Happy (almost) New Year!
Of course, for baseball fans, the new year doesn’t really start until March 26, 2020. As we approach Spring Day, we will have more certainty and a better idea of the teams and players that will be in the new championship year.
But until then, let’s take the nuts with some ridiculous predictions.
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As we know, there is no such thing as a wrong prediction – just players, teams and events just don’t follow them. In last year’s version of bold forecasts, we got 1 1/2 of the 5 right, or 30 percent. This will bring you to the Hall of Fame, folks, so you can certainly trust what we are going to predict here.
So, while freezing your back during the winter months, let these heat forecasts warm you to the core:
No team will hit more than 275 home runs
Last year, we saw two teams flooding the 300 Series mark, but don’t expect to do so again in 2019, as the media overlaps baseball that has not been spilled as “DeflateGate 2”.
Rumors of juicy baseball were rampant, with players like Justin Verlander openly talking about how the ball changed in 2019. MLB doubles down on what they feel is nothing more than a flawed build, which could very well be the case. .
But on bigger issues of quality assurance, baseball will be drained of its juices in 2020, and the madness at home will come crashing back to earth. After two seasons of homonymous numbers, no team will hit 300. In fact, no team will hit 275 long balls, dingers or moons in 2020. Close it. I have talked.
Double Intense Bonus: The twins will only appear shy of point 275, with 273 at the time.
The Astros won’t make the playoffs
The Astros, who have been forged by the public – and possibly punished – for alleged offenses during the off-season, will lose the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
He will be without Gerrit Cole, who emerged as an ace. Verlander empties his career tank, but doesn’t say how much he has left in his hand, even from a Cy Young era. Zack Greinke, now 36, is in the same boat as Verlander.
Even with the domination, defending the Cy Young winner, the Astros will never reach the top of the mountain again. In fact, the playoffs will be completely lost: The A’s will eventually take the field, winning the division, while the Rays and Angels take on the American League.
Double Intense Bonus: The Angels pierce and grab a wild card spot.
Kris Bryant will win the MVP – for someone other than the Cubs
How quickly we have to forget.
It wasn’t long before Kris Bryant was the NL MVP – 2016 to be exact, the same year he helped the Cubs break the seagull curse. But some injuries a few years later and all of a sudden the Cubs want to get him out for the next Kris Bryant wannabes.
Kris Bryant is not old! It’s not running! Not a joke they forgot how to play baseball! He was a man who played at 4.8 fWAR in 2019 and, when healthy and fit, is one of the best players in the National League. What if it is going to cost money? Newsflash: Good players cost a lot of money. The teams need to stop beating this event, be it the Cubs, Red Sox or Indians when it comes to Bryant, Mookie Betts or Francisco Lindor.
But to bring it back: Chicago Cubs of all teams should not be afraid to want to pay a great deal of money for lottery tickets from another group.
Now that the truth is over, let’s reconsider the prediction: The endless cycle of baseball prospect bargaining is hard on the stomach for fans and will be particularly hard on the Cubs in 2020 when Bryant wins the new M of the team. There are only a few teams with the firepower and commerce capital to make a deal for Bryant, and whichever team is (see the Double-bold bonus below), he will be happy to have Bryant’s services
Double Intense Bonus: Kris Bryant wins the MVP for the Braves, who give up the farm to pick him up.
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The White Sox shock the world, Central wins
Half a year and moderation in the White Sox renewal comes to a halt as they overtake the Indians and the Twins to win the AL Central.
The Indians are in a confused position, coming from a surprisingly competitive era that saw them win 93 games, most of which had no Corey Kluber. Now, Kluber is gone and sounds like Francisco Lindor, who can go out, which is pretty stupid.
The White Sox already have a solid core of players, with Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito and others filling in with Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel this offseason. They also got Nomar Mazara through commerce, which means this ChiSox team could be better than people were expecting.
How much better? Well, it will be the AL Central Champs, beating out the twins and their annual wonderland in 2019. Chicago will complete a dramatic recovery, winning 95 games and the division, their first since 2008.
Double Intense Bonus: The Indians finish third in the league with 83 wins, behind the 95-win White Sox and 90-win Twins.
The rule of the three spices is a successful success and everyone loves it
Baseball fans are very resistant to change: baseball players, managers and those involved in the game, even more so. So when the minimum rule for the three spices begins in 2020, the baseball world will be shaken when everyone loves it.
Baseball has changed. baseball is always changing. Maybe less than other sports, but this is a testament to the game itself – it may not be perfect, but it’s good enough that we don’t need wholesale changes for 150 years.
So, of course, managers hate the three fat rule now. Many of them probably hated the DH rule when it came around and look! We’re still here! Baseball is still here! All good. (Also hand over DH to NL, please).
So all this offseason bellyaching about the rule of the three spices will pass by the end of next season, when managers look at the rule on both sides of the argument: the hands of the banging teams, which is a point people just ignore now.
So have fun discussing it at Christmas dinner, because it won’t matter in six months.
Double Intense Bonus: Joe Maddon, one of the most vocal critics of the rule, makes a full 180 and explains the rule change.