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#44 NLCS

Today will probably be a fairly short post, I don’t have a real plan or anything I’m just firing off the top of my head. My post today will mainly be about the NLCS, like I said I haven’t really watched much nor do I have much to say but I feel like talking about a couple things. But before I get into the Cubs-Dodgers series I have to mention the Yankees-Astros series which is far more interesting right now. The Astros won the first 2 games of the series with ease, it looked like the ‘Stros were just the better team but the Yankees rallied and have won 3 games in a row and now lead the series 3-2. It’s been pretty impressive actually, don’t know if they can close it out but still got to give the Yankees props.

The Dodgers won the first 3 games of the series and were going for the sweep last night but the Cubs hung on for a 3-2 win. I don’t mean to sound like a Cubs basher but after the series with the Nats and they barely won that did anyone really see them sneaking past the Dodgers too? Before Cubs fans jump on me for saying that I know they have won 3 games in a row before and it’s possible they can come back I just don’t see it happening. The Cubs strength this year was their hitting and the offense is not doing anything right now. 100% of the Cubs runs this series have came from homers, they have power in the lineup and they can run into a few but nobody is hitting enough to really worry about. I noticed that in the Nats series, no one on the Cubs team is really a threat with the bat. Right now, in the postseason not the regular season. Granted the Cubs are facing good pitching this postseason but right the Cubs couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn right. The stat I saw this morning was that that the Dodgers have 26 walks in this series the Cubs only have 4. Yikes all I have to say. The supposed strength of the Cubs is not looking pretty right now, while the Dodgers are looking like a very good team on both sides of the ball. I don’t think the Cubs bullpen looks too good either, it took literally everything the Cubs could muster to beat the Nats (and some interesting calls by the umpires) and I didn’t think they had enough left to beat the Dodgers too. However if you’re a Cubs fan reading this it might help because I might’ve just jinxed the Dodgers and now the Cubs might start hitting.

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#43 the LDS

First let me apologize for skipping last week as a Nats fan I was a little pre occupied. Since the Nats lost to the Cubs I have nothing else to focus on so I’m back. Second, this will be a short post I’m going to try and not rant on about anything.

Let’s start in the AL, I guarantee I’ll have less to say. I’ll begin with the Indians and Yankees series and to say the least it was an interesting one. The Indians had the best record in the AL and the Yankees had to win the wildcard game just to get there. Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 series lead and they looked to simply be the better team but some how some way the Yankees won 3 games in a row to advance. Hate them or love them you have to give them props for that. The other series saw the Astros playing the Red Sox. And well the Astros took that series pretty quickly, 3-1, the Stros just looked like a better team all around.

Now the NL, of course I was mainly focused on the Cubs-Nats series. I knew it was going to be a good series from the beginning and boy was I right. The Nats played better than the Cubs, the Nats were better in every statistical category, but somehow the Cubs still pulled it out. Nothing to do but tip your hat and move on when that happens. Not really mad at anyone for the loss, didn’t really like some of the calls the umpires made in game 5 but I need a whole post to to rant about that. In the other series the Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks, I can honestly say I didn’t see it coming. The Dodgers do have a very good team so I can’t say I’m too shocked though, the Dodgers have won the first 2 games of the NLCS against the Cubs as well.

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#42 The wildcard games

Couldn’t really think of anything to write about on Tuesday so I figured I’d just wait until today when I can talk about who won the wildcard games. It goes without saying that I will be writing about the wildcard teams and each of their futures. I can already tell today will be somewhat short don’t have much to say that I haven’t already said.

First the AL wildcard game because it was played on Tuesday night. It had the Minnesota Twins facing off against the Yankees in New York. No surprise the team with the better record, the Yankees, won. I assumed the Yanks would pull it out because they were the better team, but crazy things happen in October so I wasn’t confident enough to put money on it. The thing that surprised me was the starter for the Yankees, Luis Severino, gave up 3 runs and only got 1 out in the first. The Yankees sure stretched out their bullpen but it seemed to be the right move. They will face the Cleveland Indians next, there is a reason why Cleveland is the number 1 seed in the AL. The Yankees clearly have a tough road ahead.

And just last night in the NL wildcard game the Diamondbacks were able to hold off the Colorado Rockies. Really not a surprise because once again the team with the better record ended up winning. I really like the Diamondbacks and most people are writing them off because they have the Dodgers next, I think that’s way off because the Diamondbacks have won 6 in a row against LA. I believe that’s two straight sweeps too so don’t count Arizona out, I like this matchup and I think they have a good shot beating the Dodgers.

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#41 the NL playoffs

I don’t have anything specific to write about today so I’m just going to mention what I think will happen in the NL now that the regular season is winding down. I still find the award races very interesting but today I feel like talking about the teams in general not one specific player. Today’s post will more than likely short, you’ve been warned let’s get into it.

