the headlines, Cleveland just sits there, moving along as a perpetual contender. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. The Twins will be pushed by the White Sox, a burgeoning power house who are probably a year away from making a real push. Kansas City and Detroit… well, at least they have nice stadiums.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

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  1. Houston Astros
  2. Seattle Mariners
  3. Los Angeles Angels
  4. Texas Rangers
  5. Oakland Athletics

The Astros are toooouuuuugggghhhhh. Talented, scrappy, and battle tested. A balanced lineup and terrific, deep pitching staff. The Mariners did an overhaul of their team, and most anticipate it being a rough year. I see a team with the potential to mash. The Angels are good, but just not good enough. They will be treated to the best player of this generation, if not one of the best ever as Mike Trout has re-upped for the next decade plus.

Alex Bregman

American League MVP: Alex Bregman – Houston Astros

American League Cy Young: Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros

American League Rookie of the Year: Yusei Kukuchi – Seattle Mariners

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST: 

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  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. New York Mets
  3. Washington Nationals
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Miami Marlins

Maybe you heard, the Phillies signed Bryce Harper. That’s the firework explosion that drew the attention. The other solid moves were bringing in JT Realmuto and Andrew McCutchen. The city of brotherly love will fall madly in love with this squad. The Mets will be the surprise team of 2019. Call me old school, but to me, pitching wins games, and boy oh boy do the Mets have a rotation who can deliver. Freshly extended Jacob deGrom, Zach Wheeler, Steven Matz and then Noah Syndergaard coming in to drop Thor’s hammer. The Nationals line up will really miss the thump from Harper’s bat, and just his presence more than people realize. Overall 1-4 this will be a tough division as the Braves can play with anyone. Conversely the Marlins are just a cold, moldy, tuna sandwich that no one wants

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

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  1. Milwaukee Brewers
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Chicago Cubs
  4. Cincinnati Reds
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates

I know it seems like the 2019 division winners are looking an awful lot like the 2018 division winners. And that’s because the good stayed good. Milwaukee is no different. MVP Christian Yelich returns to anchor a strong line up. They’ll be pushed by the Cardinals who have a young pitching staff with oodles of potential and a line up now anchored by stud Paul Goldschmidt. The Cubbies pitching is in decline, and their line up seems to have topped out. Which isn’t a bad thing, they’ve got some guys who can rake, they’ll compete for the wild card, and in the playoffs, anything can happen.

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

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  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Colorado Rockies
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. San Diego Padres
  5. San Francisco Giants

The Dodgers have been a force, really since Magic Johnson got involved with the franchise. Good thing that relationship worked for one L.A. franchise. Theres no reason to believe they won’t be back this year, especially with Corey Seager returning to health. The Rockies can score some runs, and have some consistency with Nolan Arenado re-signed long term. Arizona singled a re-boot with the trade of Goldy, while the Padres made a splash with the Manny Machado acquisition. In San Fran its’ gonna be a long year. At least they have a solid alternative rock station in Alt 105.3

Peter Alonso

National League MVP: Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies

National League Cy Young: Jacob deGrom – New York Mets

National League Rookie of the Year: Peter Alonso – New York Mets

 

Wild Card Games:

New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins

St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs

Division Series Match ups:

Houston Astros over the New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians

Philadelphia Phillies over the St. Louis Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers

League Championship Series: 

Houston Astros over the Boston Red Sox

Philadelphia Phillies over the Los Angeles Dodgers

AND YOUR 2019 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS>>>>>>>

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THE HOUSTON ASTROS

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  • Written by Jason Sullivan
  • Find us on Twitter at @Topducker or on Facebook at You’re Ducking Right

 

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