Finally, the moment all baseball fans have been waiting for! Opening Day in the MLB is Thursday, but the famous song by The Pointer Sisters, “I’m So Excited”, has been playing all week. With the exception of maybe the Dodgers and Astros, every team has a hole on their 25-man roster. The NL and AL West have been covered, so here is a problem for the remainder of the American League!
Boston Red Sox
The starting rotation is terrific, especially if it is healthy. Expect this rotation to be elite with David Price, Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, etc. However, the bullpen is questionable at best. The Red Sox will need to address their bullpen, outside of Craig Kimbrel, if they want to repeat as AL East champions.
New York Yankees
The Yankees have the potential to be special. The lineup is terrifying and the the bullpen is elite. The starting rotation, unlike their rivals, lacks depth and prowess. The Yankees may look for rotation help mid-season if they want to make that push to surpass the Red Sox in the AL East.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays need to address multiple positions, but first base looks like a black hole in Tampa with C.J. Cron expected to be the Opening Day starter.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays lack depth in the outfield. Curtis Granderson projects to be a starter, and Toronto will need to add to the outfield to even attempt to compete in 2018.
The Indians lost both Joe Smith and Bryan Shaw to free agency this past winter. They did not do much to replenish the bullpen and they may have some trouble if the starters are not able to get to Andrew Miller and Cody Allen in the late innings.
The Minnesota Twins need to add a true closer to the bullpen. Unlike the Indians, the Twins have solid bullpen depth, but they lack a true closer. If the Twins want to return to the postseason, they will need someone to consistently close out games.
Kansas City Royals
The starting rotation looks laughable in Kansas City. There is no true ace, and Danny Duffy will probably be the best pitcher on the Kansas City Royals in 2018. The Royals will not be able to break .500 without the addition of at least one more major league average starter.
Chicago White Sox
Similar to the Royals, the White Sox rotation has glaring holes. Unlike the Royals, however, the White Sox have plenty of young talent breaking into the rotation. The White Sox are expected to make a huge leap forward, and they hope that one of their young studs become that ace in the rotation. If that does not happen for Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez, though, James Shields will not cut it as the ace in the south side of Chicago.
The Tigers will not be good. There does not appear to be one position where the Tigers are exceptional. Every position, except for the spot Miguel Cabrera will play (DH or 1B), will not be good. It will be a rough year in Detroit.