Multiple teams will contend in wide-open NL Central

The Milwaukee Brewers - thanks in part to former Oriole Wade Miley and former National Gio Gonzalez - won the National League Central last season by a game and then came within a victory of winning their the NL pennant, their first pennant since winning the AL pennant in 1982 and losing to St. Louis in the World Series. Miley and Gonzalez are gone, so ... read more

Is Tribe pitching strong enough to withstand challenge from Twins?

The Indians rotation is one of the best in baseball, and because of that, they are the pick to win their fourth consecutive American League Central championship. But unlike other years, the Indians' chances are at their most vulnerable. Their bullpen is weaker and their offense took a hit. They have a no-name outfield, although former Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez signed late a minor league ... read more

Can upstart Rockies break Dodgers' stranglehold atop NL West?

The good news for the Los Angeles Dodgers is that they've been to the World Series two consecutive years. The bad news is that they've watched two teams - the Astros in 2017 and the Red Sox last season - celebrate a championship in Dodger Stadium. The Astros won Game 7, the Red Sox Game 5. The Dodgers vow to win the World Series this ... read more

Even with pitching questions, Astros look to be cream of AL West crop

The Astros won their first World Series in 2017 and followed that with a franchise-record 103 victories last season. But they were then beaten in the postseason by the eventual World Series champion Red Sox. "Last year was a disappointment, but we are an organization that's built to win multiple championships,'' says Jeff Luhnow, the general manager who puts the roster together. The Astros' core ... read more

Some thoughts on new rules being implemented for 2019, 2020

Baseball in 2020 will be finally getting rid of the most confusing rule in the game: the waiver rule that allows teams to make trades - even after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. What good is a July 31 trade deadline if teams can use a convoluted rule to make trades anyway? In 2019, the old system will stay in place. Teams can make ... read more

Even with Harper, Phillies must improve starting pitching to contend

The Phillies this offseason have strengthened their defense, added to their bullpen and added three quality players - shortstop Jean Segura, catcher J.T. Realmuto and reliever David Robertson - and two former National League MVP outfielders, Andrew McCutchen and former National Bryce Harper, who has a 13-year, $330 million free-agent contract to play for one of the Nationals' division rivals. So, does that make the ... read more

Red Sox rotation, Yankees bullpen are cream of AL East pitching crop

The most persistent question in the American League East involves the Yankees and World Series champion Red Sox. Which team has the best rotation? Let's say the Red Sox. Which has the best bullpen? No doubt, it is the Yankees. The Blue Jays rotation banks on the health of its two best pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez and the rest of the rotation is ... read more

In NL East arms race, Mets and Nationals have the upper hand

The National League East is an arms race, at least with the Nationals and the Mets. The Nationals, who missed the postseason in 2018, traded Tanner Roark and added Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez to a rotation led by Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. And, as good as the Nationals rotation is, the Mets rotation has fewer questions. The Mets' offseason focused on fixing their ... read more