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#49 2 games in

We’re only 2 games into the World Series tied 1-1 so obviously I’m not jumping ship or anything. I still believe the Cubs will win it in 6 games like I said Tuesday. The Indians are very good and everything I just think the Cubs hitters match up very well against the tribes pitching. Game 1 did not surprise me at all, I knew Chicago would struggle against Corey Kluber. Besides that matchup against the other Indians starters I think the Cubs have the upper hand. But the thing I want to focus this post on is Kyle Schwarber.

I said he wasn’t ready on Tuesday but I didn’t have all of the information so I just want to clear the air. Like I said on Tuesday he only played in 2 Arizona fall league games what I didn’t know was that the Cubs also brought in minor leaguers to face Schwarber. So he saw somewhere around 1300 live pitches before the World Series. I personally thought it was like he rolled out of bed, flew to Arizona, played against some prospects then he’d play the WS. I thought that was a little too much to expect that from someone who hasn’t played in 6 months but if I knew he faced more live pitching I might’ve felt differently. If you haven’t noticed his swing has a lot of movement in it and that takes time to get everything right so with him seeing plenty of live pitching I can see why he got 2 hits last night. Now that the series is back in Chicago without a DH there’s a question whether or not he’ll play. It’s ultimately up to Schwarber’s doctors if he can play the field or not but if he can the Cubs have to start him. With an offense who only has a couple hitters hitting good right now you need his bat in the lineup.

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#48 World Series preview

In case you didn’t know game 1 of the World Series between the Cubs and the Indians is tonight. This post will be about the upcoming finale of the 2016 MLB season. Of course I’ll make my prediction at the end of this post but I have a couple talking points to mention first.

The biggest story is the fact that the Cubs put Kyle Schwarber on the World Series roster. If you ask me it’s a bad idea, he hasn’t played baseball since the beginning of April. But he went down to the Arizona fall league, a prospect league, for 2 games and Chicago somehow thinks that means he’s ready to face major leaguers? Oh please spring training is over a month long and the hitters still take longer than that to get into a grove. Furthermore he didn’t kill it down in Arizona he only got 1 hit. So it’s not like he was killing it and showing he was ready to be back he looked a little over matched but maybe that’s just me. I can’t blame the Cubs for bringing Schwarber back though besides Bryant and Baez, Rizzo and Russell turned it up the last couple games, the lineup is looking ugly. Speaking of bringing players back from injury, Cleveland added Danny Salazar to their World Series roster. Salazar started out this year absolutely lights out looking like he was going to be a serious Cy Young candidate. But then he got injured and was out for awhile then he tried to come back a little too soon didn’t look as good as he did before and ended up getting injured again. He is a difference maker in that rotation, if he’s on he’s a top 10 pitcher right there with Kluber. He needs to be healthy and ready to pitch if Salazar is on the Tribe has some good pitching staff along with Kluber and Baur. You can tell early if Salazar will be good or not, just look at his fastball velocity if he’s around 93 mph he’s likely to get hit around however if he’s 95+ mph he’ll be that top 10 pitcher.

I’m surprised I’m saying this but I actually predict that the team who haven’t won in 108 years is going to win the World Series. I just think the Cubs lineup matches up well against the Indians pitching. It will by no means be a sweep but I’m saying the Cubs win in 6 maybe 7. The WS MVP? Anthony Rizzo.

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#47 criticizing Tebow

I’m actually not feeling 100% today so this post will probably be a little short. Not much has happened in the baseball world since Tuesday so not too much to write about. Besides the obvious fact the Cleveland Indians clinched and are going to the World Series. So congrats to them but I don’t see anything/anyone to write about on that team, they’re just playing well as a team no one is really killing it. Well Andrew Miller won the MVP as a reliever but still not enough to write about. I’ve already wrote plenty about the Dodgers-Cubs matchup so I think I’ll write about something different today, and something different is Tim Tebow.

The title isn’t about me criticizing Tebow I just want to write about the criticism he’s gotten lately. I personally think it was a little over the line but just my opinion. For some back story, Tim Tebow is down in Arizona fall league and through 7-8 games he has one hit the only ball he has hit out of the infield. Keith Law, a journalist for ESPN, tore into Tebow the other day. Calling him a fake baseball player and it’s just an act he’s trying to stay relevant he’s just a “celebrity” and the AFL (Arizona fall league) is just sitting back and counting their money. It’s a top prospect league so I somewhat understand it I don’t think Tebow was even close to being ready for that level of competition. But who is this guy to judge Tebow’s attempt in baseball? I’ve wrote about Tebow a couple times since he’s been trying baseball did you ever hear me say he’s a fake and all that? No because I’m not like that. You’re kidding yourself if you think Tebow’s a future major leaguer, he’s already old at 29 and he has a lot to learn. I highly doubt he’ll even get close to the majors but I’m not going to bag on him for trying. I will be going to Arizona in a couple weeks and it’ll be on the list to see Tebow.

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#46 NLCS

Before I start I should say I haven’t been as emotionally invested in baseball as usual. Happens every year when the Nats get knocked out (usually around this time because they lose every year in the NLDS) so I’m sorry if I’m not my usual know everything self. The ALCS is going on as well but that’s kind of a blowout with the Indians up 3 games to none against the Blue Jays. It’s a little bit of a surprise to me because I thought the Jays were the better team but the playoffs are weird. I know plenty of Cub fans and the Cubs-Dodgers series just seems more interesting to me.

