Last year in Major League Baseball, the unthinkable happened. After 108 years of futility and embarrassing their fans, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Chicago came back from a 3-1 deficit against the Cleveland Indians to win it all, battling all kinds of adversity to win the most coveted prize in baseball. Now, the Cubs are looking to defend their title, suddenly owning the title of World Champions after over a century of failing to grab that moniker.
The Cleveland Indians, on the other hand, will look to make up for their World Series loss by winning one of their own. Thanks to the domination by the New York Yankees in the 1990s, plenty of teams were skipped over in being able to win the World Series. Some franchises have not yet even been able to win it all in their team's history, including the San Diego Padres. The Padres are an example of a team that want to win the World Series, but have been forced back into a re-build against their wishes. Now there will be a stretch where they don't win it all and no one expects them to, so their futile streak continues.
However, the hope for every team in Major League Baseball is completing their roster build in the most optimal way, and ending up as World Series champions when all is said and done. It's how the Cubs did their business, and how every other team looks to follow. Who will win the next eight World Series? Let's see.
16 2017 World Series Champions: Houston Astros
The Houston Astros were all over the front pages of magazines and newspapers when they decided to go for a full rebuild back in the mid 2010s. Their rebuild consisted of some massive trades and surprising transactions, as they looked to completely build their roster into a perennial World Series threat. The moves paid off for the first time in 2015, as the Astros made the post-season and nearly made the ALCS, before falling to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals. One of the headlines speaking about the Astros when they began their rebuild declared them as the eventual "2017 World Series Champions." Sports Illustrated must be run by psychics, as the Astros' overall depth will win them the championship.
15 2017 Runners-Up: Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper was not plain bad last year, but he also did not come close to meeting his usual standards. The Washington Nationals know that, opposing teams know that, fans know that, and most important, Bryce Harper himself knows that. With that in mind, Harper will be looking to be a man on a mission this season, looking to bring the Washington Nationals their first ever World Series win. Harper will lead the team, aided by the terrific rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and company. Unfortunately for the Nationals, when they finally manage to jump over the early round exits hump, they will run into a brick wall named the Houston Astros. It will be a fun run for Washington, but not quite enough.
14 2018 World Series Champions: Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians nearly won it all last season, being one win away from being the World Series Champions before falling three games in a row to the eventual World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Now, the Indians are looking to get back to the World Series and avenge their loss in the biggest state in baseball. Led by Corey Kluber, the Indians may have the pieces to do so in 2017. However, we feel the Houston Astros will be better this season. Next season, however, the Indians will have a healthier team, and even more money to spend on potential free agent additions. Everyone will have great chemistry with each other, and the Indians will make up for their loss in 2016 with a win in 2018.
13 2018 Runners-Up: Chicago Cubs
Here at TheSportster we love our revenge tours, and the Cleveland Indians will spend 2018 on a revenge tour. They will have skipped a year following their defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, but they will not forget what happened to them. When the Cubs breeze past the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals in the 2018 playoffs, the Indians and Cubs will meet up once again for another World Series. This time it will be the Cubs getting off to an early lead in the series, but the Indians will not back down. Knowing they lost the last time they faced the Cubs in the World Series, they will buckle down and defeat the Cubs to win their first World Series in years.
12 2019 World Series Champions: New York Yankees
In 2018 the New York Yankees will possess the possibility of signing at least one, if not more, of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, or Josh Donaldson, in that order of how likely the Yankees are to sign them. Additionally, top Yankees prospects like Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres will have reached the MLB and will be in the process of growing acclimated to the league. 2019 will be the first year everyone is together, and the Yankees will absolutely pulverize the entirely of the league. New York will challenge for one of the best records of all time thanks to their combination of youth and talented veterans. Come playoff time, no one will be able to stop the Yankees, as they will win it all.
11 2019 Runners-Up: New York Mets
We have ourselves a Subway Series! One of the greatest gifts that baseball could possibly provide us will be given to us in 2019, as the New York Mets will face the New York Yankees in the 2019 World Series. The Mets, led by their series of aces in Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, and Matt Harvey, will simply not have the hitting to stay on the level of the Yankees. Mets Manager David Wright will push all of the right buttons, but it will not be enough to overcome the supreme talent level the Yankees boast in the year 2019. Still, it will not be the end of the Mets' postseason success, as you will see in the upcoming slides. Syndergaard will get his ring.
10 2020 World Series Champions: Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox boast the "Killer B" outfielders and Xander Bogaerts, a tremendous amount of young talent for any team. By 2020 they will have matured into veterans, but their talent level will not have dropped off at all. The Red Sox will have watched the Yankees win the World Series the year prior, and nothing quite sparks a Boston team like watching a New York team win the World Series and vice versa. The Red Sox will do everything in their power (and their checkbooks) to match what the Yankees did, bringing the World Series back to Boston for the first time in less than a decade. It will mark a new era in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry we've all been asking for.
