American League Early Reactions

We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.

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Houston Astros 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 84-78, Third in the AL West. There was a lot of buzz around the young Astros heading into 2016. Ace Dallas Keuchel was fresh off a Cy Young 2015 season, second baseman Jose Altuve proved all his doubters wrong in becoming a real star in the big leagues, and youngsters George Springer and Carlos Correa looked ready to join him among the elite hitters in baseball. However, it was not quite the young ‘Stros time as they got off to a terrible start and were as many as 9 games under .500 late in May. The big problem for Houston was their lack of starting pitching. Dallas Keuchel never reached his 2015 Cy Young form as four of the Astros five starters including Keuchel finished the season with an ERA above 4.30 and the Astros had the third lowest combined WAR from their starting pitchers in the American League. Despite their 2016 issues, the Astros did not do much with their rotation this offseason as they essentially just replaced veteran Doug Fister (4.64 ERA in 2016) with veteran Charlie Morton (career 4.54 ERA) who because of injuries has never thrown more than 171.2 innings in any season. Adding veterans Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann will certainly boost their lineup, but unless they can get some real production from their rotation, they may fall just short of the postseason again.

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MLB American League Offseason Review

The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. Since the NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, lets turn our attention something more interesting. The Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter and we will get right into breaking it down starting with the American League.

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