A Look Back At My 2019 Predictions

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Way back in Spring Training, I predicted how the Major League standings would look at the end of the season. Now that the postseason is over, I have time to look back at my predictions and see which ones I got right, and which ones make me look like a fool.

National League

NL West

PredictionsStandings
1DodgersDodgers
2RockiesDiamondbacks
3DiamondbacksGiants
4PadresRockies
5GiantsPadres

I felt confident about my picks going into the year, but I only got the Dodgers right. The Rockies’ bullpen changes blew up in their faces, while the Diamondbacks were still competitive for a while without Paul Goldschmidt. The Giants were also really good, so good in fact, that they went on a stretch in mid-July that almost put them in the wild card picture. And then the Padres, they were just bad. They had practically no pitching and Fernando Tatis Jr. sustained a season-ending injury.

NL Central

PredictionsStandings
1CardinalsCardinals
2CubsBrewers
3BrewersCubs
4RedsReds
5PiratesPirates

The NL Central was close. Until it wasn’t. The Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers fought to the final week of the season before the Cubs fell out of it. The Cardinals came out on top and the Brewers went to the Wild Card game. The Reds had good pitching and bad hitting, which is the opposite of what everyone expected. And then the Pirates. Their second-half collapse was so bad that their manager, general manager, and president were all fired.

NL East

PredictionsStandings
1NationalsBraves
2PhilliesNationals
3BravesMets
4MetsPhillies
5MarlinsMarlins

At least I got the Marlins right. Other than that, I looked like I don’t even watch baseball. The Nationals started out at 19-31 but went on to win the World Series. The Braves won the division, then got thumped in the playoffs. And then the Phillies. They were BAD. The Mets were also a disaster in their first year under a new GM. Oh yeah, then the Marlins. They were so bad they couldn’t even get the first draft pick.

American League

AL West

PredictionsStandings
1AstrosAstros
2AthleticsAthletics
3AngelsRangers
4MarinersAngels
5RangersMariners

Another round of bad picks. The Astros were a powerhouse again and the A’s did a good job hanging in the fight and proving that they truly are a good team. The Angels and Mariners were both terrible and it looks like they might just always be that way. But the Rangers actually had a good season and built up some forward momentum going into a new ballpark in 2020.

AL Central

PredictionsStandings
1IndiansTwins
2TwinsIndians
3White SoxWhite Sox
4TigersRoyals
5RoyalsTigers

Who knew that the homer-happy Twins would beat the Indians? Clearly not me. The Indians were hurt most of the year and the Twins didn’t know how to do anything other than win. Out of the bottom three teams, the White Sox were the only team that took a step forward. The Tigers were so bad they couldn’t even win 50 games.

AL East

PredictionsStandings
1YankeesYankees
2Red SoxRays
3RaysRed Sox
4Blue JaysBlue Jays
5OriolesOrioles

I’m proud of myself after this pick. The only thing I got wrong was I didn’t realize the Red Sox would be so bad. After winning the World Series in 2018, they collapsed and only won 84 games. All the while, the Yankees just kept winning despite having their entire team on the IL.

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