Last week we brought you what we thought were the three worst teams in Major League Baseball, and this week we bring you the next three.
27th: Milwaukee Brewers
2015 record: 68-94, 4th in NL Central
The Brewers got off to a horrendous start in 2015, and things did not get much better as the season went along. They traded three of their top players in Carlos Gomez, Francisco Rodriguez, and Aramis Ramirez, and the replacements did not play to a high level. A possible bright spot was rookie pitcher Taylor Jungmann, who had a great start to his career and flashed potential as a back to mid-rotation type starter. Another bright spot, Scooter Gennett, has shown some upside but has yet to have a breakout season, and he seems destined to have it in 2016. Otherwise, the Brewers showed they are full of young, decent players with no true high ceilings like Khris Davis, and old aging stars like Ryan Braun. Their rotation features no true number one and features journeymen and low-ceilinged pitchers such as Jimmy Nelson and Kyle Lohse (who had a truly disappointing 2015 season with an ERA over 6). Jonathan Lucroy, who had an off year in 2015, has admitted his desire to be traded. After losing their only offensive weapon Adam Lind and not adding any key free agents, 2016 has the look of 2015 part 2 for the Brewers.
2016 prediction: 68-94, 4th in NL Central
Key needs: Pitching
Key losses: Adam Lind
Key addition: Chris Carter
MVP: Jonathan Lucroy
X-factor: Scooter Gennett
26th: Colorado Rockies
2015 Record: 68-94, Last in NL West
The Colorado Rockies have had the same issues for the past several seasons, and for some odd reason, they have chosen to completely ignore it: pitching. The Rockies pitching staff had an ERA over 5 in 2015, and they have done nothing in the offseason that will fix the problem. It has become somewhat bizarre that GM Jeff Bridich has not even shown interest in acquiring any pitching, and it seems as though he is leaning towards completely rebuilding the team. The Rockies offense is electric, per usual, and is led by rising star Nolan Arenado. However, due to the lack of even potential success in 2016, the Rockies will end up trading star right fielder Carlos Gonzalez and shortstop Jose Reyes, and may not stop there. But even if the Rockies have the best offense in the league, they still have by far the worst pitching staff, and thus, will continue to be a mediocre team. Expect the same old, same old for the Rockies in 2016.
2016 prediction: 69-93, 4th in NL West
Key needs: PITCHING
Key losses: None
Key addition: Mark Reynolds
MVP: Nolan Arenado
X-factor: Carlos Gonzalez
25th: Philadelphia Phillies
2015 record: 63-99, Last in NL East
The Philadelphia Phillies had no expectations coming into 2015, and rightfully so. They finished with a league-worst record and are clearly committed to rebuilding under new GM Matt Klentak. Klentak started his tenure with a bang by trading star closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros in return for pitching depth; however their bullpen, which was mediocre in 2015, only got worse. Their staff will be led by second-year ace Aaron Nola and rounded out with offseason additions Jeremy Hellickson and Charlie Morton. The other two spots in the rotation appear to belong to second-year starters Vincent Velasquez (acquired via Ken Giles trade) and Jerad Eikhoff, although both spots are up for grabs. The offense will certainly be shaky, but it does offer some intrigue in rule 5 draft pick Tyler Goedell as well as former rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera, who was a bright spot in 2015. Third baseman Maikel Franco seems poised for a huge season, and top prospect J.P. Crawford could get called up if the spot opens up at shortstop. The future is bright in Philadelphia with cornerstone pieces in Nola and Franco, and 2016 will be an improvement on 2015, but the Phillies will not come close to contending.
2016 prediction: 72-90, 4th in NL East
Key needs: Power Hitting outfielder
Key losses: Ken Giles
Key addition: Vincent Velasquez
MVP: Aaron Nola
X-factor: Cesar Hernandez/Freddy Galvis
Who will be next in our 2016 MLB Power Rankings? Comment your guess below!