AL Central

Murphy, KC
After Saturday night the New York Mets found a themselves in a place that they had hoped to never be. They found themselves three games to one to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. It’s not an impossible spot to get out of. Teams’ in history have done it before, the last time being the 1985 World Champion KC Royals.  The Mets had the lead until a fifth inning mistake by Yoenis Cespedes but the scoring started on a solo home run by rookie Michael Conforto. It was his first of the night off of Royals’ starter Chris […]

Murphy, Cespedes allow KC to go up 3-1 in the ...

Game 3, takeaways
New York Mets’ captain David Wright, who has been out most of the season with lumbar spinal stenosis, was the true hero during the Game 3 of the 2015 World Series as the Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 9-3. He contributed four RBI to the Mets’ nine total runs and it was great for everyone to see him looking like his old self. It was Wrights second career postseason home run and first ever in the World Series. The crowd at Citi Field was electric with constant chants of “Lets Go Mets” and when Daniel Murphy […]

Mets take control in Game 3 of the World Series

Cueto, second tier pitchers 2
Cueto pitches first World Series complete game since 1991 Honestly  this is a game I don’t want to talk about all that much.  Not that I necessarily don’t like the Kansas City Royals but I most certainly like the New York Mets a bit more. Unfortunately for me and a lot of New Yorkers, the game ended 7-1 in favor of the Royals. This game was pretty straight forward. Royals manager Ned Yost made the best decision possible. He started Johnny Cueto at home in Game 2 Wednesday night. Yost made sure that if the series even goes to six […]

Behind Cueto, Royals easily take Game 2

Game One
Royals walk-off in the 14th inning to take Game 1 of the World Series You can’t say that this hasn’t been a strange postseason. From New York Mets’ David Murphy‘s six home runs in six straight games to the insanity that ensued in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Almost every postseason game in 2015 has had something special, different or interesting occur (most of which will be in a series of columns I will soon be running on Today’s Knuckleball – likely at the conclusion of the World Series). Game 1 of […]

Craziness continues in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series

AL Pennant, Royals 7
*Just a warning … I am going to be biased in this post. Not necessarily because I don’t like the Kansas City Royals – which I do not (and not because of the 2014 WC game but because of their antics and their bush league play) – but because I honestly believe that they won this year’s AL Pennant unfairly, in fact in my opinion I don’t think they won it at all!* The game started out looking like the Kansas City Royals were taking game six with ease. David Price looked liked his usual postseason self when he allowed […]

Royals wins AL Pennant but did they really?

Not all baseball seasons end like the one in the picture. Everyone’s been on the opposite side of that, right? Then there are the season when you have that moment you realize you are just happy that you’re team didn’t get no-hit I had that moment on Friday night (and have had them before) and it went kinda like this: Texas Rangers’ pitcher Colby Lewis pitched a gem on Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. He was pitching a perfect game in the eighth inning when Oakland Athletics’ third baseman Danny Valencia led off the eighth by taking […]

That moment when not getting no-hit feels like a win

Billy Burns, Billy Burns highlights, rookie of the year, potential breakout players
I’m back online for a  few hours (Wednesday afternoon I will be officially back!!_ We are  LOVING the new house but living without cable or internet is completely insane! I have missed so much!! Ron Washington was named the new A’s third base coach, Sean Doolittle is back and Kendall Graveman is on the DL – and that’s just a small sample of one team! I can’t imagine all that I have missed in general baseball news! It’s terrible!  So back to this post. I’ve talked A LOT on my blog about why the Oakland Athletics’ lead-off hitter and center […]

Check out some of my favorite Billy Burns highlights (videos)

After the 2013 season, Robinson Cano, arguably the best second baseman in baseball, surprised everyone by electing to explore free agency instead of immediately re-signing with the New York Yankees – the only team he had played with during his nine-year career. Still, it was widely assumed that he would become the next in a line of Yankees to play his entire career wearing pinstripes (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, etc.). In December of that year, he further shocked the baseball community when he signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. The Yankees’ highest offer reportedly came in […]

Is Cano’s contract the worst in baseball today?

Dave Dombrowski 1
Update: August 5, 2015 8:30 pm PT Ok, now that Dave Dombrowski has made a statement, things are coming a little more into focus on this situation. The former president, CEO and GM of the Detroit Tigers wasn’t told anything about his “release” from the team until just before we were. Dombrowski told on Wednesday, It’s pretty simple. Mike Illitch let me know yesterday, they were going in a different leadership direction.” Dombrowski wasn’t exactly shocked, however, with his contract expiring at the end of the season he hadn’t heard anything about its renewal either. Still, it means that […]

Update: Dombrowski didn’t know of his “release” from the Tigers ...

Update: July 26, 2015, 9:00 pm PT While the Kansas City Royals may have proven that they don’t plan on settling for second place this season by acquiring a rental pitcher in Johnny Cueto, by rental I mean that Cueto will be a free agent at season’s end and it’s unlikely the Royals will have the money to re-sign him, the Cincinnati Reds seem to have been the team to “win” in this trade. They received three young premiere left-handers in Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Reds trade Cueto to Royals for LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. […]

Update: Reds’ get solid starting pitching in return for Cueto

Joe Blanton
It’s only been two starts but Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Joe Blanton appears to have actually made his comeback. He pitched six innings of one-run baseball Monday against “King’ Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners en route to a 4-1 win. As I talked about in my latest post about Blanton, he was the last one of my comeback “kids” from this spring. So many older players were attempting to make comebacks this season such as Barry Zito, Johann Santana and Dontrelle Willis to name few, that I wrote a spring feature on them. Blanton is so far the first and […]

Joe Blanton appears to be back, out duels King Felix

Joe Blanton
Update: June 17, 2015 9:45 pm PT Joe Blanton gets the job done for Kansas City As it turned out, well at least on Wednesday, Joe Blanton pitched one of the better performances in his career. Maybe it wasn’t the best in terms of number of innings (5.0) as he’s thrown 10 complete games in his career, but for a return to the mound as a starter after almost two years, his performance was more than the Royals could have asked for. Blanton pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, no walks while  striking out four batters. […]

Joe Blanton pitches well, gets the win in first start ...