I’ve gone through and projected Opening Day lineups, benches, rotations and bullpens for each team over at Rotoworld. I’m including the Diamondbacks writeup after the jump, but if you want to go right to the articles themselves, just click the links below.
American League projected rosters
National League projected rosters
LF Conor Jackson
SS Stephen Drew
RF Justin Upton
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Mark Reynolds
C Miguel Montero
CF Chris Young
2B Kelly Johnson
OF Gerardo Parra
C Chris Snyder
INF-OF Ryan Roberts
INF Tony Abreu
INF Augie Ojeda
Chad Qualls (closer)
SP Brandon Webb
The Diamondbacks haven’t decided yet whether to go Jackson-Drew or Drew-Jackson at the top of the order, but the group as a whole seems pretty well set. One has to think big things are in store for LaRoche if he can stay in the cleanup spot all season. … Ojeda could be traded by Opening Day. Abreu has showed that he can serve as a backup shortstop, and he has far more offensive upside than Augie. If Ojeda goes, then Rusty Ryal will probably make the team. … It’d be quite a disappointment if the Diamondbacks opened the season with both Lopez and Buckner in the rotation. Lopez figures to be there, but Buckner has been terrible and there should be some upgrades available this week.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central
Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?
As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East
The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.
There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.
Here’s how each team breaks down:
New York Mets