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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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New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)- Wild-Card Playoffs- Game Predictions, Breakdowns, Injury Reports

January 5th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on New Orleans Saints (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)- Wild-Card Playoffs- Game Predictions, Breakdowns, Injury Reports | Filed in Eagles, Football

So every Philadelphia fan got their Christmas wish as the Eagles are back in the playoffs, for the first time in three years and in head coach Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach. Hopefully, knock on wood, the New Year can begin with a “bang” with a win when the Eagles square off against Drew Brees and the Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night. In this case, it’s a match-up of two former Texas quarterbacks who went to the same high school (Westlake) in Austin, Texas.

After a 3-6 inch snow storm in the Delaware Valley a day ago, the weather will be a huge factor in the game, not because of the snow but rather because of the cold weather and wind chill. At game-time it will be roughly 20 degrees with 6 mile-per-hour winds, making it feel like 19 degrees. Not exactlyLambeau Field weather this weekend, but not San Francisco weather either, to say the least. There will also be undercover cops at the game, some of which will go undercover as Saints’ fans in the stadium stands.

New Orleans has never won a road playoff game in franchise history; a span of 47 years. Brees has three of those road losses (Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco), despite playing fantastic in those games, throwing eight touchdown passes to just three interceptions.  In those three respective games, New Orleans’ defense has been the problem as they’ve given up an average of 38.7 points/game. This season, New Orleans was spectacular as usual at home as they went 8-0 at home, while they went just 3-5 on the road.

Brees, the former Super Bowl MVP, had another stellar year this season throwing 39 touchdown passes to just 12 interceptions, with another 5,000+ passing yard season (5,162), a completion percentage of 68.6 and a quarterback rating of 104.7. He ranked within the top five/10 among all NFL quarterback leaders in most, if not all, of his stats, including (with his league ranking noted in parenthesis): completions (2nd), attempts (3rd), passing yards (2nd), touchdown passes (2nd), QB rating (6th), passing yards per game (2nd), yards/attempt (7th) and passing touchdown percentage (4th), among others. Among those noted stats above, he ranked second only to Peyton Manning (who broke Brees’ previous single-season passing yards record) in pass completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and passing yards per game.

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