Crashburn Alley’s 2018 Predictions

The 2018 season kicks off today. The Phillies have high expectations relative the past few years, but they aren’t the only team with high expectations. Once again the members of the Crashburn Alley staff has put together their predictions for standings, awards and other things.

Participating this year:

  • Matt Winkelman
  • Brad Engler
  • Adam Dembowitz
  • Michael Schickling
  • Colbert Root
  • Liam Murphy
  • Jack Merlino

*Note: On mobile devices, these predictions are best viewed using a horizontal orientation.

Standings

AL East Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
1 Yankees Red Sox Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees
2 Red Sox Yankees Red sox Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox
3 Blue Jays Orioles Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Rays Orioles
4 Orioles Blue Jays Rays Orioles Orioles Blue Jays Blue Jays
5 Rays Rays Orioles Rays Rays Orioles Rays

 

AL Central Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
1 Indians Indians Indians Indians Indians Indians Indians
2 Twins Twins Twins Twins Twins Twins Twins
3 Royals White Sox Royals White Sox Royals White Sox White Sox
4 White Sox Tigers Tigers Royals White Sox Royals Royals
5 Tigers Royals White Sox Tigers Tigers Tigers Tigers

 

AL West Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
1 Astros Astros Astros Astros Astros Astros Astros
2 Angels Angels Angels Angels Angels Angels Mariners
3 Mariners Mariners Mariners Athletics Mariners Athletics Angels
4 Rangers Atheltics Athletics Mariners Rangers Mariners Rangers
5 Athletics Rangers Rangers Rangers Athletics Rangers Athletics

 

NL East Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
1 Nationals Nationals Nationals Nationals Nationals Nationals Nationals
2 Phillies Mets Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies
3 Mets Phillies Mets Mets Mets Mets Mets
4 Braves Braves Braves Braves Braves Braves Braves
5 Marlins Marlins Marlins Marlins Marlins Marlins Marlins

 

NL Central Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
1 Cubs Cubs Cubs Cubs Brewers Cubs Cubs
2 Brewers Cardinals Brewers Brewers Cardinals Brewers Brewers
3 Cardinals Brewers Cardinals Cardinals Cubs Cardinals Cardinals
4 Pirates Reds Pirates Pirates Pirates Reds Reds
5 Reds Pirates Reds Reds Reds Pirates Pirates

 

NL West Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
1 Dodgers Dodgers Dodgers Dodgers Rockies Dodgers Dodgers
2 Dbacks Dbacks Dbacks Dbacks Dbacks Dbacks Dbacks
3 Rockies Rockies Rockies Giants Dodgers Rockies Rockies
4 Giants Giants Gians Rockies Giants Padres Giants
5 Padres Padres Padres Padres Padres Giants Padres

Playoffs

Matt

  • ALCS: Dodgers over Cubs in 7
  • NLCS: Indians over Astros in 7
  • World Series:  Dodgers over Indians in 6

Adam

  • ALCS: Astros over Indians in 7
  • NLCS: Nationals over Cubs in  6
  • World Series: Astros over Nationals in 7

Brad

  • ALCS: Astros overs Yankees in 7
  • NLCS: Cubs over Dodgers in 6
  • World Series: Cubs over Astros in 7

Michael

  • ALCS: Indians over Astros
  • NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs
  • World Series: Dodgers over Indians

Colbert

  • ALCS: Yankees over Astros
  • NLCS: Nationals over Brewers
  • World Series: Yankees over Nationals

Liam

  • ALCS: Yankees over Astros
  • NLCS: Rockies over Nationals
  • World Series: Yankees over Rockies

Jack

  • ALCS: Astros over Yankees in 6
  • NLCS: Diamondbacks over Dodgers
  • World Series: Astros over Diamondbacks 6

Awards

Awards Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
AL MVP Trout Trout Lindor Trout Trout Judge Judge
AL Cy Young Kluber Sale Kluber Kluber Stroman Severino
AL ROY Ohtani Calhoun Jimenez Ohtani Mejia Barreto Ohtani
NL MVP Harper Harper Arenado Harper Blackmon Goldschmidt
NL Cy Young Scherzer Syndergaard Scherzer Kershaw Kershaw Strasburg Kershaw
NL ROY Acuna Acuna Brinson Acuna Acuna Kingery Crawford

Phillies-Centric

Phillies Centric Matt Adam Brad Michael Liam Colbert Jack
Hitter WAR Hoskins Hoskins Santana Herrera Hoskins Hoskins Hoskins
Pitcher WAR Nola Nola Nola Nola Arrieta Nola Nola
Stolen Bases Kingery Kingery Kingery Kingery Herrera Kingery Quinn
Walks Santana Santana Santana Hoskins Hernandez Hoskins Santana
Home Runs Hoskins Hoskins Hoskins Hoskins Hoskins Hoskins Hoskins
Pitcher Strikeouts Nola Nola Arrieta Nola Nola Nola Arrieta
Saves Neris Neris Neris Neris Neris Neris Neris
Win- Loss Record 84-78 84-78 85-77 80-82 85-77 84-78 84-78

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3 comments

  1. philk

    March 30, 2018 09:30 AM

    Oh boy, here I go……Since this article is about awards, I want to give my award to the worst managing debut in baseball history to Gabe Kapler. Before talking about this I want to qualify what I say with three items: 1. One of the beauties of baseball is that it is 162 games long and that everyone will have ample chances for redemption and that I shouldn’t get so misplaced after one game, one incident, 2. It is a positive testament to Gabe that he has confidence in his bullpen until shown otherwise, and, 3 I think sabermetrics and the minute analyzing of all things baseball is very important. Now – If I may, I think Gabe Kapler took Aaron Nola out of his opening day start yesterday because of sabermetrics. Nola felt fine and wondered why?? I have to cast a vote here – I vote for talking to your pitcher: I vote for a manger balancing their gut with their brain: I vote for a manager also becoming a student of why some ‘old school’ (I know this is a hot button word) managers were very successful. I see this as a portent of things to come – for instance – because of a 100 pitch obsession taking a guy out with two outs in the eighth while pitching a perfect game. Isn’t the spirit of the human and the clubhouse, TEAM CHEMISTRY as, or more, important and a contributing factor in a decision. . In closing, to reiterate, I believe in sabermetrics, but in the trenches, for the assistant whispering the good facts into the manager’s ear – but when it comes to the manager that I want to see on the field I want an integration of all things baseball not some absolute frame of reference that dwindles away a 5 – 0 lead with a stat that comes up from punching in a real life scenario into a computer. Sorry Gabe this is how I saw and see your debut yesterday and the overall picture of baseball decisions from stats over….well….reality. GO PHILLIES and GO Gabe!

    • Ryan

      March 30, 2018 03:07 PM

      Sabremetrics don’t support this decision. The only stats that I’ve seen that support it are surface level stats mostly due to small sample size. Considering on pitches 51-75 he has an OPS against of 0.610 the stats seem to suggest he was at his best at this time and that taking him out is a bad idea. Also Hoby Milner had a good season last year, except it was almost all luck and looking at sabremetrics and stats beyond ERA would have told Kapler this.

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