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Midseason(sic) MLB Awards

August 13th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Midseason(sic) MLB Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Sports

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With the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline behind us, the MLB season is coming up on the home stretch of the season. It’s been an interesting season to this point, capped of with one of the biggest Trade Deadlines in recent history.  Aces are running wild, Power Hitters are lighting the league ablaze, and Speedsters are making pitchers think twice when delivering.  This article takes a special look at the valuable and (not so) valuable players this year. First, we begin with the National League.

NL MVP: Clayton Kershaw-SP/Los Angeles Dodgers

Pure Dominance.  Kershaw has by far been the best player in the NL this season, posting a 13-2 record with an impressive 1.71 ERA, and a mind blowing 0.82 WHIP. He has been ridiculously lights-out over his last 9 starts. Since June 13th, Kershaw has pitched 73 innings, allowing 5 runs, whiling mowing down 86 batters. That is insane. His ERA has dropped from 3.17 on June 8th to 1.71 last night. In five of his last nine starts, he has gone 8+ innings, and given up no runs. He has gone the distance five times this season, including 2 shutouts, and a no-hitter against the Rockies, in which he struck out 15 batters. Simply put, Clayton Kershaw is an absolute beast, being dubbed the “Modern-Day Sandy Koufax.”  While it may be rare for a pitcher to win MVP, I have to ask this; Where would the Dodgers be without Kershaw?

NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw-SP/Los Angeles Dodgers

*See above statement.

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Renewed Faith in RAUULLLLLL?

September 24th, 2010 by OD20 | 7 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Raul.. but bad Raul – Right arm barred out, he’s already getting extension BEHIND home plate, that is one LOOOONG swing. Thank God It has changed!

I’m going to tell you now, if you are looking for some soft article about an inspiring story, this isn’t it.  This is going to be some serious mechanical analysis, so if you are interested in what these guys are working on day in and day out in the cage, then buckle up – because I wanna dig deep into the swing of RAUUUUUUUL.

There was an interesting article posted on another Philly sports site this morning (I won’t link it, our site is better) and it got into the psychology and the intangibles that have lead Raul Ibanez to hit close to .300 and OPS close to .900 over the last 90 or so games.  Essentially the article emphasized the character of Raul and his approach and philosophy to slumps and staying resilient in the game.

Its all fun, its all fluff, until some almost throw away quotes mid story.  Look, Raul deserves credit.  He’s one of those athletes that “GETS IT”.  He’s a hard worker, he’s not spoiled, he’s humble, he’s hungry to win, and he turned down some chances to be one of the key pieces hitting in the 3-5 spot on some average teams, to come to Philly, hit 6th or 7th and be a complimentary player on a team that has a shot at a ring.  He’s awesome.

What I am interested in, however, is what he’s done mechanically to get from point A to point B.  The article on the other site included a quote from Charlie Manuel about 2/3rds of the way through it about a change that Raul made.

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