As sports fans, we need something to bridge the gap between MLB off-season and Opening Day. Ya know, a little something to take the edge off.
Here are my four best bets on predicting the over/under for win totals in the 2019 season.
Totals are based off of Westgate.
Los Angeles Angels – UNDER 81.5
In 2016 the Angels won 74 games. In 2017 and 2018, 80 each. That equates to 78 over the course of three years. Pitching is going to be a huge issue. Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs are expected to lead the rotation. Who? Exactly. Matt Harvey is also expected to be a key piece in the middle of the Halos rotation. The “Black Knight” accumulated a 4.86 ERA in 2016, 6.70 in 2017, and 4.94 in 2018. Not ideal. Another reason the Angels of Anaheim will struggle to get past the 80 win hump, injuries. Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani is coming off Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until May. The two-way player will be able to hit, but will likely be shut down for any pitching circumstances in 2019. Albert Pujols isn’t getting any younger and seems to always have a nagging issue he can’t get rid of. Starting second baseman Zack Cozart will start the season on the disabled list. Even with a managerial change, I see another underwhelming season in Los Angeles. As the season winds down to an end, rumors of Mike Trout going back to his hometown to join superstar outfielder Bryce Harper in Philadelphia will pick up.
Baltimore Orioles – UNDER 59.5
The Orioles won a MLB worst 47 games last season. For more than half of the games, they had All-Star 3rd baseman Manny Machado before he got shipped to the Dodgers. This team made no significant off-season upgrades to try and replace him. They have young guys with talent. But for now, they are still way to young and inexperienced to make any noise in the tough AL East. Expect another tough year in Bird Land.
Chicago Cubs – OVER 89.5
You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time the Cubs won less than 90 games. Even though they took a step back last year, I expect Chicago to get back to their 2016 form when they were victorious in 103 games. With a core of Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo, how can they not win at least 90 games? Plus, Joe Maddon and Co. are the NL Central favorites.
Philadelphia Phillies – OVER 86.5
Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper, and Bryce Harper. With young stud Aaron Nola on the mound and seasoned veteran Andrew McCutchen manning the outfield, this team is going to have a great year in 2019. Not to mention Jake Arrieta, JT Realmuto, and young phenom Rhys Hoskins.