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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2016 Recap: 84-78, 4th in the AL East. The 2016 Yankees were supposed to have their worst season the early 90’s, and although they technically did (tied for worst record since ‘95), they still managed to exceed expectations. There was a constant worry that every Masahiro Tanaka start would be the last one as his elbow is currently held together by duct tape, but he lasted the entire season and really carried the Yankees staff. The Yanks also traded prized relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller for big time prospects Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier then in epic fashion signed Chapman back this offseason. The Yanks probably overachieved in 2016 and regression could be coming in 2017, but make no mistake the Evil Empire is on its way back.
Continue reading New York Yankees 2017 Team Preview
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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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.
Continue reading 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: Deals That Need to Happen
The American League East is annually the most talked about division in all of baseball. While not always the best division, when you have big media markets and historic clubs like the Yankees and Red Sox, you’re going to get some big time attention. Throw in all the rivalries and the fact that since 2010 every team has at least one division title and you’ve got the premier division in Major League Baseball.
This year appears to be one of the seasons where the division actually warrants all of the attention. Entering play on Friday, only 6.5 games separate the first place Orioles and the last place Rays. The A.L. East is the only division where it’s this close from top to bottom. In fact the Cubs, Giants and Rangers all have at least a 6 game lead or larger over second place in their respective divisions. With all five east teams making their case for a run at a division title, we will break down each team in order of where they currently sit in the standings entering a big weekend of baseball.
Continue reading Figuring Out the A.L. East