Baseball Playoffs

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles May 26,  2011

With the baseball trade deadline now behind us, lets quickly look at some of the teams that made impact moves and how they are set up for the remainder of the season.

Twenty-two games over .500, the Kansas City Royals seem poised to make another world series run as they continue to blow the roof off of stadiums.  A small market team that cannot afford to sign stars the way the Yankees and Red Sox do, they recognize their groomed star-studded team, and that this is their window to succeed.  With sluggers Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Kendrys Morales leading the way, the Royals snagged one of the biggest prizes off the market, Right handed start Johnny Cueto from the Reds.  With a sure fire ace to lead the way, the Royals are for real.  Not only is Cueto a number one starter, but he will be able to groom the highly talented but immature Yordano Ventura over the next few months.  Kansas City appears to be a World Series favorite at this point in the season.

Going in the entirely opposite direction is the once promising Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers, led by slugger Miguez Cabrera and ace David Price at the beginning of the season, the team has underperformed throughout the season leading general manager Dave Dombrowski to have a sudden change of heart just before the deadline, and blowing up the team.  Hours before the deadline he sent ace David Price to the Blue Jays and slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets in a full-blown team reboot.  Surely, Brad Ausmus’ job is in jeopardy.  In an even more bizarre move, after completing these deals the Tigers released the well-respected Dombrowski from his general manager role.  The Tigers are in complete shambles as they plummet towards the bottom of the division.  I’m picking the Royals to handily win the division, and the Tigers to finish dead last.  I expect the young and suddenly competitive Chicago White Sox to beat out the mediocre Twins to finish second in the division.

The American League West has been absolutely crazy this year.  No one on the planet picked the Houston Astros to not just be leading the division at this point, but even have a remotely competitive record.  Obviously that’s a bit of a stretch, but seriously how are these Astros the same Astros that lost over one hundred games last year?  Led by young stars Carlos Correia and Jose Altuve, the Astros promise to be one of the best teams in baseball for the foreseeable future.  Playing a boom or bust style of baseball, the Astros have been extremely fun to watch.  They play hitters in the lineup such as Luis Valbuena and Chris Carter, players that hit below the Mendoza line while striking out at alarming rates, but when they make contact, they hit massive home runs.  After a hot start the baseball world has waited for the Astros to come back to earth.  But that hot start has proved to be the real deal, as the team made deadline moves for a front line starter, Scott Kazmir, and for power bat Carlos Gomez.  The team is very young though, and though I believe they will outlast the Trout and Pujols led Angels to win the West, they are too young and inexperienced to make a serious run in October.

The Angels made some minor but important moves in their quest for the playoffs.  A resurgent Pujols is playing like he’s 26 again, smashing homeruns alongside the best player in baseball, Mike Trout.  Though not the flashiest of moves, the pick-ups of David Murphy and David Dejesus should help the Angels fight it out till the end with the Astros to win the division, and surely be fighting for a wild card spot.

One of the biggest players of the trade deadline was the unsuspecting Texas Rangers.  Playing .500 baseball, the Rangers landed one of the top prizes of the market, making a blockbuster deal with the Phillies for left handed ace Cole Hamels.  Both teams in this deal consider themselves winners as the Rangers were able to hold on to top prospect Joey Gallo while obtaining Hamels, while the Phillies in desperate need of a reboot loaded up on a big haul of prospects.  Suddenly, at 55-55 and with Hamels at the helm, the Rangers find themselves only 4.5 games out of first place with 52 games remaining.  With Adrian Beltre finally healthy, and Prince Fielder playing like the comeback player of the year, Rangers nation now feels like anything is possible.  If they can get a resurgent Josh Hamilton to perform, the Astros and Angels better be careful.  Texas has the tools to be the real deal and make an October run.  If they can even get one of the wild card spots, they should feel good trotting out ace and former world series MVP Cole Hamels for a one game playoff.

The Seattle Mariners continue to disappoint, being eight games under.500 despite having ace Felix Hernandez, and all-star sluggers Kyle Seager, Nelson Cruz and the severely overpaid and shockingly under performing Robinson Cano.  The team is loaded with talent but continues to play truthfully pathetic baseball.  With Iwakuma and Mike Montgomery, both plus pitchers, following Hernandez in the rotation, they surely should be competing for the division.

The Athletics round out the division hanging around the basement playing subpar baseball.  The small market Billy Beane led team though does not have the stars that Seattle does, yet are only a game and a half behind the Mariners for the fourth position in the division.  With ace Sonny Gray having a Cy Young season, the A’s have hung around with teams, especially every fifth day with Gray.  After an extremely hot start catcher/first baseman Stephen Vogt has become equally cold at the plate, as the A’s struggle to score runs.  Greg Burns, the rookie leadoff man seems promising, with speed and some extra base power, but the fact remains that this small market team will struggle to compete, especially once Beane trades Gray towards the end of his contract.

