MLB Season Predictions 2023 | Preseason Picks for World Series, Playoffs, Awards

Posted: Apr 6, 2022Last updated: Apr 7, 2022

Three of The Game Day’s MLB writers were tasked with making 2022 baseball season predictions for the World Series winner, playoff teams, and player award winners.

Read their 2022 MLB season predictions for which team will lift the WS trophy; which squads will win their MLB division; and which players will take home the hardware in the AL and NL for MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year.

All MLB betting odds are current as of April 6, 2022, at Caesars Sportsbook.

World Series Pick 2023

TeamWorld Series %World Series Breakeven Odds
Houston Astros20.00%401
New York Yankees19.90%402
New York Mets15.30%554
Los Angeles Dodgers10.60%841
Atlanta Braves7.90%1161
Tampa Bay Rays7.20%1292
Toronto Blue Jays5.30%1788
St. Louis Cardinals4.40%2189
San Diego Padres2.90%3358
Philadelphia Phillies2.60%3812
Seattle Mariners2.00%4890
Minnesota Twins0.80%12526
Cleveland Guardians0.70%13269
Baltimore Orioles0.20%43003

Toronto Blue Jays defeat Los Angeles Dodgers

Both teams have loaded lineups, but the Dodgers will prove to have the edge in pitching, and only look more formidable after acquiring Craig Kimbrel. — SCOTT ENGEL

Toronto Blue Jays defeat Philadelphia Phillies

Two teams that were held back by awful bullpens look poised to take the leap into World Series contention. The Blue Jays and Phillies each have what you need for a championship: a stacked offense, well-rounded rotation, and improved bullpen. — FRANK AMMIRANTE

Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto might be the most talented team in the American League, while Los Angeles has the best roster in all of baseball. If these teams do meet up in the Fall Classic, I’m taking the Dodgers because of their superior pitching. —TYLER MAHER

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AL Playoff Team Picks

TeamPennant Win %Breakeven Odds
New York Yankees47.6%110
Houston Astros36.4%175
Tampa Bay Rays5.4%1764
Toronto Blue Jays4.2%2254
Minnesota Twins3.3%2919
Chicago White Sox1.0%9590
Boston Red Sox0.9%10913
Cleveland Guardians0.6%16907
Seattle Mariners0.3%34147
Baltimore Orioles0.1%146959
Los Angeles Angels0.1%118948
Texas Rangers0.1%67468
Detroit Tigers0.0%#DIV/0!
Kansas City Royals0.0%#DIV/0!
Oakland Athletics0.0%#DIV/0!

NL Playoff Team Picks

NL EastNL CentralNL WestNL Wild CardNL Wild CardNL Wild Card
Frank AmmirantePhilliesBrewersDodgersMetsPadresGiants
Scott EngelMetsBrewersDodgersPhilliesBravesPadres
Tyler MaherBravesBrewersDodgersMetsPhilliesPadres

Check out our full pennant and division previews

AL & NL MVP Picks

Frank AmmiranteByron BuxtonJuan Soto
Scott EngelLuis RobertFreddie Freeman
Tyler MaherMike TroutJuan Soto

AL MVP: Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox
NL MVP: Freddie Freeman, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Robert is going to have a major breakout season as he leads Chicago to a division title, and Freeman will be the crux of the best lineup in the National League. — SCOTT ENGEL

AL MVP: Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
NL MVP: Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

Buxton slashed .306/.358/.647 while playing elite defense last season. If he can stay healthy, he’s going to have a chance to win AL MVP.

Soto put up a ridiculous .329/.489/.589 slash from June 1st onwards last season. He’s got a ceiling that we haven’t seen yet and the Nationals don’t need to make the playoffs for him to win this award. — FRANK AMMIRANTE

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
NL MVP: Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

Injuries and the pandemic have cost Trout a lot of time over the past two seasons, but he’s still one of the best players in baseball when healthy. He’s only 30, so he should have at least one more MVP left in him.

A slow start probably cost Soto the award last year, but he still finished runner-up thanks to a monster second half and arguably should have won over Bryce Harper. If he picks up where he left off, he’ll win this award easily. — TYLER MAHER

Read our full 2022 MVP predictions

AL & NL Cy Young Picks

AL Cy YoungNL Cy Young
Frank AmmiranteGerrit ColeBrandon Woodruff
Scott EngelGerrit ColeMax Scherzer
Tyler MaherGerrit ColeWalker Buehler

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, SP, New York Mets

Cole does not have enough competition at the top of the AL field, and Scherzer will flourish in New York because of his big-game mentality. —SCOTT ENGEL

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees
NL Cy Young: Brandon Woodruff, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

Cole is the model of consistency, good for 180-200 innings per season with an elite strikeout rate and ratios.

Woodruff has developed into one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has the high volume and terrific strikeout-to-walk ratio to win this award. — FRANK AMMIRANTE

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees
NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

After four straight top-5 finishes in the AL Cy Young voting (including runner-up twice), this is the year Cole finally gets over the hump and wins his first career trophy.

As the best starting pitcher on the best team in baseball, Buehler is a good bet to win this award. Few pitchers are capable of matching his combination of quality and volume, as he ranked second in the NL in innings (207 & 2/3) and third in ERA (2.47) last year. — TYLER MAHER

See our full 2022 Cy Young predictions

AL & NL Rookie of the Year Picks

Frank AmmiranteBobby Witt Jr.Seiya Suzuki
Scott EngelBobby Witt Jr.Seiya Suzuki
Tyler MaherJulio RodriguezOneil Cruz

AL Rookie of the Year: Bobby Witt Jr., 3B/SS, Kansas City Royals
NL Rookie of the Year: Seiya Suzuki, OF, Chicago Cubs

It seems unfair that Suzuki is a rookie, but he will be an instant sensation, and Witt will fully arrive as a star. — SCOTT ENGEL

AL Rookie of the Year: Bobby Witt Jr., 3B/SS, Kansas City Royals
NL Rookie of the Year: Seiya Suzuki, OF, Chicago Cubs

Witt is a super prospect with a power-speed profile that gives him legitimate 25-25 upside, even as a rookie. He should make an immediate impact and looks like the favorite for AL Rookie of the Year.

Suzuki is an advanced hitter who put up 38 home runs in his final season at Hiroshima. We could see him leadoff for the Cubs this year. —FRANK AMMIRANTE

Explore our full 2022 Rookie of the Year predictions

AL Rookie of the Year: Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners
NL Rookie of the Year: Oneil Cruz, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

Witt Jr. may be the betting favorite, but Rodriguez has been sensational during camp. The dynamic outfielder is lighting up spring training and appears ready to take MLB by storm.

An exciting shortstop with power and speed, Cruz figures to be one of the few bright spots for the Pirates this year. He hit well during spring training as well as his brief call-up last year, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come. — TYLER MAHER


Scott Engel

Scott Engel is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously he was at and The Athletic. His work is also featured at RotoBaller and on Scott is a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 13-time finalist. He was an Associate Editor and featured writer at and his career began at CBS SportsLine, where he was a Senior Writer and Managing Editor. Scott was the Managing Director at RotoExperts.

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