MLB Predictions for 2021 – A Six-Pack of Bold Takes
Imagine if I predicted that Luke Voit was going to lead the Majors in home runs. What if I told you that Christian Yelich would bat .205, or that Zac Gallen would have a higher WAR than Jacob deGrom.
You probably would have laughed at me and told me I know nothing about baseball.
Just keep that in mind as you peruse through the following MLB predictions for 2021. They’re bold, but they may not be as far-fetched as you think.
Kyle Tucker Will Be a Top -10 Fantasy Batter
George Springer has one foot out the door and Michael Brantley remains unsigned. With the two most dependable hitters in Houston unlikely to be back with the Astros, who’s going to step up and be the best hitter on the team?
I don’t think it’ll be Carlos Correa. Forget about Jose Altuve or Alex Bregman.
Give me Kyle Tucker, the left-hand-hitting outfielder who led the majors with six triples in 2020.
Kyle’s 42 RBI’s were 10 more than any other ‘Stros hitter and he led the team with 8 stolen bases. Frankly, projecting Tucker to be the most productive batter in Houston isn’t really going out on a limb.
Pegging him as a top-10 batter and a guy worthy of a pick in the first two rounds of fantasy draft….
That’s what makes this a bold prediction.
Eloy Jimenez Will Hit the Most Home Runs in the Majors
The top baseball betting sites will typically offer this prop bet, and I’m sure the odds attached to Eloy Jimenez will be especially juicy. I’ll be looking at taking a bite.
Hitting in the middle of a rich lineup in Chicago – likely sandwiched between Jose Abreu and Luis Robert – means Eloy will see plenty of good pitches. He’ll have ample opportunities to launch the long ball.
In fact, Jimenez has been doing exactly that at a pretty incredible rate through his first two seasons in the Big Leagues.
Notable Players – AB/HR in First Two Seasons in the MLB
|Player||At Bats||Home Runs||AB/HR|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||1,052||38||27.68|
Jack Flaherty Wins the NL Cy Young
After a lights-out campaign in 2019, Jack Flaherty was a popular pick to win the 2020 NL Cy Young. After all, he was 24-years-old and had just finished 4th in the NL Cy Young voting.
Fast forward through a mixed bag of results and a bunch of missed time and Flaherty is now considered one of the MLB bounce back candidates in 2021.
The fact of the matter is Jack sported a paltry 4.91 ERA and the National League is loaded with superstar starting pitchers.
- Jacob deGrom
- Trevor Bauer
- Max Scherzer
- Walker Buehler
- Stephen Strasburg
- Yu Darvish
- Max Fried
- Blake Snell
Just to name a few.
I imagine most aren’t picking the Cardinals righthander to emerge as the best of the bunch.
Jared Walsh Leads the Angels in Homers
I know Mike Trout plays for the Angels. I’m fully aware that Anthony Rendon is manning the hot corner for Joe Maddon, and I understand that Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani are both powerful hitters.
Nevertheless, LA has a first baseman who can rip the cover off the baseball. And it’s not Albert Pujols.
I’m talking about Jared Walsh.
Walsh is batting .367/.397/.833 with 14 runs, eight homers, and 23 RBI over his last 15 games played.
For now, the 27-year-old lefty is slated to play every day in right field for the Halos in the upcoming year. Primed to hit second in front of Trout and Rendon, Walsh is poised to be one of MLB’s breakout players in 2021.
Jared flashed his knack for hitting goners last season with 9 homers in 99 ABs, and let’s not forget about his 36 homers in 382 ABs across AAA in 2019.
If you weren’t “in the know” before, you are now.
Cody Bellinger Won’t be a Top-20 Fantasy Outfielder
Before you start hooting and hollering and call this MLB prediction bogus, take a moment to gather the facts.
Cody Bellinger finished last season as OF17 in standard leagues on cbssports.com. In my rotisserie league on Yahoo, he finished as OF28.
The former NL MVP had an extraordinary start to the 2019 campaign, but ever since the June of that season, he really hasn’t done much.
Here’s the proof.
Over the final four months of his MVP season, Cody batted a cumulative .262. He hit just .211 in the 2019 postseason and produced a .239 BA in 2020.
I don’t want to call Cody a surefire bust, but I feel strongly that he’ll once again fall short of expectations.
The San Diego Padres Will Win the World Series
This blog is all about why the Padres will win the World Series. Here are the cliff notes.
- 37-23 record in 2020 was the 2nd best in the NL
- Adding Darvish and Snell Give the Padres the Best Rotation in Baseball
- Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. are both sincere MVP candidates
- The Acquisition of Ha-seong Kim is HUGE
- Trent Grisham is a star in the making
I liked the Padres heading into 2021 on Christmas. Two days and two aces later, I’m loving their chances.
Padres mood rn pic.twitter.com/1XBRvunJr2— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 29, 2020
What do you think of these bold MLB predictions for 2021?
Are you on board with Eloy Jimenez and Jared Walsh being among the most powerful hitters in the game? Do you agree that Kyle Tucker will be significantly more productive than Cody Bellinger?
If I’m right, I’ll probably say I told ya so. If I’m wrong, feel free to call me out and I’ll stick my foot in my mouth.