2020 Spring Training Preview

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Its’s that time again! The Super Bowl has come and gone which means baseball is back! Here are some of the top story lines and questions heading into the 2020 season

Gerrit Cole dawning the pinstripes for the first time. After signing a record 9 year 324 million dollar deal with the Yankees, Cole looks to lead a top tier pitching staff including stars like James Paxton and Luis Severino. Can Cole finally push the Yankees over the top to earn their 28th ring?

Mookie lands in LA. After some initial turmoil with the three way trade with Minnesota pulling out and reentering Mookie is finally a Dodger. Dodgers fans are now left wondering is Mookie enough to finally win a World Series after back to back failures on baseballs greatest stage.

Harper’s second year in Philly. Will we finally see Harper back to his 2015 MVP form? Philadelphia signed Bryce Harper to a then record 13 year 330 million dollar deal contract with high expectations. While his first season may not have been a MVP campaign it was still quite an impressive season with a slow start but strong second half. Can Bryce bring the magic back to help Philly towards a playoff berth.

Does Mike Trout finally have a supporting cast? The 3x MVP and 8x All-Star has tried his best to carry his team to the playoffs but has only made it once in his career and they lost. Baseball truly is a team sport without a solid supporting cast a generational talent like Mike Trout cannot carry a whole team to a World Series. The Angels signed All-Star third basemen Anthony Rendon this off-season hoping to help Trout but is it enough?

How will the Houston Astros fair post cheating scandal? With the firing of their General Manager and Manager the Astros has some front office changes to make. While all the players are still around, new manager Dusty Baker will have a challenge on his hands keeping this team on track and move past the cheating scandal and help bring back the winning ways to Houston.

With many teams likely to repeat as division champs here’s my 2020 predictions.

NL East:

Atlanta Braves- lots of young talent still on the rise, potential division leader for years to come.

Philadelphia Phillies- Even with offseason additions it wont be enough to get over the division hump.

Washington Nationals- lost MVP caliber player and its going to hurt big time as no one else on the team compares to him.

New York Mets- mediocre offseason mediocre results.

Miami Marlins- Hey, they’re on the right track.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs- Cubs resurgence starts this year.

Cincinnati Reds- very interesting offseason produces winning team

St. Louis Cardinals- just not enough talent to keep up with the others.

Milwaukee Brewers- the 2019 wild card game will haunt them for years

Pittsburgh Pirates- No surprise here, this team needs help.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers- Multiple MVP’s= division title

San Diego Padres- Great offseason, the Padres have a bright future

Arizona Diamondbacks- Madison Bumgarner is not enough to win a division.

San Francisco Giants- The only player worth anything left, its gonna be a long year in the bay.

Colorado Rockies- Not even the farm system is good, this team needs a talent infusion.

AL East

New York Yankees- The Yankees super teams of the past are back.

Tampa Bay Rays- With a crowded outfield this team has a bright future.

Boston Red Sox- Third place last year and third place again, the World Series hangover continues.

Toronto Blue Jays- While this team added a Cy Young candidate it’s not going to be enough in a strong division.

Baltimore Orioles- Yeah, there’s another long season ahead in bird land.

AL Central

Minnesota Twins- This team is fun and likely the new division head for years to come.

Cleveland Indians- Still haven’t fully recovered from the 2016 World Series

Chicago White Sox- Huge influx of talent but not enough to get past division heads.

Detroit Tigers- This team needs help badly.

Kansas City Royals- At least the Chiefs are good.

AL West

Houston Astros- Even with the fallout of the cheating scandal the talent is still there. Another division title headed to astroworld.

Los Angeles Angels- The pitching core still needs a lot of work but the lineup is strong.

Oakland A’s- This team is good but not good enough to make the wild card again this year.

Texas Rangers- Interesting offseason additions do not always translate to success.

Seattle Mariners- 50 wins if they are lucky.

Overall we are set for another great season of Major League Baseball. With fun young stars to watch and veterans chasing a championship this season is not short of storylines to follow! So kickback and catch a game, baseball might not be as boring as you think!