On November 1, 2017; it was Game 7 of the 2017 World Series as the Houston Astros battled the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final time in an epic 2017 World Series. That Game 7 was in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The television dialogue was like this when the final out was recorded as said by FOX Sports' Joe Buck: "Here's a ground ball, right side, could do it. The Houston Astros are World Champions... for the first time in franchise history!" What began as hype in 2014 with a Sports Illustrated cover featuring George Springer on the cover... ultimately came true in surreal fashion three years later. The Houston Astros did lots of failing since the improbable 2005 Houston Astros made it to their first World Series. Everything culminated to the Houston Astros becoming World Series champions of the 2017 season. It was exhilaration in Houston and by Houston; broken hearts and disappointments in the Los Angeles area. Two 100+ win teams battled hard to became champions. Charlie Morton took the Astros home with solid pitching, but not without coming home without the Commissioner's Trophy. George Springer picks up the World Series MVP crown. All the while, Minute Maid Park erupted into a frenzy as downtown Houston and several different watch parties were excited at their hometown Major League Baseball team won the World Series. The 2017 World Series was epic to say the least. What will 2018 bring? It is time to welcome the 2018 season on that note. Twenty-nine teams want to be where one team finished- World Series champions. Those 29 want to be World Series champions, and one team is hoping to repeat as champions. I am neutral and unbiased, but you probably know I am a Houston Astros fan. All we know is that one of 30 Major League Baseball teams will win it all and become the kings of Major League Baseball. Will it be the Houston Astros in 2018, or will a new challenger step up and be atop the mountain? The regular season starts in late March or early April, but the real moving and shaking starts in the offseason. It continues into Spring Training. And then eventually... a new 162-game season starts along with an All-Star Break. Then comes all the postseason action- Wild Card games, the best-of-5 Divisional Series, the best-of-7 Championship Series, and of course... the best-of-7 World Series. Welcome to the 2018 season of Major League Baseball, GTPlanet. This thread goes from the Hot Stove to the final World Series game. So come in on and let's chat! Good luck to all of your favorite teams this season. [OMISSION] Here is a look at how last regular season ended, in case you need a reminder: --- AMERICAN LEAGUE (end of 2017 Regular Season) --- AL EAST: Boston (93-69), NYY (91-71), TB (80-82), TOR (76-86), BAL (75-87) AL CENTRAL: Cleveland (102-60), MIN (85-77), KC (80-82), CHW (67-95), DET (64-98) AL WEST: Houston (101-61), LAA (80-82), SEA and TEX (78-84 each), OAK (75-87) --- NATIONAL LEAGUE (end of 2017 Regular Season) --- NL EAST: Washington (92-70), MIA (77-85), ATL (72-90), NYM (70-92), PHI (66-96) NL CENTRAL: Chicago Cubs (86-76), MIL (86-76), STL (83-79), PIT (75-87), CIN (68-94) NL WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58), ARI (93-69), COL (87-75), SD (71-91), SF (64-98) How will THIS season fare? We shall see!