Baseball fans rejoice, Spring Training is upon us. In honor of another season of baseball, I have decided to release my Spring Training predictions for the 2016 season. Below are predictions of all the division winners followed by the remaining teams in the division in order of where they will finish. Which two teams will move on to the World Series and which team will be world champions.
East-Toronto Blue Jays (Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Rays)
Central- Kansas City Royals (Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Twins)
West- Houston Astros (Rangers, Mariners, Angels, Athletics)
East- New York Mets (Nationals, Marlins, Phillies, Braves)
Central- Chicago Cubs (Cardinals, Pirates, Reds, Brewers)
West- San Francisco Giants (Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Padres, Rockies)
AL: Rangers, Yankees
NL: Cardinals, Nationals
American: Texas Rangers
National: Chicago Cubs
World Series Champions – Texas Rangers: The Texas Rangers bring back a lot of youth from last year that include position players Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor, and Jurickson Profar that can easily get their opportunities this season. They also are returning a lot of formidable veterans including Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland, Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton, all of whom are capable of sustaining themselves in a Major League lineup. With Cole Hamels returning from last year after a trade with Philadelphia, the Rangers have a solid pitching rotation that will see Yu Darvish back in May, Colby Lewis, and Derek Holland. Chi Chi Gonzalez and Martin Perez are two young 24 year olds who are projected to be 4th and 5th in the rotation until Darvish comes back, and the best one will stay in the rotation as the number 5.
I have them not winning their AL West for one reason and one reason only and that is because the Astros were originally projected to break out this year and they have a lot of excellent starting pitching and young talent. Unfortunately, the young talent is what will hurt them in the postseason. The Rangers have a great mix of youth and veterans to go deep into the playoffs and win the World Series.
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