30 Teams In 30 Days: Pittsburgh Try To Get Back On The Winning Track

As a franchise in Major League baseball when your team gets used to winning and have a down year, it could be tough to recover. Some teams bounce back quicker than others. Clubs such as the Red Sox, Yankees, and Giants could have a setback season and still return to the playoffs the next season. One team that is hard to be that lucky is the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Before the 2016 season Pittsburgh fans had something huge to cheer about, Pirates made the playoffs three seasons in a row. Before 2013 the last playoff run the Pirates had was back in 1992. That season was the third straight year of making the post season as well. Between the playoff droughts of 93 till 2011 the Pirates had all losing seasons totaling 1,796 games lost. Since then Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has never been afraid to open up the teams check book to make the team better. While the Pirates finished only four games below .500 in 2016, they ended 25 games out of first due to the dominating Chicago Cubs. The 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates has lost some key pieces such as closer Mark Melancon, Matt Joyce and Jeff Locke, the Bucs still have a lot to be excited about.

Pittsburgh Pirates key players

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Andrew McCutchen: Known as the heart of this Pirates team, Cutch is a five time All-Star, and a 2013 NL MVP. Andrew had a bit of a down year only batting .256. Despite the average Cutch belted 24 homers and knocked in 79 RBI’s last season which was the team’s best in 2016.

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Gerrit Cole: The Pirates ace had a rough 2016 only going 7-10 battling some injuries. This 2015 All-Star looks to be healthy and looks ready to lead the Bucs pitching staff this season.

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Starling Marte: This 2016 All-Star is coming off his best season. Marte finished with a career high batting average of .311, he also had a career high in the stolen base department swiping 47 bags.

The pitching is a big question for Pittsburgh in 2017, Tony Watson is expected to be the teams closer. Watson was a little shaky at times trying to take over for Melancon after the trade in July. The Pirates did add Daniel Hudson as a free agent from Arizona to help out the bullpen. The Pirates have a solid lineup, but it’s going to be tough to keep up with Chicago and St. Louis for a division title. Pittsburgh has not won a World Series since 1979, and the team has not won the division since 1992. The Pirates have a rough road but still have a chance to get over the hump.

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30 Team In 30 Days: Miami Marlins Try To Compete In A Tough NL East

Putting a winning team together always seems to be a challenge in any sport. Playing in front a big crowd that is behind a certain team seems to be a big key to a successful franchise. We see this every year for Major League Baseball teams such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and the St. Louis Cardinals. When you do not win it is hard to bring out a big crowd. One of the biggest franchise that seem to struggle in both categories is the Miami Marlins.

In the city of Miami, baseball seems to take a backseat to the NBA’s Miami Heat. The Heat had the 6th best attendance in the NBA in 2016. Last season the Marlins finished 27th in Major League Baseball in attendance. The Marlins averaged 21 thousand fans per game which was the worst attendance in the National League. The Marlins have not had a winning season since 2009. This year’s Marlins are hoping to change that trend and get back on the winning track.

This Miami team will first have to overcome a horrific tragedy. At the end of last season in September, 24 year old Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident. Fernandez was one of the best pitchers in baseball, he made the all-star team in 2016 and led the team with a career high 16 wins. Jose was the 2013 rookie of the year and sadly passed away at the highest point of his career.

The 2017 Miami baseball team was very active this off season. The Marlins are pretty content with their hitters as their lineup should look the same as 2016. The pitching staff however looks a lot different.

Marlins top players:

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Giancarlo Stanton: One of the best hitters in the game, he is a 3 time all-star, led the team last season with 27 home runs. Stanton has missed a combined total of 131 games the last two seasons with injures. The Marlins are going to have this power hitter healthy in order to contend.

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Christian Yelich: The 2016 Silver slugger winner had a career high 21 home runs in last season. This young outfielders knocked in a team best 98 runs and hit for a near .300 batting average. Yelich and Stanton are one of the more dangerous outfield combinations in baseball.

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Dee Gordon: This 2 time all-star is one of the fastest players in baseball. Gordon led the Marlins in stolen bases last season with 30. He only played 79 games in 2016 due to a suspension.

