Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a move with Kershaw out
With Clayton Kershaw out for potentially four to six weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move. Oddly, it’s not necessarily because of the fact that Clayton Kershaw is out that the Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a trade. The offense is good enough to carry the team for now and despite a revolving door of pitchers on the disabled list, it’s possible they could make due without having to give up a top prospect for a pitcher like the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish or the Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray.  Both pitchers will come with a steep price. Darvish […]

The Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move, if not ...

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2016 American League Championship Series Similar to my brief coverage of the ALDS and NLDS, I am going to do updates after each game of both the American League Championship Series and the National League Championship Series. So check back often for quick game recaps with a bit of analysis! There may only be four teams but each game doesn’t need a full-on review or full analysis, however, if you did miss a game I hope these posts about the American League Championship Series will help catch you up enough to be ready for the next game! 🙂 Toronto Blue […]

American League Championship Series: daily updates & analysis: Indians win ...

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 ...

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Gray or Verlander: Who’s got the edge in the re-match? The last time these two pitchers went head to head in a game one was the 2011 Cy Young  Award and 2011 American League MVP  and the other was a rookie who had been called up to the big leagues in July. Oh and it was three years ago in the postseason. The pitching champ was Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tiger. The rookie a kid named Sonny Gray, from the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers had already defeated the Athletics in 2012, taking the ALDS to a full five games. […]

Gray and Verlander finally meet again for 2013 ALDS re-match

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Hanser Alberto: An unlikely hero postseason hero Who is Hanser Alberto? It’s a pretty good question.  If you’d asked me on Thursday I wouldn’t have known answer. I might not even have noticed why you were asking, but we’ll get to that part in a minute. Alberto was signed as an International Free Agent out of San Francisco de Macoris, Duarte, part of the Dominican Republic, by the Texas Rangers in 2009. He was just 16 years old. By 2012, he’d advanced to Double-A, while also playing each year in the Dominican Winter League. He started 2015 at Triple-A Round […]

Meet Texas’ unlikely hero Hanser Alberto

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*Originally written for FanRag Sports’ Today’s Knuckleball on Oct. 1, 2015 Astros seeing a home run resurgence in season’s final days About a month ago the Houston Astros’ lead in the American League West was slipping from their grasp. They had been in first place in the division almost everyday since mid-April and were slowly losing ground to the Texas Rangers. Now it’s a three-way chase for the AL West and second wild card spot, which could possibly even end in a three-way tie between the Astros, the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers. The Angels had been behind in […]

Astros homer runs may just save season

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With a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels now find themselves four games back in the American League West behind the first-place Texas Rangers. They find themselves in a much better position when it comes to the race for the second AL wild card spot. After winning Wednesday afternoon, the Angels are only one and a half games behind the Astros the race for the AL wild card. The Minnesota Twins are also in the mix, tied with Los Angeles, so anything can still happen. Any one of those three teams could end up in the postseason. […]

2015 postseason holds no hope for Angels

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Adam Wainwright to return to Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright fate has been figured out – finally. Today on MLB Network’s show MLB NOW it was announced that Wainwright has been cleared for baseball activities. Wainwright went down in late April after tearing his left Achilles tendon and was rendered out for the season. However, he met with his doctors on Monday and he has been cleared to resume baseball activities. This is excellent news for the Cardinals, they’ve got their ace back. He may not start, however, Wainwright will likely pitch out of the bullpen. Having Wainwright […]

Adam Wainwright likely to pitch out of the bullpen in ...

It appears it may be the beginning of the end for the Houston Astros after they were annihilated this week by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers swept the Astros in a four-game series, outscoring them by 20 runs and taking away the Astros lead in the American League West. Houston now trails Texas by two and a half games. That’s not saying that the Astros have no chance at making the playoffs or even winning the division. They have 12 games left to play including another three game series against Texas at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Plus the other […]

Is the postseason really in the 2015 Houston Astros’ future?

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After recently reading a poll on the end of the 2015 season awards from ESPN’s experts in which 11 of the 14 panelists chose Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch as their candidate for American League Manager of the Year, one of the picks of three “outsiders” really made me stop and think. ESPN’s Christina Kahrl voted for Texas Ranger’s manager Jeff Banister. The more I reflected on it the more I realized that, what appears to be a no-brainer in electing Hinch as AL Manager of the Year, might not really be so clear-cut. Of course, Hinch appears to be the perfect candidate, […]

Rangers’ Jeff Banister should be AL Manager of the Year

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The Houston Astros have lost 10 of their 18 games in August and five of their last ten. While there’s no shame in playing at a .500 clip, the Astros are going to need to do more than that if they want to win the American League West, let alone secure themselves a playoff spot. They sit just two games above the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. That doesn’t sound like that big of a problem except that the Astros offense, that was so strong for the majority of this season, appears to be fading with approximately 40 games […]

Astros’ drop in power may cost them the postseason

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With Holland’s return and a smoking hot offense the Rangers might just make a postseason run Derek Holland, starting left-hander for the Texas Rangers, made his first start since being sidelined in April with a shoulder injury. He also missed most of last season after injuring his knee in an accident at home involving his dog. Talk about some bad luck. Bad luck did not follow Holland on his do-over of 2015’s “Opening Day,” in which he made it through just one inning. Wednesday  Holland went six and one-third innings, allowing eight hits, 2 runs, no walks while striking out […]

With return of Holland and a hot offense the Rangers ...