Rizzo has Jumpstarted Cubs Attack

The Chicago Cubs  have struggled to find a replacement for Dexter Fowler atop their lineup so far in 2017.  This inconsistency atop the lineup  has been a big reason for their 36-34 record through 70 games.  In the last week, the Cubs have appeared to find their answer for the leadoff spot from a  very…

Astros Look Like Clone of 2016 Cubs

After two months of an MLB season, typically the true contenders for a World Series championship  begin to come into focus.  In the American League in 2017, one team  has clearly separated itself from the rest of the competition: The Houston Astros. Their 42- 16 record, so far this season, is already 14 games ahead…

Young Pitching Leading to Rockies Turnaround

Throughout their existence, the Colorado Rockies have routinely been two different teams, depending on where the game is played.  Their offense would perform well at home, but once away from the high altitude of Denver, the offense would cool off.  The altitude has  had the reverse effect on their pitching staffs throughout Rockies history: struggles…

Until Schwarber Moves Down, Cubs Struggles Continue

Going into the 2017 season, the Chicago Cubs biggest question mark was who was going to replace Dexter Fowler at the top of the order.  Well, six weeks into the season that question appears to be unanswered. Left Fielder Kyle Schwarber has struggled adjusting to his new role atop the Cubs lineup.  Through 35 games…

Judge Leading Yankees to Top AL East

Going into the 2017 MLB season, the New York Yankees were expected to  be competitive, in the always tough AL East. They were not expected to be one of the best teams in the American League. Well, a month into the season, the Yankees are leading their division with a 17-9 record, one game ahead of…

Thames Story Should be Embraced not Questioned

As the month of April winds down, the Milwaukee Brewers have gotten off to a surprising start. Through 23 games they are  12-11, just a game behind the Chicago Cubs atop the NL Central  standings. Free-agent signing First  Baseman  Eric Thames has been a big part of Milwaukee’s early season success, with  an  MLB-leading 11…

Holding Onto Quintana Could Hurt Value

After trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox over the winter, it was assumed  that Jose Quintana would be next. Every couple of weeks it seemed like a new team was mentioned as the landing spot for Quintana. He was rumored to be a Pirate, an Astro, Yankee, or Brave, amongst others.  It seemed like General…

Bullpen Could be Cubs Downfall in 2017

As of today, April 18th, the Chicago Cubs are below the .500 mark with a 6-7 record.  All of Cubs Nation is asking what is wrong with their team. The answer is fairly simple:   the bullpen hasn’t been  getting the job done with a 4.10 ERA through 13 games. In the first few weeks, three…

Balanced Attack Helps Reds to Good Start

Heading into Thursday’s MLB action, a  National League Central team has the league’s best record,  just not the one most people expected. The Cincinnati Reds are 7- 2, and are coming off a  5-1 road trip against St. Louis and Pittsburgh, the two biggest  threats thought to  challenge  the Cubs in the division heading into…

Twins Could Surprise in 2017

After all 30 MLB  teams have played one series, there are only four undefeated teams.  Three of those teams shouldn’t be that surprising because Boston, Baltimore, and Cleveland were all playoff teams in 2016. The identity of the fourth member of  the unblemished quartet would win a lot of bets at the bar if someone…