It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Baseball season is just days away, so we here at SMR made a predictions panel consisting of Noah Lyons, Mark Rowlands, James Neary, Jermaine Bowie, Cory Harbatkin, Andrew Boulia, Ryan Woodhams, Michael Ferro, Rhys White, and Austin Perodeau. We each gave our predictions for wins and losses, followed by a group average being calculated. You’ll see the averages next to the teams. Here’s how we expect the divisions to shake up.

AL EAST

Boston Red Sox (SMR Aggregated Prediction 95-67)

Even though I’m a Yankee fan, I wanted to be the one to write about the Sox. The Red Sox only made one significant move this offseason, and it was a big one. Landing JD Martinez to a 5-year deal was huge as it added the power bat that the Sox lineup was starving for all of 2017. The Red Sox as a whole had a down year in 2017, aside from Sale and Kimbrel.The team still won 93 games and made the playoffs, losing in the first round to the eventual World Champion Astros. With the positive regression and new impact bat, the Red Sox have a real chance to win the World Series in 2018. The only question is, do they win the division or have to win the wild card?
-Cory Harbatkin

2. New York Yankees (SMR Aggregated Prediction 94-68)

The Yankees are the Red Sox biggest threats in 2018 and for many seasons to come. After losing in game 7 of the ALCS, the Yankees went out and added Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning NL MVP to create one of, if not the most powerful line up in all of baseball. The dual threat of Judge and Stanton have the ability to hit 100 home runs combined, and then with Sanchez, Didi, Hicks, and Drury in the Mix, the Yankees could become the first team to have 300 home runs, which would shatter the current record. The pitching has the ability to be one of the best in baseball, as Sev and Montgomery look to make the next step forward in their careers, and Tanaka and Sonny look to return to their prime forms. Throw in the best bullpen in baseball and the Yankees could have pitching that’s just as good as their offense. If the Yankees and Red Sox finish farther than 2 games apart in the division standings, I will be truly shocked. I do believe the Yankees are better on paper, but actual performance is what actually matters.
-Cory Harbatkin

3. Toronto Blue Jays (SMR Aggregated Prediction 81-81)

Well, I believe in my heart of heart that the Blue Jays have the ability to be a good team. I don’t believe this is the year for them, however. They have some great young pieces in Stroman, Osuna, and the one and only god Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (who should be up in the majors soon if it wasn’t for service time shenanigans). These players are big pieces for the Blue Jays future, but with Troy Tulowitzki injured and some lesser names in starting positions, there are still a lot of holes on the Jays roster. This leads to them being an average team this year. There’s a lot of potential on this team though. Look for them to come back into contention sooner rather than later (if VGJ can replace Donaldson’s production after he leaves).
-Michael Ferro

4. Baltimore Orioles (SMR Aggregated Prediction 80-82)

If there was ever a time to push the panic button in Camden Yards, this is it. However, all of the players expected to leave remain with the Orioles for the time being. As such, and especially if Britton comes back even close to what he once was, expect Baltimore to have a fine but fairly unimpressive year as they bring back a good lineup joined by a stunning mid-rotation addition in Alex Cobb. A 75-win team with, save for Cobb, much of the same roster in a division where three of four teams stand to improve from last season, seems likely to struggle perhaps to even reach that same total from last season.
-Ryan Woodhams

5. Tampa Bay Rays (SMR Aggregated Prediction 72-90)

Poor baseball fans of Florida, both teams are cheaping out, one because the ownership group couldn’t afford the team and the Rays because they are saving money for their new stadium. This team is not rebuilding because they are bad but because they want to put every dollar into a much needed new stadium. Why I bring this up is simply the team traded away Jake Odorizzi, for nothing of note, and sent Logan Morrison, Corey Dickerson, and club icon Evan Longoria to greener pastures. This team will not be very competitive and it wouldn’t surprise me if they moved Archer and Colome to help cut cost and recoup some value for the franchise. Wilson Ramos might be their best hitter and he could fetch the franchise something in return for a trade. The bones are there for a competitive team in the future as Adames should get his first sample of major league pitching this year, and Honeywell should have(pour one out for him) already made his debut and really doesn’t add anything to my analysis of this team but I’m peeved he didn’t pitch for the Rays last year. Overall this is a team that will be giving some prospects an opportunity, such as recently acquired Anthony Banda and Christian Arroyo a chance to prove they are big league regulars. This is a team that we project as a group to get win 72 games, just where I had them because I’m smart. This team could be competitive and steal some wins from the Yankees and Red Sox to bring their record to a semi-respectable 72-90 and finish with the worst record in the AL East.
-Rhys White

