The 2021 MLB season is just under a week away. This year should be a lot of excitement since we will have a hell of a lot more baseball to watch. Lase season each team only played 60 games. This year we should be back to a full 162 games.
Anything can happen in 162 games and that is why it is fun to make these year-long predictions. My NHL bold predictions looked atrocious after the first few weeks of the season. So hopefully my five MLB bold predictions for the 2021 MLB season look a little better.
Jarred Kelenic will win AL Rookie of the Year
I am not too sure how bold this one is to start given the fact that Kelenic has the second-highest betting odds to win Rookie of the Year. I would guess the fact that he has yet to make his major league debut would be the argument here. Kelenic was the 6th overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2018 draft.
He was traded to Seattle and has succeeded in the Mariners farm system. This theory for me was solidified during spring training when one of the announcers said “Players will let you know when they are ready.” While mid-sentence Kelenic sent one over the fence in left-center. AL ROY. Book it!
We've got Jarred Kelenic lift-off, folks. pic.twitter.com/MWIDcrfBJO
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) March 3, 2021
A Perfect Game will be Thrown
This one is more of a fun prediction because there is no real data that suggests one will be thrown. But it will be fun to root for whenever the MLB app sends the alert that someone is perfect through five innings. The last perfect game was thrown by Felix Hernandez on August 15th, 2012 when Seattle beat Tampa Bay by a score of 1-0. In 2012 there were three perfect games thrown.
Philip Humber and Matt Cain both threw perfect games earlier in the season. We have gone 8 seasons without witnessing a perfect game and I think it is just a matter of time. There is absolutely no way of predicting if one will happen or who will even throw it. But I would be willing to throw a few dollars down that someone will get it done this year.
The Los Angeles Angels Will Win the AL West
The Angles have made the playoffs once in the last 10 years and are currently on a six-year drought. Mike Trout isn’t getting any younger. To say the Angles are wasting Trout is an understatement. The main issue for this team the past couple of years has been pitching. Both in the starting rotation and the bullpen. They addressed both needs this offseason.
Raisel Iglesias was acquired to be their new closer. They signed Jose Quintana in free agency and traded for Alex Cobb. With Shohei Ohtani coming back from Tommy John Surgery and a young pitcher in Griffin Canning there is a lot of hope for this Angles rotation that is lead by Dylan Bundy and Andrew Heaney.
Then we turn to the offense and we could see a batting order of Ohtani, Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Josh Upton batting 2-3-4-5. That is just a nightmare gauntlet. There is some work this team needs to do and will probably need to add some bullpen arms at the deadline. But I can see this team winning the west and winning a playoff series for the first time in a long time.
Luis Robert Will Win AL MVP
This one really stings me being a Cubs fan. But as a baseball fan, I cannot deny the talent that this kid has. Robert made his debut with the White Sox last year. He played 56 games and had 11 home runs and drove in 31 while swiping 9 bags. The kid has all five tools and should win multiple MVPs throughout his career. The White Sox are going to be in the fight for the AL pennant and Robert is in prime position to take over Chicago in his 2nd year in the league.
It was a sensational rookie season for Luis Robert.
We can't wait to see what he has in store for us in 2021! pic.twitter.com/CQeFvgbCnt
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) November 9, 2020
Kyle Kendricks Will Win the NL Cy Young
So this is where my homer-ism kind of comes out. But Hendricks is not at all a Cy Young favorite. He is merely just underrated. He was named the opening day starter for the Chicago Cubs this season after posting a 2.88 ERA over 12 starts last season.
Hendricks had 0.9 walks per nine which lead all NL pitchers and his 8.00 strikeout to walk ratio was the best in the league. I don’t know what it is going to take for the league to respect Hendricks, but somehow someway that man will find a way to get some Cy Young votes.
Kyle Hendricks' ERA the past 5 seasons
— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) February 18, 2021
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