With the first half of the MLB season coming to a close, it is now time to start making predictions for what the second half of the season will bring. The first half brought us history in Shohei Ohtani being named an All-Star at both pitching and hitting, a red-hot Boston team and so much more. Most predictions will stick to the basics like who will win their division, who will hit the most homers, etc. However, I think the better types of predictions are the ones that make your brain hurt to think about.
With so many different directions the MLB season could go in the second half, let’s check it out. The five boldest predictions for the MLB’s second half.
5.) Shohei Ohtani Wins The Triple Crown and MVP
If the predictions are going to be bold I might as well start big right? Shohei Ohtani has been nothing short of amazing in the first half of the season. Ohtani features a 3.60 ERA and currently leads the MLB in home runs as the All-Star break comes closer.
‘While Ohtani is nowhere near the top in batting average, he does lead in homers and is top three in RBI’s. I think this prediction would shake the very foundation of baseball if a two-way player managed a triple crown and the MVP.
Ohtani is the modern-day Babe Ruth because he can crush the baseball at the plate but also sit down batters with a high fastball. Ohtani is changing the game of baseball and I feel the best way to start this list is with a bang. Shohei Ohtani will win the Triple Crown and AL MVP by the end of this season. Maybe I am crazy, but right now the stats speak for themselves.
4.) The LA Angels Make The Playoffs And Win The Division
I am going to continue with the hot takes on the Angels here I guess. Los Angeles currently sits around five games out from a Wild Card spot. Here is where it gets interesting for the Angels… Mike Trout was moved to the 60-day IL recently so this gives him more time to heal up. The Angels have the right talent without Trout to continue to win games overall. Once the second half begins and Mike Trout is 100%, the Angels will make a surge for that playoff spot.
To make it even more interesting, the Angels will win enough games to catch the Houston Astros and win the division. With the dual phenom in Trout and Ohtani, the Angels will raise eyebrows and take the baseball world by storm in the second half of the season. Again, maybe I am crazy but that is what bold predictions are for right?
3.) The Milwaukee Brewers Will Win The National League
While this one does not seem like a bold prediction considering the Brewers are one of the best teams in baseball so far, just give me a second. The Brewers are not in the top ten in ANY major hitting category, but their saving grace is their pitching. Milwaukee is top ten in three major categories of pitching stats (ERA, hits allowed, and earned runs allowed).
However, the Brewers are just good enough that I think they could beat any other NL team with their elite pitching. Milwaukee could easily hold their own in the second half and they will simply because they can hold elite offensive teams to fewer runs.
Like I said before, the Brewers have one of the best records in baseball in the first half, but that means nothing. This season, Milwaukee will make it something and win the NL and be playing for a World Series.
2.) The San Francisco Giants Will Miss The Playoffs
Yes, you read the subtitle correctly, this is where the bold predictions get even bolder. The San Francisco Giants, division leaders, easily one of the best if not the best team in baseball, will miss the playoffs. There have been ultimate meltdowns before and maybe this year we see another one. The Giants are top ten in multiple categories, but in the second half, that will all plummet. From earned runs to RBI’s and more, the Giants will collapse.
This seems absurd considering how well the Giants have played in the first half, but you never know in baseball. There have been many examples of dominant first-half teams missing the playoffs. There have also been examples of teams dominating all the way down to the last regular-season game and missing. All of these possibilities are on the table and the Giants will fall hard.
1.) The Boston Red Sox Will Sweep Every Series In The Playoffs
In my lifetime I have seen many dominant Red Sox squads, and this year’s team is yet another version. The Red Sox are top ten in four major batting categories, but where they can struggle is their pitching. However, this Red Sox squad is chock-full of talent and will sweep their way to a World Series Title. Bold right? Boston has emerged as a real deal contender again after the Rays have fallen off a bit so why not Boston?
The Red Sox have managed to solidify around a five-game lead in the division and are 9-1 in their last ten games. Boston is doing everything right so far and they will continue to do so all the way to another World Series title. This year’s Red Sox team reminds me a lot of the 2013 Red Sox. Gritty, hard-hitting, solid defensively, and just a good team overall. Watch out for these Red Sox, the brooms will be out in October!
So, there you have it; five bold predictions for the MLB’s second half. Are most of them outlandish and crazy? Absolutely. Are any of them going to be correct? Maybe, maybe not, but that is the fun part. Wild scenarios for the half of the season that has not happened yet, it can go anywhere!
Stats from mlb.com and espn.com
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