Projecting the 2016 MLB Playoff Field
[lead align=”default”]October approaches, and in about three weeks, the MLB playoff field will be known.[/lead]
In fact, you can guess the vast majority of teams now, and probably come close to getting their seedings. While some teams are well within range, this is not a volatile postseason chase. Stability reigns.
MLB Playoff Field Projections: American League
1. Texas Rangers. The Rangers cruise towards a playoff berth in the slightly more competitive American League. For the last few weeks, Texas owned the top spot and while it’s not locked up, they are the team to beat. Our predict-o-meter gives the Rangers 96 wins.
2. Cleveland Indians. Terry Francona is doing a great job with the Tribe this year, and a playoff appearance seems nearly certain. The top seed is in play but look for them to at least take second in the American League. We predict 96 wins for Cleveland as well, but Texas won the season series, giving the Indians the second seed.
3. Boston Red Sox. The Sox inch towards a division title, and with their offense, they are a slight favorite in the AL East. It is unlikely they will miss the postseason entirely, but we have seen them do it before, and not that long ago. The Sox figure to win about 91 games.
4. (WC1) Toronto Blue Jays. Not as hot as in the second half last year, but probably good enough to make the playoffs. This time, however, the wild card game is a more likely destination. Luckily the Jays are still a complete team and can do damage. Toronto comes in at 88 wins.
5. (WC2) Baltimore Orioles. It’s starting to look like the Yankees and Tigers will come up just short, putting Baltimore in a play-in game north of the border. If this is what happens, the Orioles will join elite company as one of the few third-place teams to qualify. This team’s got 87 wins, hon.
MLB Playoff Field Projections: National League
1. Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies have it basically all locked up, from the NL Central to best record in the National League. Our highly unscientific analysis ballparks Chicago at 103 wins.
2. Washington Nationals The Nats rule the NL East again, soon to be official. Look for Washington to get into the postseason with about 95 wins.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts leads the Dodgers to an NL West title, with an assist from the folding Giants. A 91-win season seems right.
4. (WC1) New York Mets. The New York team based in Queens is the hottest of the three wild card contenders. Do not be surprised if they catch the Giants and get to host the festivities. Let’s be generous and give the Mets 88 wins.
5. (WC2) San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ second half reeks of disappointment and losses (the latter begets the former). Still, another team is going to make it and San Francisco has just enough of a cushion to be the one. We put Los Gigantes on 87 wins.