2022 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

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MLB Awards

NL MVP – 1B Matt Olson – Atlanta Braves

AL MVP – P/DH Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Max Scherzer – New York Mets

AL Cy Young – Jose Berrios – Toronto Blue Jays

NL Rookie of the Year – P Hunter Greene – Cincinnati Reds

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Julio Rodriguez – Seattle Mariners

NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell – Milwaukee Brewers

AL Manager of the Year – Charlie Montoyo – Toronto Blue Jays

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Brewers, Braves

NL Wild Card Winners – Cardinals, Padres, Mets

AL Division Winners – White Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners

AL Wild Card Winners – Rays, Astros, Angels

NLCS – Dodgers over Brewers

ALCS – Blue Jays over White Sox

World Series – Dodgers over Blue Jays

American League East

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* – indicates new to team

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1. Toronto Blue Jays

Their rotation is better and their lineup is deeper than it was last season. Their window to win is now.

2. Tampa Bay Rays

They made minor tweaks throughout the roster, but the core remains to contend in a tough division.

3. New York Yankees

The biggest splash they made was getting Josh Donaldson, but that might not be enough to make a long postseason push.

4. Boston Red Sox

There are too many questions in the rotation, but they will score lots of runs and stay competitive.

5. Baltimore Orioles

It’s going to be another rough year, but the prospect pool will be arriving this year.

Player to Watch: 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays

Best Acquisition: P Kevin Gausman – Toronto Blue Jays

New Kid on the Block: C Adley Rutschman – Baltimore Orioles

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American League East

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* – indicates new to team

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1. New York Yankees

What becomes of the rotation going towards October will determine if they are World Series contenders.

2. Toronto Blue Jays

Their offseason moves suggest they are ready and willing to do what it takes to keep them atop the American League for many years to come.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

They are primed for having some bumps in the road this season, but don’t count out their pitching depth keeping them in contention.

4. Boston Red Sox

The penny pinching will continue this year with their ace Chris Sale still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

5. Baltimore Orioles

Get ready for the youth movement to arrive as Ryan Mountcastle and Adley Rutschman make their debuts.

Player to Watch: P Tyler Glasnow – Tampa Bay Rays

Best Acquisition: OF George Springer – Toronto Blue Jays

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2020 World Series Preview

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This will be the second time the Tampa Bay Rays have appeared in the Fall Classic. The last time they were here was in 2008. They lost in 5 games to the Philadelphia Phillies. An interesting fact about them is that 2008 was the first year they had changed their nickname from the Devil Rays to just the Rays. They have been a far more successful franchise since that nickname change. For the Los Angeles Dodgers this will be their third World Series appearance in the last four seasons. They lost to Houston and Boston in back-to-back appearances in 2017 and ’18 respectively. They are hoping to finally win another championship in their storied history which hasn’t happened since 1988. Continue reading