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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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#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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#35 almost perfect

There isn’t anything more important for me to talk about today than Rich Hill’s incredible night on the mound last night. Just to be clear I didn’t watch it live, basing my opinion off the highlights, despite texts from my cousin telling me turn on the game. Just like Tuesday I pretty sure this will be a short post, not exactly a lot to say on this subject so you’ve been warned let’s get into it.

Let’s go back a little. Would you believe that just 2 short years ago Rich Hill was pitching in independent ball? It’s true, he’s 37 years old now and always had a devastating curveball but was mainly just a reliever throughout his career. While he was in independent ball he proved he can be a starter and that fast tracked his road back to the majors. Fast forward back to 2017 and Hill is legitimately a strong starter, constantly injured though so when he’s healthy that is. And last night against the Pirates he was dealing, he lost his perfect game in the ninth inning but he did throw a 9 inning no hitter. The Dodgers couldn’t score a single run for him or we would be talking about a no hitter today. But since they couldn’t score it was still 0-0 going into extra innings, Hill came back out for the tenth inning with the no hitter still in tact and he gives up a leadoff homer. Walk off Pirates. Tough luck. I just hope people are reporting about how Hill was literally in independent ball 2 years ago, that’s just awesome shows that you should never give up you never know where you’ll be in 2 years.

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#33 don’t do it LA

Because the title might be a little misleading today’s post will be about the LA Dodgers not the LA Angels. I just want to mention a possible move the Dodgers will probably be making, as soon as this weekend too. Adrain Gonzalez is due to come off the DL soon and I know he might even start and I’m here to say if it ain’t broke, that’s what I mean in the title. Just saying this will most likely be a short post, don’t have a lot to say on the subject just want to throw in my two cents.

Like I said Adrian Gonzalez, the starting first baseman for the first few weeks of the season, is due to return soon and there’s talk that the Dodgers are thinking about benching one of their current starters for him. The only reason this is possible is Cody Bellinger, getting majority of time at first base, can also play the outfield. The main target for this benching speculation is center fielder Joc Perderson, because Bellinger can fill in at center. I’m just going to say that is a very dumb idea, the Dodgers are on pace to win 115-116 games this year why would you rock the boat now? Yeah I know Agon is a consistent player and a gold glove first baseman but the dude is only hitting .250 with only one homer, yes one homer. Cody Bellinger has the most homers on the team by a lot and is a great first baseman so again why rock the boat? So you want to make a guy with 34 homers switch to a different position so a guy with 1 homer can play while you’re in the midst of a possible historic season? Don’t do it LA!

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#29 trade deadline

It’s pretty obvious by the title but I’m going to write about the trade deadline and the trades that went down. Well actually two moves that were somewhat blockbusters. Other than those two deals the trade deadline is fun but it’s no big deal, it’s mainly teams just trading relievers. If the two big deals didn’t happen today I would be talking about Jonathan Lucroy going to the Rockies for a player to be named later, up until the last hour that looked like what was going to happen.

What happened first was the Sonny Gray trade, who went from the A’s to the Yankees. And in my opinion that trade makes New York a legitimate contender, before it was “the Yankees can hit but the pitching is eh” a good bullpen and Luis Sevorino’s break out year would not be enough. To get Sonny Gray they had to give up some good prospects but 2 out 3 prospects are out for the year. The A’s didn’t get the coveted A+ prospect but they did get 3 B prospects with high ceilings. In my opinion the best of the bunch is SS/OF Jorge Mateo, he has game changing speed think Billy Hamilton. In a lot of ways he and Hamilton have similar games, he is probably a little better hitter but still very similar. Mateo will probably be in the majors before too long, I believe he was already at AAA before the trade, and the other two are injured for the rest of the year but still have high upside. For both sides it was a pretty good trade.

Within minutes of the 4 pm et deadline Yu Darvish, probably the best pitcher on the trade block, got traded from the Rangers to the Dodgers. The Dodgers had to give up Willie Cahloun, a left handed second baseman/outfielder who has 20ish homers in the minors this year, and it was worth it. Let’s look ahead, they’re facing the Nats in the playoffs ok first game matchup Kershaw vs Scherzer great matchup right? Second game Strasburg vs … Rich Hill? Eh I’ll definitely take Strasburg. Third game Gio Gonzalez vs … Brandon McCarthy? I think Gio is better. The Dodgers needed Yu Darvish to slot in behind Kershaw otherwise that rotation would not be impressive in a playoff series. They gave up Willie Cahloun who kind of reminds of Justin Bour, chubby guy with a nice left handed swing that creates plenty of power, quite a bit more athletic than Bour but a similar swing.

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