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Times staff predictions for 2016 baseball season

Marc Topkin

Baseball Writer

AL EAST: Red Sox

AL CENTRAL: Royals

AL WEST: Astros

AL WILDCARDS: Indians, Blue Jays

ALDS: Astros over Blue Jays; Red Sox over Royals

ALCS: Astros over Red Sox

NL EAST: Mets

NL CENTRAL: Cubs

NL WEST: D-backs

NL WILDCARDS: Pirates, Nationals

NLDS: Cubs over Nationals, Mets over D-backs

NLCS: Cubs over Mets

WORLD SERIES: Cubs over Astros

RAYS WINS, FINISH: 84, 3rd

RAYS ALL-STAR(S): Archer, Moore, Kiermaier

DATE OF BLAKE SNELL DEBUT: April 23

DATE OF ALEX COBB RETURN: July 30

TOP SITE FOR NEW RAYS STADIUM: Derby Lane

NEXT RUMORED RAYS RELOCATION SITE: Estadio Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba.

KIERMAIER'S BEST PLAY: Jumps to rob homer and lands in rays touch tank.

TOP RAYS HR HITTER, NUMBER: Corey Dickerson, 31

TOP RAYS WINNER, NUMBER: Matt Moore, 17

PRICE WINS FOR RED SOX: 19

BEST MADDON GIMMICK WITH CUBS: Steve Bartman throws out first pitch for World Series opener.

FIRST MANAGER FIRED: Brad Ausmus, Tigers

MOST WINS, No.: Cubs, 101

MOST LOSSES, No.: Phillies, 101

AL MVP: Carlos Correa, Astros

AL CY YOUNG: Chris Archer, Rays

NL MVP: Kris Bryant, Cubs

NL CY YOUNG: Zack Greinke, D-backs

Tom Jones

Sports Columnist

AL EAST: Red Sox

AL CENTRAL: Royals

AL WEST: Astros

AL WILDCARDS: Rangers, Yankees

ALDS: Astros over Rangers, Red Sox over Royals

ALCS: Astros over Red Sox

NL EAST: Mets

NL CENTRAL: Cubs

NL WEST: Giants

NL WILDCARDS: Nationals, Dodgers

NLDS: Cubs over Nationals, Mets over Giants

NLCS: Mets over Cubs

WORLD SERIES: Mets over Astros

RAYS WINS, FINISH: 78, fourth

RAYS ALL-STAR(S): Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier

DATE OF BLAKE SNELL DEBUT: June 5

DATE OF ALEX COBB RETURN: Aug. 1

TOP SITE FOR NEW RAYS STADIUM: Ybor City

NEXT RUMORED RAYS RELOCATION SITE: St. Pete Pier

KIERMAIER'S BEST PLAY: Inside-the-park home run against David Price

TOP RAYS HR HITTER, NUMBER: Corey Dickerson, 28

TOP RAYS WINNER, NUMBER: Chris Archer, 17

PRICE WINS FOR RED SOX: 18

BEST MADDON GIMMICK WITH CUBS: Actually going to the World Series

FIRST MANAGER FIRED: Brad Ausmus, Tigers

MOST WINS, No.: Mets, 99

MOST LOSSES. No.: Phillies, 101

AL MVP: Carlos Correa, Astros

AL CY YOUNG: Sonny Gray, A's

NL MVP: Bryce Harper, Nationals

NL CY YOUNG: Zack Grienke, Diamondbacks

Alan Rittner

Copy Editor

AL EAST: Blue Jays

AL CENTRAL: Indians

AL WEST: Mariners

AL WILDCARDS: Yankees, Astros

ALDS: Blue Jays over Astros, Indians over Mariners

ALCS: Indians over Blue Jays

NL EAST: Nationals

NL CENTRAL: Cubs

NL WEST: Dodgers

NL WILDCARDS: Mets, Giants

NLDS: Cubs over Mets, Nationals over Dodgers

NLCS: Nationals over Cubs

WORLD SERIES: Indians over Nationals

RAYS WINS, FINISH: 84, third

RAYS ALL-STAR(S): Chris Archer

DATE OF BLAKE SNELL DEBUT: June 19

DATE OF ALEX COBB RETURN: July 29

TOP SITE FOR NEW RAYS STADIUM: Tampa Park Apartments

NEXT RAYS RUMORED RELOCATION SITE: Finland, Finland, Finland.

