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Globe Staff predictions

Here are the Globe staff predictions for the 2019 baseball season

Will manager Alex Cora and his Red Sox hoist the World Series trophy this season?
Will manager Alex Cora and his Red Sox hoist the World Series trophy this season?(file/jim davis/Globe staff)

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Dan Shaughnessy

AL East — Yankees. Boston vs. New York once again is like USA and Russia circa 1962. Both will win at least 100. Yanks will win a few more than Sox.

AL Central — Indians. Tito’s Tribe takes a step back, but still better than the rest of the bums in this division.

AL West — Astros. A power on a par with Red Sox and Yanks. Making American League Great Again.

AL wild cards — Red Sox, Athletics. 100 wins easily gets the Sox in the postseason. Oakland because the rest of the American League stinks.

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NL East — Phillies. Gabe Kapler issues tie-dye T-shirts and Grateful Dead tapes.

NL Central — Cubs. “I’m glad the Red Sox finally admitted they [expletive] up,’’ says Jon Lester.

NL West — Dodgers. “We miss Manny Machado,’’ says No One.

NL wild cards — Cardinals, Giants. It’s been a while, but Cardinals always seem to be part of the NL playoffs. Giants makes no sense; I just like the Giants.

ALCS — Astros over Red Sox. Sox file complaint about the ’Stros stealing signs.

NLCS — Cubs over Dodgers. “Nice to win the JV championship,’’ says Theo.

World Series — Astros over Cubs. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

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Tara Sullivan

AL East — Red Sox. It isn’t easy to repeat in baseball, but with these pitchers, Sox will edge out the Yanks again.

AL Central — Indians. Best of a bad division, but miles away from the league’s top teams.

AL West — Astros. Rounding out baseball’s big three along with the Red Sox and Yankees. So. Much. Talent.

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AL wild cards — Yankees, Athletics. With that lineup and bullpen, the Yankees will battle the Sox to the very end. Oakland’s last team standing gives an embattled city something to cheer for.

NL East — Nationals. The Bryce Harper curse moves to Philly.

NL Central — Cubs. Too much talent to not get another crack at a title.

NL West — Dodgers. Fueled by World Series loss, Dodgers charge back to the playoffs.

NL wild cards — Mets, Giants. Solid pitching finally carries Mets to something meaningful. A healthy Buster Posey anchors a bounce-back season in San Fran that ends the lean years.

ALCS — Astros over Red Sox. Alex Cora tastes disappointment in this round for first time in three seasons.

NLCS — Dodgers over Cubs. Losing Manny Machado won’t stop this LA train.

World Series — Astros over Dodgers. Third straight year of disappointment for Dodgers, who can’t keep up with Astros’ offense.

Christopher L. Gasper

AL East — Yankees. The Pinstripes are the archetypical MLB team in 2019: power hitters and power relievers.

AL Central — Indians. Terry Francona & Co. ride the AL’s best rotation to a fourth straight division crown.

AL West — Astros. Nothing will interfere with Houston hitting it out of the park here.

AL wild cards — Red Sox, Twins. There’s a World Series hangover in the Hub.

NL East — Mets. On the 50th anniversary of the Amazin’ Mets, the Mets shock baseball again.

NL Central — Cubs. Theo Epstein makes a midseason move for a starter.

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NL West — Dodgers. Who needs LeBron James when you have Walker Buehler?

NL wild cards — Nationals, Brewers. The Nats are better off without Bryce Harper, the Marvin Lewis of MLB (no playoff wins).

ALCS — Indians over Astros. In Tito I Trust.

NLCS — Dodgers over Cubs. Dodgers make it three straight World Series.

World Series — It’s all coming up Cleveland, from Baker Mayfield to OBJ to the Indians ending MLB’s longest current World Series drought.

Peter Abraham

AL East — Yankees. The Red Sox will keep it close but settle for a wild card.

AL Central — Twins. Somebody is going to take advantage of the Indians taking a step back.

AL West — Astros. There are some cracks in Houston’s foundation but not enough for them to fall out of first.

AL wild cards — Indians, Red Sox. Terry Francona vs. Alex Cora in a win-or-go-home game.

NL East — Nationals. They will be better off without Bryce Harper.

NL Central — Cubs. There’s a lot at stake in Chicago, starting with Joe Maddon’s job.

NL West — Dodgers. The division doesn’t have a team good enough to dethrone the Dodgers.

NL wild cards — Cardinals, Phillies. Two teams added prominent players and improved. What a concept.

ALCS — Red Sox over Astros. Experience and starting pitching depth will pay off for the Sox once the postseason starts.

NLCS — Cubs over Phillies. Old Las Vegas pals Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper slug it out.

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World Series — Red Sox over Cubs. It’s 1918 all over again, and the Red Sox repeat as champs.

Alex Speier

AL East — Red Sox. Probably a makeup call, since it felt pretty silly by the end of October not to have picked them in ’18.

AL Central — Indians. Again. Wake me up when September ends.

AL West — Astros. This is not a golden era for divisional parity.

AL wild cards — Yankees, Rays. The odds of either the Red Sox or Yankees missing the playoffs seem remote. Rays added offense to a pitching staff that has become a nightmare for opposing teams.

NL East — Nationals. Maybe Juan Soto will be the consistent superstar that Bryce Harper never became.

NL Central – Cubs. Healthy Kris Bryant transforms the struggling offense.

NL West — Dodgers. As ever, a ridiculously deep team built to withstand the schedule.

NL wild cards — Padres, Mets. The best minor league systems (San Diego) tend to coalesce at the big league level a year ahead of schedule. Mets is an East Coast bias.

ALCS — Indians over Yankees. My stuff doesn’t work in the playoffs.

NLCS — Nationals over Dodgers. I remain committed to picking a Nationals-Indians World Series until one of them ends its Sisyphean quest.

World Series — Nationals over Indians. Craig Kimbrel, signed on the Fourth of July, records the final out.

Chad Finn

AL East — Red Sox. Leaps forward by Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rafael Devers will make up for slight regression from 2018 hitting stars.

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AL Central — Twins. New manager Rocco Baldelli (37) is a year younger than new slugger Nelson Cruz (38). Both will be ideal fits.

AL West — Astros. Mike Trout and Mookie Betts are the league’s two premier players. Alex Bregman is better than everyone else.

AL wild cards — Yankees, Rays. The AL East is a beast. Good thing they all have the Orioles to punt around.

NL East — Phillies. Bryce Harper is the new face of the Phils, but it’s ace Aaron Nola who will lead them to October.

NL Central — Cubs. Jon Lester’s three most similar pitchers statistically: Justin Verlander, Andy Pettitte, and Dwight Gooden.

NL West — Dodgers. Changing of the guard: Walker Buehler, and not Clayton Kershaw, will be the must-watch ace at Chavez Ravine.

NL wild cards — Braves, Padres. They’ve met once in the playoffs, when the Padres won the 1998 NLCS in six games. Ronald Acuna Jr. turned 1 two months later.

ALCS — Red Sox over Astros. If A.J. Hinch doesn’t already regret teaching Alex Cora his managerial methods and ways, he will now.

NLCS — Cubs over Phillies. Joe Maddon defeats Harper in the Annoying Bowl.

World Series — Red Sox over Cubs. The lovable losers turned 21st century juggernauts have to collide one of these years.