National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP): Ronald Acuña Jr.
This pick is kind of a toss up. Acuña is one of the most electric players in all of baseball and is off to a hot start. I have the 2018 Rookie of the Year continuing his great play, earning his first MVP, and bringing home a second consecutive MVP for the Atlanta Braves. His main competition for this award is Jacob DeGrom, the ace for the New York Mets, who is off to an incredible start. Fernando Tatis Jr. is also in the running after launching five home runs in a single series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his league-leading ten errors really hurt his case. There’s definitely more competition in the NL for this award, but I think Acuña pulls it out.
American League (AL) MVP: Mike Trout
I know this is the easy pick, but Trout is in contention for MVP every season, and he’s simply too good to overlook for this pick. Trout is off to another good start, and he seems to be on a nice track to bring home his fourth MVP award. Barring any injuries, I have the greatest player of our generation – and potentially the greatest of all time – winning this in a landslide. And who knows, maybe this is the year we finally get to see Trout and his Angels back in the playoffs?
NL Cy Young: Jacob DeGrom
This is another easy pick for me. DeGrom took home this award in 2018 and 2019, and I predict that he will win it again in 2021. DeGrom’s numbers are off the charts so far this season, and I can’t see anyone taking this from him, barring any injuries.
AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole
The New York Yankees ace has been one of the only bright spots for the team during their slow start, but I have them rebounding behind the great play from Cole. I could see others contend for this award, such as Shane Bieber, Carlos Rodón, or Lance Lynn, but I think Cole is the best bet here. One thing is for sure, this year’s pitching has been outstanding in both leagues, with a combined four no-hitters already through the early part of the season, which is on track to crush the single season league record of eight no-hitters.
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
This is a two-team race for this division between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, but due to the sheer talent of the Dodgers, they’re simply too good, and will take this division. However, the Dodgers are on a skid at the moment, with the offense going cold, and after dropping three of four games to the Padres, this division could be tightly contested. The Dodgers-Padres rivalry has quickly become one of the game’s best, and every game is must-watch TV. The Dodgers’ lineup features superstars from top to bottom, lead by Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, and Corey Seager, and San Diego matches that with a lineup featuring Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Trent Grisham, and Wil Myers. Both teams also have loaded starting pitching with Trevor Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler leading the way for the Dodgers, and Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Dinelson Lamet going for the Padres. The star-studded lineups paired with some of the best rotations and bullpens in the league are the reason Dodgers star third baseman, Justin Turner, said “we’re going to get 19 World Series games this year”.
NL Central: Milwaukee Brewers
This division isn’t strong this year. I think the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Brewers could all contend for the title, but the Brewers will win this division by a slim margin. I see this being a race between the Brewers and Cardinals, with the Brewers’ strong rotation and new Cardinals star Nolan Arenado leading the way.
NL East: Atlanta Braves
This division is absolutely loaded top to bottom, so this is a tough pick. There are probably 4 teams I could have here, but Acuña and Freddie Freeman will propel Atlanta to the title.
AL West: Oakland Athletics
They got off to a slow start but quickly bounced back with a 13-game win streak, so I have them winning this weaker division easily. The cheating Astros will of course continue to be met with boos everywhere they go, and I have them losing this division, as I think we would all like to see.
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are stacked offensively, and their rotation and pitching staff is pretty solid too. I have the White Sox hitting their way to the AL Central title. Carlos Rodón, with his recent no-hitter, and Lance Lynn lead the way in the rotation, and Tim Anderson and José Abreu head a strong lineup that features power hitters up and down the order.
AL East: New York Yankees
The AL East is a tough division to pick every year. The Boston Red Sox are off to a hot start, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees were a bit slow out of the gate, and the Toronto Blue Jays are playing well. I could see any of these four winning the title, but I have the Yankees edging it out.
Wild Card Teams
San Diego Padres
The Padres are a top five team in baseball, but they share a division with the Dodgers, so I have them easily earning a wild card spot.
St. Louis Cardinals
I don’t necessarily think the Cardinals are a top five team in the NL, but they play in a weak division and should be able to earn themselves a wild card spot and a chance to play the Padres.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are a solid team all around, but I have Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and George Springer propelling them to the playoffs.
Los Angeles Angels
This is a risky pick. I think Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani can get this team to the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and we all want to see Trout back in the playoffs.
2021 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox
Dodgers in 6
I think the Padres could contend in the NL, but the Dodgers are the best team in baseball, and I have them representing the NL in the World Series. I also have the White Sox rebounding from an early exit in last year’s playoffs and storming their way to the World Series. The Dodgers adding Trevor Bauer to a rotation already featuring Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler makes this an easy pick. The White Sox have Tim Anderson, José Abreu, and Luis Robert on offense, and pitchers Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito leading the way in the rotation, but I simply think the Dodgers are too good. Their rotation and their electric offense led by Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager will be too much for the White Sox. I have the Dodgers, with their star power and tremendous depth, winning this series in six games.