Bold Predictions For The MLB In 2017
Every year we do an article called “Bold Predictions”. I love this concept as most of these ideas are so preposterous that none of them will actually happen. I liken it to the “Riverboat Gambler Theory” where you can really get rich quick if it were to come to fruition.
There may not be too many secrets in the National League where the clubs seems to be either really good or really bad. The American League has a lot more parity.
I suppose I could start off by saying that the NL would win the Interleague series versus the AL, but that it is probably not going to happen based on a 13 year losing streak.
Giancarlo Stanton will crack 50+ HRs
Jose Bautista will not be signed until after the June 2017 draft.
A Right Handed Pitcher will start a game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Chicago Cubs will not be the 1st team since the 1998 – 2000 Yankees to repeat as champions.
Someone cracks 4 Homers in a game, something that has not happened since May of 2012 when Josh Hamilton accomplished the feat.
Billy Hamilton will steal 100 Bases for the 1st time since Vince Coleman thieved 109 bags for the Cardinals.
The Baltimore Orioles will not have the guy who leads the league in Home Runs for the 1st time since 2012.
All of the 8 positional players for the Mets, and 5 top starters on the depth chart will spend at least one stint on the Disabled List in 2017.
The Washington Nationals will lead the National League in wins and not the Chicago Cubs.
Colorado Rockies will carry five players that hit 30+ HRs in Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez.
Michael Pineda will reach 220 Innings and lead the American League in Strikeouts.
Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion will both finish in the top 5 for AL MVP Voting.
Seattle Mariners will break the longest playoff drought in the Major Leagues currently at 15 years.
The Houston Astros will have 9 guys that Strikeout 100 times or more with George Springer, Evan Gattis, Carlos Correa, Luis Valbuena, A.J. Reed, Brian McCann, Alex Bregman, Carlos Beltran and Preston Tucker.
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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Posted on December 24, 2016, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged a.j. reed, alex bregman, andruw jones, Batimore Orioles, BIlly Hamilton, Brian McCann, carlos beltran, carlos correa, carlos gonzalez, charlie blackmon, chicago cubs, Edwin Enarnacion, evan gattis, george springer, ian desmond, josh hamilton, kris bryant, luis valbuena, michael brantley, michael pineda, nolan arenado, Preston Tucker, trevor story, vince coleman, washington nationals. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Bold Predictions For The MLB In 2017.
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