Predictions for the 2019 MLB Season
Boston, MA– On Tuesday, I wrote a preview for the upcoming Boston Red Sox season during which they will aim to repeat as World Series champions. Now, I am going to take a look at the league as a whole and make a series of predictions (some of them bold) for how the 2019 season of baseball is going to pan out, in my eyes.
Beginning with the Red Sox, I do not believe they will be able to attain the same heights they did last season, when everything that could have gone right for them went right. That being said, they are still one of the most complete ball clubs in the league, with the best manager, so I am predicting another AL East division title for the Red Sox. I think they will finish with a 98-64 record, as well!
In terms of the rest of the American League, there is no denying that a major contender for the title lurks in the AL West. It is thoroughly difficult to imagine a scenario where the Houston Astros do not win their division. Likewise, the same could be said for the Cleveland Indians, who have a stellar pitching rotation. However, I find myself gravitating towards the Minnesota Twins lineup, and I am going to give them the edge in the AL Central. I expect the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays to be the Wild Card teams of the American League.
Over in the National League, I think we will see a lot of upheaval in terms of the division winners. I think the Milwaukee Brewers will hold strong and prevail in the NL Central, but I also anticipate major upsets from the Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets, who I expect to respectively win the NL West and the NL East. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves are my anticipated Wild Card teams from the NL.
Looking ahead to the World Series, I predict that the Boston Red Sox will defeat the New York Mets. Yes, I am biased, but who is a better candidate to be the first team to repeat as world champions since 2000 than one of the greatest teams baseball has ever seen? We will have a rematch of the 1986 World Series and it will be glorious!
I'll check back in November to see how gloriously terrible these predictions ended up being. The Red Sox play at 7:00 tonight, though, so let's cheer them on!