The start of the new baseball season in the MLB is just around the corner. That means it won’t be long before the sports forecasters start making bold predictions about every aspect of the next season.
The last days of Spring Training have passed, and now all eyes are on Opening Day, the first official game of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. The 162-game regular season will begin as baseball makes its triumphant comeback to our everyday routines.
Although it’s too early to tell how many clubs will be eliminated in the new playoff system, historical data shows that at least three, and usually five will be eliminated from the bracket each season. CBS Sports, however, have picked the three non-playoffs teams they believe have the most chance to pull off a pleasant surprise this year.
3. Los Angeles Angels
By keeping Ohtani and Trout on the roster, the Angels hope to be given more leeway than a typical club. This past winter, general manager Perry Minasian spent more time than usual attempting to assemble a solid supporting cast.
This time around, it meant bringing in Tyler Anderson and Carlos Estevez to the bullpen and batting in Hunter Renfroe, Brandon Drury, and Gio Urshela at first base.
2. Milwaukee Brewers
Despite Stearns’s suggestion, the Brewers did not go back to the drawing board. Willy Adames, Brandon Woodruff, and Corbin Burnes all made the team’s starting lineup. Even though they traded two of last year’s most effective hitters, Hunter Renfroe and Kolten Wong, the team is hoping that newcomers Jesse Winker and William Contreras can make up the difference.
The Brewers have some room for improvement on the team itself. Milwaukee might call up many promising outfielders, including former first-round selection Sal Frelick and top-five prospect Jackson Chourio, during the course of the season. Brice Turang and Garrett Mitchell are expected to make the team out of spring training.
1. Minnesota Twins
After an impressive first season with the Twins in which he led the team in OPS+, Carlos Correa has returned to the team. The addition of Pablo Lopez, along with healthy seasons from trade deadline addition Tyler Mahle and returning starter Kenta Maeda, should help a staff that finished 19th in ERA last season.
When it comes to injuries, it’s reasonable to expect a return to the norm for those clubs who were unusually fortunate in that category. There’s a wide margin of error between having a completely healthy season and losing the second-most days on the injured list last year.