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The 2021 season prediction thread

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Gaze into the crystal ball!

Wizard Man With Hands Out and Around Crystal Ball Photo by Camerique/Getty Images

On the eve of the season, it is time to make our predictions for the 2021 season. You can look back at how inaccurate last year’s predictions were, but this year is different!

We asked our writers to weigh in on their predictions, and we surveyed fans as well.

Royals predictions

Predictions Best Royals position player Best Royals pitcher Royals' record Standings
Predictions Best Royals position player Best Royals pitcher Royals' record Standings
Ryan Heffernon Whit Merrifield Brad Keller 75-87 4th
Hokius Hunter Dozier Brad Keller 73-89 4th
Josh Keiser Hunter Dozier Mike Minor 83-79 3rd
Matthew LaMar Adalberto Mondesi Brady Singer 81-81 3rd
Ryan Landreth Whit Merrifield Brady Singer 80-82 3rd
Bradford Lee Andrew Benintendi Brady Singer 75-87 4th
David Lesky Whit Merrifield Brady Singer 76-86 4th
Shaun Newkirk Whit Merrifield Mike Minor 75-87 4th
Max Rieper Whit Merrifield Brad Keller 77-85 4th
Clint Scoles Adalberto Mondesi Brady Singer 78-84 3rd
sterlingice Adalberto Mondesi Brad Keller 75-87 4th

Reader vote

Royals position player WAR leader: Whit Merrifield 47.7%, Adalberto Mondesi 30.6%, Salvador Perez 9%

Royals pitcher WAR leader: Brad Keller 55%, Brady Singer 30.6%, Josh Staumont 7.2%

Critical spirits! The Royals will win it all! Or at least, in a small way. Let’s turn to the American League.

American League predictions

Predictions AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card
Predictions AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card
Ryan Heffernon Yankees Twins Astros Blue Jays Angels
Hokius Yankees Twins Astros Athletics White Sox
Josh Keiser Rays White Sox Athletics Yankees Blue Jays
Matthew LaMar Yankees Twins Athletics Angels Rays
Ryan Landreth Rays White Sox Angels Yankees Blue Jays
Bradford Lee Yankees White Sox Astros Rays Twins
David Lesky Yankees White Sox Astros Twins Angels
Shaun Newkirk Yankees Twins Astros White Sox Angels
Max Rieper Rays White Sox Athletics Yankees Astros
Clint Scoles Yankees White Sox Astros Twins Angels
sterlingice Yankees Twins Astros White Sox Angels

Reader vote

AL East: Yankees 74.8%, Rays 17.1%, Blue Jays 5.4%

AL Central: White Sox 50%, Twins 42.9%, Royals 5.4%

AL West: Astros 37.8%, Athletics 31.5%, Angels 29.7%

AL Wild Card: Royals 33.3%, Rays 25.2%, Blue Jays 22.5%, Twins 19.8%, White Sox 18.9%, Yankees 18%, Astros 11.7%, Athletics 8.1%

No writer is willing to say the Royals will make the playoffs....yet. How bout the inferior National League?

National League predictions

Predictions NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card
Predictions NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card
Ryan Heffernon Braves Brewers Dodgers Mets Padres
Hokius Nationals Cardinals Dodgers Padres Braves
Josh Keiser Braves Cardinals Dodgers Padres Mets
Matthew LaMar Braves Brewers Padres Dodgers Phillies
Ryan Landreth Braves Cardinals Dodgers Mets Padres
Bradford Lee Nationals Cardinals Dodgers Padres Mets
David Lesky Braves Brewers Dodgers Padres Mets
Shaun Newkirk Mets Cardinals Dodgers Padres Braves
Max Rieper Braves Cardinals Dodgers Padres Mets
Clint Scoles Braves Cardinals Dodgers Padres Mets
sterlingice Mets Brewers Dodgers Padres Braves

Reader vote

NL East: Braves 75.9%, Mets 12%, Phillies 7.4%

NL Central: Cardinals 62%, Brewers 21.3%, Cubs 13%

NL West: Dodgers 86.1%, Padres 13%

NL Wild Card: Padres 73.1%, Mets 30.6%, Brewers 14.8%, Cardinals 14.8%, Nationals 13.9%, Dodgers 12%, Braves 11.1%, Phillies 9.3%

Will any Royals come home with some hardware?

