Pucking Baseball Starting Pitchers Predictions 2016
Baseball is just around the corner and it’s never too early to start predicting baseball games and this season’s starting pitchers. 2016
The starting pitchers on any baseball team are really the bread and butter of the entire team. Not only will the pitchers shape the entire team, but they’ll be the first to be recognized, for better or for worse. It’s almost impossible at times to pick who the best pitchers in the league will be year after year, and it’s even harder to base it on a game-by-game basis, but there are a few standouts to look for in the 2016 season.
Kershaw is the starter for the LA Dodgers, and it never seems to be a surprise that he makes the top of many people’s fantasy baseball lists. He’s about as reliable as they come when it comes to a starting pitcher, recording 300 strikeouts last season, which hadn’t been done since 2002 by Randy Johnson. He may not have won 20 games, but his ERA was 2.13, and has taken two ‘wins’ and 10 strikeouts in Spring training. Kershaw is always on everyone’s list for a reason, no matter how many games the Dodgers win or lose. You can’t beat consistency, and you can’t deny historical moments.
- Jake Arrieta
Diehard Cubs fans across the country were in absolute bliss last year when Chicago had World Series dreams in their eyes, thanks in part to Jake Arrieta. Though the Cubbies didn’t make it to the Series, Arrieta lit a spark in the team that hasn’t been seen for quite awhile. He played nearly 250 innings last year, including post-season, and went 22-7 with a 1.77 ERA. According to conditioning coordinator Tim Buss, Jake is already looking better than ever as far as training and conditioning goes coming into the 2016 season, stating he’s in the best shape he’s ever seen, though the Cubs are being careful about how often they play him early on to save his arm.
If fans were wowed by Arrieta last season, this season could bring even more magic.
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