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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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#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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#26 Quintana trade

I have been very critical of the Cubs choices this year, and you can add this trade for Jose Quintana to the list. I’m not really sure what they were thinking to be honest. I get that they wanted a controllable starter, which Quintana has 3 years of club control left, but they were better options out there especially for the package the Cubs gave up. Just to sum it up the Cubs gave up their two best prospects for a 28 year old left hander with a career record under .500, a 4.33 era at the time of the trade, and he walked 40 guys in 100 innings. Before I hear the “he pitched good in his debut though” just know it was the Orioles and he was obviously excited, I believe he hit 98 mph on the gun he won’t do that again.

I think the Cubs gave up way too much in this trade and that’s what I’m going to dig into. First of all there were two prospects dealt from the Cubs to the White Sox who’ll be lucky to make it to the majors so those guys aren’t worth me writing about. No offense. The lesser of the two big time prospects was 21 year old Dylan Cease, I have less to say about him so let’s start there. While I wouldn’t put the “future ace” label on Cease he has a good arm and is number 63 in the top 100. That’s really good. Kind of ironic he was a Cub because if I had to throw a comp out there it’d be Carl Edwards Jr. Cease has a good fastball and a plus curveball with shaky command, like Edwards they might try him as a starter but if it doesn’t work move him to the bullpen and you’ll have a dominant reliever. Now the big boy the Cubs traded away, 20 year old Eloy Jimenez. I couldn’t believe the Cubs traded this kid for Quintana. I saw him with my own two eyes down in the Arizona fall league and he impressed me. The size and the bat speed are very similar to the former Cub Jorge Soler, but he swing didn’t look quite as long as Soler’s so he has a lesser chance of striking out. He might be over a year away from the majors but he was already a top 10 prospect at just 20 years old. Jimenez looks to have a special bat and they traded him, I’m sure the Sox are extremely happy they got him from the cross town rivals. Just to put his bat speed into perception, only 3 people have had an exit velocity over 119 mph in the stat cast era Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Eloy Jimenez.

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#24 Montero’s comments

Yes I know it seems like I’m writing about the Cubs at least once a week, right now the Cubs are simply giving me the most to talk about. Miguel Montero got DFAed (designated for assignment) by the Cubs yesterday, he’s only the backup catcher but it’s still pretty interesting. DFAed basically means the Cubs didn’t want him on the team anymore, he will most likely be traded soon he’s not technically a free agent he doesn’t have much say where he goes. Technically he’s still a property of the Cubs so if he passes through waivers he can be sent to the minors, like I said he’ll probably get claimed off waivers and traded to that team.

It’s not really that interesting when a backup catcher gets cut. But it was Miguel Montero’s comments after Tuesday’s game that sparked some controversy and ultimately led to him getting DFAed. After the game, which he allowed 7 stolen bases, he said to reporters “why do I get blamed for the stolen bases? Look at the tape most of the time the pitcher (Jake Arrieta) doesn’t give me time to throw anyone out” or something like that. He’s 100 percent right no question Arrieta takes awhile to get the ball to the plate but he threw another player under the bus and that’s a no no. He could’ve kept it vague but he specifically said the pitcher, everyone knows he meant Arrieta, wasn’t giving him any time to throw them out. Miguel Montero has not thrown out a base runner all year, he’s 0-31 on the year, Arrieta has allowed 15 steals this year you do the math. I’ve had a day to think this over and I’ve came to the conclusion, Montero is just tired of being the backup on a .500 team. He’s a veteran he knows you don’t throw a teammate under the bus, he knew what would happen he just wanted out.

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#23 Cubs v Nats

Today I feel like talking about the 4 game series going on in D.C., mainly because I’m glued to my tv. Call me a homer or biased or whatever you want but I’m not denying that I’m a Nationals fan. I think the Nats are playing some of the best baseball in the majors this year, I’m glued to the tv because I know a lot of Cub fans and I don’t think the Cubs are slouches. I didn’t think this was ever going to be an easy sweep for the Nats. Before I get started I just have to say I’m not feeling 100 percent today so this might be kind of short.

First I just have to mention how well Javy Baez played on defense last night, seriously wow. He absolutely robbed Bryce Harper on a line drive that actually made my jaw drop, he was at shortstop last night. Because Harper is left handed Baez was slightly shifted towards second base Harper hit a liner, not softly either, right to where the shortstop usually would be and somehow Baez dove to his left (and a little towards the outfield too) and caught it. Obviously a little bummed because it should of been a hit but whatever I was impressed. Tonight will be Scherzer for the Nats and Strasburg tomorrow, the Cubs could be in trouble no doubt. I said this last week and I seriously mean it, sending Schwarber down to AAA could be the start of the turn around for the Cubs. Schwarber is a career .204 hitter, let me say that again .204 CAREER HITTER. And he was the leadoff hitter? Yes, he had a good World Series but that was a very small sample size and he was DHing. He’s not as good as some seem to think, he never overly impressed me when he was a prospect. Now is your chance Cubs if a turn around is coming nows the time, more playing time for Baez and Almora.

Just realized I started this post planning on writing about the Nats too but it turned into a Cubs only. Oh well.

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#21 Torres time will have to wait

Today I want to write about how the Yankees top prospect (and currently MLB’s number 2 overall) Gleyber Torres got injured and will be out the rest of the year. It’s really too bad, before the injury I thought the 20 year old shortstop would be making his debut in the Bronx fairly soon. He was working on third base, where the Yankees struggle, so I thought it was coming a lot sooner than most expected. Before I get into Torres I want to mention a couple things, not really much to say so I guess you can consider them “notes.”

What was with that slide Rizzo? Last night Anthony Rizzo slid/ran over the catcher at home plate trying to score on a sac fly. And honestly I don’t care, that’s how the game use to be played until they changed the rules to protect the catcher. Usually Joe Maddon is considered a genius (this year not so much) but his comments last night were incredibly dumb and ill informed. I know he was just defending his player but Rizzo had a clean lane to slide he went out of his way to initiate contact. Go back and watch the tape if you don’t believe me.

Don’t you hate it when some players get more attention than others? Last year (and the beginning of this year) people would not shut up about Gary Sanchez and his power, “so fast to 20 homers” “among the best ever.” And then there’s Cody Bellinger who’s literally THE fastest ever to 21 homers in MLB history, and yet nobody is really talking about him. What’s up with that?

At just 19 years old he won the Arizona fall league MVP just last year, Gleyber Torres certainly has great potential. He has very quick feet and an excellent arm looking a lot older in the field, he simply knows where to be. He’s just one of those players where it just looks like everything comes super easy to him, especially on defense. I was in Arizona and witnessed him with my own two eyes and it still surprises me he was only 19. I personally believe in his power potential right now he’s more of a gap to gap doubles kind of hitter, but I think as he grows up a little more he can transition that to homerun power. The reason why I’m talking about him is because he injured himself sliding head first into home (always a bad idea) and needs Tommy john surgery which will unfortunately cut his season short. But the silver lining it’s his non throwing elbow so it shouldn’t effect his future arm strength any. It’s still funny the Cubs gave up Torres in the Aroldis Chapman trade last years and then the Yankees sign Chapman back in the offseason anyway, I think it’s safe to say the Yankees won that trade.

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