The MLB season officially began on Friday and the most anticipated thing on everyone’s minds is who will make the opening day roster.
For fans, there is a lot to look forward to.
For the players, it will be an even bigger challenge to find a place in the starting lineup.
For teams, there are more important matters to take into consideration.
Here are 10 things to keep an eye on this season.1.
With only a few weeks left until Opening Day, the NL Central has plenty of time to prepare.
This week, it is expected that the Chicago Cubs will get a start against the Colorado Rockies.
If they don’t, the Detroit Tigers could be the next team to start in Denver.
The Minnesota Twins could be there as well.
The Nationals could be in a tough spot with their bullpen.
The Philadelphia Phillies could be without Jordan Zimmermann, who has a fractured left hand.
There are many teams that are trying to make the postseason, and the Nationals could end up with the second wild card in the NL.2.
The lineupThe NL East has a plethora of exciting players.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, New York Mets second baseman Didi Gregorius, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Julio Teheran, New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Gerald McCoy are just a few.
The rest of the league has many more exciting players, but the NL East’s lineup is the most exciting.
The Dodgers are the only team to have multiple stars, with Yasiel Puig, Yasiel Diaz, Julio Urias, and Julio Teich each having multiple MVP awards.3.
The offenseThe New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles will play in the first NL Division Series game of the year.
The Yankees will host the Atlanta Braves in the Bronx, while the Orioles will host Chicago.
The Mets are set to host the Kansas City Royals in St. Louis, while Washington is set to play in Kansas City.
The NL East is set up to be one of the most entertaining divisions in recent memory.4.
The bullpenThe New England Revolution are set for a strong playoff run this season, but there are still a few questions left unanswered.
How will the bullpen handle some injuries?
Will Tommy Hunter be able to get some relief work?
Will the rotation be ready to go for the postseason?
All of these questions are going to be answered this season as the Yankees and Orioles look to be the favorites to win the division.5.
The position battleThe NL West has plenty to be excited about, but a lot of division battles are still to be decided.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Josh Donaldson and San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Morse will be facing off against each other.
The San Francisco 49ers are set up for a great fight for the NL West crown.
The Los Angeles Angels have a big chance to get the NL wild card, but with the Arizona Diamondbacks looking to improve their chances of reaching the playoffs, the team might be hesitant to take on a team with a lot on the line.6.
The defenseThe Chicago Cubs have a lot going for them, but they need to play defense.
The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Arizona Cardinals in a game set to be broadcast live on MLB Network.
The Cincinnati Reds are set with the St. Lous Cardinals.
The New York Giants are set at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.7.
The special teamsThe Houston Astros are set in the American League Wild Card race.
Their defense is expected to be strong this season with the likes of Derek Norris, Dontrelle Willis, and Jason Grilli all on the roster.
They will look to improve that secondary during this postseason.8.
The playoff race The Cincinnati Bengals have the highest shot at the Wild Card spot with a strong offense.
Their offense should be in good shape this season and they will look for some consistency from their defense.9.
What the playoff field looks likeIt’s been a busy offseason for the MLB postseason.
In addition to the regular season, there has been a ton of international events taking place.
The first one of them is the World Baseball Classic in Brazil this weekend.
It’s a great chance for teams from the US, Canada, and Australia to showcase their best players to fans around the world.
The second is the MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.
It will feature the best of the best from each league, including teams from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and South Korea.10.
MLB awardsThis year’s awards season is full of surprises.
There is the AL MVP Award, a Cy Young Award, and a Gold Glove Award.
There’s also the MLB Player of the Year, Rookie of the Month, and Manager of the Week.
We’ll keep a close eye on all of them.
The final awards season will be February