TBOH Staff MLB 2016 Predictions

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April 4, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs celebrate the 9-0 victory against Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
April 4, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs celebrate the 9-0 victory against Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; the Pittsburgh Pirates have made the postseason for three consecutive seasons as a Wildcard team. Our staff again picks them as a contender. Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; the Pittsburgh Pirates have made the postseason for three consecutive seasons as a Wildcard team. Our staff again picks them as a contender. Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION WINNERS AND WILDCARD TEAMS

In the National League, the staff here at TBOH picked the Chicago Cubs to win the NL Central in an 8-0 vote. The San Francisco Giants were a near-unanimous choice out in the NL West, picked by a 7-1 margin. In the NL East, however, the defending National League champion New York Mets were indeed installed as favorites, but by just a 5-3 margin over the Washington Nationals.

Three ball clubs each received four votes as a Wildcard team, including the Nats. The other two were the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets received Wildcard votes from two of the writers who didn’t pick them for the NL East crown. Finally, the Saint Louis Cardinals received a Wildcard vote from one of our staff writers.

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