MLB: No Trout, Big Problem

Quick:  Which team is the most unwatchable team in all of baseball? You would be justified if you came up with the San Diego Padres, but they do have some young talent on their roster that at least should give their fans some glimmer of hope.    You can easily say the Miami Marlins, but their outfield, with Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich is one of the most…

May 29, 2017
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MLB/Softball: Week in Review

1.   Red Sox Overtake Orioles After games of May 20th, the Red Sox were 21-21 and struggling to find their way.   The Orioles, on the other hand, were 25-16, and a half game up on the Yankees in the American League East. Times have changed, folks.   The Orioles have now lost seven in a row, swept by the upstart Twins and the dominating Astros in the process….

May 28, 2017
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MLB: Around the Majors 5/25/17

1.  Super Nova There are many ways for a pitcher to win in baseball.  I prefer strikeout pitchers, because there is nothing the defense can screw up on a strikeout.   However, we have seen pitchers have various amounts of success with not-so-ideal strikeout rates. That brings me to Ivan Nova, who certainly was not stellar against the Braves on Thursday (8.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 K).  …

May 26, 2017
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MLB: Michael Conforto & Patience

Sports fans are a fickle bunch, and many of us never learn from history.   We have seen countless baseball players, for example, initially struggle before become stars, and in some cases, Hall of Fame inductees.    Just take a look at Braves’ legends Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.  Take a look at what the Blue Jays needed to do with Roy Halladay.   On the offensive side of the…

May 25, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

1.  A Night at Citi I made my first trip ever to Citi Field in Flushing on Saturday night.    One of the biggest highlights for me was the ability to watch the Preakness Stakes live on the big video board!  That race was fitting for a Classic, complete with an upset winner.    That same video board had a bit of an issue later in the game, when a…

May 21, 2017
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MLB: The Mets…..

“You are never as great as you look when you are on a winning streak, and never as bad as you look when you are on a losing streak.” It takes a lot to go on a big streak in baseball, whether good or bad.   When a team goes on a 10-game winning streak, they can point to a few games that they won that they probably shouldn’t have….

May 19, 2017
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MLB: Ryan Zimmerman and Launch Angles

“See the ball, hit the ball.” From the time you were in T-ball to whenever your Major League dreams ended, that was likely the piece of advice you received most often.  Keep your eye on the ball, time your swing, reap the rewards. Regardless if you are into advanced metrics or still measure talent by how many runs a player drives in, the same mantra actually still is true:  If…

May 18, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

1.  The Nationals Bullpen Problem In a day and age where a bullpen is so important to a team’s success, the Nationals’ inability to improve theirs continues to befuddle.  To be fair, two of the three big relievers on the market this past winter have gone down to injury, so the Nationals may actually dodge a bullet in that regard. That said, the Nationals’ bullpen currently has a 5.18 ERA, the worst…

May 14, 2017
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MLB: The Mandatory Derek Jeter Entry

“If that blogger jumped off of a bridge, would you do it as well?”    The answer to that is simple:  It depends on the height of the bridge. When it comes to writing about Derek Jeter, everything that can be said has been said, right?  He has a zillion hits, a trillion titles, lives in a mansion that has its own zip code, is married to a super model…

May 14, 2017
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MLB: World Series Fatigue

It’s only 34 games.   Yes, it is true that the Cubs are only 17-17, but it has been only 34 games.   Two of the teams ahead of them (Reds and Brewers) don’t figure to stay there all season.  The only reason one may think the first place Cardinals may stay there is due to their history more than their current talent level. Of course, the above is all…

May 12, 2017
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