March 27, 2019
By: Dan Fremuth
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks... baseball season is officially upon us!

Much has changed since last year. Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and J.T. Realmuto are all Phillies (yay!). Manny Machado is a Padre. Paul Goldschmidt is a Cardinal. There will only be one trade deadline this season (the August waiver deadline is no more).

But in many ways, much is still the same as it was a year ago. The Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, and Cubs are still really, really good. The health of the some of the game's best pitchers remains a serious concern (Clayton Kershaw, Luis Severino, Chris Sale). And young, up-and-coming stars remain a focal point of the game's popularity (Ronald Acuna, Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Fernando Tatis, Jr.).

With the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners opening their seasons last week in Japan, we have just 2,428 total games remaining in the 2019 MLB season so without any further ado, here are my predictions for the upcoming season. Let's play ball!

National League East
1. Washington Nationals

2. Philadelphia Phillies (Wild Card #1)

3. Atlanta Braves

4. New York Mets

5. Miami Marlins

National League Central

1. Chicago Cubs

2. St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card #2)

3. Milwaukee Brewers

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Cincinnati Reds

National League West

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. Colorado Rockies

3. San Francisco Giants

4. San Diego Padres

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

American League East

1. New York Yankees

2. Boston Red Sox (Wild Card #1)

3. Tampa Bay Rays

4. Toronto Blue Jays

5. Baltimore Orioles

American League Central

1. Cleveland Indians

2. Minnesota Twins (Wild Card #2)

3. Chicago White Sox

4. Kansas City Royals

5. Detroit Tigers

American League West

1. Houston Astros

2. Oakland Athletics

3. Los Angeles Angles

4. Seattle Mariners

5. Texas Rangers

National League MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)

American League MVP: Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

National League Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)

American League Cy Young: Trevor Bauer (Cleveland Indians)

National League Rookie of the Year: Victor Robles (Washington Nationals)

American League Rookie of the Year: Eloy Jimenez (Chicago White Sox)