2018 MLB Opening Day: CBS Sports staff picks and predictions for divisions, World Series, MVP, Cy Young and more

We made it, gang. A weird offseason where it took what seemed like ages for many free agents to end up with a job -- not to mention all the hand-wringing over pace-of-play rules -- is finally over. Opening Day is Thursday, when every single team has a game. 

As we do prior to the beginning of every season, the CBS Sports staff is here with our predictions. We'll run through the divisions, pick wild cards, pennant winners, World Series champions and then run through the awards.

Some will be very wrong while other picks will be dead-on accurate. That's just how it goes. 

Let's get to it!

American League East Predictions
American League Central Predictions
American League West Predictions
National League East Predictions
National League Central
National League West Predictions
Picks
Picks
Award
AL MVP Carlos Correa Mike Trout Carlos Correa Gary Sanchez Mike Trout
AL Cy Young Luis Severino Chris Sale Carlos Carrasco Justin Verlander Corey Kluber
AL Rookie of the Year Willie Calhoun Willie Calhoun Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani
AL Manager of the Year Aaron Boone Mike Scioscia Rick Renteria Alex Cora Aaron Boone
AL Comeback Player of the Year David Price David Price Aaron Sanchez Aaron Sanchez Tim Lincecum
NL MVP Bryce Harper Bryce Harper Bryce Harper Corey Seager Joey Votto
NL Cy Young Stephen Strasburg Yu Darvish Clayton Kershaw Noah Syndergaard Stephen Strasburg
NL Rookie of the Year Lewis Brinson Ronald Acuna Ronald Acuna Ronald Acuna Ronald Acuna
NL Manager of the Year Craig Counsell Gabe Kapler Mickey Calloway Gabe Kapler Davey Martinez
NL Comeback Player of the Year Noah Syndergaard Noah Syndergaard Adam Eaton Adam Eaton Adam Eaton
CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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