2022 MLB Division Series Preview

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American League Division Series

1. Houston Astros vs. 5. Seattle Mariners

The strength of the Astros starts with their lineup, but they have a bevy of arms at their disposal for the rotation and bullpen. Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez and Christian Javier each struck out at least 185 batters during the season. Their bullpen has been solid at the back end with Ryan Pressly saving 33 games and having a 0.89 WHIP. Rafael Montero had 14 saves with a 2.37 ERA. Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker and Alex Bregman were the run producers for Houston with each of them driving in at least 93 on the year. Jose Altuve was his usual self getting on base consistently scoring 103 runs. If Jeremy Pena can add some extra pop or likewise deadline acquisitions Trey Mancini and Christian Vazquez, Houston will be in a good position for another ALCS appearance.

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Vin Scully 1927 – 2022

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Rest In Peace Vin Scully

My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.

“I will simply say to Mr. Scully, thank you sir for sharing your stories and insight on the great game of baseball over your 67 years of broadcasting. It was a pleasure to listen to you.”

I wrote that back in October of 2016 after his last broadcast. Thank you for everything Vin.

2022 MLB All-Star Teams

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For the 92nd year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball goes to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The last time the mid-summer classic was played in LA was in 1980. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either, nor the commissioner’s office. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 32 players for each league.

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2022 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

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MLB Awards

NL MVP – 1B Matt Olson – Atlanta Braves

AL MVP – P/DH Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Max Scherzer – New York Mets

AL Cy Young – Jose Berrios – Toronto Blue Jays

NL Rookie of the Year – P Hunter Greene – Cincinnati Reds

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Julio Rodriguez – Seattle Mariners

NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell – Milwaukee Brewers

AL Manager of the Year – Charlie Montoyo – Toronto Blue Jays

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Brewers, Braves

NL Wild Card Winners – Cardinals, Padres, Mets

AL Division Winners – White Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners

AL Wild Card Winners – Rays, Astros, Angels

NLCS – Dodgers over Brewers

ALCS – Blue Jays over White Sox

World Series – Dodgers over Blue Jays

National League West

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* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

The rich got richer with the addition of Freddie Freeman being put into a stacked lineup.

2. San Diego Padres

With Tatis Jr. getting hurt to start the year it will slow down expectations, but the rotation should be much improved with a new manager aboard.

3. San Francisco Giants

They went for it last year and couldn’t finish the job. Now without the retired Buster Posey there will be a void this season.

4. Colorado Rockies

Just a few seasons after trading away Nolan Arenado, they spent big money to get Kris Bryant. Make it make sense.

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

Once again this franchise doesn’t know what it wants to do, but they should be taking things slow this season and don’t overreact one way or the other.

Player to Watch: SS Trea Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers

Best Acquisition: 1B Freddie Freeman – Los Angeles Dodgers

New Kid on the Block: C Joey Bart – San Francisco Giants

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