The 2017 Miami Marlins added a few pitchers to help their cause. Former World Series Champion Edison Volquez was added to the team as a free agent to be the ace of the staff. Dan Straily was traded from Cincinnati to be the number 2 guy in the rotation. Straily had his best season last season with a 14-8 record with a team that was in last place.

Miami has never won a division title in the franchise’s history. They are only one of two teams that have never won a division, the other is the Colorado Rockies. However, the Marlins have won two World Series, one in 1997 and the other in 2003. Both World titles were as the wildcard team. The Marlins are the only team in Major League baseball to never lose a playoff series. Miami will have a tough task competing in the NL East with Washington and New York but do have the pieces to make some noise in 2017.

 

30 TEAMS IN 30 DAYS: Yankees Try To Take Back The AL East

In Major League Baseball there are teams that throw in all the chips and set the bar as high as they can for the upcoming season.  There are also teams that are in rebuild mode where they are just unloading contracts in order to pick up young players for the future. Both of these scenarios describe the 2017 New York Yankees.

Most years the New York Yankees are willing to spend whatever they need to in order to win ball games. New York is one of the most popular teams in baseball because they are known for winning. In 2016 was the first time since the late 80s they were involved in what is called a fire sale. For those of you who don’t know a fire sale in baseball is, it is simply trading your top more expensive players to get young prospects for the future. In 2016 at the trade deadline the Yankees traded, Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, and Ivan Nova. Despite the trades the Bronx Bombers were still able to finish with a winning record of 84-78.

Despite the trades last year the Yankees still feel they can compete in very tough American League East. The 2017 Yankees have a mixed bag of young talent and veteran presence.

Yankees Key Players:

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C Gary Sanchez: This up and coming star had an amazing month of August. After getting the call up from the Minors, this young catcher hit 20 home runs in just 53 games played last season. Sanchez was named American League player of the month for August, he also got AL player of the week honors twice that month.

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SP, Masahiro Tanaka: Entering his 4th year with New York, Tanaka came off his best season winning 14 games in 2016. The young pitcher also posted a 3.07 ERA.

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SP, CC Sabathia: This 6 time All-Star is found a long time home in New York. CC is entering his 9th year with the Yankees. Despite a solid 2016 he still finished with a losing record of 9-12, this former World Series Champion has not finished a season with a winning record since 2013.

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CP, Aroldis Chapman:  He’s back! The Yankees did trade this fire throwing closer to the World Champion Cubs last season. Due to the free agent market Chapman is back in a Yankees uniform and will be the teams closer this season.

The 2017 New York Yankees are going to be one of the hardest teams to predict this season. The team’s short stop Didi Gregorius will start the season on the Disabled List. New York added veteran slugger Matt Holliday to be the team’s cleanup batter. There is a few young new comers to the lineup such as Aaron Judge and first baseman Gregg Bird. The Yankees do have enough to stay in the division race but it is going to be hard for them to finish.

 

 

30 Teams In 30 Days: St. Louis Will Try To Take Back The NL Central

There are two words in Major League Baseball most fans do not like to hear. Every opening day of a 162 game season if you hear these words it makes for a long summer. The two words that fans dread is a rebuilding year. Most teams have rebuilding years but there is one team and one fan base that will never let that happen, the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis has been described to have one of the best fan bases in baseball. Whether the team is having a World Series year or a down year the fans will be attending every game. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak will make sure his fans are well taken care of as his team year in and year out will contend for the National League Central division. St.Louis did lose some power to their lineup such as Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss, but the team has a good mix of returning and young players to help them in 2017.

Cardinals Key Players

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1B/3B, Matt Carpenter: Despite missing a little time due to an injury this 3 time All-Star was able to hit 21 home runs in 2016, he also drove in 68 runs which was 2nd best on the team. Carpenter also received NL player of the week honors in June of last year.

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RF, Stephen Piscotty: In his first full season in St. Louis the young right fielder played in 153 games. Piscotty led the way in the RBI department with 85 of them for the Redbirds. The Cardinals look to make him the future of the team receiving the 2016 Cardinals Heart and Hustle Award.

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OF, Dexter Folwer: A 2016 World Series Champion is joining the Cardinals. Fowler will be 31 this season but can still give some help to the top of the lineup.

