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Cubs Sign Tyler Chatwood: Small Value Increase

Tyler Chatwood signed a three-year deal with the Cubs on Thursday afternoon. After pitching in Colorado for six seasons, he moves out of the most unfriendly home pitcher’s park to be the Cubs' No. 4 starter. While any move will improve Chatwood's projections compared to pitching in Coors Field, he still has a major wart holding down his value. On the surface, Chatwood struggled last season with a 4.69 ERA backed by a 7.3 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9, both career highs. While a 2.5 mph increase in fastball velocity helped increase his…

Weekly Top-10: World Series Contenders

Last week in the Fantrax top-10, we profiled 10 pitchers that could be affordable targets for your fantasy squad. This week we switch back to real life and look at the top World Series contenders this season. You know the old saying, “Pitching and defense win championships.” When I was a youngster, I disagreed with that notion. My eight-year-old brain would think, “Well, you need to score runs to win games!” This might have been because I was eight during the infamous 1998 home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy…

Early-Season MLB Playoff and Awards Predictions

It's never too early to predict which teams and players will be the best at the end of the baseball season. Can the Chicago Cubs repeat? Are the Colorado Rockies for real? How long can Aaron Judge keep this up? The next four months of baseball will answer these questions. After observing these first 50 games or so, this is how the playoffs and player awards could end up in October and November. American League Division Winners East- Boston Red Sox Central- Cleveland Indians West- Houston Astros As much as we all love…

The 5 Coolest Ballparks in the National League

Best Baseball Stadiums: National League The days of the cookie cutter ballparks have mostly been phased out, bringing in a new era of style and strategy for every team in the league. I gathered as must information as possible to make this list, and I feel fortunate that I have personally been in three of these parks, with the other two being recommended by friends and family members. So if someone not associated with the Oscars would pass me the envelope, the following are, in my opinion, the top 5 coolest ballparks can be…

MLB Prospect Breakdown: The Mashers

The one aspect about hitting that baseball fans love the most is power. There’s a reason why fans show up to games early to watch batting practice. It’s not to see the leadoff hitter work on bunting. People love seeing mammoth home runs fly out of the ballpark. That love for power translates over into the fantasy baseball world. If you take a look at the players that were universally drafted in the first round this year, you’ll see one common thing: Power. The players listed below are some of the best power hitters in the…