Spring training is underway, so we are starting to get a pretty good look at the best teams in baseball for 2015. Anything can happen once the regular-season starts, but the 5 teams listed below should all be in playoff contention and looking for a World Series push. As of right now, these are the best 5 teams in the game.
When you look at Washington the last few years, it is hard to claim that they have not underachieved. They have plenty of talent that people enjoy in fantasy baseball leagues, but they have never made it past the National League Championship Series. They still have a fairly young roster, and adding Max Scherzer to the top of the rotation gives them a solid boost. Until they get over their postseason demons, this is just a really good team built for the regular season.
Los Angeles Angels
Injury issues for the pitching staff last year really put a damper on an otherwise great season. With some new arms to add to the mix, the Los Angeles Angels should be one of the best teams in the American League. They have Mike Trout leading the offense (and defense), and Albert Pujols is just one guy who brings playoff experience to the table.
St. Louis Cardinals
Much like the last few years, the Cardinals made a few subtle changes to bring back another World Series contender. They still have anchors on the team like Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, but they infused some young blood in the lineup as well. This team has a chance to be winners in the National League Central yet again.
Looking for a team to make a jump in 2015? Seattle barely missed the playoffs in 2015, so they decided to go out and add a few more pieces to a promising core. Nelson Cruz is coming off a very impressive season in fantasy baseball leagues, and he could be that extra bat they need to make the postseason for the 1st time in years.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers lost a few former All-Stars over the winter, but they replaced them with veterans who have championship experience as well as All-Star berths to their name. It was somewhat of a risky move, but management knows that they need to switch things up to break their World Series drought.