The 2015 MLB regular season is winding down, which means we are in the midst of some intense playoff battles as we are nearing October baseball. This time of year in the MLB is very exciting as there are team battles to watch but also individual races as well. Here are five bold predictions in the MLB for the month of September.
New York Mets Will Win The NL East
Is there a hotter team in the National League than the New York Mets? Since the MLB trade deadline, the Mets have a record of 22-9 and have totally turned it around offensively. A big part of their success is recent acquisition Yoenis Cespedes. In 30 games with the Metropolitans, Cespedes has ten home runs with 26 runs batted in, and a .295 batting average. The addition of Cespedes and the return of Davd Wright and Travis d’Arrnaud from the disabled list have really bolstered the offense. The Mets currently have a six game lead over the Washington Nationals, and have a favourable schedule from here on out.
Chris Davis Will Lead The MLB In Home Runs
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis trails Nelson Cruz by just one home run heading into the final month of the season. After a slow start to the season, Davis has been on fire as of late. In his last 30 games, he has 13 home runs and is one of the hottest hitters in the game. Despite his team mightily struggling and on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs, Davis is showing no signs of slowing down. Don’t be surprised if this battle between Davis and Cruz comes down to the final weekend of the season.
New York Yankees Will Win The AL East
Despite blowing a large lead to the Toronto Blue Jays throughout the last month, the Yankees sit just 1.5 games back of the division lead. The Jays may be the hottest team in baseball right now; however, are a below .500 team on the road and have some big road series coming up. They will cool off sooner or later. The Yankees have multiple veterans who have struggled of late. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran will have to step up and lead the Yankees if they want to win the American League East.
The Minnesota Twins Will Get Final Wild Card Spot
After winning seven of their last ten games, the Twins have kept their season alive, and sit just 1.5 games out of the final wildcard spot in the American League. The Twins lack experience, so players among the likes of Brian Dozier, Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer will have to lead the way. If the Twins can survive back to back series in Houston and Kansas City, they have a very favourable schedule to close out the season.
Clayton Kershaw Will Win NL Cy Young
Has there been a more dominant pitcher in recent years than Dodgers Clayton Kershaw? In 27 starts this season he has a 12-6 record with a 2.18 earned run average. Whats most impressive with Kershaw however, is that he averages 7.2 innings pitched per start, showing how durable he is. He also has 251 strikeouts on the season, which is the most in the MLB. If Kershaw can finish off strong in 2015, he alongside teammate Zack Greinke will be battling for the NL Cy Young award.