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Top 5 World Series contenders

   
As this baseball season starts there are plenty of teams that are in running to win the World Series. Though there may be a lot of teams in contention, there are few teams that seems to have an edge on the others. Here are my top 5 teams that have a chance at winning the World Series.

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5. Chicago White Sox

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   Unlike the Chicago White Sox of the past couple years, the Chicago White Sox look very promising this year. This year the additions of Tim Anderson and José Abreu coming back are big for their team. Also this year Yoán Moncada returning there hitting squad looks really strong. The infield looks great while also having Adam Eaton in right field. While behind the plate Yasmani Grandal is a great addition in the catcher position. Overall their pitching looks pretty good with the edition of Dallas Keuchel coming into their rotation. While the National league is full of good teams this year I think that they could make a descent run for the title this year.

 

4. Atlanta Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves look very good this year. While they didn’t make any big changes in the offseason they already have a strong lineup powered by the bats of Ronald Acuña Jr, Marcell Ozuna, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. Though you could also make an argument that there lineup not changing is a downside, because in the past, even though there lineup in good they tend to flame out in the late playoffs to the Dodgers a team that the Braves are yet to beat in the postseason. While I think they are a World Series contender they are this low on the list because I think they have potential to win but I think it might be a couple years away.

 

3. San Diego Padres

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    The San Diego Padres made major moves in the offseason which made them a dangerous looking team for this coming season. There star Fernando Tatís Jr just resigned with the for a 14 year, whopping 340 million dollar contract extension; but that’s not the only big deal the Padres  made this offseason because they signed tons of outside talent like bringing in Joe Musgrove from the Pirates and really bulking up their pitching staff by trading for Yu Darvish and signing Blake Snell. Not to mention the return of Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado. While they will have the tough challenge of facing the Dodgers for most of this season this team definitely looks ready for a good playoff run. My one concern with a team like this is with all of this new talent coming in the chemistry within the team may be weak so it will be interesting to see because chemistry can go a long way for a team. The Padres probably will make a great playoff run this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if San Diego sees a World Series trophy coming to them in the next 5 years or so.

 

2. New York Yankees

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    The New York Yankees are looking like they will dominate the American  league this year. With the Astros seeming to become not as big of a challenge or them, and with the former AL champions being dismantled instantly. The Yankees seem to have a strait shot path towards the World Series. With their hitting lineup still unstoppable with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hitting home run after home run, they look to be a clear favorite for the American League. I think the Yankees have been beaten by the Astros for too many years now and I think that the power balance is going to finally change. But I don’t think it will be easy because the Dodgers in the National League pose a major threat to the Yankees title run, while the Astros still have potential to get in the Yankees way. But I am almost sure they will win the American League title and maybe even the World Series.

 

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    As the defending champions the Dodgers have something to prove this year. While they didn’t make any really big moves in the offseason, their team is as strong as it was last year. With Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler powering their pitching rotation and Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts and Justin Turner along with many other players contributing to their electric batting order. While they seem like an easy front runner it will be interesting to see how they deal with the new threat of the San Diego Padres and the anual problem of the Atlanta Braves. Even though they seem unstoppable they always seem to flame out late in the season, so it will definitely be interesting to see if they can repeat what they did last year or will they demonstrate what they did in the three seasons before that when they lost in the World Series. While the Dodgers may be up and down that is no reason to count them out they are a tough team to play and even more difficult to beat.

 

Comments

Spencer Harnden

I agree with you churros. Even though I don’t know much about the baseball, I think the dodgers are the best, and the Yankees are a close second.

Tal richmond

While I do agree with this I think you could have substituted the white sox for another team. I liked the detail and facts you put in this article.

Timmy Smith

Great article! The Dodgers seem to always be at the top of the standings. I was surprised to see teams like the Padres and White Sox on this list. They always seemed to be in the category of bad teams. I’m looking forward to seeing how the season plays out!

Lyle Waldeck

Great article Alex. I agree that the dodgers have the best chance, with there roster I don’t think that anyone besides the Yankees can beat them.

JJ Oldershaw

There is so much awesome information here Alex! You did a great job backing up your picks as well as making them persuasive. I never new the Chicago White Sox were capable of having a good season, but here they are. The New York Yankee’s are definitely the Los Angelos Dogger’s biggest competitor.

Michael

The San Diego padres having bad chemistry would make sense, considering they got players from other teams.

Luke

Great article Alex! I definitely agree that the reigning World Series champion Dodgers are the most likely to repeat. Their lineup is stacked with Mookie Betts, Cody Belinger, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Cory Seager and others. I agree that the Yankees are a close second because their lineup is also unfair with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and DJ Lemahiue. Not to mention they have Garrett Cole who might be the best pitcher in baseball. I can’t wait to see how the Padres do with all their new talent and I can’t wait for the season!

Sam Elliott

Great job, I love how you intrigued the reader by putting the “Read More” option, right before the five teams.

Brendan

I agree with the list. You definitely put a lot of effort and research into this. The read more was a good addition.

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