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Division Standings 

(Bold is best record,  *indicate 1st wild card, **indicate 2nd wild card)

Justin Lada

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Tampa Bay RaysMinnesota TwinsHouston Astros
Toronto Blue JaysChicago White Sox*Oakland Athletics**
New York YankeesCleveland IndiansLos Angeles Angels
Boston Red SoxKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Baltimore OriolesDetroit TigersTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesSt. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets**Milwaukee BrewersSan Diego Padres*
Miami MarlinsChicago CubsSan Francisco Giants
Washington NationalsCincinnati RedsArizona Diamondbacks
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesColorado Rockies

Willie Hood:

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Tampa Bay RaysMinnesota TwinsOakland Athletics
New York Yankees**Chicago White Sox*Houston Astros
Toronto Blue JaysCleveland IndiansLos Angeles Angels
Boston Red SoxKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Baltimore OriolesDetroit TigersTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesSt. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Dodgers
Miami Marlins**Milwaukee BrewersSan Diego Padres*
New York MetsChicago CubsArizona Diamondbacks
Washington NationalsCincinnati RedsSan Francisco Giants
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesColorado Rockies

Joe Coblitz

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Tampa Bay RaysChicago White SoxHouston Astros
New York YankeesMinnesota Twins*Los Angeles Angels**
Toronto Blue JaysCleveland IndiansOakland Athletics
Boston Red SoxDetroit TigersSeattle Mariners
Baltimore OriolesKansas City RoyalsTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesMilwaukee BrewersLos Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets**St. Louis CardinalsSan Diego Padres*
Miami MarlinsCincinnati RedsSan Francisco Giants
Washington NationalsChicago CubsArizona Diamondbacks
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesColorado Rockies

Pat Ellington:

AL EastAL CentralAL West
New York YankeesMinnesota TwinsHouston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays*Cleveland Indians**Oakland Athletics
Tampa Bay RaysChicago White SoxLos Angeles Angels
Boston Red SoxKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Baltimore OriolesDetroit TIgersTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
New York MetsMilwaukee BrewersLA Dodgers
Atlanta Braves**St. Louis CardinalsSan Diego Padres*
Washington NationalsCincinnati RedsArizona Diamondbacks
Philadelphia PhilliesChicago CubsSan Francisco Giants
Miami MarlinsPittsburgh PiratesColorado Rockies

Arthur Kinney:

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Tampa Bay RaysChicago White SoxOakland Athletics
New York Yankees*Cleveland Indians**Houston Astros
Toronto Blue JaysMinnesota TwinsLos Angeles Angels
Boston Red SoxKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Baltimore OriolesDetroit TigersTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesMilwaukee BrewersLos Angeles Dodgers
New York MetsSt, Louis Cardinals**San Diego Padres*
Washington NationalsCincinnati RedsArizona Diamondbacks
Miami MarlinsChicago CubsSan Francisco Giants
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesColorado Rockies

Spencer Carlson:

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Tampa Bay RaysChicago White Sox Oakland Athletics
New York YankeesCleveland IndiansLos Angeles Angels
Toronto Blue JaysMinnesota TwinsHouston Astros
Boston Red SoxKansas City RoyalsTexas Rangers
Baltimore OriolesDetroit TigersSeattle Mariners
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesSt Louis Cardinals Los Angeles Dodgers
New York MetsMilwaukee Brewers San Diego Padres
Washington Nationals Cincinnati RedsArizona Diamondbacks
Miami MarlinsChicago CubsColorado Rockies
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants

Tyler Stotsky:

AL EastAL CentralAL West
Tampa Bay RaysChicago White SoxOakland Athletics
Toronto Blue Jays*Cleveland Indians**Houston Astros
New York YankeesMinnesota TwinsLos Angeles Angels
Boston Red SoxKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Baltimore OriolesDetroit TigersTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesSt. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets**Milwaukee BrewersSan Diego Padres*
Washington NationalsCincinnati RedsArizona Diamondbacks
Miami MarlinsChicago CubsColorado Rockies
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants

World Series predictions:

JustinDodgers over Twins
WillieDodgers over Rays
JoeRays over Padres
PatDodgers over Yankees
ArthurDodgers over Athletics
SpencerPadres over Athletics
TylerDodgers over Rays

Award predictions

WriterAL MVPAL Cy YoungAL Rookie of the YearNL MVPNL Cy YoungNL Rookie of the Year
JustinMike TroutLucas GiolitoAlex KiriloffRonald Acuna Jr.Walker BuehlerKe’Bryan Hayes
WillieMike TroutShane BieberAlex KiriloffRonald Acuna Jr.Jacob DeGromIan Anderson
JoeMike TroutShane BieberNate PearsonRonald Acuna Jr.Jacob DeGrom
PatJosé RamírezGerritt ColeAlex KiriloffMookie BettsJacob deGromKe’Bryan Hayes
ArthurMike TroutShane BieberJarred KelenicRonald Acuna Jr.Clayton KershawSixto Sanchez
SpencerMike TroutShane BieberAlex KiriloffMookie BettsJack Flaherty`Cristian Pache
TylerJose RamirezShane BieberAlex KiriloffRonald Acuna Jr.Clayton KershawDylan Carlson

Cleveland specific predictions:

