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MLB Top 10 Teams Entering Opening Week

MLB Top 10 Teams Entering Opening Week

BurgerFi of Fort Wayne will offer discount Vienna Dogs to celebrate Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg could be one of the best 1-2 punches in the starting rotation in all of baseball.

When you look at the lists, each team is notated along with the number of Opening Day games that player had played at the position for the team.

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The defending World Series champion Houston Astros open the season at the arch-rival Texas Rangers. They'll be looking for bounce back years from once-ace pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. Mookie Betts and the Red Sox make their first trip of the season to NY to take on Aaron Judge and the Yankees.

Finally, the Philadelphia Phillies just signed Scott Kingery to a 6-year, $24MM contract. It worked very well for them as they won 103 games in the regular season and they went all the way to the World Series, but they lost in game 7 at home to the Houston Astros. One of baseball's biggest rivalries is must-see TV again in 2018. Chicago lost Jake Arrieta in free agency and replaced him with Yu Darvish. He was acquired in last summer's Jose Quintana trade with the crosstown Cubs - destined to be a barroom debate in Chicago for years to come - and batted.312 with 19 homers and 65 RBI for three minor league teams in 2017. That was part of a long run of dominance for the NL in one of baseball's showcase events, but times have changed. Verlander was 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 34 innings and only walked five batters and struck out 43.

Trade deadline: The last chance for teams to make deals without having to first pass players through waivers. Will that be enough to earn them a playoff spot or even a division title? It also was to be the first Opening Day since 1968 - then because openers were delayed to April 10 due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. - that every team was to be in action. This is an interesting move because the Red Sox made the playoffs the past two seasons, but failed to get out of the first round. Even if they fall short of those totals, NY is expected to be a powerhouse on offence, but an inconsistent rotation could spell trouble. But the Mets have been hampered by injuries for the past couple years while the Nationals have captured the NL East in each of the previous two seasons. The team has a new manager this year in Dave Martinez.