AL CENTRAL

1. Cleveland Indians (SMR Aggregated Prediction 97-65)

The Indians are probably the third best team in the American League behind the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. The tribe lost Carlos Santana to the Phillies earlier this offseason, but with the acquisition of Yonder Alonso, the Indians should not miss a beat. They have arguably the best rotation in all of baseball with the likes of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger, and Josh Tomlin penciled in to start the season. The Indians still have a very potent offense filled with everyday players such as Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jason Kipnis. Their bullpen will be missing two key pieces in Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith, but the Indians still have Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, two of the games’ better pitchers. The Indians should win the AL Central once again, look for the Indians to finish near the top in best records in 2018.
-Jermaine Bowie

2. Minnesota Twins (SMR Aggregated Prediction 86-76)

The Twins should be a very exciting team to watch next year. Not only are they one of the only teams trying in the AL Central, the blossoming of Sano, Buxton, and Berrios means the Twins will have a bright nucleus for years to come, as proven by a cut-too-short postseason appearance last season. With a taste of the postseason, the Twins have done nothing but add this offseason with the signings of veterans Lance Lynn, Addison Reed, Fernando Rodney as well as trading for Jake Odorizzi. The Twins still have many exciting prospects in the pipeline and should be solid competitors for years to come. My prediction was 86 wins, so I’m right on par with the rest of the writers here at Six Man Rotation.
-Andrew Boulia

3. Chicago White Sox (SMR Aggregated Prediction 72-90)

For the first time in a few years, the White Sox offseason didn’t revolve around major trade rumors involving their biggest stars. There were a few rumors surrounding Jose Abreu to the Red Sox, but nothing really came close to happening. Instead, the South-Siders focused on complementary pieces for their major league roster. Welington Castillo was signed to a 2-year, $15 million contract to be the team’s starting catcher, and relievers Joakim Soria and Luis Avilan were dealt to Chicago in a three-team trade involving the Dodgers and Royals. The White Sox won 67 games in 2017, and aren’t expected to do much better this coming season. Starting in 2019 however, this could evolve into one of the better teams in the sport, with Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Tim Anderson, Carlos Rodon, and Eloy Jimenez set to lead this team to the playoffs for years to come.
-Mark Rowlands

3. Kansas City Royals (SMR Aggregated Prediction: 72-90)

The Royals today are not the same Cinderella team that blew everyone away in 2014. Key contributors Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Jason Vargas, Greg Holland, Jarrod Dyson all landed elsewhere since that magical season, and it looks like the end of their group is near. Standing in the ashes of the former team is Mike Moustakas, who is looking to prove himself on a one year, $6.5M deal. They also added Lucas Duda and Jon Jay (a solid but unspectacular addition), but the depth and quality aren’t there; This team’s outlook is pretty rough. Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera provide some value, but we here at SMR expect a rough season followed by a painful rebuild. I feel bad now.
-Noah Lyons

5. Detroit Tigers (SMR Aggregated Prediction 68-94)

It’s going to be so weird not seeing the Tigers battling for playoff contention. This team is going to lose a lot of games, there’s no Justin Verlander. No Ian Kinsler. No Justin Upton. No J.D. Martinez. Sure, some key players are still there such as Miguel Cabrera who has notably regressed, Victor Martinez, who also is getting older and having problems staying healthy, and Nicholas Castellanos who may be ready to have his best season yet. Those three guys are still pretty respectful in the Tigers lineup, and the team still has Michael Fulmer and potential bounce-back candidate Jordan Zimmerman. The Tigers will also have a new manager in Ron Gardenhire. He’s been a successful MLB manager with the Twins and he hopes to bring that same winning culture to Detroit. In the end, there just aren’t many pieces to help contribute to performing at the level of a winning baseball team. It’s going to be a long year for Tigers fans.
-Jermaine Bowie

