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…

Pressure Could be Off in 2017

The 2017 Major League Baseball  season is officially underway.  One of the biggest questions heading into the season is: can the Cubs repeat in 2017 after ending their 108-year championship drought?   No team has repeated since the Yankees won three straight championships from 1998-2000.  An argument for the Cubs not repeating this year is…

2017 WBC was Perfect Opening Act for Season

With the USA 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, the  two and a half week baseball carnival known as the World Baseball  Classic is over. Admittedly, before the tournament began my excitement level was  not very high.  Once the games actually started and the increased intensity of the games became apparent as compared…

Extra Innings Rule Would be Off Base

Imagine this scenario if you’re a fan of baseball:  it’s the top of the 10th, both pitching staffs have dominated the game, there is no score. Sounds exciting. Well, if  Major League Baseball has its way very soon, the 10th would start with a guy on second base, in an effort to decrease time of…