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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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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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