You can’t say it’s not an exciting time when professional baseball comes back into our schedules. First of all it’s the true first sign that summer is coming and secondly, who are we kidding, baseball is as much fun of a sport as any other. Sure it has rules that unless you’re a true fan you probably won’t understand, but so does football and there we are going bonkers each weekend when the NFL is going strong. Well the wait is finally over, it’s time to see who will put up or shut up as the new season of the MLB starts tomorrow. There are a few teams that you should be looking at here if you want to make some bucks, so let’s start cracking it down.
First of all we start any conversation about who are the favorites to win the World Series this season without taking the Red Sox at first place. The defending champions are coming back and they are coming back strong with their core lineup intact and ready for some more action. Their starting rotation is a thing of beauty when you read it with the likes of guys like David Price, Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez all ready to go. Yes, I wrote it down right, Chris Sale and David Price are their two starting pitchers in their rotation, you know which other teams can boast about being able to have two Cy Young caliber aces back to back, here’s a hint, not a lot of them. But if the pitching staff isn’t enough then just take a look at their lineup. Led by all-star and MVP candidate already Mookie Betts and very strong positional players like Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland this Red Sox team is all but loaded and ready to go. If they can manage to hold back their all-time rival Yankees in their division I don’t see as to why taking the Sox as favorites to go all the way isn’t a sane and honest option.
The fact that we can talk about the Houston Astros without Dallas Keuchel who God only knows what he’s up to instead of getting ready to give the Red Sox a fight for the American League Championship proves just how ridiculously good the Astros are. Sure, Keuchel, an all-star pitcher is on his way to pulling a MLB version of the LeVeon Bell situation, Houston is packed, stacked and crowded with immense talent. Justin Verlander, one of the best pitchers in recent times has taken the lead in an Astros rotation that has guys like Gerrit Cole, Colin McHugh who learned how good it is to be a starter after spending last year in the bullpen, Mike Peacock and Wade Miley. If that’s not enough, the Astros insanely great core of players are coming back, headed by Alex Bregman, with Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa all coming back and hoping to have a non-injury year then why not think of the Astros as front runners to take it all, I like them better than the Red Sox, but that’s in part because I hate the Red Sox.
In the National League I wish I could pin point one or two specific teams that I think are true favorites to go ahead and roll to victory but the truth of the fact is that there’s too much competition this year with the off season moves that happened. The Phillies for example went from being almost nothing to making a statement led by none other than Bryce Harper. Can one man really take a franchise and make it amazing? There’s always Lebron and the Cavs so why not? Then on the other hand there are the defending National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers let two of their strongest hitters, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig leave for the Reds while but can still count on guys like Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Justin Turner to get runs rolling in and at the end of the day, it seriously doesn’t hurt to have Clayton Kershaw be your number one pitcher in your rotation.
Last but not least I want to give a shout out to one of my favorite teams last year and who will probably be a great squad this year, the Atlanta Braves. Long gone were the days where the Braves where a team to be feared with the best rotation in baseball apart from the Yankees bunch and a hitting power that could make any team tremble. Atlanta’s baseball team has been going through a hard and true rebuilding campaign that has seen them go from a laughing stock to having one of the best young line ups in all of baseball. Now with key additions like Josh Donaldson and with guys like Freddie Freeman and all-star Ronald Acuña Jr. You know the Braves will be coming out for glory and with hitting power to give all around.
Man aren’t you glad we don’t have to rely on the NBA to be our only source of great sports anymore?