MLB: 5 teams that could win the 2018 World Series
As we get ready for the start of the 2018 MLB season, there are a few clubs that can actually win the Fall Classic. Below are five teams that I believe can win it all this season. Sure they may not be perfect, but they have what it takes to take long successful strides in 2018.
1) New York Yankees
This team is my pick to win it all in 2018. The Yanks were a game away from reaching another World Series in 2017 and they’ve added to their roster this past offseason. Giancarlo Stanton gives New York another weapon to go along with Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. Meanwhile, newcomers Neil Walker and Brandon Drury can also pack a punch as they combined to hit 27 homers and they drove in over 100 RBIs.
They have the depth that can help their lineup and bullpen. There’s no doubt that the Bronx Bombers have the deepest and best bullpen in the game. Even though I have questions about whether C.C. Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray will collectively pitch well enough to leave a big impact on New York, I believe the Yanks have a complete team in the AL and probably the entire MLB.
2) Colorado Rockies
Colorado has one of the best lineups in baseball. Nolan Arenado had 263 RBIs in the last two seasons combined. Charlie Blackmon can do it all as the leadoff man for the Rox. And the supporting cast is loaded. Ian Desmond can play all over the field and he posted 40 RBIs a season ago. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu racked up 64 RBIs and a .310 average in ’17.
The Rox also upgraded their pen by signing Wade Davis (32 saves last year) and Bryan Shaw.
Like most teams the Rockies have questions about their rotation, however, they can succeed in the NL West. The Dodgers lost a good number two pitcher in Yu Darvish, Arizona lost J.D. Martinez in the offseason and Steven Souza is injured.
If the Rox can get stability in their rotation, then I expect them to go to the Fall Classic.
3) Houston Astros
The defending World Series champs are stacked on offense. Houston added a productive 1-2 year rental in Gerrit Cole to assist Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in the rotation. Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton have proven themselves to be versatile pitchers and I expect them to help out in big ways again this season.
The Astros have plenty of youth and playoff experience. I don’t see them faltering much, especially when you look around the baseball universe. How many teams can actually put pressure on Houston? The answer: I guess one or two.
The Stros have the energy and great camaraderie to sustain success throughout this long season and as long as they utilize their depth correctly, then I expect them to reach, at least the ALCS.
4) Washington Nationals
Obviously, the Nats have to get out of the first round of the playoffs to become champs. However, with the possibility that Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy could be out-of-town at season’s end, this gives the club extra motivation entering the 2018 MLB season.
Their lineup is loaded with guys who can hit for average, drive in runs and smack homer and doubles. Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer leads the way for the starting pitchers, which includes Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, A.J. Cole, Tanner Roark and Jeremy Hellickson.
The bullpen has to impress in ’18, but I think the Nats might take the next step in their race to become a champion in the eyes of our nation’s capital.
5) Seattle Mariners
I know this comes to the surprise of many baseball fans out there, but I like the way this roster has come together.
Seattle has Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Corey Seager and Daniel Vogelbach, who is turning heads this spring.They also brought in Dee Gordon to steal bases and play in center field.
With Felix Hernandez as the best starting pitcher on the club, James Paxton, Mike Leake, Marco Gonzales and others will need to step up in 2018. If things don’t go well I expect M’s general manager Jerry Dipoto to make a few phone calls to acquire either Cole Hamels or another big name pitcher.
Losing David Phelps to Tommy John surgery is a real blow to the pen, but good quality arms like Greg Holland are still available.
Seattle is has a lot to prove, but I think they could surprise some people in the 2018 MLB season.
Sure these aren’t the only teams that could win it all this year, but if you’d ask me to pick a champion from a group of five clubs then the list above would be my answer. Enjoy the new baseball season and expect the unexpected.