In , MLB tightens the specifications of the baseball, making the range of acceptably manufactured balls much narrower. Then the league analyzes each ballpark to try to make environments more consistent, for the integrity of the game and its stats. It manufactures different balls precisely designed to juice or un-juice offense to fit the offensive environment of each ballpark. So Bryce Harper's pursuit of baseball's all-time home run record no longer depends on whether he signs with the Rockies or Angels.
Welcome to the league that Adam Silver built. After years of gradually reducing the game schedule, the NBA lands at its final number -- 64 games -- in Opening-day rosters feature players from a record 72 nations, and Kevin Durant's purchase of the Wizards means ex-players now own seven franchises. And that's only the beginning. Before the draft, a year-old Australian seeks to become the first NBA player to compete with a prosthetic leg.
The young guard has a custom-made prosthesis below the knee, and with the miracle of machine learning, the leg's active movements are informed by the player's brain. Debate rages about whether the guard's leg, enhanced by A. Ultimately, he enters the draft and becomes a lottery pick. The NBA experiments with an 8 a. Sports scientists with the Rockets and Sonics spend two weeks providing their rosters with light therapy in an effort to jump-start players' energy levels at the ungodly-early NBA hour -- but an hour that later becomes a league norm.
By , the average NBA team hoists Players without the 3-pointer in their repertoires are deemed all but unplayable, as more big men see the long-range shot as a skill every bit as indispensable as shot-blocking.
Inside the league, the competition committee vows to increase slashes to the basket and has begun considering a radical scoring change -- to make 2s worth 3, and 3s worth 4. Ten years from now, the NHL enters its th year feeling pretty good about life. Attendance remains high, with each team playing 20 outdoor games annually.
The sport is back on the grand world stage of the Olympics; commish P. And that's the tip of the hockey iceberg. Once sports wagering was legalized across the country in , the NHL embraced gambling more than any other big-four sport. With bookmakers scurrying to keep up with gambling demand, the NHL becomes the HQ Trivia of pro sports, sparking a significant uptick in popularity.
The chemical composition of the NHL puck is changed to house mini tracking devices, and the resulting Puck 2. That revolutionizes hockey stat tracking and allows fans to watch a game with augmented reality through their NHL smart glasses -- including a real-time Glow Puck and a mode that lets wistful Gen Xers make all players resemble those from NES Ice Hockey.
Centers and wingers cease to exist, and those players are all renamed "forwards. Scoring spikes for a few seasons before leveling out, as coaches and defensemen return to the s dead puck-era strategy of trapping and holding. That leads to a national conversation about The WNBA turns 31 in the middle of a boom period. In , the league expanded to 16 teams, with new franchises in the Bay Area, South Carolina, Tennessee and Montreal.
Teams play 50 games a year, and relaxed free-agency rules have led to Jonquel Jones signing with LA and Breanna Stewart landing in Vegas. But with that boom comes a headache or two.
The heightened athleticism that hit the WNBA in the mids is stoked by Azzi Fudd, a guard who became a teen web sensation in In the WNBA draft, three players from the same school go for the first time since That, coupled with the fruits of the NBA Academies Women's Program that began in , brings a wave of young talent from across the globe to the league.
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So far, Vincent Velasquez leads the team with 8 wins. The Braves are bad, on pace to lose well over games. That said, Francoeur is third on the team in homers, fourth in RBIs, and unlikely to take over either leader.
Mets starters have pitched innings across 88 games, All three of those are second in the division to Washington starters, who have pitched innings in 90 games Last year, Harper hit 42 home runs and drove in 99, with an 1. So far this year, he has 19 homers and 52 RBIs, with an. Wait and see , but this one might well happen. This one is a wait and see. Arrieta has a 2. The Cubs themselves are , and despite their recent slide, they will very likely win Almost certain bust here. He does currently lead the team in homers with 14, though Polanco has Wait and see on this one.
Both those numbers are good for 12th in the league. Thank you Tyler Chatwood. He still pitches in Coors Field though, so wait and see. Miller has been a disaster for Arizona, making 14 starts and going with a 7. The Giants currently have the best record in baseball, and are likely to win more than 88 games. Kershaw has been amazing again, but his current DL stint makes it very unlikely that he will strike out Since Petco Park opened in , five Padres have hit 30 homers in a season.
Chase Headley hit 31 in , and Adrian Gonzalez did it in 30 , 36 , 40 , and Very possible for one or more of those guys to wind up with more than Welcome back, everyone, to another Opening Day. Los Angeles Angels —Jered Weaver tosses innings while allowing fewer homers than he did last year. Louis Cardinals —no pitcher wins more than 15 games, and they make the playoffs anyway. Arizona Diamondbacks —Shelby Miller has his worst full season, but finishes with at least twice as many wins as he had last year.
Los Angeles Dodgers —Clayton Kershaw tops his strikeout total from last year. As is the case every year, we here at YCPB made some bold predictions before the season, which you can see right here. Pablo Sandoval hits fewer homers than he hit last year.
Sandoval hit a disappointing. He hit only ten homers after hitting 16 in They will have a game winner. The Rays did not have a game winner. Chris Archer, who had a terrific season, led the team with Chris Davis qualifies for the batting title with an. Davis had a tremendous bounceback season, hitting. The Orioles, on the other hand, finished at Success New York Yankees: They combined for Bust Toronto Blue Jays: They also led the majors in homers, with Michael Bourn steals 40 bases.
