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WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Chicago Cubs recapsChicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昁now your enemyKnow your enemy: Cincinnati RedsNew http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey ,44commentsFirst in a series on Cubs opponents this year.CSTShareTweetShareShareKnow your enemy: Cincinnati RedsSonny Gray greets his new teammate Tucker BarnhartThe Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAYEach spring, I write a series of articles giving my impressions of the Cubs’ opponents for the season. That’s a total of 20 articles — the 14 other N.L. teams and the six A.L. teams (this year, the A.L. West and the White Sox) the Cubs will face.I don’t pretend to know everything about these teams, but I hope to give you a good overview of the clubs the Cubs will play in 2019. I’m starting this series now because, well, games begin later this week. I’m well aware that many free agents remain unsigned and some of these teams might look different in a week, or three. We shall see. Now, on to the Cincinnati Reds.I’ve said for the last few seasons that if the Reds had any decent pitching, they might be a contender. They scored 696 runs, a bit below league average, but allowed 819, 50 more than anyone except the Marlins.Now http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , it appears the Reds might actually have a decent starting rotation. The deal they made with the Dodgers, dumping Homer Bailey’s dead-money contract in exchange for Matt Kemp’s, also brought Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers — and Alex Wood, who couldn’t make the Dodgers rotation but could look very good in Cincinnati. Then the Reds traded with the Yankees and acquired Sonny Gray for a prospect and international bonus money. Gray had three very good years in Oakland from 2013-15 and is only 29. Lastly, they picked up Tanner Roark from the Nationals.Those three starters are far better than anyone the Reds have had in their rotation since they were a playoff contender several years ago. Luis Castillo, who came out of the Reds system, is now their No. 4 starter — that’s pretty good. The Reds offense returns more or less intact, with the addition of Puig. That could be a real boost, as Great American Ballpark is a much better place to hit than Dodger Stadium. It remains to be seen how Puig will react to playing in Cincinnati, a much different market than Los Angeles. If he hits, their fans should like him. It’ll be interesting for the “Puig your friend” show to face the Cubs 19 times instead of the six or seven we saw when he was a Dodger.Raisel Iglesias has been a solid closer for the Reds, and they apparently intend to try Michael Lorenzen as a part-time outfielder as well as a reliever. Lorenzen hit .290/.333/.710 last year (9-for-31) with four (!) home runs and 10 RBI.Since 2015 the Cubs are 51-25 against the Reds. They won’t be nearly as easy to beat in 2019. On the other hand Tyler Anderson Jersey , several of those new Reds acquisitions are free agents after 2019. So unless the Reds get off to a good start, look for them to flip some or all of them at the trading deadline.The Cubs will face the Reds 19 times this year: May 14-15-16, June 28-29-30 and August 8-9-10-11 in Cincinnati, and May 24-25-26, July 15-16-17 and September 16-17-18 at Wrigley Field. Rockies news and links for November 3, 2018"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileRockies to focus on offense this offseasonNew,38commentsRockies news and links for November 3, 2018BySamantha Bradfield@SammieB_27Nov3, 2018,6:00am Rockies to focus on offense this offseasonBridich: Rockies’ offseason focus is offense | MLB.comFree agency has officially begun and that means we will be inundated pretty much daily for the next few weeks at least with nonstop free agent signings. Rockies reporters spoke with GM Jeff Bridich for a conference call on Friday morning to discuss the upcoming offseason. Thomas Harding recounts the talks of Nolan Arenado’s future with the team, improving the offense, the lack of qualifying offers extended to such players as Adam Ottavino and DJ LeMahieu http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , and the future of Bud Black as team manager — he and the Rockies have a mutual option in 2020. The General Managers begin on Monday in Carlsbad, CA and the Rockies season will become clear as those start to unfold.2018-19 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions | MLB Trade RumorsSpeaking of free agents, Tim Dierkes ranks who he believes are the top 50 free agents and offers predictions of where they will land. There are some surprises and some not-surprises. Among the not-surprises, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are predicted to get long term deals and get paid. Harper (no. 1) is predicted to go to the Dodgers for 14 years/$420 million and Machado (no. 2) is expected to transfer to the Phillies for 13 years/$390 million. Patrick Corbin ranks high at number three, where he is expected to return home to New York to play for the Yankees at a price of 6 years/$129 million. Among the surprises are that the only free agent predicted to sign with the Rockies is Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who is predicted at 2 years/$8 million. Among other surprises are the fact that the White Sox, Orioles, Pirates, Marlins, and Diamondbacks are not expected to sign anyone. Adam Ottavino (no. 21) is predicted to go to the Yankees for 3 years/$30 million and DJ LeMahieu (no. 33) is predicted to go to the Tigers for 2 years/$18 million.
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