2021 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

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MLB Awards

NL MVP – OF Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves

AL MVP – OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Jacob deGrom – New York Mets

AL Cy Young – Tyler Glasnow – Tampa Bay Rays

NL Rookie of the Year – OF Dylan Carlson – St. Louis Cardinals

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Jarred Kelenic – Seattle Mariners

NL Manager of the Year – Mike Shildt – St. Louis Cardinals

AL Manager of the Year – Carlie Montoyo – Toronto Blue Jays Continue reading

National League West

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Did they need to sign Trevor Bauer? Not really, but by doing so insures they remain the team to beat.

2. San Diego Padres

The moves they made were the right ones and now they have to prove it by dethroning the Dodgers.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks

Being stuck in a rut like they are isn’t a good place to be. They can’t wave the white flag yet, but it’s coming.

4. San Francisco Giants

It’s been a painful process for them, but it is going to pay dividends when a couple more large contracts are off the books.

5. Colorado Rockies

If you want to see an example of how not to handle the departure of your best player, look no further than in Denver, Colorado.

Player to Watch: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres

Best Acquisition: P Trevor Bauer – Los Angeles Dodgers

New Kid on the Block: 2B Gavin Lux – Los Angeles Dodgers Continue reading

National League Central

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1. St. Louis Cardinals

The acquisition of Nolan Arenado was a gift that they won’t soon squander.

2. Milwaukee Brewers

Their pitching staff has a few question marks, but their lineup is stacked and will keep them in contention.

3. Chicago Cubs

The signals that ownership has sent out indicates that this will be the last season with this current group of players.

4. Cincinnati Reds

It didn’t work last year and now they’ve lost their Cy Young winner in Trevor Bauer.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

And the title of the worst team in baseball goes to…

Player to Watch: 3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

Best Acquisition: 3B Nolan Arenado – St. Louis Cardinals

New Kid on the Block: OF Dylan Carlson – St. Louis Cardinals Continue reading

National League East

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1. Atlanta Braves

Their depth will be tested this year, but they are the team to beat in the NL East.

2. New York Mets

With their new owner in place they are built to win now and for the near future as well.

3. Philadelphia Phillies

Bringing in Dave Dombrowski to run the front office means they won’t be penny pinching and want to win now.

4. Miami Marlins

In a full 162-game season it will be harder to clinch a Wild Card spot, but don’t be surprised if they do.

5. Washington Nationals

Last season was a disaster and while they should be better this year, the rest of the division got better.

Player to Watch: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves

Best Acquisition: SS Francisco Lindor – New York Mets

New Kid on the Block: P Sixto Sanchez – Miami Marlins Continue reading

American League West

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1. Oakland Athletics

With their pipeline of pitching on the way they will be hard to contend with in the dog days of summer.

2. Los Angeles Angels

Assuming Shohei Ohtani is back to his old self from his rookie season and Trout and Rendon are playing at an All-Star level, they should be in the Wild Card hunt.

3. Houston Astros

The loss of George Springer in free agency is going to hurt, but not having Justin Verlander in the rotation will be more damaging.

4. Seattle Mariners

They have some intriguing pieces in place for a possible run at a Wild Card spot.

5. Texas Rangers

The growing pains will continue, but their new ballpark looks nice.

Player to Watch: P/DH Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels

Best Acquisition: P Raisel Iglesias – Los Angeles Angels

New Kid on the Block: OF Jarred Kelenic – Seattle Mariners Continue reading