With a brand new baseball season approaching quick, it’s time to make some 2024 MLB season predictions. Earlier than each season, individuals all the time suppose they know the way issues will play out. However baseball is all the time unpredictable and has loads of surprises. In any case, who may have predicted the Rangers and Diamondbacks would play in final yr’s World Sequence?
Daring Predictions for the 2024 MLB Season
In honor of that shocking matchup, we determined to be daring when doing our MLB season preview and 2024 World Sequence picks.
Maybe we went a little bit overboard, however that will not be a nasty factor. With that in thoughts, listed here are 10 daring and borderline loopy 2024 MLB season predictions.
Tigers Win AL Central
This isn’t as loopy because it sounds. Remember that Detroit was simply six video games beneath .500 and 9 video games out of first place final yr.
The AL Central will stay vast open and there for the taking. Detroit’s younger expertise has began to make an affect with veterans like Kenta Maeda, Jack Flaherty, and Mark Canha added to the combination. In a weak division, the Tigers have an opportunity to win the AL Central crown for the primary time in a decade.
Pirates Earn Wild Card Spot
Talking of ending playoff droughts, this may very well be Pittsburgh’s yr. The NL Central is a kind of divisions the place absolutely anything can occur.
That provides the Pirates an opportunity to be the primary or second-place workforce. Remember they went from 62 wins in 2022 to 76 wins in 2023. An analogous step ahead in 2024 may very well be sufficient to get them to the postseason. Additionally, the Pirates received off to a quick begin final season, ending April with a 20-9 report. Frankly, 76 wins is spectacular for a workforce that had a couple of prolonged shedding streaks. Extra importantly, the Pirates have put collectively a superb younger core with Oneil Cruz, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Jack Suwinski. Plus, they nonetheless have Bryan Reynolds and a superb mixture of veterans that would shock some individuals in 2024.
Astros Miss Playoffs
Remember that Houston gained simply 90 video games final season, taking a step backward. The Astros had the identical report as Texas in the course of the common season and completed simply two video games forward of Seattle.
One other step backward for an growing old workforce in 2024 may imply lacking the playoffs, particularly with the Rangers and Mariners proper there and the AL East doubtlessly sending three or 4 groups to the playoffs. Whereas they nonetheless have one of many greatest second basemen of all time in Jose Altuve and some different all-star-caliber gamers, this isn’t the deep and dominant Houston workforce of the previous. The Astros have been susceptible final yr and can be much more susceptible to lacking the postseason final yr.
Julio Rodriguez Wins AL MVP
With Shohei Ohtani within the Nationwide League and Mike Trout displaying the consequences of growing old, the AL MVP race is vast open for a younger participant like Julio Rodriguez to win it. After all, Aaron Judge, Corey Seager, and some others will seemingly have a say within the race.
However Rodriguez was third in RBI and seventh in dwelling runs within the AL final yr whereas hitting .275. He’s additionally simply 23 years outdated and already has two Silver Slugger Awards. Rodriguez will maintain getting higher and with one other huge step ahead, he has the instruments to be an MVP as early as 2024.
Each AL East Staff Finishes with a Profitable Report
This virtually occurred final yr with solely the Purple Sox falling a couple of video games quick. However with fewer in-division video games on the schedule, a deep division just like the AL East may finish the yr with 5 groups over .500.
The Orioles, Yankees, and Blue Jays are all secure bets to have a profitable report. Tampa misplaced some items however shouldn’t fall too far. Which means the Purple Sox are the one concern. Regardless of not making an enormous splash, Boston has made sufficient incremental enhancements to get above .500 in 2024.
Ohtani Wins (Hitting) Triple Crown
Should you thought we noticed the very best of Shohei Ohtani final yr as a hitter final yr, suppose once more. Should you take a deep dive into the analytics, you’ll see that he’s improved in quite a lot of areas and may proceed to get higher in 2024. Remember that he’ll be a part of a deeper lineup with the Dodgers and gained’t be pitching this season.
That’ll enable Ohtani to play extra video games and focus totally on hitting.
In 2023, he led the American League in dwelling runs and hit over .300. It’s not that far-fetched to suppose that he can enhance his common much more whereas including to his dwelling run and RBI totals. Ohtani had fewer than 500 at-bats final yr, however he ought to high 600 if he can keep wholesome, placing the Triple Crown inside attain.
Dodgers Win 118 Video games
With the addition of Ohtani and their different offseason acquisitions, the Dodgers appear like an excellent workforce. Ohtani can have Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Teoscar Hernandez, and Max Muncy round him. Additionally, Tyler Glasnow and Yoshinobu Yamamoto now lead a Los Angeles rotation that additionally has good depth and proficient younger arms.
Taking all of that under consideration, this may very well be a particular season at Dodger Stadium. After all, profitable 120 video games is a little bit ridiculous. However with 118 wins, the Dodgers will set a brand new report for wins in the course of the common season.
Dodgers Lose in NLDS
Sadly for the Dodgers, an excellent common season gained’t translate to postseason success. Final yr, three of the 4 groups that received a bye within the Wild Card Spherical misplaced within the Division Sequence, together with the Dodgers. The earlier years, the Dodgers and Braves each misplaced within the NLDS after getting a bye.
In 2022, the highest seed in each leagues misplaced within the Division Sequence to the Wild Card winner. This can be a severe development in baseball that may’t be ignored. The bye takes groups out of their rhythm and routine turning into extra of a curse than a blessing. With the Dodgers getting a bye and sure wrapping up the AL West early, they gained’t be sharp within the postseason and can undergo one other disappointing NLDS defeat.
Reds Win Nationwide League Pennant
If the Dodgers don’t win the NL pennant, who will? How concerning the Reds? They have been shut to creating the playoffs final yr and can be higher in 2024. Cincinnati’s roster is loaded with younger and proficient gamers like Elly De La Cruz with a beginning rotation that’s surprisingly deep. The Reds are additionally well-positioned to make some offers on the commerce deadline to handle their wants. That may enable them to rise to the highest in a wide-open NL Central and make a surprising run to the World Sequence the identical manner the Diamondbacks did in 2023.
Orioles Win the AL East and World Sequence
Sadly for the Reds, they gained’t be capable of beat the Orioles, who can be your World Series winners in 2024. Baltimore wasn’t able to win within the postseason final yr, however the upstart Orioles can be higher ready this season. They have already got younger stars like Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson with extra within the farm system. Baltimore’s younger rotation will be capable of take one other step ahead whereas the bullpen is deeper than individuals notice. Even with out the largest payroll, the Orioles have all the substances to shock the baseball world and win the World Sequence in 2024.