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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Colorado Rockies 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 75-87, 3rd in the NL West. For the sixth straight season, the Colorado Rockies finished with a losing record and missed the playoffs for the seventh straight year. As is the case most years with the Rockies, their pitching just couldn’t get the job done in the altitude at Coors Field. The Rockies lineup, led by budding superstar Nolan Arenado, led the NL in runs scored, while their pitching staff allowed the second most runs in the league (well done Arizona). There was some optimism surrounding the Rockies’ staff by season’s end however, as young starters Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson showed real flashes of brilliance both at home and on the road, while Tyler Chatwood was dominant on the road posting a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts away from Coors Field. The offseason saw the Rockies add right handed slugger Ian Desmond in free agency who they are expected to move from the outfield to first base (a position he has never played regularly in his career). Playing Desmond at first is a pretty big waste of his abilities, but one would have to think the move is only temporary as the Rockies (as they are every year) will be looking to move All Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, potentially opening up a spot for Desmond that would be a better use of his skills. With the addition of Desmond to an already potent lineup and the promise of some young starters, there is reason for optimism in the Mile High City 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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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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Unknown 2016 All-Stars You Need to Watch

The 2016 MLB season has hit the halfway mark and the Midsummer Classic is upon us once again. Baseball fans from across the world will tune in on July 12th to watch the game’s top sluggers like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado step into the batter’s box to face the major’s top ace pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner and Chris Sale. Watching the game’s biggest and brightest stars go at each other in a game that does actually mean something is unlike any other event in professional sports right now (that is until the Warriors start playing). Outside of watching the superstars of baseball do what they do best, it is also a blast to see lesser known names who slide under the national radar. Players that are on the verge of becoming superstars or are just flat out fun to watch play the game finally getting a chance to showcase their skills on the big stage. The following list includes guys to keep an eye on during the game Tuesday night, to admire throughout the rest of the season and then follow the rest of what should be long and successful careers.

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