2021 MLB Playoff Predictions: Insiders pick World Series champs, MVPs

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

There is nothing like the MLB playoffs, where every pitch carries drama and the chance to turn anyone into a hero.

First pitch will fly in the 2021 MLB post-season when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their historic rivalry at Fenway Park Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game, one day before two NL juggernauts -- the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals -- do battle Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

Before all the action gets underway, our Sportsnet MLB insiders made predictions for the wild-card winners, the World Series matchup and winner, and World Series MVP.

Here are their picks:

AL Wild-Card winner

Arden Zwelling: Yankees
Jeff Blair: Yankees
Shi Davidi: Yankees
Ben Nicholson-Smith: Yankees

NL Wild-Card winner

Arden Zwelling: Dodgers
Jeff Blair: Dodgers
Shi Davidi: Dodgers
Ben Nicholson-Smith: Dodgers

ALCS winner

Arden Zwelling: Astros over Rays
Jeff Blair: Rays over Astros
Shi Davidi: Rays over Astros
Ben Nicholson-Smith: White Sox over Yankees

NLCS winner

Arden Zwelling: Dodgers over Brewers
Jeff Blair: Giants over Brewers
Shi Davidi: Giants over Braves
Ben Nicholson-Smith: Dodgers over Brewers

World Series winner

Arden Zwelling: Astros over Dodgers
Jeff Blair: Rays over Giants
Shi Davidi: Rays over Giants
Ben Nicholson-Smith: White Sox over Dodgers

World Series MVP

Arden Zwelling: Yuli Gurriel
Jeff Blair: Randy Arozarena
Shi Davidi: Brandon Lowe
Ben Nicholson-Smith: Tim Anderson

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