All posts by: Bryan Zarpentine

About Bryan Zarpentine

Bryan Zarpentine is a freelance writer and editor who has covered sports for a variety of sites all over the Internet for the better part of a decade. He is a graduate of Syracuse University who has a great passion for both writing and sports. Contact: bzarp2@gmail.com Twitter: @BZarp

Posted on March 22, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine The San Diego Padres were one of the big winners of the offseason after signing free agent Manny Machado. However, it remains to be seen how much the addition of Machado will help advance the team’s rebuilding project. Can the Padres become surprise contenders in 2019 or […]

Posted on March 21, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine Heading into the 2019 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are stuck somewhere between rebuilding and making an honest effort to compete. They finished last season above .500 at 82-79, but they were still a long way from a playoff spot. Do they have the horses to make a […]

Posted on March 20, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine Once again, the Washington Nationals fell short of expectations in 2018, finishing the season 82-80. With Bryce Harper signing elsewhere, there’s a different feel around the club heading into 2019. However, the Nationals still feel like they have a chance to win the NL East for the […]

Posted on March 19, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine Bryce Harper didn’t have long to bask in the glory of being the highest-paid player in baseball. The Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout have reportedly agreed to a contract extension that will set records for both total value and annual worth. The new deal, when it’s […]

Posted on March 18, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine As usual, the Seattle Mariners were busy this offseason. However, instead of building themselves up, GM Jerry Dipoto was busy tearing everything down. The Mariners are poised to go into a rebuilding phase after several notable trades this winter. However, they still have plenty of established players […]

Posted on March 17, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine The Minnesota Twins are quietly one of the most intriguing teams in baseball heading into the 2019 season. After surprising everyone with a Wild Card appearance in 2017, they fell back to earth last year, finishing 78-84. But with the Indians potentially vulnerable in the AL Central, […]

Posted on March 16, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine After winning 108 games and more or less cruising to a World Series title last year, the Boston Red Sox have a lot to live up to in 2019. Of course, the Red Sox accomplished all of that with a young core of players that should be […]

Posted on March 15, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine For a team that has won three World Series titles this decade, it hasn’t been easy for the San Francisco Giants to miss the postseason in back-to-back years. It must have been particularly difficult to finish 73-89 last season, even if it was a 7-win improvement from […]

Posted on March 14, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine After much speculation, Major League Baseball has reached a deal with the MLB Players Association on new rules that will be implemented either this season or for the 2020 season. More radical rules like a pitch clock or universal use of the DH are not part of […]

Posted on March 14, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine In some ways, the Chicago Cubs are a forgotten team heading into 2019. They didn’t make a lot of moves this winter. They also ended 2018 by losing the NL Central tiebreaker and the Wild Card Game. But just a few seasons removed from a World Series […]

Posted on March 13, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine After reaching the World Series in 2015, the New York Mets have tumbled back down to earth the last few seasons, finishing 77-85 last year. However, new GM Brodie Van Wagenen made some bold moves over the winter. He has put together what he believes will be […]

Posted on March 12, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine The Oakland Athletics were easily the biggest surprise in baseball last season. With little expected of them before the season, the A’s ended up going 97-65 and playing in the Wild Card Game. Of course, one could argue that they did all that with a lot of […]

Posted on March 11, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine In the early stages of a rebuilding effort, the Detroit Tigers were a little better than expected last season, finishing 64-98, which was good for third in the AL Central. However, it remains to be seen if further improvement is in the cards for 2019. Can Detroit […]

Posted on March 10, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine Rather quietly, the Tampa Bay Rays finished the 2018 season with 90 wins. Of course, it wasn’t enough to keep pace with either the Yankees or Red Sox, nor was it enough to reach the Wild Card Game. However, a 90-win season last year certainly sets them […]

Posted on March 9, 2019, by Bryan Zarpentine After losing in the World Series in back-to-back seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not giving up their quest for their first championship in over 30 years. But what will be different this year? Can the Dodgers finally get over the hump in 2019 and win that […]

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