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SP, Adam Wainwright: The veteran to this Cardinals staff has been with the team since 2005. After missing most of 2015 the three time all-star was able to bounce back last season posting a 13-9 record. Wainwright looks to lead the pitching staff for the 2017 season injury free.

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C, Yadier Molina: Still one of the best catchers in the game, this 7 time All-Star has been this teams catcher since 2004. Molina has not missed a beat, in 2016 his batting average was over .300.

The Cardinals were able to hit a NL best 225 home runs in 2016 and finished 2nd in all of Major League Baseball. Players like Brandon Moss, Matt Holliday, and Jeremy Hazelbaker accounted for 60 of those dingers. All three have signed with other clubs which could affect the long ball in St. Louis. Last year was the first year St. Louis has not made the playoffs since 2010. The Cardinals still have the hitting and the experienced pitching to keep up with the NL Central. Many experts are picking the Cubs to take this division but make sure you keep an eye on the Redbirds.

 

 

30 Teams In 30 Days: Houston Astros Getting Back On Track In The American League

In the sport of baseball playing a 162 game season takes its toll on the players and fan bases. There are going to be some years where teams can consistently win, and years were a team can lose so many it could feel like a long summer. Both of these scenarios best describe the Houston Astros.

From the years of the late 1990’s to the early 2000’s winning baseball came pretty easily to the Houston Astros. The team had two very notable players that led the charge every season. Craig Biggio, and Jeff Bagwell. Both players are now in the Baseball Hall Of Fame. From the years 1997 to 2005 the duo helped lead the Astros team to the post season six times, this does include a World Series run in 2005. After the two departures due to retirement the Astros went through a stretch of losing baseball. Six years of losing seasons that included losing over 100 games three different times. Houston even went from the National league to the American League. The Astros are finally adjusting to the American league, the past two seasons winning baseball has returned to Houston. After defeating the New York Yankees in the 2015 AL Wildcard game the team was able to take the World Series Champion Royals to a game 5 in the American League Division series but were unsuccessful. Last season did finish 84-78 but with the late run by the Texas Rangers they were denied by their in state rival the post season. In 2017 the Houston Astros have a lot returning and some new and old faces.

ASTROS KEY PLAYERS

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2B, Jose Altuve: The Astros lead off hitter is entering his 7th season with the club. Altuve is a 4 time All-Star and has made it the last three seasons. He is a career .311 batter with some pop to his bat, in 2016 he hit a career high 24 home runs which was third on the team.

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SS, Carlos Correra: The 2015 rookie of the year is one of the best young players in the game. Last season Correa was twice named AL Player of the week, he also had 20 home runs and drove in 96 runs which tied Altuve for the team lead.

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RF, George Springer: Another pretty young star on this club, last season put together his best power year hitting 29 home runs and knocking in 82 runs. The Astros are big on this outfielder as the last two seasons he won a team honor of the Astros Heart and Hustle Award.

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SP, Dallas Keuchel: The 2015 AL CY Young winner had a rocky 2016, last season Dallas only had 9 wins compared to his 20 the previous year. Keuchel will still be the team ace in 2017 looking to lead his team to the playoffs.

The Astros also added some help behind the plate receiving Brian McCann in a trade with the Twins. Houston also brought back an old friend in Carlos Beltran that should add some power to the lineup. Beltran has not played in Houston since 2004, but had a solid 2016 campaign hitting 29 home runs. Beltran is projected to be the DH this season.

The 2017 Houston Astros have the pieces to make the post season. They will have to compete with the Rangers and the up and coming Mariners for a tough AL West race. Although the 2005 team made it to the World Series the Astros has never been able to win it. All Astros fans are hoping this could be the year.

 

30 Teams In 30 Days: Seattle Hoping To Build Coming Off A Winning Season

Sometimes in baseball there are teams that can have a good season but still not make the playoffs. After a 162 game season if you finish with 10 more wins than you do losses and not make the post season is devastating. Bad luck would be the best way to describe the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle finished 86-76 during the 2016 campaign which was good enough for 2nd place in the American League West. Unfortunately with the late surge of the Texas Rangers denied Seattle of making the post season. Seattle has not made the MLB playoffs since 2001 but has had several winning seasons since. In 2002 and 2003 Seattle had 93 wins but were beat in the division by Oakland. With the absence of this team from the AL West, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is not afraid to open up his check to book to make sure the team has a chance. The clock is ticking because many of these high priced players are veterans.

