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MLB Power Rankings: Early Predictions For 2017

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The week wasn’t really putting forth any big news until Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians a few days ago.  This changed the landscape of the favorite in the American League.

Other deals included the Phillies acquiring Clay Buchholz, the Pirates inking Ivan Nova to the a 3 Year Deal, the Angels bringing in Ben Revere, and the Tigers dotting the line with Alex Avila on a contract to be the backup Catcher in Motown.

I added a few wins to Cleveland’s win total, and added a few losses to the AL Central.

For the confidence I have in the Pirates making a new baseball deal for Major League ready talent in Andrew McCutchen, I also boosted the Bucs for a few more W’s on the season prediction, and tacked on a few more losses for the Reds, Cubs and Brewers.

The Texas Rangers won an American League best 95 games last season - to win their 2nd AL west Division. and to make the playoffs for the 5th time since 2010. The winter has not gotten off to a good start, as they have watched the Astros and Mariners all add depth to their teams - while Texas has lost players from their year end roster. The team has to get involved right now to change the course of this offseason. The time to win is now with Yu Darvish and Jonathon Lucroy in walk contract years - while their ALL - Star Veterans like Cole Hamels and Adrian Beltre become another year older.

The Texas Rangers won an American League best 95 games last season – to win their 2nd AL west Division. and to make the playoffs for the 5th time since 2010. The winter has not gotten off to a good start, as they have watched the Astros and Mariners all add depth to their teams – while Texas has lost players from their year end roster. The team has to get involved right now to change the course of this offseason. The time to win is now with Yu Darvish and Jonathon Lucroy in walk contract years – while their ALL – Star Veterans like Cole Hamels and Adrian Beltre become another year older.

Even if the Rangers sign Mike Napoli as rumored, this won’t change my .500 record I currently have penciled in for the squad.  I am down on the losses of Ian Desmond, Carlos Beltran, Mitch Moreland. Prince Fielder and Colby Lewis from the beginning of the 2016 season – with bringing back Carlos Gomez and signing Andrew Cashner to a one year pact.

Jnn Daniels is a smart man though, so I still think there is another big deal to be made. The mere fact they were in the Edwin Encarnacion negotiations is a sign the franchise has some money to spend.  If they can ink another Starter, and OF to the fold along with Napoli, I could have them somewhere near the M’ s and Astros for victories.

Our predictions are the absolute perfect amount of wins allocated for the whole year at 2430.  it also account for the American League registering a 163 – 137 record vs the National League in the 2017 campaign.

We will be updating our win totals pretty much every couple of days on our dedicated page here.

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2016

American League (1228 – 1202)

AL East (421 – 389)

Boston Red Sox 94 – 68

Toronto Blue Jays 87 – 75

NY Yankees 84 – 78

Baltimore Orioles 83 – 79

Tampa Bay Rays 78 – 84

AL Central (398 – 412)

Cleveland Indians 95 – 67

Detroit Tigers 85 – 77

Kansas City Royals 81 – 81

Chicago White Sox 69 – 93

Minnesota Twins 68 – 94

AL West (409 – 401)

Houston Astros 89 – 73

Seattle Mariners 88 – 74

Texas Rangers 81 – 81

LA Angeles 78 – 84

Oakland A’s 73 – 89

National League (1202 – 1228)

NL East (408 – 402)

Washington Nationals 96 – 66

NY Mets 88 – 74

Miami Marlins 75 – 87

Atlanta Braves 75 – 87

Philadelphia 74 – 88

NL Central (400 – 410)

Chicago Cubs 96 – 66

St. Louis Cardinals 89 – 73

Pittsburgh Pirates 81 – 81

Cincinnati Reds 71 – 91

Milwaukee Brewers 63 – 99

AL West (394 – 416)

LA Dodgers 87 – 75

SF Giants 86 – 76

Colorado Rockies 83 – 79

Arizona DiamondBacks 77 – 85

San Diego Padres 61 – 101

The American League has a 13 year winning streak versus the National League heading into the 2017 season. We are projecting another winning campaign for the Junior Circuit

The American League has a 13 year winning streak versus the National League heading into the 2017 season. We are projecting another winning campaign for the Junior Circuit in 2017 with a .547 win percentage.

By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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