Nick’s 2016 NFL Preview

I know it’s been a few years since I posted an NFL preview, but I really wanted to write something about sports and wrote about 3,000 words over the last two days to satisfy that urge. Below you can find the records I predict for each team in football, as well as who I think will make the postseason.  (more…)


by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

Los Angeles Dodgers


Heading into this season, I can say a lot of the same things I said this time last year about the Dodgers, but they carry different sentiments now. I think the upside for the team is similar, but it’s a lot less certain to happen. (more…)

2016 MLB Preview: NL East

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

New York Mets

89-73 Projected Record

A dominant Mets rotation–made up of five young starters with the ability to strike out 200 guys a year and consistently post ERAs under 3.00 across the board–was something that had been forecast for the last three or four seasons, but with devastating injuries to Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in consecutive seasons, it was beginning to feel like a prophesy that would go unanswered. However, after a preview last season helped the Mets grab the NL pennant, we’re finally here. The Mets rotations heading into the season looks like this: Jacob deGrom (27), Harvey (26), Noah Syndergaard (23), Steven Matz (24), and Grandfather Time (42-year-old Bartolo Colon), until Wheeler (25) comes back in June or July.  (more…)

#1. The Washington Nationals: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#1. The Washington Nationals429px-9TH_Bryce_Harper

Team Ace: Stephan Strasburg

Most Valuable Position Player: Adam LaRoche

Breakout Candidate: Bryce Harper

Notable Offseason Additions: Raphael Soriano, Dan Haren, Denard Span

Notable Offseason Losses: Michael Morse, Edwin Jackson, Sean Burnett

Biggest Team Weakness: middle of the infield


#2. The Los Angeles Angels: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#2. The Los Angeles Angels 468px-Albert_Pujols_on_April_14,_2012

Team Ace: Jared Weaver

Most Valuable Position Player: Mike Trout

Breakout Candidate: Peter Bourjos

Notable Offseason Additions: Josh Hamilton, Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas, Joe Blanton, Ryan Madson, Sean Burnett

Notable Offseason Losses: Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Torii Hunter

Biggest Team Weakness: The Infield


#3. The Toronto Blue Jays: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#3. The Toronto Blue Jays302px-José_Bautista_on_June_5,_2011

Team Ace: R.A. Dickey

Most Valuable Position Player: Jose Bautista

Breakout Candidate:

Notable Offseason Additions: Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, Melky Cabrera

Notable Offseason Losses: Yunel Escobar

Biggest Team Weakness: Bullpen


#4. The Detroit Tigers: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#4. The Detroit Tigers519px-Miguel_Cabrera_(2011)

Team Ace: Justin Verlander

Most Valuable Position Player: Miguel Cabrera

Breakout Candidate:

Notable Offseason Additions: Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez (Injury)

Notable Offseason Losses: Jose Valverde, Delmon Young

Biggest Team Weakness: the bullpen


#5. The Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#5. The Los Angeles Dodgers561px-Clayton_Kershaw_2010_(1)

Team Ace: Clayton Kershaw

Most Valuable Position Player: Matt Kemp

Breakout Candidate: Yasiel Puig

Notable Offseason Additions: Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Carl Crawford

Notable Offseason Losses: Shane Victorino

Biggest Team Weakness: Left side of the infield


#6. The St. Louis Cardinals: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#6. The St. Louis Cardinals

Team Ace: Adam WainwrightYadier_Molina_2012

Most Valuable Position Player: Yadier Molina

Breakout Candidate: David Freese (after he returns from injury)

Notable Offseason Additions:none

Notable Offseason Losses: Kyle Lohse, Raphael Furcal (Injury), David Freese (Injury)

Biggest Team Weakness: Shortstop