Felix Hernandez, nicknamed King Felix, is one of the best pitchers in baseball today. The Mariners don’t have a lot of help behind him in their five-man MLB rotation right now, but help is on the way. Taijuan Walker is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. He currently plays for the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Walker is going to have a lot of hype when he debuts because of his amazing pitching Read the rest of this entry »
After winning two of the previous three World Series, the San Francisco Giants are a team built to last. Led by reigning National League Most Valuable Player Buster Posey, and a starting pitching rotation that has not one, but three legitimate number one pitchers going every five days with the likes of Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, and former 2-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, the Giants are poised to have a Yankees-type dynasty that was seen back in the mid to late 1990s Read the rest of this entry »
After one season of controversy and poor play, the Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine, and traded for Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell. Farrell, who had previously served under the beloved Terry Francona as his pitching coach, helped guide the Boston Red Sox to their most recent World Series championship in 2007.
Farrell brings to the table, several of the elements that made Francona so successful during his tenure in Boston. He treats players like men, rather than children under his watchful eye. Farrell’s experience as both a former major league pitcher and a well-respected pitching coach, has already Read the rest of this entry »
Every dynasty of success comes to an end, and it’s no more apparent than with teams in sports. Free agency, age, and diminishing skills turn great teams into good teams, and good teams into also rans. This process is currently underway with the former Beast of the East, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gone are many of the core contributors that helped the Phillies break through for their first World Series title since 1980 in 2008. Outfielders Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez have all left for greener pastures, and injuries Read the rest of this entry »
The Houston Astros as recently as 2005, were competing for a World Series with the likes of Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, and Jeff Bagwell. Age, injuries, and ineffectiveness began took their toll on a franchise that was financially cash-strapped to keep their stars, as star players were dealt to contenders for prospects, while Bagwell and Biggio rode of into the sunset of retirement.
More recently, the Astros are considered the worst Major League Baseball team. With an entire team payroll of less than what Yankees’ third baseman Alex Read the rest of this entry »
The New York Yankees are Major League Baseball’s oldest team by average age. Led by the likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, two of whom are out until the second half of the season. The Yankees opened the 2013 season with injuries to players including the aforementioned Jeter and Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. With the goal of cutting payroll prior to the 2014 season, the Yankees barely spent any money in free agency during this past off season. With the injuries and lack of suitable fill-ins, the Yankees will face an uphill battle all season long, as injuries, age, and the departure of several key components of recent year’s squads leaving them looking to receive production from unknown players, and players whose best days are far behind them. Starting pitching remains the Yankees’ strength, and with Rivera anchoring the back end of the bullpen, if the Yankees can remain competitive in a very good American League East, once their injured stars return, the Yankees could once again be the royalty of this division. The 2013 season could end a remarkable string of playoff appearances, Directv, having made it in 18 of the last 20.