Matthew Manouli |  Tue 23/01/2018 - 10:18 EST

Top 5 Most Thrilling MLB Storylines To Watch in 2018

Top 5 Most Thrilling MLB Storylines To Watch in 2018
The 2018 MLB season is just around the corner and the year is promising to be one of the most interesting in a while. From Shohei Ohtani's debut to a masterclass of players nearing free agency, we'll take a look at the best and most exciting storylines to look out for.

#1 Offseason Free Agents

Baseball games are fun and all, but what keeps us invested in the season are the storylines. From record breaking journies to shocking moves, to massive upsets, we love the ups and downs that the MLB provides daily, including during the offseason.

There are tons of teams and players to watch for, like if some of the more worse off teams impress, like the White Sox, or if those who surprised us last season revert to mediocrity, like the Twins, but today we’ll be focusing on five of the most relevent storylines to keep up with up to and during 2018.

Our first storyline won’t be taking place during the season itself, but is the most important part. One of two good players on a team can change the entire dynamic. Despite training camps beginning in a mere three weeks, there are still a ton of superb free agents who remain unsigned.

The most prominent of these is Yu Darvish. Even though his World Series performance was lacking, the 31-year-old Japan native is still being looked at by the Brewers and Cubs. J.D. Martinez is also still unsigned and is still in what seems to be the slowest negotiations ever with the Boston Red Sox.

Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain are both unsigned as well and there are no reports of any potential signings. Look out for these players, because whoever signs them will be receiving a significant boost. 

#2 Return Of The Evil Empire?

The New York Yankees surprised last season and made it far in the playoffs.

A number of their players stepped up and impressed. This year, Luis Severino should continue as the team ace, while Sonny Gray can grow more into his role in his first full year with the Bombers. Not only that, but Aaron Judge should continue to get better and Gary Sanchez should continue to improve also. The biggest addition though is Giancarlo Stanton.

With both Stanton and Judge and an impressive starting rotation, the Yankees are looking like the Evil Empire of times past, and are now favored to win the World Series at  Sports Interaction. The only wild card is the departure of Joe Girardi, having been replaced with Aaron Boone.

#3 Two-Way Phenom

Arguably the most hyped player to come to the MLB from Japan’s NPB is Shohei OhtaniSigned to the Angels, the pitcher has had a very successful career overseas, posting a 1.86 ERA as a starter in 2016. In total, in Ohtani’s five seasons in the NPB, he is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA, striking out 624 in 543 innings. What makes him so fascinating is his ability to wield the bat as well. The Japan native is batting .286/.358/.500 in his 403 games, with 43 homers. His speed is also considerable. All eyes will be on this two-way player when he makes his debut for the Angels, and we’ll see if the hype is real.

#4 2018-19 Free Agency

There are a ton of superstars who will be entering free agency at the end of next season. Their imminent departures will decide a lot during the season. Bryce Harper’s name is at the forefront as he’s been an important part of the Washington Nationals since 2012. If they lose Harper, it’ll be a huge blow to the team’s slugging and run production.

Clayton Kershaw is also on this list, although it’s unlikely he’ll want to leave the Dodgers. Charlie Blackmon, Dallas Keuchel, Manny Machado, and Josh Donaldson fill more of the list, with the latter two most likely having to leave their respective teams, the Orioles and Blue Jays. Look for a Machado or Donaldson move before the trade deadline if it doesn’t happen during the offseason. 

#5 Toronto Blue Jays To Fly Again?

Every Canadian will be keeping an eye out for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018 after their abysmal 2017 season. With the under performing Jose Bautista now a free agent and with Donaldson perhaps on his way out during the season, can the Blue Jays put up a fight in their division, or at least get out of the AL East basement? Their starting rotation is serviceable with Marcus Stroman, J.A. Happ, and Marco Estrada, and their bullpen is decent because of Osuna’s closing skills, but the Jays need to lead first before No Panic takes the mound.

It’s the offense that could shape up to be a huge boost from last season. Randal Grichuk joins the team along with Yangervis Solarte, Aledmys Diaz, and Curtis Granderson. They will replace Bautista, Darwin Barney, and Ryan Goins, looking to be a big improvement. Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis should contribute more as well if they stay healthy, unlike in 2017. 

It hasn’t been that long since the Blue Jays were contenders, and with this new look, it’ll be interesting to see how Canada’s team fares this season.

