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Red Sox fans need a bit more time

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David Price‘s first season in Boston had its ups and downs. He started slowly but then rebounded and looked much better in the second half. He led the league in innings and starts too, so even if he didn’t look like a Cy Young Award winner out there, he certainly put in the work.

The playoffs were a problem. He got one start against the Indians in the Division Series and, sadly for him and the Sox, he gave up five runs on six hits in three and a third innings. That certainly didn’t sit well with Sox fans, but hey, the playoffs are a crap shoot, everyone has a bad day and you gotta let that stuff go once the offseason hits, right?

Price certainly has. He’s even joking a bit at his own expense as he begins a vacation:

It’s good everyone can laugh about it now. Or at least almost everyone.

Wow. Tough room.

I’d suggest checking back in with them at New Year’s, David. Maybe they’ll be over it by then.

2017 Preview: The National League West

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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 West.

The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?

Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

2017 Preview: The American League West

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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 West

There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.

Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?

Our 2017 AL West Previews:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics