As the baseball season moves past the All-Star break, early plays on such teams as Kansas City and Washington are in prime position to yield results when the playoffs roll around.
Greg DePalma and baseball analyst Dave Kerr of FantasySquads.com discuss the latest news and notes from around the majors, with a spotlight look at the NL Central.
AL Central: The Kansas City Royals parlayed a wild-card spot into a World Series berth last year, and now should end Detroit’s four-year run at the top of the division.
NL West: Both the Dodgers and Padres overhauled their entire operations in pursuit of trying to knock the Giants off their World Series perch. Will it work?
AL West: Though the Angels and Athletics made the playoffs out of the AL West last year, both could get overtaken by a rising Seattle squad that may be the deepest in club history.
NL East: With the rest of the NL East in transition, the Washington Nationals may have the easiest path of anyone to a division title this year. The focus in D.C. is on the postseason.
AL East: The Orioles were uneasily quiet while the Blue Jays and Red Sox shook things up . Deep pitching and the return of injured regulars, though, make the O’s better than their longshot status.
NL Central: Though the Chicago Cubs made the biggest buzz in baseball’s offseason, it’ll be tough to overtake the Cardinals – and maybe even the Pirates and Brewers.