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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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#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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#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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#37 waiver trade deadline

Tonight is the waiver trade deadline, last month was the non-waiver trade deadline, and there has already been a couple deals that were made. The main difference is money, the non-waiver deadline doesn’t matter who it is no one is off limits now the waiver deadline is for the major leaguers who pass through waivers which is usually the guys who are paid some money. Examples are Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson who have already been dealt during this waiver period. Like I said it’s basically about money so I don’t have much to say about the trading teams return so basically I’ll just be mentioning the main part.

First one was Cameron Maybin going from the Angels to the Astros. Not even sure he’ll get any playing time on the ‘Stros but he’s another athletic outfielder the Astros get to use off the bench. Which they already have plenty of, the rich get richer.

And then the Angels get Justin Upton from the Tigers. Upton is having a good year and has an opt-out clause in his contract after this year, because of his bounce back year the Tigers were pretty sure he would opt-out after the year anyway so might as well trade him and get something in return (even a small return) while you can. And all I got to say about this deal is throw Upton in a lineup with Mike Trout and I consider that a definite upgrade, especially for an Angels team that’s currently in the playoffs/wildcard hunt.

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#19 draft results

Last night was the MLB draft’s first and second round and now that it’s done and over with I have a couple notes on it. This should be a relatively short post, but no guarantees because once I get talking about prospects I could just go on forever.

I have to mention the first overall pick, Royce Lewis. Lewis being taken 1/1 surprised me as well as most of the guys covering the draft. Not knocking Royce Lewis’s talent level but it was kind of a shock the Twins took a high school shortstop at number 1. He’s at least 3 years away and I personally thought they’d take someone who can make the majors quick so he can help them win now not three years down the road. Now about Royce Lewis, he is super talented and he’s one of those players that you can’t wait until he gets major league coaching and his potential can fly through the roof. He is kind of like a less powerful Javy Baez, he looks like he has more contact ability too but once he faces better pitching who knows, but he has electric tools and an electric personality just like Javy and like Baez he doesn’t have a legitimate position. He has played center field, second base, and shortstop the last three years and each year he won Gatorade high school player of the year.

One of my favorite pics of the draft was the Astros first pick, J. B. Bukauskas. The RHP from the university of North Carolina was the 7th best ranked draft prospect but slid to 15 where the Astros snatched him up. The Tar Heel (more than likely former Tar Heel) throws in the 94-97 mph range with a plus slider/curve that sits in the mid 80’s. Why I like him is because I think he could of gone number 1 but he slid to 15, and he’s actually compared to current Astros pitcher Lance McCullers. They both have fairly similar stuff. I do not think Bukauskas is the most talented pitcher ever but I honestly believe he can make it to the majors pretty quick.

I’ve already wrote about Hunter Greene so I’m not going to go into depth about him. But I want to say I think he went to the perfect team, the Cincinnati Reds with the number 2 pick. He still gets to hit even though he’s probably focusing on pitching now.

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