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Covering the Corner staff predictions for the 2021 MLB season

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Wherein we are never wrong and somehow every one of these predictions will come true

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cleveland Indians Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

We are mere days away from baseball officially being underway, which means that most moves are done. And that, of course, means it’s time to start making some bad predictions.

If you have followed this series in the past, you probably know it doesn’t go well. We are not good at this. To be fair, no one is, but that’s why it’s fun. At least last year we had an excuse — 2020 was bizarre, short, and nobody knew what would happen. Somehow we still had three staff members pick the right winner, and two pick the right World Series matchup. Will that be the case this year? If you’re a fan of Cleveland baseball, you better hope not.

Take a look at our predictions, then copy and paste the template at the end to make your own and join us in this great big bathtub of divination.

Cleveland predictions

Name Record MVP Rookie of the Year Breakout Player Key Acquisition
Name Record MVP Rookie of the Year Breakout Player Key Acquisition
Blake Ruane 84-78 José Ramírez Logan Allen Daniel Johnson None
Brian Hemminger 85-77 José Ramírez Emmanuel Clase Aaron Civale Starling Marte
Chris D. Davies 82-80 José Ramírez Logan Allen Owen Miller None
Jason Philipps 84-78 José Ramírez Andrés Giménez Cal Quantrill None
Matt Lyons 86-76 José Ramírez Emmanuel Clase Andrés Giménez None
Matt Schlichting 90-72 Roberto Pérez Triston McKenzie Logan Allen None
Merritt Rohlfing 93-69 José Ramírez Yu Chang Aaron Civale None
westbrook 86-76 Shane Bieber Daniel Johnson Logan Allen None

AL predictions

Name AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL MVP AL Cy Young AL ROY
Name AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL MVP AL Cy Young AL ROY
Blake Ruane Yankees White Sox Athletics Twins Rays Mike Trout Tyler Glasnow Randy Arozarena
Brian Hemminger Yankees White Sox Athletics Rays Twins Mike Trout Gerrit Cole Jo Addell
Chris D. Davies Yankees Twins Angels Blue Jays Athletics Anthony Rendon Gerrit Cole Nick Madrigal
Jason Philipps Yankees Twins Athletics Rays Blue Jays Bo Bichette Shane Bieber Randy Arozarena
Matt Lyons Yankees Twins Astros Cleveland White Sox Mike Trout Lucas Giolito Jarred Kelenic
Matt Schlichting Yankees Twins Angels Rays Cleveland Mike Trout Tyler Glasnow Randy Arozarena
Merritt Rohlfing Yankees Cleveland Angels Twins Rays Mike Trout Shane Bieber Jarred Kelenic
westbrook Yankees Tweins Angels Jays White Sox Mike Trout & Shohei Ohtani Lucas Giolito Randy Arozarena

NL predictions

Name NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL MVP NL Cy Young NL ROY
Name NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL MVP NL Cy Young NL ROY
Blake Ruane Mets Cardinals Dodgers Braves Padres Francisco Lindor Jacob deGrom Ke'Bryan Hayes
Brian Hemminger Braves Cardinals Dodgers Padres Brewers Juan Soto Luis Castillo Gavin Lux
Chris D. Davies Mets Cardinals Padres Dodgers Braves Fernando Tatis Jr. Yu Darvish Ke'Bryan Hayes
Jason Philipps Braves Brewers Dodgers Padres Mets Christian Yelich Jacob deGrom Ian Anderson
Matt Lyons Braves Brewers Dodgers Padres Mets Juan Soto Jacob deGrom Ke'Bryan Hayes
Matt Schlichting Braves Brewers Dodgers Padres Phillies Freddie Freeman Aaron Nola Ke'Bryan Hayes
Merritt Rohlfing Mets Cardinals Dodgers Padres Nationals Juan Soto Jacob deGrom Dylan Carlson
westbrook Mets Cardinals Dodgers Padres Braves Francisco Lindor Jacob deGrom Ian Anderson

World Series predictions

Name AL Pennant NL Pennant World Series Winner
Name AL Pennant NL Pennant World Series Winner
Blake Ruane Yankees Mets Yankees
Brian Hemminger White Sox Dodgers Dodgers
Chris D. Davies Blue Jays Dodgers Dodgers
Jason Phillips Rays Braves Braves
Matt Lyons Cleveland Braves Cleveland
Matt Schlichting Angels Dodgers Angels
Merritt Rohlfing Angels Mets Angels
westbrook Angels Padres Padres

Your turn! Copy the form below then paste it into a comment to make your own predictions.

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