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MLB Predictions 2023

Opening Day is nearly a week away so it's time for my prognostications for the 2023 season. My predictions were so bad last year I am not even going to recap them, which I usually do, but if you're curious you can view them here . My only redemption is I got the AL West standings completely right. Oof.  One of these years I am going to have the perfect predictions. Or not. But maybe this year can be the year. So without further ado, here are my 2023 MLB predictions... As always, division winners bolded  and wildcards italicized .  AL East: Blue Jays ,    Yankees, Rays, Orioles, Red Sox AL Central: White Sox , Twins , Guardians, Royals, Tigers AL West: Astros , Mariners , Angels, Rangers, A's NL East: Phillies , Braves , Mets , Marlins, Nationals  NL Central: Cardinals , Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Pirates  NL West: Padres , Giants , Dodgers, Dbacks, Rockies Best Records: Blue Jays, Phillies  2nd Best Records: Astros, Padres  AL Wildcard: Yankees over Mariners, White Sox over Twin
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MLB Predictions 2022

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