Welcome to MLB opening day 2018! There’s a full day of action ahead of us, which means you most likely have a full day ahead of tinkering with your fantasy lineup, drinking something cold and maybe even eating a hot dog too. It’s opening day, that’s what you do.
Around here, opening day is also when we drop our predictions for the year ahead. Who’s going to win it all? Who will be MVP? Who will have a breakout season? Who will disappoint? First no-hitter? First manager fired? Yep, we’ve got all that. Heck, we’re even guessing how many homers Shohei Ohtani will hit in his rookie season.
On our panel this year: Yahoo Sports MLB experts Jeff Passan and Tim Brown, plus the Big League Stew crew: Chris Cwik, Mike Oz, Liz Roscher and Mark Townsend. Baseball predictions aren’t easy, but we’re pretty sure we got it right this year. If not, we’ll depend on you to remind us come October.
If you need any other opening day reading, here’s a collection of all our season preview posts:
• AL West: Shohei Ohtani and the Angels are looking to dethrone the Astros
• AL Central: Cleveland looks strong again, but the Twins are rising quickly
• AL East: The Yankees and Red Sox will be baseball’s best heavyweight fight
• NL West: Did anybody do enough to challenge the Dodgers?
• NL Central: The Brewers made a big splash, but is it enough to catch the Cubs?
• NL East: Is this finally the year for the Washington Nationals?
THE STORYLINES OF 2018
• The breakout teams of 2018
• The teams that could disappoint in 2018
• Which teams didn’t do enough this offseason?
• Will baseball’s new pace-of-play rules actually work?
• The impact rookies of 2018
OTHER FUN STUFF TO READ OR WATCH BEFORE OPENING DAY
• The Dodgers will win the World Series, according to ‘MLB: The Show 18’
• Ranking every starting pitcher scheduled for MLB’s historic opening day
• The five best bets of the 2018 MLB season
• One former GM tries to make sense of a puzzling MLB offseason
• Which top MLB prospects will make their team’s opening day roster?
• Video: We quizzed the people: Is this an MLB relief pitcher or a dude in a band?
• Video: Take our test: Is this a real or fake Minor League Baseball team?
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