A Way Too Early Playoff Picture For The 2018 MLB Season

A Way Too Early Playoff Picture For The 2018 MLB Season

With it being way too early to see how the MLB could shape out, here are the teams I think you will see in the playoffs next season.

I always see these types of articles around where people try to predict a season that couldn't be farther from starting. There are a lot of things to be done this offseason. There are blockbuster trades to be made, huge signings to be made, and much more. But before all of that happens, we can still try to pick who will win their division and decide who will steal the Wild Card spots in both leagues.

AL East... New York Yankees

Whether you love them or hate them, the Yankees put together an impressive season in a year where they didn't receive very high expectations. This ended up being a playoff team behind their star player Aaron Judge along with other key players. The Yankees are a team we all know that will spend their money in the offseason to be better than last year. That is why they are my pick to be at the top of their division.

AL Central... Clevland Indians

This division should remain the same. A young core led by Fransico Lindor and ace Corey Kluber who is still one of the best in the American Leauge. I believe the twins are still a few years behind this Indians team. Terry Francona and his crew should once again lead a crew that will top the Central again this year.

AL West... Houston Astros

While there hasn't been a repeat of champions in the MLB since 2 000, the Astros are primed to change that. Winning a World Series Title with an extremely young starting lineup says that they could easily do it all again next season. It also helps that they got Justin Verlander to stay longer in Houston. In a division where they finished 2 1 games ahead of the next closest team, the Astros should win their division once again and threaten to repeat.

AL Wild Card... Boston Redsox and Kansas City Royals

I think they will lose the division to the Yankees unfortunately anyway but they could make something happen out of the Wild Card spot. The Redsox are set up with a new manager to be a real threat coming out of the East.

The biggest thing for the Royals to get done before the next season is to sign back as many of the great players that won them their World Series in 2015. I have a strong feeling they can get this done and be right back in playoff contention.

NL East... Washington Nationals

While the Nationals never seem to make any noise in October, I don't see a team in this division that can rival their ability next season. The Marlins are the second best team in the East and they may be losing their best player in Giancarlo Stanton. Expect to see the Nationals back next year.

NL Central... St. Louis Cardinals

Surprising not to see the Cubs here. The Cardinals play in one of the best baseball cities in the country. Mix that with another rough season from the Cubs and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cardinals add a free agent or trade piece to their roster to make it back to the playoffs.

NL West... Los Angeles Dodgers

Just like the Astros, the Dodgers should be in great shape to be right back in the same spot for next year. Avoiding a couple sophomore slumps from key youngsters on the squad will be huge. Expect Kershaw to dominate as usual and expect Darvish to be a lot better for them than he was in the World Series.

NL Wild Card... Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies

Don't worry Cubs fans, you still make the playoffs. But this year you will have to start game one of the ALDS with your number two pitcher. This should still be a scary team when the weather get colder next year. Joe Maddon will make sure of it.

The Rockies were very close to putting something together last season but fell just short in last years Wild Card game to the Arizona Diamondbacks. They will still have to play into the ALDS because the Dodgers should be good once again, but Nolan Arenado should lead this team back for a chance in the playoffs.

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MLB 2018 Projections As Told By My Grandmother

"I'm just going based on how they're playing right now, and they ain't playing too good."

It is officially the first day of Spring, and what kind of article is best to write about on this day you may ask? A BASEBALL ARTICLE Y'ALL. You're in for a treat because this just isn't any kind of Baseball article, it's an article I asked my 88 year old, die hard MLB fan, grandmother to help me out with. Below are her predictions for the 2018 season rankings, based on the standings right now.

American League:

AL East

1. Orioles

2. Yankees

3. Rays

4. Red Socks

5. Blue Jays

AL Central

1. Indians

2. Twins

3. White Socks

4. Tigers

5. Royals

AL West

1. Astros

2. Angels

3. Athletics

4. Mariners

5. Rangers

National League

NL East

1. Nationals

2. Phillies

3. Braves

4. Mets

5. Marlins

NL Cenrtal

1. Cardinals

2. Brewers

3. Cubs

4. Pirates

5. Reds

NL West

1. Diamondbacks

2. Rockies

3. Giants

4. Padres

5. Dodgers

If you're doing any kind of bracket, bet, or fantasy league.. you're welcome.

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What Jason Vargas' Injury Means For Zack Wheeler

Injuries continue to shape the Mets.

Yesterday, the Mets announced that newcomer and rotation hopeful Jason Vargas sustained a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, his non-throwing hand. Vargas suffered the injury after being struck by a line drive during a Spring Training start on Saturday, effectively sidelining the starter until June, at the earliest.

On Sunday, the club announced that Vargas will undergo surgery to repair the fracture, the recovery of which could take anywhere between three and four months. However, the loss of Vargas might be a blessing in disguise for the Mets, as the team has been trying for years to cultivate starting opportunities for a “perfect rotation” that has been in the works since as early as 2012. Now, the “five aces” of the Mets might finally have the opportunity to make 2018 a dream season.

The lethal combination of Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler has never started five consecutive games for the Mets, as it feels like each and every member of the Mets’ “dream rotation” has had their own moment in the spotlight without another pitcher to compliment them. Matt Harvey was the star of 2012 and 2013, starting an All-Star Game and nearly winning a Cy Young Award. 2014 belonged to Jacob DeGrom as he lit up the National League en route to a Rookie of the Year Award. 2015, however, was the year where both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz made their Major League debuts, as they carried the Mets to a World Series appearance, with Harvey and DeGrom by their side.

And yet, despite 2 playoff appearances in the past 3 years, Zack Wheeler has been a missing link for the Mets throughout all of it. Although the starter showed signs of triumph during the 2014 season, constant injuries have plagued his career, allowing him to throw only 86.1 innings over the past three years. Wheeler missed all of 2015 and 2016 following Tommy John surgery, and had his 2017 season cut short after sustaining a stress reaction in his right arm.

But now, with Vargas taking a step to the side following an injury, the door has swung wide open for Wheeler, as a chance at redemption could be on the horizon. Although Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman could pose as potential threats to Wheeler’s rotation spot, the Mets organization has had faith in their 5-man “dream rotation” for years now, and with a perfect opportunity in front of them, it would only make sense for the Mets to reap the long-awaited fruits of their labor by giving the fifth and final rotation spot to Zack Wheeler.

Finally, it seems as if this long-structured plan is coming to fruition, and with Jason Vargas out of the picture for the time being, Wheeler has the ultimate chance to reclaim what was once his. For the Mets, the dream of creating a “perfect rotation” could finally come true as soon as next month, with Wheeler rounding things out, just like the organization planned over 6 years ago.

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