#26. The Chicago Cubs Team Ace: Matt Garza Most Valuable Position Player: Starlin Castro Breakout Candidate: Anthony Rizzo Notable Offseason Additions: Edwin Jackson, Nate Schierholtz, Scott Hairston Notable Offseason Losses: None Biggest Team Weakness: Bullpen
#27. The San Diego Padres Team Ace: Edinson Volquez Most Valuable Position Player: Chase Headley Breakout Candidate: Yonder Alonso Notable Offseason Additions: None Notable Offseason Losses: Yasmani Grandal (suspension) Biggest Team Weakness: Middle Infield and Catcher
#28. The Minnesota Twins Team Ace: Vance Worley Most Valuable Position Player: Joe Mauer Breakout Candidate: Vance Worley Notable Offseason Additions: Vance Worley, Kevin Correia Notable Offseason Losses: Ben Revere, Denard Span, Matt Capps Biggest Team Weakness: Pitching
#29. The Miami Marlins Team Ace: Ricky Nolasco Most Valuable Position Player: Giancarlo Stanton Breakout Candidate: Justin Ruggiano Notable Offseason Additions: Juan Pierre, Manager Mark Redmond, Jon Rauch, Placido Polanco Notable Offseason Losses: Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, Heath Bell Biggest Team Weakness: The entire infield.
In anticipation of baseball’s opening day on March 31st, I’m posting my 2013 Major League Baseball Preseason POWER RANKINGS. The daily countdown will begin at #30 and will work its way up to the best team in the league at #1, highlighting each team’s offseason transactions, news, and expectations on the way. #30. The HoustonContinue reading “#30. The Houston Astros: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings”
The 2011 National League race to the Most Valuable Player award was not without controversy, as Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun won a close battle with LA Dodger Matt Kemp. While Braun’s statistics were undoubtedly high (33 HR, 111 RBI, 41 SB), Matt Kemp outdid him in virtually every category (39 HR, 124 RBI, 41 SB).
by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale) 2011 was an amazing baseball season for American League hitters. With Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Cabrera and Curtis Granderson all knocking 30 balls out of the park and driving in over 100 runs each, the race for the AL Most Valuable Player award was bound to be a heated one. Continue reading “2011 AL MVP: How Justin Verlander took over the league.”