The Cincinnati Reds come into this season with huge additions such as Mike Moustakas and Nicholas Castellanos. Not only that, but they have the easiest schedule out of anybody in the league according to Mike Petriello, who came up with the rankings of who has the hardest and easiest schedules out of everybody in the MLB. The Reds have a great rotation, which is debatably the best in the league, and a solid bullpen to go along with it. This team really has a great chance to make a run this year, in which I have them losing in the NLCS to the Braves.
The Cardinals are coming off an NLCS loss to the Nats in which they clearly showed they were not the best team in the NL. They have an above average lineup, and an above average pitching staff. There is no real big skill on this team besides Jack Flaherty, just a bunch of solid major leaguers all paired up together. Paul Goldschmidt will continue to be a great veteran leader as he'll lead this team to the NL Wild Card as the one seed, in which they will win, but lose in the NLDS.
The Brewers will miss the playoffs by one game solely because of their lack of starting pitching. Their bullpen is above average with Hader leading the way, and their offense putting up solid production with Yelich leading the way, but the loss of Moustakas will be too big for this team to make the playoffs. They fall 1 game out of the playoffs.
This team has a great offense, but similar to the Red Sox, a lack of pitching. Kris Bryant is no longer producing at the rate he was in 2016 and neither is Rizzo. A washed up Yu Darvish is arguably this teams best pitcher so with that being that fact, this team does not go anywhere.
This team has no real talent besides Josh Bell who is an RBI machine, if there is ever runners on base which rarely happens on the Pirates. Pitching is nothing special either as Mitch Keller is nowhere near developed and without Felipe Vazquez this team is nowhere near a contending team, which they still probably aren't if they had Vazquez.
The Twins are coming off an amazing year where they put up record shattering numbers on offense. They have a very talented pitching staff as well with Berrios leading the way, and Rogers shutting the door as the closer. The addition of Josh Donaldson is HUGE and it will add so much to this team. Mitch Garver had an unbelievable year last year in just 93 games, which he will have an amazing year this year as well. Kepler also will continue to rake and so will Rosario, Cruz, and Polanco. This team is stacked with talent and they'll go to the World Series, but lose to the Braves.
Without Cluber and Bauer, this team's rotation has heavily weakened and gone from a top rotation in the league to an average to above average rotation in the league. Offensively, Lindor and Ramirez will lead this team to a 33-27 record, as they miss out on the playoffs by a few games to the Athletics.
The White Sox had some huge additions along with Lucas Giolito having a great year last year. The thing is, I am predicting a huge down year with Giolito and he will pull a Kyle Freeland. However, this team does have some great young players and the sluggers of Encarnacion and Abreu will lead this team to 28 wins.
The Royals do have some bright spots of talents on their team, such as Whit Merrifield, and Adalberto Mondesi but other than that this team does not have any legit talent or depth.
This team fell below 50 wins last year and their is not much to explain. Worst record in the league goes to the Tigers.
AL Cy Young - Gerrit Cole
NL Cy Young - Walker Beuhler