National League


Schwarber
The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber started off his sophomore season the way no player wants to start any season. In the third game of the season at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field, Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL – both imperative ligaments in the knee – in an outfield collision with centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season and thus far, the Cubs’ entire playoff run to the World Series. You can watch the injury as it happened back in April below: Yes, it most certainly wasn’t pretty and it was a huge […]

Should Kyle Schwarber really be the Cubs’ DH in the ...


division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 National League Championship Series Ok, I understand I am a bit late to post this in a seven game series but with the ALCS moving so fast, I figured the National League Championship Series, no matter how exciting it has been, had to wait until today. Since pretty much the entire world already knows about Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers due to all the action, I’m just going to quickly recap the highlights of both games. Beginning with Game 3 things will be back to […]

National League Championship: recaps & analysis from each game: Cubs ...


division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 Division Series Coverage Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my daily coverage of both the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jay and the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs!! Here’s the deal on each Division Series after the conclusion of each day’s Division Series games**:  ALDS:  Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers (*the @ sign signifies the team with home field with advantage): Game 1: Toronto 10, Texas 1 – Texas ace LHP Cole Hamels got hammered by the Blue Jays’ lineup – […]

2016 Division Series: daily recaps & updates – Final Update! ...



NLDS Game 5
Baseball in October. There really isn’t anything like it. Serious intensity, historic achievements, sometimes complete absurdity – and just when you think you have seen it all, there’s more. The Chicago Cubs ninth inning comeback to defeat the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night was one of those games, or so we all thought. We all thought, “Wow, now that was insane and intense and potential history in the making.” While that NLDS Game 5 may still be potential history in the making, the show put on by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals’ Park may […]

Thought the Cubs win was crazy? Then you didn’t see ...


friday
As was predicted it was a pitcher’s duel of almost epic proportions in New York on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner out pitched Thor, aka Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets, but just barely. With their closer, Jeurys Familia, in in the top of the ninth inning with the score still stuck at nothing all an unlikely hero emerged for the San Francisco Giants. Infielder, and not everyday player, Conor Gillaspie launched a three run home run off of Familia. Gillaspie was just a fill in for the night taking over for Eduardo Nunez who hasn’t played since September 25, […]

Giants advance with help from unlikely hero, Four Division Series ...


curse
This day is an HUGE one in the history of Major League Baseball. It is the day that the Chicago Cubs were officially cursed.  A man named William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to Wrigley Field to watch game four of the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Murphy’s stench was bothering the fans surrounding William “Billy Goat” Sianis. They were eventually forced to leave in the fourth inning, even though Sianis had bought two box seats – one for him and one for Murphy. Needless to say, Sianis was not pleased. There are different accounts […]

OTD in Baseball History: Cubs’ Curse!



Edwin Encarnacion, thor, white cleat beat
This is likely a recap that you already know, if you follow baseball regularly. If you do not that’s ok. Last night’s American League Wild Card Game – while intense – is somewhat easy to condense (not meant to rhyme – sorry).  The AL Wild Card one-game playoff between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night. The weather was nice and for the first time since 1985 (when Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox was the Jays’ skipper) the Blue Jays hosted an open air postseason game.  According to […]

Jays defeat O’s, MadBum vs. Thor


Sean Rodriguez 1
Recently I wrote that the Oakland A’s were fairly set for next season, that they wouldn’t have much room left on the roster to go after more than one, perhaps two, free agents. Yet they do have a piece or two missing and it couldn’t hurt to bring in another veteran to support two-time all-star catcher Stephen Vogt in teaching the new young A’s team how to navigate playing everyday in the major leagues. The A’s could use another power bat. Even with rookies ready to help out in the outfield, designated hitter position and at first base, the A’s […]

A’s should take a look at Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez for ...


Mike Piazza
On September 21, 2001 Major League Baseball resumed play after stopping play for 11 days. The terrorists’ attacks of 9/11/01 had left the entire country in shock and the city of New York in complete disarray. The mourning period for the thousands of lives lost that day, now 15 years later, still continues but on a much more mild scale. The first game played in the city New York was between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. The stadium was filled with American flags, mourning people and a still a sense of American pride. The […]

OTD in Baseball History: Mike Piazza hits most iconic HR ...



Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move ...


old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals 2
The TBK “All Old Friends” Quarterfinals are finally here!  There are now four teams left in the All Old Friends bracket: the Oakland Athletics team that I put together will be going up against the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be taking on the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels are facing off against the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals will be playing the Milwaukee Brewers this week to see who makes it to the semifinals! To vote for my #1 ranked A’s team to win! Click Here!! For the results of the second […]

The Quarterfinals of the TKB “All-Old Friends” Bracket have arrived!


It’s pretty obvious simply looking at the list of eight pitchers who have started for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 that quite a few things weren’t quite right. While some teams have used more than eight starting pitchers this season, it’s still a number most clubs would rather not have to see. Moreover, every single pitcher that has started for the Brewers in 2016 has been a right-hander. While it’s not too common to hear of lefty-heavy starting rotations which usually indicates that three to possibly four of the starters being left-handed, it’s a bit more rare to find a […]

Issues with the Brewers starting pitching and where they may ...