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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Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 78-83, 3rd in the NL Central. After three straight playoff appearances, everything that could go wrong for the Pirates in 2016 did go wrong. Face of the franchise Andrew McCutchen had the worst season of his career, young ace Gerrit Cole dealt with mid season elbow issues, and All Star outfielder Starling Marte missed more than 30 games with an injury. The Pirates will return the majority of their team from last season, but it’s possible they have left a bad taste in some players mouths after how they shopped Andrew McCutchen during the offseason only to end up keeping him. Awkward. The Pirates will be competitive again this season and with some better injury luck could find themselves back in the playoffs once again, but something just feels off about this club in 2017.

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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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