AL WEST

1. Houston Astros (SMR Aggregated Prediction 102-60)

For those living under a rock, the Houston Astros are pretty darn good again. Lead by a deep lineup headlined by 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, potential 2018 AL MVP Carlos Correa, and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer hitting leadoff bombs. This potent trio is joined by Alex Bregman, Marwin Gonzalez, Josh Reddick, and the same person(the rest of the world hasn’t caught on but I have Evan or Brian) Evan Gattis/Brian McCann. Yuli Gurriel is injured to start the season so the lineup isn’t at its peak to start the season but the offense will be fine. If deep rotations are your thing the Astros got you covered there with Kate Upton’s husband leading off the rotation with Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole (acquired this offseason), Lance McCullers, and Charlie Morton. So they have a pretty great team, and that is reflected in their win totals, but they do have a clear weakness it happens to be their bullpen. I say weakness because it isn’t on the level of their lineup, defense, or rotation. The bullpen compared to other teams has pieces, they have Chris “The Dragon” Devenski, Brad Peacock, Will Harris, Collin McHugh, and the shakiest piece Ken Giles who looked like hot garbage in the World Series. Overall this is the best team in the AL West by a lot, they have pieces to trade in their minors if a hole opens up, making this team even scarier after the deadline. The Astros should run train on this division, and compete for the best record in the AL. Go Justin Verlander!
-Rhys White

2. Los Angeles Angels (SMR Aggregated Projection 85-77)

Led by perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, the Angels look to make a splash this season as they make a run for the postseason. Trout was unbelievable as always but an injury ended up costing him 2 months of the ‘17 season. Injuries have been a course of concern recently for the Angels as they look to keep their starters healthy this season. Only 1 pitcher threw over 150 innings last season. With a healthy Garrett Richards and the acquisition of Shohei Ohtani the Angels starting pitcher staff, on paper, should be better than last season when they posted a 4.32 ERA as a whole. Re-signing Justin Upton and acquiring Zack Cozart and Ian Kinsler should help to bolster the Angels offense as long as they can stay healthy. Cozart is coming off a career year that saw him earn All-Star honors but was limited to just 122 games. The Angels are hoping he can reduplicate his ‘17 stats while reducing his DL time. Kinsler played in just 139 games, the fewest amount of games he has played in since 2013 when he played 132. Turning 36 in June, Kinsler is looking to prove he is still the same player and rebound after posting the lowest OPS of his career. If the starting rotation steps up and key players stay healthy expect the Angels to be in contention for a wild-card spot. Without a lot of depth 1 key injury could derail the Angels season. Ultimately we have the Angels projected to fall 1 game short of their goal to reach the postseason.
-James Neary

3. Seattle Mariners (SMR Aggregated Prediction: 80-82)

Seattle’s success in 2018 will go down to one thing — their pitching. The Mariners fell just short of their expectations last year, with James Paxton, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Drew Smyly. Paxton has particularly impressive stuff, but can’t be relied on for 200 innings. If he could withstand the nicks and bruises of a 162 game season, he may be a Cy-young dark horse candidate. Mid-season additions Mike Leake and Erasmo Ramirez are average acquisitions but still don’t take them to the next level. If they can stay healthy, they could finally break out of mediocrity. One big positive next year is their controllable position player group. Adding Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon to a group of Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger, Mike Zunino, and Jean Segura gives them a solid core for the next 3 seasons or so. Haniger is a solid fantasy sleeper pick, and a healthy season could prove his worth. Also, you can count on slugger Nelson Cruz to hit mammoth home runs and post mouth-watering power numbers. The Mariners roster isn’t bad by any stretch, but their lack of quality pitching makes them a fringe contender.
-Noah Lyons

4. Oakland Athletics (SMR Aggregated Projection 79-83)

The Athletics have had a relatively quiet offseason as per usual and expected with baseball’s smallest payroll (54.7 million dedicated to the 25 man roster). However, the Athletics have taken advantage of a slow market by making some cost-effective yet notable additions. With no notable losses, the silent signings of Jonathan Lucroy and Yusmeiro Petit, and promising upcoming major league ready prospects, the Athletics seem to be in a good position to potentially win the second wildcard. I penciled in the Athletics at 83 wins, so apparently, I have more optimism about this Oakland team than the rest of my peers.
-Andrew Boulia

