6 Underdogs That Will Dominate MLB In 2014
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Every year during spring training, fans think they know which baseball teams will be the best in the league. And each year, they’re wrong.
That unpredictability is what makes the game so fun to watch. So who will be the surprise team of 2014? The six below all have what it takes to surprise the league and make a run for the World Series.
1. Cleveland Indians
The Indians made strides in 2013, and have a young team that seems poised to build on their success. Terry Francona is an experienced playoff manager, and should have the right touch to guide the team if they’re able to make it deep into October.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates
While 2013 was sort-of the coming out party for the Pirates, the best could still come. They have an exciting young team led by superstar Andrew McCutchen and some impressive young pitchers.
3. Seattle Mariners
With the additions of Robinson Cano and Corey Hart, to go along with pitchers Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the Mariners could surprise the league and challenge for the American League West title.
4. Washington Nationals
The Nationals might not qualify as a “sleeper” but they did miss the playoffs in 2013. Still loaded with talent, a healthy Nationals team will be trouble for the rest of the NL East.
5. Toronto Blue Jays
The 2013 season was supposed to be a good one for the Blue Jays, but it didn’t work out that way due to injuries and subpar performances. There’s still the potential for a rebound in 2014, so the Blue Jays are worthy of attention heading into Spring Training.
6. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies still have one of the league’s best players in Troy Tulowitzki, and could sneak up on the National League West if the Dodgers struggle or are plagued by injuries.