The night before Opening Day, the night that expectations and imaginations run wild for Major League Baseball fans and players alike.As the MLB season is about to get underway, each team is preparing themselves for the grueling 162-game season. Thirty teams, 162 games, one World Series champion.
The 2017 season will find difficulty following up a 2016 season in which the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title in over 100 years. In fact, Game 7 of the World Series had over 40 million viewers, making it the most watched baseball game in 25 years.
After the Cubs’ historic 2016 run, many believe they will repeat as World Series champs in 2017. However, other teams may be in the running to challenge Chicago’s team from the North Side.
The Washington Nationals remain a strong candidate in the National League as they feature two perennial all-stars in Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper. Also in the National League East are the New York Mets who, with their pitching rotation led by Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, should make another strong push for the NL pennant.
Other teams to look for in the NL include the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates to name a few.
In the American League, the Indians look to dominate the Central division again in hopes of a return to the Fall Classic. With the addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Tribe should be even more of an offensive threat.
Some teams who may challenge the Indians in the AL are the Boston Red Sox and the killer B’s of Betts, Bogaerts, and Bradley. Also, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers could make a big push toward the playoffs.
Other teams that could be interesting to watch in the AL are the up and coming New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers with the always exciting Miguel Cabrera.
Three games will take place on Sunday, April 3 before the first full slate of games on April 4.