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AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Seattle Mariners
Wild Card: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels
AL Pennant Winner: Chicago White Sox
NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Pittsburgh Pirates
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres
NL Pennant Winner: Washington Nationals
World Series Winner: Washington Nationals
AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Sanchez
NL MVP: Andrew ...
Ken Rosenthal’s picks.
Some great stuff in this post. Really, go look at it.
Pace of play: Both Joe Posnanski and Michael Schur dislike the new pace of play rules. They fear that they will detract from the feel of the sport, and from the hitter/pitcher “chess game.” They believe it is pointless to address the pace of play without addressing the main problem, which in their opinion is pitching changes. Since pitching changes are opportunities to run commercials, they are pessimistic that anything meaningful can be accomplished on this front.
Playoff picks: In the AL, ...Read More...
I liked the Semien comment. A lot of people don’t think Semien has the chops to handle shortstop on a regular basis. When you look at it from this perspective, though, it doesn’t seem to be a stretch to have him stay there.
Man, so many changes to this roster in such a short time. But attention to detail on defense is a constant. Brett Lawrie, if healthy (that’s always the “if” with Lawrie), is a major defensive asset at the hot corner. Ben Zobrist can handle seemingly every position on the ...
Kris Bryant at 45? That’s expecting a lot for a rookie. Of course, only one vote put him there.
The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.
Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).
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