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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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#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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#50 last post of the season

This will be my final post of the season, I know there’s at least one game to be played but I’m going out of town on Thursday and will not be able to post after the finale. The only thing I can write about today is the World Series. We are through 5 games of the series and its 3-2 Cleveland. Not much else to say so let’s get into it.

I will still be rooting (somewhat) for the Cubs to win the series. Obviously they can’t win in 6 games like I predicted the most they can do tonight is tie the series 3-3. I think it’s a little too much of an uphill battle for the Cubs to win the series. Corey Kluber is scheduled/planned to go for game 7 and Chicago simply cannot touch the former cy young winner. And the pitcher for Cleveland tonight is Josh Tomlin who the Cubs struggled against in game 2. I thought the Cubs matched up well against the Indians starters and I also thought the offense would finally come out of the dark. But I was wrong this offense has been stagnant the entire postseason. I figured it was maybe because of all the leftys they were facing but when it was a right handed only staff, the Indians, the offense was nowhere to be found. Even the win in game 5 the offense only scored 3 runs so they squeaked by and got the W. Do I still think the Cubs have the firepower to pull it out? Yes I do but do I think it’ll happen? No, in my opinion I think it’ll be over tonight with Cleveland getting the rings.

Since it’s my last post of the year I just have to say Rest In Peace to Jose Fernandez again. His passing was just tragic. Dee Gordon deserves the ESPY for the best moment of the year with that lead off homer. #RIPJF16

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#48 World Series preview

In case you didn’t know game 1 of the World Series between the Cubs and the Indians is tonight. This post will be about the upcoming finale of the 2016 MLB season. Of course I’ll make my prediction at the end of this post but I have a couple talking points to mention first.

The biggest story is the fact that the Cubs put Kyle Schwarber on the World Series roster. If you ask me it’s a bad idea, he hasn’t played baseball since the beginning of April. But he went down to the Arizona fall league, a prospect league, for 2 games and Chicago somehow thinks that means he’s ready to face major leaguers? Oh please spring training is over a month long and the hitters still take longer than that to get into a grove. Furthermore he didn’t kill it down in Arizona he only got 1 hit. So it’s not like he was killing it and showing he was ready to be back he looked a little over matched but maybe that’s just me. I can’t blame the Cubs for bringing Schwarber back though besides Bryant and Baez, Rizzo and Russell turned it up the last couple games, the lineup is looking ugly. Speaking of bringing players back from injury, Cleveland added Danny Salazar to their World Series roster. Salazar started out this year absolutely lights out looking like he was going to be a serious Cy Young candidate. But then he got injured and was out for awhile then he tried to come back a little too soon didn’t look as good as he did before and ended up getting injured again. He is a difference maker in that rotation, if he’s on he’s a top 10 pitcher right there with Kluber. He needs to be healthy and ready to pitch if Salazar is on the Tribe has some good pitching staff along with Kluber and Baur. You can tell early if Salazar will be good or not, just look at his fastball velocity if he’s around 93 mph he’s likely to get hit around however if he’s 95+ mph he’ll be that top 10 pitcher.

I’m surprised I’m saying this but I actually predict that the team who haven’t won in 108 years is going to win the World Series. I just think the Cubs lineup matches up well against the Indians pitching. It will by no means be a sweep but I’m saying the Cubs win in 6 maybe 7. The WS MVP? Anthony Rizzo.

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