Skip to main content

Predictions and Wild Guesses For The 2015 MLB Season


Smffff!!! You smell that? Another brand new season of baseball is upon as and I am especially ecstatic to see the game return. Especially, when one considers the absolute albatross of a season that the New York Knicks game this fan over the winter. Seriously, basketball didn't even happen this winter. 
Regardless, the days are long again, the weather is getting warmer (thank goodness!), and we're ready for some hardball. As always, here are my fun and crazy predictions (which are usually very wrong) for the 2015 season:

Standings

AL East
Yankees: 91-71
Blue Jays: 90-72
Red Sox: 88-74
Orioles: 79-83
Rays: 70-92

AL Central
Tigers: 95-67
Royals: 90-72
White Sox: 85-77
Indians: 83-79
Twins: 79-83

AL West
Angels: 90-72
Mariners: 89-73
Athletics: 87-75
Rangers: 77-85
Astros: 68-94

NL East
Nationals: 96-66
Mets: 88-74
Marlins: 87-75
Braves: 72-90
Phillies: 69-93

NL Central
Pirates: 91-71
Cardinals: 91-71
Brewers: 85-76
Cubs: 81-81
Reds: 80-83

NL West
Dodgers: 90-72
Padres: 87-75
Giants: 87-75
Diamondbacks: 81-81
Rockies: 75-87

Goals/Awards/Leaders

AL Hitting Leaders
Average: Robinson Cano (.321)
Home Runs: Chris Davis (41)
RBIs: Miguel Cabrera (117)
Stolen Bases: Jose Altuve (51)

NL Hitting Leaders
Average: Buster Posey (.311)
Home Runs: Giancarlo Stanton (41)
RBIs: Paul Goldschmidt (112)
Stolen Bases: Billy Hamilton (61)

AL Pitching Leaders
ERA: Chris Sale (2.19)
Wins: Felix Hernandez (19)
Strikeouts: Chris Sale (243)
Saves: Greg Holland (48)

NL Pitching Leaders
ERA: Clayton Kershaw (2.11)
Wins: Clayton Kershaw (21)
Strikeouts: Clayton Kershaw (252
Saves: Craig Kimbrel (41)

All-Star Game MVP - Matt Kemp

AL Rookie of the Year: Alex Meyer

NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant

AL Comeback Player of the Year: Alex Rodriguez

NL Comeback Player of the Year: Matt Harvey

AL Cy Young Winner: Chris Sale

NL Cy Young Winner: Clayton Kershaw

AL MVP: Mike Trout

NL MVP: Giancarlo Stanton

Over/Under

25 Starts for Masahiro Tanaka - Over. Just too hard for me to believe four doctors, including Tanaka's personal doctor in Japan, are all wrong on the elbow treatment. 

300 Strikeouts for Clayton Kershaw - Under. Kershaw is good, but 300K's is tough. 

40/40 for Mike Trout - Under. Not this year. 

70+ wins for Nationals Rotation - Over. And Zimmerman will lead the way. 

20 Home Runs for Alex Rodriguez - Over. Call me crazy, but I believe in the A-Rod. Roids or not, the guy is talented. 

200+ Innings for Madison Bumgarner - Under. At some point, the Giants are going to have to give their horse a break. 

15 Wins for Matt Harvey - Over. This is the year that catapults Harvey into that next level of super-stardom. He might just be the biggest superstar athlete in New York after the year is over. 

40 Home Runs for Giancarlo Stanton - Over. By one at 41. 

100 Games Played for Prince Fielder - Over. The big fella will play, but it won't help the Rangers very much. 

Playoffs

AL Wildcard: Blue Jays d. Royals
NL Wildcard: Cardinals d. Mets

ALDS: Tigers d. Blue Jays
ALDS: Angels d. Yankees
NLDS: Nationals d. Cardinals
NLDS: Dodgers d. Pirates

ALCS: Angels d. Tigers
NLCS: Dodgers d. Nationals

World Series: Dodgers d. Angels

World Series MVP: Adrian Gonzalez

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/22/22

3 Up 1. NY Times Investigative Series on Haiti - The history of Haiti is such a complex (and unfortunate) one. Really, it's a story that goes untold, specifically for the context of how the country is viewed. From being forced to pay operations to enslavers (yeah, you read that right), to so many other historical setbacks - including American interventions - the nation's history is so well laid out in this latest NY Times piece. I urge you to give it a read.  2. Equal Pay for US Women's Soccer Team - Kudos to US Soccer on coming around to giving the USWNT their due - equal pay for prize money from the World Cup. It's a start, and more importantly, it's a push forward for women's sports that do in fact push the needle in comparison, or more so, to their male counterparts.  3. Kate McKinnon - Random "UP" here, but I'm doing it anyway...A few SNL usuals are rumored to be walking away, including Kate McKinnon. The show obviously doesn't carry the

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/10/22

3 Up 1. Ketanji Brown Jackson - The new Supreme Court Justice is a win for black and brown girls everywhere. Representation matters.  2. Women's College Basketball Ratings - I'm giving the women's tournament its due as it garnered the highest television ratings ever for the national championship game in eighteen years. And that was head-to-head with the Grammys! Spare me the "women's sports don't draw" tired narrative. Invest in women's sports, period.  3. Baseball Returns - Sure, the sport bothered fans over the winter with its ugly and insulting labor spat. However, it's back, and that's cool.  3 Down 1. Ukraine Images - Unfortunately, I had to put the ongoing acts in Ukraine back in the tops spot. Have you seen some of the images coming out of the country? For me, it was the image of parents writing children's information (i.e. names, details of eating habits, etc...) on their backs - on their backs! - in anticipation of being separated

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/15/22

3 Up 1. California Church Heroes - It's soooooooo weird that the top spot is a result of something so horrific as our ongoing domestic terrorism problem of mass shootings. Still, the courage shown by the five members who stopped the shooter deserves it. Those individuals tackled the shooter and tied him up with an electric cord, while wounded.  It's so tough to fathom that those possibilities are within the realm of your Sunday worship, within the sanctity of your church.  But such is America... 2. Olivia Rodrigo & Drake - Rodrigo continues to reap rewards on an excellent album in 2021 as she topped the Billboard Music Awards with seven awards. There was also Drake who I'm beginning to sense we won't really appreciate his body of work until he's near the end of his career. But yeah, Drake poured in a few more for the legacy debates and discussions.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/1/22

3 Up 1. Harvard Statement on Enslavement Past - We're currently in a world where dealing with slavery and oppression and all that it was in the past has created further division of the present, as well as ideals to move forward. We're all still trying to figure that out, but as we do, props are given to those who do it without the trendiness of the gesture.  Harvard can be slammed for a whole lot in this arena, but they get the top spot this week for taking steps in a major way - just admitting its connection - is a great start.  2. "Out of Pandemic" Phase - The world surely feels as "normal" as it's felt in a long time. While Dr. Facui's comments were well...confusing and required some cleaning up, the gesture is very much understood - we ain't that bad anymore! Things are definitely not going to snap back to pre-2020, but it definitely feels as close to non-pandemic-ish as it ever has.