5. Texas Rangers (SMR Aggregated Projection 76-86)

This is not looking like the year the Rangers break out and win a World Series. While the rest of the teams in their division got better, the Rangers did not. In fact, they might’ve gotten worse as a team. They lost some pieces in Lucroy, Cashner, and Carlos Gomez. They replaced them with Mike Minor, Matt Moore, and Doug Fister. The flashiest addition the Rangers made was signing Tim Lincecum. By the trade deadline expect them to be in sell mode. Cole Hamels could be their most valuable piece, given every teams need for more starting pitching, but he would need a remarkable first half if the Rangers want a sliver of what they gave up to get him back. Otherwise, the Rangers are still a fairly young team and a few years out from competing. An early draft pick next year will help the rebuild. The Rangers and A’s will battle it out for last place with the A’s getting the advantage in the end.
-James Neary

NL WEST

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (SMR Aggregated Prediction 99-63)

The Dodgers, as they have been the last 5 years, are deadly. Lead by Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, their offense is powerful but strikeout prone. Their supporting cast of Justin Turner, breakout star Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes, and Yasiel Puig take their offense to the next level, making them one of the best in the league. The key for them to have longevity in the postseason rests on the shoulders of their pitching staff. Kershaw will return, followed by Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Their bullpen is anchored by Kenley Jansen and newcomer Scott Alexander, who posted a 73% ground-ball rate last season. Health was an issue last year, with Rich Hill, Julio Urias, and Clayton Kershaw all spending time on the DL. Having their key starters in good condition over the 162 game season could be the difference between a first-round exit and a World Series ring.
-Noah Lyons

2. Arizona Diamondbacks (SMR Aggregated Projection 88-74)

This offseason the biggest move the Arizona Diamondbacks made was to bring back the bullpen cart. Their second biggest decision affects the on-field performance more when they decided to use a humidor for this upcoming season. The expected effect of this will be offensive numbers will go down but so should pitchers ERA, at least at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks lost J.D. Martinez to free agency and made no big splash moves to compensate for it in the offseason. The signed Alex Avila after Chris Iannetta left for Colorado. They acquired Steven Souza JR. and Jarrod Dyson giving them more speed. The Diamondbacks might have to get a bit more creative this season when it comes to scoring runs at their home ballpark but their pitching should offset that. Paul Goldschmidt will still be a contender for MVP. The Diamondbacks should compete with the Dodgers for most of the season but will most likely end up with another home Wild Card game.
-James Neary

3. Colorado Rockies (SMR Aggregated Prediction 84-78)

This team made the wild card game last year, that still surprises me, however, this is a team that is not just relying on what they did last year. They upgraded their bullpen this off-season, adding Wade Davis and Brian Shaw to build a “super pen.” They also re-signed Carlos Gonzalez because reasons, to block my one true love Raimel Tapia. Now we all know that this Rockies team have the ingredients for a good offense when you sprinkle in some Charlie Blackmon and add a dash of Nolan Arenado. Pitching is where this team gets a bit more interesting lead by 2018 breakout star Jon Gray(calling my shot) and his ragtag group of heroes behind him. German Marquez quietly put up a 2.4 fWAR last year and should repeat that again because the stuff was good and he could push for 180 innings in 2018. The nice thing is the bleh rotation will have some quality relievers to help ease the burden on them because the Rockies will be able to throw Adam Ottavino, arguably their best reliever, to get them out of sticky situations. The trio of Ottavino, Shaw, Jake McGee to bridge to Wade Davis makes this one of the best bullpens in baseball.
-Rhys White

4. San Francisco Giants (SMR Aggregated Prediction 81-81)

The SMR vote put them at 81 wins. I voted at 74 wins. The Giants solved their issues by getting older, trading for former franchise cornerstones. With Ty Blach starting opening day, the Giants will start the season with every other franchise’s (aside from the Marlins) 4th, 5th or even 6th starter. Another devastating injury to MadBum, although this time not his fault, and other important players, have the Giants starting in a hole. To those who voted them at 93 wins, there’s still time to change your predictions.
-Cory Harbatkin

