Last minute end of season predictions

Mookie Betts
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Mookie Betts) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Tomorrow we all will get to enjoy the beginning of the NLCS and Saturday the ALCS, so it is time to make some last minute predictions.

Let’s start with the National League awards. Clearly the National League MVP will be Christian Yelich. He has risen above all other candidates and lead his team to the playoffs and in to the NLCS. Yelich lead the NL in batting average, tied for third in home runs and third in OBP. What a season and what a major breakout.

Staying in the National League we turn to the Cy Young award. My heart wants Jacob DeGrom to win this one, but with only 10 wins it just may be too much to ask. So, I have no choice but to turn to, nope not Max Scherzer like you thought I would say, but to Aaron Nola. Nola finished the season with 17 wins, a WHIP of 0.97 and second in ERA at 2.37. Talk about a breakout, Nola improved his ERA by over 1.0 point and that was with an increase of nearly 60 more innings over last season. He is well deserving of the Cy Young and should be walking away with that hardware.

Switching leagues now to the American League we look at the AL MVP. This year the AL MVP won’t be going to my favorite player Mike Trout, instead it will head to the East Coast and go to Mookie Betts. Betts finished the regular season tied for ninth in home runs and first in runs and batting average with 129 and an average of .346. Though not quite as impressive as Nola’s breakout Betts does stay with our theme of breakout players winning hardware.

Finally the AL Cy Young will be awarded to a player who barely made the All-Star team this season, what a joke, Blake Snell. Snell may have been the best breakout of all of our breakouts this year. First in ERA and wins and second in WHIP the decision to give Snell the AL’s top pitching honor is a no brainer, but then again I thought him making the All-Star game was as well.

Ok, since you twisted my arm I will give one more prediction. Our 2018 World Series Champions will be the Houston Astros. They are not getting the respect they deserve, but will show everyone who the champs are.

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Why Google looks basebally today

Here is an article by CBS Sports on why Google is honoring Roberto Clemente today.

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Roberto Clemente and Google

Bregman and I Agree

Earlier this week I posted an article about the lack of respect the Astros are getting. Alex Bregman agrees.

Here is a quote from an article on ESPN.com, “Does Floyd Mayweather fight the first fight of the night, or is he the main event?” Bregman said. “I mean, does Tiger Woods tee off at 8 a.m.? It’s about time the ‘show ‘Stros’ play on prime-time television, so we’re looking forward to the ALCS.”
Mr. Bregman I agree. It’s time to show the Astros the respect they deserve.

Mixed Feelings

I came across a story today regarding Houston Astros’ pitcher Ryan Pressly sticking up for Roberto Osuna. You can read the story here.
For those who are unaware Osuna was suspended this season under the leagues domestic violence policy.

During Monday’s ALDS game 3 a Cleveland Indians fan was heckling Osuna in regards to his suspension and teammate Pressly came to his defense. Now, on one hand I am all about a teammate sticking up for another teammate, but on the other hand sticking up for someone who is believed to hit women is not something I am for.

As I read through the story I started off feeling like Pressly did the right thing, but as I kept going those feelings changed. I am still at this moment very torn. In the end I am landing on Pressly doing the wrong thing. Why you may ask? Because sticking up for a teammate is one thing, but insulting the fan who clearly wasn’t pleased with Osuna’s off the field behavior is another. Using profanity towards the fan is unacceptable to me and if Osuna can’t take the heckling he should have kept his hands to himself.

Would love to hear your opinion on the matter, comment below.

Say Goodbye to Brad Ziegler

Today Brad Ziegler announced his retirement from baseball. Ziegler played 11 season in the big leagues for multiples teams, but today I am asking myself will anyone remember him five years from now?

This is not a knock on Brad Ziegler, it is more of a statement on relievers and their placeziegler in history. Now some may remember Ziegler as that guy who had a weird delivery or because of his unique last name, but other than that will he have a lasting place in your mind?

Relievers in general are not memorable. They serve a purpose eating up innings in the mid to late innings of a game, but most of them are in the bullpen because they are not all that special. Most relievers will not be remembered five years after retirement, not just Brad Ziegler.

In addition to pointing out how irrelevant relievers are this should also show us how truly special guys like Mariano Rivera, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman or Troy Percival are. Each of which were special players who are going to remembered long after they say good bye to the game.

So, good bye Brad Ziegler and good luck in whatever your future holds. Sorry I won’t remember you in five years, but that’s the life of a reliever.