Sunday, April 21

NL Preview: Dodger Dollars Won’t Keep Braves From Recapturing Title

New Dodgers DH Shohei Ohtani, owner of a record $700,000 agreement, will not pitch this season while his … [+] hurt elbow heals. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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Simply a year after major-league groups invested a record $3.7 billion on 140 complimentary representatives, according to Front Office Sports, many owners chosen financial peace of mind to passing off eight-figure agreements on unsure acquisitions.

The primary exception was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who enticed two-way stud Shohei Ohtani north from Anaheim and utilized him to bring in another reward from the Japanese majors in Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The set cost a cool $1 billion, though the majority of Ohtani’s dollars were delayed.

Ohtani, a two-time American League MVP, can’t pitch this year after elbow surgical treatment however can focus on striking, which he’ll do as designated player for the Dodgers after leading the American League with a career-best 44 crowning achievement. He’ll anchor a destructive lineup currently led by previous MVPs Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman.

Both the Dodgers and Braves reached triple digits in triumphes in 2015 before making fast and unexpected departures in the Division Series. Possibilities are it will not take place once again– for either club.

Safeguarding the National League pennant will be a hard job for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a wild-card winner that slipped into the World Series versus the Texas Rangers, likewise a wild card. This year’s Fall Classic is most likely to match a set of department champs.

Here’s how the groups look as exhibit play starts today:

Eastern Division

Consentaneous NL MVP Ronald Acuna, Jr. is back in Atlanta’s leadoff area after publishing the very first 40/70 … [+] season in baseball history. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Atlanta led the majors with 104 wins in 2015, when it likewise connected a major-league record with 307 crowning achievement. Consentaneous MVP Ronald Acuna, Jr. might have difficulty replicating his first-of-a-kind 40/70 season however gets lots of assistance from Matt Olson, who led the majors in crowning achievement and RBIs, plus Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, and DH Marcell Ozuna. No other group– consisting of the Dodgers– can match that quintet. If the pitching produces as anticipated, the Braves will roll to their seventh straight department crown, longest active streak in the majors. Eyes will be on Max Fried, an approaching complimentary representative, and fellow lefty Chris Sale, a seven-time All-Star obtained from Boston, however Spencer Strider is the ace after leading the majors in wins (20) and strikeouts.

Atlanta’s forecasted $265.3 million payroll ranks 4th in the majors, Cot’s Baseball Contracts reveals, however tracks both the Mets ($329 million) and the Dodgers ($321.3 million) in the NL. Philadelphia ranks 4th in the NL however 6th in the majors at $253.3 million.

The Phillies completed 14 video games behind the Braves in both of the last 2 seasons however managed them with impunity in the playoffs.

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