Yankees Club 300 Homers And 4 More 2019 MLB Predictions

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 4:59 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 4:59 PM UTC

Baseball’s hot stove is barely simmering right now, but that isn’t stopping our handicapper from adding fuel to the fire with five early MLB picks for 2019.

<p style="text-align:right;"><strong>Willie’s 2018 MLB picks record:</strong> 95-95-1 (+7.80 units)</p><p>We’re still two weeks from the start of the NFL and College Football Playoffs, and roughly three months away from Selection Sunday for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, meaning baseball is one the last things on anyone’s mind. But it never really leaves my old noggin, plus pitchers and catchers report in less than two months.</p><p>My beloved Houston Astros are as good a place as any to start this set of prognostications. Second behind defending champion Boston on current <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/to-win-outright/futures/" title="MLB Futures Odds">World Series Futures</a> at 6/1, Houston has been very quiet this offseason with the only major adds infielder Aledmys Diaz and outfielder Michael Brantley, and reports are the Astros are still hunting for a starting pitcher and possibly a catcher. They should be one of the chalkiest division picks, but the Astros won’t match that 103-win total from a year ago. Houston will take home its 3rd-straight AL West crown, however.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Can Yankees Break Their New HR Record?</strong></h2><p>With the Red Sox at +525 and the New York Yankees +700 to win it all, all signs point to another classic race with the cream of the American League once again in the East Division. Boston has also been quiet this winter, and in desperate need of a closer after Craig Kimbrel left Beantown on the free agent express, while New York added starting pitcher James Paxton in a trade from Seattle.</p><p>It’s always tough to repeat, and so it will be for the Red Sox despite a talented roster. The Yankees are reportedly still toying with the idea of bringing Manny Machado aboard, and remain one of the few teams that can afford Bryce Harper. Machado makes more sense with Didi Gregorius sidelined until July following elbow surgery. Adding either slugger – and keeping Aaron Judge healthy for a full season – would make the Yankees a legitimate threat to hammer 300 homers after setting a new MLB record with 267 in 2018. New York ran 77-78-7 O/U/P on <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/money-line/" target="_blank" title="Live MLB Odds">MLB odds</a> boards last season when the vast majority of the totals were 8½-9½; with a stick like Harper or Machado in the mix, we’d likely see those totals in the 9-10 range.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>And Your 2019 AL Rookie Of The Year Is…</strong></h2><p>Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is going to start stuffing his trophy case on the way to a Hall of Fame career in 2019. It’s likely he starts the season in Triple-A due to MLB’s service rules, but he’ll soon be a daily fixture in Toronto’s lineup where he could find himself once again playing alongside a couple more sons of former major leaguers (Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette). There’s really no reason for the Blue Jays to rush him with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4492&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a> selling Toronto at 66/1 to win the World Series. This is going to be a special player who follows his dad to Cooperstown.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Nats Rise Above Crowded &amp; Competitive NL East</strong></h2><p>The NL East could give us a 4-team race down to the wire, and I love the division to produce two of the five National League playoff teams. But while the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and even the New York Mets are chic <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/mlb/" target="_blank" title="Free MLB Picks">picks by MLB</a> Network talking heads, I’m currently on the Washington Nationals. The Nats have added catcher Yan Gomes to the lineup that will have a full season from Juan Soto, the latter leading Washington fans to don “Bryce Who?” t-shirts at some point. Patrick Corbin was also inked to bolster a rotation with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at the top.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"pt\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The Blue Jays need to get more pieces around Vladimir Guerrero Jr. by embracing their rebuild &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/Ebp6vmWrlI\"&gt;https://t.co/Ebp6vmWrlI&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/41fhNVcDrg\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/41fhNVcDrg&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NFL Fan (@NFL_Commentary) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NFL_Commentary/status/1074687955103473664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;17 de dezembro de 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Redbirds Return To Postseason</strong></h2><p>Not much has gone right for St. Louis the past three seasons, the first time since the late 90s the Cardinals went that long without a playoff appearance. Yet, they still won 86, 83 and 88 games from 2016-18. They’ve beefed up the lineup with a deal to bring Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona, and aren’t done. St. Louis beats Chicago and Milwaukee for the NL Central title.</p>
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