2021 MLB Predictions

The 2021 season is going to be an interesting one. We are coming off of a pandemic shortened season, and Major League Baseball is once again messing with the baseball. That does make predictions all the more difficult. Despite that, here are the predicted division winners:

AL East – Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have exciting young talent with more pitching than people realize. They are helped out by the fact the Tampa Bay Rays took a significant step back with their pitching, and the New York Yankees just have too many question marks in their rotation and now in their bullpen to claim the division title.

AL Central – Chicago White Sox

Even with Eloy Jimenez injured and out for most of the season, they still have terrific starting pitching, and they have a deep lineup. The guess here is Tony La Russa actually works out, but we also shouldn’t discount him imploding everything. That should be enough to hold off the Twins and the Indians who seemingly just get pitching out of nowhere every season.

AL West – Los Angeles Angels

With Shohei Ohtani ready to be unleashed as the true two way star he can be, the Angels are a much better team. Keep in mind, this team still has Mike Trout, and they’ll get a full season of Anthony Rendon. On top of that, it looks like they may actually have starting pitching. That may just be enough to hold off Matt Olson and Matt Chapman in Oakland as well as the Houston Astros who appear at the end of their run.

Wild Cards New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics
MVP – Mike Trout
Cy YoungLucas Giolito

NL East – New York Mets

As noted earlier, the Mets have the best team in the division. That includes their having the best pitcher in Jacob deGrom and the best shortstop in Francisco Lindor. They also have the money, resources, and willingness to outlast and outbuild the other teams in the division.

NL Central – St. Louis Cardinals

The Nolan Arenado acquisition was just that important, and really when we look at this past offseason, they seemed to be the only team trying. Well, them and the Milwaukee Brewers who took advantage of the weird offseason market to nab Jackie Bradley Jr. Other than those two, the other teams did little for anyone to take them seriously.

NL West – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers won the division, and they went out and arguably improved their team by adding Trevor Bauer. They have a great manager in Dave Roberts, and they have the best player in the National League in Mookie Betts. No matter how much the Padres did this offseason, and it was significant, there is little reason to believe over the course of a 162 game season anyone could overtake them.

Wild Cards – San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies
MVP – Mookie Betts
Cy YoungJacob deGrom


AL Wild Card – Yankees over Athletics
ALDS – White Sox over Yankees, Blue Jays over Angels
ALCS – White Sox over Blue Jays (MVP: Tim Anderson)

NL Wild Card – Padres over Phillies
NLDS – Dodgers over Padres, Mets over Cardinals
NLCS – Mets over Dodgers (MVP: Michael Conforto)

World Series – Mets over White Sox (MVP: Jacob deGrom)

5 Replies to “2021 MLB Predictions”

  1. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    The Angels? You are a crazy person. A .500 record would be lofty ambitions for that roster.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      FWIW Fangraphs projects them as the second best team in the division

  2. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    We will revisit this discussion in October… Fangraphs also listed the Braves as NOT winning their division each of the last 3 years.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Sometimes I’m good, and sometimes not so much. As long as I’m right on the Mets here, I don’t care if I get everything else horribly wrong

  3. TheGhostofKelenic says:


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