Three Storylines to Watch in the 2018 MLB Season

Powerful home run hitters, a two way player, and a free agent to be feature an exciting baseball season

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Three Storylines to Watch in the 2018 MLB Season

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Bob Killgore, Sports Editor

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After all the preparation and spring training games, opening day is finally upon us. Every team will be in action and fans will be able to watch spectacular plays and exciting games. To prepare for opening day and the 2018 season, here are some storylines to watch as the season unfolds.

1. The Two Headed Monster of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton
Last season, Aaron Judge captivated the baseball world during his amazing rookie season with the New York Yankees. He smashed 52 home runs and drove in 114 runs, ending the year winning the AL Rookie of the Year. He joins Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees players to hit at least 40 home runs in a season at age 25 or younger. In the offseason, New York got slugger Giancarlo Stanton via a trade from the Miami Marlins. Stanton hit a whopping 59 home runs last year and drove in 132 runs as well. He and Judge make an already great Yankee lineup nearly impossible to pitch to. Judge will lead off for the Yankees and Stanton will hit after him, terrifying pitchers. Love or hate the Yankees, there will be a lot of destroyed baseballs and one exciting show with Stanton and Judge.

2. The Shohei Ohtani experiment
Otano was one of the most sought-after prospects this offseason and chose to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. What makes him so special is that he is a two way player; he can hit and pitch. During his time in the Japanese League, he was 42-15 with a 3.52 ERA as a pitcher and blasted 48 home runs as a hitter. Otano will likely be starting third for the Angels and will hit DH at some point, too. It will be fascinating to see how the rookie will perform as a pitcher and a hitter in the MLB due to his age and the fact that two way players are rare. Otano could be baseball’s first true two way player since Babe Ruth.

3. Bryce Harper’s last year with Washington?
Bryce Harper has been one of the best outfielders in the MLB ever since his debut in 2012 with the Nationals and continues to put up huge numbers. In 2015, he won the NL MVP, batting 330 with 42 home runs and 99 runs batted in. He has helped lead the Nationals to the postseason four out of the last five years, but has not been able to find a lot of success in the postseason. In last year NLDS, he was 4 for 19, with one home run and 3 runs batted in. Washington has not made it past the divisional series in any postseason with Harper. With his impending free agency this year, Harper could leave Washington and possibly join the Yankees, his favorite team growing up.

As the regular season begins, these intriguing storylines will be interesting to watch. But for now, enjoy that your team will start off from scratch at 0-0 and hope that they can have a better season than last year. Opening day is one of the best days of the MLB season, so enjoy all the magnificent plays from last Thursday.

Bob Killgore - Sports Editor

Bob joined The Flightline in January of 2016. His interests include cross country and track. He enjoys watching MLB baseball and his favorite baseball team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can email him at [email protected]