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My MLB Postseason and World Series Predictions

October 4th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on My MLB Postseason and World Series Predictions | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB

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Now that the season’s ended, the postseason begins, and less than a month from now, the Fall Classic will resume; since it ended last November 1st. Unfortunately for the defending World Series champion Royals, they won’t be returning to the postseason, after finishing at .500 this season. With the best record in baseball, the Cubs won 103 games, the fifth most in franchise history, and they’ll be making their second-consecutive appearance in the postseason. With all of that being said, here are my postseason predictions.

Postseason Predictions (the winning teams are on the far right)

October 4th- AL Wild Card- Baltimore @ Toronto– Toronto 

Like the other Wild Card game this week, this match-up tonight will be a hard-fought one. Both teams finished with 89 wins, Toronto has some of the best power hitters in the game, one of the best third baseman in the league, in Josh Donaldson (.284 average, 37 home runs, 99 RBIs), while Baltimore has a fellow AL MVP candidate, in fellow third baseman Manny Machado (.294 average, 37 home runs, 96 RBIs). Among American League teams, Baltimore ranked first in home runs (253), although they only had a team average of .256. Although it’s only one game, the problem this year for Baltimore was their pitching staff- or lack thereof.

Baltimore’s ace Kevin Gausman will most likely get the nod, although he only won nine games and had a 3.61 ERA. For Toronto, they’ll most likely hand the ball off to former Phillie J.A. Happ, who surprisingly won 20 games this year; with a 3.18 ERA to boot. I’m going with Toronto, based off Happ’s success this season, as well as the strong one-two punch of Donaldson and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion; who had 42 home runs this year.

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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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