Five weeks are gone in the season, and the top teams are having trouble keeping their position, if they haven’t lost it already. Both Eastern Divisions are remarkably close from top to bottom as well. The NL East also sees all five teams currently at least at .500. With such a tumultuous start to May, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, May 6, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 5 »
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB Playoffs, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals
Coming up on the end of April, the Athletics have slowed and brought the AL lead into a pileup. That’s also true more than ever of the NL Wildcard race. The AL East is stretching out a bit, while the NL West is contracting. Teams all over the place are still having trouble breaking free of the pack, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 28, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4 »
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, MLB Playoffs, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers
After three weeks of the season, Milwaukee and Oakland are still ruling the roost, while the AL East and Central divisions both have 2.5 games between top and bottom. Other than the League leaders, no clear contenders have emerged yet. Though the teams people though would do well are starting to sift their way up the standings. It’s a critical time for building momentum as the season’s first month comes to a close, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 21 at 7:05pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3 »
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB Playoffs, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals
Two weeks are gone in the MLB season. Plenty of teams that were taken with a grain of salt or even discounted before the season are pulling ahead in the early going. Other predicted contenders aren’t doing so well. Then again, it is early, and that can happen before teams settle into a groove. But as it stands, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, April 15, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2 »
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB Playoffs, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals
For the past ten years, trading card companies like Topps have relied heavily on vintage style card sets to help keep collectors interested in the hobby. Sets that feature card designs that have ranged anywhere from the 1960s all the way back to the early 1900s. This week Topps continues their annual look into the past with the late nineteenth century inspired Gypsy Queen set (fourth year of production), which is named and styled after the early tobacco cards.
Continue reading 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Preview »
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The MLB season is now underway, and with plenty of big signings, trades and new contracts, it should be a great season. And we’re here to bring you our writers’ predictions for how the season will turn out. After a surprise championship season, the Red Sox aren’t as under the radar to begin this year, though the Tigers and Rays look to give them some stiff competition. The Dodgers are the only team unanimously picked to win a division, but what seed that will get them is a matter of disagreement. After a rough season for the Upton brothers, the Braves are down, but not necessarily out. There’s a good amount of variety in our picks, so anyone could win.
Scoring for the picks is as follows:
- Correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points instead for correctly guessing a division winner.
- Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each league is worth five points, then four points for correctly guessing the #2 seed, and so on.
- Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the best record in the majors is worth two points.
- In the event any of us finish tied, the first tiebreaker will be picking the team that finishes with MLB’s worst record. The next tiebreaker is MLB’s second-worst record, then third worst, then the most teams in the worst three in any order, and finally lowest combined record of all three picks.
And with that, all that’s left is to check out the picks. So check below, and feel free to comment with your choices. And check back once the regular season concludes to see how everyone did. Continue reading 2014 MLB Expert Picks »
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Continuing our position by position ranking of the AL East, today’s focus is second base. If you missed last week’s make sure to check it out here. These rankings are a way to ramp up for the baseball season and to incite your own thoughts on the rankings. At the end of the piece feel free to comment of where you think we were wrong (and right!). So without further ado here are this week’s rankings.
1. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: There really should not be much argument here, as Cano’s departure for Seattle makes Pedroia the de facto premier second baseman in the division. Pedroia is a leader at the plate and on the field and does not do anything halfway. While his hard play should be praised, it did lead to a thumb injury on the first game of the season last year, which led to a decline in power (only 9 home runs). With his thumb fully healed, expect Pedroia to be on top of his game this year. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Second Base »
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