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MLB Opening Day: BYB staff predictions for the 2017 season

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Prepare to be amazed at how wrong we are!

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Every year, we, the Bless You Boys staff, publishes our predictions for the upcoming MLB season. Every year, we are horribly wrong. Sure, it takes some guts to say that the Minnesota Twins will win the AL Central — they were coming off a second place finish in 2015, remember — but it provides plenty of fodder for our critics when we are wrong.

Of course, things can also go right. Last year, seven staff members correctly predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, while four staff members nailed Justin Verlander as the rightful 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner (yes, we’re still bitter). Two staff members picked the Cleveland Indians as division winners, and community editor Fielder’s Choice even correctly predicted Kris Bryant’s rise from NL Rookie of the Year winner in 2015 to Most Valuable Player in 2016! Most people also nailed Michael Fulmer as the Detroit Tigers’ rookie of the year, though that one seemed fairly obvious at the time.

Anyway, onto the 2017 predictions!

Detroit Tigers

Name Tigers record Division Rank Team MVP Team ROY Breakout player
Name Tigers record Division Rank Team MVP Team ROY Breakout player
Rob 87-75 2 Miguel Cabrera JaCoby Jones Daniel Norris
Ashley 90-72 2 Cabrera Jones Nick Castellanos
Nolan 86-76 2 Justin Verlander Joe Jimenez Jose Iglesias
John 91-71 2 Cabrera Jimenez Matt Boyd
Jacob 82-80 2 Verlander Jones Norris
Jeff 78-84 3 Nick Castellanos Jones Norris
Ron 92-70 1 Justin Upton Jimenez Boyd
Kyle 81-81 3 Cabrera Jones Norris
Kurt 86-76 2 Ian Kinsler Jimenez Castellanos
Patrick 89-73 1 Verlander Jones Iglesias
Brandon 88-74 2 Verlander Jimenez Boyd
Fielder'sChoice 82-80 2 Cabrera Jimenez Norris
Grace 83-79 2 Kinsler Jones Castellanos
Patrick W 85-77 2 Cabrera Jimenez Castellanos
Catherine 88-74 2 Verlander Jimenez Castellanos

American League

Name AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL MVP AL Cy Young AL ROY AL Pennant
Name AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL MVP AL Cy Young AL ROY AL Pennant
Rob Red Sox Indians Astros Mariners Tigers Mike Trout Yu Darvish Andrew Benintendi Astros
Ashley Red Sox Indians Rangers Blue Jays Tigers Mookie Betts Justin Verlander Yulieski Gurriel Indians
Nolan Red Sox Indians Rangers Blue Jays Yankees Manny Machado Chris Sale Gurriel Red Sox
John Blue Jays Indians Astros Red Sox Tigers Trout Verlander Benintendi Indians
Jacob Red Sox Indians Astros Blue Jays Rangers Trout Verlander Lucas Giolito Red Sox
Jeff Red Sox Indians Mariners Blue Jays Rangers Trout Corey Kluber Yoan Moncada Red Sox
Ron Red Sox Tigers Rangers Indians Astros Betts Marcus Stroman Giolito Indians
Kyle Red Sox Indians Astros Mariners Blue Jays Trout Sale Benintendi Red Sox
Kurt Red Sox Indians Astros Rangers Mariners Trout Verlander Moncada Astros
Patrick Yankees Tigers Astros Indians Red Sox Carlos Correa Verlander Moncada Astros
Brandon Red Sox Indians Mariners Tigers Astros Trout Verlander Benintendi Indians
Fielder'sChoice Red Sox Indians Astros Rangers Mariners Jose Altuve Chris Archer Benintendi Astros
Grace Red Sox Indians Astros Tigers Rangers Correa Verlander Benintendi Astros
Patrick W Red Sox Indians Astros Blue Jays Mariners Trout Sale Benintendi Red Sox
Catherine Blue Jays Indians Mariners Tigers Red Sox Altuve Verlander Benintendi Indians

National League

Name NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL MVP NL Cy Young NL ROY NL Pennant
Name NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL MVP NL Cy Young NL ROY NL Pennant
Rob Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Giants Corey Seager Clayton Kershaw Dansby Swanson Dodgers
Ashley Nationals Cubs Dodgers Giants Mets Kris Bryant Kershaw Swanson Dodgers
Nolan Nationals Cardinals Giants Cubs Dodgers Bryant Max Scherzer Swanson Cardinals
John Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Pirates Bryce Harper Noah Syndergaard Swanson Cubs
Jacob Nationals Cubs Dodgers Giants Cardinals Seager Kershaw Swanson Cubs
Jeff Nationals Cubs Dodgers Mets Rockies Harper Kershaw Tom Murphy Cubs
Ron Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Cardinals Bryant Stephen Strasburg Swanson Cubs
Kyle Nationals Cubs Dodgers Giants Mets Bryant Kershaw Swanson Nationals
Kurt Nationals Cubs Dodgers Mets Giants Harper Scherzer Swanson Cubs
Patrick Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Cardinals Bryant Kershaw Swanson Cubs
Brandon Nationals Cubs Giants Mets Dodgers Seager Kershaw Swanson Nationals
Fielder'sChoice Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Cardinals Bryant Syndergaard Manuel Margot Dodgers
Grace Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Cardinals Bryant Scherzer Swanson Dodgers
Patrick W Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Giants Anthony Rizzo Kershaw Swanson Cubs
Catherine Mets Cubs Dodgers Giants Rockies Bryant Syndergaard Swanson Mets

World Series

Name World Series winner
Name World Series winner
Rob Dodgers
Ashley Indians
Nolan Red Sox
John Indians
Jacob Cubs
Jeff Cubs
Ron Indians
Kyle Red Sox
Kurt Cubs
Patrick Cubs
Brandon Indians
Fielder'sChoice Dodgers
Grace Dodgers
Patrick W Cubs
Catherine Indians

Your turn!

Tigers record
Rank
Team MVP
Rookie of the Year
Breakout player

AL East
AL Central
AL West
AL Wild Card
AL Wild Card
AL MVP
AL Cy Young
AL Rookie of the Year
AL Pennant

NL East
NL Central
NL West
NL Wild Card
NL Wild Card
NL MVP
NL Cy Young
NL Rookie of the Year
NL Pennant

World Series winner