JT Realmuto goes gold in MLB The Show! 

In this week’s roster update, JT Realmuto of the Marlins saw an upgrade.

He saw a + 2  and is now an 85 overall.

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Aaron Nola goes Gold in MLB The Show! 

In this week’s roster update, Aaron Nola of the Phillies saw an upgrade.

He saw a + 2  and is now an 85 overall.

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Willson Contreras goes gold in MLB The Show

In this week’s roster update, Willson Contreras of the Cubs saw an upgrade.

He saw a + 3  and is now an 86 overall.

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Jonathon Schoop goes gold in MLB The Show

In this week’s roster update, Jonathon Schoop, of the Orioles saw an upgrade.

He saw a + 3 and is now an 85 overall.

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Season Preview: Chicago Bears. 

As a Chicago native and a Bears fan, it’s safe to say that the Monsters of Midway are rebuilding. They started rebuilding by drafting Mitchell Trubisky number two overall in the draft. Everyone was definitely blindsided by that pick because most football fans thought they were drafting an O-Lineman. There offensive line has suffered the last 3 years and has not improved this offseason either. The 2017-2018 Chicago Bears will be an interesting team to watch this year, due to the fact that you sign a QB to a 3 year 45 million contract and then draft a QB, doesn’t seem to add up. The Bears last year were 3-13, riddled with injuries on defense and offense including a QB carrousel that wouldn’t end. Watching all 16 games last season was dreadful, but I saw hope in all 3 phases. The defense this year will be healthy, stronger and young. However McPhee is starting the season on the PUP list, watching the defense last year you could tell thesw guys were playing hard from the start till the end but gave up so much in the run game. These young DB’s have so much potential and I see a bright future in all of them. My defensive player to watch this year is Leonard Floyd, he had 7 sacks, 10 assists, and 33 combined tackles in 12 games before he went down with an injury but watch him get 10+ sacks and tackle a lot of more people. As for the offensive side of the ball, turnovers were a major issue last year and throwing the ball where it shouldn’t be thrown. Brian Hoyer  had a phenomenal stretch of games with no interceptions until injury shut him down for the year. Then the O-Line was nothing better, gave up 28 sacks and turned over the ball 19 times (Int). My offensive player to watch this year will be Kevin White, I know he hasn’t played a full season and has just been riddled with injuries but I see major potential in him. He will find the speed, endurance and strength to be a top receiver. If he can get 10 touchdown catches 500 receiving yards, I will be very impressed. As for the overall record for the Bears, I’m going with 6-10 this year, 3 more wins than last year but more then likely they will exceed 6 wins because a lot of games they were up but just gave up in the end. Can’t wait for the season this year.  

Written by: Alex Lorek

Season Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

It always seems like it’s one step forward, two giant leaps back for the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2015, Cincinnati enjoyed a regular season as strong contenders out of the AFC North, but had their playoff aspirations crushed by undisciplined play in the midst of a chaotic playoff game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, won by Pittsburgh, 18-16. 2015 was just another season in which Cincinnati’s squad held high hopes, but inevitably plummeted. Postseason failure has always been a recurring theme in Bengals franchise history. When written out on paper, they’ve always managed to field an attractive roster, but that’s the issue: it’s on paper, not the football field. Whatever the Football God’s have against the city of Cincinnati, or the whole state of Ohio for that matter, it doesn’t appear to be getting much better this upcoming season.

Andy Dalton seemingly improves with every season, but continually hits a snag in the month of December. Dalton is constantly hyped up, but consistently leads Bengals fans down a road of disappointment. At this point, there’s no reason to believe anybody in that organization will be able to turn things around for the entire team in their 2017 campaign, but the fanbase will continually rely of Dalton to do just that. When Dalton puts up MVP numbers for the first twelve weeks of the season, don’t be surprised when the wheels fall off at the worst possible time.

For Dalton to find any success with any form of longevity, the backfield must step up. That’s easier said than done, as controversial second round pick Joe Mixon headlines the running back position. Putting Mixon’s heinous domestic abuse charge behind him, he was arguably the best running back in a deep running back draft class. His talent, paired with a dominant offensive line, could help carry Dalton and the Bengals through the last quarter of the regular season and into the playoffs. It doesn’t mean they will, but it’s the optimism that keeps the fans engaged.

