It is different when you are the ‘hunted’ instead of the ‘hunters’ and Chicago has many players that could suffer from a sophomore slump in their second go around the Senior Circuit. These guys are still favored heavily to win the NL Central, and are by the far the biggest consensus Division winner pick among experts.
The Jays are slightly favored over the Yankees. But while this guy doesn’t think so, many prognosticators are saying the Rays have a great chance to win the AL East. I am also a big proponent that the Baltimore Orioles will not be as bad as everyone predicts – and could challenge for this Division if the top clubs run into injury troubles.
They are young and have many players that are on the cusp of breaking out in superstardom like Carlos Correa and George Springer. These guys had 11 guys club double digits in HRs and Dallas Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award. Collin Mchugh won a pile of games, and Lance McCullers Jr. is a massive flamethrower.
Royals are going to have stiffer competition in 2016 with the Tigers, White Sox and Indians all making improvements to their rosters before this season begins. This club still are the reigning champions and I have to think they should still be labelled the favorite to begin the defense of their Fall Classic Title in 2015.
The Mets won 90 Games last year despite a heavy campaign full of injuries, and should have a much more potent offense for the whole year. Yoenis Cespedes is sure to have another good season in a potential contract walk campaign. The 2016 year they should see some deep internal lineup improvements – and the pitching staff is the best in the Major Leagues. Will it be enough to fend off the Nats?
The Giants should be the NL West favorite. They have added over 400+ Innings to the Rotation with Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija – to narrow the gap to their 3 awesome late inning guys – all motivated to perform well in contract years (Lopez, Casilla and Romo), and feature the best 1 – 8 lineup in the National League. Will 2016 go the way of this decade’s even years?
***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of bbba.work and their other members***
Chuck Booth – BBBA President
It is fantastic to be president of such an awesome collection of Baseball Bloggers. I hope we grow our membership to great heights in the coming years.
Each one of us has a passion for the game of baseball, and have many things we can teach one another.
To subscribe to our website and have the Daily BBBA articles sent directly to your inbox, click here and follow the link at the top of our homepage. Like us on Facebook.
I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University.
Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19.
After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days
in the summer 0f 2009.
In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker .
In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
The Sully Baseball In Memoriam For Baseball Family Who Passed From 2015 ASG – 2016 ASG
Baseball Bloggers Alliance Mission Statement:
The BBBA is a growing collection of baseball bloggers with the general purpose of collaborating on projects or being a reference for each other - and especially in terms of promoting in social media like Twitter, Facebook and Podcasting. Click the Contact Us Page If You wish to join.
The Red Sox have reinstated right-hander Phillips Valdez from the Covid-19-related injured list and cleared a spot on the roster by designating outfielder Franchy Cordero for assignment, per a club announcement. The team’s 40-man roster remains at 40 players. Cordero, 27, was one of several players acquired in the three-team swap that sent outfielder Andrew… […]
The Dodgers announced they’ve designated Edwin Uceta for assignment. The move became necessary when the club selected the contract of utilityman Andy Burns to replace injured third baseman Justin Turner ahead of tonight’s Game 5 of the NLCS. Uceta has generally been viewed as one of the better pitching prospects in the Dodgers system over the…
The Rockies announced that four players — infielders Josh Fuentes and Rio Ruiz and right-handers Yency Almonte and Tommy Doyle — have cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Albuquerque. The moves bring Colorado’s 40-man roster tally down to 35, although the Rox will have to reinstate four players from the 60-day injured list before the start […]
The Dodgers will remove third baseman Justin Turner from the team’s roster for their ongoing NLCS against the Braves, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including Juan Toribio of MLB.com). Turner suffered a hamstring injury in last night’s contest that’ll prove to be a season-ending issue. To replace him on the postseason roster, Los Angeles will select… […]
The Marlins have outrighted infielders Eddy Alvarez and Deven Marrero and right-handers Preston Guilmet and Andrew Bellatti off their 40-man roster, tweets Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. The Fish now have 36 players on the 40-man roster, but with seven players on the 60-day injured list, they’ll still need to clear three more spots…
Giants lefty Jose Quintana and righty Jake Jewell have both elected free agency, per the MiLB.com transactions log. Both are largely procedural moves. Quintana would have been a free agent after the World Series anyhow based on service time. Jewell, meanwhile, was outrighted off the 40-man roster for the second time in his career earlier…
The Royals announced they’ve acquired right-handed pitching prospect Zach Willeman from the Dodgers. The move completes the clubs’ July 29 deal that sent left-hander Danny Duffy to Los Angeles. Willeman, 25, is a former 19th-round pick by Los Angeles. A starter early in his minor league career, he worked exclusively out of the bullpen this past season… […]
The Blue Jays announced that right-hander Jacob Barnes has been designated for assignment (hat tip to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith). The move creates roster space so Joakim Soria could be reinstated from the COVID-related injury list, a necessary procedural transaction before Soria hits the free agent market. Toronto acquired Barnes from the Mets in June […]
7:58 pm: Kozma has officially elected free agency, per the team. 11:38 am: The A’s have outrighted veteran infielder Pete Kozma off their 40-man roster, according to MLB.com’s transactions log. Oakland has yet to formally announce the move, but Kozma will become a free agent now that he’s gone unclaimed on waivers. Kozma, 33, was added to…
The Cubs have designated catchers Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne for assignment, as relayed by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (Twitter link). Additionally, Johneshwy Fargas, Tyler Ladendorf and Joe Biagini — each of whom were selected to the majors as COVID-19 replacements — have been removed from the 40-man roster and returned to Triple-A Iowa. Castillo and Payn […]
As the offseason gets underway, players around baseball continue to elect minor league free agency. While the threshold for big league free agency (six-plus years of Major League service time) is well known, there are several methods of qualifying for minor league free agency. The most common criteria: players with 3+ years of MLB service…
The Braves enter tonight’s NLCS a little more well-rested than their counterparts from LA. Having finished the Brewers off in four games, the Braves are able to set their rotation as desired with ace Max Fried taking the ball in game one. After that, Charlie Morton and Ian Anderson will be ready for games two…
The Dodgers narrowly survived a five-game tilt with their rival Giants, but now they must quickly turn the page and prepare for a seven-game NLCS rematch with the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately for Dodger fans, the club will continue without star first baseman Max Muncy. The injury the knocked Muncy out of the lineup in game…
We’ve seen dozens of players elect minor league free agency over the past couple weeks, and that has continued to be the case in recent days. We’ll round up a few more players who are hitting the open market here, courtesy of the Triple-A transactions trackers. Players can qualify for minor league free agency in…
The Diamondbacks have claimed reliever Zack Burdi off waivers from the Orioles, both clubs announced. Baltimore also announced that reliever Travis Lakins Sr. has cleared waivers and been outrighted off the 40-man roster. Arizona’s 40-man roster is up to 38, while Baltimore’s 40-man tally now sits at 39. Lakins had previously been on the 60-day injured list… […]