Bourn is no longer the elite speedster he once was. He only stole 13 bases for Cleveland before being traded to Atlanta in early August, where he only stole four more bases, leaving him with a total o 17 on the year.
Verlander was pretty good after coming off the DL, but since WAR is in part a counting stat, he had just 2. Hughes walked 16 batters this year, exactly as many as he walked last year — but in , he threw His strikeout rate plummeted from 8. Chris Sale throws innings. The oft-injured Sale, who started the season on the DL, made a career high 31 starts and threw He also struck out , the second highest mark by an AL pitcher in the last 15 years.
Close, but Bust Houston Astros: Dallas Keuchel wins 15 games. Keuchel won 20, becoming the first Astros pitcher to do so since Roy Oswalt in Nelson Cruz leads the majors in home runs again. Cruz had a huge year for a disappointing Seattle team, hitting. For the record, the only Seattle players to OPS. Neftali Feliz finishes in the top 5 in the AL in saves.
Feliz saved six games for the Rangers before being designated for assignment and outrighted off the roster. He caught on with Detroit and finished the year with 10 saves, good for 20th in the AL. The infielders C included hit more homers than the outfielders. This was an awfully close one. Going to still call this a bust , but a close one. They win 75 or more games. Jacob deGrom led the team in ERA 2. Their starters win fewer games than they did in This year, the Nats finished a disappointing , and the starters won 61 games.
Alvarez only made four starts in before landing on the DL and eventually requiring shoulder surgery. He struck out nine hitters. Three of those were opposing pitchers. Bust , and how. Melvin Upton has an OBP over.
Sure, he only played in 87 games, none of them for Atlanta, but we are counting this as a success nonetheless. They will finish with a top two record in the National League.
Unfortunately, it was only third best in their own division, one game behind the Pirates and three behind St. Aroldis Chapman will set a new career high in saves while having his worst season since he became full time closer in Chapman had a terrific season, posting a 1. He saved 33 games, which was not a career high, but is nevertheless quite impressive considering the Reds only won 64 games.
They will miss the playoffs as Wainwright puts up an ERA over 3. Or, you know, they will lose Wainwright for the year after he throws just 28 innings with a 1.
Bust San Diego Padres: No one hits 25 homers. Justin Upton led the team with Madison Bumgarner posts a 3. Bumgarner did basically the same thing he did last year, finishing with a 2. They finish with an above league average team ERA.
Arizona finished with a 4. They have a team ERA under 4. Stay tuned through the postseason and offseason. Today, Stephen Drew went 4-for-4 with two walks, raising his batting average above. Joe Kelly went in August.
Those three pitchers went 19 innings and gave up a combined two runs. Only eight times this year has a Padre hit two home runs in one game. On Tuesday night, all fifteen home teams won. Congratulations to Matt Kemp on his cycle. Even the Rockies whose first season was , and who play in Coors have a no-hitter, though it was on the road. Speaking of no-hitters, the Mariners certainly had a strange three game stretch on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
They were off on Thursday. In that game, Jackie Bradley Jr. Of course, the Orioles tied that record just the next day. On Wednesday, both the Cubs and White Sox won on walk-offs. Lance McCullers, who allowed 21 earned runs over his first thirteen starts, gave up seven runs six earned in just 0. They still have it. Kendrys Morales tripled this week. Zack Greinke had an interesting start on Thursday… -He both homered and allowed as many runs as he has in his last nine starts going back to June 13th.
Tyler Moore and Shane Robinson both made pitching appearances this week. The Yankees played the Rangers and White Sox this week, and faced position players pitching twice. In the same game, Alexi Amarista hit a big game-tying home run in the top of the ninth, and Adeiny Hechavarria won it for the Marlins with a walk-off homer in the bottom half of the frame. Congratulations to Cole Hamels on his no-hitter. On Monday, Nick Markakis finally hit his first home run of the year. David Ross pitched for the Cubs today.
The Mariners turned this triple play. With two full days off before baseball starts up again on Friday, we figured it was a good time to check back in on our fifth annual preseason bold predictions. Sandoval hit 16 home runs last year, and has had a generally disappointing first half in Boston, hitting.
Jake Odorizzi was tied for the team lead in wins last year with just He was tied with David Price, who was shipped to Detroit at the end of July. As for this prediction, wait and see. Chris Archer has been fantastic and Erasmo Ramirez has shown surprising success since moving into the rotation in mid-May, but they have only 9 and 8 wins, respectively. The Orioles are , so it would take a tremendous second half for them to win 96, a number that was chosen because they won that many games last year.
Davis needs to pick it up too, as he is hitting. This is a likely bust. So far, they have thrown Tanaka missed some time due to injury, and Sabathia has been so bad that the Yankees pushed back his last start.
This one is looking busted as well. Bautista and Encarnacion have hit 35 of those, or… Hughes set a major league record last year with an amazing His walk rate is more or less what it was last year, but his strikeout rate has fallen off dramatically. Sale has thrown So far, so good, but performance has never been the issue for Sale. Technically possible but extremely unlikely. The second-place Rays have a rotation ERA of 3.
Keuchel leads the AL with 11 wins, and Houston is unexpectedly quite good this year. This one seems likely. Cruz has hit 21 homers, tied for 9th in the league, and six behind leader Giancarlo Stanton.
He could do it with a big second half. He will not finish in the top 5 in the AL in saves. Los Angeles Angels—the infielders C included hit more homers than the outfielders.
Their infielders have hit 43 home runs, while the outfielders have hit They also have 11 home runs from the DH slot. This one is certainly possible.