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Bless You Boys staff predictions for the 2021 MLB season

Did MLB deaden the baseball? Will all the pitchers get hurt? Is it 2006 yet? We have no idea what the 2021 season holds.

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Well it’s been quite a year, folks. We don’t know about you, but 2020 and early 2021 have sorely tested our ability to predict what’s going to happen next, and we’ve been humbled in the process. Usually, we just have our bad baseball predictions to humble us.

2020 wasn’t our worst year in terms of our baseball predictions, however. Sure there were plenty of misses as always—some goof even picked the Cincinnati Reds to win the NL pennant—but six of eleven staff members surveyed picked the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. By historical standards that may be our best work.

The Dodgers are certainly going to be in the thick of things in 2021 as well, with Mookie Betts and an absolutely stacked pitching staff. However, the San Diego Padres had a huge offseason, adding Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, and Ha-Seong Kim, among others. That should make the NL West a Godzilla v. King Kong level matchup between, potentially, the two best teams in baseball. In the NL East, the Atlanta Braves reign supreme, but the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals are all threats. Meanwhile, the NL Central seems pretty much up for grabs if anyone wants it. No, not you Pittsburgh.

The American League seems more wide open. Sure, the New York Yankees are still a major power, while the Boston Red Sox remain under construction. However, it’s the Tampa Bay Rays and their player development juggernaut that may continue to run the AL East for now, while the Toronto Blue Jays remain a rising threat. The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins seem bound to go toe-to-toe for the AL Central again this year, while a somewhat faded Houston Astros team looks to hold off the charge of the Oakland A’s and maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that Mike Trout and the Angels finally become a legit problem for them all.

Anecdotally, the best gambling success based on our picks has been achieved by simply doing the opposite of anything you see below. You’ll also note the staff’s obsession with guessing how many games might be postponed and never made up. Predicting baseball is hard, and that’s part of why it remains such a compelling game.

2021 Tigers Predictions

Name Tigers record Division rank Team MVP Rookie of the Year Breakout Player
Name Tigers record Division rank Team MVP Rookie of the Year Breakout Player
Rob 75-87 4 Candelario Mize Nuñéz
Adam 71-90 5 Baddoo Baddoo Baddoo
Brandon 72-90 5 W. Castro Skubal Teheran
Zane 70-92 5 Candelario Skubal W. Castro
Brady 72-90 4 Candelario Skubal Mazara
Jason 68-94 5 Candelario Skubal Reyes
Cameron 69-93 4 Cabrera Skubal W. Castro
Ashley 70-92 4 Baddoo Baddoo Baddoo
Peter 70-90 5 Candelario Skubal Skubal
Patrick 70-92 4 Candelario Mize Jones
Jay 64-97 5 Grossman Skubal Teheran

2021 Divisional Predictions

Name AL East AL Central AL West NL East NL Central NL West
Name AL East AL Central AL West NL East NL Central NL West
Rob Yankees Twins A's Mets Cardinals Dodgers
Adam Yankees Twins Angels Mets Reds Dodgers
Brandon Rays White Sox A's Braves Cardinals Padres
Zane Blue Jays White Sox Astros Mets Brewers Dodgers
Brady Rays White Sox Angels Braves Cardinals Dodgers
Jason Yankees White Sox Angels Braves Cardinals Dodgers
Cameron Rays White Sox A's Braves Cardinals Dodgers
Ashley Rays White Sox Angels Braves Cubs Dodgers
Peter Yankees Twins Astros Mets Cardinals Dodgers
Patrick Yankees Twins Angels Braves Cardinals Dodgers
Jay Yankees Twins A's Braves Cardinals Dodgers

2021 Playoff Predictions

Name AL Pennant NL Pennant World Series
Name AL Pennant NL Pennant World Series
Rob Yankees Padres Yankees
Adam Angels Mets Angels
Brandon Rays Braves Rays
Zane White Sox Dodgers Dodgers
Brady White Sox Padres Padres
Jason Yankees Braves Braves
Cameron White Sox Padres Padres
Ashley Rays Padres Rays
Peter Yankees Padres Padres
Patrick Yankees Dodgers Dodgers
Jay Yankees Padres Padres

Okay, it’s your turn now!

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