Burning Questions: MLB 2018 Season Edition
This is Burning Questions — MLB edition!
Where we here at TCD ask the burning questions that you the fans want to know about your favorite teams. With this being our first edition and spring training slowly approaching, we channeled our inner Russell Westbrook and thought “Why Not?”
This past offseason was an exciting one, with the Houston Astros riding high off a spectacular postseason and the franchise’s first World Series win. And how could we forget major trades like Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton joining the Baby Bombers in New York.
With all of this in mind, there’s no telling what this season will hold, but here are the storylines you should be looking forward to the most this upcoming season!
Will Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers rebound after last season?
The Dodgers organization announced that ace Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth Opening Day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29. But can he bring the Dodgers their first World Series ring since 1981? Well the answer is — we don’t know.
Kershaw wasted a four-run lead and was chased in the fifth inning of a 13-12, 10-inning loss to Houston in Game 5 of the World Series, leaving Los Angeles in a 3-2 World Series deficit. As we all already know, the Astros went on to win the series in seven games.
The 3x Cy-Young winner has a lot on his plate this season especially since SP Yu Darvish was traded to the Chicago Cubs, however, according to a video from ESPN, Kershaw remains hopeful for the upcoming season.
In other words, we cannot WAIT until March!
Will the Washington Nationals reach the World Series before Bryce Harper reaches free agency next fall?
Since being drafted in 2012, Harper signed a five-year $9.9 million contract with the Nats and has been sought after by some of the biggest names in baseball, including the Yankees (heyyyy).
After his rookie contract finished in 2015, he signed an ironclad two-year $35,250,000 contract extension (yep, you read that right — that’s over $35 mill) with the Nationals, then went on to sign a one-year deal for a cool $21 million.
With Harper being eligible for free agency after this season, the question remains: where will the big bad Bam-Bam go?
Harper is the marquee attraction in the star-studded free agent class of 2018 that includes Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado, Toronto Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson, Orioles CF Adam Jones, New York Mets starter Matt Harvey, and potentially Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and David Price of the Boston Red Sox with their opt-out clauses.
Having grown up a Yankees fan, we expected the Yanks to be the frontrunner when Harper hits free agency, but maybe the Yankees do not want to take on a gigantic contract after signing Stanton.
Other teams that we expect to fight hard for Harper’s contract are the Philadelphia Phillies, Cubs or Nationals.
The Nats may somehow convince him to stay as they have the financial wherewithal to retain him and the comfort zone home-field advantage. They’ve treated him well and have given him everything he has wanted — everything but a trip to the World Series.
If the Nationals don’t make it to the final stage this season, will Harper pull a disappearing act?
Will Stanton and Judge match the production of the M&M boys in 1961?
For some perspective for you kiddies who don’t know — the M&M boys are Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. And in 1961, they hit a combined 115 home runs in just one season.
So, can Judge and Stanton match that?
The hottest news over the offseason was the Yankees signing Stanton to their already STACKED team!
Signing the reigning NL MVP was the most typical Yankee move since George Steinbrenner was alive and I think every Yankees fan on EARTH is excited.
The evil empire is back and it’s stronger than ever!
Now 115 home runs in a season may seem like a lot, but youngin’ Judge, clocked in a total of 52 home runs last season and Stanton tallied a staggering 59 homers. Do the math — the young studs had 111 combined home runs in 2017.
If they were to pull this off, they’d be the first to break the single-season record for combined home runs by a pair of teammates in 47 years.
And if you’re wondering if there will be any ~drama~ now that there’s two powerhouses on one team? Ctrl-Alt-Delete that from your thought process.
Judge tweeted this inviting message to Stanton after hearing the big news in the Bronx.
— Aaron Judge (@TheJudge44) December 9, 2017
And as for Stanton, I think he got his point across with his instagram post after he signed on the dotted line to join the baby bombers.
So who’s as excited as me to see these storylines play out?
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