I have said this since the beginning, and I obviously still believe it, the Dodgers can spoil this postseason. The series is only tied 1-1 so it’s not like they’re already World Series bound it’s just I think it’s possible. They already beat the second best team in the NL and they match up very well with the Cubs. Even though the 3 games they won against the Nats they beat them by a total of 3 runs obviously barely enough to pull it out. I have had a couple days to process it and you have to hand it to the Dodgers. Their offense wasn’t at all better than the Nats, especially RISP the Dodgers were horrid, but they kept up with the Nats pitching wise. The Nats were obviously a great pitching team and so are the Cubs. Just like the NLDS against the Nats if the Dodgers can keep up with the Cubs on the pitching side maybe they can claw up enough runs to win the series. With the left handed starters the Dodgers have the Cubs are in for a battle. The Cubs have not been great against lefties all year, I know I’ve said that before, the Dodgers have Kershaw (whose already won), Hill, and Urias to potentially start. The Cubs are without a doubt a good hitting team but the highest era of those three pitchers is 3.39 and because they’re lefties I would give the Dodgers the advantage in those 3 games. If the Cubs decide to hit those lefties they could easily win beside Kershaw the other two aren’t as reliable. Like I said playoffs are weird the Cubs could easily change the trend of them being weak against lefty starters. Just my two cents on the NLCS.

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#45 game 5 tonight

There’s basically only one thing to write about today so obviously I’m going to write about game 5 of the NLDS in Washington. I knew the Dodgers could be potential spoilers for the Nationals going into the postseason so I can’t say I’m surprised it went all the way to game 5 but I was hoping the Nats could pull it off on Tuesday. But unfortunately they did not.

Granted the Dodgers had Kershaw on the mound Tuesday but I was still pretty confident the Nats could pull it out. The Dodgers bullpen is extremely taxed Dave Roberts has not been letting his starters go too deep into games so far in the series. And during the first inning I thought that trend would continue, Kershaw didn’t have his A+ stuff and he was forced to throw 27 pitches. I thought ok the Nats will either get to him early or work the count and force him out early. Either way I’ll be good for the Nats. But after the first inning it was vintage Kershaw and he completely dominated the Nats until the 7th that is. He let the first two batters reach then it was Bryce Harper as the tying run in a 5-2 game. The last 2 MVP’s, Kershaw in 2014 and Harper in 2015, if you like baseball then this postseason matchup with the game on the line should really excite you. Well Kershaw walked Harper to load the bases and then before you know it the game was tied at 5. So then it was the Nats bullpen, been very good all year, vs the Dodgers bullpen, been over used this series. But then the old guy Chase Utley drives in the game winning run in the bottom of the 8th for the Dodgers so they won by 1. Tonight it’ll be Max Scherzer for the Nats against Rich Hill of the Dodgers on 3 days rest. I know Scherzer gave up 4 runs early in game 1 but after that he really settled down so I hope he’ll settle down earlier this go around. Rich Hill isn’t Clayton Kershaw I don’t think he can throw as good as Kersh on 3 days rest. Pitching Hill is a risky move if you ask me. But if that’s what gives the Nats the advantage I’ll take it.

His name is Javier Baez. The hero for the Cubs and the reason they’re advancing to the NLCS.

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#44 postseason so far

Ok I am officially back in action today. I would like to write about how the postseason is going so far and revisit the predictions I made a couple weeks ago. There’s not a lot to talk about so let’s get into it.

We’ll start in the NL. Back it up to the wild card game. I predicted the Giants would beat the Mets because they have Madison Bumgarner. Guess what happened and who pitched a phenomenal game? The only thing I had wrong was the Mets pitcher, I said they’d throw Bartolo Colon but they went with Noah Syndergaard instead. That was clearly a good idea because MadBum vs Thor actually made it a close game. Fast forward to the NLDS and the Cubs are up 2-1 on the Giants in the 5 game series. The Cubs won the first 2 games at the friendly confines and in my opinion those were the games the Cubs had to win. The Cubs don’t fair too well against left handed pitchers, MadBum last night and Moore tonight, so I don’t think they can win tonight but I didn’t think Arrieta could homer off Bumgarner either but he did so anything is possible. I will say this, if the Cubs don’t pull it out tonight they’re not winning game 5. Think about it if they lose tonight the thoughts will creep into their heads “not this again, same old Cubs, we had two chances to close it out.” The game within the game. To the other NLDS the Nats are up 2-1 over the Dodgers. They’ll also be starting game 4 as soon as I post this, it’ll be Joe Ross and the Nats vs Clayton Kershaw’s Dodgers. Kershaw is coming off 3 days rest and in game 1 the Nats were so far in Kershaw’s head it was crazy he’d have to call his catcher out almost every pitch. I think it’s a bad idea to pitch him, the Nats hit him pretty well the first time around and he didn’t look great anyways, but it’s a must win for the Dodgers got to throw your ace. Still pretty confident the Nats will win today.

Onto the AL this will be very short. First the wild card. I predicted the Tigers to win mainly because all that stood in their way was the Braves and the Braves suck. But of course Detroit loses 2 of 3 in Atlanta. The Blue Jays beat the Orioles with a walk off and then swept the Rangers. In the other ALDS the Indians brought out the brooms against the Red Sox. Didn’t see either coming but hey that’s baseball so the ALCS will be the Blue Jays vs the Indians.

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