As the 2021 season begins, our staff makes their bold predictions for the coming year.

Major League Baseball’s 2021 season begins today! As we get ready for the excitement of Opening Day, our staff went on the record with our predictions for the coming campaign.

New York can look forward to both teams being competitive this year. Each team has a legit Cy Young candidate, a case can be made for players on both teams to be in the MVP mix, and there might be postseason play on both sides of town for the first time in a long time.

How do our experts see the 2021 season playing out? Let us know your picks for this year!

Individual Awards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on September 14, 2019 in New York City.
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National League Cy Young

  • Eric Belyea: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  • Tab Bamford: Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Josh Benjamin: Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • James Kelly: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  • Leen Amin: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  • Danny Small: Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

American League Cy Young

  • Eric Belyea: Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
  • Tab Bamford: Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians
  • Josh Benjamin: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
  • James Kelly: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
  • Leen Amin: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
  • Danny Small: Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
Juan Soto
Courtesy IG: @nationals

National League Most Valuable Player

  • Eric Belyea: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
  • Tab Bamford: Francisco Lindor, New York Mets
  • Josh Benjamin: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
  • James Kelly: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
  • Leen Amin: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
  • Danny Small: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

American League Most Valuable Player

  • Eric Belyea: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Tab Bamford: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Josh Benjamin: Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
  • James Kelly: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Leen Amin: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • Danny Small: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ryan Mountcastle
Courtesy IG: @orioles

National League Rookie of the Year

  • Eric Belyea: Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves
  • Tab Bamford: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Josh Benjamin: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • James Kelly: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Leen Amin: Sixto Sánchez, Miami Marlins
  • Danny Small: Sixto Sánchez, Miami Marlins
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates

American League Rookie of the Year

  • Eric Belyea: Andrew Vaughn, Chicago White Sox
  • Tab Bamford: Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles
  • Josh Benjamin: Jarred Kelenic, Seattle Mariners
  • James Kelly: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Leen Amin: Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles
  • Danny Small: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays

Standings Predictions

Aaron Judge
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

American League East

  • Eric Belyea: New York Yankees
  • Tab Bamford: New York Yankees
  • Josh Benjamin: New York Yankees
  • James Kelly: New York Yankees
  • Leen Amin: New York Yankees
  • Danny Small: New York Yankees
  • Tatiana Snedeker: New York Yankees

American League Central

  • Eric Belyea: Chicago White Sox
  • Tab Bamford: Chicago White Sox
  • Josh Benjamin: Minnesota Twins
  • James Kelly: Chicago White Sox
  • Leen Amin: Chicago White Sox
  • Danny Small: Chicago White Sox
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Chicago White Sox

American League West

  • Eric Belyea: Oakland A’s
  • Tab Bamford: Houston Astros
  • Josh Benjamin: Oakland A’s
  • James Kelly: Houston Astros
  • Leen Amin: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Danny Small: Houston Astros
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Houston Astros
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets hits a home run in the first inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves, his 52nd home run of the season and tying Aaron Judge's rookie home run record, during their game at Citi Field on September 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
(Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

National League East

  • Eric Belyea: New York Mets
  • Tab Bamford: Atlanta Braves
  • Josh Benjamin: New York Mets
  • James Kelly: Atlanta Braves
  • Leen Amin: New York Mets
  • Danny Small: Atlanta Braves
  • Tatiana Snedeker: New York Mets

National League Central

  • Eric Belyea: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tab Bamford: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Josh Benjamin: Cincinnati Reds
  • James Kelly: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Leen Amin: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Danny Small: St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Chicago Cubs

National League West

  • Eric Belyea: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Tab Bamford: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Josh Benjamin: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • James Kelly: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Leen Amin: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Danny Small: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series Logo
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

American League Champion

  • Eric Belyea: New York Yankees
  • Tab Bamford: Chicago White Sox
  • Josh Benjamin: New York Yankees
  • James Kelly: New York Yankees
  • Leen Amin: New York Yankees
  • Danny Small: New York Yankees
  • Tatiana Snedeker: Chicago White Sox

National League Champion

  • Eric Belyea: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Tab Bamford: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Josh Benjamin: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • James Kelly: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Leen Amin: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Danny Small: San Diego Padres
  • Tatiana Snedeker: San Diego Padres

World Series Champion

  • Eric Belyea: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Tab Bamford: Chicago White Sox
  • Josh Benjamin: New York Yankees
  • James Kelly: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Leen Amin: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Danny Small: New York Yankees
  • Tatiana Snedeker: San Diego Padres

Like the picks? Think we’re crazy? Let us know! 

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Tab Bamford – @the1tab

Josh Benjamin – @JoshBESNY

James Kelly – @jkellyESNY

Leen Amin – @leen_amin

Danny Small – @dwsmall8

Tatiana Snedeker – @tatianasnedeker

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