Friday, April 01, 2016

Next Year is Here: Seth Saith 2016 Will Be Truly Historic on Chicago's North Side -- Major League Baseball Predictions

Hell will freeze over.

Pigs will fly.

The original Guns 'n Roses will reunite and tour (oh wait, that was already announced, though seemingly sans Izzy and Adler).

Charlie Brown will kick the football.

And this fall, the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series for the first time since 1908.

Yes, 2016 will be the year many have been waiting for their whole lives. And some afterlives. 

And if it isn't, perhaps because this prediction jinxes it--though the Cubs are commonly regarded as the best team in baseball and widely-forecast as champions--just remember that I'm posting this on...

April Fool's Day

So I can claim that I never really meant it, much as I, uh, facetiously picked the Washington Nationals to win it all last year.

(I will take credit for, against most forecasts, coming rather close with my Blue Jays pennant and World Series title pick. And everyone blew it on the Astros.)

Anyway, with a bit more emotional skin in the game than usual, here are:

Seth Saith's Not-So-Fearless Baseball Predictions for 2016

American League East
1. Toronto Blue Jays
2. New York Yankees 
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Tampa Bay Rays

American League Central
1. Detroit Tigers
2. Cleveland Indians
3. Kansas City Royals
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Minnesota Twins

American League West
1. Texas Rangers
2. Houston Astros
3. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
4. Seattle Mariners
5. Oakland Athletics

Wild Cards: Yankees over Indians
ALDS: Tigers over Yankees
            Blue Jays over Rangers
Pennant Winner: Blue Jays

AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels
AL Cy Young: David Price, Red Sox
AL Rookie of the Year: Byron Buxton, Twins
AL Manager of the Year: Jeff Banister, Rangers
White Sox Record: 78-84

National League East  
1. Washington Nationals
2. New York Mets
3. Miami Marlins
4. Philadelphia Phillies
5. Atlanta Braves

National League Central
1. Chicago Cubs
2. Pittsburgh Pirates
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Cincinnati Reds
5. Milwaukee Brewers

National League West
1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Colorado Rockies
5. San Diego Padres

Wild Cards: Mets over Giants
NLCS: Cubs over Mets
       Nationals over Diamondbacks
NL Pennant Winner: Cubs

NL MVP: Kris Bryant, Cubs
NL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Pirates
NL Rookie of the Year:
Steven Matz, Mets

Manager of the Year: Chip Hale, Diamondbacks
Cubs Record: 100-62

World Series Winner: Chicago Cubs 
(over Toronto Blue Jays)

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