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

American League Central

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* – indicates new to team

+ – indicates injury

1. Minnesota Twins

A high powered lineup with a slightly better pitching staff should keep them in the conversation.

2. Chicago White Sox

They’ve put together an interesting blend of top tier talent with veterans that bring a winning attitude.

3. Cleveland Indians

The window is closing fast and would they be tempted to trade Lindor in a 60-game season?

4. Kansas City Royals

With a new owner at the helm they will begin a methodical rebuild, but look to remain competitive with Mike Matheny in the dugout.

5. Detroit Tigers

It will be another painful year and it could be worse with only 60 games to play.

Player to Watch: SS Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

Best Acquisition: 3B Josh Donaldson – Minnesota Twins

New Kid on the Block: OF Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox 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