Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TGP 2018 Predictions: The Standings



As we count down the days until Opening Day 2018 I wanted to take the opportunity to say this, it is Prediction Season here on The Greedy Pinstripes. Every season I make a series of predictions, sometimes bold and sometimes not so much, before the season, and then I look back on them at season’s end to see how in tune I really was with my wizardry. Spoiler alert, I usually don’t do well in these predictions, but I put them and myself out there nonetheless for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy, and leave any constructive criticism in the comments below, or hit us on Twitter by tagging @GreedyStripes. Two million strong and counting folks!!



American League East

New York Yankees (X)                       94-68
Boston Red Sox (Y)                           90 -72
Baltimore Orioles                               80 - 82
Toronto Blue Jays                               76 - 86
Tampa Bay Rays                                 72 - 90



American League Central

Cleveland Indians (X)                        93-69
Minnesota Twins                                84-78
Kansas City Royals                            83-79
Chicago White Sox                            73 - 89
Detroit Tigers                                     64-98



American League West

Houston Astros (X)                           94-68
Seattle Mariners (Z)                          88-74
Texas Rangers                                   85-77
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim      83-79
Oakland Athletics                             75-87



National League East

Washington Nationals (X)                 96-66
Philadelphia Phillies                          84-78
New York Mets                                  82-80
Atlanta Braves                                   71-91
Miami Marlins                                   62-100



National League Central

St. Louis Cardinals (X)                       92-70
Chicago Cubs (Y)                               89-67
Milwaukee Brewers                            86-76
Pittsburgh Pirates                                74-88
Cincinnati Reds                                  70-92



National League West

Los Angeles Dodgers (X)                 95-67
San Francisco Giants (Z)                  87-75
Colorado Rockies                             85-77
Arizona Diamondbacks                    83-79
San Diego Padres                             70-92



(X) denotes Division Winner
(Y) denotes Wild Card 1 Winner
(Z) denoted Wild Card 2 Winner



Yes, I went bold in the American League West. I don’t have a real and true reason why I feel like the Seattle Mariners will have a great season, but I just do. They have a younger team with a few key guys in key positions that are hungry, and I just have a hunch. This will be one I will likely regret when we look back at the end of the 2018 season, but oh well. For now, the Seattle Robinson Cano’s are in as the 2nd Wild Card team in the American League while the Texas Rangers are selling off pieces in July. Another bold prediction in the National League East as I have the young Fightin’ Phils in second place behind the big right-arm of Jake Arrieta. It isn’t so much that I feel like the Phillies are ready to compete, although they have a young core and nucleus that could easily sneak up on people this summer, but I feel like the NL East is just going to be that bad this season. I truly wanted to put the Atlanta Braves a little higher, but with Philadelphia (and the rest of the NL East) facing off with the Braves and Marlins around 40 times a season each we should see some inflated win numbers out of that division in my opinion. I truly think the most competitive division in all of Major League Baseball this season will be the National League West who will have four potential teams that could make the postseason, with the exception being the San Diego Padres. I like all their teams, and I think it could be fun to watch all summer long out West this season.

Again, leave your predictions in the comments section below or hit us op on Twitter, @GreedyStripes.

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