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2013 World Series Prediction

Cardinals vs Red Sox

Cardinals vs Red Sox

The 2013 World Series starts tonight with the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1. I’m expecting this series to go a full seven games and think that both teams are capable of winning, but only one will.

It’s hard for me to pick against the Red Sox, but I’m going to give the edge in this series to the Cardinals based on the strength of their pitching staff. The only thing that makes me pause is they have six rookies between the starting rotation and the bullpen, but they’ve been lights out so far this postseason. You just never know if nerves may get to one or two of these young guys? So far it hasn’t happened and that’s why I’m going with the Cardinals.

The Red Sox have more pop in their lineup, but the Cardinals have a very good offensive team as well. It’s going to be a very interesting series to watch unfold. I came across an interesting stat that 20 of the last 24 Game 1 winners went on to win the series.

I think this will be the year Carlos Beltran finally gets his first ring and his Cardinals will win a tense Game 7 at Fenway Park to seal the deal. I’m also going to predict Beltran as the series MVP!

 

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2013 World Series Schedule

Cardinals vs Red Sox

Cardinals vs Red Sox

Well the 2013 World Series is all set with the St. Louis Cardinals squaring off against the resurgent Boston Red Sox with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday night at Fenway Park! Both teams finished with identical 97-65 records during the regular season which tied for the best in MLB.

I think this will be a very hard-fought series and will go a full seven games before a champion is decided. Both teams have good pitching staffs with the Cardinals holding a slight edge and I’d have to say the same thing about both offenses, but give the edge to the Red Sox in that department. So who do I think will win it all? Stay tuned and I’ll let you know soon, but I’m confident we will see a Game 7 and this will be a great series to watch!

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WORLD SERIES – ST. LOUIS CARDINALS VS. BOSTON RED SOX
DATE TIME SITE TV SCORE SERIES
Wed. October 23 8:07 p.m. St. Louis at Boston FOX
Thu. October 24 8:07 p.m. St. Louis at Boston FOX
Sat. October 26 8:07 p.m. Boston at St. Louis FOX
Sun. October 27 8:15 p.m. Boston at St. Louis FOX
Mon. October 28 8:07 p.m. Boston at St. Louis* FOX
Wed. October 30 8:07 p.m. St. Louis at Boston* FOX
Thu. October 31 8:07 p.m. St. Louis at Boston* FOX
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MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Jake Peavy’s Shipping Up To Boston

The 2013 MLB Trade Deadline has come and went, now it’s time to see what teams helped themselves going into the stretch run.

Winners (No particular order)

  • Baltimore Orioles – They added pitcher Bud Norris right before the deadline, but don’t forget they also added another starting pitcher in Scott Feldman and veteran reliever Fransisco Rodriguez in the past couple of weeks as well. They did give up some prospects, but nothing major and this team is trying to win now!
  • Boston Red Sox – Getting starter Jake Peavy and bullpen help in Matt Thornton is huge. They did give up some prospects including Jose Iglesias who ended up in Motown. But I like this move and they should be getting pitcher Clay Buchholz back at some point which could give them the edge in the A,L, East.
  • Atlanta Braves – Getting lefthanded reliever Scott Downs for Cory Rasmus is a nice move.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Added starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco in the first week of July for three mid-level prospects is a solid move. The signing of veteran Brian Wilson is another smart move.
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Getting prospect Nick Delmonico in the Fransisco Rodrguez deal is something to be happy about ….I think. The kid has a chance to be a decent big league player. Some people think they should have done more with their roster and maybe they should have, but this move is a good one.
  • New York Yankees – Getting Alfonso Soriano and having the Chicago Cubs picking up a good portion of his salary through next season for a decent pitching prospect is a solid move. The Bombers have the pitching needed to make a run, but a struggling offense needed help. I think Soriano will play well in his Big Apple return.
  • Detroit Tigers – Got insurance on the looming suspension of shortstop Jhonny Peralta with Jose Iglesias and also added reliever Jose Veras. Both players will help.