The big four in Seattle

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SP, Felix Hernandez: This six time All-Star is known as King Felix. Hernandez is entering his 13th year in the big leagues and with Seattle. The veteran right handed pitcher had 11 wins last season which was 2nd best on the team, his overall Major League record is a dominating. Felix has 159 wins in his career and only 104 losses.

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3B, Kyle Seager: The young player in the big four for Seattle. This 29 year old third baseman brings a ton of power to the lineup. Seager hit 30 home runs in 2016 and drove in 99 runs. Both of those stats were 3rd best on the team. Kyle finished with a .278 batting average last season which was a career high.

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2B, Robinson Cano: Entering his 4th season with the Mariners after spending nine years with the Yankees. Cano has made the All-Star team 7 times over his career. The veteran 2nd baseman hit a career high 39 home runs in 2016. For Cano’s career he has 278 home runs.

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DH, Nelson Cruz: One of the biggest power hitters in this lineup, Cruz hit 43 home runs for Seattle in 2016 which is one short of his career high. This 13 year veteran led Seattle in home runs and RBI’s last season. Cruz has made the All-Star team four times with three different teams.

The biggest problem last season for Seattle was starting pitching in 2016. In 57 games the starting pitching only went five innings or less resulting with a record of 13-44 when this occurred last season. Seattle went and got some help making a trade with Tampa Bay in the off season to acquire Drew Smyly. Despite a bad season for Tampa Smyly was able to get 7 wins in 2016.

The power hitting Mariners could have a tough time keeping up with a very good AL West. Seattle hopes to build off a winning season from last season. Can Seattle make the post season for the first time since 2001? Only time will tell.

Detroit Tigers Trying To Take Back The AL Central

During this decade the American League Central has seemed to produce the best team in the league. In 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 the American League champions came from the central division. Also in this current decade there has been the same division champion four different times. From the years 2011 to 2014 the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central.

Despite the recent success of this franchise, the past two seasons the Tigers have been unable to make the post season. The Kansas City Royals won the division and World Series in 2015, and the Cleveland Indians won it and went to the World Series last season. The Tigers still finished 11 games above .500 going 86-75. Both wildcards came out of the east division denying the Tigers of a post season berth. The Tigers have a ton of veterans on the team this season hoping this year they can reclaim their division.

TOP 2017 TIGER PLAYERS

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1B, Miguel Cabrera: This veteran first baseman is an 11 time All-Star which is most for any active player. Hank Aaron made the All-Star team 21 teams. The 33 year old Cabrera has a decent shot to break that record. Last season the Tigers first baseman hit 38 home runs and drove in 108 runs. He has 446 home runs going into 2017.

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OF, J.D. Martinez – This 2015 All-Star missed 7 weeks of the season a year ago due to an injury. Despite some time missed the young outfielder still managed to hit 22 home runs last season. If Martinez can stay healthy he can be a huge help for the Tigers

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OF, Justin Upton– A three time All-Star all appearances were his days in the National League. Upton does not hit for average only hitting .246 in 2016. Justin still brings pop to his bat to help the Tigers and will give you 20 to 30 home runs per season.

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SP, Justin Verlander: The ace of the pitching staff for the Tigers, baseball writers were ready to give up on this 6 time All-Star but after a stellar 2016 going 16-9 has put him back in the spot light. The veteran pitcher was also awarded pitcher of the month in July of last season.

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SP Michael Fulmer: The 2016 AL Rookie of the year should be the number 2 starter in this rotation. The rookie had 11 wins in his first Major League season.

The bottom three of the Tigers rotation will be led by Jordan Zimmerman, who started 5-0 last April and was the AL pitcher of the month. After April Zimmerman went into a slump that he never came out of, the Tigers are hoping he can return to his April forum in 2017. Detroit also are counting on veterans Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez to provide some more power for the team.

The 2017 campaign will be challenging for the Detroit Tigers. They are going to need to keep up with the defending AL Champs the Cleveland Indians and the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. Detroit defiantly has a ton of power and veteran pitching. The AL Central will most likely be the most exciting division to keep an eye on.

