National 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.

Also, check out the AL piece here if you missed it.

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Chicago Cubs 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 103-58, 1st in the NL Central. Won the World Series 4-3 over Cleveland. The wait is finally over for Cubs fans. Your team was the best in baseball from start to finish. An unhittable pitching staff, a quality consistent lineup, and one of the best defensive teams of all time. Everything clicked for the Cubs in 2016 and with the majority of their best players in their prime this could be the start of a dynasty. The nightmare is over Cubs fans, get ready for a lot of W’s over the next several seasons.

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MLB National League Offseason Review

The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. The NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, meanwhile the Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter. We broke down the American League yesterday and are back to do the same with the National League today.

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Top 10 Teams of 2016

  1. Team USA – I could have singled out some of USA’s individual teams from the Olympics. The Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams were both undefeated and awesome throughout the tournament. The Women’s gymnastics team captured Gold and our hearts. Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and the other relay swimmers dominated in the pool as well. Instead of dividing up these teams, I put them all together on Team USA (that is the whole point, right?). Team USA won 121 medals, including 46 golds, to dominate the Rio Olympics and show the world who is boss once again.

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MLB 2016 Playoff Preview

It’s that time of year again baseball fans. We already know will have a new champion this year as the analytics community rejoices over Ned Yost’s Kansas City Royals not getting a chance to repeat as World Series champions in 2016. The baseball playoffs are always one of the hardest things to predict in sports. Since 2000, the team with the best regular season record (close your eyes Cubs fans) has gone on to win the World Series just twice. We have real parity in the postseason this year. In addition to Kansas City not making it back, we have four new teams playing in Division Series that missed the playoffs last year. Take that NFL. So without further adieu, here are my predictions that I of course feel very confident about today, but will more than likely hate in about 10 days because that’s baseball and that’s why we love it.

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2016 MLB Trade Deadline: Deals That Need to Happen

The MLB All Star Game and festivities are finished which only means one thing: it’s time for the hot stove to be turned all the way up. In 1986, Major League baseball changed the non-waiver trade deadline from June 15th to July 31st (unless July 31st falls on a Sunday which this year it actually does making the deadline August 1st) and since then we have seen our fair share of trades. We have seen deals that did not amount to much at all, but we have also seen plenty of franchise altering trades occurring minutes before the deadline as well as during the weeks leading up to it.

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