2019 MLB Division Series Preview

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American League Division Series

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros

This is the classic tale of ‘David vs. Goliath’. The Tampa Bay Rays have always had one of the lowest payrolls in baseball and yet they manage to compete for a spot in the Postseason. 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

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2019 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

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MLB Awards

NL MVP – 1B Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals

AL MVP – OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies

AL Cy Young – Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros

NL Rookie of the Year – OF Victor Robles – Washington Nationals

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox

NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell – Milwaukee Brewers

AL Manager of the Year – Rocco Baldelli – Minnesota Twins

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers

NL Wild Card Winners – Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals

AL Division Winners – Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians

AL Wild Card Winners – Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins

NLCS – Dodgers over Brewers

ALCS – Yankees over Astros

World Series – Dodgers over Yankees in 6 games

American League Central

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* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Cleveland Indians

Their rotation is among the best in all of baseball. That should give them a spot atop the division.

2. Minnesota Twins

Among the most active teams in the offseason, their acquisitions should have them back in contention.

3. Chicago White Sox

While they missed out on a big free agent acquisition, they have some solid pieces in place for the future.

4. Detroit Tigers

They still have some bloated contracts they need to get away from, but the future is beginning to take shape.

5. Kansas City Royals

They won’t be anywhere near contention because of their pitching staff, but their lineup should not be underestimated.

Player to Watch: SS Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

Best Acquisition: DH Nelson Cruz – Minnesota Twins

New Kid on the Block: OF Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox Continue reading

2018 MLB Trade Deadline Review

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As with past deadline deals these will be highly scrutinized for many years. Instantly we see and decide who got the better end of the deal, but we really won’t know until at least two or three seasons down the road. The only way to know in real time is if the team getting the established major leaguer goes on to win a World Series. Time will tell if that happens this year with the flurry of names (a few marquee ones) being dealt this July. Continue reading