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2016 MLB Predictions

Opening Day is a week away which means it's time for this guy's annual(ly wrong) MLB predictions. My 2014 guesses weren't terrible but 2015 was a whole different beast. I had the Nationals beating the White Sox in the World Series (neither team even made the playoffs) and I had the Cubs and Astros in the basement of their respective divisions (both teams won the wildcard). I only got one AL playoff team correct. Oops. On the plus side, I got 3 out of 5 NL playoff teams right and nailed the NL ROY award only because it was almost as obvious as picking Mike Trout for the AL MVP in 2014. And I sort of predicted Cole Hamels would be a Ranger. Regardless, the 2015 season is in the books and it's now time to take a close look at the 2016 teams and make educated guesses about how this upcoming season is going to play out. Play Ball! (Division winners bolded, wild card teams in italics) AL East: Rays , Blue Jays , Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles AL Central: Indians , Tigers,

Issuing A SharkCueto Warning: Grading the Giants Offseason

It's not even February but it's safe to say that the Giants have done the majority of their heavy lifting this offseason. They came into the offseason with about 50M to spend on players for the 2016 season and to Giants fans delight, they spent it. After the 2015 season, the Giants had one primary focus: Improve the starting rotation. As a secondary goal, they needed to get more depth in the outfield. Their infield and bullpen were set. So what did they do? They signed two solid starting pitchers and a centerfield / leadoff guy. Perfect. The Giants were in the Greinke sweepstakes until the very end. They almost pulled off the upset by luring Greinke away from Los Angeles until those pesky, new-money Dbacks came charging in and surprised both LA and SF to sign Greinke at the last second. Regardless, Zack Greinke is no longer a Dodger and that is a win for the Giants. The ink on Greinke's contract had barely dried when the Giants immediately went to their fallback option