The MLB season is slowly grinding towards the playoffs, but with so many battles for the few playoff spots up for grabs, it is truly heating up, but today, we have decided to take a look to the future, and the landscape of the MLB. With so many young teams out there ready to compete, the World Series is in sight for the majority, we’ve decided to look at 10 teams who can make the Fall Classic between now and 2028, and 10 that we believe truly have no chance.
As we will mention throughout this piece, things can truly change in an instant, but because of years of building and developing talent, we believe the landscape of the MLB won’t change too much in the near future, and thus, these are our predictions for the next 10 years. So sit back and read along as we analyze the future of Major League Baseball, and 10 teams with their current core group of players that will be competing for the Commissioner’s Trophy, and 10 that will always fall short.
20 Will – Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners have the longest playoff drought in all of baseball, and after being on the cusp of breaking that for several years, it’s finally going to happen in 2018, and that will open the floodgates. Sure, they don’t have the big names or the attention that Houston, Boston or New York have, but in terms of talent, Seattle can match them player for player, and while it may only be for one time, we expect them to make the World Series very soon. Sure, it may not be in 2018, but in the very near future, the Mariners could shock the world and represent the AL in the World Series.
19 Won’t – San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants have won 3 World Series titles since 2010, and when they reach the playoffs, anything can happen, but with all the talent in the NL and the NL West specifically, we just can’t see the even year magic happening again. The team lacks the depth and consistency of most others in the NL, and their farm system isn’t anything to write home about, and for this reason, we just can’t see them replicating this success anytime soon. Sure, 3 World Series titles within 5 years is a lot of success, and the fans should be happy about that, but it may be a while before they taste success again.
18 Will – Atlanta Braves
It’s been a while since the Atlanta Braves have seen the Fall Classic, but with young stars like Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna and Dansby Swanson pairing with veterans like Freddie Freeman, that long wait to return to the World Series may be over. They have started that success period a lot earlier than many people expected, and despite the competition in the National League, they have the young talent to go on a great run. They’ll likely need to add another front line starter before they get there, but with this core, the Braves could feature in several upcoming World Series.
17 Won’t – Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been very inconsistent during their short tenure as an organization in the Major Leagues, but recently, they’ve found success. Unfortunately, that success just isn’t going to manifest itself in any appearances in the World Series. They have a great team, and they’re set to become a mainstay in the playoffs, but with such a tough division to go through, they’ll have to go through the Wild Card game, and that’s not a recipe for success. If you’re a D-Backs fan, you’ll enjoy watching the team in the near future, but you shouldn’t expect too much success, because there’s just too much competition.
16 Will – Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers had a great trade deadline, acquiring both Mike Moustakas and Jonathon Schoop in big deals, and if that doesn’t help them reach the World Series this year, it will be only a matter of time. LA and Chicago have been the last two NL representatives in the World Series, and it’s likely one of them do it again this year, but if this young Brewers core can step up in October, they could shock the world. It may not happen this year, but the Brewers and their fans are desperate for success, and we predict it happens with this core group of players in tact.
15 Won’t – Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals are considered a World Series favorite year after year, but time and time again, they’ve managed to disappoint with this star-studded roster, and with Bryce Harper expected to leave in Free Agency, that will continue. Sure, they’ve got some promising young stars, but if they couldn’t get it done over the past few years, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Philadelphia and Atlanta are looking set to succeed in the NL East for the long-term, and Washington just can’t match them, so if they can’t do it in 2018 (which we don’t expect them too), it will be a long time until they do.
14 Will – Pittsburgh Pirates
Many people expected the Pirates to fall off significantly after they traded away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, but it’s done quite the opposite, and after the acquisition of Chris Archer, they’re set up to succeed for years. It’s not going to happen this year, but the team has a ridiculous array of talent and depth, and with Archer now leading the way on the mound, this team can go head-to-head with any heavyweight in the National League. Pittsburgh has been starved for some baseball success, and with a couple of quick playoff exits, they’re ready for success in the long term, and that will begin in 2019.
13 Won’t – Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies came out of nowhere in 2017 to make the playoffs, and on the back of their offense, they’re having a great 2018, but they just don’t have the pitching to make a deep playoff run at this point. Sure, this offense could carry them to the playoffs and maybe to the NLCS if they get lucky, but pitching is a necessity deep in October, and they just can’t match a lot of other teams in the NL. They have a very limited window too, whereas Chicago, LA, Pittsburgh, Philly and Atlanta are all set to succeed for the long haul, so it’s going to be another long wait for Rockies fans.
12 Will – Houston Astros
The Houston Astros won the first World Series title in franchise history a year ago, and with the team they’ve got, they figure to feature in at least 2 more Fall Classics with this core group. Their pitching is second to none, and the offense showed out in the playoffs a year ago, and despite the pushes that Boston and New York are making, it’s hard to see anyone taking out the defending champs. A few years ago, the Astros were in the middle of a long, hard rebuild, and it’s paid off now, and they’ll do what the Rangers couldn’t, and that’s win Championships with their elite team.
