The MLB is right in the middle of spring training, so that makes it a perfect time to start making predictions for the upcoming season. When you have the defending World Series champions, the highest paid team in baseball and three teams filled with great young talent in the same division, the National League West should be one of the most exciting division races to watch all season.
The San Francisco Giants were able to win 94 games and the World Series last season, so they have to be the favorites to win the division. The Giants are heading into the 2013 Read the rest of this entry »
Changing gears for a moment to talk about something weird that happened recently.
My friend was on his Dish TV or whatever he uses to watch his shows when he emailed and asked me about the Curse of the Bambino. At first I thought he was joking. Anyone who actually followed baseball at least knew about the Red Sox and the fabled curse of the Bambino. The Bambino was the nickname of Babe Ruth, the legendary baseball player who spent a good part of his career leading the Red Sox to greatness until he was summarily sold off to the New York Yankees. Thus, the curse began.
After that, it seemed absolutely impossible for the Red Sox to dig themselves out of this losing rut that they found themselves in. No matter what, they just could not make it into the World Series and whenever they came toe to toe with their rivals, the New York Yankees, well, you could bet on the Yankees and come out on top. Of course, all of this changed in 2004 when the Red Sox finally did win the series and they have enjoyed a marginally better history of baseball ever since. So the next time someone talks about “reversing the curse” or the “curse of the bambino” that is what they are talking about.
Perhaps the most open division this season, the NL central is most definitely up for grabs. A division full of powerful hitters such as Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, it is clear that the long ball will light up stadiums this year. The Milwaukee Brewers should win the division due to an excellent combination of hitting and pitching. Count on Fielder and left fielder Ryan Braun to have great seasons, with pitchers Zach Greinke and Yovani Read the rest of this entry »
The Philadelphia Phillies wrapped baseball’s National League East division up months ago. Often considered to be an American League team playing in the National League, the Phillies had the best record in baseball this year and won a franchise record 102 games. Despite an 8 game losing streak in September, the Phillies played stellar baseball all 162 games this season.
The Philadelphia Phillies currently hold a 1 game lead in the National League Division Series. They are playing the St. Louis Cardinals and should not have much trouble dispatching Read the rest of this entry »
It is not possible to predict who will the American League West in October as the Rangers have already won the division. However, this blog focuses on statistical information for the American League West as well as reasons why the Angels got second place in the division. In the 2011 baseball season, the Texas Rangers, easily won the American League West as the Rangers beat out the Los Angeles Angels team by ten games. The Rangers finished the season with ninety-six wins Read the rest of this entry »
The Detroit Tigers easily won the American League Central; however, this article focuses on the details behind how the team was able to beat the Cleveland Indians by a wopping fifeteen games. The Tigers move from the American League East to the American League Central was a beneficial move as the Tigers could never accomplish a divison win in the East divison as they have in the West divison. The Tigers were able to win the division by doing well and the Indians los because they did poorly.Confused? Here ‘s a little help .
The Indians, who finished second in the division, ended the season with Read the rest of this entry »