Was Goldy the missing piece for this team? Hell, was firing Mike Matheny the missing piece? After all, the Cardinals went 41-28 after Mike Shildt took over.
The Pirates lost nobody of consequence, added to their bullpen, and have a full season with last year’s Trade Deadline acquisition Chris Archer and the forecast is that they will have a losing record after going 82-79 last season.
For as bad as everybody believed last year’s rotation to be, the Brewers were 77-66-20 in terms of 1st 5 betting. This year’s rotation has a lot more swing-and-miss upside.
Hopes are high for the Cincinnati Reds this season. There is a lot to be excited about, as the Reds revamped their rotation and their starting lineup.
This will be a fascinating Cubs season. The numbers-heavy crowd has serious concerns about this team. More traditional handicappers, or even trends bettors, are going to have a more favorable outlook on the Cubs.
My annual labor of love with 30 MLB season win total previews and all of the different futures markets has arrived.