As a new Major League Baseball season gets underway, hope springs eternal… at least for the handful of teams who are actually trying to win.
Coming off one of the most dominant years in history, the Red Sox look to defend their title and become the first repeat World Series champion since the Yankees did it from 1998 to 2000.
If USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel is any indication, the streak likely will continue this season. Our staff predicted six different World Series winners, with the Nationals being the only team picked twice.
As for awards, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were popular picks to win the Most Valuable Player awards.