The 2021 MLB Baseball Season in Review


The San Diego Padres at the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park.

Caroline Carmichael, Life and Arts Editor

Before the beginning of the regular season, I predicted where every team in each division would finish: 162 Games On Deck

Let’s just say the accuracy was pretty 50/50.

The end of the Major League Baseball season is here, as the post-season has now ended; it returned to its normal 10-team format.

There was one wildcard game per division, which each took place on October 5. From the American League, it is the Yankees and the Red Sox, and from the National League, it will be the Dodgers versus the Cardinals. The Red Sox won the AL wildcard game 6-4, and the Dodgers won 2-1 on a walkoff homerun by Chris Taylor.

Both of the American League division series began on October 7, while the National League division series was set to begin on October 8. They ran until the 13th and 14th, depending on how many games they had in the series. The AL division series will be the White Sox versus the Astros, and the Rays versus the Red Sox. In the NL, it will be the Brewers versus the Braves, and the Giants versus the Cardinals or Dodgers. The Red Sox won their series 3-1 on October 11th. The Braves beat the Brewers 3-1.

From there, the AL championship series began on October 15 and the NL on October 16. The series is best of seven and lasted till October 23 and 24. The winners from each division will go to the World Series. The Astros beat the Red Sox in game six of their series, and the Braves also beat the Dodgers in game six.

The World Series began on October 26 in home ballparks. The first two games were in Houston then they switched to Atlanta for the next three then back to Houston.

The Astros were representing the American League and were hoping to redeem themselves from their previous win in which they were stealing signs in order to win.

Representing the National League was the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have arguably overcome the most challenges this year after losing several players and facing many difficulties within the skill of their pitching staff. The Atlanta Braves are the 2021 World Champions after winning in six games.

American League


The AL West had a serious competition between the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, and Oakland A’s. Yet again, the Texas Rangers fell short after going 60-102 this year. Their season was pretty predictable. And to add to the poor play, they traded Joey Gallo to the New York Yankees. Even with the leadership of Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels went 77-85.  They also lost Mike Trout for the season at the beginning of the year. The A’s went 86-76 and fell short of both the division and wildcard. The Mariners just barely fell short of the wildcard game after going 90-72. They have had the longest playoff drought of all teams in the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL. The Astros won the West by going 95-67. Yes, they redeemed themselves. No, I have no clue if they cheated this time, but hopefully, they did not.


The Chicago White Sox held the lead in the AL Central for the majority of the year, thus clinching the first place title. The Minnesota Twins did not return to their full abilities, as they went 73-89. The Kansas City Royals were pretty mediocre, and they went 74-88 this year. The Detroit Tigers actually improved this year, as they went 77-85. The Cleveland Indians went 80-82 after struggling for the majority of the year with the loss of Shane Bieber. The White Sox had a strong year by going 93-69.


The Tampa Bay Rays clinched first place in the East after going 100-62. The Baltimore Orioles, as per usual, were terrible, and they went 52-110 on the year. They continue to have lots of room for improvement in the future. The Toronto Blue Jays just barely fell short of making the wildcard game, as they went 91-71. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are both going to qualified for wildcard games. The Yankees went 92-70 on the season, while the Red Sox also went 92-70.

National League


The NL West proved to be a tough battle throughout the season between the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres. Overall the Giants, 107-55, powered through to win. The Dodgers, who are 106-56, made it to the wildcard game. The Padres, Diamondbacks, and Rockies fell short of the playoff.​​ The Arizona Diamondbacks finished with a record of 52-110, which was pretty predictable. The Colorado Rockies finished with a record of 74-87, and the San Diego Padres shockingly fell short of the playoffs after going 79-83 even with the strong leadership of Fernando Tatis, an MVP contender.


The Brewers pretty much dominated this division the entire season, and their record heading into the playoffs is 95-67. The Pittsburgh Pirates, as per usual, fell super short after going 61-101. The Chicago Cubs, who finished 67-89, would have been decent if they did not trade away THEIR WHOLE TEAM. Kris Bryant? Gone. Anthony Rizzo? Gone. Javy Baez? Gone. Joc Pederson? Gone. Craig Kimbrel? Also gone. The Cincinnati Reds went 83-79 and fell just short of making the wild card game. The St. Louis Cardinals went 90-72 and made the wildcard game just ahead of the Reds. They qualified by going on a historic 17-game win streak.


The NL East was a very tough battle throughout the year, and three different teams were in first place at different times. The New York Mets started well, but the loss of Francisco Lindor and Jacob DeGrom proved to be detrimental to their team. The Philadelphia Phillies were relatively good throughout the year, and their pitching was their only setback at times. The Atlanta Braves started horribly and the loss of Ronald Acuña Jr. proved to be a major setback, but they persevered and won the NL East. The Washington Nationals, who finished 65-97, just barely finished behind the Miami Marlins. The Marlins finished the season 67-95. The Mets finished third in the East with a record of 77-85. The Phillies, led by Bryce Harper, finished 82-80. And last but not least, the Braves (chop on!) finished 88-73 and clinched the title of NL East champions for the fourth time in a row. Go Braves, always.

Important Questions:

Who will win the NL MVP?

The finalists are Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, and Bryce Harper.

Who will win the NL Cy Young?

Cy Young finalists are Corbin Burnes, Max Scherzer, and  Zack Wheeler.

Who will win the AL MVP?

The finalists are Marcus Semien, Shohei Ohtani, and Vladimir Gurrero Jr.

 Who will win the AL Cy Young?

Cy Young finalists are Gerrit Cole, Lance Lynn, and Robbie Ray.

Is James Dansby Swanson the hottest baseball player in the MLB?

Yes, no explanation needed.