Spring Training is underway, and you know what that means.
It’s time for preseason power rankings!
As we take a look around Major League Baseball to try to take stock of where everyone stands, one thing immediately jumps out.
The top three teams in baseball likely reside in the American League. After that group? Eight of the next nine are in the wide-open National League.
It’s almost certain that the AL representative in the 2019 World Series will come from Boston, Houston or New York, but the NL’s representative could come from almost anywhere. Of the 15 teams in the Senior Circuit, just four look like they have no chance of competing this season.
The rest could find themselves playing deep into October, which should make for not only a fun postseason, but a particularly exciting regular season as well.
This is the most wide-open set of division races entering the season, with four of the six looking like multiple teams have realistic chances of winning. Only the AL Central and AL West look like the division winners are set in stone, and even the Indians could be susceptible if their stars can’t stay healthy.
These predictions are sure to look wrong in sixth months, as they always do. For now, though, they’re a good barometer for how teams are faring heading into an exciting 2019 season.
Baseball’s back! And now, so are the power rankings.
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