2018 MLB All-Star Teams

For the 88th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at Nationals Park and the first in the nation’s capital since 1969 at RFK Stadium, the home of the then Washington Senators. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 32 players for each league.

AVG – Batting Average

ERA – Earned Run Average

HR – Home Runs

RBI – Runs Batted In

SV – Saves

BAA – Batting Average Against

WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched

K – Strikeouts

Stats are accurate as of July 13

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2018 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

MLB Awards

NL MVP – 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks

AL MVP – OF George Springer Houston Astros

NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander Houston Astros

NL Rookie of the Year – OF Lewis Brinson Miami Marlins

AL Rookie of the Year – SS Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

NL Manager of the Year – Torey Lovullo Arizona Diamondbacks

AL Manager of the Year – Aaron Boone New York Yankees

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Nationals, Cubs

NL Wild Card Winners – Diamondbacks, Cardinals

AL Division Winners – Astros, Yankees, Indians

AL Wild Card Winners – Red Sox, Angels

NLCS – Dodgers over Nationals

ALCS – Yankees over Astros

World Series – Dodgers over Yankees

American League Central

* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Cleveland Indians

A catastrophic amount of injuries looks to be the only way they don’t make another World Series run.

2. Minnesota Twins

Their surprise 2017 season was no fluke and they brought in some valuable help to make a run at Cleveland.

3. Chicago White Sox

The youth movement is in full swing and they have some nice pieces that are coming into form.

4. Detroit Tigers

Aside from Miguel Cabrera and Michael Fulmer, there isn’t a lot to be excited about.

5. Kansas City Royals

Losing Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain has really put a damper on their outlook for 2018. Continue reading “American League Central”

2017 MLB All-Star Teams

For the 87th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at the Miami Marlins new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2012. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 34 players for each league. Continue reading “2017 MLB All-Star Teams”