Need a second team to follow in 2017? Fall in love with one of these five
The second-favorite team is an important tool in every fan's belt. Your favorite team is an eternal and undying bond between yourself and the club, but there's always the need for that second team that you can jump on for a year, buy the cap and then ditch for another in the future.
Maybe it's because your team is rebuilding and you want a contender to watch. Maybe it's because your team is loaded with veterans and you want to watch some prospects cut their teeth. Maybe it's simply because you want a West Coast team to watch once your favorite team's game has finished. The point is: The Second Team is sacred. And we are here to help you select a new one this year.
Here are five suggestions:
This is the year the prophecies foretold. Back in 2014, when the thought of a Cubs-Indians World Series seemed like something out of fiction, Sports Illustrated put the Astros on their cover with the headline, "Your 2017 World Series Champs."
One may not be able to perfectly predict baseball, but the cavalcade of talent that Houston put together has put the Astros in fantastic position to take home baseball's greatest prize.
The team has a franchise-making shortstop in
That's just the infield.
The team also includes a Cy Young winner in
The Rangers deserve to be on this list simply for the antics of
Of course, there's plenty of other reasons to tune in for the Rangers. Like
In terms of the divisional race, the Rangers have been a pesky nuisance the last few years. The team made up an eight game deficit in August to steal the AL West in 2015, and last year, they went a shocking 36-11 in one-run games to take it again. As all great stories are told in trilogies, surely the Rangers have something else in store for this year.
Even better: There should be a great rivalry between the Astros and Rangers. Last year, the Rangers blitzed their cross-state rivalries with a 15-4 record.
Fire up the Thin Lizzy, because the "Boys are Back in Town." Just like an action movie, the core of the Tigers roster that won four consecutive division titles from 2011-14, is together for one last battle. This time, the villain isn't just the rest of the league -- it's Father Time.
Following second and fifth-place finishes the last two seasons, and with the Indians looking every bit the class of the division, Detroit started the offseason looking to trade some of their veterans and kickstart a rebuild. They soon pivoted, and decided to give this rag tag group of baseball Expendables one more go.
Of course, the team isn't just crusty veterans: They'll have plenty of help from the under-30s crowd of
Why should you follow a rebuilding Brewers team? Well, the team has a number of exciting, all-or-nothing type players that could build upon promising 2016 campaigns and break out.
Unfortunately, he also struck out 36 percent of the time -- the second-highest rate among all players with at least 200 plate appearances.
While the speed is real, the power was a new wrinkle and if his .373 BABIP is more luck than skill, Villar could return to the world of super-utilitydom.
Is Guerra a hidden ace that needed to age like a fine wine, or with an ERA that was nearly a run lower than his FIP, will he regress this year?
There are more players that show enormous potential:
Oh yeah, there's also that
The Rockies could field a team of 25 toddlers next season and still be on this list. That's because, 1) toddlers are adorable and 2) the team has adopted a new shade of purple.Now, the team's purple is as gorgeous and majestic as the mountains the team is named after.
Fortunately, the players are not actually toddlers. In reality, they're some of the most exciting in the game. The NL West is going to be a difficult gauntlet, with the Dodgers and Giants looking formidable once again, but this is arguably the most talented Rockies team in years.
Led by part-time ghost hunter
The lineup oozes watchability.
Have you fallen in love with a new team now? Are you making room in your closet for the fresh swag you'll purchase to show off your choice? Is there another team you think has a case? Let us know in the comments.