11 Won’t – Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins have compiled quite a nice young roster, but they’ve struggled to put consistent runs together this year, and with such competition in the American League, we just can’t see them going all the way. Sure, they’ll find the playoffs, as the AL Central is currently horrible, but when the lights are on brightest, we just can’t see this young team doing any damage. Sure, things can change quickly with a big trade or a great off-season, but as it stands, the young Twins stars just don’t have what it takes to go all the way.
10 Will – Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs had to wait 108 years between World Series victories, and with the team of elite young stars they’ve gathered, they won’t have to wait 108, or even 10 years for the next one. The team made some great deals at the deadline this year, and it’s clear that they’re intent on lifting a few more trophies, and with the Dodgers their biggest foe in the NL, there’s a great chance it happens soon. Whether it’s this year or next, it’s clear that they’re ready to win, and while the White Sox continue their run of mediocrity, the other Chicago team will continue to dominate.
9 Won’t – Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians had their window to win a World Series, and they came up just one game short in 2016, and with so many young teams emerging in the American League, it appears their window has passed. Sure, they still have quite a lot of young talent, but they just no longer match up against the likes of Houston, Boston and New York, and we can’t see them being the dominant force they have been over the past few years. The AL Central is terrible, so the Indians will likely feature in the playoffs for several years to come, but they just don’t have the might to take on the AL’s heavyweights anymore.
8 Will – LA Dodgers
The Dodgers are the defending National League Champions, and after the acquisition of Brian Dozier and Manny Machado, it seems they’re the favorite yet again, and even if they fail on the biggest stage, they’ll still be there. With all the top prospects they have, as well as their young stars, the Dodgers will likely be in contention for every World Series in the next decade, and they’ll feature in many. As a Giants fan, it hurts me to write this, but the Dodgers just have too much talent, and they’re going to be a force in the MLB for as long as they want too.
7 Won’t – LA Angels Of Anaheim
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, in what is a pretty decent lineup, but they’ve struggled to get pitching, and in a division that includes Oakland, Seattle and Houston, they just can’t do anything. Trading Mike Trout sounds like a ridiculous idea, but at this point, it’s their best option, because they are barely going to sniff the playoffs, let alone the World Series. The Angels haven’t won the Fall Classic since 2002, and at this rate, unless they start moving very quickly, it’s going to be another decade or so until they see it again.
6 Will – New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are the biggest dynasty in American sports, and their rebuild has been quick, and now, with the best lineup in baseball, they are going to go back to baseball’s biggest stage. Sure, their rotation isn’t as good as Boston or Houston, but their lineup is incredibly dangerous from 1-9, and they have a very lethal bullpen, so if it doesn’t happen in 2018, it will happen soon. The AL continues to get tougher at the top, but the Yankees have the name power and the elite talent to make this run happen, and I believe it could happen this year.
5 Won’t – New York Mets
It was just 3 years ago that the New York Mets battled the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, but they came up short, and despite their still incredible rotation, their time to make it to the top has passed. The team has just had poor luck with injury, and with Atlanta, Philly and Washington all having the superior teams in the NL East, this team just can’t do it anymore. They need to consider moving on from Jacob DeGrom, because at this point, a rebuild is the only option, but either way, only one New York team will make the World Series anytime soon.
4 Will – Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox last won the World Series in 2013, and with the team they’ve assembled now, you have to imagine that they are one of the 3 favorites in the American League to get back to the Fall Classic. With a great blend of pitching and hitting, this team is beginning to feel like something special, and with Mookie Betts leading the way, they’ll be very hard to stop. Like New York, we can’t predict that it will happen this year or in the future, but it’s almost a guarantee that we see Boston compete for their 4thWorld Series ring in the past 15 years.
3 Won’t – St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have been the most consistent team in the Majors over the past 2 decades, but they’ve dropped off in recent times, and with teams like Milwaukee, Philly, Atlanta, LA and Chicago all stepping up, they just don’t have what it takes. They’ve got a great team, but just don’t have the aura or the elite leaders that they once did, and with such a tough division to navigate, we may see them miss the playoffs several years in a row. As with all of these choices, things can change very quickly, but with the talent they have right now, we just can’t see St. Louis returning to their state of dominance anytime soon.
2 Will – Philadelphia Phillies
A year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies flashed plenty of potential, and this year, they’re putting it altogether, and with the additions at the trade deadline, they are a strong candidate to dominate the NL for the coming years. This team doesn’t excel in just one position, as they are strong all across the board, and if they can get hot at the right time, this team could be a dark horse for the World Series. It seems likely that LA or Chicago will represent the NL in the World Series this year, but the Phillies have the talent, and they’ll no doubt get there within the next few years.
1 Won’t – Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics have a lot of history involved with their franchise, and despite the fact that they have a very talented team right now, they just don’t have the elite talent to take them all the way. The division right now is incredibly tough, and it’s going to be hard for them to even make the playoffs this year, despite having a great team, and with the Yankees, Astros and Red Sox all fielding young teams, it makes it harder. This team looks poised for plenty of success (assuming that they don’t trade away all their stars again), but unfortunately, a win or appearance in the Fall Classic isn’t going to be achieved.