2020 Wild Card Series Preview

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American League Wild Card Series

1. Tampa Bay Rays vs. 8. Toronto Blue Jays

Don’t scoff at the Rays being the best team in a 60-game season. They did accomplished this feat in ways most teams can’t. Continue reading

2020 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

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MLB Awards

NL MVP – SS Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs

AL MVP – OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Mike Soroka – Atlanta Braves

AL Cy Young – Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians

NL Rookie of the Year – 3B Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox

NL Manager of the Year – Mike Shildt – St. Louis Cardinals

AL Manager of the Year – Bob Melvin – Oakland Athletics Continue reading

National League West

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* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

A stacked roster now has a former AL MVP in Mookie Betts to torment opposing pitchers.

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

They took some important steps forward last season and now have Madison Bumgarner to anchor their staff.

3. San Diego Padres

This could be a big year for them with two high priced players (Hosmer and Machado) and a nice blend of up and coming talent around the diamond.

4. Colorado Rockies

Not much to speak of other than a very vocal star in Nolan Arenado not liking the direction of the club.

5. San Francisco Giants

They are a far cry from where they were 10 years ago.

Player to Watch: 3B Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies

Best Acquisition: OF Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers

New Kid on the Block: 2B Gavin Lux – Los Angeles Dodgers Continue reading

2019 MLB All-Star Teams

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For the 90th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field or “The Jake”) in Cleveland, Ohio. The last time the mid-summer classic was played in Cleveland was in 1997. 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.

AVG – Batting Average

ERA – Earned Run Average

HR – Home Runs

RBI – Runs Batted In

SV – Saves

BAA – Batting Average Against

WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched

K – Strikeouts

Stats are accurate as of July 5

* – asterisk indicates starter Continue reading