I’ll admit it, I am a baseball junkie, a devout fan, a historian of sorts of the game and have been following baseball in many different ways since before Babe Ruth became a star. Well not quite, but close! I have also been in the process of writing a book about baseball with a little different twist the past few years.
Tomorrow, March 29th, the 2018 MLB season gets underway with its earliest opening ever and for the first time in 50 years, every team will be in the starting gate to open the season. As always, there are a lot of expectations coming out of spring training for each team, but only a few will be playing after the season concludes on September 30. With that being said, here are my predictions as to how the three divisions in both the American and National Leagues will finish. I also list my predictions for the post season. So take a look, make a copy and let’s see how the “Art’s World” crystal ball works for 2018.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
- Boston Red Sox…..2. New York Yankees……3. Tampa Bay Rays…….4. Toronto Blue Jays…..5. Baltimore Orioles
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
- Cleveland Indians…..2. Minnesota Twins…..3.Chicago White Sox…..4. Kansas City Royals…..5. Detroit Tigers
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
1.Houston Astros…..2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim…..3. Seattle Mariners……4. Oakland A’s…….5. Texas Rangers
Wild Cards- New York, Minnesota…..League Champion – Houston
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
- Washington Nationals…..2. New York Mets……3. Philadelphia Phillies…..4. Atlanta Braves……5. Miami Marlins
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
- Chicago Cubs…..2. Milwaukee Brewers……3. St. Louis Cardinals……4. Pittsburgh Pirates……5. Cincinnati Reds
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
1.Colorado Rockies…..2. Los Angeles Dodgers….3. Arizona Diamondbacks……4. San Francisco Giants…..5. San Diego Padres
Wild Cards – New York, Los Angeles – League Champion – Los Angeles
World Series – Houston over Los Angeles in six games.
There you have my predictions for the 2018 season. One thing is for sure, it promises to be season with a lot of unpredictability, excitement, challenges and some new faces that will bring a change to the game. All there is left to say is, ”PLAY BALL!’
Art Koch, National Features & DVD Editor, NightMoves Magazine and AAN