April 6th marks Opening Day in Major League Baseball.
Therefore, I’ve saved you the trouble and compiled the boldest list of 2015 MLB season predictions you’ll ever read. Now you’ll have some trash talk to back up whatever club you call home.
Welcome to another season of bandwagon hopping in the making.
2015 MLB Season Predictions
Jon Lester will finally get a hit.
Lester is the active leader for most plate appearances without a hit at 43. In his career, Jon Lester is 0-for-36 with a walk.
Lester is about to play his first year in the National League for the Chicago Cubs so you’d have to assume he’ll get a hit at some point this season.
Jumbo Diaz becomes the heaviest player to ever play in the MLB.
Jose Rafael “Jumbo” Diaz is a Dominican relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.
He earned the nickname for obvious reasons.
He’s currently listed at 6 feet 4 inches and 280 pounds. But that wasn’t always the case. Last year, Diaz dropped almost 70 lbs. before being called up last year from Triple-A Louisville.
If Diaz doesn’t make the roster until late in the year, that will give him enough time and depressed will power to eat his way back up to 316 pounds.
After channeling his inner Kenny Powers, Diaz makes it back to the big show, breaking Walter Young’s record of 315.
Justin Smoak finally hits a triple.
Newly acquired Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak hasn’t lived up to the lofty prospect status he possessed in Seattle.
On the verge of being sent down to the minors heading into 2015, Smoak only needs 26 more plate appearances without a triple to break the major league record held by Johhny Estrada. Smoak enters the season as Toronto’s starting first baseman, so this prediction might hit earlier than planned.
Javier Baez breaks the major league record for most consecutive starts with a strikeout.
Over the last two months of 2014, Javier Baez had more four-plus strikeout games than Barry Bonds or Pete Rose had in their entire careers.
After concluding the season with 22 consecutive starts with at least one strikeout, Baez is en route to break the major league record of 41 held by current Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis. That is, when he gets called back up to the Cubs.
David Robertson of the Chicago White Sox wins the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award.
Chicago White Sox faithful finally got what they asked for in the off-season with the acquirement of closing pitcher David Robertson from the New York Yankees.
It’s been the one chink in the south side’s armor since the Bobby Jenks era. But Robertson possesses a high enough skill set to help relive the glory days of 2005.
Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers resurrect the San Diego Padres offense.
Last year, the San Diego Padres were the least entertaining team in all of baseball. Their offense was last in the majors in runs scored, but that’s all going to change with the new talent they brought in over the off-season.
Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers will provide enough of a boost to place the Padres in the upper third of major league offenses by the end of the season.
A Chicago Cubs rookie other than Kris Bryant wins the NL Rookie of the Year award.
Too much hype is never a good thing. And with Kris Bryant, the hype will end up killing his rookie season. Mered by the shady actions going down in Wrigley will cause Bryant to struggle right out of the gate and end up killing his projected groundbreaking rookie season.
As Bryant gets scrutinized by every north-sider, Jorge Soler will rise to the occasion and finish in first for NL Rookie of the Year.
Hanley Ramirez wins the AL MVP award over Mike Trout.
After signing a four-year deal with the Boston Red Sox last November, Hanley Ramirez possesses enough upside for me to make this my boldest claim of the bunch.
While the newly acquired left fielder has dealt with a number of injuries over the last two seasons, this season marks the first time he enters the year healthy.
At least for now.
His enticing power-speed combination and less demanding defensive position for the Boston Red Sox places him in a rare category going into this year.
If all goes as planned for the Red Sox and Ramirez can stay healthy, I see Boston making a late run into October led by their newly acquired outfielder.
Alex Rodriguez hits 25 home runs.
Rodriguez feels like a rookie again trying to make Lou Pinella’s team in Seattle.
“I know it’s my 21st year, but it’s probably the one I’m most grateful for,” Rodriguez said.
After spending last year away from baseball from his suspension for steroids (longest penalty in Major League Baseball history for drug use), the New York slugger needs six more home runs to break Willie Mays’ total of 660. If and when that happens, it’ll trigger a $6 million payday.
For A-Rod, being back in a major league stadium means everything.
He left spring training hitting .286 with three home runs and said he feels good and doesn’t care if he hits 7th in the lineup (where he hit Saturday).
All signs point upwards for Rodriguez and I predict a huge comeback year.
Mookie Betts becomes a sensation in Boston.
Betts has surpassed any and all expectations during his time with the Boston Red Sox. And his opponents will continue to feel his wrath in 2015.
With lightning quick hands and stellar hand-eye coordination, Betts has made a name for himself transitioning into a center fielder. His pitch recognition and athleticism give Mookie enough confidence to become a franchise player and the next big thing in Red Sox country.
When the Red Sox open their season on Monday against Philadelphia, it will be the 22-year-old Betts who will bat first.
It’s Mookie Time.