Brain Food 3–31–17

Check out some interesting reads from this week in sports!

Hello fans! Happy Friday from everyone here in the Front Office in Woodbridge! And happy 5 days until opening day! Andrew Grella with you again in the office as we continue to get ready for the season! I hope everyone is staying dry today with all the rain. Hopefully we are getting all the preciptiation out of our system before baseball begins at The Pfitz on April 13th. Because you have to stay inside and because the Nationals exhibition game has been cancelled against the Red Sox, I thought you might want to catch up on some reading in our second edition of Brain Food. Today’s articles are about an array of interesting baseball topics, many of which are about our parent club the Washington Nationals! Happy reading! Go P-Nats!

1. Federal Baseball is reporting that former P-Nats 3B Anthony Rendon may not be ready for Opening Day. He is listed as day-to-day with a left calf bruise.

By Patrick Reddington, Anthony Rendon day-to-day with left calf bruise

2. The Nats have selected a closer and it will not be 2016 P-Nats reliever Koda Glover. Instead, Dusty Baker and the Nats staff chose Blake Treinen. Although Glover won’t pitch in the ninth, he is expected to stay with Washington and play a pivotal role in the bullpen. This article by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post profiles Washington’s new closer.

Article by Chelsea Janes, Nationals choose Blake Treinen as their closer

3. Bryce Harper had a slow season last year, but he looked really good this spring training. Read about the hype of a potential MVP season for the Nationals superstar!

By Eddie Matz, Bryce Harper overrated? That’s a clown question, bro!

4. Here is a follow up to last week’s MLB Trade Values by player by Sports Illustrated. Last weeks list left you halfway through the top 50. This week, the list has been completed!

By Jonah Keri, 2017 MLB Trade Value player rankings: Nos. 50–1

5. If you are a fan of MLB the Show for PlayStation like I am, District on Deck did a 2017 simulation for the Washington Nationals upcoming season with the brand new game that was released this week. Although everything is hypothetical, it was interesting to see what the computer surmised would happen this year (Hint: The Nats make the playoffs!)

Article by Chris Lacey, Nationals: MLB The Show 17 Simulation

6. To go with the simulated season article, here is every MLB team’s chance of winning the World Series this season according to FiveThirtyEight and an article by ESPN which probed their baseball experts on who will win every division and reach the World Series!

2017 MLB Predictions Five Thirty Eight

MLB experts MLB team predictions

Hope you enjoyed your brain food for the day. Stay dry and have a great weekend! Go P-Nats!