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2023 MLB Season Preview: World Series Predictions, Burning Questions & More

The BA editorial staff goes on record with their bold—and not so bold—predictions for the 2023 MLB season.

Below, The BA editorial team predicted the order of finish, postseason participants and award winners for the 2023 season, plus answered eight burning questions facing baseball this year. As always, you can also find all of our 2023 prospects coverage here.

Our nine Crystal Ball prognosticators this year are Ben Badler, Carlos Collazo, J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy, Kyle Glaser, Chris Trenkle, Savannah McCann, Josh Norris and Geoff Pontes.

2023 MLB Standings Predictions
NL EastNL CentralNL West
1. Atlanta Braves1. St. Louis Cardinals1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. New York Mets2. Milwaukee Brewers2. San Diego Padres
3. Philadelphia Phillies3. Chicago Cubs3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Miami Marlins4. Cincinnati Reds4. San Francisco Giants
5. Washington Nationals5. Pittsburgh Pirates5. Colorado Rockies
AL EastAL CentralAL West
1. New York Yankees1. Cleveland Guardians1. Houston Astros
2. Toronto Blue Jays2. Minnesota Twins2. Seattle Mariners
3. Tampa Bay Rays3. Chicago White Sox3. Los Angeles Angels
4. Baltimore Orioles4. Kansas City Royals4. Texas Rangers
5. Boston Red Sox5. Detroit Tigers5. Oakland Athletics

National League Postseason And Awards

Wild Cards: Padres, Mets, Phillies.
Pennant: Braves (4 votes), Padres (3), Dodgers (2).

MVP: Ronald Acuña Jr. Also receiving votes: Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Trea Turner.

Cy Young Award: Aaron Nola. Also receiving votes: Sandy Alcantara, Corbin Burnes, Max Fried
Rookie of the Year: Corbin Carroll. Runners-up: Kodai Senga, Jordan Walker, Miguel Vargas, Ezequiel Tovar.

Emmet Sheehan Photo By Chris Bernacchi Diamond Images Via Getty Images

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American League Postseason And Awards

Wild Cards: Mariners, Blue Jays, Rays.
Pennant: Astros (5 votes), Blue Jays (2), Yankees (2).

MVP: Shohei Ohtani. Also receiving votes: Yordan Alvarez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Julio Rodriguez
Cy Young Award: Gerrit Cole. Also receiving votes: Shane Bieber, Luis Castillo, Dylan Cease, Kevin Gausman, Alek Manoah
Rookie of the Year: Gunnar Henderson. Runners-up: Grayson Rodriguez, Triston Casas.


Matt Eddy: Astros defeat Braves

Josh Norris: Padres defeat Yankees

Carlos Collazo: Braves defeat Blue Jays

Kyle Glaser: Braves defeat Yankees

Ben Badler: Astros defeat Padres

Geoff Pontes: Padres defeat Astros

Chris Trenkle: Dodgers defeat Astros

Savannah McCann: Dodgers defeat Blue Jays

J.J. Cooper: Braves defeat Astros

Eight Burning Questions

1. Which Team Will Be The Biggest Surprise Of 2023?
2. Which Team Had The Best Offseason?
3. Which Team Had The Most Disappointing Offseason?
4. Who Is The Breakout MLB Hitter Of 2023?
5. Who Is The Breakout MLB Pitcher Of 2023?
6. Which Player Will Bounce Back In 2023?
7. What Will Be The Biggest Storyline Of 2023?
8. Which Division Winner From 2022 Has The Most Downside For 2023?

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