MLB Standings - 2018

The Yankees will win the AL East, though. No denying Saquon Barkley's skills, but Giants goofed in drafting him at No. If the Orioles and Rays could merge into one, that team would be a playoff contender. But as things stand now the gap there is not wide enough to overcome the starting pitching gap. But Philadelphia is also coming off of a loss season. Updated after every game.

2018 AL East team projections

Week 2 takeaways for every team: Concern for Eagles, Steelers? No denying Saquon Barkley's skills, but Giants goofed in drafting him at No. Cowboys' Prescott rises to 'challenge' vs. Roughing passer flags 'out of control' Green Bay Packers. Kicker Gonzalez costs Browns in heartbreaker Cleveland Browns. College football Power Rankings: Week 2 fantasy football winners and losers 16h Tristan H.

Verlander showing no signs of slowing down Houston Astros. Yankees bullpen needs healthy Chapman to provide some relief New York Yankees. With an aggressive new identity, Cowboys' defense stymies Giants 6h Todd Archer. Forget rookie's rough home opener: Sam Darnold will be a star New York Jets. Rams no longer just the best team on paper 11h Lindsey Thiry.

Heck, both guys could be gone before the regular season starts. The Marlins have to make these deals count. Derek Jeter and company have taken a ton of criticism much of it deserved but you know Jeter understands the value of young, controllable talent. I like going out on limbs. Byron Buxton will finish second. We will marvel at both guys all season. The Twins pulled off an epic variation of that turnaround in , going from losses in to 85 wins and a playoff spot last summer.

So which last-place team in has the best chance of playing meaningful games in October ? The Phillies are the pick here. Alex Reyes will remind everyone why he was the odds-on favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year award before he underwent Tommy John surgery. Ambitious Rockies hoping for baseball's next lethal bullpen. Pretty sure everyone in Houston — players included — would revolt if the Astros let him leave town. Might as well end the thought of that possibility sooner than later.

Ronald Acuna will become your favorite player this spring if you watch a lot of spring training baseball. The Braves' rookie outfielder is so much fun to watch. And Shohei Ohtani will be a lot of fun to watch in Anaheim. Ramirez, then, yeah, the Angels could be really darn good. Expect a two-way highlight reel with Shohei Ohtani.

Andrew McCutchen will play in the postseason. The pitch clock, which is almost certainly coming to the bigs for the season in some fashion MLB wants it, but the Players Association is resistant , will cause more than a few veterans to be highly annoyed.