By: Griffin Quadro, Staff Writer
As the 2019 MLB season approaches, we look at teams that have a good chance to go far in the postseason. Will the dominate Boston Red Sox go back to back World Series Champs? Or will the powerful Houston Astros get redemption on the Red Sox and win another championship? Will the consistent Los Angeles Dodgers reach their third straight World Series?
In my opinion, I think this season will be another big season for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers came out of the National League on top but their postseason hopes ended shortly after losing to the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Brewers will go far in the postseason with the heart and soul of their team, Christian Yelich. Yelich won the NL MVP last year and is so far putting on a show to the start of the 2019 season. “I’ve never seen anyone this good for this long.. What we’re witnessing is greatness,” says Christian Yelich teammate, Ryan Braun. Since the end of the All-Star break in the 2018 season, he is first in batting average and runs batted in.
Another team that is predicted to have big year is the New York Yankees. They have a packed lineup and a pretty good pitching staff. With the addition of Giancarlo Station last year, they have the majority of picks to win the World Series.
Senior Max Lee says, “With the power bats of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, they will lead them to a championship.”
The Houston Astros have rattled off back-to-back 100-win seasons, and they’re the clear favorites to take the AL West title once again. With Charlie Morton gone in free agency, Dallas Keuchel likely to follow and Lance McCullers Jr. out for the season, it will be up to starter-turned-reliever Collin McHugh, free-agent signing Wade Miley and hard-throwing Josh James to shore up the starting rotation. The impending arrival of top prospect Forrest Whitley helps the rotation situation, as do depth options like Brad Peacock and Framber Valdez. On the offensive side, the addition of Michael Brantley to an already high-powered offense and the prospect of a bounce-back season from Carlos Correa could make a high-powered lineup even more productive.