West 1. Astros – 89-73: After a disappointing season from the bullpen, and an injury riddled season from the starting rotation, all there is is up. Brian McCann should help improve the pitching staff’s performance. 2. M’s – 88-74: With 223 homers in 2016 and a low team batting average of .259, the addition of Jean Segura atop the lineup should help produce more runs. James Paxton and Gallardo are the X-factors here. However, the performance of the slim bullpen is also an X-factor. 3. Rangers – 82-80: Another offseason with no significant changes in the pitching staff. The bullpen Continue reading American League 2017 Regular Season
“A ball player’s got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.” Spoken from a truly talented Hall of Famer who grew up in a poor family.
“You’ve got to remember – I’m 83.” Cobb on why he thought he would only hit .300 against modern-day pitching; comically referring to the question as standing at the plate in his current age.
After only one superb campaign, the Rangers have decided to lockup their 23-year-old second baseman for 6 years. Despite the relitevly low WAR in 2016 of 2.4, his numbers across the board spell productive with an explanation mark. His low WAR had a lot to do with his low OBP of .296. However, because he is so young, his plate discipline will only improve from his poor 19 walks and 135 strikeouts. His new 6-year $49.5 million deal gives him a yearly salary of approx $8 million. Rougned Odor blasted 33 bombs with 33 doubles and a defensive range factor Continue reading Rangers Protecting Future by Giving Rougned Odor Huge Extension