With Spring Training nearly behind us and the new season on the horizon, I decided to venture forth with some bold predictions for 2017.
This is an update on the options available to the Giants in terms of providing third base cover for Eduardo Nunez, whom I expected to be the Organisation's first choice for opening day.
For the fifth year in a row, PECOTA is projecting the Dodgers to be the best team in baseball even though they haven't changed that much.I think they will improve a lot, however, for a few key reasons.
Despite last year's Gold Glove there's no denying that 2016 was a bit of a let down in terms of Joe Panik's batting compared to his 2015 All-Star season. With the Giants stockpiling veteran infield utility I decided to look into how confident the organisation remains in Joe Panik.
There was so much written about their 108 year wait for a World Series, but it was a largely ignored fact that the Cubs that won in 1908 had won in 1907 too. Given that most projection systems have the Cubs to have the best record in 2017, people are wondering if they can go all the way again.
In a previous post I somewhat poo-pooed early Spring Training games and I hold to the view that it is a a bit of a damp squib at first. We are rolling into the second week of March now though and Spring Training is just beginning to get into full swing.
When the Giants traded Matt Duffy I was a bit gutted. He was one of my favourite Giants players and I liked that he was understated, hardworking and homegrown. I understand they needed Matt Moore to shore up the starting rotation but there’s little doubt that Eduardo Nuñez represented a bit of a climb down from Duffy.