5. San Diego Padres (SMR Aggregated Prediction 74-88)
Let’s get the obvious out, the Padres are going to have a rough season. I’m going to go on a rant about this Hosmer signing, so bear with me. In my opinion, the Padres waaaaay jumped the gun on the Hosmer. Their window of competition is still years away and with an abundance of legit superstars a year away from hitting free agency, the pricey signing of Hosmer leaves me scratching my head. With the signing of Hosmer, the Padres are adding to a position in which they don’t need. The signing means that Myers will need to move to the outfield, and will be unintentionally blocking a fantastic upcoming farm. Hosmer is not a real Gold Glover as evidenced by his career -21 Defensive Runs Saved and career -29 UZR. With his move to a known pitcher’s park, Hosmer will most likely be a league average first baseman offensively for potentially eight years.
-Andrew Boulia

NL CENTRAL

1. Chicago Cubs (SMR Aggregated Prediction 96-66)

I like the Cubs to make it back to the World Series this year. I very much like their lineup and believe the addition of Darvish, while I don’t much like the contract, helps to fortify their rotation for the next couple of seasons among the best in the game. I also believe Jose Quintana could be a surprise Cy Young contender this season. I believe all of this – added to Hendricks, Quintana, Bryant, Schwarber, and Rizzo all likely either just entering or being in the thick of their primes – will help lead this team into the thick of the 90s, perhaps even more if things break their way.
-Ryan Woodhams

2. St. Louis Cardinals (SMR Aggregated Prediction 86 -76)

Ugggggggggggggghhhhhh. Pirates fan bias out of the way the Cardinals are a better team than they were last year with the addition of Marcell Ozuna and hopefully a breakthrough year from Alex Reyes. Other than that it’s the same core of players we all know and love or hate: Martinez, Molina, Wacha, you know the names. With Paul Dejong’s breakout year last season, look for him to build on that. The Cardinals are going to be a good team. Just don’t hack anyone this year and they should be golden.
-Michael Ferro

3. Milwaukee Brewers (SMR Aggregated Prediction 84-78)

Are the Brewers the closest team to knocking the Cubs off their pedestal? They could be if they get reliable innings from guys like Chase Anderson and Zach Davies. Anderson broke out in 2017, taking over the number one spot in the rotation once Jimmy Nelson went down after a shoulder injury. Nelson is set to miss a chunk of time in 2018, so Anderson is still slated for that role of ace. Zach Davies also enjoyed a productive 2017, pitching to the tune of a 112 ERA+. If Davies can repeat that above average production and Anderson shows that last year wasn’t a fluke, this could be a very good team. The Brewers traded for OF Christian Yelich in the offseason, adding another bat to the already dangerous Milwaukee lineup that also includes Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Eric Thames, and Orlando Arcia. Expect Arcia to take another step forward in 2018 as well, along with center fielder Brett Phillips, who both showed great defensive ability, and had their fair share of offensive moments as well.
-Mark Rowlands

4. Cincinnati Reds (SMR Aggregated Prediction 76-86)

The Reds are a unique case. I very much like their lineup and defensive potential, and yet their pitching, behind Castillo, is mostly an eyesore. I love Hamilton, Votto, and am a fan of Gennett, and I can see this being one of the more surprisingly productive lineups this season. I like the potential of Sal Romano, who will pitch all of 2018 at age 24. Raisel Iglesias had an exciting last season that makes me intrigued as to where he’ll be at this season. All told, however, I need some more punch in this rotation and bullpen and significantly more development on the pitching side to even sniff 80 wins with the Reds in my predictions.
-Ryan Woodhams

5. Pittsburgh Pirates (SMR Aggregated Prediction 74-88)

The Pirates should finish in the bottom half of the NL Central this year. You’ve got to like their young pitchers such as guys like Jamison Taillon and Chad Kuhl along with veterans Ivan Nova and Joe Musgrove. On the offensive side, this team will have a full year of Starling Marte to go along with Gregory Polanco, who we’ve been waiting to reach his potential for what seems like forever now. Josh Bell, the team’s first baseman, should have another good season in 2018 with the potential to hit 30 home runs. New signee Corey Dickerson and fan favorite Josh Harrison will slot into the lineup every day. When you look at their roster as a whole, the roster is actually not THAT bad, but at the end of the year the Pirates always seem to find themselves with a losing record, and I don’t have much reasoning to suggest otherwise than that the same occurrence will happen in 2018. The Pirates are just “eh.” I feel like they should be winning more games, but they just don’t. Maybe 2018 will be different, but regardless…the Cubs, the Brewers, and the Cardinals are going to be the teams we’re talking about when it comes to winning the NL Central.
-Jermaine Bowie

