The opening series commenced with two close games and a closure to one of the most legendary careers in baseball. Hopefully, the Japan series between Seattle and Oakland will set the tone for the rest of the year, leaving for exciting baseball. With that being said, who am I picking to win it all this year?
It would be easy to pick the Yankees since their vaunted combo of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton stands out along with their tough bullpen. However, injuries are already playing a factor into their season, knocking Luis Severino out for a bit with shoulder problems. Boston lost Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly, two key pieces to their 2018 World Series run. Cleveland seems on the verge of blowing everything up. The NL East is wide open, with each team having their own set of glaring weaknesses. The NL Central is the same thing, only with a potential World Series contender in Milwaukee. Finally, the Dodgers have a weakened outfield and Clayton Kershaw seems to be on the downtrend of his career. That leaves only one team left for consideration for the pick.
The Houston Astros. The Astros have a mighty rotation featuring Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole and have another prospect coming up in Forrest Whitley. The lineup is as good as ever, especially with an infield featuring Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa manning the ship. The bullpen looks solid. On paper, there isn't a single weakness on this Astros team. Plus, the AL West is taking a step back in competitiveness this year. This will make it much easier for the Astros to obtain home field advantage throughout October.
I'm picking the Astros to beat the Brewers in five games in the World Series this year. Both teams are fundamentally strong, but Houston appears to be the superior group. After all, Houston has unfinished business to tend to.
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