1. New York: Paxton, Gonzalez are key additions

2. x-Tampa Bay: Comeback season for Pham

3. x-Boston: World Series hangover — ‘only’ 95 wins

4. Toronto: Vlad Jr.’s debut lives up to hype

5. Baltimore: Avoiding 100 losses is unlikely


1. Cleveland: Wins weak division again by default

2. Minnesota: Buxton is key for a winning season

3. Chicago: Anderson has all-star potential

4. Detroit: Fulmer’s surgery leaves rotation void

5. Kansas City: Perez’s injury is devastating


1. Houston: Keuchel will be missed

2. Los Angeles: Resurgence for Pujols

3. Oakland: Melvin is most underrated manager

4. Texas: Lynn’s arrival solidifies rotation

5. Seattle: Gonzales’ breakout ‘18 not a fluke


1. Washington: Strasburg set for his best season

2. x-Philadelphia: Realmuto addition as important as Harper’s

3. Atlanta: Teheran starts 6th opener in a row

4. New York: deGrom wins another Cy Young

5. Miami: Big spring winning streak is a mirage


1. Milwaukee: Houser still in pitching plans

2. St. Louis: Miller signing is overrated

3. Chicago: Criticism of Maddon is ridiculous

4. Cincinnati: Dodger deal starts a revival

5. Pittsburgh: Vasquez is an underrated closer


1. Colorado: Core continuity leads to first West title

2. x-Los Angeles: Big comebacks for Seager, Urias

3. San Diego: Tatis Jr. is the real deal

4. Arizona: Change of scenery helps Weaver

5. San Francisco: Pomeranz is a big bargain

x-Wild card

World Series: Brewers over Yankees

Sports Writer

Barry covers pro baseball, including the Tulsa Drillers, coordinates the World's high school sports coverage, and writes on high school football and basketball. Phone: 918-581-8393