Wil’s MLB Predictions for 2016

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported it’s time to start getting excited about baseball season.  Recently the over under win totals were posted by Boyds Bets.  There were plenty of interesting numbers to say the least and since I’m in love with MLB action I figured I would take a stab at some of my favorites.

I’m a New York Yankees fan, so it pains me to see them projected below the Red Sox and Blue Jays.  The good news is that it’s not by much so if just a couple of things go our way we can easily win the division and get back to where we are supposed to be.

The St. Louis Cardinals won 100 games last year but are only projected for 87.5 in 2016.  The Pittsburgh Pirates might have won 98 in 2015, but are only supposed to get to 87 this year.

The other notables were the Chicago Cubs at 89 after winning 97 last season and the World Champion Kansas City Royals going from 95 wins a year ago to 89 now.

There are some teams that are supposed to see significant improvement in 2016.  The main ones are the Detroit Tigers.  They were a massive disappointment last year winning only 74 games.  This year the odds makers think they can get to 85.

The Miami Marlins are kind of a surprise to get better in 2016.  Last year they only notched 71 wins and they haven’t been good for awhile.  But, Vegas thinks this team is going to get close to .500 with 80.5 wins posted.

The Boston Red Sox was another team that couldn’t have made fans happy a year ago.  The 78 wins they had in 2015 didn’t deter the sports books from projecting them for 85.5 wins this year.

Who is the worst team this year?  The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are going to have a tough time in the NL East.  Both teams are projected for 66.5 wins or less.

The next tier of bad teams has the Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers.  Don’t expect those teams to make the playoffs.

So who will be good?  The Chicago Cubs are the favorites to win the World Series so it’s no surprise that they are one of the teams with the highest win totals.

But, the San Francisco Giants are the team with the highest win total at 90.  I don’t see any team keeping up with that pitching staff.

The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and LA Dodgers are five more teams that will be fighting for playoff positioning.

In the American League the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, and Boston Red Sox will be the favorites to make the postseason.  However, this side is way more competitive.

You might find the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians all have decent shots at finding themselves playing meaningful games in October.