Baseball fans around the world are optimistic this time of year, as each team technically has a chance to make the playoffs. However, out of the 30 teams, a few have a little better odds than others. Here is a look at three sleepers who were not in the playoffs a season ago, but they could crash the party in 2015.
New York Mets
The loss of Zach Wheeler certainly hurts, but this team could beat up on some of the other teams in the National League East and steal a playoff spot. Washington figures to be the class of the division, but a wild card spot is attainable if they hit enough to give their pitching staff support. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom are looking for big seasons individually in fantasy baseball leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays
With so much roster turnover, no one is really giving the Tampa Bay Rays much of a shot in 2015. However, when you look at the roster on paper, they aren’t all that bad. They still have a solid pitching staff, and they have just enough hitting to stay competitive in a somewhat down American League East.
Losing Joe Maddon, along with Andrew Freidman, could hurt this franchise long term. However, this season they are still going to be hanging around by the end of the season.
Maddon, the well-respected manager from Tampa Bay, now finds himself in Chicago trying to get the Cubs back into the playoffs. This team is getting considerable hype heading into the season, but not too many people are counting them in the playoffs to begin the year. There is just too much talent in the National League Central. However, if their youngsters are able to come through, this team is going to be dangerous.
Chicago has heavily invested in their minor league system to make sure that they can stay competitive in 2015. Some feel like they could be a year away, but Kris Bryant, among others, look like stars in fantasy baseball leagues.
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