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2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series

By on October 21, 2014 at 8:28pm
San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.

For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:

  • Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
  • Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
  • Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
  • Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
  • Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.

So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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The Royals and Giants were each bubbly in celebrating World Series trips. (http://theferventshaker.files.wordpress.com/)

The World Series is set. The Giants and Royals, both of the Wildcard teams, advanced past the LCS round in quick fashion. The Royals are four wins away from end a very lengthy drought, while the Giants look to continue their streak of biennial championships. Choosing the Royals to get there was simple enough for our panel, though the Giants had to split votes with St Louis. In addition, it was difficult for most to see such quick series coming, ditto for guessing Lorenzo Cain and Madison Bumgarner as ALCS and NLCS MVPs respectively.

But it’s not over yet, as anyone can still win. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back Tuesday for the World Series picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series Results »

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What to Make of the Post-Derek Jeter Yankees

October 15, 2014 at 8:53pm in MLB
Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter’s last game with the Yankees was the stuff of Hollywood legend. He chopped an RBI single toward third, his 3,465th career hit, and then removed himself from the game. He went out at Fenway, which seems like anathema to a Yankee, but Red Sox fans cheered Jeter for over two minutes. Before the game, Boston arranged a pre-game ceremony where sports greats including longtime Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, legendary Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr and New England Patriots Hall-of-Famer Troy Brown honored Jeter before the entire Red Sox team came out to acknowledge the Yankees captain. As a team, the Red Sox donated $22,222.22 to Jeter’s charitable organization, the Turn 2 Foundation.

The Captain went out at just the right time and in just the right way. However, his absence leaves a big hole not only in fans’ hearts but also in the Yankees infield. Anyone who likes to bet on baseball should start anticipating how Jeter’s departure could affect the Yanks. Let’s take a look ahead to next year. Continue reading What to Make of the Post-Derek Jeter Yankees »

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MLB's semifinals include both Wildcards with a throwback matchup in the ALCS. (http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/)

The League Championship Series are here. Both Wildcard teams made it through this far. The NLCS pits the two teams that have represented the NL in the World series the last four seasons, while the ALCS provides two teams looking to return to glory after a very lengthy absence from it.

The Royals are favored by our staff to move on to the World Series, while the NL rep is more divided. Though at least it can be agreed, based on our picks, that if the Cardinals advance, the NLCS MVP will be someone named Matt.

Speaking of which, with the MVP being introduced into the series, we’re now introducing it as a scoring category as well. That means that picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last and the MVP of each is worth one point.

So check below to see the picks for this round, and come back once it is complete to see the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series »

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Baltimore easily dispatched the Tigers' talent by breaking into their weak bullpen. Can they now take the next step? (2005, Monte Taylor, http://www.tsuru-bird.net/orioles/)

Wasn’t that a fun round? Both Wildcard teams advanced. Both AL series were done after a three-game sweep. Clayton Kershaw couldn’t get it done. The Nationals and Giants fought into 18 innings in Game 2. Did anyone have Baltimore and Kansas City in the ALCS before the season started?

All that wrecked havoc with our picks, as only one pick for the Orioles was correct insofar as having a team advance. That left it mostly up to getting the series lengths correct to get an advantage going into the LCS picks.

So check below to see how everyone currently stands, and come back Friday for the next round of picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round Results »

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Can St Louis overcome the sheer ability of Clayton Kershaw to advance to the NLCS? (http://dutchlakefarm.files.wordpress.com/)

With the Divisional Round about to begin, we should see some great games. Wildcard winners Kansas City and San Francisco face dangerous aces without their best pitchers in Game 1s. Detroit and Baltimore are all set for a slugfest. St Louis will use Adam Wainwright to counter potential NL MVP Clayton Kershaw.

In preparation for the four series, we’ve brought you our choices for how the round will turn out. Picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last is worth one point.

Check below for the picks, and come back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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San Francisco earned the win in a dominating performance in PIttsburgh. [http://www.andrethegiant.com/]

The Wildcard games are now complete. Kansas City came from behind twice to beat Oakland in a 12-inning thriller, while San Francisco just dominated in their 8-0 thrashing of Pittsburgh. Though having used up their best pitchers before facing Jered Weaver and Stephen Strasburg respectively can’t feel too good for them.

But before that, the Wildcard Pick ‘Em results are below. See who gained a slight edge heading into the next round, and check back shortly for the Divisional Round Picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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