Can the Cubs rotation help them start a dynasty?

The Chicago Cubs, World Series champions for the first time since 1908, are the favorites to win the National League Central. The question is: Could the Cubs - and their youthful position-player roster - be baseball's answer to the NFL's New England Patriots, who won their fifth Super Bowl? The Reds and Brewers are rebuilding. The Pirates have taken a step back. The Cardinals are ... read more

Indians' pitching staff expects to dominate AL Central

The Cleveland Indians, who lost the World Series to the Cubs in Game 7 last season, have the scariest rotation and the deepest bullpen in the American League Central. Who has the best chances to catch them? Maybe the Detroit Tigers, assuming health in their rotation and growth with their young guys. Former National Jordan Zimmermann had a strong start with his new team in ... read more

Did the Rockies improve their bullpen enough to compete in NL West?

The Los Angeles Dodgers will take aim at their fifth consecutive National League West championship, but their biggest rival, the San Francisco Giants, will have something to say about that, especially since they've fixed their leaky bullpen with former Nationals closer Mark Melancon. The surprise team in the division could be the Colorado Rockies. They've beefed up their bullpen and think their rotation is strong ... read more

Astros and Rangers hope they have enough pitching to remain top of AL West

Spring training is gearing up, and in the American League West, the Astros and Rangers are expected to be the top two teams. But do the Astros have enough pitching? The same question goes for the Rangers. Seattle expects to contend as well, and Oakland, with a healthy rotation and deep bullpen, could be a surprise team. Here's a look at the pitching in the ... read more

Breaking down the pitching staffs in the NL East

Super Bowl LI is in the books and that means pitchers and catchers will soon begin showing up in spring training. Here's a look at pitching in the National League East: Atlanta: The Braves are rebuilding their rotation by using experienced pitchers so that their prospects can develop without big-league pressure. ... RHP Julio Teheran, 25, an All-Star in two of his four seasons, will ... read more

Mound matters: Taking a look at the AL East pitching staffs

With the Super Bowl done, it's time to turn attentions to baseball, with pitchers and catchers soon reporting to Florida and Arizona for spring training. Here's a look at how the pitching staffs shape up in the American League East. Baltimore: The Orioles rotation finished strong in 2016, but going into spring training there are two questions: Depth and consistency. RHP Yovani Gallardo was traded ... read more

A few thoughts on the Hall of Fame balloting

The Hall of Fame inductions are fuel for discussion and debate. The ballots from the Baseball Writers' Association were due on Dec. 31. The new inductees will be announced Jan. 18. Early vote totals say that Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are going to make huge jumps in voter percentage this year, and each could finish with more than 70 percent of the vote. It ... read more

Looking at Matt Wieters' market and the top free agents at each position

Now that the Orioles have catcher Welington Castillo to bridge the gap to prospect Chance Sisco, the market for free agent catcher Matt Wieters shrinks again. Catchers have moved on the market this offseason. The Rays signed Wilson Ramos, the Twins picked up Jason Castro and the Astros, Castro's former team, traded for Yankees catcher Brian McCann. The Diamondbacks didn't offer Castillo a contract and ... read more