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MLB expert predictions: Can Giants make World Series run? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The 2022 MLB season is underway, which means it’s time for another round of season predictions.

The Atlanta Braves are the reigning World Series champs, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are the consensus World Series favorites.

Meanwhile, the Giants lost Buster Posey and Kris Bryant, but revamped the rotation to one of MLB’s best. Can they repeat as surprising NL West champions after a 107-win year? And could Logan Webb take home some hardware after breakout 2021 campaign?

On the other side of the Bay, the Athletics are rebuilding once again, having traded Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea this offseason. Can new manager Mark Kotsay do enough to keep the A’s in contention? Or will the A’s become midseason sellers and trade away more assets during the season?

RELATED: Where Giants, A’s stack up in MLB Power Rankings on Opening Day

Here are our MLB season predictions:

Alex Pavlovic

NL West standings

1. Dodgers (101-61)

2. Giants (93-69)

3. Padres (90-72)

4. Diamondbacks (71-91)

5. Rockies (64-98)
 
AL West standings

1. Astros (94-68)

2. Mariners (89-73)

3. Angels (87-75)

4. Rangers (73-89)

5. A’s (60-102)

World Series: Braves over Blue Jays

MVPs: Juan Soto (NL), Mike Trout (AL)

Cy Youngs: Logan Webb (NL), Lucas Giolito (AL)

Home run leader: Matt Olson

Random prediction: The Phillies edge the big-spending Mets, joining the Giants and Padres as NL wild card teams. The Twins get back to the postseason after finishing last in 2021.

Cole Kuiper

NL West standings

1. Giants (108-54)

2. Padres (91-71)

3. Dodgers (90-72)

4. Diamondbacks (62-100)

5. Rockies (55-107)

AL West standings

1. Astros (95-67)

2. Angels (90-72)

3. Mariners (86-76)

4. A’s (81-81)

5. Rangers (64-98)

World Series: Giants over Blue Jays

MVPs: Ronald Acuña Jr. (NL), Marcus Semien (AL)

Cy Youngs: Max Scherzer (NL), Shane Bieber (AL)

Home run leader: Marcus Semien

Random predictions

  • In some funky, late-game situation, Logan Webb gets a productive AB (hit, RBI etc).

  • Giants have multiple hitters with more than 30 HR for the first time since Kent and Bonds in 2002.

  • Howard Terminal deal gets finalized, officially keeping the A’s in Oakland.

Dalton Johnson

NL West standings

1. Dodgers (100-62)

2. Padres (92-70)

3. Giants (90-72)

4. Rockies (73-89)

5. D-Backs (72-90)

AL West standings

1. Mariners (90-72)

2. Astros (87-75)

3. Rangers (81-81)

4. Angels (80-82)

5. A’s (71-91)

World Series: Twins over Blue Jays

MVPs: Trea Turner (NL), Byron Buxton (AL)

Cy Youngs: Carlos Rodon (NL), Jose Berrios (AL)

Home run leader: Matt Olson

Random prediction: The Giants have two starters who finish top-five in NL Cy Young voting.

Therese Viñal

NL West standings

1. Dodgers (100-62)

2. Giants (91-71)

3. Padres (87-75)

4. Rockies (72-90)

5. Diamondbacks (68-94)
 
AL West standings

1. Astros (92-70)

2. Angels (88-74)

3. Mariners (81-81)

4. A’s (72-90)

5. Rangers (69-93)

World Series: White Sox over Dodgers

MVPs: Matt Olson (NL), Vlad Jr (AL)

Cy Youngs: Logan Webb (NL), Garrit Cole (AL)\

Home run leader: Vlad Jr.

Random prediction: Madison Bumgarner throws first no-hitter of the season

Anthony Garcia

NL West Standings

1. LAD (101-61)

2. SD (91-71)

3. SF (89-73)

4. AZ (73-89)

5. COL: 68-94

AL West Standings

1. HOU (94-68)

2. SEA (88-74)

3. LAA: (87-75)

4. TEX: 71-91

5. OAK: (63-99)

World Series: Brewers over White Sox

MVP: Matt Olson (NL), Rafael Devers (AL)

Cy Young: Brandon Woodruff (NL), Gerrit Cole (AL)

HR Leader: Shohei Ohtani

Random Prediction: Mariners make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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