Schoenfield's bold prediction: Ohtani follows up his big spring with a hot start in the regular season and ends up getting some MVP support after hitting .275 with 31 home runs and going 11-4 as a starter with a 3.68 ERA. He does not win MVP honors, however: That goes to teammate Mike Trout, who wins his fourth MVP trophy as the Angels get a wild-card playoff spot.
The only players since 1900 to get five hits in their first career start are Mercedes and Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators, who went 5-for-7 in 1933. Fred Clarke also did it for the Louisville Colonels in 1894.
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At the end of spring training, the Rangers informed veteran infielder Rougned Odor will not make the 2021 Opening Day roster. The team will look for a willing trade partner, but will designated him for assignment if there are no takers.Kansas City Royals
Best case: The Yankees stay healthy! The rotation stays intact, with Gerrit Cole joined in every five-day turn of the schedule by Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon. They are joined by Luis Severino sooner rather than later, setting up a vicious October rotation. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both play at least 150 games. The Yankees don't need depth this time on the way to 102 wins, setting them on a path for an epic World Series showdown with the Dodgers. -- Doolittle
The Phillies are off to a 2-0 start on the new season. The Phils, who have not had a winning season since 2011, actually started off the 2019 season at 4-0, their first three wins coming in a sweep of the Braves, who have won three straight NL East titles.Toronto Blue Jays
"I don’t know. For me, it just comes from knowing Francisco, getting to know him now," Rojas told reporters before the Mets' workout at Nationals Park on Tuesday. "It’s been two months since we’ve been talking, interacting, doing everything. And this guy has been solid. I know all this is happening and going on. Pretty much aware that they’re negotiating. But Francisco, I was just with him before coming here. We had one of our advanced meetings and he’s just there with the same smile and the same way he is every day.”Cincinnati Reds
6. The Cubs finally logged a hit against former Cubs pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. on Sunday. The Pirates reliever faced the top of the Cubs’ batting order in the fifth inning and retired the side in order, after striking out the side in his one inning on Opening Day. But then in the sixth, he gave up a double to Bryant to start the inning.Los Angeles Angels
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