As we approach just under a week until the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, this is part one of three, of my listing of teams from worst to best, 30-21.
30) Miami Marlins
Pretty obvious why these guys are at the bottom of this list at least for now, don’t think there’s much to debate here. If you do, you shouldn’t bother continuing to read this list…frankly because you don’t know baseball if you don’t see why these guys are last on the list.
29) Cincinnati Reds
Lost one of its long time vets, Zack Cozart, leaving Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton as the last of the ‘big names’ in the Reds lineup, not expecting much from this group in 2018.
28) Kansas City Royals
The life without Cain, Moustakas, and Hosmer will be a major adjustment process, and probably very weird for KC fans.
27) Detroit Tigers
Last year, their ace, Jordan Zimmerman, had an ERA over 6, and there’s not many major threats in their lineup. Low expectations for 2018.
26) San Diego Padres
New addition in Hosmer will be exciting to see in a lineup with Wil Myers, but this team lacks pitching and defense.
25) Atlanta Braves
Maybe, but most likely not, this will be the year all of Atlanta’s young talent breaks out.
24) Tampa Bay Rays
Not many names on the Rays roster are the same as they were last year so a lot is in question, but I guess they still have Chris Archer.
23) Oakland Athletics
Sneaky good lineup in Oakland, not enough pitching yet. But this lineup alone will win the A’s some games this year, just not enough.
22) Chicago White Sox
Another team hoping its top prospects have a breakout year, but 2018 probably won’t be the year of the ChiSox.
21) Baltimore Orioles
They have Manny Machado and Adam Jones still, and they finally traded for a decent starting pitcher in Alex Cobb to even out their rotation, but the only team the O’s will contend with in the AL East in 2018 is the Rays.
Stay tuned for parts two and three to find out who I think sits atop the league heading into the coming season. As always, I encourage all of mine and WTP Sports’ followers, The People, to respond to my articles on Twitter, let’s talk baseball.
As always, Go Sox!!!