THE AUTHOR

Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, MLive.com and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

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Monday
Apr062015

My 2015 MLB predictions

Happy Opening Day, everyone! Technically, the 2015 MLB season began Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago (the piss-soaked Wrigley Field, from all accounts), but for most fans, baseball begins today (Monday, April 6). 

With that, here are my predictions for the upcoming season on the record. My picks from last year are available here, where you can see that I was terribly wrong on the Rays, Red Sox and Braves. And I think I finally have to give up the idea that Evan Longoria is ever going to win an American League MVP award.

But I still haven't given up on the Washington Nationals winning the World Series! For the third year in a row, they're my pick to win it all. Not exactly going out on a limb there. The Nats are the popular pick among most baseball writers, it seems. Here are the rest of my picks for division winners, postseason and regular season awards. 

AL East: Blue Jays
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Mariners
Wild Cards: Athletics, White Sox

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Dodgers
Wild Cards: Pirates, Marlins

AL playoffs: Blue Jays over White Sox, Indians over Mariners
ALCS: Indians over Blue Jays

NL playoffs: Nationals over Pirates, Dodgers over Cardinals
NLCS: Nationals over Dodgers

World Series: Nationals over Indians

AL MVP: Jose Abreu
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen

AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez
NL Cy Young: Jordan Zimmermann

AL Rookie of the Year: Carlos Rodon
NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant

Oh, and my "bold prediction" is that the Reds' Bryan Price will be the first manager fired this year. You can also see these picks alongside those of my colleagues at The Outside Corner, my baseball writing for the third consecutive season. Bloguin has been berry, berry good to me.

My fellow Tigers fans probably aren't going to be happy with my predictions. (Or given my track record with picks, they might be thrilled.) I'm probably underrating them this season, and I'm beginning to feel like I'm overrating the Indians. But it's going to be difficult for this team to make the postseason again, I believe. 

All right, check back in November to see how wrong I was!  

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