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The 2021 MLB playoffs are over and the Atlanta Braves are World Series champions. With the Fall Classic decided, teams are already thinking about the 2022 MLB playoffs. Let’s dive into the 2022 schedule and early forecasts.
Due to the collective agreement expiring this offseason, the format of the 2022 season and playoffs could be very different. Major League Baseball expanded its playoff field in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, but the playoffs returned to the standard 10-team format in 2021. However, that will be part of the CBA’s negotiations this winter with very likely expansion.
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MLB 2022 playoff predictions: National League
NL seed 1 vs. NL Wild Card Game winner: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers face a lot of questions this offseason with so many key members of their team heading into free will. But a talented farming system, an ownership group that doesn’t see money as an object, and already exceptional lineup and quality rotation make Los Angeles the favorite of the 2022 World Series. Until proven guilty. , Los Angeles would rank first in our MLB season screenings.
National League Division Series: Atlanta Braves (seed 2) vs Milwaukee Brewers (seed 3)
To win a World Series without one of the best baseball players is remarkable. The Atlanta Braves got hot at the perfect time and it culminated in a run that led to a World Series parade. Atlanta recovers Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mike Soroka, but no team has repeated their World Series title since the New York Yankees (1998-2000). At the very least, though, the Braves are a solid bet to reach the MLB playoffs.
The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t make it once again in the MLB playoffs. But while this franchise hasn’t won a playoff since 2018, it has reached October in four consecutive seasons. The phenomenal rotation (Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, Adrian Houser) returns and financial resources are available to bolster the Brewers roster midfielder.
NL Wild Card Game Prediction: San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Talent was not the San Diego Padres’ problem in 2021, a lack of leadership and mismanagement in the game took its toll on this franchise. Hiring Bob Melvin will solve many of these problems. San Diego is also set to be aggressive this winter, chasing some of the top talent through trade and the open market. Considering the power of the returning stars, this gives the Padres the edge over the San Francisco Giants.
Time will tell if the St. Louis Cardinals made the right decision with Mike Shildt. But a huge boost the Cards will get in 2022 is a potentially healthy Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas. The return of the two starters gives St. Louis an ace to start ahead of Adam Wainwright and a quality arm behind the 40-year-old veteran. With a stabilized rotation complemented by an above-average roster and a strong reliever box, the Cardinals should be at the heart of the MLB playoff race year-round.
MLB 2022 playoff predictions: American League
Seeded No. 1 AL vs. AL Wild Card Game: Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox roster is already looking great ahead of the offseason. Luis Robert, José Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Andrew Vaughn, Yasmani Grandal, Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez are under contract. On the pitching side, Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Liam Hendriks and Michael Kopech are back. The only real question is whether Tony La Russa can make the right decisions in the game during the playoffs.
American League Division Series: Houston Astros (seeded # 2) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (seeded # 3)
The Houston Astros have a strong positioning advantage for the MLB playoffs. While the AL East is a battle between four playoff caliber formations. Houston faces its own questions this offseason of how it fills the void left by Carlos Correa’s departure, but Dusty Baker’s remaining talent and presence in a slim AL West division pushes the Astros into the playoffs.
Barring a playoff game, those who participated in October were grateful the Toronto Blue Jays did not receive the invitation. The Blue Jays will return the majority of their roster and rotation next season, with at least one of the Robbie Ray or Marcus Semien likely to re-sign. A young team with more experience can win the AL East.
AL Wild Card Game Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers
If the Tampa Bay Rays were operating on a $ 115 million payroll, which wouldn’t even make the MLB’s top 10, he’s the perennial favorite in the World Series. Instead, the Rays are hoping a few All-Star and elite talent, coupled with the mix and match, will lead them to success. It will never end in a World Series title, as long as they make it into the bottom 10 of the payroll, but the system almost guarantees a trip to the playoffs.
It’s time for a wild prediction. The Detroit Tigers have the young pitcher and the right manager to at least be competitive. But it will take a very aggressive offseason for this team to have a shot at making the MLB playoffs. Detroit has improved as a receiver with Tucker Barnhart and that might just be the start. Add Carlos Correa and a frontline starter via free agency into the mix, along with top prospect Spencer Torkelson, October baseball could be possible.
Otherwise, we’ll see the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. But, with the MLB playoffs likely expanding, we also expect the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to make the October trip.
When are the MLB playoffs?
Major League Baseball releases MLB 2022 Schedule to the start of the offseason. The 2022 regular season ends Friday, September 30. The 2022 MLB playoffs will begin shortly thereafter.
- National League and American League Wildcard Games: To be determined
- American League and National League Division Series: To be determined
- NL and AL Championship Series: To be determined
- World Series 2021: To be determined