Opening Day is rapidly approaching. Hope springs eternal for teams seeking to rinse off the disappointment of last season. It is, after all, a brand new year where anything is possible, right?
Technically, yes. But don’t be surprised if we see a lot of overlap between this year’s playoff field and last year’s.
In the American League, all three defending division winners will repeat. Only Houston won’t make a return trip to the postseason. In the Senior Circuit, Washington will replace Pittsburgh but the other four teams will repeat last year’s success.
The World Series will be a rematch between Kansas City and New York with the Mets getting revenge.
American League East
Toronto Blue Jays
American League Central
Kansas City Royals
American League West
Wild Cards: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
AL Cy Young: Chris Archer
First Manager Fired: Bob Melvin
National League East
New York Mets
National League Central
National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Cards: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young: Jake Arrieta
First Manager Fired: Walt Weiss
New York Yankees over Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers over New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals over Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals over Texas Rangers
Washington Nationals over St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs over Washington Nationals
New York Mets over Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets over Chicago Cubs
New York Mets over Kansas City Royals
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