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Now that the drama about Shohei Ohtani has to subside, the hype about his future game-changing role begins as the 2018 season begins. The Japanese star finally decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, who intend to use him as both a starter and a designated hitter.
One of the hosts of a popular daily baseball show suggested that he had already circled the Angels against Oakland A & # 39; It's like the opening day game he plans to watch on March 29, though a host of other games will probably be more exciting than one between two teams that ended up losing records last year.
Start with the club that won the World Series Championship for the first time in its history, the Houston Astros. Most valuable player Jose Altuve and the defending champions begin the season on the road against their state rival, the Texas Rangers.
The rich history between the two clubs, especially their shared associations with Hall of Fame hurler Nolan Ryan, makes this matchup much more worth watching than a likely to be smooth competition between Angels and Athletics.
Last season, the Astros nearly prevented the Rangers from returning to the playoffs, handing Texas nearly twice as many losses as victories in the nineteen games between them. The season before, however, did the opposite.
Houston came out of a playoff in 2015 and expects to advance to at least the American League Championship Series. Instead, the Astros even failed to get a Wild Card slot, and one big reason for that disappointment was Texas.
The Rangers went fifteen and four in their nineteen games against the Astros in 2016 and struck a collective. 211 against the Texas staff. The results were not much better last year when the Rangers beat the Astros thirteen times and beat them from a comfortable September lead in the AL West to settle for a Wild Card bid.
A much larger, almost legendary, rivalry resumes in the Senior Circuit on Opening Day, where two teams play in the same area as the Angels and A & # 39; s games that are hyped by the values referred to earlier. The Los Angeles Dodgers will start defending their pennant in San Francisco against the hated Giants, who want nothing better than to cut off the reigning National League Champions.
Within the same division, NL West, another opener is also more exciting than the one between the Angels and Oakland. Two teams that met in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Rockies and Diamondbacks, open 2018 in Arizona.
In addition to these three matches, there are other opening day games that promise to be more exciting than Los Angeles and Oakland. Many fans will want to adapt to a game in Toronto, where the Blue Jays will face the most valuable player Giancarlo Stanton in his first ever bat in the New York Yankee.