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Prospective teams look to capture World Series title

Hanny Wolkoff and Blake Ruteneberg

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\As the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season kicks-off, numerous teams enter the season with rosters that have potential of winning the World Series.

Boston Red Sox:

The 2017 American League East (AL East) champions look to defend their title in a competitive division. With the offseason signing of J.D. Martinez to counter moves made by the Yankees, it appears that the Red Sox are remaining in the hunt for another World Series. The Red Sox are bringing back four all stars; Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Craig Kimbrel.

Cleveland Indians:

The Cleveland Indians are yet to bring a World Series title home since October of 1948, in the previous years the Indians have come close but came up short. The Indians have a very well rounded roster with Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Jason Kipnis, Edwin Encarnacion.

Houston Astros:

The defending World Series champions the Houston Astros look to repeat 2017. Avon Old Farms (AOF) alum George Springer and all star second baseman Jose Altuve look to lead the Astros back to the World Series. The Astros lineup is one of the most comprised in the MLB. Carlos Correa, a 6’4 shortstop maintained a batting average of .315 and hit 24 home runs over the course of last year. The Astros have a strong “one-two” punch with starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

A loss in the seventh game of the World Series to Houston in 2017 left much to be desired by Dodgers fans. Five straight postseason appearances has led to zero World Series titles, and both the Dodgers and their fans are hoping 2018 will be the year they finally win it all. Players including Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw and countless others will contribute to the teams success this season.

New York Yankees:

By adding the 2017 home run leader, Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees (NYY) now have three players in the heart of their lineup from last years home run derby. Rookie sensations Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will help round out the Yankees lineup. The Yankees finished spring training with a record of (X and X) and look to keep up the momentum heading into the opening month of the season. In addition to this, the Yankees have a strong farm system even though they gave up a number of prospects for Stanton.

Washington Nationals:

With the Nationals offense being led by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, they look to make a postseason appearance. the Nationals also have a strong pitching staff consisting of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez. If Harper can stay healthy throughout the course of the 2018 season, the Nationals will be able to compete offensively with a number of different teams.

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