MLB back in action
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The 2017 Major League Baseball kicked-off last week with the Chicago Cubs returning to defend their 2016 World Series title. The MLB season is long and arduous. It is almost impossible to predict what team will come out on top in the coming months. Saying that, based on last season, off-season moves, and rookie players, some potential contenders for the title include the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and the New York Mets.
After a long 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 Championship in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. Looking into the 2017 season, they are more than equipped to take the NL Central title once again and compete for the World Series crown.
The Cleveland Indians have finally taken supremacy in the AL Central, despite losing two of their starting pitchers last season. Their current healthy squad features a new-signee Edward Encarnacion who fits right into the lineup.
The AL West, a highly competitive division, features both the Astros and the Mariners. The Texas Rangers also sit in this division and have won the last two division titles. The Astros had an extremely productive off-season and also gained some young stars that have enhanced their squad. The Mariners are fast and powerful. Improved outfield defense will help their pitchers out as well.
In the NL East, the Nationals and the Mets have a well-established rivalry that has yet to be cracked by other teams in the division. The Nationals have a deep lineup featuring Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. If Matt Harvey can pitch as well as his spring reports have shown, the Mets have a great chance of clinching the division title as well.
The Dodgers are clear favorites of the highly competitive NL West, with the San Francisco Giants lingering close behind. The Dodgers are a tremendously talented team and have an enviable farm system that has provided them with great players recently.
With all of that in mind, after the first week of play of the 2017 season, the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, and Arizona Diamondbacks lead their respective divisions as of Sunday.