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Burning Questions For the 2015 MLB Season

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These are just some of the questions will define the 2015 baseball season.

Burning Questions For the 2015 MLB Season

Is Mike Trout ready to be the new face of baseball?

Over the last three years, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been the best position player in the league. Still only 23, Trout somehow has gotten better each year. Putting up ridiculous numbers in all three years in the big leagues, we can’t expect anything different from him this year. With this type of production comes a responsibility as well. Derek Jeter, who just retired this past year, was seen as the face of baseball for over a decade. Now that he has retired, the torch needs to be passed. There will never be another Derek Jeter, but many are vying to become the next face of baseball. Right now it seems like it is between Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout. Trout prides himself on being similar to Jeter. He carries himself similarly to Jeter, and he has talked about being ready to take the torch from him. If his numbers start translating to playoff success, he's well on his way.

Are the Chicago Cubs ready to make a postseason run?

It’s been a while since the Cubs have been relevant, but this year could be different. With new additions Jon Lester and Joe Madden, the Cubs seem seriously poised to compete for a postseason spot. There will always be pressure surrounding the Cubs, and there are questions about the Cubs young lineup. With top prospects taking on big roles, they will have to contribute so pressure is taken off the pitching staff. It is not a deep rotation, but they have a bonafide ace in Lester. The NL Central is usually the Cardinals’ for the taking and that is unlikely to change, but the Cubs will be fighting for one of the two NL Wild Card sports.

Will the San Francisco Giants repeat?

Just remember that it is not an even year. Winners of the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series, it is unlikely that the Giants win in 2015 if you believe superstition. But the team might not be able to sustain last year's run either way. Losing a middle of the order bat like Pablo Sandoval doesn't help, and neither does losing Michael Morse. On the bright side, they still have Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and manager Bruce Bochy. The roster is very different and not nearly as deep.

Former aces Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are huge question marks, as they have been inconsistent these last couple years. Driving in runs has always been a problem for the Giants, and this year won’t be much different. The Giants still have a couple big bats, but it will be tough to find offense from other players. With the Padres and Dodgers getting better, the Giants are going to be fighting for positioning in the postseason.

Is A-rod actually going to contribute?

By far the most polarizing athlete in baseball for the past decade, Alex Rodriguez causes controversy with every move he makes. After being suspended all of last year for PED use, A-rod is coming back this year looking to prove something. At the age of 39, it is highly unlikely that Rodriguez puts up numbers from years past, but it will be interesting to see if he can be a real contributor to the New York Yankees this year. The Yankees have missed the playoffs the last two seasons, and they could definitely use his bat. It is unclear if Rodriguez will be playing third base or be a DH (or first base), but if he can play over 120 games, that will be enough from him. He will need to be able to drive in runs and hit for a decent average. The Yankees roster is aging, but if they can get a little bit out of each veteran, they boast a chance to get back in the playoff mix.  

Will the Boston Red Sox busy offseason pay off?

The Red Sox were one of the most active teams this offseason. For the past decade, the Red Sox have been used to winning. Three World Series championships since 2004 is quite impressive. Finishing in last place after 2013's title made the Red Sox reevaluate their team. They went out and got big bats Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to bolster the offense. Also, the Red Sox added two Cuban players that people in the United States have not seen as yet. Rusney Castillo is going to play center field, and Yoan Moncada will play in the infield. Nobody will question the Red Sox offense, but there are questions about their pitching. There is no true ace on the staff, and that is a huge problem come playoff time. In a very tough AL East, the Red Sox will have to compete with the likes of the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Yankees. If the Red Sox are able to make a deep playoff run, then their offseason will pay off. 

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