30 Teams In 30 Days: Royals Looks To Get Back To The Post Season After A Tough 2016

If there is any team in Major League Baseball in 2017 that feels they have something to prove, it’s the Kansas City Royals. After the Royals won the World Series in 1985 they never saw the post season again till almost 30 years down the road in 2014. K.C. almost finishing at the bottom of the AL Central every season built the team from the ground up to what looked like to be a dynasty. In 2014 the Royals made it back to the World Series but lost in a thrilling game 7 to the San Francisco Giants. In 2015 the team in blue returned to the post season and became World Champions by beating the New York Mets in 5 games. The 2016 campaign did not go as planned, just 81-81 on the season and not reaching the post season.

The 2017 Kansas City Royals do have some returning starters. One big problem is four major pieces to the franchise are in their final years of contracts and not a lot has been done to resign them. If this were to happen this could be the last chance of winning baseball for the Royals for quite some time.

1B, Eric Hosmer: 25 Home Runs in 2016 and drove in 104 runs which was best on K.C. This first baseman was also an All-Star last season and was the MVP for the American League. Hosmer has been quoted if a deal is not reached by opening day to renew his contract the former World Series Champion will be looking for another club in 2018.

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CF, Lorenzo Cain: Injuries limited this 2014 ALCS MVP to only 103 games last season. Cain looks to be healthy and brings a lot of speed to the lineup stealing 28 each bases in 2014 and 2015.A career .287 batter. Cain is also entering his final year of his contract with Kansas City.

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3B: Mike Moustakas: Moose had a very short 2016, he tore his ACL at the end of May and was out for the rest of last season. This young third baseman has his best year in 2015 being All-Star and played a big role in the Royals World Series win. Mike is also in the last year of his contract

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SS, Alcides Escobar- Heart of the Royals appeared in all 162 games last season, he was an All-Star in 2015 and an ALCS MVP that same season. If Escobar is not returning that will be a huge whole to fill.

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The pitching staff for Kansas City looks to have a good one two punch, Danny Duffy will return as the teams ace, and Ian Kennedy will be the number 2 starter, the two combined for 23 wins in 2016. The Royals also signed free agent and 2016 World Series Champion Jason Hammel from Chicago to help the staff. The Royals will go will new closer Kelvin Herrera as Wade Davis the team’s previous closer was traded to the Cubs.

Kansas City has to overcome a tragedy in the club house. Young pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident his home country of the Dominican Republic over the winter. Ventura was a key piece to the Royals World Series run in 2015. The late starting pitcher posted 11 wins in 2016.

The 2017 Kansas City Royals could have a bumpy road but will have some key players to win games. The team looks to be healthy and are hoping to make the post season once again.

 

30 Teams In 30 Days: Mets Look To Reach The Post Season For The Third Straight Season

Over the past two seasons there was one team and one fan base that was tired of losing. One team that was surrounded by their counter parts in the division that seemed to get all the attention. From the years of 2007 to 2015 the talk of the National League East always seemed to be focused on different teams. Whether it was the power of the Atlanta Braves, the strong pitching of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the emergence of the new big stars of the Washington Nationals such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. Also big news out of that division was the excitement around Miami Marlins new stadium, also the drama with their manager that led to his firing. One question that most baseball writers finally asking themselves. What about the New York Mets?

The last time the Mets were in the big national spotlight was the year 2000, that season they lost the subway series with New York to the Yankees. The Mets also won the NL East in 2006 but were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. From the year 2009 to 2014 the Mets had a losing record. In 2015 the talk of that division on how talented the Washington Nationals were, and then the Mets had a surprising season and won the division. Not only did they win the NL East they also went to the World Series. Last season the Mets made it back to the playoffs as a wildcard, but was defeated by the San Francisco Giants. So what is in store for the 2017 Mets? New York did not do too much this off season but they feel pretty good about their lineup and starting pitching.

Returning New York Mets

Yoenis Cespedes : A 2016 All-star, led the Mets in home runs with 31 and 86 RBI’s. The Mets picked up Cespedes in 2015 in a trade and has proven to be very valuable to this offense.

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Asdrubal Cabrera: Entering his 11th season in the big leagues, belted 23 homers for the Mets last season, 2 shy of his career high(25 in 2011). Cabrera finished in 2nd on the team in runs batted in with 62.

