Major League Baseball’s opening day features all 30 teams on Thursday, March 30, including the Houston Astros once again raising the World Series champions when they host the Chicago White Sox on EA. SPN As the play rolls out over 2,430 regular-season games, there are several we can’t wait to find out:
1. How will the rule changes take effect?
The 2023 season introduces new rules aimed at increasing scoring and speeding up games. Includes throw timer Limiting pitch-off attempts by pitchers and time-outs for hitters. fielder shift limitation and a larger base There will be a learning curve for fans, players and referees throughout the season.
2. Will the New York Mets’ big spend be worth it?
Is it the World Series or the Mets’ defeat? The Hot Stove League cook even has a deal for valuable freelance infielder Carlos Correa. But the team paid a lot of money to retain and buy players, most notably three-time Cy Young winner pitcher Justin Verlander.
3. Can Aaron Judge break his home run record?
New York Yankees outfielder Judge smashed his record in the history books in ’22 by setting a new American League single-season home run with 62. It’s foolish to expect Judge to post a near total. side by side But it would be fun to watch him try.
4. Will the gifted fairies finally get wings?
The Angels have two talented once-in-a-generation Mike Trout and pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani, but they haven’t finished third in the AL West since the 2017 season. Maybe everyone is healthy, the Halos will be in contention. And Ohtani will not be traded this summer.
5. Can Trea Turner keep the Philadelphia Phillies?
The reigning National League champions will be without star midfielder Bryce Harper in the first half as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Adding shortstop Trea Turner to a batting sequence featuring NL home run king Kyle Schwarber will make opposing pitchers sweat.
6. What’s next in that ferocity? Dodgers-Padres rivalry?
The San Diego Padres would be a popular pick to dethrone the Dodgers in the NL West, especially now that the Friars have shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The Dodgers won 111 games last year. But Dresses is desperate in the division series. This rivalry is perhaps the most intense in baseball.
7. Will the Astros be able to continue their incredible run?
The Astros reached the AL Championship Series six straight seasons and won two World Series titles during that time. The rotation is solid even without Verlander, and the addition of first baseman and 2020 AL MVP José Abreu puts more pop in the potential lineup, but AL foes make improvements that could cause problems for Houston.
MLB Baseball: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros, Thursday March 30, 8/7c, ESPN.