BY: CHRIS LARSON
Opening Day happens tomorrow and that means that right now is the perfect time to look ahead to the season and do some Pre-Opening Day Power Rankings. Below I have listed the Top 15 teams in the league as they look right now on paper. As is always the case, you can never count out any team because surprises happen, but here is how I view the rankings as of right now.
With the season less than 36 hours away, I will be now predicting the playoffs first and then the season awards. Click here to view the Projected Divisional Standings
By Eric Jacinto
The 2018 MLB season, is two days away as all 30 teams finished up their Spring Training games today before their first game of the season on Thursday. The Houston Astros come in as the defending World Series champions as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series in seven games.
The New York Yankees made the biggest move of the off-season as they acquired last season's National League MVP, Giacarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins for Starlin Castro and two prospects. Stanton was one shy of hitting 60 Home-runs last season, as he joins an already stacked Yankees lineup that includes last season's American League Rookie of the year and runner up for AL MVP, Aaron Judge who hit 52 Home-runs himself.
Also there were six new managers hired five of the six have never managed in the majors before. The only one that has been a Major League manager before is Ron Gardenhire, who was the manager of the Minnesota Twins from 2002-2014. Gardenhire's managerial record is 1068-1039 in 13 seasons, he made the playoffs six times (All winning the Division); however he only want 6-21 in the playoffs.
The other five managers hired were:
Gabe Kapler (Philadelphia Phillies)
Mickey Callaway (New York Mets)
Alex Cora (Boston Red Sox)
Aaron Boone (New York Yankees)
Dave Martinez (Washington Nationals)
By Eric Jacinto
The 2018 MLB season is upon us and it's time for the Pre-season rankings. I will be doing the Power Rankings every Monday; week one rankings will be out on April 9th, 2018 because the season starts on a Thursday. I will write a summary after the Power Rankings. With All that said here are the 2018 MLB Pre-Season Rankings.