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2022 MLB Predictions: Standings, Playoffs, World Series, Awards

On Opening Day of the 2022 MLB season, it’s time for me to make a bunch of predictions that will mostly be wrong in very laughable fashion.

MLB Predictions 2022 Standings Playoffs World Series Awards
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We finally did it, folks. We survived a tumultuous offseason, some Spring Training hi-jinx, and have arrived at Opening Day. Hope is in the air for many teams in MLB cities, but how will the 2022 season unfold? I try my best to predict what will happen, so let’s take a look.

2022 MLB Standings Predictions

* indicates Wild Card team

AL Central

  1. White Sox (88-74)
  2. Twins
  3. Tigers
  4. Indians
  5. Royals

I believe our White Sox will win back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history and go to October for a third straight season. Ultimately, I think the team will backslide largely due to a shortfall in their starting rotation. Make no mistake: this team is going to mash, to the point where I said recently I wouldn’t be surprised if they scored 900 runs.

However, their undoing will be the pitching staff. Rick Hahn failed miserably to fortify the rotation this winter, instead choosing to allocate more resources to a bullpen that was already a strength in 2021. A barren farm system will prevent the White Sox from making significant in-season improvements as I don’t see them willing to part with any of their prospects of value. That pool of players most notably includes Colson Montgomery, Yoelqui Cespedes, Oscar Colas, and Norge Verga.

The rotation was already facing issues given Michael Kopech’s innings limits and Dallas Keuchel’s ineffectiveness. And that was all before Lance Lynn suffered a knee injury that will sideline him until at least mid-May. The Sox schedule through June is absolutely brutal and I think the bullpen will be taxed enormously in the season’s first half, ultimately causing key arms to be out of gas down the stretch and into October. It’s going to be a fun season on the South Side, but ultimately we will be left wanting more.

Across the division, the Twins had a perplexing winter. Minnesota traded Josh Donaldson and others to free up room to sign prized free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa. The rotation is still thin and the bullpen is a mess, so they will fall short of being swept in the 2022 MLB postseason.

A young Tigers team will take another step forward, although they ultimately won’t be ready for the postseason yet. This is a team on the rise, however. If they continue to supplement their young core and see development from their young hurlers, they will prove to be formidable in 2023 and beyond.

The same can be said for the Kansas City Royals, who will see youngsters Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto, and MJ Melendez all arrive in BBQ City this summer. They have young pitchers on the way as well, and will prove to be an exciting team, particularly in the second half.

The Indians — I mean Guardians — will add to the longest championship drought in North American sports yet again this year, and you just hate to see it.

AL East

  1. Blue Jays
  2. Rays*
  3. Yankees*
  4. Red Sox
  5. Orioles

AL West

  1. Astros
  2. Mariners*
  3. Angels
  4. Rangers
  5. A’s

NL Central

  1. Brewers
  2. Cardinals
  3. Cubs
  4. Reds
  5. Pirates

NL East

  1. Braves
  2. Mets*
  3. Phillies
  4. Marlins
  5. Nationals

NL West

  1. Dodgers
  2. Giants*
  3. Padres*
  4. Rockies
  5. Diamondbacks

2022 MLB Postseason Predictions

American League Playoffs

  1. Blue Jays
  2. Astros
  3. White Sox
  4. Rays
  5. Mariners
  6. Yankees

American League Wild Card Series

Our White Sox will face the Yankees in October for the first time, but sadly it will be a short-lived affair. A taxed pitching staff will falter against a Yankee lineup that will hit timely home runs, and we will have to hear mouth-breathing Yankees fans blabber about “27 rings” all winter.

The Sox’s inability to fortify the roster in significant ways at the deadline will prevent them from adding a much-needed starter and the end result will be another first-round exit.

Yankees defeat White Sox 2-1

Rays defeat Mariners 2-0

American League Division Series

Blue Jays defeat Rays 3-2

Astros defeat Yankees 3-1

American League Championship Series

Houston will make its sixth consecutive ALCS appearance, which is a remarkable feat. But in the end, they will be outlasted by the upstart Blue Jays, who will represent the American League in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1993.

For the last 18 months, Toronto has been acting similar to the Los Angeles Rams in that they recognize they are in the midst of their competitive window and are doing everything to maximize it while they can. (If only the White Sox approached things the same way.)

Blue Jays defeat Astros 4-3

National League Playoffs

  1. Dodgers
  2. Brewers
  3. Braves
  4. Mets
  5. Giants
  6. Padres

National League Wild Card Series

Braves defeat Padres 2-1

Mets defeat Giants 2-0

National League Division Series

Dodgers defeat the Mets 3-2

Brewers defeat the Braves 3-2

National League Championship Series

The Dodgers and Brewers will match up in the NLCS as they did in 2018, with Los Angeles once again coming out on top. In a series that will feature dynamic pitching on both sides, the Dodgers’ roster depth is the deciding factor. Their lineup length will prove to be too much for the Brewers to overcome as the Dodgers capture their fourth pennant in the last six seasons.

Dodgers defeat Brewers 4-3

2022 World Series Predictions

The Dodgers and the World Series have almost become synonymous in recent years. The best-run organization in the sport proves once again that a deep roster and player development system is vital for success, and not just deep pockets as many will have you believe. The Dodgers’ ability to continually plug in new pieces such as Freddie Freeman pays dividends for the team once again.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays return to the Fall Classic for the first time since 1993 (when they broke nine-year-old nWi Steve’s heart). As previously alluded to, the Jays recognize the time is now. They have a young, exciting core highlighted by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Alek Manoah. Toronto complemented this group externally by adding veteran pieces such as George Springer, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kevin Gausman, and trading for Jose Berrios and Matt Chapman. Perhaps his perpetual failures while running the Indians will lead Jays’ team president Mark Shapiro to continue pushing all the chips to the center in an effort to raise the elusive championship banner.

When it’s all said and done, the Dodgers are the machine that simply can’t be stopped. If they need a piece at the deadline, they will go and get it. I’m sure they will have new faces emerge from a minor league system that continues to pump out quality MLB talent unlike any other franchise in the sport. For the second time in three seasons, the Dodgers will reign supreme.

Dodgers defeat Blue Jays 4-2

2022 MLB Award Predictions

American League

MVP: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Cy Young: Shane McClanahan

Rookie of the Year: Spencer Torkelson

Manager of the Year: Charlie Montoyo

National League

MVP: Trea Turner

Cy Young: Logan Webb

Rookie of the Year: Joey Bart

Manager of the Year: Craig Counsell

Well, that’s how I think the 2022 MLB season will play out. Here’s to hoping my predictions are drastically wrong and that we get an extended Soxtober.

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