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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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1. Around the NFL:

* I hate the Patriots not playing on Sunday afternoon

* Hats off to the Rams coaching staff for taking risks – fake punt and a tricky punt return scheme

* Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan is the most overrated coach in the NFL

* Redskins have two playoff wins since Daniel Synder bought the team in 1999 / They had twelve playoff wins and two Super Bowls in the previous fifteen years

* The NFC South has a combined record of 8-17-1 / 2-12 outside their Division

* The curse of the Tuck continues – Raiders 0-6

2. Around College Football:

* Playoffs right now is Miss State vs. Alabama / Florida St vs. Ole Miss (though the Miss teams play each other and one will get knocked off) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Off – Winter is Coming »

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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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1. Patriots:

MISC

* Not close to a Super Bowl team – they are on pace for 12 wins but I don’t think they win a playoff game with this team

* Time of Possession 41 to 19 wow!

* I don’t have a problem with the 15 yarder Devy took defending Brady BUT a number of penalties in the Red Zone knocking them backwards

* Imagine how mad New England would be if the kick was good and Rex Ryan pumped his fist and jumped up and down

OFFENSE

* Patriots scored on first drive – hip, hip hooray! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Hang On, Save Our Weekend »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* A badly officiated game both ways
* What a great gig Mike Perriera has stating the obvious
* Patriots better be careful not to abuse Gronk and Edleman
* Why didn’t the Bills target Chandler 15 times
* Announcers were getting a little Bills crazy
* Was the turf slippery?
* How long are they going with Aiken as the long snapper?
* Pats now on pace for 11-5 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Slide up to Top Six Team »

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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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1. Patriots Preview – @ Buffalo Bills:

* Brandon Spikes is working up to a foam

* Freddy Jackson has over 250 yards after the catch (I love his game)

* It’s amazing how much better the Bills skilled weapons are – Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson, CJ Spiller, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler (its not even close)

* Bills already have 17 sacks – Marcell Dareus has 5

* Kicker Dan Carpenter is 4-5 from 40 yards out (including 58 yarder last week to win it)

* Team only has one rushing TD

* Patriots are 65-41-1 against Bills

* At least three time All Pros in Bills history: 8 x Bruce Smith / 5 x Billy Shaw / OJ 5 / 3 x Mike Stratton / George Saimes / Joe Delamielleure / Butch Byrd / Tom Sestak Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Columbus Day Weekend – Enjoy »

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