Top MLB Expert Predictions For The Last Weeks Of Regular Season
With approximately 40 games remaining in the 2016 MLB regular season, baseball bettors everywhere need to know what the most likely scenarios are for each and every title contender in both leagues.
That’s where I come in. Thanks to the informative advice you’re about to get with my top MLB betting predictions for the last few weeks of the regular season, you’re going to be able to maximize your chances of cashing in early and often over the next few weeks at the very least.
Okay, with that said, let’s get started.
Analyzing The Top MLB Expert Predictions For The Last Weeks Of Regular Season
The Cleveland Indians (71-51) are ranked fourth in scoring (5.0 rpg) and an equally impressive ninth in runs allowed (4.1 rpg). Right now, I don’t see the Tribe blowing it under widely-respected head coach Terry Francona.
Detroit (65-59) and Kansas City (64-60) are both nipping at Cleveland’s heels for the NL Central division title, but right now, I don’t see either team getting it, although the Royals were my preseason pick to represent the AL in the 2016 World Series.
The Tribe win the AL Central, but I’m still wary of a Royals team that has caught fire the last three weeks.
The Toronto Blue Jays (70-54) are on top in the AL East, but need to keep picking up wins with both, the Boston Red Sox (69-54) and Baltimore Orioles (67-56) nipping at their heels. The Jays are ranked seventh in scoring (4.8 rpg) and fifth in runs allowed (4.0 rpg). The BoSox are ranked first in scoring (5.5 rpg) but just 19th in runs allowed (4.5 rpg) and that just isn’t a good recipe for postseason success. Likewise, Baltimore is ranked ninth in scoring (4.7 rpg), but just 18th in runs allowed (4.5 rpg).
The Blue Jays win the AL East!
The Texas Rangers (73-52) are going to win the AL West, making the Seattle Mariners (66-57) and Houston Astros (64-60) two of the top wild card contenders in the American League.
Texas is averaging 4.66 runs per game (10th) but allowing 4.65 runs per contest defensively (20th). Seattle got staff ace Felix Hernandez back recently and the M’s rank a stellar eighth in scoring (4.7 rpg) and 11th in runs allowed (4.29 ERA). Houston is still in the wild card race and they’re ranked solid 12th in scoring (4.5 rpg) and 10th in runs allowed (4.2 rpg). The Rangers win the AL West with room to spare.
Chicago Cubs (78-45)
The Chicago Cubs lead the majors in scoring (5.1 rpg) and ERA from their starting pitchers (2.89), making them the odds on favorite to hoist this season’s World Series trophy. Could another team take out Chicago? Of course it’s possible, but I say, not likely, in a season in which the Cubbies have clearly been the best team in all of baseball.
St. Louis (66-57)
The Cardinals are ranked fifth in scoring (4.9 rpg) but they’ve been just mediocre defensively and have had to battle injuries all season long. Right now, I’m thinking the Cards fail to earn one of the two available wild card berths in the National League.
The Nationals look like the only team in the National League that is capable of even challenging Chicago. Washington will easily win the NL East – before falling t the Cubs in the NLCS!
The Miami Marlins (65-59) have had a fine season by exceeding expectations, but the Marlins aren’t a ‘real’ threat to beat anyone even if they reach the playoffs as a wild card, which, by the way, they won’t!
NY Mets (62-62)
Stick a fork in the reeling Mets because they’re done! New York is ranked a stellar third in runs allowed (3.8 rpg), but that doesn’t matter much when you can’t score. The Mets are ranked a dismal 29th in scoring (3.7 rpg) and that just won’t cut it against either Washington or Chicago, not that the Mets are going to reach the playoffs.
LA Dodgers (68-55)
The Dodgers have gotten some fantastic pitching this season and currently are ranked fourth in runs allowed (3.9 rpg). The bad news is that L.A. has struggled mightily on offense by averaging just 4.4 runs per game (17th) and 8.5 hits per contest (20th). Pitching will help the Dodgers win the NL West title, but it won’t help them win the NL pennant!
San Francisco (68-56)
The Giants were expected to contend for a World Series title and they’ve done a good job of staying in contention all season long as they battle L.A. for the NL west division crown. While San Francisco is ranked an impressive sixth in runs allowed (4.0 rpg), the Giants have a nearly identical problem to their division rivals as they struggle to score consistently by averaging just 4.4 runs per game (16th).
NL Wild Cards
San Francisco and St. Louis
AL Wild Cards
Boston and Seattle
NL Division Winners
Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, LA Dodgers
AL Division Winners
Cleveland, Toronto, Texas
Cubs vs. Nationals
Blue Jays vs. Indians
World Series Matchup
Chicago Cubs vs. Toronto Blue Jays