MLB Predictions 2017 Season
By: Daniel Stettin
Here are some predictions for the 2017 MLB Season:
MVP: Corey Seager, SS, LA Dodgers
- Seager is coming off an unreal rookie season where he unanimously won Rookie of the Year. He accumulated 6.1 WAR as a rookie and will only continue to get better. Expect .300+, 30+ HR, and well over 100 RBI’s while leading the Dodgers to the playoffs.
Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, LHP, LA Dodgers
- This award will go to Kershaw if he continues to dominate the way he has each year since being called up. Kershaw had a 1.69 ERA last season and there is no reason to expect regression. Kershaw should run away with this award if healthy.
Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
- Swanson retains his rookie eligibility as he fell one (!!!) at bat short of exhausting it. He was phenomenal in his 38 game stint in the majors last season and is by far the favorite to win ROY. The former first overall pick out of Vanderbilt should become a household name by the end of the season.
NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
First Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals
Second Wild Card: Pittsburgh Pirates
Wild Card Game: Cardinals over Pirates
NLDS: Cubs over Cardinals (3-1), Nationals over Dodgers (3-2)
NLCS: Cubs over Nationals (4-2)
MVP: Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
- The former first overall pick out of Puerto Rico has lived up to the Alex Rodriguez comparison in his first two seasons in Houston. Correa is still really young at 22 and as he fills out his body, expect him to have a huge jump in power. If that is this season, Houston runs away with the AL West.
Cy Young: Chris Sale, LHP, Boston Red Sox
- In his first season in Boston, Sale delivers a Cy Young season for the Red Sox, who finally get to showcase Sale’s talent to the nation. It isn’t that Sale did not get exposure in Chicago, it is that Sale finally gets to do it on a Postseason team. Don’t be surprised if Chris Sale joins Kershaw in the 300 strikeout club.
Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
- Benintendi fell to 7th in the 2015 draft because he is 5-10. The Red Sox are obviously thrilled that that happened as Benintendi could go 20-20 as a rookie. The rookie looked more than comfortable in his 34 game stint in the bigs last season and should only get better.
AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Astros
First Wild Card: Seattle Mariners
Second Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays
Wild Card Game: Blue Jays over Mariners
ALDS: Astros over Blue Jays (3-0), Indians over Red Sox (3-2)
ALCS: Indians over Astros (4-1)
World Series: Indians over Cubs (4-3)