MLB 2018 Midseason Review & World Series Picks.

MLB 2018 Midseason Review & World Series Picks

Written by on July 16, 2018

As every team in the MLB fast approaches the 100-game mark, we are starting to get a much clearer idea of which teams will be taking a serious run as World Series Picks. Earlier in the season, I had predicted that we would see the same two teams, the Houston Astros, and LA Dodgers, go head to head once again in the World Series, but it’s now time to re-evaluate that selection. Things could yet take another dramatic turn or two before the end of the season, especially with the trade deadline just a couple of weeks away. The team that lands Manny Machado, the most prized of all available players, might just get the nudge that puts them over the top. That’s a discussion for another time, though, so let’s instead focus on how I think things will play out in the AL and NL races.

MLB 2018 Midseason Review & World Series Picks

American League Preview

Division Leaders

  • East: Boston Red Sox
  • Central: Cleveland Indians
  • West: Houston Astros
Even with a major portion of the season still to play, I think we can safely predict 4 of the 5 teams who will be taking part in the postseason in the American League. The most obvious pick here is are the Cleveland Indians, as they already have a 5-game lead in what is arguably the weakest division in baseball. They should have this whole thing wrapped up quite quickly. We are going to see two teams come out of the AL East, with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees almost certainly making the postseason. Right now, it’s simply a matter of deciding who will be in the Wild Card game. It looks like the Yankees right now, with Boston opening up a 4 ½ game lead and playing some fantastic ball. The Houston Astros are in front in the West and are playing some of the most consistent baseball of any team. They have a staggering +188 run differential, proving just how well rounded they are on offense and defense. The Mariners look like the team that could get the final Wild Card spot in the AL. I think we are looking at an AL Championship game between the Astros and the Yankees, with Houston winning and moving on to the World Series.

National League Review

Division Leaders

  • East: Philadelphia Phillies
  • Central: Chicago Cubs
  • West: LA Dodgers
Things are not quite as clear-cut in the National League, as all 3 divisions are still wide open at this point. It is the Phillies and Braves who are duking it out in the East, with the Nationals still unable to break out. The young Braves look like a team in need of the break, and I think they come back recharged and ready to win the division. Atlanta should be among your World Series Picks after the first part of the 2018 season. The Chicago Cubs have spent much of the first half chasing down the Milwaukee Brewers, but now finally have their noses in front. I think the Cubs are there to stay, but I also believe that the Brewers will be in the Wild Card. There is a very good battle going on in the West, just as there was last season when 3 teams from this division went to the playoffs. I think it will be the Dodgers who win the division, and I like the Rockies to come good in the second half to take the other Wild Card spot. Nothing has changed from my earlier prediction this season, as I don’t see any team in the NL beating the Dodgers in series. It will once again be LA and Houston in the World Series, with the same outcome.