Playoffs Should be Full of Twists and Turns

The MLB playoffs begin tonight with the AL Wild Card game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees. This winner-take-all game should be just the beginning of what could be the best MLB playoffs in years. Eight of the 10 teams to qualify for the postseason won  at least 90 games,   So…

Verlander to Houston Headlines Waiver Trade Deadline

The waiver trade deadline has come and gone  for 2017, but, unlike most years, yesterday’s  was very action-packed. The epicenter of that action was Detroit, Michigan, where the Tigers traded two high priced big-name players. Thursday afternoon, the Tigers unloaded  Justin Upton, sending him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. General Manager Al Avila…

Central Teams Have Edge in Race for Last Playoff Spot

With six weeks left in the MLB season,  the race for the second Wild Card  in the American League looks like it could come down to the last day of the season. The Minnesota Twins  and LA Angels are tied for that spot entering Monday ‘s  action. There are  six other teams  that are a…

Cards Could be Poised to Take Division

In the first 17 games post All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs were 14-3  and surged to the top of the NL Central. The prevailing thought in the baseball world was that Chicago would maintain the pace they started post-break, and run away with the division. The last week should give the rest of the NL…

All 5 NL Playoff Spots are Spoken for After Deadline.

One could argue that all 5 spots in the NL Playoffs are already solidified, after some of the wheeling and dealing  leading up to yesterday’s trade deadline. The league-leading Dodgers were very busy acquiring three pitchers: Yu Darvish,  and relievers Tony Watson and Tony  Cingrani. The Central-leading Cubs traded for Jose Quintana, as well as setup…

Baseball Becoming too Home Run Dependant

The unveiling of the All-Star Game rosters happened on Sunday,  which  means that the Home Run Derby  is only a week away.   It’s always fun to see how far the best players in baseball can hit the ball  for one night in July. This year’s event might  seem ordinary instead of extraordinary because one…

Rizzo has Jumpstarted Cubs Attack

The Chicago Cubs  have struggled to find a replacement for Dexter Fowler atop their lineup so far in 2017.  This inconsistency atop the lineup  has been a big reason for their 36-34 record through 70 games.  In the last week, the Cubs have appeared to find their answer for the leadoff spot from a  very…

Astros Look Like Clone of 2016 Cubs

After two months of an MLB season, typically the true contenders for a World Series championship  begin to come into focus.  In the American League in 2017, one team  has clearly separated itself from the rest of the competition: The Houston Astros. Their 42- 16 record, so far this season, is already 14 games ahead…

Young Pitching Leading to Rockies Turnaround

Throughout their existence, the Colorado Rockies have routinely been two different teams, depending on where the game is played.  Their offense would perform well at home, but once away from the high altitude of Denver, the offense would cool off.  The altitude has  had the reverse effect on their pitching staffs throughout Rockies history: struggles…

Until Schwarber Moves Down, Cubs Struggles Continue

Going into the 2017 season, the Chicago Cubs biggest question mark was who was going to replace Dexter Fowler at the top of the order.  Well, six weeks into the season that question appears to be unanswered. Left Fielder Kyle Schwarber has struggled adjusting to his new role atop the Cubs lineup.  Through 35 games…