The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions for the first time in 108 years, but it's no time to get complacent. With 29 teams now gunning for them, the 2017 season promises to be an entertaining one.
Although there are no guarantees in the game of baseball, it's safe to say there are only 12 teams capable of winning the World Series in 2017. Here, we are going to break down the 12 contenders to examine why they will/won't win the Fall Classic this season.
*The 12 teams are ranked in order from least likely to most likely to win the 2017 World Series
12. New York Mets
2016 record: 87-75
2016 ERA: 3.58 (3rd)
2016 Batting Average: .246 (25th)
2016 OBP: .316 (23rd)
2 X-factors in 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard
Why they will win: When Matt Harvey is a team's 3rd or 4th option, you know the pitching staff is utterly loaded. That’s how it is for the New York Mets. A young, stacked staff leads the way for a team whose offense is pretty decent. With Cespedes back and Jay Bruce behind him, this team has got pop and the veteran presence to go all the way.
Why they won’t win: They have trouble in the bullpen at the wrong times with Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed. The team needs to get someone else in the back-end of the pen to bolster that part of the team. Injuries are also concerning as Harvey, David Wright, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard always struggle to stay healthy.
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