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World Series 2016: Cubs, Indians Set For Historic Match Up

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Kris Bryant (.333 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .948 OPS in 2016 Postseason) is part of a young Chicago Cubs lineup expected to deliver its first World Series title since 1908. (Photo: Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

Everyone should have seen the Cubs’ rise coming. (more…)

Major League Baseball 2015: The Locker’s First-Half MLB All-Stars

Joe Panik was inserted into the Giants starting lineup just before their World Series run in 2014. He's an All-Star in 2015, and a First-Half All-Star here as well.(Photo By: Scott Strazzante)

Joe Panik was inserted into the Giants starting lineup just before their World Series run in 2014. Now he’s an All-Star in 2015, and a First-Half All-Star here on the blog as well.(Photo By: Scott Strazzante)

First-half of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is in the books. That means it’s that time of year when debate will rage on about who made the All-Star teams and who should have made the All-Star teams.  (more…)

Major League Baseball 2014: Why November 22nd, 2013 Was The Real Beginning Of The End For Frank Wren

John Hart, John Schuerholz (middle), and Bobby Cox (left) will look to get the Braves back on the right track after announcing the dismissal of former general manager Frank Wren

John Hart, John Schuerholz (middle), and Bobby Cox (left) will look to get the Braves back on the right track after announcing the dismissal of former general manager Frank Wren

Seven years. Two Wild Cards. One National League East championship.

Since 2009 the Atlanta Braves have averaged 92 wins per season. Only the New York Yankees have won more regular season games than the Braves during the same time. (more…)

Major League Baseball 2014: The Division Races and Other Second-Half Predictions Pt. 2

Mike Trout of the Angels and Robinson Cano of the Mariners make the AL West as exciting a race as ever (Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Mike Trout of the Angels and Robinson Cano of the Mariners make the 2014 AL West as exciting a race as ever to watch in the second half (Harry How/Getty Images North America)

What a second-half it is shaping up to be.

I saw the other day a statistic that said for the first time in Major League Baseball’s history four divisions are separated by no more than a game and a half. Four! So where does that put things for those contenders who are, not only fighting to avoid the Wild Card play-in game, but fighting for the opportunity to be in that playoff conversation? (more…)

Major League Baseball 2014: No Bigger All-Star Snub Than Sonny Gray In 2014

Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.97 ERA, 103 K's) is the best pitcher on the best team in baseball (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images North America)

Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.97 ERA, 103 K’s) is the best pitcher on the best team in baseball (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images North America)

Let me start by saying I am 100% in favor of getting rid of the rule that each team has to have a representative. (more…)

Major League Baseball Preview: American League Central

Chris Sale (11-14, 3.07 ERA, 226 K’s, 1.073 WHIP) is leading the youth movement on the Southside of Chicago

In the American League Central one thing is clear: you’re only as good as the sum of your parts, and the Detroit Tigers are as good as anyone in baseball. Their lineup features the best hitter in baseball (Miguel Cabrera), the last two American League Cy Young award winners (Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer), and the last three American League MVP award winners (Justin Verlander (2011), Cabrera (2012 and 2013). They traded for Ian Kinsler, get Victor Martinez for another full season, and their bullpen now features Joe Nathan who has 80 saves in 86 opportunities (93%) the last two years. They are the only team in this division who boast those kinds of parts all around. 

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Major League Baseball 2014: These Pitchers Are Poised For A Breakout In 2014

Andrew Cashner (1.131 WHIP, 3.09 ERA) is an Ace in every sense of the word

Andrew Cashner (1.131 WHIP, 3.09 ERA) is an Ace in every sense of the word

Over the next few weeks I’ll be putting out quite a few lists before my divisional breakdowns and team reports. 

The definition of a “breakout performance” can vary from person-to-person but the general idea is always the same: that player who takes the next step from potential star to household name. (more…)

Major League Baseball 2014: 5 Early Spring Training Storylines To Keep An Eye On

Is Nick Swisher ready to lead the Indians to a Playoff encore in 2014?

Is Nick Swisher ready to lead the Indians to a Playoff encore in 2014?

To say this is my favorite time would be an understatement.

I’m not talking about the approaching March Madness or the incessant NFL draft conversation (although I’ll be weighing in on that later this Spring), I’m talking about the most glorious words any snow-covered East coast dweller can hear: (more…)

MLB Continues To Get Marketing Of The Sport Wrong, Show Hypocrisy In HOF Voting

Bud Selig's legacy rests on how he handles the growing PED scandal

Bud Selig’s legacy as commissioner rests on how he handles the growing PED scandal

This past weekend the Major League Baseball inducted three new members to its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York: Jacob Ruppert, Deacon White, and Hank O’Day. Now we’re not going to take the time to discredit the contributions of these three men to the sport, but I will take this time to point out baseball’s continued hypocrisy in regards to the steroid era, its reluctance to fix the voting process, and another lost opportunity to take air-time from an NFL juggernaut that just began playing football in shorts (training camps) this past week.  (more…)

Major League Baseball 2013: Trade Targets For A Few Contenders As Deadline Approaches

Cliff Lee was a hot deadline commodity in 2009 and 2010, could he be dealt in 2013 as well?

Cliff Lee was a hot deadline commodity in 2009 and 2010, could he be dealt in 2013 as well?

The July 31st trade deadline is coming up and I’m going to play general manager for a few teams in contention. Baseball has been one of those games where a trade can absolutely swing a teams fortunes on a dime. (more…)