A lot can happen over the course of six months and 162 games, making it difficult to correctly predict what teams and players will find success in a baseball season. When it comes to the 2018 MLB season, however, there are a few things that experts seem to agree on.
There are clear favorites to win both the American League and National League MVP awards. A pitcher in each league stands out as the favorite for the two Cy Young awards, though a handful of candidates have a strong chance to get the most first-place votes at the end of the season. Rookie of the Year is more difficult to predict, but most experts have picked the same player to win the award in the NL.
The Houston Astros are the most popular World Series pick, meaning experts are banking on the defending champs to repeat for the first time in nearly two decades. There is no heavy favorite, with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers all getting plenty of support.
Mike Trout (25), Carlos Correa (5), Gary Sanchez (3), Francisco Lindor (3), Aaron Judge (2), Jose Ramirez (2), Manny Machado (2), Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton
AL Cy Young
Chris Sale (19), Luis Severino (8), Corey Kluber (8), Justin Verlander (7), Carlos Carrasco (2)
AL Rookie of the Year
Shohei Ohtani (16), Willie Calhoun (6), Gleyber Torres (6), Francisco Mejia (4), Dustin Fowler (2), Franklin Barreto (2), Michael Kopech (2), A.J. Puk (2), Anthony Santander, Chance Sisco, Willy Adames, Eloy Jimenez
Bryce Harper (19), Nolan Arenado (6), Joey Votto (4), Kris Bryant (4), Paul Goldschmidt (4), Corey Seager (2), Anthony Rizzo (2), Anthony Rendon, Tommy Pham, Eric Hosmer
NL Cy Young
Clayton Kershaw (16), Max Scherzer (10), Stephen Strasburg (9), Noah Syndergaard (5), Kyle Hendricks (2), Aaron Nola
NL Rookie of the Year
Ronald Acuna (32), Lewis Brinson (6), Scott Kingery (3), Walker Buehler, Ryan McMahon, Nick Senzel
Houston Astros (10), Cleveland Indians (8), Chicago Cubs (8), Los Angeles Dodgers (6), New York Yankees (4), Boston Red Sox (4), Washington Nationals (4)