Award predictions

Predictions AL MVP NL MVP AL Cy Young NL Cy Young AL Rookie of the Year NL Rookie of the Year
Predictions AL MVP NL MVP AL Cy Young NL Cy Young AL Rookie of the Year NL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Heffernon Mike Trout, LAA Francisco Lindor, NYM Gerrit Cole, NYY Jacob deGrom, NYM Jarred Kelenic, SEA Dylan Carlson, STL
Hokius Tim Anderson, CHW Fernando Tatis, Jr., SDP Chris Sale, BOS Max Scherzer, WSN ? ?
Josh Keiser Mike Trout, LAA Ronald Acuna, Jr., ATL Gerrit Cole, NYY Jacob deGrom, NYM Bobby Witt, Jr., KCR Ke'Bryan Hayes, PIT
Matthew LaMar Mike Trout, LAA Juan Soto, WSN Zack Greinke, HOU Trevor Bauer, LAD Andrew Vaughn, CHW Nick Lodolo, CIN
Ryan Landreth Anthony Rendon, LAA Fernando Tatis, Jr., SDP Tyler Glasnow, TBR Walker Buehler, LAD Randy Arozarena, TBR Dylan Carlson, STL
Bradford Lee Mike Trout, LAA Ronald Acuna, Jr., ATL Shane Bieber, CLE Jacob deGrom, NYM Bobby Witt, Jr., KCR Sixto Sanchez, MIA
David Lesky D.J. Lemahieu, NYY Ronald Acuna, Jr., ATL Kenta Maeda, MIN Jacob deGrom, NYM Casey Mize, DET Christian Pache, ATL
Shaun Newkirk Mike Trout, LAA Juan Soto, WSN Gerrit Cole, NYY Jacob deGrom, NYM Randy Arozarena, TBR Ke'Bryan Hayes, PIT
Max Rieper Alex Bregman, HOU Ronald Acuna, Jr., ATL Lucas Giolito, CHW Walker Buehler, LAD Andrew Vaughn, CHW Dylan Carlson, STL
Clint Scoles Mike Trout, LAA Fernando Tatis, Jr., SDP Lucas Giolito, CHW Jacob deGrom, NYM Jarred Kelenic, SEA Ian Anderson, ATL
sterlingice Mike Trout, LAA Juan Soto, WSN Lucas Giolito, CHW Jacob deGrom, NYM Randy Arozarena, TBR Ke'Bryan Hayes, PIT

Reader vote

AL MVP: Mike Trout 56%, Shohei Ohtani 9.2%, Jose Abreu 5.5%, Aaron Judge 4.6%

NL MVP: Fernando Tatis, Jr. 32.4%, Ronald Acuna, Jr. 19.4%, Mookie Betts 14.8%, Francisco Lindor 6.5%

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole 33.3%, Shane Bieber 21.3%, Lucas Giolito 15.7%, Zack Greinke 9.3%, Tyler Glasnow 5.6%

NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom 32.4%, Walker Buehler 16.7%, Trevor Bauer 12%, Blake Snell 10.2%, Clayton Kershaw 9.3%, Max Scherzer 6.5%

AL Rookie of the Year: Bobby Witt, Jr. 25%, Kyle Isbel 22.2%, Randy Arozarena 19.4%, Andrew Vaughn 8.3%, Wander Franco 6.5%

NL Rookie of the Year: Ke’Bryan Hayes 21.7%, Sixto Sanchez 16%, Ha-Seong Kim 11.3%, Dylan Carlson 10.4%, Mackenzie Gore 9.4%, Christian Pache 8.5%, Jazz Chisolm 7.5%

What about the whole shebang? Who brings home a title this year?

World Series predictions

Predictions World Series
Predictions World Series
Ryan Heffernon Dodgers over Yankees
Hokius Padres over Rays
Josh Keiser Padres over Rays
Matthew LaMar Padres over Yankees
Ryan Landreth Braves over White Sox
Bradford Lee Padres over Astros
David Lesky Padres over Astros
Shaun Newkirk Yankees over Padres
Max Rieper Yankees over Padres
Clint Scoles Dodgers over Yankees
sterlingice Brewers over Twins

Reader vote

American League pennant: Yankees 52.7%, White Sox 16.1%, Royals 11.6%, Rays 5.4%

National League pennant: Dodgers 53.7%, Padres 25%, Braves 13%, Cardinals 5.6%

World championship: Dodgers 45.9%, Padres 17.4%, Braves 10.1%, Yankees 7.3%, Royals 7.3%

Any other predictions for this season?