Opening Day of the 2021 Major League Baseball Season is today.  Fans are slowly getting back into the baseball stadiums, well some are moving slowly-- some are just going crazy (looking at you Texas Rangers), to watch a game and grab a beer & a dog.

Today I am going to write up my pre-season MLB Power Rankings and then share with you, the reader, who TRoy and Jay picked to win divisions, wild cards, and World Series that we shared on "Don't Hassle Us We're Local"

So here we go...

BEFORE THE 2021 MLB FIRST PITCH POWER RANKINGS FOR ALL 3O MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers-- have to give it to the defending World Series Champions
  2. San Diego Padres-- love this team, love the uniforms, love the front office
  3. New York Yankees-- "Cheering for the Yankees is like cheering for the house to win in blackjack" -Bill Simmons
  4. Minnesota Twins-- have them winning the World Series this year- spoiler alert
  5. New York Mets-- looking at a win now team philosophy and front office has been making players very happy
  6. Atlanta Braves-- the East Coast version of the Padres.  Young and fun to watch.
  7. Chicago White Sox-- the loss of Jimenez hurt but still a very powerful roster
  8. St. Louis Cardinals-- the NL Central is not strong this year.  Pitching will carry them to division win
  9. Houston Astros-- the Astros cheated.
  10. Oakland A's-- always in the mix to be a post-season contender
  11. Washington Nationals--great pitching and Soto and Robles are superstars for years to come
  12. Toronto Blue Jays-- young talent and off season acquisitions will have the Jays fighting in the AL East
  13. Tampa Bay Rays-- they just don't go away and no-one can name 4 starters for their team.  People in Tampa CAN'T name 4 starters on the Rays
  14. Chicago Cubs-- an early 10-2 record will push the Cubs into the Top 10 by Week 2.
  15. Philadelphia Phillies-- did you think I would let a Bryce Harper team fall to the bottom half of the rankings???
  16. Los Angeles Angles-- I am a fan of Ohtani
  17. Milwaukee Brewers-- another team that will always push for post season play
  18. Miami Marlins-- a young pitching staff and strong team manager
  19. Kansas City Royals-- hopefully we see some of their future talent at Modern Woodmen Park for QC River Bandit games
  20. Boston Red Sox-- the Red Sox will take their lumps in a strong AL East division.  Will only make them better
  21. Cincinnati Reds-- will this team ever contend??
  22. Cleveland Indians-- who wants to watch Major League instead of watch this team play?
  23. Seattle Mariners-- James Paxton is back and and the rotation is still young
  24. San Francisco Giants-- meh
  25. Arizona Diamondbacks-- keep your radar on players like Josh Rojas and Tim Locastro
  26. Texas Rangers-- will allow 100% attendance.  That is the best thing I can write about this team
  27. Colorado Rockies-- Trevor Story will NOT be a Rockie at the end of the year
  28. Detroit Tigers-- see the Cincinnati Reds
  29. Baltimore Orioles-- Trey Mancini will be a "Comeback Player of the Year" candidate
  30. Pittsburgh Pirates-- Ke'Bryan Hayes is the only thing to write about the Pirates.  He is probably going to win NL Rookie of the Year

2021 DIVISION WINNERS AND POST-SEASON PREDICTIONS

T-Roy

  • Yankees win the AL East
  • White Sox win the AL Central
  • Oakland A's win the AL West
  • Astros win wildcard
  • Twins win wildcard

 

  • Braves win the NL East
  • Cardinals win the NL Central
  • Padres win the NL West
  • Dodgers win wildcard
  • Nationals win wildcard

 

  • Houston over Twins in AL Wildcard game
  • Yankees over Astros in divisional series
  • A's over White Sox in divisional series
  • Yankees over A's in AL Championship Series

 

  • Dodgers over Nationals in NL Wildcard game
  • Braves over Cardinals in divisional series
  • Padres over Dodgers in divisional series
  • Padres over Braves in NL Championship Series

SAN DIEGO PADRES DEFEAT THE NEW YORK YANKEES IN 2021 WORLD SERIES


Now let's look at Jay

  • Yankees win the AL East
  • Twins win the AL Central
  • Astros cheat to win the AL West
  • A's win the wildcard
  • White Sox win the wildcard

 

  • Mets win the NL East
  • Cardinals win the NL Central
  • Dodgers win the NL West
  • Padres win the wildcard
  • Braves win the wildcard

 

  • White Sox over the A's in Wildcard Game
  • Twins over the Astros in divisional series
  • White Sox over the Yankees in divisional series
  • Twins over the White Sox in the AL Championship Series

 

  • Padres over the Braves in Wildcard Game
  • Mets over the Cardinals in divisional series
  • Dodgers over the Padres in divisional series
  • Dodgers over the Mets in the NL Championship Series

MINNESOTA TWINS DEFEAT THE LA DODGERS TO WIN THE 2021 MLB WORLD SERIES