The 2010 baseball season is right around the corner and fans are already buzzing about whom the hot teams of the year are going to be. There are a few obvious teams to watch out for and we may even have a surprise or two to look at. If the breaks go the right way, there will be a few different teams in the playoffs this year.
The obvious teams are both the Yankees and the Phillies. The Yanks are stacked from top to bottom and will be a fixture at the top of the division for the next five years or so. This championship lifted a bit of weight off some major player’s shoulders and we can expect them all to play looser than they ever have. Considering the fact that they hoisted the trophy last year, that is not exactly good news for the rest of the American League.
There were plenty of off-season trades this year, but none of them was as big as the deal that the Phillies made to get Halladay. For some reason, they did not retain Lee when they still had him under contract when it would have all but guaranteed another appearance in the World Series. If any of their starters step up this season, this team is going to make another run at the title.
Two teams that could catch some people sleeping this season are the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners. The Braves slipped from glory several years ago but are poised to make a run again. They will have every opportunity to fight it out with the Phillies for the top spot, but even if they do not win the East ,they may have enough wins to get the wild card entry.
Seattle is another team that could catch everyone by surprise this season. The problem with this club is the fact that they cannot produce a lot of runs, but they did make some moves in the off-season to address that. However, their pitching is always incredible and their fielding will be among the best in baseball. Do not be surprised to see them in the mix come September.
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