What to Expect from the MLB in 2021
February 24, 2021
The start of the 2021 MLB season is quickly approaching as players are reporting to spring training sites in Florida and Arizona. After the free agency during the off-season, fans are wondering which teams will make the trip to the World Series this year.
After a successful free agency for the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the NL West is shaping up to be even more competitive this season. The Padres added to their pitching rotation with Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. Darvish, who was previously with the Chicago Cubs, finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting this past season. Darvish finished the 2020 season with a 2.01 ERA. Snell was the 2018 AL Cy Young winner with the Tampa Bay Rays. In the 2018 season, Snell had an ERA of 1.89. Along with a starting pitching rotation, the Padres re-signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14 year contract. Tatis tied for 4th for homeruns in the 2020 season with 17.
The returning World Series Champs, the Dodgers, also landed a Cy Young Award winner in Trevor Bauer. Bauer became the first Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher to win the award after finishing the season with an ERA of 1.73. Bauer joins another Cy Young Award winner in Clayton Kershaw, who won in 2011,2013, and 2014. The Dodgers will also bring back players like 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger, and 2020 World Series MVP Corey Seager.
The New York Mets also made headlines this offseason after trading for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. The Mets traded 4 players to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for the pair. Lindor is a 4-time all-star with the Indians and a 2-time Gold Glove winner. The shortstop was the 8th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Yankees are also in contention to win the 2021 World Series. The Yankees roster includes DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton. The Toronto Blue Jays may also make a run during the postseason. The Jays signed outfielder George Springer to a 6 year deal. Springer was formerly with the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers and the Padres are likely the teams to look out for this year; however, the season is long and any team can make a trade or acquire the right player to make a run to the World Series.