MLB Season Preview

Riley Bird, Staff Writer

With the 2021 Major League Baseball season right around the corner and a month of spring training in the books, teams are starting to show their potential for the upcoming season starting on April 1. With many teams making big moves in the offseason and others starting to rebuild, the power rankings shifted since the end of the season last year. 

“I’d say I’m most excited to see if the Giants can surprise people this year and make the playoffs,” senior Wade Beury Said. 

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers:

The reigning World Series Champions are looking super promising and are already a major postseason favorite for this season. They made a big move and picked up  Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer in the offseason. This pickup bulks up their already rock solid pitching rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Dustin May, and Julio Urias. The star studded Dodgers starting lineup consists of Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner. By gaining Bauer, the Dodgers had to give up Kike Hernandez. “I’m most excited to watch Cody Bellinger and Trevor Baur because they’re both exiting players and I think that Trevor Baur is going to try and prove himself at a new team this year,” junior Joe Gonzalez said.

      2. San Diego Padres: 

With exciting players like Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis, and a stellar pitching rotation, the San Diego Padres are looking like they are going to give the Dodgers solid competition in their division. The Padres made big upgrades in the off season by signing Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Josh Musgrove. Fernando Tatis, who has emerged as one of the best players in baseball right now, is looking even better than he did last season.With the new and old talent, the Padres are looking like a serious favorite to compete with the Dodgers for the World Series title. 

     3. New York Yankees 

The Yankees stayed relatively quiet this offseason and haven’t made very many trades or deals regarding players other than resigning D.J Lemahieu. They have key pitchers Jameson Talion and Corey Kluber joining Garret Cole in the rotation after recovering from their injuries. Luis Severino is possibly going to return during the season after recovering from Tommy John Surgery, which will add to the most dominant pitching staff in baseball.  If they can stay healthy, the American League Favorite Yankees will most likely be a fierce contender for whoever they play this year.