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MLB Opening Day 2016: The one storyline to know for every team

With Opening Day less than a week away, what are the most captivating storylines for each team?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Six teams will begin their season this upcoming Sunday. The best teams in baseball last season -- The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates -- will kick things off at 1:05 ET when Adam Wainwright and Francisco Liriano take the hill.

An AL East rivalry and international game will follow with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg at 4:05 ET. The expected starters are none other than Marcus Stroman and Chris Archer.

And, if that isn't enough for you, the evening game will be a World Series rematch. The Kansas City Royals will play host to the New York Mets only five months after beating them on baseball's biggest stage. Furthermore, they'll wear these sweet jerseys.

All 30 teams will either have a winning or losing record by the end of Monday, April 4th. We're that close to baseball. With that in mind, let's take a look at the one storyline to know for every team sorted by division and our standings predictions.

AL East

Boston Red Sox: If there's a team that could go worst to first, it seems that the Red Sox are the most likely contenders. Can they win one last title for David Ortiz?

Toronto Blue Jays: Can their pitching depth be good enough to avoid their lack of an ace? Or will it even matter with that batting lineup?

New York Yankees: Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman all in one bullpen. How far can a historically great bullpen get the Yankees, or could there be too many cooks in the kitchen?

Tampa Bay Rays: Arguably the best rotation in the division, if the Rays are still in the hunt by August they could benefit substantially from Alex Cobb's return.

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles spent a lot of money this offseason. Are they that much better for it?

AL Central

Cleveland Indians: Can the team survive in the standings long enough without Michael Brantley?

Kansas City Royals: Proving the doubters wrong was 2015's storyline, wasn't it? It looks like they'll have to do it again.

Chicago White Sox: If the White Sox falter out of the gate, this Drake LaRoche story might go on for even longer. Even further, if Chris Sale and Kenny Williams can't settle their differences, the former might find himself in some other kind of rumor.

Detroit Tigers: Could aging superstars mean one last kick at the can? Or has the rest of the AL Central just finally caught up with the Tigers?

Minnesota Twins: After a surprise 2015 campaign and some inactivity this winter, the Twins will hinge their efforts on two of the best young talents in the game: Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.

AL West

Houston Astros: Maybe Jeff Luhnow saved some payroll this winter for a push at the trade deadline instead. Or maybe locking up Carlos Correa long-term is already on his mind.

Texas Rangers: Can Yu Darvish bounce back from Tommy John surgery to be one of the best one-two punches in the sport with Cole Hamels? Can Ian Desmond rejuvenate his career as an outfielder?

Seattle Mariners: Did Jerry Dipoto do enough to turn the Mariners into the contender they were supposed to be in 2015? If Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano return to their superstar forms, it might not matter.

Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout will turn 25 in August. A nice birthday gift might be the rest of the team actually performing well at that time of year. Nothing like wasting some prime years of one of the best players to ever play the game.

Oakland Athletics: After a very disappointing 2015 season, the Athletics shuffled some things around in their typical savvy fashion. However, the rotation's success seems to depend an awful lot on Sonny Gray.

NL East

New York Mets: The team that seems to have perfected the super rotation. Could they follow in the same footsteps as the 2016 Royals?

Washington Nationals: Apparently Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper have settled their differences. Even if they haven't, Dusty Baker might be able to manage the egos a bit better. But a winning record would certainly help.

Miami Marlins: They have never had Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez healthy together for a long period of time. Can this be the year?

Philadelphia Phillies: The rebuild is on, but that doesn't mean the team won't be exciting. Maikel Franco's red hot spring has already produced plenty of excitement. Add another full season of Odubel Herrera and waiting for J.P. Crawford's call-up and you've got the Phillies youth movement.

Atlanta Braves: John Coppolella continues to insist he has a plan. With the farm system very well stocked but still quite a distance from major league ready, is it in the Braves' plan to part ways with Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte?

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: 1908 doesn't seem so far away now, does it?

Pittsburgh Pirates: The NL Central yielded the best three teams in baseball last season. Can the smaller market Pirates keep pace with the Cubs and Cardinals for a second straight season?

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals haven't missed the postseason since 2010. If it was possible, the division got even harder heading into 2016. Could the Cardinals streak finally run its course?

Milwaukee Brewers: With little hope of contending in the very near future, will the Brewers find the highest bidder for Jonathan Lucroy or Ryan Braun?

Cincinnati Reds: A young rotation could be an exciting storyline, but the trade availability of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce will likely dominate their news cycle.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers: The season hasn't even started yet and their pitching depth is being tested. It's a good thing they collected plenty of it over the offseason, but the focus may quickly turn to the loss of Zack Greinke.

San Francisco Giants: Offseason acquisitions Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and Denard Span will look to push the Giants and their homegrown talent back to the postseason. Oh, and it's an even year, so they're a shoe-in to win the World Series, right?

Arizona Diamondbacks: Dave Stewart paid an awful lot over the winter to bolster the Diamondbacks' starting rotation. Surrounding Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock with more great players could make selling the farm well worth it.

San Diego Padres: Only one season removed from A.J. Preller attempting to build a championship team, the Padres seem to be at a crossroads. Whether or not they're sellers by the trade deadline seems to be the big discussion.

Colorado Rockies: With a budding superstar in Nolan Arenado, can the Rockies finally develop a winner? Or will he and Carlos Gonzalez represent good opportunities to restock the farm system?

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