National League Baseball

With the trade deadline now behind us, lets take a look at some of the busiest teams in the National League.  Two such teams have come from the National League East, the New York Mets, and the Philadelphia Phillies, teams going in opposite directions this season.

Let’s start with the dismal Philadelphia Phillies, a big market team that has millions invested in old unproductive players.  After dominating the East for years, including a World Series Championship in 2008, general manager Ruben Amaro has since run the team into the ground with ridiculous contracts and a lack of young players.  Amaro traded all his promising young players for elder players such as Roy Halladay, Hunter Pence, and Roy Oswalt.  Continue reading “National League Baseball”

NFL Preview

NFL Preview
With the NFL season weeks away, fantasy football players are bursting with enthusiasm, as preseason games are just a few days away. Let’s quickly look at some of the teams that expect to be in the playoff hunt in the NFC, and some of the major moves teams have made this season.
Let’s take a look at the always-competitive NL East to begin with. Most expect the division to go to the Cowboys, Eagles, or Giants, with the Redskins being an aftermath, and not in the same class as the others. Adding to the excitement to the rivalries among these teams is the fact that star running back Demarco Murray darted out of Dallas to join the Philadelphia brass. Animosity already rampant amongst these two teams, there is even more added fuel to the fire.

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American League East

With the highly anticipated baseball trade deadline behind us, lets briefly analyze the American League east.  I apologize for not being absent with my blog posts. I have been having computer issues until I got my PC fixed here.

Lets first look at the American League east, where the Yankees look like the Yankees of the 90’s, with power in the lineup from the top to the bottom of the lineup.  The pitching isn’t on the same level as the hitting, but is doing the job.  CC Sabathia is a pedestrian pitcher now, not playing up to his monstrous contract, but Michael Pineda, though now injured, has been a revelation, while Masahiro Tanka has continued to be the ace we saw dominates last year with that blistering splitter being virtually unhittable.

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Tennis Update


The past year we have seen some riveting tennis.  On the men’s side, it seemed as if Novak Djokovic was unbeatable.  Even with the likes current legends on tour, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray.  Similar dominance occurred on the women’s side as Serena Williams approached this past Wimbledon with the hopes of her second “Serena Slam.”  Sure there were upsets here and there, but the big names didn’t fall.  And then came the French Open, the biggest clay tournament held at the legendary venue Roland Garros.  All the big names produced monster wins, surely preparing to meet in the semi finals.  Serena did her thing, crushing the clay specialist Carla Suarez Navarro in the finale.  In a highly anticipated semi final, Novak took on the “King of Clay”, Rafael Nadal, and to the surprise of many, ousted him quite comfortably.  Many expected Nadal to be the man to stop Novak, thus most did not expect what happened next.

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Vegas’s NFL Total Wins Over/Under Picks

Here are my picks for the regular season win totals in the NFL.  I just moved to Atlanta, but I am not partial to the Falcons just yet.  I am encountering everything Peach Tree, right down to the name of the moving company that got us here safely.  Speaking of spending time moving to Atlanta, I did not have a lot of time to explain my picks other than a quick blurb. I will get more in-depth in later posts:

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Why Roger Goodell Will Overturn Tom Brady Ruling


Roger Goodell is in a very tough situation.  He will come out of the decision as the bad guy no matter what the outcome is.  The NFL appeal process is an odd one due to the fact that the same person that gave the punishment is in charge of handling the appeal of that very punishment.

Let’s face it, Tom Brady is not a widely-loved player outside of the Patriot fan base.  Which is odd to me considering he is one of the biggest underdog stories in sports history, not to mention NFL.  This a 4-time champion was almost undrafted and rose to the top with amazing determination.  There is a great 30 for 30 on his story that is a must-see.

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NFL 2015 Season Preview: 5 Teams to Watch For

American Football Game Action Photo

These are the 5 teams that we here at the blog feel will have a break out season even though they struggled in 2014.  We also put aside our laziness momentarily to tell you why these teams will make a big recovery.

1. Miami Dolphins

Everyone is hyping their already stout defense getting the addition of Ndamukong Suh.  But one of the most underrated young quarterbacks in the league (second to Bridgewater) is Tannehill.  Look at these trends:

2012- 12TD … 13INT … 76.1QBR

2013- 24TD … 17INT … 81.7QBR

2014- 27TD … 12INT … 92.8QBR

This is the definition of a young quarterback quietly making a name for himself. I like the Dolphins to possibly take the division from the Patriots this year.

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