Baseball, Mlb presentation of the season: Dodgers and Yankees are the favorites

The championship starts tomorrow, going back to 162 pre-Covid games. LA champions the team to beat, New York number 1 in America. Watch out for the San Diego, Toronto and Chicago White Sox

A return to normal. Almost. Waiting for the stadiums to fill up again, probably around August – when the vast majority of the US population will have been vaccinated – MLB opens the season with a handful of fans in the stands.

And it will be a “normal” championship, that is, made up of the traditional 162 games. The reigning champions remain the team to beat, those Los Angeles Dodgers who have gotten even stronger. They’ll have to watch out for the emerging San Diego Padres and New York Mets, who have spent a lot of money in the last market. In the American, the usual Yankees, but also the Chicago White Sox, also generous during the winter with an open wallet.

National

The Dodgers have added the last Cy Young winner in the National League, Trevor Bauer. They have such a strong rotation that they have to send David Price to the bullpen. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Will Smith put the creeps in the lineup. The Padres have shielded their star, Fernando Tatis Jr., and beefed up the pitching department with Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. And then they have Manny Machado, who is always scary. The Mets don’t have a starter over 30, they got their hands on Francisco Lindor (former Indians shortstop) and added pitchers Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Joey Lucchesi. However, they will have to deal with the Atlanta Braves in the same division, who came within a step of the World Series last season and were reinforced by Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly, who will join Ian Anderson, Max Fried and Mike Soroka. in rotation. The two stars are still Ronaldo Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman. In Central, keep an eye on the Cardinals with Nolan Arenado, perhaps the best third baseman in the league, from Colorado.

American

All lined up behind the Yankees. Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon are the top 3 in a high-value rotation. The key will be the health of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton: if both finally manage to have a healthy season, it will be a pain for the rivals. Behind them in the Eastern Division are the Toronto Blue Jays, thanks to the arrivals of George Springer and Marcus Semien. And watch out for the regular Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox, in search of the division title that they have been missing since 2008, in addition to star José Abreu, can count on the arrivals of Liam Hendriks, Lance Lynn and Adam Eaton. The loss of Eloy Jimenes, 24 years old (broken left dorsal, 5-6 months of loss in sight), however, is a hard blow. To the west, the Astros and A’s are expected to compete for the division crown. Houston lost Springer but Yordan Alvarez bounces back. However, he will need Josè Altuve and Carlos Correa at the top to settle down. Oakland has focused on experience, adding Elvis Andrus, Trevor Rosenthal, Sergio Romo and Mitch Moreland.

predictions

American, East: New York Yankees. Central: Chicago White Sox. West: Oakland Athletics. Wildcard: Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays. Sample: yankees.

National, East: Atlanta Braves. Central: St. Louis Cardinals. West: Los Angeles Dodgers. Wildcard: San Diego Padres, New York Mets. Sample: Dodgers.

World Series: Dodgers champions over the Yankees.

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