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February 2018 (6)
Fri 23 Phillies 13:07 Blue Jays
Sat 24 Blue Jays 13:05 Detroit Tigers
Sun 25 Detroit Tigers 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 26 Blue Jays 13:05 Tampa Bay Rays
Tue 27 New York Yankees 13:07 Blue Jays
Wed 28 Phillies 13:07 Blue Jays
March 2018 (30)
Thu 1 Blue Jays 13:05 Pirates
Fri 2 Blue Jays 13:05 Minnesota Twins
Sat 3 Minnesota Twins 13:07 Blue Jays
Sun 4 Blue Jays 13:05 Phillies
Tue 6 Atlanta Braves 13:07 Blue Jays
Wed 7 Blue Jays 13:05 Detroit Tigers
Wed 7 Pirates 13:07 Blue Jays
Thu 8 Blue Jays 13:05 Orioles
Fri 9 Orioles 13:07 Blue Jays
Sat 10 Detroit Tigers 13:07 Blue Jays
Sun 11 Pirates 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 12 Boston Red Sox 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 13 Blue Jays 13:05 Atlanta Braves
Thu 15 Blue Jays 13:05 Boston Red Sox
Fri 16 Blue Jays 13:05 Phillies
Sat 17 Blue Jays 13:05 Orioles
Sun 18 Pirates 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 19 Blue Jays 13:05 Atlanta Braves
Tue 20 Blue Jays 13:05 Phillies
Wed 21 Phillies 13:07 Blue Jays
Thu 22 Tampa Bay Rays 13:07 Blue Jays
Thu 22 Blue Jays 18:05 Pirates
Fri 23 Blue Jays 13:05 Tampa Bay Rays
Sat 24 Blue Jays 13:05 New York Yankees
Sun 25 Pirates 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 26 Cardinals 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 27 Cardinals 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 29 New York Yankees 15:37 Blue Jays
Fri 30 New York Yankees 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 31 New York Yankees 16:07 Blue Jays
April 2018 (27)
Sun 1 New York Yankees 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 2 White Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 3 White Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 4 White Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 6 Blue Jays 20:05 Texas Rangers
Sat 7 Blue Jays 20:05 Texas Rangers
Sun 8 Blue Jays 15:05 Texas Rangers
Mon 9 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Tue 10 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Wed 11 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Fri 13 Blue Jays 19:10 Indians
Sat 14 Blue Jays 16:10 Indians
Sun 15 Blue Jays 13:10 Indians
Mon 16 Royals 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 17 Royals 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 18 Royals 16:07 Blue Jays
Thu 19 Blue Jays 18:35 New York Yankees
Fri 20 Blue Jays 19:05 New York Yankees
Sat 21 Blue Jays 13:05 New York Yankees
Sun 22 Blue Jays 13:05 New York Yankees
Tue 24 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 25 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 26 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 27 Texas Rangers 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 28 Texas Rangers 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 29 Texas Rangers 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 30 Blue Jays 20:10 Minnesota Twins
May 2018 (26)
Tue 1 Blue Jays 20:10 Minnesota Twins
Wed 2 Blue Jays 13:10 Minnesota Twins
Fri 4 Blue Jays 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Sat 5 Blue Jays 18:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Sun 6 Blue Jays 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Tue 8 Seattle Mariners 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 9 Seattle Mariners 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 10 Seattle Mariners 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 11 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 12 Boston Red Sox 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 13 Boston Red Sox 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 15 Blue Jays 19:10 New York Mets
Wed 16 Blue Jays 13:10 New York Mets
Thu 17 Athletics 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 18 Athletics 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 19 Athletics 13:07 Blue Jays
Sun 20 Athletics 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 22 Angels 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 23 Angels 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 24 Angels 12:37 Blue Jays
Fri 25 Blue Jays 19:05 Phillies
Sat 26 Blue Jays 16:05 Phillies
Sun 27 Blue Jays 13:35 Phillies
Mon 28 Blue Jays 13:05 Boston Red Sox
Tue 29 Blue Jays 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Wed 30 Blue Jays 13:05 Boston Red Sox
June 2018 (26)
Fri 1 Blue Jays 19:10 Detroit Tigers
Sat 2 Blue Jays 16:10 Detroit Tigers
Sun 3 Blue Jays 13:10 Detroit Tigers
Tue 5 New York Yankees 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 6 New York Yankees 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 7 Orioles 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 8 Orioles 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 9 Orioles 13:07 Blue Jays
