Two months is now plenty of time to get a legitimate read on where the 30 teams of Major League Baseball stand. The season's first Power Rankings have been tabulated, with the NL's San Diego Padres and AL's Tampa Bay Rays sitting at the top.
Want a fantastic bit of trivia? Seven players who Nolan Ryan struck out during their careers would have sons who grew up to become MLB players who were then also struck out by Nolan Ryan.
When asked his thoughts on the situation, Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez pragmatically stated “We’re still in the midst of a pandemic. We really are, ya know. We can’t forget that, what this pandemic has done. Many, many lives in our country and other countries. So, we gotta be careful.”
Based on their current roster, the talent levels and questions marks involving the other contenders, and the fact that I believe Dombrowski will work aggressively in-season to further improve that roster at every chance, this 2021 Phillies team could win the NL East.
If you are a fan of pitchers hitting, the 2021 NL season is likely your last chance to enjoy this longtime baseball tradition.