2021 MLB Season Predictions –
By Tim Birkmeyer
MLB 2021 Season Predictions!
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: it’s the most wonderful time of year. But now is actually the most wonderful time of the year because baseball is back! While the 2020 season has been fun, there will now be a full 162 game season and I think most teams will be welcoming fans. I can’t wait for my first game at Oriole Park (I would have liked the opening day but will be traveling out of town). The best part about being an Orioles fan is that we’re not going to be competitive for a year or two so I can just sit back, relax and enjoy the best sport ever. That being said, it’s time to make some predictions and be 100% right when we come back here in October. So, without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2021 MLB season:
TO THE EAST
- New York Yankees (98-64)
- Tampa Bay Rays (95-67)
- Toronto Blue Jays (90-72)
- Baltimore Orioles (71-91)
- Boston Red Sox (69-93)
The AL East is one of the best and most competitive divisions in all of baseball and I could really see one of the top three teams winning the division, but the Yankees are the favorites to win the AL and could easily face the Dodgers in the World Trials. I’m actually surprised how many people and baseball experts think the Rays are going to fall after trading Blake Snell. That’s what they do, and they’ve got No.1 Wander Franco ready to go whenever they want to call him into the big leagues. The Blue Jays are going to be a fun but interesting team to watch. They had the parts to be the 8 seeds in the playoffs last year, the young core has a bit more experience, and they brought in key free agents like George Springer and Robbie Ray and they believe that ‘they have a window to win in the next. seasons, so they go. I wouldn’t be surprised if this team overtakes the Rays and gets the AL’s first Wild Card slot. As for the Orioles, well, I just want over 70 wins. That’s it. The Red Sox are in bad shape right now. The rotation is appalling, they have lost key players and have no path this season.
- Minnesota Twins (96-66)
- Chicago White Sox (91-71)
- Cleveland Indians (84-78)
- Kansas City Royals (79-83)
- Detroit Tigers (65-97)
AL Central is a midfielder of the pack division. They have two big teams with the Twins and White Sox, one medium team with the Indians and two rising teams with the Royals and Tigers. Although the White Sox are the flashy choice to win the division, I’m still with the Twins. The Twins still seem to get 95 sneaky wins over the past few seasons and not much has changed with their core in the roster, their rotation and their enclosure has 3-4 guys who could be closer. The White Sox lost a key play last week to Eloy, but the team is still good enough to advance to the playoffs. The Indians have work to do and their front office doesn’t want to spend any money, but they still have the coins to win ball games. The Royals might surprise some people this season, but I don’t accept the hype. And the Tigers are bad but are waiting for some of the best choices to come and happen.
- Los Angeles Angels (90-72)
- Oakland Athletics (88-74)
- Houston Astros (81-81)
- Seattle Mariners (78-84)
- Texas Rangers (72-90)
I’m buying into the Angels hype this season and praying to the baseball gods that Mike Trout makes it to the playoffs again. He once was and was swept away, but baseball needs him and the Angels to make the playoffs more steadily. They have the roster, they have a decent rotation, and they have the director. The Athletics are a poor man’s Tampa Bay Rays. They have a low payroll but somehow manage to be a competitive team and win a few games but playing in other divisions will hurt them this season. Remember, the Astros will be playing everyone this season, and we remember that. The Mariners and Rangers have great young talent, but are a few years away from winning.
(4) Loss of Tampa Bay Rays (5) Chicago White Sox, 5-2
- Lost New York Yankees (4) Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games
- Defeated the Minnesota Twins (3) Los Angeles Angels in 4 games
- Lost New York Yankees (2) Minnesota Twins in 4 games
CHAMPION AL: NEW YORK YANKEES
- Atlanta Braves (96-66)
- Philadelphia Phillies (89-73)
- Washington Nationals (87-75)
- New York Foods (79-83)
- Miami Marlins (75-87)
NL East is giving AL East a run for its money in terms of competitiveness. In fact, I could really champion the cause of 5 of the test teams pulling out the division. But the Braves are one of the best teams in baseball and were one sporting curse away from Atlanta from being in the World Series. The Phillies’ pickup box shouldn’t be the worst in baseball again, which will help them take second place and the Nationals will have the next Mike Trout in Juan Soto, but they’ll still need that room to get through the bump. The Mets have so much hype, but it’s the Mets, they’re going to underperform like no other and I’m here to watch the Mets’ Twitter. With a full roster of games, I don’t see the Marlins pulling the magic they did last season.
- Cardinals of Saint-Louis (93-62)
- Milwaukee Brewers (90-72)
- Cincinnati Reds (85-77)
- Chicago Cubs (81-81)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (55-107)
The NL Central will go to the Cardinals and Brewers, and the Cardinals traded for Nolan Arenado and the Brewers signed South Carolina Gamecock legend Jackie Bradley Jr. – sitting in the NL at the 3-seeded and having some advantage over the home land in the NLDS. The Reds and Cubs are pretty average baseball teams, but luckily the Pirates are so bad, beating them a dozen times will take them to a winning record.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (110-52)
- San Diego Padres (96-66)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (83-79)
- San Francisco Giants (75-87)
- Colorado Rockies (69-93)
NL West is the easiest division to predict. The defending World Series Dodgers champion is the best team in baseball AND signed NL Cy Young Trevor Bauer, this team is sure to win over 100 games. The Padres are probably the 2nd best team in the NL and it’s a shame for them that the Dodgers are in the same division. The Diamondbacks and Giants are right there, and the Rockies are pretty bad and rebuilding. Easy!
(4) Loss of the San Diego Padres (5) Milwaukee Brewers, 7-1
- Los Angeles Dodgers lost (4) San Diego Padres in 5 games
- Loss of the Atlanta Braves (3) Saint-Louis Cardinals in 4 games
- Los Angeles Dodgers lost (2) Atlanta Braves in 5 games
NL CHAMPION: LOS ANGELES DODGERS
WORLD SERIES: DODGERS ON YANKEES IN 6 GAMES
MVP – Mike Trout (AL) and Juan Soto (NL)
Cy Young – Tyler Glasnow (AL) and Yu Darvish (NL)
ROY – Nick Madrigal (AL) and Ke’Bryan Hayes (NL)