Athlon Sports' 2021 MLB Predictions: The World Series, Teams and Award Winners

Baseball is back and here's how Athlon sees this season playing out on the diamond

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After a truly unprecedented 2020 season, baseball is returning with a full 162-game season. Pitchers are once again hitting, and for a moment, fans can think about pre-pandemic life as stadiums are beginning to allow limited attendance.


As nature heals, the traditional powers of the league are as strong as ever. The Dodgers finally overcame their World Series drought after trading for Mookie Betts (and signed reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and top free-agent prize Trevor Bauer in February), and the Yankees are once again the class of the American League. But plenty remains up in the air for this 2021 MLB season.


Athlon Sports is previewing everything you need to know about this campaign, and you can still get a physical or digital copy of the 224-page Athlon Sports 2021 Baseball Annual in our online store or at your local newsstand.


Here’s a look at how Athlon sees this season playing out, from the standings in each division, to major award winners and our World Series prediction.


Division Predictions
  AL East   NL East
1. New York Yankees 1. Atlanta Braves

Tampa Bay Rays

(wild card)


New York Mets

(wild card)

3. Toronto Blue Jays 3. Washington Nationals
4. Boston Red Sox 4. Philadelphia Phillies
5. Baltimore Orioles 5. Miami Marlins
  AL Central   NL Central
1. Chicago White Sox 1. St. Louis Cardinals

Minnesota Twins

(wild card)

2. Chicago Cubs
3. Cleveland Indians 3. Cincinnati Reds
4. Kansas City Royals 4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Detroit Tigers 5. Pittsburgh Pirates
  AL West   NL West
1. Houston Astros 1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Oakland A's


San Diego Padres

(wild card)

3. Los Angeles Angels 3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Seattle Mariners 4. San Francisco Giants
5. Texas Rangers 5. Colorado Rockies
MLB Playoff Predictions



White Sox




World Series





MLB Individual Awards

1. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

2. Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros

3. Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

4. Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Indians

5. Gerrit Cole, RHP, New York Yankees

6. Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians

7. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Los Angeles Angels

8. Matt Chapman, 3B, Oakland Athletics

9. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

10. Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox

1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

2. Mookie Betts, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

3. Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

4. Francisco Lindor, SS, New York Mets

5. Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

6. Cody Bellinger, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

7. Christian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

8. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves

9. Jacob deGrom, RHP, New York Mets

10. Bryce Harper, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

AL Cy Young NL Cy Young

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, New York Yankees

2. Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians

3. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Chicago White Sox

4. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

5. Hyun Jin Ryu, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays

1. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

2. Max Scherzer, RHP, Washington Nationals

3. Walker Buehler, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

4. Yu Darvish, RHP, San Diego Padres

5. Aaron Nola, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies

AL Rookie of the Year NL Rookie of the Year

1. Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
2. Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox
3. Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins
4. Casey Mize, RHP, Detroit Tigers
5. Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

1. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
3. Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta Braves
4. Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Miami Marlins
5. Cristian Pache, OF, Atlanta Braves

(Mookie Betts photo courtesy of @Dodgers)

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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 16:13
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