On March 28th, 2019, the 150th Major League Baseball season will begin here in North America!
For this Mytake, I am going over the good, and bad news for every MLB team this upcoming season.
American League East
New York Yankees:
The Good News-They have a stacked roster, and are very good contenders for a World Series title(partially because they're the Yankees in the first place).
The Bad News-They play in a tough division, and they still have their nemesis the Red Sox to worry about, especially since we're living in a Boston Sports World.
Boston Red Sox
The Good News-They're still the World Series champions in a Boston Sports World. Their counterparts(New England Patriots) are also champions of the NFL. It's a Boston sports team-how can there not be good news?
The Bad News-There hasn't been a repeat winner in MLB since the three-peat of the Yankees from 1998-2000-and let's face it, that was because...they are the Yankees.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Good News-They've made some key improvements in their starting rotation, and their lineup.
The Bad News-They simply don't have enough talent to overtake the top two teams(Yankees, and Red Sox).
Toronto Blue Jays
The Good News-They have the number one rookie prospect in the world-Vladimir Guerrero Jr.!
The Bad News-They lost a man by the name of Jose Bautista...and have downsized their talent.
The Good News-Mike Elias is their new General Manager, so perhaps they won't lose 100 games this season.
The Bad News-They still have Chris Davis lingering on their roster, and he's not even the worst part of their roster.
American League Central
The Good News-With their overall talented roster, they are an easy shoe-in to win the division, and have a potential Cy Young winner with Corey Kluber.
The Bad News-They still need a boost on offense to compete in the postseason.
The Good News-They have a new manager, and they still have a potent offense.
The Bad News-They lack talent in their Starting Rotation.
Chicago White Sox
The Good News-They're one of the most well-rounded teams, as they have no true weakness.
The Bad News-Well, what I just wrote above is also the bad news. They're just mediocre, and have no true strengths either.
Kansas City Royals
The Good News-With their addition of Billy Hamilton, they probably have the best defense in their respective league.
The Bad News-They severely lack on offense, and their pitching has major holes in it.
The Good News-Ron Gardenhire is their new manager, and he should lead them in the positive direction.
The Bad News-That positive direction will take a long time to complete, given this dumpster fire of a roster he has to work with.
American League West
The Good News-They're still the roaring Astros they were in their 2017 World Series year, and they are World Series contenders again.
The Bad News-Losing Dallas Keuchel to free agency will be a major hole in their starting rotation.
The Good News-For once, it looks like they will have some offensive potential, with Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, and Matt Olson.
The Bad News-With Sean Manaea out for most of the season, this will only hinder their already(struggling) pitching staff.
Los Angeles Angels
The Good News-They gave a 12 year mega-contract to one of the best MLB players we'll see in our lifetime-Mike Trout.
The Bad News-They're still a mediocre team which won't get Trout a World Series ring anytime soon, new manager, or not.
The Good News-They have some young, upcoming talent from their elite farm system.
The Bad News-This won't truly impact their team until the 2022 season(give, or take).
The Good News-They actually have a good farm system.
The Bad News-Adrian Beltre retiring pretty much guaranteed this team a spot in the AL West basement.
National League East
The Good News-Even with the subtraction of Bryce Harper, getting Patrick Corbin on a current stacked, and young roster sounds like a recipe for a possible World Series title.
The Bad News-....but did I mention they lost Bryce Harper?
The Good News-Several great additions-Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, and some weapons in bullpen.
The Bad News-It's hard to win a division without an effective starting rotation, especially this division.
New York Mets
The Good News-Their starting rotation is probably the best in MLB.
The Bad News-They still have some major holes to fill in the lineup.
The Good News-They still have Ronald Acuna Jr., and a solid team overall.
The Bad News-They're playing in the most brutal division this season. It's still going to be tough to compete.
The Good News-If all goes well, their pitching will be somewhere towards the middle of the pack in MLB(15-18ish), and they might avoid losing 100 games.
The Bad News-Pretty much everything, really-An absent fanbase, poor ownership, a major lack of talent on their entire roster, and the fact they play in the toughest division in MLB.
National League Central
The Good News-They still have many of the same talented people from their 2016 World Series run.
The Bad News-That talent is hanging by a thread, and now the Cubs have competition in the division again.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Good News-They're still the St. Louis Cardinals, and they now have Paul Goldschmidt.
The Bad News-They still are missing some key parts in their lineup, which could cause them an early exit in the postseason.
The Good News-They still have the MVP winner Christian Yelich on their team.
The Bad News-Again, you need a starting rotation to win a division in MLB.
Cincinnati Reds(my favorite team)
The Good News-We now have Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, and Sonny Gray. Hooray!
The Bad News-We still have one of the worst Starting Rotations in MLB. Sonny Gray can't save us, especially after his off-year last season.
The Good News-Jameson Taillon, and Chris Archer.
The Bad News-Their offense is still paying for the departure of Andrew McCutchen, and now Josh Harrison.
National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Good News-They still have the most talented roster in MLB. Period.
The Bad News-They seem to never seal the deal in the postseason, and with an aging roster, time is running out.
The Good News-They still have an excellent offense, led by Nolan Arenado.
The Bad News-They will never get legitimate pitching to be postseason contenders.
San Diego Padres
The Good News-They now have Eric Hosmer, and some other key additions.
The Bad News-When you're the San Diego Padres in a division with the Los Angeles Dodgers-and you still don't make any major moves, you're not going anywhere special.
San Francisco Giants
The Good News-They still have some talent from their 2010 World Series win-Madison Bumgarner, and Buster Posey.
The Bad News-It's not 2010 anymore. Their team is aging, and only getting worse.
The Good News-Zack Greinke.
The Bad News-They lost Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, and A.J. Pollock.