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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

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Case's MLB Predictions For 2021 --- Time For Baseball

Posted 03-29-2021 at 12:41 PM by case44
Updated 03-29-2021 at 06:24 PM by case44


Well, folks, it's that time again. And, for the first time in two years, it's time for the real games to get going when they're supposed to. All thirty clubs have their sets of expectations and the usual fan anticipation. Over the course of the season, there will gradually be fans coming back in to see real baseball in person and this fan is glad!

Here, now, are my picks for the 2021 season:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AL East: New York Y (100-62), Tampa Bay (95-67)*, Toronto (85-77), Boston (77-85), Baltimore (68-94)

AL Central: Chicago WS (91-71), Minnesota (88-74)*, Kansas City (82-80), Cleveland (76-86), Detroit (58-104)

AL West: Houston (98-64), Los Angeles A (86-76), Oakland (79-83), Seattle (70-92), Texas (50-112)

NOTES: I like picking surprises, and I believe that Kansas City may actually surprise some folks this year, what with their good, young prospects while they wait for Bobby Witt, Jr to arrive. Cleveland just has no offense, or my predictions would have been different because they've got good starting pitching. Houston got a boost in spring training when Valdez will see his finger healing way faster than anyone had expected. Their offense will come out blazing, especially if Altuve plays like he did earlier in his career and Alvarez regains his '19 form. Toronto is going to eventually be a force, but it didn't help when Yates is now lost for the season as he is getting TJ. The New York Yankees have enough pitching to outdo Tampa in the East. Texas is just going to be awful as their rebuild begins. And Mike Trout will be missing the playoffs again. What's more: Oakland will not possess the same magic in their penchant for second-half surges, despite a very promising starting rotation.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NL East: Atlanta (97-65), New York M (94-68)*, Washington (89-73), Philadelphia (72-90), Miami (67-95)

NL Central: St Louis (88-74), Milwaukee (83-79), Chicago C (79-83), Pittsburgh (71-91), Cincinnati (69-93)

NL West: Los Angeles D (103-59), San Diego (102-60)*, Arizona (84-78), San Francisco (70-92), Colorado (59-103)

NOTES: Two very competitive races, I believe, will grace the NL this year. Atlanta will be battling the New York Mets for the division crown, but the bigger race is the Los Angeles Dodgers and up-and-coming San Diego. And, as I've previously said about picking surprises, here's another: The Padres will upend the Dodgers in the NLCS as it goes to seven games. Elsewhere, Arenado will make a huge difference in St Louis' lineup and Arizona will make bigger strides than people think as Bumgarner will look like his old self again.

* Denotes Wild-Card Entry
All-Star Winner: National League
AL Pennant: Houston Astros
NL Pennant: San Diego Padres

2021 Champion: Houston Astros.

Dusty Baker can finally have his world title as a manager.

And there you are.
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