Come one, come all, welcome to the 2018 MLB season. Many faces in new places, and many things to catch up on. So let’s start in the East, specifically the AL East. With an addition of a SECOND powerhouse in the outfield, the Yankees look to come out swinging for the fences (literally). The Yankee’s front office treated this offseason seriously, knowing what pieces to move to get the best player available. This season’s Yanks look to be the revamped version of the classic 1927 New York Yankees Murderers Row, with Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez at the forefront. So baseballs beware, the Yankees are coming.
Staying in the AL East, The Yankees biggest rival the Red Sox. The Sox had a decently quiet offseason. Besides recently, with the major score of the second biggest free agent JD Martinez, they have been as quiet as still water. Martinez was pursued by multiple teams all offseason until finally agreeing to sign a 5-year contract. With this, both teams look to compete with the Astros of the west division for the AL crown.
These appear to be the biggest threats to make the World Series in the AL, with maybe a minor threat from the Angels, if they can put all of their pieces together the right way. Ohtani is a dual threat, and if that can be utilized in the way it has been spoken of, the Angels have a solid chance to make the playoffs because we all know, the ‘Stros are the best of the west. On the other hand, The NL had some pretty big moves as well, In the West, the Giants look to reclaim former glory with the additions of Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria.
In the central, the Cubs look for revenge and to not add onto the 108-year drought. But they might have some competition with the Brewers who made solid moves to expand their outfield and strength. Meanwhile, the East does not appear to have changed much, other than the fact that the Mets signed Todd Frazier and got back Jay Bruce. In the end, it looks to be coming down to the Nationals and Mets in the East, the Dodgers look to stay on top in the west and the cubs in the central with the brewers right on their tail. But as we all know, baseball is highly unpredictable with injuries and rising stars, so we will just have to wait to see where this carnival ride takes us in late October.