MLB new season started, with some fans on the stands. Reigning champions Los Angeles Dodgers remain the team to beat. They will have to beware of the emerging San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. Great chances for Yankees, but also the Chicago White Sox.
Dodgers have added the last Cy Young winner in the National League, Trevor Bauer. Padres have armored their star, Fernando Tatis Jr., and reinforced the throwing department with Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. Mets got Francisco Lindor, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Joey Lucchesi.
The two stars remain Ronaldo Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman. In Central, keep an eye on the Cardinals with Nolan Arenado, perhaps the best third baseman in the league, from Colorado. Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon are the top 3 of a great value rotation.
Behind them in the East Division, the Toronto Blue Jays, thanks to the arrivals of George Springer and Marcus Semien. Good chances also for Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox, in search of the divisional title that has been missing since 2008, in addition to the star José Abreu, can count on the arrivals of Liam Hendriks, Lance Lynn and Adam Eaton.
To the west, Astros and A's should compete for the divisional crown. Houston lost Springer but Yordan Alvarez recovers.
Latests on MLB 2021 season
The 91st MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
The regular season will be followed by the 2021 World Series, scheduled between October 26 and November 3. 2021 Major League Baseball season will open on April 1 and end on October 3, 2021. Due to travel restrictions on the US-Canada borders, the Toronto Blue Jays will play their first games of the season at the TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida.
Most franchises have announced limited stadium opening to the public; on March 11, the Texas Rangers announced the complete opening of Globe Life Field providing for the maintenance of the distance between spectators and the obligation to wear masks.
When two teams face each other twice on the same day, seven innings will be played instead of the usual nine. For innings after the ninth, the offensive team will have a player on second base at the start of each half inning.
It will be the last season that the Cleveland team will play under the Indians moniker, after years of name controversy. On February 9, the MLB, in agreement with the MLBPA, announced changes to the rules that will be introduced this season.