Groundhog Day represents the end to winter and the beginning of the best season, baseball season. In the famous movie “Groundhog Day”, Bill Murray relives Groundhog Day over and over again. There are some teams that would love to repeat last season’s results, and there are some teams that would hate to repeat last season.
Teams that would love to repeat last season
Houston Astros: This one is a no-brainer. The Astros are entering this season as reigning World Series Champions, and were second in the American League in wins. The Astros have one of the best rotations in baseball, with their top 3 starters being Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance McCullers Jr. They also have the reigning AL MVP in Jose Altuve, All-Stars Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Josh Reddick. The Astros would love to repeat last season.
Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers won the NL West for the fifth straight season, behind superstars Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and ROY Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers made it to Game 7 of the World Series, a result that does sting, but is also an amazing accomplishment. The Dodgers have become a powerhouse in the National League, and they should be expected to make a similar run this season.
New York Yankees: The Yankees were a major surprise last season, making it all the way to Game 7 of the ALCS vs the World Series Champion Astros. This year, the Yankees will be better than ever, coming into the year with a lineup that rivals Murderer’s Row of the 1930s and 1940s. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorious hitting in a row is a pitcher’s worst nightmare, and it will come true this season. Don’t be surprised if the Yankees lead the Majors in Home Runs, Runs Scored, and RBI this season.
Teams that would hate a repeat of last season.
Miami Marlins: Fortunately for the Marlins, this season will not garner the same results as last season. Unfortunately, they will be much, much worse. The Marlins traded away their three starting outfielders, including NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and their second baseman, Dee Gordon. Not to mention, the veteran players on the Marlins, JT Realmuto, Justin Bour, and the recently acquired Starlin Castro, all want to be traded. The Marlins have an owner in Derek Jeter who is acting like a GM, and a awful one at that. Buckle up Marlins fans, it’s going to be a long and bumpy rebuild in Little Havana.
San Francisco Giants: The Giants were a massive disappointment last season, amassing 98 losses. This season, with the acquisition of Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, the Giants have a real shot at competing for a playoff spot this season. While the Giants will likely not win the NL West, they are in a prime position to make a wild card run. The Giants addition of two right-handed power bats will also increase their NL worst Home Run totals from last season. And Remember, it is an even year, so never count the Giants out.
Cincinnati Reds: The Cincinnati Reds have been one of the worst in baseball the last three years. Unfortunately, they haven’t signed any major free agents, lost their all-star shortstop from last year, and are making zero effort to improve. The Reds also have one of the best hitters of this generation in Joey Votto, but they’re wasting his prime years on bad teams, low attendance, and lack of national recognition. If the Reds want to start fresh and actually compete in the next few years, they should trade Votto for prospects and spend some time actually rebuilding rather than sticking with mediocrity. And maybe if they play their cards right, The Reds will see a rebirth of the Big Red Machine