NL MVP – 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
AL MVP – OF George Springer Houston Astros
NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander Houston Astros
NL Rookie of the Year – OF Lewis Brinson Miami Marlins
AL Rookie of the Year – SS Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays
NL Manager of the Year – Torey Lovullo Arizona Diamondbacks
AL Manager of the Year – Aaron Boone New York Yankees
NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Nationals, Cubs
NL Wild Card Winners – Diamondbacks, Cardinals
AL Division Winners – Astros, Yankees, Indians
AL Wild Card Winners – Red Sox, Angels
NLCS – Dodgers over Nationals
ALCS – Yankees over Astros
World Series – Dodgers over Yankees
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Chicago Cubs
A few tweaks to the pitching staff has the ‘lovable losers’ looking to get back to the Fall Classic.
2. St. Louis Cardinals
A busy offseason for the Redbirds with a lot of expectations to get back to playing in October.
3. Milwaukee Brewers
They were the surprise in the Central last year, but they won’t be able to sneak up on anyone this year.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
The face of the franchise was traded. Now they need to enact their plan to remain competitive for the next crop.
5. Cincinnati Reds
Their pitching staff is still a work in progress, but the future is looking a lot better. Continue reading
Would you be willing to say that the Green Bay Packers are no longer contenders after losing Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone? Continue reading
1. Seattle Seahawks
This could be the last time for the current group of veterans to win another Super Bowl together.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Father time is catching up with the Cards at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.
3. Los Angeles Rams
A lot of optimism with the new coaching staff and their plans for a more potent offensive scheme.
4. San Francisco 49ers
From top to bottom this franchise had to be dismantled and rebuilt. Continue reading
For the 87th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at the Miami Marlins new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2012. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 34 players for each league. Continue reading