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St. Louis Cardinals: Last Chance for Michael Wacha to Prove Worthy as a Starter
Coming off a disappointing 2016 season, Michael Wacha has a lot to prove in 2017. Another sub-par year and the St. Louis Cardinals may be forced to use him in a different role. The St. Louis Cardinals are keeping a close eye on Michael Wacha this spring. Once a future top-tier starting pitcher, Wacha has […] St. Louis Cardinals: Last Chance...

Houston Astros Scouting Report on OF Kyle Tucker
Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker came into the league as part of a financial deal, but he’s turned himself into an elite prospect. Player Profile The Houston Astros drafted Kyle Daniel Tucker out of high school in Florida with the fifth overall draft pick in the 2015 draft. Tucker was a solid prospect for sure, […] Houston Astros Scouting Report on OF Kyle T...

Chicago Cubs: John Lackey Expects to Pitch Beyond 2017
As he heads into the last year of his contract with the Chicago Cubs, 38-year-old John Lackey doesn’t appear ready to hang up the spikes just yet. John Lackey and the Chicago Cubs may be focused on defending their World Series title, but that doesn’t mean the veteran pitcher isn’t thinking past the 2017 season. […] Chicago Cubs: John Lackey Expec...

Tampa Bay Rays Scouting Report on SS Willy Adames
Willy Adames worked his way to the top of the Tampa Bay Rays list. What could he do in 2017 for the organization? Player Profile The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Adames from the Detroit Tigers as part of the deal that traded their ace away in midseason 2014. Detroit originally signed Willy Rafael (Luna) Adames […] Tampa Bay Rays Scouting Report on SS Willy Adames -

Competition in Set Phillies’ Rotation
Starting in April and continuing through August, the young hurlers on this five-man staff will earn their spot on its front end, and one will probably take the ball on Opening Day for the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies.   Before the Future:   Based on today, tomorrow is a measured concept to foresee the challenges ahead. […] Competition in Set Phillies’ Rotation -

Oakland Athletics: Re-Examining the Rotation in the Absence of Sonny Gray
Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray has yet another injury, his third in less than a year. In 2016, he spent much of the season on the disabled list, first with a strained right trapezius and later with a sore right forearm. He only pitched one inning for the Oakland Athletics after August 6. Gray returned […] Oakland Athletics: Re-Examining the Ro...

Philadelphia Phillies 2017 Team Preview
Coming off four consecutive losing seasons, the 2017 Phillies are not likely to snap that streak this year but appear to have a promising future. The Phillies franchise has had two stretches during which they were regular playoff contenders. They made the post-season six times in eight years from 1976 to 1983, winning the World […] Philadelphia Phillies 2017 Team Preview - ...

Los Angeles Angels: Let’s Look at Closing Options
The Los Angeles Angels have two options that could legitimately close out games for them in 2017–three if you want to include Andrew Bailey. But which one of these options will be handling the ninth inning on opening day? Obviously Huston Street has the most experience closing out wins, not only for the Los Angeles […] Los Angeles Angels: Let’s Look at Closi...

Should MLB Stars Be a Part of the World Baseball Classic?
Detroit Tigers’ star Miguel Cabrera, who has been playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, left Thursday’s loss to the Dominican Republic in the sixth inning. His early exit was apparently caused by a back injury. Now he is reportedly out for the rest of the World Baseball Classic tournament. Supposedly, the injury isn’t […] Should MLB Stars Be a Par...

MLB X-factors for 2017, Part III: AL West
We are on to the next stop in our trek to look at one x-factor for all 30 MLB teams in 2017. In Part I, we looked at one of the deepest divisions in baseball – the American League East. X-factors ranged from rookie sluggers to veteran closers. In Part II, we looked at a […] MLB X-factors for 2017, Part III: AL West - Call t...

Minor League Baseball Affiliates to Settle the Great Pizza Debate
Minor league baseball affiliates of the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets are hosting dueling pizza nights in separate ballparks to settle the great pizza debate of Chicago-style deep-dish versus New York-style thin crust. There are many passionate food debates in this country. The current (and long-running) debate raging on Twitter is whether a hot […] Minor League Basebal...

World Baseball Classic: USA Advances to Semifinals; Dominican Republic Eliminated
In a win-or-go-home matchup, Team USA eliminated the defending World Baseball Classic champion Team Dominican Republic with a 4-3 victory, Saturday in the final game of pool play. Team USA right fielder Giancarlo Stanton‘s laser shot, two-run home run propelled a 6-3 win over Team Dominican Republic, Saturday night. The win earned USA the final spot […]

Red Sox History: Carl Yastrzemski Named Starting Left Fielder
It is always difficult to replace a legend. That is exactly the task that Carl Yastrzemski had to face as a rookie, when he was named the Red Sox starting left fielder on this day in 1961. The time had come for Ted Williams to call it a career. One of the greatest players, not […] Red Sox History: Carl Yastrzemski Named Starting Left Fielder -


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