The Major League Baseball season seems to be creeping up on us and is only over two months away. While the hot stove hasn’t been as hot as we would like it to be, teams are starting to get their rosters in order and it’s becoming evident as to who might be contenders, pretenders, and dark horse candidates.
There have been some very good moves around the league that could catapult those teams who have been near the bottom to the top and the inactivity of others will prove to be costly once the season gets underway. In this article, we are going to look at three teams who could be dark horse candidates to make deep pushes into October this season.
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto made the postseason last year but they were quickly wiped out in the Wild Card Round to the Tampa Bay Rays who ended up representing the American League in the World Series.
The Jays have a young roster that has tons of talent, especially with guys like Vlad Guerreo Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, and Nate Pearson. The Jays made one of their biggest free-agent splashes in recent years by bringing in powerful George Springer who can play center field for them and provide plenty of home runs at the top of their order.
The Jays have a pitching staff that will be able to get them deep into October. It seems like pitching is becoming more important than ever in the postseason and the Jays can rely on Hyun Jin Ryu, Pearson, Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, and Tanner Roark to get them deep.
This team had a .533 winning percentage last year, up from the .414 the year before. Now is as good as a time as ever to jump on the Jays wagon.
New York Mets
The Mets have a lot of drama going down in their front office after just firing their general manager for being an absolute sleazeball but the Mets seem to be putting a better product on the field after Steve Cohen received the finances of the team with his purchase of the Mets.
In their first massive move, the Mets were able to trade for Francisco Lindor, a guy who will play shortstop for a team that is known for boasting the talents of Jose Reyes. Lindor is a career .285 hitter who can blast anywhere from 20 to 30 home runs a season. With his glove and his bat, the Mets immediately get better in the infield.
They also grabbed Carolos Carrasco in the trade who when pitching healthy has a sub 3.00 ERA and can pile up strikeouts. He adds to a rotation that already had Jacob DeGrom and Marcus Stroman in it.
The Mets are young and have Pete Alonso, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo and should see improvement from last season.
MLB Long shot: Boston Red Sox
I’ll keep this short and sweet. It seems like the Red Sox have been forgotten about in the AL East after turning in a horrific 2020. They have a tough division with the Yankees, Rays, and Jays but they are getting key pieces back this season.
For one, Alex Cora is back at the helm for this squad and getting back a World Series winning manager is a step in the right direction. Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodrieguez should be healthy for Opening Day which means the rotation is already better than last year and with J.D. Martinez committed to Boston, expecting his numbers to go up.
The Sox have a trend for winning the World Series when they are longshots, this could be another case of this.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com