The 2020 season is finally upon Major League Baseball. And since everyone starts off with the same record, every team in the league has an excuse to think happy thoughts.

Just in case, we figured we’d do it for them. We’ve come up with glass half-full thoughts for every team on the eve of the 2020 season. This mostly involved seeing the best in the league’s likely contenders. For other clubs that don’t inspire as much optimism, we highlighted silver linings that they have going for them.

We’ll proceed in alphabetical order by city.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The NL West Title Isn’t out of Reach

Though nobody in the National League West came close to the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks were the only other team in the division with a winning record.

Notably, the D-backs still won more games (31) than they lost (22) after trading Zack Greinke on July 31. It wasn’t surprising that they subsequently loaded up for 2020 by adding Madison Bumgarner, Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun over the winter.

Atlanta: Ronald Acuna Jr. Can Lead the Way to a 3rd Straight NL East Title

Things haven’t gone great for Atlanta since it capped off a second straight division title last September. Atlanta was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs and then lost Josh Donaldson to free agency. More recently, opt-outs by Nick Markakis (here) and Felix Hernandez (here), Freddie Freeman’s illness, Cole Hamels’ triceps injury and the failed signing of Yasiel Puig have cast a cloud over the club’s summer camp.

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