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Franchise Sports Talk Baseball: Episode Eight

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Joe and Sam look ahead to Opening Day, from pitching matchups to the candidates for awards.

Our ranking of Opening Day starting pitchers is discussed, leading with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer and touching on the pivotal seasons for Jameson Taillon, Luis Castillo, Jose Berrios and Madison Bumgarner.

Mike Trout heads the talk about awards as the undoubted favourite for American League Most Valuable Player. Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge and Alex Bregman could all push the future Hall of Famer close, but he remains the pick to win his third MVP.

Christian Yelich isn’t fancied to repeat in the National League, while pitchers Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Noah Syndergaard get plenty of support for MVP and Cy Young honours.

Rookie of the Year is set to be very competitive in both leagues, with Victor Robles, Kyle Wright and Keston Hiura all set for big years in the National League. Eloy Jimenez, Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley are mentioned for the American League award.


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