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P- Stephen Strasburg (vs. New York Mets): $13,400. Strasburg has had a great year so far. In 61 innings pitched, he has a 7-0 record, with a 2.80 ERA, 75 strikeouts, and 16 walks. In his last start, he faced the New York Mets, and he dominated them. He threw six innings, giving up six hits, one earned run, and striking out 10 batters. Strasburg should dominate again on Tuesday considering the Mets offense is struggling (.216 BA in the last seven games) and they lost a key bat in Lucas Duda.
P- Julio Teheran (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $9,400. The Brewers’ offense has struggled all year long. In the last seven days, they are hitting a whopping .207 with a .269 OBP. This should bode well for Teheran. In 44 career at bats against Teheran, the Brewers are batting .227, with 11 strikeouts, and a .274 OBP. These numbers are very encouraging for this matchup on Tuesday.
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In an offseason where the St. Louis Cardinals tried to sell their city to every free agent out there – including outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward spurned the Cardinals, who acquired him before the 2015 season from the Atlanta Braves. The team and its players immediately began talking the team, the city and the fans up to Heyward in hopes that the soon to be free agent would want to re-sign with the team.
In the end Heyward decided to take less money to go to the Chicago Cubs. A lot of MLB free agents did the same this year including super utility man Ben Zobrist and most recently outfielder Dexter Fowler. Perhaps it’s the Cubs’ young talented core and their good chance to finally win a World Series or two after a century-long drought. Perhaps it is that they like manager Joe Maddon‘s style.
Whatever the reason, it’s not necessarily that there was something wrong with St. Louis or anywhere else, it just happened that St. Louis couldn’t land a big name free agent and it wasn’t for their lack of trying.
When the team received the word that their five-tool second baseman Kolten Wong, who debuted with the Cardinals in 2013 and is not even arbitration eligible until after the 2016 season, wanted a contract extension they jumped on it.
Get Ready For The ‘Zombie Cardinals’ Version 11.0 In 2016: Cubs Are Favored In Division – But Gap Isn’t Huge
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The Cubs have signed Dexter Fowler and traded away Chris Coghlan yesterday, and the Cards will have another week this winter where they are not the focus of the NL Central. It probably suits them just fine.
On the heels of a 100 win campaign during 2015, the gambling websites, PECOTA and FanGraphs are all projecting a massive regression for St. Louis in 2016. I am not one of those people.
I, for one, think the Cardinals are still to be reckoned with.
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The Cardinals continue to be the model franchise in the Major Leagues. With 9 NLCS births since 2000, this club has thrived with rolling over the roster, and not making mistakes on the Free Agency watch.
2016 shouldn’t be any different for competing for a playoff spot. St. Louis won 100 games in 2015 – and may top the century mark in 2016 again. Crazily enough though it might not be enough for a Division win.
I think I can safely say the Cards and the Cubs are the two best all around teams in the big leagues right now.
I am still giving the nod to Chicago as the favorite right now, but that may change with some winter alterations.
Word has come down that Matt Holliday has been taking reps at 1B this offseasons. If he were able to convert that to his positional arsenal for the next few years, than that would free up Matt Adams to be traded.