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Shorter Season May Boost Phillies’ Postseason Hopes

Prior to this year's abbreviated Spring Training outing, the Philadelphia Phillies weren't getting a lot of love as far as 2020 expectations go. By the end of January, DraftKings had the Phils' over/under for 2020 win total at 84.5. FanDuel had them at 85.5. Worse yet, the 2020 PECOTA MLB Standings predict a 77-win season for Philadelphia. While an 84-win year would be a marginal improvement from last year's, they're still predicted to finish second-to-last in the NL East. Perhaps the lack of hype surrounding the 2020 Phillies is justified. The Gabe Kapler-era squad ended with two positively miserable back-to-back September performances....

Opinion: Despite Injury Concerns, Syndergaard Worth the Gamble

Still only 27-years old, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard boasts a 3.31 lifetime ERA.

Opinion: Brewers Nailed it with Yelich Extension

Last week, The Milwaukee Brewers tacked on a seven-year extension to prized right fielder Christian Yelich, bringing the Brewers' total fee to $215 million over the next nine years. That price tag is truly “small potatoes” compared to the kind of productivity they are going to continue to get out of one of baseball’s elite. In a world consisting of $430 million dollar Mike Trout extensions and $325 million dollar Giancarlo Stanton signings, Milwaukee general manager and president of baseball operations David Stearns, who originally initiated the trade for Yelich from the Miami Marlins, is looking like a young genius after...

Pirates Season Outlook: Don’t Expect Any Miracles

The NL Central division this year is anticipated to be an absolutely thrilling, competitive race between several ball clubs that are high on both talent and expectations. You can eliminate the Pittsburgh Pirates from that competitive talk, effective immediately. Pittsburgh’s new skipper, 49 year-old Derek Shelton, has never been a manager in the big leagues before. He has just been handed the keys to one of the tallest tasks in baseball - turn around a young Pirates team that last year experienced a plethora of injuries, lack of production, multiple scandals, and overall genuine disappointment among players and fans alike. Looking backwards,...

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Justin is an MLB contributor for the Infinity Sports Network since February 2020. He also contributes to the affiliated Crush City Station (Houston Astros blog) and is an athletics reporter for the East Tennessean newspaper.
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