SI Baseball Preview: Standings Predictions, Takes from Rival Scouts, Award Winners, and Stat Projections

14COVv27_EGV_PromoThis week’s SI Baseball Preview features 42 pages of scouting reports with standings and playoff predictions, stat projections from and takes on every team from rival scouts. Click here to read about the six regional covers and why this is the generation of the strikeout.

Here are SI’s predictions, quotes from scouts and projected stats from

American League Standings Predictions

AL EAST                                  AL Central                                AL West

  1. Rays                                         1. Tigers                                1. Angels
  2. Blue Jays                                  2. Royals                               2. Rangers
  3. Yankees                                   3. White Sox                          3. A’s
  4. Orioles                                      4. Indians                              4. Mariners
  5. Red Sox                                   5. Twins                                 5. Astros

National League Standings Predictions

NL EAST                                  NL Central                                NL West

  1. Nationals                                 1. Reds                             1. Giants
  2. Braves                                     2. Cardinals                       2. Dodgers
  3. Phillies                                    3. Brewers                         3. Diamondbacks
  4. Mets                                        4. Pirates                          4. Padres
  5. Marlins                                     5. Cubs                             5. Rockies

Postseason Predictions

American League                                                                                 National League

Wild-Card Playoff                                                                                 Wild-Card Playoff

Blue Jays over Rangers                                                                         Dodgers over Braves

Division Series                                                                                     Division Series

Blue Jays over Angels                                                                           Nationals over Dodgers

Rays over Tigers                                                                                    Reds over Giants

Championship Series                                                                           Championship Series

Rays over Blue Jays                                                                              Nationals over Reds

World Series

Nationals over Rays


Enemy Lines: A rival scout’s take on each of the predicted division winners:

Rays: “The team is deceiving as hell. Outside of Evan Longoria, you say, where are the stars? But all the Rays have a good approach at the plate, and they find ways to score runs.” (Page 72)

Tigers: “This is how it’s done: They spent money and made trades with prospects to get quality big league players to build a veteran team.” (Page 81)

Angels: “Their system is lean. This is a team that’s built to win now.” (Page 84)

Nationals: “Top to bottom, this is a really good team—they’re better than they were last year.” (Page 94)

Reds: “There aren’t weaknesses here. They’ll be back in position again in October, with an even more dangerous team.” (Page 100)

Giants: “Their obvious strength is the rotation with Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito. But their depth beyond that is a concern if someone goes down.” (PAGE 106) 


SI Baseball Preview: Award Winners and Stat Projections

AL Best Bets by Ben Reiter

AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Tigers

Rookie of the Year: Jurickson Profar, Rangers

Mr. Irreplaceable: Robinson Cano, Yankees

Breakout Hitter: Yoenis Cespedes, A’s

Breakout Pitcher: Alex Cobb, Rays AL Stat Projection Leaders

AVG: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (.335)

HR: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (44)

RBI: Cabrera (126)

OBP: Cabrera (.420)

SLG: Cabrera (.618)

SB: Michael Bourn, Indians and Mike Trout, Angels (50)

Runs: Trout (121)

Wins: Verlander, Price, Yu Darvish and Jered Weaver (18)

ERA: Fernando Rodney, Rays (1.92)

WHIP: Koji Uehara, Red Sox (.745)

Saves: Rodney (41)

K/9: Al Alburquerque, Detroit (12.5)



 NL Best Bets by Albert Chen

NL MVP: Bryce Harper, Nationals

NL Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Rookie of the Year: Adam Eaton, Diamondbacks

Mr. Irreplaceable: Matt Kemp, Dodgers

Breakout Hitter: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

Breakout Pitcher: Kris Medlen, Braves Stat Projection Leaders

AVG: Joey Votto, Reds (.323)

HR: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (43)

RBI: Ryan Braun, Brewers (115)

OBP: Votto (.443)

SLG: Braun (.606)

SB: Ben Revere, Phillies (46)

Runs: Bryce Harper, Nationals (111)

Wins: Strasburg, Kershaw, Gio Gonzalez and Adam Wainwright (17)

ERA: Craig Kimbrel, Braves (1.54)

WHIP: Kimbrel (.843)

Saves: Kimbrel (41)

K/9: Kimbrel (15.6)


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