Cheap Seat Chronicles’ 2015 MLB Staff Predictions


It seems like ages ago that we were debating whether or not Alex Gordon could have scored in game seven of the World Series (he couldn’t), but in reality it was just a few short months ago that baseball went into hibernation for the winter.

Since then, however, a lot has changed; the Giants and Royals are unlikely to meet in a rematch this October, Pablo Sandoval – that big guy who caught the final out of that classic game seven – is now in Boston, Nori Aoki left the Royals and will be leading off for the Giants this year, and James Shields – the Royals ace last season – is now plying his trade in San Diego.

That’s just a tiny sampling of the many changes we saw this offseason.

The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Miami Marlins all underwent major turnover to compete this season. Both Chicago clubs, the White Sox and Cubs, spent big bucks in hopes of bringing another World Series trophy back to the Windy City. The Boston Red Sox reloaded on offense and reshuffled the rotation in hopes of pulling yet another worst-to-first championship run this season.

There was plenty more, but at this point, all anyone cares about is that tonight there will be real, live, honest-to-goodness baseball on national television and it’ll be a game that actually means something.

It’s Opening Day and that means we – like all sports blogs – are contractually obligated to make some predictions for the upcoming season.

Without any further ado, here are our 2015 Cheap Seat Chronicles’ staff predictions:

  headshot-graves headshot-skunkel headshot-junkel
  Jeremiah Graves Steven Kunkel Justin Kunkel
American League East redsox01 orioles2 redsox01
American League Central indians2 royals02 indians2
American League West oakland001 angels2 Ms2
American League Wild Card Ms2 oakland001 orioles2
American League Wild Card ChiSox1 indians2 angels2
National League East nationals001 nationals001 nationals001
National League Central cards4 pirates02 cards4
National League West dodgers2 dodgers2 dodgers2
National League Wild Card pirates02 mets2 brewers2
National League Wild Card marlins3 marlins3 padres2
American League Champion ChiSox1 oakland001 indians2
National League Champion dodgers2 nationals001 nationals001
World Series Champion dodgers2 oakland001 nationals001

Quick Prediction Analysis:

In the American League, the biggest stand out here – in my mind – is the lack of agreement across the board. The American League seems wide-open this year with no clear-cut favorite. All three of us have a different team representing the AL in the World Series and the Cleveland Indians are the only club selected by all three of us to make the postseason fray in the AL.

Surprisingly absent from all three of us are the defending AL Central champion Detroit Tigers who come into 2015 having won four division titles in a row. Also missing was the very popular sleeper pick in many circles, the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the National League, we all appear to be basically on the same page with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers getting a clean sweep in the NL East and West, respectively. After that it’s a little more all over the place.

The surprise here is the lack of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on anyone’s radar, even as a wild card contender. It also appears that none of us are buying into the Chicago Cubs offseason activity as a sign that the club is ready to return to the postseason.

If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, we also took our turn at trying to project some individual awards for the upcoming season, take a peek.

American League Comeback Player Prince Fielder Matt Moore Prince Fielder
National League Comeback Player Jay Bruce Matt Harvey Joey Votto
American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Rodon Rusney Castillo Ruseny Castillo
National League Rookie of the Year Joc Pederson Kris Bryant Jorge Soler
American League Cy Young Felix Hernandez Carlos Carrasco David Price
National League Cy Young Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw
American League Most Valuable Player Mike Trout Mike Trout Mike Trout
National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen Carlos Gomez Bryce Harper

Quick Prediction Analysis:

So, there you have it. Mike Trout will continue to be the greatest hitter on the planet and Clayton Kershaw will continue to be the greatest pitcher on the planet.

Beyond that, however, it’s safe to say that the only other unanimous prediction is that we’ll spend all season arguing about pretty much everything else.


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About Jeremiah Graves

I am a professional library dude, a cheeseburger enthusiast, a wannabe writer, a slow-pitch softball center fielder, an avid hunter (of churros), a cat-person, and — hopefully — one of your two or three favorite Iowans.
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