MLB: League Championship Series Preview

So far, my predictions have been spot on!   I said the Indians would win the American League, and the Diamondbacks would represent the National League.   I boldly predicted that the Astros were better suited for 162 games than a shorter postseason series (that could still come true, I suppose).   I didn’t think the Cubs would repeat, and I certainly thought the Dodgers’ late-season slowdown might carry over into the playoffs. …

October 13, 2017

MLB: National League Playoff Preview

I wrote up the American League preview yesterday. Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) 58-15.  From June 1st through August 25th, the Dodgers put together one of the best stretches of baseball in the history of the game, and were primed to make a run at some of the best single-season teams in history.   A 13-22 finish to the season turned the discussion from “one of the best teams ever” to…

October 3, 2017

MLB: American League Playoff Preview

Cleveland Indians (102-60) Do you remember that time earlier in the season when the Cleveland Indians seemed to be suffering from “World Series Hangover Syndrome”?   When they woke up on June 17, 2017, they were 33-31, one game behind the upstart Minnesota Twins for the division lead.    They swept a double-header that day in Minnesota, and never again lost control of the division. Reasons for hope:  The Indians…

October 2, 2017

MLB: National League Offensive Breakouts

In the last of this series of breakout players in 2017, I am going to take a look at National League hitters.  I was surprised that there wasn’t a big breakout season for surprise teams like the Diamondbacks and Rockies.   Those teams have been helped more by solid pitching than they have been helped by breakout players. Players like Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado are playing up to their…

September 27, 2017

MLB: American League Offensive Breakouts

In the year of the home run, it was hard to completely narrow this list down.   There are other players who probably deserve their spot on this list, but I didn’t see their seasons as being quite at the level of some of the players I am pointing out below. Remember, breakouts do not include players in their first MLB season.  I consider those who have played partial seasons…

September 21, 2017

MLB: National League Starting Pitcher Breakouts

Today, we will take a look at the breakout pitchers in the National League.  A few days ago, I took a look at their American League counterparts. Remember that this list does not include pitchers who began their careers this year.  That is why a pitcher like Kyle Freeland is not featured on this list.  He has obviously been a major reason the Rockies are where they are, but he…

September 18, 2017

MLB: American League Starting Pitcher Breakouts

The first in a series of posts, where I will be looking at some of our breakout players of 2017.   Some of them are surprises, some of them were once big prospects who has simply found their stride. I am going to start with the American League starting pitchers, where I found five pitchers I thought were worth mentioning.  I considered also writing about Mariners’ lefty James Paxton, but…

September 16, 2017

MLB: The Wild-Card “Chaos” Scenario

On Monday, September 4, 2017, I will be participating in my yearly Fantasy Football Draft.   Growing up, I wasn’t much of an NFL fan – to be exact, the reason why I am a big fan of the Carolina Panthers now is innocent enough:  When the NFL expanded in 1993, I threw the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers into a hat, picked one out, and that was it.  Prior…

September 4, 2017

MLB: The Aaron Judge Mega-Slump

Baseball is a humbling game.  When you watch the Little League World Series, you are watching the best players from the best territories compete for a World championship.   Many of these players don’t run into many players who are as good, if not better, than they are.   The Little League World Series, and the journey to get there, can be a humbling experience for these kids.  It is…

August 20, 2017

A Black Eye for the Little League World Series

No, this is not a post that is going to analyze 11-13 year old kids.  I am waiting for the day that a sabermatrician decides to look at the world of Little League Baseball and comes up with metrics on how George Washington Intermediate School in Boston, Massachusetts can attack hitters from the upstart Billings Little League in Montana to secure a spot in the championship game.  I hope that…

August 13, 2017