In this edition of “Without a Curse,” Alex previews the NL Central with Al Yellon, the managing editor for the Cubs blog, “Bleed Cubbie Blue,” on SB Nation:
*The Pirates entered August last year several games above .500, but then torpedoed at the end. Will they not only finish above .500, but compete for a playoff spot this season?
*Have the Cubs reached rock bottom, and do Cubs fans still feel Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are the right men to bring the Cubs back?
*Will the Brewers’ suspect pitching hold them back from legitimate postseason contention for the second consecutive season? Plus, impressions of Mark Attanasio, and the strives the Brewers have made under his ownership.
*Are the Cardinals one of baseball’s premier organizations, and how will they bounce back after a disappointing loss in the NLCS?
*Will the Reds reign atop the NL Central for several years to come?
Alex also talks about the biggest storylines out of Red Sox camp as the start of the season is closely approaching. With it becoming increasingly likely David Ortiz will start the year on the DL, is it possible Jackie Bradley Jr. makes the big league roster out of camp? Or, would that be a shortsighted approach?
Stephen Drew may miss Opening Day with a concussion, and is catching a lot of grief for it. Alex says, knowing what we know about concussions, it reflects poorly on those who are criticizing Drew for the speed of his recovery.
In the “Around the League” segment, Alex looks at troubling injury news facing the Phillies, Yankees and Mets. Plus, is there a power struggle within the Rangers Front Office?
Oh, and WFAN’s Mike Francesa, the “Sports Pope,” decided to give the play-by-play of the crowning of the real Pope on his show last week. It … is … uhhh …. well, something to experience.
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