 

Losers

  • Seattle Mariners – Didn’t move any of the veteran bats because of wanting to much in return. Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse, and Raul Ibanez are in the last year of their deals and the team is going nowhere this season. They could have helped themselves and came up empty. 
  • Philadelphia Phillies – Didn’t move one piece on their aging, broken down roster which is quite surprising to say the least. The biggest shocker is they’re in talks to extend second baseman Chase Utley’s contract. He’s going to be 35 years old next season and hasn’t played in more than 115 games in a season since 2009. I know he’s playing well this year but let’s look at the big picture. It makes no sense to me.
  • New York Mets – Failing to trade outfielder Marlon Byrd is a huge mistake and a missed opportunity for the always rebuilding Mets!
  • Los Angeles Angels – Not really sure what this team is trying to accomplish and not sure they do either.

 

On The Fence 

  • Texas Rangers – Gave up a lot to get pitcher Matt Garza, but I’m ok with that as long as they re-sign him this offseason. Not getting insurance for the possible suspension of outfielder Nelson Cruz could come back and bite them where the sun don’t shine. If Garza walks at the end of the season it would be another huge blunder by the front office.

 

 

 

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Rumors Are Flying With The MLB Trade Deadline Approaching

Veteran Jake Peavy Could Be On The Move

The MLB non-waiver trading deadline is now less than 24 hours away and the rumors are flying! The biggest name out there is veteran pitcher Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox and he was scratched from his start tonight against the Cleveland Indians. The Houston Astros have done the same with pitcher Bud Norris who may be heading to the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s are also in the market for a bat with the Phillies Michael Young as a possible target if he will waive his no trade clause.

It’s also being reported that the Philadelphia Phillies would be willing to part with veteran pitcher Cliff Lee if someone will pay them the king’s ransom they’re looking for. The Boston Red Sox could be that team according to CBS Sports. But it’s a risky trade because of Lee’s age and contract in my opinion. He’s pitching great this season, but at 34 years old how much longer will his arm hold up? Then you have to factor in the prospects you are giving up to get him and I wouldn’t make this deal, sorry. Didn’t the Sox learn their lesson?

Peavy’s been linked to the Oakland A’s, but it appears they have bowed out of the derby and the Arizona Diamondbacks have entered the picture. No matter where he ends up he’s going to be a huge addition to a contending team’s staff and that team will have him next season as well because he’s got one more year on his contract. I’d rather make a deal for him than Lee because his age, contract, and what you’d have to give up in terms of prospects to acquire him.

The always active Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly going to sign veteran closer Brian Wilson who has missed almost two years because of Tommy John surgery. Wilson was among the game’s best closer’s and won’t cost them much. I like this move because you’re getting a proven veteran with big game experience and you’re not giving up any prospects. If it doesn’t work out you aren’t losing much.

The Texas Rangers are looking for a bat and have attempted to acquire Giancarlo Stanton, but the Miami Marlins have no intentions on trading the young slugger. But can you really trust the Marlins front office after what they’ve done to their fans over the years?

Who goes where is anybody’s guess at this point, but the wheels are certainly spinning! If I had to make a prediction it would be that Peavy ends up with the D’Backs because of his history with GM Kevin Towers. I would like to see the Washington Nationals add some bullpen help and another bat would be nice too! But I don’t see them doing anything big in my opinion.

Stay Tuned!

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2013 MLB Season Outlook and Predictions: American League

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Are You Ready For Some Baseball?

The 2013 MLB regular season will get underway in just a few hours with the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros playing the Sunday Night game on ESPN. Then everything will really get going tomorrow as the rest of the league begins playing.

I can’t believe that MLB would have a team coming off a 107 loss season like the Astros playing in the season opening showcase game, but it must be a reward for them moving into the American League.

I’ll quit rambling and get into my season outlook and predictions for the 2013 season!

A.L. East Division

The division is wide open in my opinion, but a lot of people are proclaiming the Toronto Blue Jays as the favorite. I admit the Blue Jays had a great offseason and loaded up with all kinds of veteran talent, but games aren’t played on paper. Remember how good everyone thought the Miami Marlins were going to be heading into last season after loading up their roster. Just adding high-priced, big name players guarantees you nothing.

The New York Yankees seem to be in total disarray with injuries and free agent defections making them almost unrecognizable as the regular season starts. But I wouldn’t write them off just yet because they have enough pitching to keep them in games until they can start getting healthy.

