The calendar has flipped to September, which means it’s time to get serious about MLB playoff races. A few divisions are already locked up, like the American League Central, which has been locked up since May. Others, like the National League West, are still a three-team race to the finish. A lot can happen between now and the end of September, but that won’t stop us from putting our MLB playoff predictions out there for the public to either agree or openly mock.

The team of @ArmchairMLB contributors making picks includes myself (@CoachNick_14), Jacob Bollinger (@ArmchairPirates), Ben Renner (AL West contributor/@BenRenner1), Jakob Lucas (@ArmchairOrioles), Matt Holloran (@ArmchairNationals) and James Creange from the Spurtability podcast (listen and subscribe here!).

First, let’s take a look at the current playoff pitcher, as of September 3rd.

American League Playoff Standings

AL East: Boston Red Sox (96-44)

AL Central: Cleveland Indians (78-60)

AL West: Houston Astros (86-53)

AL Wild Card: New York Yankees (87-52) and Oakland Athletics (83-57)

Still in the hunt: Seattle Mariners (5.5 GB) and Tampa Bay Rays (7 GB)

National League Playoff Standings

NL East: Atlanta Braves (76-62)

NL Central: Chicago Cubs (81-57)

NL West: Colorado Rockies (76-62), Los Angeles Dodgers (0.5 GB), Arizona Diamondbacks (1.5 GB)

NL Wildcard: Milwaukee Brewers (79-61) and St. Louis Cardinals (77-62)

Still in the hunt: Philadelphia Phillies (72-64, 3.5 GB of the wildcard, 3 out of NL East)

Armchair MLB Picks

Nick Jacob James
AL East Boston Boston Boston
AL Central Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland
AL West Astros Astros Astros
Wildcards New York/Oakland New York/Oakland New York/Oakland
NL East Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta
NL Central Milwaukee Chicago Chicago
NL West Los Angeles Arizona Arizona
Wildcards Arizona/St. Louis Los Angeles/St. Louis Milwaukee/Colorado
World Series Houston vs. Los Angeles Boston vs. Arizona Cleveland vs. Arizona
World Series Champion Houston Astros Boston Red Sox Cleveland Indians

 

Ben Jakob Matt
AL East Boston Boston Boston
AL Central Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland
AL West Houston Oakland Houston
Wildcards New York/Oakland New York/Houston New York/Oakland
NL East Philadelphia Atlanta Atlanta
NL Central Chicago St. Louis Chicago
NL West Los Angeles Arizona Los Angeles
Wildcards Arizona/St. Louis Chicago/Los Angeles St. Louis/Arizona
World Series Chicago vs. Boston Oakland vs. Chicago Boston vs. Chicago
World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox

 

The biggest initial takeaway from these predictions is that none of us picked a National League team to win the 2018 World Series. Every team has questions surrounding some aspect of their roster; even the Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about the health of their starting rotation.

When it comes to the National League, very few expected the Braves to have this kind of success. How will their teenagers respond in high-pressure situations? Does Milwaukee have the pitching to take them the distance? Will the Dodgers be able to finish ball games? These NL teams are either extremely young, have no experience in the post-season, or have a history of falling apart when it counts (sorry, Dodgers).

All of these questions, plus more, will be answered over the final four weeks of the season. Until then, all we can do is sit back and enjoy September baseball. While I respect my colleagues and their picks, I think I’m heading over to MyBookie.ag and putting my money on the Houston Astros.

Who you got, baseball fans? Comment below with your World Series pick or head on over to @ArmchairMLB and let us know.

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What’s up Armchair All-American readers. My name is Nick Stevens and I call the great state of Virginia home. I’ve been an avid Orioles’ fan since childhood. The first time I ever went to Camden Yards I saw Sidney Ponson pitch and was convinced he was an amazing pitcher. Luckily, my baseball IQ and tastes have developed. I’m a teacher, turned writer, who is enjoying every second of this journey. When I’m not watching baseball, which is a rarity, I’m watching mid-major college sports. Welcome to baseball season folks. Grab a Natty Boh and let’s talk Orioles’ baseball. See you at Camden Yards!
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What’s up Armchair All-American readers. My name is Nick Stevens and I call the great state of Virginia home. I’ve been an avid Orioles’ fan since childhood. The first time I ever went to Camden Yards I saw Sidney Ponson pitch and was convinced he was an amazing pitcher. Luckily, my baseball IQ and tastes have developed. I’m a teacher, turned writer, who is enjoying every second of this journey. When I’m not watching baseball, which is a rarity, I’m watching mid-major college sports. Welcome to baseball season folks. Grab a Natty Boh and let’s talk Orioles’ baseball. See you at Camden Yards!
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