9 2020 Runners-Up: Los Angeles Dodgers
You may be reading this article wondering in your head when the best pitcher in baseball comes into play, right? Well, Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in all of baseball, but he simply does not have the talent around him to win the entire World Series. Even with Corey Seager, one of the best hitters in the entire sport, working alongside him, Kershaw cannot singlehandedly bring the World Series to Los Angeles. Kershaw and Seager will be joined by some top free agent signings in 2018 and 2019, boosting them to a World Series berth in 2020. However the Red Sox will have just seen the Yankees hoist the World Series trophy, so their motivation to win it all will be even higher.
8 2021 World Series Champions: New York Mets
Mark down 2021 as the first time the New York Mets win the World Series since their 1986 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, and company cannot go their entire stretch together without winning the World Series, but it will take plenty of time to happen. The Mets seem to be allergic to being a controversy and injury free team, and Terry Collins is an awful manager. We already predicted David Wright will take over as Mets manager one day, but it will take him time to get used to managing important games. 2021 will be the year the Mets put it all together after watching the Yankees and Red Sox win it in the years prior to it.
7 2021 Runners-Up: Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners just cannot seem to have any post-season success at all. The prediction here is that the Mariners fail to make it to the World Series until 2021, when wily veteran Robinson Cano has had enough of the Mariners' failure. By then the Mariners will have had the opportunity to build the team using free agent signings rather than head-scratching trades, and the world will be wondering when the Mariners will finally get over the hump and reach the Fall Classic. Led by Cano, Kyle Seager, and company, the Mariners will make it past the powerhouses in the American League and play for the ultimate title. Unfortunately, the Mets' pitching will overtake the Mariners in the most important series of the year.
6 2022 World Series Champions: New York Yankees
Remember how we said the New York Yankees would have a powerhouse team with a mix of young talent and terrific free agent signings? That will not have changed when a few years passed. See, in baseball it is simple for teams to build successes and continuously advance deep into the post-season. Just look at the recent World Series participants in the National League. Before the Chicago Cubs made it in 2016 and the New York Mets made it in 2015, the participants were the San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants. Teams can make it deep plenty of times, and with the Yankees' outstanding roster, they certainly will be able to take a crack at another dynasty.
5 2022 Runners-Up: Philadelphia Phillies
We have ourselves another World Series rematch! The 2009 World Series was a thrilling affair between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies that ended with the Yankees winning it all in six games. The Phillies and the Yankees never met in a rematch to give the Phillies a chance to avenge the loss, but that will happen in 2022. Unfortunately for the Phillies, their own mix of young talent and free agent acquisitions will fail to meet the level of the Yankees'. Additionally, the Yankees' strong post-season experience will help them push themselves ahead of the Phillies, who will only recently have completed their rebuild. Still, it will be a major step forward for the Phillies following a rough stretch.
4 2023 World Series Champions: Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies have never won the World Series, falling to the Boston Red Sox in four games in their only trip to the World Series. However, the Rockies feature an advantage no team can possibly match. Their ballpark. The Rockies' ballpark, by this time named Todd Helton Field, serves up home runs at an alarming rate. By 2023 the Rockies will have figured out to pack their rotation with ground ball pitchers, finally tailoring their team to the ballpark they play in. With that advantage, the Rockies will be able to roll through the playoffs and into the World Series, where they will have the support of the Rockies' faithful. Refusing to fall in the final stage once again, Colorado will win the whole thing for the first time.
3 2023 Runners-Up: Oakland Athletics
Billy Beane is considered one of the best upper management minds in the entire MLB, but there is one thing he has never done. Win the World Series as the leader of the Oakland Athletics. Yet the Athletics seem to be forever indebted to Beane for whatever reasons (Moneyball?) so they will continue to have him as their fearless leader even when 2023 rolls around. By then, Beane will barely be paying attention to the team at all, instead just cashing checks and watching Moneyball on repeat. Yet something crazy will happen, as the Athletics will finally make the run Beane thought he could only dream of. Armed with a new stadium and new talent, the Athletics will make it to the World Series before falling.
2 2024 World Series Champions: Las Vegas Devil Rays
We know what you're thinking. There's no team called the Las Vegas Devil Rays! Well, we do not believe the Rays will last in Tampa Bay, and at the point they have to move, Major League Baseball will have to ask themselves where to move the franchise. Considering every other league is moving teams to Las Vegas, the sin city seems like a strong potential destination for the franchise. However, considering it is the sin city Las Vegas, the Rays will bring back the "Devil" part of their name as they look to gain an identity. Oh, and the move to Las Vegas will afford them plenty of more money to spend on free agents, turning them into a powerhouse and eventual World Series champion.
1 2024 Runners-Up: St. Louis Cardinals
While we are not sure how the St. Louis Cardinals will make the 2024 World Series, we believe our logic is flawless for why they will be there.See, they are the St. Louis Cardinals. Okay, we know you know that already, but re-read that sentence. Now think, can you remember a time the St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the World Series for a long stretch of years? No? Neither can we. We are sure the Cardinals will use their voodoo devil magic to put together a team to make the World Series again by 2024. Once they are there, all bets are off (get it? Vegas joke?) however, and the Cardinals will fall to a superior Las Vegas Devil Rays new team.