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MLB Bold Predictions in Review

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

With the MLB season officially over, the attention now focuses on the offseason. Before the season began, I made bold predictions for each MLB team. Let's see how I fared.

NL East: New York Mets: What I said: Matt Harvey would have a bounce back season under new manager Mickey Callaway and win the Cy Young Award.

What actually happened: Harvey was traded to the Cincinnati Reds and Jacob deGrom might be the NL Cy Young winner.

Washington Nationals: What I said: Bryce Harper would have 55 homers and 135 RBI's.

What actually happened: He hit 34 homers and 100 RBI's.

Philadelphia Phillies: What I said: They would finish with a .500 record.

What actually happened: Very close, they finished with a 80-82 record.

Atlanta Braves: What I said: Freddie Freeman would have a .300 batting average.

What actually happened: Bulls eye. He finished with a .309 batting average.

Miami Marlins: What I said: They would finish with the worst record in baseball.

What actually happened: They didn't. That title belonged to the Baltimore Orioles.

NL Central: Chicago Cubs: What I said: Kyle Schwarber would stay healthy a full season and hit 40 homers.

What actually happened: He hit 26 homers.

St. Louis Cardinals: What I said: They would finish under .500.

What actually happened: Close, they were on pace to do that until they switched managers and got hot at one point.

Milwaukee Brewers: What I said: The Brewers 86-76 record last season wasn't a fluke and they would be the second wild card in the NL.

What actually happened: Spot on. They won the division and were one win away from reaching the World Series.

Pittsburgh Pirates: What I said: Austin Meadows would have a .280 batting average with 25 homers and 80 RBI's.

What actually happened: His batting average was .287 with six home runs and 17 RBI's.

Cincinnati Reds: What I said: Billy Hamilton would steal 30 bases this season.

What actually happened: Spot on. Hamilton stole 34 bases.

NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers: What I said: They would have another rookie take over a veteran in the starting lineup.

What actually happened: It didn't.

Arizona Diamondbacks: What I said: They would miss the playoffs in 2018.

What actually happened: Spot on.

Colorado Rockies: What I said: They would hit the most home runs in the MLB.

What actually happened: They hit 210 home runs. The New York Yankees hit the most homers in baseball this past season with 267.

San Francisco Giants: What I said: Hunter Strickland would lead the MLB in saves.

What actually happened: It wasn't even close.

San Diego Padres: What I said: They would win between 75-80 games.

What actually happened: They only won 66 games.

AL East: New York Yankees: What I said: They would hit 300 home runs.

What actually happened: They hit 267.

Boston Red Sox: What I said: Rafael Devers would have a .300 batting average.

What actually happened: He had a .240 batting average.

Toronto Blue Jays: What I said: They would win 90 games and make the postseason.

What actually happened: They didn't.

Baltimore Orioles: What I said: They would have a rough start and because of it, the Orioles would have to trade away Manny Machado.

What actually happened: Bulls eye. Baltimore had the worst record in baseball and Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline for five prospects.

Tampa Bay Rays: What I said: Rookies Jake Bauers and Willy Adames would make big impacts and because of it, the Rays would have a .500 record.

What actually happened: Tampa Bay won 90 games this season, but Bauers and Adames only played for part of the season.

AL Central: Cleveland Indians: What I said: Jose Ramirez would finish in the top three for possible AL MVP Candidates.

What actually happened: He will most likely be a finalist. Ramirez's batting average was .270 with 39 home runs and 105 RBI's, along with 34 stolen bases.

Kansas City Royals: What I said: With core players gone, the Royals would finish in last in the AL Central.

What actually happened: Bulls eye. They finished in last in the AL Central and had the second worst record in baseball.

Minnesota Twins: What I said: Max Kepler would lead the team in RBI's.

What actually happened: Kepler finished with 58 RBI's, but Eddie Rosario led the team with 77 RBI's.

Chicago White Sox: What I said: They would have one of the worst records in baseball.

What actually happened: Bulls eye. Chicago had the third worst record baseball and they were one of three teams that lost 100 games or more.

Detroit Tigers: What I said: Miguel Cabrera would stay healthy a full season and hit 60 home runs.

What actually happened: He had another season ending injury.

AL West: Houston Astros: What I said: Justin Verlander would only lose four games.

What actually happened: He lost nine games.

Los Angeles Angels: What I said: Their offseason moves would get them back to the postseason.

What actually happened: They didn't get back to the postseason.

Texas Rangers: What I said: Rougned Odor would have more ejections than home runs.

What actually happened: He hit 18 home runs.

Oakland Athletics: What I said: Jorge Mateo would reach the majors at some point and steal 25 bases.

What actually happened: He never reached the majors in 2018.

Seattle Mariners: What I said: Robinson Cano would lead the team in home runs.

What actually happened: He was suspended 80 games. Nelson Cruz led the team in home runs with 37.

This article was originally published on @gk18