The Bengals receiving core improved with the addition of rookie speedster John Ross and gets a boost with the return of a healthy Tyler Eifert at the tight end position will also help improve the core’s subpar performance last season.

The Bengals defense lost several key players over the offseason and a few more key defenders have dealt with their fair share of disciplinary issues on and off the field. Until their organization can move past previous mistakes and seasons, they’ll experience difficulty moving forward into the future of Bengals football.

When thinking about the Bengals, the first thing that pops to mind is how talented their roster has looked in the past until they hit the field on game day. Unfortunately, it seems like nothing ever goes right for the Bengals. Maybe this is the year it all changes; don’t hold your breath though.

Advantage: Pitchers Event – Best and Budget Players At Every Position- Build the best squad for cheap.

The newest event in The Show 17 will be called Advantage: Pitchers. The event will run from July 27th to August 7th.

The event allows for all players, from “Common” all the way up to “Diamond,” however, the maximum overall for a team is an 85 OVR rating.

This Event requires hitters with a Vision attribute of 50 or below. In addition, the minimum overall for any player is 60 OVR. The 60 OVR minimum is to keep players from using 59 OVRs and below to make their overall team rating go down.

The games through the Advantage: Pitchers event will be 6 innings each. This is disappointed to those working 40+ hours a week will most likely not be able to obtain 40 cumulative rewards.

The 3, 6, 9, and 12 win rewards are as follows:

  • 12 WINS PER ENTRY: Hardware Flashback Ryan Braun (Diamond, 92 OVR 3B)
  • 9 WINS PER ENTRY: Rookie Legend Roy Oswalt (Gold, 89 OVR Starting Pitcher)
  • 6 WINS PER ENTRY: Guaranteed Silver Live Series Player
  • 3 WINS PER ENTRY: Guaranteed Bronze Live Series Player

The 5, 10, 25, and 40 cumulative win rewards are as follows:

  • 40 WINS CUMULATIVE: Hardware Flashback Jake Arrieta (Diamond, 99 OVR Starting Pitcher)
  • 25 WINS CUMULATIVE: Impact Veteran Legend Eddie Murray (Diamond, 93 OVR 1B)
  • 10 WINS CUMULATIVE: Guaranteed Gold Live Series Player
  • 5 WINS CUMULATIVE: Guaranteed Silver Live Series Player

I will give tips on what, in my opinion, is the best line up to have for this event. I’ll include two different picks, including one being the best option and the second being a budget option.

Note: I kept this list limited to players who could be purchased from the market outright without the having to do missions and so on. That is why players such as 97 OVR Matt Kemp will not be included in this list. 

Pitching: Use your best possible starter and reliever, then adjust your lineup accordingly to fit the 85 OVR maximum.

Catcher – Best: Breakout 95 OVR Jorge Posada

~Budget: 87 OVR Gary Sanchez

First Base – Best: Hardware 94 OVR Ryan Howard

~Budget: 85 OVR Wil Myers

Second Base – Best: 82 OVR Jedd Gyorko

~Budget: 81 OVR  Javier Baez

Third Base – Best: 92 OVR Kris Bryant

~Budget: 85 OVR Miguel Sano

~Third: 82 OVR Jake Lamb

Short Stop – Best: All Star 83 OVR Addison Russell

~Budget: 79 OVR Johnathan Villar

Left Field – Best: Impact Veteran 87 OVR Justin Upton

~Budget: 83 OVR Micheal Conforto

Center Field – Best: 88 OVR George Springer

~Budget: 82 OVR Jackie Bradley Jr

Right Field – Best: 88 OVR Giancarlo Stanton

~Budget: 87 OVR Aaron Judge

 

As I said before, make sure that your pitching rotation and bullpen is solid, then begin making decisions about whether to take the best or budget player to balance out your team. The players on your bench can vary however you’d prefer, but I would add one or two Commons to bring your rating down a little bit. I hope that this list has helped with building your team for this upcoming new event.

Written by Brad Williams