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Curtis Granderson: One of the veterans on this Mets team, made the All-Star team 3 times, this outfielder does not hit for average, only a .255 career hitter but he can still hit the ball out of the park, Granderson hit 30 homers last season which was 2nd best on the team.

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Jay Bruce: A 2016 All-Star, not because of his work with the Mets. Bruce was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds last season. The power hitting right fielder struggled after the trade only batting .219 in 50 games with the Mets. Bruce did have 33 home runs in 2016 but 25 of them were with Cincinnati.

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One thing most of these Mets players all have in common is the ability to hit the long ball. The Mets had 219 home runs last season which was 2nd in the NL, just behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitching for the Mets looks to be solid especially with the top 2. Noah Syndergaard is expected to be the team’s ace, last season the young pitcher made the All-Star team for the first time and carried a solid 14-9 record.  Jacob deGrom will be in the number two spot. New York did lose veteran Bartolo Colon due to the free agent market to the Atlanta Braves. The back end up the bullpen will also be strong as Jeurys Familia will return as the teams closer. Last season Familia saved 51 games of his 56 opportunities, which was the best in the MLB.

The 2017 New York Mets will have a great chance to compete in the NL East. Like always most of the attention is around the Washington Nationals. The New York Mets are the only team in Major League Baseball not to make any roster moves to add a player this off season. Even with manager Terry Collins team standing pat the New York Mets still like their chances.

 

30 Teams In 30 Days: The Giants Look To Win Another World Championship In This Decade.

We are entering the eight season of this decade. Since it’s the year 2017 this is an odd year, does that mean the San Francisco Giants will not make the playoffs? So far since this decade began the Giants made the playoffs in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. On three of those four years the bay area team won the World Series. Last season was even streak was broken after the Giants were beaten by the Cubs in the NLDS. San Francisco was able to make the wildcard and defeated the New York Mets in a one game playoff.

The 2017 San Francisco Giants looks to be healthy and ready to compete with the Dodgers in the NL West. Last year’s team made it to the all-star break with the best record in baseball. The second half of the season seemed to go downhill as they had to do deal with a few injuries and the inability of the bullpen to close out games. In the off season the Giants went out and got a closer, they signed free agent Mark Melancon. Melancon had a great 2016 posting 47 saves while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. The new Giants closer also posted a 1.64 ERA in 75 appearances. Melancon has 168 saves and has struck out 407 batters over his career.

The Giants lineup will look almost the same minus Gregor Blanco and Angel Pagan.

Giants Key Players

C. Buster Posey : A four time all-star, 3 time World Series rings, and the NL MVP in 2012. Posey is a career .307 hitter and is the biggest piece of the Giants lineup.

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1B. Brandon Belt :  Entering his 7th season with the Giants. Made the All-Star team for the first time last year. Belt has won two World Series titles. He could be called a double machine as he produced 33 of them in 2016 which led the team. Belts nickname on the team is the baby giraffe.

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Hunter Pence: Entering his 5th season with San Francisco, a three time all-star, two World Titles, spent some of 2016 on the DL but was a spark for the offense to spring his team to the post season. Pence is a career .321 hitter with almost 800 RBI’s.

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Brandon Crawford: Had his best year in 2016 batting .275. Crawford has always been a threat in the field winning the gold glove two years straight. Brandon came up with some big hits last season driving in 84 runs which was best on the team.Crawford also had a 7 hit game last season in Miami, only 5 other players in Major League history has completed this task.

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The pitching for the Giants looks to be stacked from top to bottom. The 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner will once again be the teams ace, Johnny Cueto will be right behind him to provide a very tough one two punch. New comer Matt Moore, and returning starters Jeff Samardzija, veteran Matt Cain should fill in the rest of the starting staff.  As usual the Giants could have one of the best starting five in baseball.

The Giants also invited some veterans to spring training such as Jimmy Rollins, Aaron Hill and former Giant and World Series Champion Mike Morse. The only question for manager Bruce Bochy is the bullpen. Although they do have Hunter Strickland and George Kontos returning who both had decent seasons both ran into some rough spots the 2nd half of the year. Can the Giants win the World Series for the fourth time this decade? It should be a good battle between the Dodgers and Giants for the NL West.