Are the Baltimore Orioles for real or was last season’s A.L. Wildcard berth a fluke? They have some talent, but far to many questions remain for me to buy into them 100%. The Boston Red Sox are a team in transition and could finish in last place again this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays will be their usual scrappy self again in 2013, but do they have enough pitching after trading away ace James Shields and starter Wade Davis for prospects? They will need to get a full season of health out of third baseman Evan Longoria and new center fielder Desmond Jennings must take the next step in his development to help makeup for the loss of B.J. Upton for this team to contend this year.

Prediction: Blue Jays

A.L. Central Division

This division looks to be the Detroit Tigers and then everybody else. The Tigers stumbled along last season before seizing control in late September, but they have too much talent for that to happen again. They need to find a reliable closer, but I’m confident they will.

The Chicago White Sox were one of the surprise teams last season but were unable to win the division after leading it for most of the season. Had several veterans make meaningful contributions and will need them to do it again this season if they are to stay in the hunt. Pitcher Chris Sale has looked great this spring and could be in line for a huge season.

The Minnesota Twins finished in the cellar for the last two seasons and made some trades in the offseason to inject life into a starting rotation ranked last in the American League in ERA (5.40), strikeouts (541), innings pitched (880) and average against (.287) in 2012. Did they do enough to contend? I don’t think so.

Another team that remade a lousy pitching staff is the Kansas City Royals after a fourth straight season with at least 90 losses. I like the commitment to finally building a respectable staff and think the Royals will be a better team in 2013. But I don’t think they are ready to challenge the Tigers for a division title. Could be a possible A.L. Wildcard contender.

The Royals have some nice building blocks in place and could be a surprise team.

It looks like a long season ahead for the Cleveland Indians and a last place finish wouldn’t surprise me at all. I do like the hiring of manager Terry Francona, but he doesn’t have enough pitching to get this team turned around this season.

Prediction: Tigers

A.L. West Division

Can the Oakland A’s repeat as division champions? They were one of the big surprise teams in MLB last year with a young pitching staff leading the way. This will be one of the best divisional races in MLB and will be a lot of fun to watch.

Has the window closed for the Texas Rangers? They still have a lot of talent, but other teams have caught up to them and having slugger Josh Hamilton leave as a free agent will hurt. There’s enough talent to keep this franchise in the mix all season, but not enough pitching to win anything.

The L.A. Angels have the most talented team in the division without a doubt, but also have major questions about their pitching staff. Their lineup will be a nightmare for opposing pitchers to deal with on a nightly basis.

The Seattle Mariners brought in some veteran hitters with pop in the offseason and Mike Morse hit nine home runs during spring training. I think more pitching is needed before the Mariners will be a contender in this tough division. They could be on the fringe of the A.L. Wildcard race if everything goes right.

It’s going to be a very long first season of playing in the A.L. for the Houston Astros and that is putting it mildly.

Prediction: Angels 

A.L. Wildcard Teams:

White Sox, A’s

 

 

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Red Sox re-sign Big Papi

The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz have agreed to a two-year deal worth $26 million that could allow the big slugger to retire in a Boston uniform.

Ortiz hit a solid .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs in only 90 games in 2012, missing most of the second half with a right Achilles injury. He has batted .290 with 343 homers and 1,088 RBIs in his 10 seasons with Boston.

Ortiz, who will turn 37 this month, is a career .285 hitter with 401 homers and 1,386 RBIs. His 343 homers in a Red Sox uniform is fifth on Boston’s career list and his 1,088 RBIs is sixth in franchise history.

The Texas Rangers were rumored to be interested in adding Ortiz to a lineup that may be losing the production of former AL MVP Josh Hamilton this winter.

 

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Orioles Tie Yankees For A.L. East Lead With Four Games Left

What can you say about the 2012 Baltimore Orioles being tied atop of the A.L. East Division with the New York Yankees and only four games remaining in the regular season?

The A.L. East Division has come down to the last four regular season games and the Orioles are in this thing. Plus they’re in position to host the Bronx Bombers in a one-game playoff if the two remain tied when the regular season ends. That could change, but the Orioles have a great chance of keeping that tiebreaker advantage in their favor in my opinion.

