Sport Yankees fans remain confident in the team and its offense
Can't predict baseball? Watch us. Here are our 2021 MLB takes and World Series picks
The 2021 MLB season is upon us. The talent-stuffed Los Angeles Dodgers finally broke through and actually won a World Series, but even they aren’t super satisfied with that version of a championship. Cleveland also traded Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets. Meanwhile, those guys wearing brown are the San Diego Padres and they are the most exciting team in the sport now, OK? Just go with it, it’s going to be fun. Without further ado, here are the Yahoo Sports staff’s predictions for the 2021 season. Surely, after years of practice, we’ll nail it this time.
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According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 73 percent of Yankees fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. Although a good figure, it is down from 76 percent to start the season.
A part of that assuredness comes from feelings about the team’s ability to score. Despite some inconsistency from the team early on, Yankees fans are most confident in the New York offense.
2021 MLB expert predictions, award picks: Can Dodgers win another World Series?
No MLB team has won back-to-back World Series titles in 20 years, but the reigning champion Dodgers head into 2021 as the favorite in October.But things won't come easy for the Dodgers. Just two hours down I-5, the San Diego Padres may be baseball's second-best team and primed to challenge their rivals for years to come. Elsewhere in the National League, the Atlanta Braves had the Dodgers on the ropes in a seven-game LCS and their stacked lineup will be out for revenge.
The Yankees’ 4-5 start may have come as something of a surprise to some fans around the league. But it wasn’t the biggest stunner. According to fans around Major League Baseball, 28-year-oldrookie Yermín Mercedes’s at the plate is the most shocking outcome of the season’s first week.*
After knocking eight hits in his first eight at-bats, Mercedes earned 42 percent of the vote, beating out the slow start by Atlanta which took 23 percent, the Baltimore Oriole’s hot start took 18 percent whilestar Shohei Ohtani’s two-way success took 9 percent.
*Note that this survey was answered prior to this past weekend, so the Braves’ recent four-game winning streak and the Orioles’ sweep at the hands of the Red Sox did not factor into the votes.
MLB Power Rankings: Reigning Champ Dodgers Eye Repeat
In the first MLB Power Rankings of the new season, the defending champion Dodgers begin the year in pole position. The wait is over: Baseball is back.The 2021 season begins Thursday. The prospect of jumping from a 60-game sprint to a typical 162-game slog feels akin to preparing for a 10K and then deciding to run a marathon. For players and fans alike about to embark on the journey, remember to stay hydrated.To commemorate what should be a national holiday, it’s time for the first MLB Power Rankings of the new season.
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On Aaron Hicks and the mental exhaustion of being Black in America .
On Monday, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks became the face of what so many other Black Americans were feeling. Distraught at the news that yet another Black man, this time Daunte Wright, had been killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb, Hicks approached manager Aaron Boone and begged out of the night's lineup, when the Yankees were set to face the Toronto Blue Jays. Thankfully, Boone supported Hicks, and defended him against those who inevitably would and did question Hicks' decision, telling reporters that "my consideration is with Aaron and his well-being, and making sure that as best we can we support him and try to be there for him as best we can