American League Central

* – indicates new to team

1. Cleveland Indians

Having a 3-1 series lead last year, only to see it disappear will take a long time to overcome. They’re still the team to beat in the AL.

2. Kansas City Royals

This could very well be the last time they’ll be contenders with the current group of players from the 2015 World Series team.

3. Detroit Tigers

Being hamstrung by huge salary commitments have kept Detroit from making major roster moves.

4. Minnesota Twins

It wasn’t the best year for this group, but having the likes of Dozier and Buxton aren’t bad building blocks going forward.

5. Chicago White Sox

The restart button has been pushed and there will be many more moves to come. Continue reading “American League Central”

2016 MLB All-Star Teams

4181__mlb_all-star_game-primary-2016

For the 86th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Petco Park in San Diego, California. This will be the first time the MLB All-Star game will be played at the San Diego Padres new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2004. 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 “2016 MLB All-Star Teams”

2016 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

thumb_World Series Trophy_1024

MLB Awards

NL MVP – OF Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

AL MVP – OF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Cy Young – Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays

NL Rookie of the Year – SS Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

NL Manager of the Year – Bruce Bochy San Francisco Giants

AL Manager of the Year – A.J. Hinch Houston Astros

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Cubs, Giants, Mets

NL Wild Card Winners – Cardinals, Pirates

AL Division Winners – Royals, Blue Jays, Astros

AL Wild Card Winners – Rangers, Red Sox

NLCS – Giants over Cubs

ALCS – Royals over Astros

World Series – Royals over Giants

American League Central

* – indicates new to team

1. Kansas City Royals

Their chances of repeating rest solely on the bullpen being a dominant force.

2. Cleveland Indians

The starting rotation is stacked and can match up with any in baseball.

3. Detroit Tigers

An offseason was spent finally remaking the bullpen.

4. Minnesota Twins

They peaked earlier than most expected. Now there are some expectations to compete for a postseason berth.

5. Chicago White Sox

Acquiring Todd Frazier might be a mute point for a team that had a lot of underachieving players last year.

Continue reading “American League Central”