The Orioles have one game remaining against the Boston Red Sox before finishing with a three-game series at the Tampa Bay Rays to close out the regular season. The Orioles are 9-6 against the Rays this season and have a five game winning streak over their division rivals.

The Yankees have an easier schedule with one game remaining at the Toronto Blue Jays before closing out the season by hosting the Boston Red Sox at home. Having an easier schedule doesn’t guarantee them anything because you still have to go out and perform on the field.

Another aspect of this is the Rays are still alive for a postseason berth of their own! They have an outside shot at winning the A.L. East, but that’s a long shot with them being four games back with four games remaining. Their best shot is catching the Oakland A’s for the second A.L. Wildcard spot. They trail the A’s by two games in the standings.

Going into the final Sunday of the regular season no A.L. team has qualified for a postseason berth, wow! This new playoff format has produced the greatest stretch run in MLB history in my opinion!

Buckle Up My Friends and Get Your Popcorn Ready!

 

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Miguel Cabrera Closing In On MLB’s First Triple Crown In 45 Years

Miguel Cabrera

The stage is set for Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers to become MLB’s first Triple Crown Winner since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.

I’m going on record now saying that Cabrera gets it done and here’s why I’m confident in saying it:

  • He’s sitting at the top of all three categories with 12 games remaining. (.332 BA, 42 HR, 131 RBI) His closest competitor is  Josh Hamilton who also has 42 HR, but he’s been out of the Texas Rangers lineup in recent days and may miss a few more.
  • Cabrera will be facing two of the worst pitching staffs in MLB over the Tigers last 12 games. The Minnesota Twins (4.84 Team ERA) and Kansas City Royals (4.22 ERA). Whenever Hamilton returns to the Rangers lineup he’s going to be facing some of the best pitching staffs in baseball.
  • Cabrera’s swinging a scalding-hot bat since the All-Star Break .345/24/60 and looks completely locked in at the plate.

Everything seems to be falling into place for the big man coming down the stretch. I don’t see any reason why an A.L. MVP Award wouldn’t be coming Cabrera’s way as well, no matter how his Triple Crown bid ends up. Where would the Tigers be without this guy in their lineup?

I was all set with Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout as my choice for the A.L. MVP Award, but he’s cooled off over the last month while Cabrera’s kept the Tigers season alive.

 

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Adrian Gonzalez and Manny Machado named American League Co-Players of the Week

Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending August 12th.

Gonzalez batted .393 (11-for-28) with seven doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI and six runs scored in seven games to win his second weekly honor of the season (also for week ending July 22nd) and the seventh of his nine-year career. The left-handed-hitting slugger led the Majors in doubles and RBI. Among his A.L. counterparts, Gonzalez finished second in total bases (24), tied for third in hits and was fourth in slugging percentage (.857).

Machado batted .375 (6-for-16) with a double, a triple, three homers, seven RBI and five runs scored in four games to win his first career A.L. Player of the Week honor. The 20-year-old has made a splash since making his Major League debut on August 9th against the Kansas City Royals, hitting safely in each of his first four games. The Miami native tripled for his first career hit in his debut on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. On Friday, the Orioles’ top prospect went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI to lead the O’s to a 7-1 win over the Royals at home. Machado became the youngest Oriole since Jim Palmer in 1965 to homer, and he also became the youngest in Club history to record a multi-homer game, breaking Boog Powell’s 1962 mark by 223 days.

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Boston Red Sox Place Dustin Pedroia On The Disabled List

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The Boston Red Sox issued the following statement today in regards to second baseman Dustin Pedroia:

“Dustin Pedroia hyperextended his right thumb on July 3, 2012.  He was examined by the Red Sox medical staff and an MRI was performed.  Dustin sustained an injury to the volar plate of his right thumb.  Dustin will be treated conservatively with a brief period of immobilization.  The previous injury to his right thumb adductor muscle has completely healed.  This was confirmed by MRI.”

This is a tough blow for the Red Sox as they get set to start a big four series against the A.L. East leading New York Yankees who they trail by 7.5 games.

The good news is that Pedroia’s expected to return right around July 19 when his stay on the disabled list expires.

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