The St. Louis Cardinals have added outfielder Marcel Ozuna to strengthen its lineup, whereas the Milwaukee Brewers actually boosted their outfield by signing free agent Lorenzo Cain and buying and selling for Christian Yellich. Within the Nationwide League Central division, nonetheless, it’s the Chicago Cubs that’s the crew to beat.
Almost everybody thought the identical factor coming into final season, when the North Siders broke camp because the defending World Collection Champions for the primary time in over 100 years. Chicago did narrowly win the division in 2017, however the season for essentially the most half was a disappointment with the Cubs getting dominated by the Dodgers within the playoffs.
In accordance with one member of the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America, nonetheless, the Cubs should have loved a terrific season. When the group positioned its picks for the highest awards of 2017, one author inexplicably voted for clearly undeserving members of the Cubs.
Whereas the BBWA won’t ever open up to the general public the identification of the author, it could be guess that he resides within the Windy Metropolis. How else might his voting choices be defined?
Miami outfielder Giancarlo, traded to the New York Yankees over the off season, edged Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto for the collection of Nationwide League Most Worthwhile Participant. Stanton led all of baseball with 59 residence runs, and Votto completed in thee high 5 in each residence runs and batting common.
These two gamers definitely deserved to obtain all the first place votes for M.V. P. from the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America, the group given the respect of choosing the winner of that prestigious honor. Nevertheless, one of many writers selected neither Stanton nor Votto, nor did be select worthy exterior candidates like batting champ Charlie Blackmon or Runs Batted In chief Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies.
As an alternative, this clearly biased author wasted his vote for M. V. P. on Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who had justifiably received the award in 2016. Final yr, nonetheless, was a disappointing season, each for him and the Cubs.
Bryant failed to complete within the high ten in any of the foremost offensive classes, managing to interrupt into that rank within the minor part of bases on balls. The one stat during which he led was the doubtful distinction of getting made essentially the most errors, his complete of eighteen topping all different third basemen within the league.
Bryant was definitely not the one cause the Cubs did not defend their pennant final season, as some blame should naturally be assumed by their supervisor. Joe Maddon, who had guided Chicago to the World Collection Championship, the earlier season, simply might probably not get Chicago on monitor to repeat that feat in 2017.