The National League is wide open this year. As good as the Los Angeles Dodgers are, the Washington Nationals are really good, too, and the Chicago Cubs are primed for a bounce back.
So how is the season going to pan out? Here at Omnisport, we see things going a little differently than you might. So take a look at our projections for the 2018 season.
NL East: The Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves are getting better, but they will not be good enough to compete with the Nationals, who will win their division for the fifth time in eight years.
NL Central: The Cubs got better, but the Milwaukee Brewers may have done even more this offseason. Milwaukee will win its first division title since 2011.
NL West: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies are coming, but the Dodgers' rotation is just too consistently good. Los Angeles wins.
Wild Cards: The Cubs will get into the playoffs as they will also threaten to win their division. They will be joined by the Diamondbacks, whose top two of Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray will lead them back to the playoffs for the second straight year.
NL Champ: The Nationals will finally win a playoff series, but they will lose to the Dodgers in the NLCS.
World Series: Los Angeles will pull from its experiences in the 2017 World Series and knock off the Cleveland Indians in six games.
NL MVP: The Rockies will not make the playoffs, but it will not be because of Nolan Arenado. Colorado's third baseman will win the MVP and threaten to hit .350.
NL Cy Young: The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez was always compared to Pedro Martinez as a prospect, and he will join the Hall of Famer as a Cy Young winner with 200 innings, 250 K's and a sub 2.50 ERA.
NL Rookie of the Year: The hot pick is Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna, but our pick is Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro. He has Gary Sanchez power with Yadier Molina's arm, and he is under nearly as much pressure as Acuna to produce.
Comeback Player of the Year: The Pittsburgh Pirates' Jameson Taillon suffered a cancer scare and a less-than-stellar season with a 4.44 ERA. He will drop that to at least 3.50 and toss close to 200 innings as he will take over as the Pirates' ace for years to come.
|Indians top Red Sox in series opener|
|White Sox manager Rick Renteria hospitalised before game|
|No timetable for Sale return from shoulder injury|
|Astros avoid sweep with win over Athletics|
|Dodgers slugger Machado leaves game after being struck by pitch|
|Twins place Santana on DL with finger injury|
|Yankees´ Gregorius suffers ´pretty significant´ heel bruise|
|Athletics pull even with Astros in AL West|
|Scherzer, Harper lead Nationals past Marlins|
|Mets set franchise record in 20-run victory|
|Puig suspended, Hundley fined for starting Dodgers-Giants brawl|
|Yankees slugger Judge ´frustrated´ with wrist injury|
|Marlins pitcher Urena handed six-game ban for intentionally hitting Acuna|
|Braves survive skirmish, loss of Acuna to top Marlins|
|Judge´s recovery taking longer than expected|
|Braves´ Acuna Jr. has arrived as a true MLB star|
|Mariners reinstate Cano after 80-game suspension|
|DeGrom strikes out 12, Mets hit 5 homers in win over Yankees|
|Indians OF Martin recovering from life-threatening bacterial infection|
|Shoulder injury sends Royals starter Duffy to DL|
|Yankees place Sabathia on DL with right knee inflammation|
|Sale strikes out 12 in Red Sox´s win over Orioles|
|Marlins´ Holaday enters as pinch hitter, hits walk-off double in extras|
|Gausman shuts down Brewers, Red Sox score 19|
|Angels star Trout placed on DL with right wrist inflammation|
|Astros slip to 0-4 against Paxton with loss to Mariners|
|DeGrom throws six-inning gem in Mets win|
|MLB wrap: Jacob deGrom throws a 6-inning gem to hold MLB best ERA in Mets win|
|Red Sox top Blue Jays in extra innings after rough Giles outing|
|Lynn blanks White Sox in first Yankees start|
|Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees with extra-inning walk-off win|
|Astros defend Osuna trade, activation|
|Astros All-Star Springer could land on DL after hurting thumb|
|Indians starter Kluber throws shutout, strikes out seven in win over Angels|
|Porcello throws one-hitter to lead Red Sox past Yankees|
|Pearce powers Red Sox past Yankees|
|Cubs beat Pirates in Hamels´ debut|
|Giants starter Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery|
|Nationals win blowout 25-4 over Mets|
|Red Sox ´not anticipating´ Pedroia´s return this season|
|Yankees´ Happ contracts hand, foot and mouth disease|
|Red Sox place ace Sale on DL with left shoulder inflammation|
|MLB trade deadline: Three takeaways after frenzied finish|
|Yu Darvish´s agent rips ´classless´ Alex Rodriguez over distraction comments|
|Swihart sends Red Sox past Phillies after 13 innings|
|Red Sox deal for Angels infielder Kinsler|
|Braves acquire Reds outfielder Duvall|
|Cueto facing Tommy John surgery, says Giants manager Bochy|
|Yankees secure Lynn from Twins for Austin|
|Astros acquire All-Star Osuna from Blue Jays|
|Eovaldi enjoys winning debut with Red Sox|
|Braves´ Newcomb loses no-hitter in ninth inning|
|New look serves J.A. Happ well in first appearance with Yankees|
|Cardinals top Cubs after six-run first inning|
|Astros´ Altuve placed on DL with knee injury|
|Kershaw strikes out eight, bases four as Dodgers beat Braves|
|Rizzo´s walk-off homer powers Cubs past Diamondbacks|
|Yankees All-Star Judge suffers chip fracture in right wrist|
|Yankees sign Happ from Blue Jays|
|Bauer stars again as Indians down red-hot Pirates|
|Athletics bounce back to beat Rangers as Pirates sail to victory|
|Cardinals starter Poncedeleon throws seven no-hit innings in MLB debut|
|Dodgers place Justin Turner on 10-day DL|
|Pirates top Reds to extend winning streak to nine|
|Mets place Syndergaard on DL with hand, foot and mouth disease|
|Cubs, Baez give young fan signed baseball after adult steals foul ball|
|Brewers top Dodgers to snap seven-game losing streak|
|Dodgers top Brewers in Machado´s debut|
|Cardinals´ Carpenter makes history|
|Nationals pair Strasburg, Zimmerman activated from DL|