In Major League Baseball, Spring Training is the preseason, and it is a time for those who are fighting for a roster spot to have an opportunity to prove themselves. In 2020, there was no Spring Training due to Covid, and there was a shortened season. This year, the games are all back to normal. Though teams’ records generally don’t translate to the regular season, it is still interesting to watch. Teams usually don’t play like they do in the regular season because their starters don’t play much; it is mainly a time to see how well younger minor league players do. This year, the teams expected to be the best are the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and San Diego Padres. The MLB predicted that all of these teams would have 94+ wins. Out of these three teams, the Yankees are the only ones doing particularly well, as
they are 13-9 and fourth in their league; however, we will see what happens in the regular season. During Spring Training, some of the best teams so far have been the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs. Out of these teams, the Blue Jays are the only one that is projected to do well this season. According to the MLB, the Red Sox, Royals, and Cubs are all projected to have a win percentage below .500. The worst teams in Spring Training so far have been the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians. The MLB projects all of these teams to finish the season with a winning percentage above .500. Some of the best hitters so far have been Corey Seager, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Josh Bell. They all have batting averages of .375 or higher, and Hayes has a .450 average. Seager leads all hitters with 6 home runs, and Bell leads all hitters with an OPS of 1.354. Some of the best pitchers so far have been Jacob DeGrom, Kenta Maeda, and Adam Wainwright. DeGrom has the lowest ERA out of all pitchers and Wainwright has the lowest WHIP out of all pitchers. The real MLB season begins very soon, on April 1, and all teams are continuing to prepare with Spring Training.
- Ryan Loomer, 2022