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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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#27 another couple of trades

To be honest with you I did not see this coming at all, we still have a week until the trade deadline. Not even that close to the deadline and there has already been a couple big names shipped to new teams. So today I’m going to write about the two trades that happened Tuesday evening/night, the JD Martinez trade and the Todd Frazier (and others) trade.

I have less to say about the JD Martinez trade so I’ll start there. JD went from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks for 3 prospects, none of which are “big names”. In all honesty it was a pretty weak return for a pretty good outfielder. When the Tigers traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets a couple years ago they got Micheal Fulmer in return, who was a big arm who hadn’t quite figured everything out yet but now he developed into their number 1 pitcher. And if you look at the numbers Martinez and Cespedes are fairly similar, it looks like the Diamondbacks got the better end of this deal but we’ll have to wait a couple years to see if the prospects the Tigers got in return turn into anything. Today they were talking about this trade on MLB network and they were saying nobody in the industry predicted the Diamondbacks to be this good… and guess what? I predicted it check my predictions post from before the season. Will a team just hire me already.

Now about the Todd Frazier deal. So it was basically Frazier and David Robertson (and another reliever but I don’t know how to spell his name) going from the White Sox to the Yankees for Blake Rutherford (first round pick last year and number 30 overall prospect in baseball) and Ian Clarkin (former first round pick) and two others. So not only did New York upgrade at third base they actually got to steal Frazier from Boston, it was reported earlier on Tuesday that the Red Sox were close to a deal with Chicago for Todd Frazier then the Yankees just sweep in and stole him from their rivals. Rutherford looks to be a good, athletic outfielder but they have enough outfielders and don’t need to wait for him because he’s probably around 2 years away from being major league ready. Clarkin has potential but has often been injured and he’s not too close to the majors either (closer than Rutherford probably) and those are the big names in this trade. The Yankees saw a chance to upgrade a weak position and not let Boston upgrade their weak position so they took it, I call that a win-win situation.

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