Sun 10 Orioles 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 11 Blue Jays 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Tue 12 Blue Jays 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Wed 13 Blue Jays 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Fri 15 Nationals 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 16 Nationals 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 17 Nationals 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 19 Atlanta Braves 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 20 Atlanta Braves 12:37 Blue Jays
Thu 21 Blue Jays 22:07 Angels
Fri 22 Blue Jays 22:07 Angels
Sat 23 Blue Jays 21:07 Angels
Sun 24 Blue Jays 16:07 Angels
Mon 25 Blue Jays 20:10 Houston Astros
Tue 26 Blue Jays 20:10 Houston Astros
Wed 27 Blue Jays 14:10 Houston Astros
Fri 29 Detroit Tigers 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 30 Detroit Tigers 13:07 Blue Jays
July 2018 (24)
Sun 1 Detroit Tigers 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 2 Detroit Tigers 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 3 New York Mets 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 4 New York Mets 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 6 New York Yankees 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 7 New York Yankees 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 8 New York Yankees 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 10 Blue Jays 19:35 Atlanta Braves
Wed 11 Blue Jays 19:35 Atlanta Braves
Thu 12 Blue Jays 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Fri 13 Blue Jays 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Sat 14 Blue Jays 13:05 Boston Red Sox
Sun 15 Blue Jays 13:05 Boston Red Sox
Fri 20 Orioles 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 21 Orioles 13:07 Blue Jays
Sun 22 Orioles 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 23 Minnesota Twins 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 24 Minnesota Twins 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 25 Minnesota Twins 16:07 Blue Jays
Fri 27 Blue Jays 20:10 White Sox
Sat 28 Blue Jays 19:10 White Sox
Sun 29 Blue Jays 14:10 White Sox
Mon 30 Blue Jays 22:05 Athletics
Tue 31 Blue Jays 22:05 Athletics
August 2018 (28)
Wed 1 Blue Jays 15:35 Athletics
Thu 2 Blue Jays 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Fri 3 Blue Jays 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Sat 4 Blue Jays 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Sun 5 Blue Jays 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Tue 7 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 8 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 9 Boston Red Sox 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 10 Tampa Bay Rays 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 11 Tampa Bay Rays 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 12 Tampa Bay Rays 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 13 Blue Jays 20:15 Royals
Tue 14 Blue Jays 20:15 Royals
Wed 15 Blue Jays 20:15 Royals
Thu 16 Blue Jays 20:15 Royals
Fri 17 Blue Jays 19:05 New York Yankees
Sat 18 Blue Jays 13:05 New York Yankees
Sun 19 Blue Jays 13:05 New York Yankees
Mon 20 Orioles 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 21 Orioles 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 22 Orioles 12:37 Blue Jays
Fri 24 Phillies 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 25 Phillies 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 26 Phillies 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 27 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Tue 28 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Wed 29 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Fri 31 Blue Jays 19:10 Miami Marlins
September 2018 (28)
Sat 1 Blue Jays 19:10 Miami Marlins
Sun 2 Blue Jays 13:10 Miami Marlins
Mon 3 Tampa Bay Rays 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 4 Tampa Bay Rays 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 5 Tampa Bay Rays 19:07 Blue Jays
Thu 6 Indians 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 7 Indians 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 8 Indians 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 9 Indians 13:07 Blue Jays
Tue 11 Blue Jays 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Wed 12 Blue Jays 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Thu 13 Blue Jays 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Fri 14 Blue Jays 19:05 New York Yankees
Sat 15 Blue Jays 16:05 New York Yankees
Sun 16 Blue Jays 13:05 New York Yankees
Mon 17 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Tue 18 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Wed 19 Blue Jays 19:05 Orioles
Thu 20 Tampa Bay Rays 19:07 Blue Jays
Fri 21 Tampa Bay Rays 19:07 Blue Jays
Sat 22 Tampa Bay Rays 16:07 Blue Jays
Sun 23 Tampa Bay Rays 13:07 Blue Jays
Mon 24 Houston Astros 19:07 Blue Jays
Tue 25 Houston Astros 19:07 Blue Jays
Wed 26 Houston Astros 16:07 Blue Jays
Fri 28 Blue Jays 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Sat 29 Blue Jays 18:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Sun 30 Blue Jays 15:10 Tampa Bay Rays

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