The 2016 MLB schedule is set to begin in four days with three games on Sunday, April 3 before the official Opening Day takes place on Monday, April 4. The beauty of a new season is that every team has a shot at winning the World Series – yes every team! Just think back to last year for a moment. The Nationals were being fitted for their World Series rings in April, remember? No one was going to stop them. Well, until the NY Mets proved their pitching staff was better than advertised and Granderson Murphy and Cespedes turned into September beasts. You see, that is the beauty of baseball. With 162 games, a little luck, and one or two surprise players that make a name for themselves when no one was suspecting it, any team can reach the fall classic.
The last two seasons my football predictions have done well, predicting 3 of the last 4 Super Bowl winners ATS including Super Bowl 50, however predicting a whole MLB season may be a bit tougher. While most of these bold predictions probably won’t come true, it is always fun to try. Nevertheless, here we go!
Justin Verlander comeback: 2016 will be the year JV proves he still has what it takes to be looked at as one of the game’s best. Verlander will win 20 games this season – and possibly be the American League All-Star starting pitcher.
Max Scherzer downfall: After two incredible seasons in Detroit in 2013-14 where he finished a combined 39-8, Scherzer bolted for Washington and the big payday. Two no-hitters aside, Mad Max finished 14-12 in 2015, and this year will be a bit worse. Think about it, Scherzer went from the AL Central to the NL East and could only win 14 games in a division that has the Marlins, Braves and Phillies? That doesn’t sound like a “$200 million dollar man.” Scherzer will fail to win 15 games this season – and the early whispers on if and how Washington can try to dump his contract will begin.
The Giants WON’T win the World Series: San Francisco has won the last three fall classics in even numbered years – 2010, 2012 and 2014. That streak ends this season.
The LA Dodgers will NOT make the 2016 postseason: The power of losing Zack Greinke is something the Dodgers will miss more than they expect. Greinke won 57 games for LA over the past 4 seasons – and that will be hard to replace.
- AL Central — Detroit
- AL East — Toronto
- AL West — Texas
- NL Central — Cubs
- NL East — NY Mets
- NL West — Arizona
World Series 2016 Champions — Detroit Tigers