MLB Predictions, Thoughts, and Rantings

AL EAST 

Toronto (92-70)*

Deepest line-up in the AL, a good staff, and enough prospects to make one more move.

Tampa Bay (89-73)*

Leaving Wil Myers in AAA for service time reasons, as well as not putting Chris Archer in the rotation right now, might cost them the Division.

Baltimore (81-81)

A better team this year, but without the ridiculous luck in one run and extra inning games. Gausman and Bundy being up in the 2nd half makes them a team to watch for 2014.

Boston (77-85)

Will benefit greatly from the attention whoring Bobby V’s departure, as well as a comeback year from Jon Lester.

New York (72-90)

Zero young talent, best prospects still at least a year away, and an old, broken down roster all lead to the worst Yankee team in 20 years.

AL Central

Detroit (88-74)*

So many flaws, but 3 big stars and a bad division help them.

Cleveland (84-78)

Good line-up, great manager, atrocious pitching.

Kansas City (75-87)

Couldn’t go all in on going for it, Shields is shipped out by mid season for some less than Wil Myers.

Chicago (66-96)

Chris Sale breaks down, Dunn looks lost, and Kenny Williams’ luck finally runs out.

Minnesota (50-112)

Morneau is shipped out by midseason (possibly to Toronto), Mauer is probably injured again, and a helpless rotation is beat to death.

AL West

Oakland (94-68)*

Love the multiple platoons, love the pitching, love the front office.

Texas (89-73)*

A good team, but a step down from a few years ago.

Anaheim (88-74)

The season rests on the shoulder of Tommy Hanson. That is not a sturdy thing.

Seattle (70-92)

A mis-matched offense, but it’ll be fun when the young pitchers come up in the 2nd half.

Houston (56-106)

Get a ton of shit for only spending 25mil on payroll this year, but what were they supposed to do? Give out big contracts for no reason? This will be a fun little experiment, and  LF Chris Carter might set a record for lowest batting average in a 40HR season.

NL West

San Francisco (88-74)*

They just always figure it out.

Los Angeles (84-78)

Could win 100, could lose 100. But just a little over .500 feels right.

San Diego (81-81)

Scrappiness can only get you so far.

Arizona (81-81)

Exhibit A.

Colorado (40-122)

The Rockies have amassed quite possibly the worst rotation in baseball, play in the worst park for bad pitchers,  have next to nothing on the way, and just hired what I believe was a JV softball coach as their manager.

NL Central 

Chicago (90-72)*

This years Orioles, with a deep pitching staff, a Rizzo breakout, and some luck.

Cincinnati (89-73)*

Dusty Baker is one of the worst managers in baseball history and the Aroldis Chapman decision was Dusty-level stupid.

St. Louis (88-74)

The lack of a middle infield is a slight problem.

Milwaukee (67-95)

You can sign all the Kyle Lohses you want and it’s not going to matter.

Pittsburgh (66-96)

This will be a nice job for whomever the next Pittsburgh GM is.

NL (B)East

Washington (110-52)*

The same team as last year, but with a true center fielder and lead-off man (Denard Span) replacing Mike Morse, steady Dan Haren replacing the up and down Edwin Jackson, and 20 year old Bryce Harper replacing 19 year old Bryce Harper.

Atlanta (100-62)*

Freddi Gonzalez and a gaping hole at 3rd base will hold them back all year long.

Philadelphia (70-92)

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New York (66-96)

David Wright and the 7 dwarfs on offense.

Miami (56-106)

A big fucking joke.

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AL MVP: Mike Trout

AL CY YOUNG: Josh Johnson

AL ROY: Kevin Gausman/Dylan Bundy

AL Playoffs: 

Tampa over Texas

Tampa over Oakland, Toronto over Detroit

Tampa over Toronto

NL MVP: Bryce Harper

NL CY YOUNG: Jordan Zimmermann

NL ROY: Jedd Gyorko

NL playoffs: 

Cincinnati over Atlanta (Sorry Jim)

Washington over Cincinnati, San Fran over Chicago

Washington over San Fran

World Series:

Washington over Tampa

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL DIVISIONAL WEEKEND ATS PICKS AND BREAKDOWN

NFL DIVISIONAL WEEKEND ATS
Well, last week we gave you a 3-1 week. And in straight up winners we were 4-0 having the Texans win. This week however is the most BRUTAL week in all of sports to gamble. Ask any ‘sharp’ in Vegas and they will tell you that THIS is one of the toughest weekends to cap. What makes this weekend even tougher is that 3 of the 4 matchups are rematches from the regular season. The Elite Eight of the NFL gets narrowed down to four. Let’s do our best to break this one down.

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NFL Playoffs Preview and ATS picks

First off, I think this NFL playoffs has a lot of great drama to it. More than usual to be honest. A lot of unknowns.There is never just ONE favorite to make it all the way either. It’s all about the hot team. Who is playing the best football, at the right time. For me, I think 3 of those teams have that special season going right now. The Seahwaks, Broncos, and Bengals. Something about those teams remind me of the Giants teams of years past. I say the Giants because as everyone knows, may not have had the best regular seasons, but put together a brand of football that is key in going all the way. Good pass rush, efficient offense and timely big plays. Here are my picks for Wildcard Weekend. Enjoy and tell me what you think!!!

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MY TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MOVIES

For those in the festive spirit, enjoy and let me know if you agree!!! The sports blogs will kick back off the day after Christmas. Got some good NFL playoff and NBA stuff coming soon. But here’s MY Top Ten Christmas Movies. I understand I probably left A LOT off here but it’s all about what movies you grew up with, watching with your family and the ones that stick with you throughout time. These were mine. The sports blogs will kick back off the day after Christmas. Got some good NFL playoff and NBA stuff coming soon.

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My Top 10 Most Underrated Acting Performances….. and other stuff.

Movie and TV award shows are obnoxious and silly. They only recognize certain people and genre’s. It ultimately is a popularity contest every year. So many great performances get overlooked. Genre’s like comic book movies, action films, and even comedies I feel sometimes fall thru the cracks. Thanks to those of you who sent me so many nominees on twitter. The qualifications were kind of vague. I wanted to take people from different genre’s as well as serious performances that were snubbed from the Oscars. Without going too deep into cinema history, here is a list of MY most underrated acting performances of the last 20 years.

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A Thankful Sports fan

First off, thank you for reading this on your Thanksgiving. All the best to you and yours on this day. I am thankful for a lot of things. My family, friends, and job. I am lucky to be doing my dream job and work with great people. Radio was something that I wanted to do since middle school. And I am so thankful for a great boss, co-workers and loyal listeners. I am also privileged to be the voice of the Lugoff-Elgin Demons which I take great pride in. I am thankful to be engaged to my best friend Ashley, for without her I may not be where I am in my life right now. And special thanks for the Galloway family for taking me in and their warmth and hospitality during this calendar year. I love them all. I truly mean all of that, and feeling rather great today writing this quick blog.

Saying all that, have you ever thought about what you are thankful for as a sports fan?? I did. Because it seems all we ever do now in this age of social media is bitch and moan about the bad things in sports. The things that make our skin crawl or things that just are not right and should be changed. Well lets be positive today on Thanksgiving. Here are the things that I am truly thankful for as a sports fan.

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