Sunday, February 12, 2017

Things To Expect From The 2017 MLB Season

            Believe it or not, the MLB season is nearing quickly with pitchers and catchers reporting in just a matter of days. Here's a few things to expect from this season.

  1. The Cubs, Indians, and Red Sox Will Be Really Good: The Cubs are practically returning the same team that they had from their World Series-winning season last year sans Jorge Soler, Aroldis Chapman, and Jason Hammel. Therefore, not much will change on the Cubs' front. However, the Red Sox got a major overhaul, picking up the likes of Chris Sale with some years of control to bolster their rotation. Meanwhile by Lake Erie, Cleveland added Edwin Encarnacion to their lineup and will be getting Andrew Miller for a full season while getting Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco back from injuries. The American League will be an interesting race between these two teams.
  2. Can the Astros Break Through? After whiffing on trading for Jose Quintana, Houston doesn't have a reliable starter to even out their rotation. They'll have to hope for Dallas Keuchel to rebound and/or one of the other arms to step. The Astros did overhaul their lineup by adding Josh Reddick, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran, though.
  3. The Next Step: The Atlanta Braves are taking their next step in the rebuilding process, adding veterans like Bartolo Colon and Brandon Phillips to their team. In due time, the Braves should be contenders. However, it'll take at least one more year of losing to get Atlanta to where they need to be. 
  4. Are the Royals Done? It doesn't seem like that long ago that the Royals were your World Series Champions. However, injuries and losing players like Wade Davis to free agency have hampered Kansas City to the point of falling below .500. Can the Royals make one last hurrah before pieces are traded off?

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