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Fish Stripes predicts the 2017 MLB season

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Our staff takes some strong stances and will probably regret it.

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Baseball makes fools of us all, said some wise fan in the stands, somewhere, sometime (probably).

Every year, the so-called experts and novice fans alike gather together and come up with a cacophony of sage picks and hot takes; every year, most of us are wrong.

Call us gluttons for punishment if you must, but we just couldn’t sit idly by and let everyone else have all the fun. We wanted to put our opinions out there to be mocked alongside the rest of baseball’s punditry. We should probably note that not every writer filled out the entire survey, as if afraid to go too far off the deep end.

Unsurprisingly, not everything was a hot take. Almost everyone picked the Cubs to win the NL Central and the Indians to win the AL Central. Most believe we’ll be seeing those two teams again in the World Series, with the Indians gaining some sweet revenge.

That being said, you may find a nugget or two below that makes you wonder what kind of hallucinogens we’ve been passing around at staff meetings.

Without further adieu, the Fish Stripes staff presents their picks for the 2017 MLB season. Bookmark this post, because we will be coming back to it at season’s end to point out how right I was how wrong everyone was.

Fish Stripes 2017 Staff Predictions

Writer AL MVP NL MVP AL ROTY NL ROTY NL East Winner NL Central Winner NL West Winner NL WC #1 NL WC#2 AL East Winner AL Central Winner AL West Winner AL WC #1 AL WC #2 World Series matchup World Series Champion Marlins Record Marlins playoffs AL CY NL CY
Writer AL MVP NL MVP AL ROTY NL ROTY NL East Winner NL Central Winner NL West Winner NL WC #1 NL WC#2 AL East Winner AL Central Winner AL West Winner AL WC #1 AL WC #2 World Series matchup World Series Champion Marlins Record Marlins playoffs AL CY NL CY
Scott Gelman Greg Bird Clayton Kershaw Yoan Moncada Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Dodgers Cardinals Mets Red Sox Indians Astros Rangers Yankees Cubs vs. Yankees Cubs 80-82 No Chris Sale Clayton Kershaw
Thomas B. Carlos Correa Nolan Arenado Mitch Haniger Dansby Swanson Mets Cubs Rockies Dodgers Nationals Blue Jays Indians Astros Tigers Yankees Cubs vs. Indians Indians 75-87 No Corey Kluber Noah Syndergaard
Kevin K. Mookie Betts Kris Bryant Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson MARLINS!! Cubs Dodgers Rockies Nationals Red Sox Royals Rangers Astros Indians Nationals vs. Rangers Nationals 91-71 Yes Chris Sale Clayton Kershaw
Connor N. Manny Machado Christian Yelich Andrew Benintendi Tyler Glasnow Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Marlins Red Sox Indians Astros Blue Jays Orioles Mets vs. Astros Mets 88-74 Yes Felix Hernandez Clayton Kershaw
Andrew Meyer Mike Trout Yoenis Cespedes Yoan Moncada Dansby Swanson Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Rockies Blue Jays Indians Astros Rangers Mariners Dodgers vs. Indians
Aram Leighton Mookie Betts Bryce Harper Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Mets Cubs Dodgers Cardinals Pirates Red Sox Indians Astros Yankees Orioles Cubs vs. Red Sox Red Sox 79-83 No Danny Duffy Clayton Kershaw
Carmine D. Jose Altuve Bryce Harper Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Mets Cubs Giants Dodgers Rockies Red Sox Indians Astros Rangers Yankees Cubs vs. Red Sox Cubs 76-86 No
Daniel Smith Mookie Betts Corey Seager Yoan Moncada Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Dodgers Cardinals Mets Red Sox Indians Astros Blue Jays Yankees Cubs vs. Red Sox Red Sox 78-84 No Chris Sale Madison Bumgarner
David Phillips Mike Trout Bryce Harper Yoan Moncada Manuel Margot Nationals Cubs Dodgers Mets Giants Blue Jays Indians Rangers Red Sox Tigers Nationals vs. Indians Indians 77-85 No Yu Darvish Noah Syndergaard
Dylan G. Mookie Betts Nolan Arenado Yoan Moncada Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Dodgers Giants Mets Red Sox Indians Rangers Blue Jays Astros Cubs vs. Indians Indians 79-83 No Corey Kluber Noah Syndergaard
Ely Sussman Francisco Lindor Paul Goldschmidt Mitch Haniger Robert Stephenson Nationals Pirates Dodgers Cubs Diamondbacks Blue Jays Indians Astros Mariners Rays Blue Jays vs. Dodgers Dodgers 74-88 No Chris Archer Clayton Kershaw
Isaac Goodwin Mike Trout Freddie Freeman Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Giants Dodgers Rockies Blue Jays Indians Mariners Astros Red Sox Cubs vs. Indians Indians 78-84 No Chris Sale Clayton Kershaw
Jackson Bruce Mookie Betts Bryce Harper Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Giants Mets Rockies Red Sox Indians Astros Mariners Rangers Red Sox vs. Nationals Nationals 81-81 No
Jack McElduff Edwin Encarnacion Nolan Arenado Andrew Benintendi Tyler Glasnow Nationals Cubs Dodgers Rockies Giants Red Sox Indians Astros Blue Jays Mariners Indians vs. Cubs Indians No
John B. Mike Trout Corey Seager Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Dodgers Giants Mets Blue Jays Indians Mariners Astros Red Sox Indians vs. Dodgers Indians 79-83 No Danny Duffy Clayton Kershaw
Justin Brands Mike Trout Corey Seager Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Dodgers Giants Mets Red Sox Indians Astros Blue Jays Mariners Dodgers vs. Indians 84-78 No Chris Sale Noah Syndergaard
Seth Guttman Gary Sanchez Yoenis Cespedes Andrew Benintendi Robert Gsellman Mets Cubs Dodgers Nationals Pirates Red Sox Indians Astros Tigers Yankees Astros vs. Dodgers Dodgers 83-79 No Corey Kluber Clayton Kershaw
Tim H. Carlos Correa Anthony Rizzo Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Nationals Cardinals Giants Cubs Dodgers Red Sox Indians Astros Rangers Orioles Red Sox vs. Giants Red Sox
James H. Mike Trout Bryce Harper Andrew Benintendi Dansby Swanson Nationals Cubs Dodgers Mets Marlins Orioles Indians Astros Tigers Royals Nationals vs. Indians Indians 86-76 Yes Chris Sale Clayton Kershaw
Fish Stripes 2017 staff predictions

How do you see things playing out? Leave your own picks in the comments and laugh alongside us at our collective foolishness in seven months time. Happy Opening Day!