KIERMAIER'S BEST PLAY: Runs in to catch a pop fly between home plate and the pitcher's mound

TOP RAYS HR HITTER, NUMBER: Corey Dickerson, 24

TOP RAYS WINNER, NUMBER: Chris Archer, 15

PRICE WINS FOR RED SOX: 17

BEST MADDON GIMMICK WITH CUBS: Gets Steve Bartman to act as third-base coach for a game

FIRST MANAGER FIRED: Bryan Price, Reds

MOST WINS, No.: Cubs, 95

MOST LOSSES, No.: Phillies, 99

AL MVP: Manny Machado

AL CY YOUNG: Carlos Carrasco

NL MVP: Giancarlo Stanton

NL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer

Marc Topkin Baseball writer Tom Jones Columnist Alan Rittner Copy editor
AL EAST Red Sox Red Sox Blue Jays
AL CENTRAL Royals Royals Indians
AL WEST Astros Astros Mariners
AL WILD CARDS Indians, Blue Jays Rangers, Yankees Yankees, Astros
ALDS Astros over Blue Jays, Red Sox over Royals Astros over Rangers, Red Sox over Royals Blue Jays over Astros, Indians over Mariners
ALCS Astros over Red Sox Astros over Red Sox Indians over Blue Jays
NL EAST Mets Mets Nationals
NL CENTRAL Cubs Cubs Cubs
NL WEST Diamondbacks Giants Dodgers
NL WILD CARDS Pirates, Nationals Nationals, Dodgers Mets, Giants
NLDS Cubs over Nat'ls, Mets over D'backs Cubs over Nat'ls, Mets over Giants Cubs over Mets, Nat'ls over Dodgers
NLCS Cubs over Mets Mets over Cubs Nationals over Cubs
WORLD SERIES Cubs over Astros Mets over Astros Indians over Nationals
RAYS WINS, FINISH 84, third 78, fourth 84, third
RAYS ALL-STAR(S) Archer, Moore, Kiermaier Archer, Kiermaier Archer
DATE OF BLAKE SNELL DEBUT April 23 June 5 June 19
DATE OF ALEX COBB RETURN July 30 Aug. 1 July 29
TOP SITE FOR NEW RAYS STADIUM Derby Lane Ybor City Tampa Park Apartments
NEXT RUMORED RAYS RELOCATION SITE Estadio Latinoamericano in Cuba St. Pete Pier Freedonia
KIERMAIER'S BEST PLAY Jumps to rob homer and lands in rays touch tank Inside-the-park home run against David Price Runs in to catch a pop fly between home plate and the mound
TOP RAYS HR HITTER, NUMBER Corey Dickerson, 31 Corey Dickerson, 28 Corey Dickerson, 24
TOP RAYS WINNER, NUMBER Matt Moore, 17 Chris Archer, 17 Chris Archer, 15
PRICE WINS FOR RED SOX 19 18 17
BEST MADDON GIMMICK WITH CUBS Steve Bartman throws out first pitch for World Series opener Actually going to the World Series Gets Steve Bartman to act as third-base coach for a game
FIRST MANAGER FIRED Brad Ausmus, Tigers Brad Ausmus, Tigers Bryan Price, Reds
MOST WINS, Number Cubs, 101 Mets, 99 Cubs, 95
MOST LOSSES, Number Phillies, 101 Phillies, 101 Phillies, 99
AL MVP Carlos Correa, Astros Carlos Correa, Astros Manny Machado, Orioles
AL CY YOUNG Chris Archer, Rays Sonny Gray, A's Carlos Carrasco, Indians
NL MVP Kris Bryant, Cubs Bryce Harper, Nationals Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
NL CY YOUNG Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks Max Scherzer, Nationals

Times staff predictions for 2016 baseball season 03/30/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 10:49am]
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