MLB pre-season predictions for the 2017 season…from Winnipeg baseball fans and Goldeyes management; by Chuck Duboff

Cubs

Will the Cubs repeat in 2017?

© Chuck Duboff

With just a couple of weeks till the start of the Major League Baseball season, I thought I’d ask several baseball fans and experts their predictions for the upcoming season; enjoy and feel free to leave your comments about your own predictions.

Chris Mussel, former standout Junior ballplayer and big time baseball fan.

  • Division winners:  Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, Mets, Cubs, Dodgers
  • World Series winner:  Chicago Cubs
  • AL/NL MVP’s:  Edwin Encarnacion, Kris Bryant
  • AL/NL Cy Young:  Aaron Sanchez, Max Scherzer
  • Surprise team of the season: Minnesota Twins
  • Disappointing team of the season: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Favourite player to watch:  Dee Gordon

Geoff Brookes, Mr. Stratomatic, Goldeyes fan and Analytics booster!!

  • Division winners: Yankees, KC, Texas, Mets, Cincinnati, San Francisco
  • World Series winner: San Francisco Giants
  • AL/NL MVP’s:  Gary Sanchez, Kris Bryant
  • AL/NL Cy Young:  Aaron Sanchez, Jon Lester
  • Surprise team of the season: New York Yankees
  • Disappointing team of the season: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Favourite player to watch:  Gary Sanchez
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Will Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez be the Rookie of the Year?  MVP?

Steve Schuster; play by play voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes; an incredible knowledge of baseball.  Special thanks to Steve for the added commentary:

NL East – Washington Nationals (Mets will challenge them all year, but have a lot of question marks surrounding pitchers coming off injuries.)

NL Central – Chicago Cubs (Have to respect the defending champions.)

NL West – Los Angeles Dodgers (Talented roster with loaded farm system might have them poised for a long run of success.)

AL East – Boston Red Sox (Off-season additions led by Chris Sale should keep the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Orioles at bay.)

AL Central – Cleveland Indians (Defending AL champions made improvements, and should run away in what appears to be a weaker division.)

AL West – Houston Astros (Deep pitching staff and terrific young core should allow them to pass Texas and Seattle.)

World Series Champions – New York Mets (Dynamic pitching staff can carry them all the way, but will have to hit enough to get by Washington or the Wild Card Game to make it happen.)

NL MVP – Bryce Harper (Played through injury last year and still put up strong numbers.)

AL MVP – Carlos Correa (Might split votes with teammates Bregman and Altuve, but there’s nothing he can’t do on the field.)

NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw (Approaching Tiger Woods status.  If he’s healthy, how could you pick someone else?)

AL Cy Young – David Price (Like Harper, can see him bouncing back in a huge way.)

Surprise Team of the Season – Atlanta Braves (Loaded with young talent, plus the best farm system in the game.  Added veteran leadership could keep them around .500 all year.)

Team That Will Disappoint – Seattle Mariners (Can all of their big guns repeat career years?)

Favourite Player to Watch – Noah Syndergaard (Worth the price of admission.)

Noah Syndergaard

Will Noah Syndergard dominate and lead the New York Mets to the 2017 World Series?

Andrew Collier; GM of the 2016 American Association Champion Winnipeg Goldeyes

  • Division winners: Red Sox, Indians, Astros, Nationals, Cubs, Giants
  • World Series Champ: Cubs for the repeat
  • AL/NL MVP: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper
  • AL/NL Cy Young: Chris Sale, Max Scherzer
  • Surprise team of the season: New York Yankees
  • Team that will disappoint: Texas Rangers
  • Favourite player to watch: Josh Donaldson

Craig Kuhlman; biggest Chicago Cubs fan in Winnipeg; did I mention, biggest Cubs fan in the city!!

  • Division winners: Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, Mets, Cubs, Dodgers
  • World Series Champs: Chicago Cubs
  • AL/NL MVP’s: Mike Trout, Corey Seager
  • AL/NL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Noah Syndergard
  • Surprise team of the season: Oakland A’s
  • Team that will disappoint: Baltimore Orioles
  • Favourite player to watch: Javier Baez

Chuck Duboff; baseball fan for the past 56 years, traditionalist and passing on his love of baseball to  his grandchildren…Yankees fan since the days of Mantle, Maris, Ford, Richardson, Kubek, Tresh, Howard, Berra, Blanchard, Casey…

  • Division winners: Boston, Cleveland, Texas, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles
  • World Series Champ: Cleveland Indians
  • AL/NL MVP: Edwin Encarnacion, Kris Bryant
  • AL/NL Cy Young: Aaron Sanchez, Clayton Kershaw
  • Surprise team of the season: New York Mets
  • Team that will disappoint: New York Yankees
  • Favourite player to watch: A tie: Mike Trout & Kevin Pillar
Trout

Does Mike Trout win AL MVP and lead his Angels out of their doldrums?

Mickey Steen; Winnipeg Goldeyes super fan!!  Loves everything baseball!!

1:  Division winners: Boston, Cleveland, Texas, Washington, Cincinnati  L A Dodgers

2: World Series Champ:  way out on the limb:  Cincinnati Reds

3: AL, NL:   MVP    AL   Gary Sanchez    NL   Max Scherzer

4: AL, NL:  Cy Young   NL Cy:  Clayton Kershaw

5. Surprise team of the season:  Anaheim Angels

6. Team that will disappoint:    Toronto Blue Jays  and Seattle Mariners

7. Favourite player to watch:   Kevin Pillar and Noah Syndergard

 

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