WriterRecordX-FactorBreakout hitterBreakout pitcherBiggest disappointmentBuyers or sellers?Biggest concern
Justin84-78Eddie RosarioFranmil ReyesAaron CivaleOscar MercadoNeitherEbbs and flows of young pitching
Willie87-75Eddie RosarioFranmil Reyes/ Josh NaylorLogan AllenOscar MercadoNeitherThe Outfield (CF)
Joe81-81Nolan JonesBobby BradleyTriston McKenzieRoberto PerezNeitherOutfield Offense
Pat88-74Aaron CivaleJosh NaylorEmmanuel ClaseJordan LuplowbuyersYoung position players
Arthur89-73Nick WittgrenFranmil ReyesEmmanuel ClaseAmed RosarioBuyers for small dealsThe outfield
Spencer86-76Franmil ReyesFranmil ReyesLogan Allen Roberto PerezBothBottom LIneup 
Tyler87-75Eddie RosarioFranmil ReyesTriston McKenzieAmed RosarioNeitherOutfield, more specifically CF
WriterHow many pitchers will start a game this year for Cleveland?Who will lead Cleveland in saves?Who will lead Cleveland in homers?Who ends the year at first base?Who ends the year in centerfield?
Justin8Nick WittgrenFranmil ReyesBobby BradleyAmed Rosario
Willie9Nick WittgrenFranmil ReyesBobby BradleyAmed Rosario
Joe8James Karinchak Franmil ReyesBobby BradleyOscar Mercado
Pat9Emmanuel Clase Jose RamirezJosh NaylorAmed Rosario
Spencer9Emmanuel ClaseFranmil ReyesNolan JonesAmed Rosario
Tyler9Emmanuel ClaseFranmil ReyesBobby BradleyBradley Zimmer

Justin: A typical offensive season from Eddie Rosario and a breakout season from Franmil Reyes would go a long way supporting Jose Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez at the top of the order, and might take some pressure at the bottom of the order. Which, have you seen those names? Aaron Civale didn’t have a great spring, but Zach Plesac had a little breakout in 2020 and 2021 looks like Civale’s yeat to flourish. Oscar Mercado being sent dow already is a bad sign for where he’s at. For once, Cleveland will probably stand pat at the trading deadline, hanging on to their verteran pieces and trying out younger ones. The bottom of the order and suspect outfield will keep this team from a high ceiling, but the fact that only their ace has ever pitched a full year before means they’ll have to live with the trials and tribulations of inexperinced pitchers over 162 games and that will be their downfall. 

Willie: The starting pitching behind Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, and Aaron Civale will remain strong. While Triston McKenzie, Logan Allen, and Cal Quantrill attempt to establish themselves; McKenzie seems likely to be delayed to start the season with Allen grasping hold of the fourth spot. In the pen, Nick WIttgren shows he’s just good enough to get the bulk of the saves with Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak displaying their abilities largely in the 7th and 8th innings. On the offensive side of the ball; Franmil Reyes and Josh Naylor should firmly implant themselves in the lineup. While I believe Reyes will have the bigger year offensively, Naylor’s ability to hit and play average right makes him a valuable contributor long term. Eddie Rosario’s experience in the AL Central leads to another big offensive season giving Cleveland three hitters with 25+ home runs. Jose Ramirez has another great year and is passed over once again as an AL MVP candidate.

Joe: The Indians outfield has been a mess both offensively and defensively since Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall left and it wasn’t particularly exceptional even then. Adding Rosario should help, but experimenting with a bunch of infielders out there may hurt. While that group could be a weakness, I think the infield offense will be better than expected, especially if they manage to get enough ABs to Franmil Reyes, Bobby Bradley and Nolan Jones.

Pat: I think that young pitching staff will be above average at the least and my main concern is the youth in the position player group. Ramirez, Rosario, Hernandez, and Perez provide a stable floor but this team will go as far as Franmil Reyes, Andres Gimenez, Daniel Johnson, Josh Naylor, etc. will take it. Daniel Johnson should have been the opening day rightfielder, and Josh Naylor should have been the opening day first baseman, and I think they will wind up there by the All-Star Break. 

Arthur: This team has the hardest thing in baseball to get: pitching. They could probably win a weak division but are stuck in the Central with the White Sox.  Reyes should now be more accustomed to American League pitching and ready to return to his usual level.  Clase will show everyone what the hype was about in the eighth inning of games while Wittgren surprises many by claiming and stabilizing the closer role. The outfield (everything about it) remains a concern and I’m not sure if Amed Rosario is the answer.

Spencer: This team still has a lot of fun young arms. They also are facing better, more improved teams in AL Central than in the past. Especially the lineups of the Twins and White Sox. If one starting pitcher and 1-2 bats breakout for the tribe this season they could win 88-90 games and sneak into playoffs. Season could go sideways but Terry Francona has a proven track record of that not happening. Excited to see Amed Rosario and Franmil Reyes hit. 

Tyler: Once again, the strong suit for the Indians will be the pitching. Between the rotation and the arms in the bullpen, this team can be set for a successful season should everyone remain healthy. Add on the offensive ability from J-Ram, Reyes, Rosario, Naylor and Perez, this team will be in the mix for the Central crown and the Wild Card even with the White Sox and Twins getting stronger. I think the younger bats (Gimenez, Chang, Bradley) will create some spark this season, including Bradley coming back up and taking the 1B job from Bauers. 

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