NL EAST

1. Washington Nationals (SMR Aggregated Prediction 98-64)

The Nationals appear to be the class of the NL East this season and are looking to repeat as NL East champions heading into the new season. They possess one of the deadliest starting pitching 1-2 punches in the league with reigning NL-Cy young award winner, Max Scherzer, and the impressive right-hander, Stephen Strasburg. This 2018 season will place a lot of pressure on the Nationals shoulders. The team has still failed to win a postseason series despite a plethora of talent. Bryce Harper will be entering his final season under team control for the Nationals and will be at the center of most media attention. Will he stay or will he go? While the team will likely be trying to focus on their 2018 season, there still will be a cloud of pressure building as the season progresses.
-Austin Perodeau

2. New York Mets (SMR Aggregated Prediction 85-77)

It seems like the story of the Mets has been the same since that magical World Series run in 2015: Pitching health. When healthy, the Mets starting five of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have always had the potential to be the best in all of baseball. The key, however, is that it seems like all five are never healthy, and they aren’t exactly getting any younger. While none of these pitchers are old by any means (Harvey is the oldest of this bunch at 29), the window of opportunity for these pitchers is closing. Along with pitching help, the Mets are going to rely on a veteran-heavy offense in 2018, with Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Adrian Gonzalez, and Todd Frasier set to see significant playing time. That’s not to say that the Mets will rely solely on these players, with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Amed Rosario, and Dominic Smith on the roster as well. Conforto took a leap forward in terms of production in 2017, but the rest still need to prove themselves, and the Mets upcoming season could rely on these young players being productive major leaguers.
-Mark Rowlands

3. Philadelphia Phillies ( SMR Aggregated Prediction 81-81)

Due to the heavily-praised offseason, the Phillies have become a popular “sleeper” pick for an NL Wild Card berth. They have added key pieces to their rotation, bullpen, and lineup. They started the off-season with an expensive signing of Carlos Santana from the Indians, who will push the exciting Rhys Hoskins to an OF position. The recent additions of Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek will join Hector Neris to make up the back-end of their bullpen. The Phillies biggest splash of the off-season was the addition of former Cub, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta will join Aaron Nola at the top of the rotation and form a fantastic starting duo. Outside of those two, the Phillies rotation leaves a lot to be desired. The Phillies season will depend on how the rest of the rotation fares, Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, and Vince Velasquez will need to step up if the Phillies want to challenge for the wild card. The Phillies have a plethora of young talent with the likes of Hoskins, Kingery, and Alfaro, starting with the team, and prospects such as JP Crawford, Sixto Sanchez, Adonis Medina waiting in the wings. 2018 might not be the year the Phillies push for the playoffs, but that goal is well within future grasp.
-Austin Perodeau

4. Atlanta Braves ( SMR Aggregated Prediction 78-84)

Ronald Acuna.

The mesmerizing OF will need an extra two weeks of “development” before he is ready for the 2018 season. When he is finally ready he will join an exciting young core that is building in Atlanta lead by the likes of Ozzie Albies, Ender Inciarte, and Dansby Swanson. For the Braves to truly compete in 2017, and push past the 78-win mark that we have projected for them, they need breakouts in their young pitchers.Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb look poised to build off of their 2017 season’s, while Gohara (injured), Sims, and Fried are looking to push out aging veterans, Brandon McCarthy and Anibal Sanchez from the starting rotation. The Braves have one of, if not, the best farm systems in baseball. They have oodles of developing arms waiting in the minors to potentially propel them to the playoffs in the future. Like the Phillies, 2017 may not be the season the Braves return to the playoffs, but the future is incredibly bright.
-Austin Perodeau

5. Miami Derek Jeters ( SMR Aggregated Prediction 61-101)

Is there anything new to really say about Miami? This team is going to be a dumpster fire to end all dumpster fires. The only bright spots are going to be Lewis Brinson when he comes up and JT Realmuto before he gets inevitably traded. Hey, the first overall pick in the draft isn’t a bad consolation prize for gutting your team right? Right? SMR believes the Marlins will be the worst team in the league and I agree. It’s going to be fun to watch the trash burn.
-Michael Ferro

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