Let’s start with the only series set in stone so far, the Cubs vs the Nats. As a Nats fan I promise to try and keep my Cub bashing to a minimum. Bryce Harper came back from the knee injury that kept him out a month, but of course he gets sick and isn’t playing as much as he could if he was completely healthy. The Cubs didn’t really put up a fight against the Nats this year, but not really going to get into that right now I just can’t wait to see Trea Turner vs Jake Arrieta. For those that don’t remember Turner had 6 stolen bases against (most of them) Arrieta and Miguel Montero didn’t like getting blamed for the pitchers (Arrieta) taking forever to get the ball to home plate, those comments got him fired of course. As for the other division series, it will be the Dodgers against the wildcard winner. It’ll probably be the Diamondbacks who just look like a complete team right now, and it really bothers me when I see the “experts” say “who could’ve seen this coming?” Me. I saw it coming. I picked the Diamondbacks to be a wildcard team, even before JD Martinez this was an incredibly talented team. Even though the Dodgers are the only 100 win team in baseball I think they’ll have a tough matchup with the Diamondbacks, who I think will easily win the wildcard game.

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#40 AL MVP

I personally believe politics should stay out of sports so I’m not going to write about the presidents comments or what happened in the NFL over the weekend, even though I could rant on about it. So today I’m going to write about the MVP race in the AL, mainly about the case of Aaron Judge. I think Judge has had a very interesting season and I don’t think he will win but his season gets him into the conversation which I have no problem with. Two of the front runners for the MVP are 5’6″ (Jose Altuve) and 6’7″ (Aaron Judge) with a 5’9″ guy (Jose Ramirez) in between them. God, that really makes me love baseball if you can play you can play no matter your size.

So Aaron Judge has 50 homers no getting around that, I think the short porch in right field of Yankee stadium has helped a lot since people always mention Coors field when talking about Rockies hitters don’t forget that down the right field line is shorter than some high school ball parks and he hits a lot of homers to the opposite field. Big man has 50 homers no one is really shocked, so let’s mention his other stats a .280 average 100 rbis 150 hits nothing special right? Some stats that help his MVP case are his runs scored, 120, and his walks, 124, but his strikeouts, 203 and counting, don’t do him any favors. Because of the average and strikeouts I think Judge loses out to Jose Altuve, who right now is hitting 70 points higher than Judge. Jose Ramirez is also hitting a lot higher than Judge, he has 29 homers and is definitely having a breakout season. The player I think should really be in the MVP conversation is Indians superstar Fransisco Lindor, a gold glove shortstop with 33 homers should be getting some attention.

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#39 another stolen cy young?

I’ve recently been battling a bug so I was a little too sick to write. But I’m back now so today I’m going to write about how Corey Kluber might steal the AL cy young from the front runner Chris Sale. I don’t think it’ll happen but just want to throw some numbers out there and how I think it’s possible. In 2014 when Corey Kluber won his cy young it seemed Felix Hernandez had it won but Kluber somehow stole it away. And they say history repeats itself.

Let’s start with the stats, Chris Sale is 17-7 and has pitched 209 innings has a 2.75 era 300 strikeouts and a 0.95 tWHP and Corey Kluber is 17-4 has thrown 191 innings with a 2.35 era 252 strikeouts and a 0.85 WHIP. That’s just the stats and I would say both are having statistical great years. I don’t think anyone can really argue that. I personally would give the cy young to Sale because I like strikeouts, but Kluber having a much lower era can not be forgotten. Not too mention Kluber is on the best team in the AL.

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#38 this week in baseball

First I have to apologize for missing last week, I’m getting burnt out on baseball and it’s getting super tough for me to sit down and write a full post. Those who know me know that I can still talk about baseball like no other but I’m struggling to find inspiration to write about it for hours, just getting tough doesn’t mean I’m done for the year. Anyway just had to take a week off and try to recharge my batteries. I have a few talking points from the last week to mention so I’ll just keep each subject short and simple.

First up the Verlander trade. The Houston Astros got the ace they needed for this stretch run by trading for the Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. In the second half Verlander has been pitching like he’s five years younger and the Astros needed an ace all year it might of taken them longer than expected but they got him.

The rise and fall from grace. This is actually about two different teams not the same team. The rise part is about the Cleveland Indians ridiculous and current winning streak of 19 games. And they go for 20 tonight with their ace, Corey Kluber, taking the mound. The Oakland Athletics are the only team to have a 20 game streak in the modern era, and the Indians have a real shot to at least tie that record. The fall part is about the LA Dodgers. The Dodgers have lost 10 in a row and are 1-15 in the last 16 games and this downfall started when Adrian Gonzalez came back from the DL. Hate to say I told you so but… I totally did, I knew Agon was going to get some playing time and it would mess up the mojo they had going. Not my fault no one listens.

On Sunday September 10th the Washington Nationals clinched the NL east. Still early September and the Nats have already clinched a playoff spot, if the Dodgers keep falling the Nats might get home field advantage in the playoffs. Nats are playing the Dodgers this weekend could be a big series.

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