Examining the NL Central as the Cubs look to repeat as world champions

The Chicago Cubs are defending a World Series title for the first time since 1909, and this year, they are one of the best teams in the National League. The favorite to win the NL Central? Without a doubt, it is the Cubs. The Cardinals have the best chance to challenge, but their rotation has questions. The Pirates could surprise, but their pitching is young. ... read more

Tigers might be Indians' only competition in AL Central

Stranger things have happened, but if Cleveland doesn't win the American League Central, it's an upset. The Indians have gone the longest - 68 years - without winning a World Series. Detroit has a dangerous offense. They have Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Michael Fulmer leading their rotation. And the Tigers, despite not having a healthy Zimmermann, were in the playoff hunt until the final ... read more

Breaking down the AL West, where Astros will battle Rangers for supremacy

The Houston Astros are the trendy pick to win the American League West because of their dangerous lineup. But don't count out the Texas Rangers. They are the defending division champions, even though they didn't major moves over the winter. The always-changing Seattle Mariners could be the surprise team. The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels each have too many questions, although of the two ... read more

Previewing the NL West, which looks like a two-team race

Who wins the National League West, the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers? Take your pick. The Giants fixed their bullpen with former Nationals closer Mark Melancon, and with Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, have two of the four starters that finished with an ERA lower than 3.00 with at least 200 innings last season. The others are Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer ... read more

Looking back at Matt Wieters' legacy in Baltimore

After an offseason defined by a challenging job search, former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters starts a new chapter in his career - 39 miles south of Camden Yards. A week into spring training, Wieters signed a contract - one year and an option - to catch for the Nationals. On May 8-9, the Nationals come to Camden Yards, and Orioles fans will see for the ... read more

As camps kick into high gear, questions remain to be answered

The Orioles have worries about ace pitcher Chris Tillman's shoulder and questions about rotation depth. Shortstop J.J. Hardy has back issues and, while Seth Smith will play right field, manager Buck Showalter has to figure out left field. The Nationals aren't sure if the stress fracture in the knuckle of ace pitcher Max Scherzer's right ring finger will allow him to pitch on opening day. ... read more

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