Opinion

Williams: My 2022 MLB Predictions

After 99 days of a brutal, stressful lockout, Opening Day is just a couple of weeks away! How great is that to say? I’ve caught a couple of the Yanks spring training games so far. No, they don’t mean anything, but they’re fun to watch. Below are my predictions for every division and the World Series winner!

AL EAST

Having Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo for a full season and a much improved defense help the Bronx Bombers overtake the Rays for division supremacy in 2022. The Blue Jays young and explosive lineup put them in strong position for a division run, but I have them coming up short in the end.

  1. New York Yankees 101-61
  2. Tampa Bay Rays 99-63.
  3. Toronto Blue Jays 90-72
  4. Boston Red Sox 89-73
  5. Baltimore Orioles 60-102.

AL CENTRAL

The White Sox are absolutely loaded. With starts such as Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert anchoring the lineup and fmr Yankee and Cy Young contender Lance Lynn as the staff ace, Chicago outpaces Carlos Correa and the Twins to carry the division.

  1. Chicago White Sox 112-50.
  2. Minnesota Twins 99-73.
  3. Cleveland Guardians 80-82.
  4. Detroit Tigers 75-87
  5. Kansas City Royals 70-92.

AL WEST

Losing Carlos Correa to the Twins hurts the Astros chances for a deep October run, but they still own the division. Mike Trout returns to MVP form and Shohei Ohtani does it all once again as the Angels surge in the West.

  1. Houston Astros 97-65.
  2. Los Angeles Angels 93-69.
  3. Texas Rangers 89-73.
  4. Seattle Mariners 84-78
  5. Oakland A’s 62-100.

NL EAST

Did anyone have a better offseason than the Mets? They finally have stability on the bench with Buck Showalter at the helm. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom carry the Mets past the defending champion Braves in a close division race.

  1. New York Mets 100-62.
  2. Atlanta Braves 99-63.
  3. Philadelphia Phillies 94-78.
  4. Miami Marlins 81-81.
  5. Washington Nationals 79-83.

NL CENTRAL

Nolan Arenado continues his trek toward Cooperstown as the Cards fend off Christian Yelich and Brew Crew.

  1. St. Louis Cardinals 103-59
  2. Milwaukee Brewers 100-62
  3. Cincinatti Reds 90-72
  4. Chicago Cubs 83-79.
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates 60-102.

NL WEST

The addition of Freddie Freeman to an already stacked lineup means the Dodgers run away with the division. The Giants continue to surge, but LA is just too strong.

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers 110-52.
  2. San Francisco Giants 99-73.
  3. San Diego Padres 89-83.
  4. Colorado Rockies 75-97.
  5. Arizona Diamondbacks 62-100.

ALCS

New York Yankees vs Chicago White Sox

NLCS

New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series

Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

CHAMPIONS

Chicago White Sox

Individual Awards

AL MVP: Vladmir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

Rookie of the year: Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals

NL MVP: Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers

Cy Young: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Rookie of the year: Hunter Greene, Cincinnati Reds

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