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2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results

By on October 30, 2014 at 7:59pm

The World Series is over, in a thrilling Game 7 no less. That led to a hearty celebration, to be sure. Usually a starter, but with no games ahead, Madison Bumgarner got a very rare five-inning save to cap off the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

The Giants were the favored team among our experts, though nobody saw the series going the full seven games, much less concluding in such a tactical game. Still, points are points in the final round. So who ended up with the big win? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results »

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Many Red Sox fans have been dreaming of free agent third basemen, Pablo Sandoval since August. Those dreams only intensified after he put together an extraordinary post-season. There have also been rumors circulating that the Red Sox are “all in” on the powerful switch hitter.  And various reports have indicated that Sandoval is in Boston to meet with Red Sox management.

After a terrible season and a flurry of trade-deadline roster moves Sox fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement of splashy free agent singings. Plus, with news of Giancarlo Stanton signing one of the most lucrative deals in the history of sports, the Braves and Cardinals swapping stars, and the rival Blue Jays locking up catcher, Russell Martin—Sox fans are now desperately awaiting any sort of positive news from the free agent front.

But can Sandoval help the Sox contend in 2015? Continue reading Why the Red Sox DON’T Want Pablo Sandoval »

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Oscar Taveras

Cardinals top prospect and outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend was in the car with him and also died in the accident.

The accident occurred in Puerto Plata in the D.R.

Taveras was seen as a rising star in the major leagues. Continue reading Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash »

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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 use sports betting sites in the USA 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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