A Look Ahead: World Series

October 22, 2011

CAN THE RANGERS COMEBACK: Tomorrow is a must win and if they get that game I believe Texas will wint his series, they need their pitching to come alive as it did against the Tigers and their hitting to step up just a little more.  Nelson Cruz hit a homer today and they need that but more from Beltre, Young, and Hamilton.
PUJOLS: Pujols will keep this kind of work up and he might even surprise you on defense, there is no walking him and he’s the best hitter in the MLB so Wash should use his walk Cabrera strategy on him or else we will see a few more bombs and some good play, he won;t repeat this again though.
PITCHING: The Rangers have Derek Holland up against Edwin Jackson tomorrow, Holland I’ll give a slight edge too though Jackson could be lights out, I see another high scoring affair but with the Rangers winning and taking advantage of their ballpark.  Game 5 is Wilson against Carpenter which is a toss-up, but if Wilson isn’t touched within three innings the Rangers will get just enough offense to beat Carpenter
STEP UP; that’s what the Cards bullpen has done and should continue too but Ogando needs to do better along with the other relievers like Feldman but the Rangers pitchers that start need to go at least six so then it goes Ogando-Adams-Feliz.  Dotel is an amazing reliever and will keep it up
I WILL STICK WITH RANGERS IN 6

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Ranking How The Cardinals Hitter Will Do The Rest Of The Series

October 19, 2011
  1. Albert Pujols
  2. Lance Berkman
  3. David Freese
  4. Matt Holliday
  5. Skip Schumaker
  6. Rafael Furcal
  7. Yadier Molina
  8. Allen Craig
  9. Jon Jay
  10. Ryan Theroit
  11. Daniel Descalso
  12. Nick Punto
  13. Gerald Laird

23 Hitters Who Will Come Up Big More Than Once In The Playoffs

October 1, 2011

THE SUPERSTARS

  • 1B Miguel Cabrera
  • 3B Evan Longoria
  • 2B Robinson Cano
  • DH Michael Young
  • CF Josh Hamilton
  • 1B Ryan Howard
  • 1B Prince Fielder
  • LF Ryan Braun
  • RF Justin Upton
  • 1B Albert Pujols

THE VETS

  • 3B Alex Rodriguez
  • SS Derek Jeter
  • LF Lance Berkman
  • RF Magglio Ordonez
  • DH Johnny Damon
  • 3B Placido Polanco

THE OTHER GOOD ONES

  • DH Victor Martinez
  • 1B Mark Teixeria
  • CF Curtis Granderson
  • RF Hunter Pence

THE YOUNG ONES AND SURPRISES

  • 1B Paul Goldschmit
  • LF Delmon Young
  • C Mike Napoli

MLB Playoff Predictions

September 29, 2011

ALDS
Tigers at Yankees
PREDICTION: Tigers in 5

Rays at Rangers
PREDICTION: Rays in 4

NLDS
Cardinals at Phillies
PREDICTION: Phillies in 3

Diamondbacks at Brewers
PREDICTION: Diamondbacks in 5

ALCS
Tigers over Rays in 6

NLCS
Phillies over Diamondbacks in 6

World Series
Phillies over Tigers in 7

RANKING (In terms of playoff series strength)

  1. Phillies
  2. Yankees
  3. Tigers
  4. Brewers
  5. Diamondbacks
  6. Rays
  7. Rangers
  8. Cardianls

MY ODDS TO WIN WORLD SERIES
Cardinals 1-100
Rangers 1-60
Rays 1-55
Brewers 1-40
Diamondbacks 1-40
Tigers 1-30
Yankees 1-20
Phillies 1-10


Ranking Teams How Could Be In The Playoffs

September 28, 2011
  1. Phillies
  2. Yankees
  3. Brewers
  4. Tigers
  5. Diamondbacks
  6. Rangers
  7. Rays
  8. Braves
  9. Red Sox
  10. Cardinals

Are The Angels Out Of It?

September 18, 2011

Yes, they are.  They have a very talented team and I like their mix of veterans like Hunter and Abreu and Young Guns Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.  I also love their pitching staff and are a very good team but their AL West hopes are done, they are 4.5 games behind the Rangers with only ten games left and they might play a bit better than the Rangers the rest of the way, and it’s not likely they do anyway, they will lose the division because the Rangers are too good for that and the Angels won’t win the Wild Card because the Rays and Red Sox are much better teams.  Expect the Angels to come back very strong next season and they will finish strong and could come within about 2 games of a playoff spot but it would take a real big miracle for them to win at this point.  One thing they need to do for next season is figure out a way to get rid of Wells and get a better catcher possibly but Walden should come back a stronger closer and I like their chances of sticking with the Rangers next year. 
TODAY IN THE PLAYOFFS: The Rays moved to two games back of the Red Sox and just have to continue playing the way they have to force and playoff and possibly win if the Red Sox go 4-6 the rest of the way and the Rays go 7-3, which at this point looks very likely.  The D’Backs are magic number is at 5 and they should win pretty soon and the Brewers should clinch soon with a magic number of four.  My updated predictions for who plays in the DS match-ups
Yankees vs. Rangers
Tigers vs Rays

Phillies vs Diamondbacks
Brewers vs Braves


Do The Braves Need To Worry About Pitching

September 16, 2011

I say no for two reasons, one is that they are going to rebound from this little funk they’re in and do pretty good and they are a scary team.  The only thing that could hurt is injuries
REASON 1: They it all they just need it to come together again but if Hanson can’t come back by the NLDS they could be in a little trouble, they can do without Jurrjens for now
HUDSON: Is a veteran who does good in these situations and is a good, ace type of pitcher.  Watch for him to have a really good NLDS
BEACHY: Can be dominating and I think he will in the playoffs and he just needs to find his groove again, which he can in his next couple starts
MINOR: He’s a good pitcher and impressive and if he has to fill in I think he could do well and maybe not throw and shutout but six or seven really good innings
HANSON: He will just be himself, no changes a solid option who will win games in the playoffs, needs to be here for the NLDS though or Braves are in some trouble
JURRJENS: If he can come back for NLCS he can be money.  If not Braves will have a tougher time getting passed the Phillies or Brewers or D’Backs
Injuries are the only thing that could stop the rotation.  Lowe would have a 50-05 shot or probably less at this point in doing well in a playoff game and Teheran may not be the right choice yet but in an emergency he might surprise them.
RESASON 2: If the starters get healthy they have to go six innings them O’Flathery will take ver and do great, then Venters will and do great and Kimbrel will shut down the other teams hitting with his heat and amazing stuff he’s a very special closer and he will be great for many years but especially this postseason.

The Braves will get out of this funk and likely soon but they need Jurrjens and Hanson healthy to go deep, if they do the Braves have a real shot, almost everybody slumping will stop on pitching (except Lowe)