Monthly Archives: September 2015

Re-Ranking the top 5 2016 MLB Free Agents

In May, mlbtraderumors.com ranked the top MLB free agents who were set to be free agents in the offseason. Based on their seasons, their stocks have gone up and down. I provided what MLBTR originally wrote, along with my  current top 5 based on their season and careers

Here is what mlbtraderumors.com originally wrote:K1

1.  Justin Upton.  San Diego agrees with Upton, who is on pace for 40 home runs this season.  He could surpass his career high of 31 right around his 28th birthday, which is in late August.  Oddly, the Padres left fielder has done all his damage so far at Petco Park.  Upton will be 3-4 years younger than Robinson Cano and Albert Pujols were when they reached free agency, and he has a chance to top their $240MM contracts.

2.  David Price.  Price’s ERA at last check-in was 0.40, so it had nowhere to go but up.  He’s now at a more mortal 3.40, 22nd among American League qualifiers.  It’s probably just an eight-start blip on the radar, but Price’s strikeout and groundball rates are down this year and he’s allowed more than a hit per inning.

RoyalsTigers JFS 8-10-15 08623.  Johnny Cueto.  Is Cueto a better pitcher than Price right now?  I’m considering the possibility more seriously.  Cueto, who is six months younger than Price, leads all of baseball with 7.23 innings per start.  Last year, only Price bettered Cueto’s regular season total of 243 2/3 frames.  Cueto is more than a workhorse, though, as he has a 3.03 ERA on the season.  He stands a decent chance of being traded by the Reds this summer, making him ineligible for a qualifying offer.

4.  Jason Heyward.  Heyward is settling in with the Cardinals, batting .273/.343/.398 since we last checked in.  That’s in line with his last couple of seasons, but another 10-15 home run campaign isn’t going to get him a monster contract.  Just 26 in August, Heyward’s youth and defensive value should still result in a deal worth well over $100MM.

5.  Jordan Zimmermann.  Zimmermann has shined in the five starts since our last update, bringing his ERA down to 3.66.  His skills in this quarter season have faded considerably from last year, though, as his 15.2% strikeout rate would represent a career worst.  Again: it’s just eight starts.  But a good $50MM hangs in the balance for Zimmermann.

All of that is in the exact words of mlbtraderumors.com

In my opinion, the top 5 looks different right now

1. Zack Grienke– In my opinion, Grienke should win the NL Cy Young award. He leads the majors in ERA with an outstanding 1.68, he also has the NL’s second best record of 18-6. He does not have as many strikeouts as some others, but he still will strike the 200 mark.

2. David Price- Price leads the AL in ERA with a 2.45. His record is slightly better than Grienke’s, as he is 18-5. He does have more strikeouts than Grienke as he comes in at 225.

3. Yoenis Cespedes– Cespedes appears to be one of the front-runners for NL MVP. DespiteYoenis Cespedes being a Met for just a few months, he has put up some great numbers on the season. He is currently batting .295. He has 35 homers as well as 105 RBIs, which are all among the league leaders

4. Jordan Zimmerman – A 13-9 record with an ERA in the mid 3s may sound good, but he is capable of much better. He will have a sub-200 k season, but i believe he is capable of striking out 200.

5. Justin Upton– Upton should get over $100 Million this offseason. He has hit close to 30 home runs for the past few seasons, while constantly having over 100 RBIs. The average is nothing to brag about, but it is no doubt that he will make a great middle-of-the-order-bat for any lineup.

60% of top MLB RBI leaders are Blue Jays

The heart of the Blue Jays lineup is simply amazing.Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 12.28.34 PM

The middle of their order consists of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion.

Of the top 5 RBI leaders in the majors, they sit second, third, and fifth, respectively.

3 out of 5 is 60%.

After already securing a postseason spot, it appears that there are not many, if any, teams that can get in the way of the Blue Jays this season.

The 2015 MLB playoffs preview + Predictions

With just seven games left to play in the 2015 regular season, we can start to see which teams will be in the playoffs, and where they will be playing.

By the looks of it, there are some teams that will surely be in the playoffs, but also some teams that will be fighting down to the last second for a playoff spot.

As for the American league, it looks like these will be how teams finish:

AL East: Blue JaysJosh_Donaldson_1280_71gh76lf_iz58y58z

AL Central: Royals 

AL West: Rangers 

AL Wild Card Teams: Yankees vs. Astros 

 

AL-BASEBALLALDS Round One: Royals vs. Rangers

Yes, This would mean that the Royals don’t finish with the best record in the AL

ALDS Round One: Yankees/Astros vs. Blue Jays 

Yes, This would mean that the Blue Jays finish with the best record in the AL

 

PREDICTIONS:

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Yankees beat Astros

The game will likely be played at Yankee stadium, and the Astros will likely have Keuchel on the mound, who is great at home, but not so much on the road.

Blue Jays beat Yankees in 4 games 

The Yankees just can’t compete with the Blue Jays, already coming in without their best starter and facing David Price in game 1.

 

 

RoyalsTigers JFS 8-10-15 0862The Royals beat the Rangers in 4

I think that the Royals will lose game one, but win the next 3

I think that The Blue Jays will beat the Royals in 7 and be the AL champions

 

 

 

As for the National league, it looks like these will be how teams finish:

NL East: Mets 

NL Central: Cardinals  

NL West: Dodgers 

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels

NL Wild Card: Pirates vs. Cubs 

The Cubs can’t beat Gerrit Cole at home

NLDS Round One: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Yes, This would mean that the Cardinals finish with the best record in the NL

NLDS Round One: Mets vs. Dodgers

Lets just say these games will be very low-scoring. Kershaw-Harvey, Greinke-DeGrom to start off the first two games will be very fun to watch,

PREDICTIONS:matt-harvey-big-dl

Cardinals Beat Pirates in 3

Sorry Buc Nation, but there is no way that the Pirates come out on top of this series.

Mets Beat Dodgers in 5

A close series, but the Mets will come out on top

The Cardinals will Beat the Mets in 6 and advance to the World Series

 

Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis CardinalsCardinals win the World Series in 6

Even though i’d love to see the Mets win it, I think that there is no one getting in the way of the Cardinals

 

 

Yogi Berra, MLB Legend

Tuesday night, on the 69th anniversary of his MLB debut, Yankees legend and icon, Yogi Berra passed away.

As sad as it is to see him go, I can honestly say that I am glad that he is in a better place. 300x152_yogi_h8bxs5v9_binvu2zg

No player in the history of baseball has won more world series than Yogi. He has appeared in a whopping 15 series, and his team has come out on top in 10 of the 15.

Yogi was more than just a player. He was a world series Championship winning manager, as well as a great announcer.

mlbf_496973283_th_45He was known for his baseball quotes. Some, which did not make much sense, but the fans still loved him nonetheless.

 

 

Here are just a few of his famous quotes

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
It ain’t over till it’s over
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
231207-0-600Yogi berra had a lifetime batting average of .285, as well as 358 home runs 1,430 runs driven in.
No catcher has ever driven in more runs than Berra.
Although he is now in a better place, I think that it can be agreed that Berra was not only the greatest catcher of all-time, but that he will be missed greatly.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Berra family in this time of grief.

Covering the Diagnostic Clinic 10th Annual Charity Classic

I had the great honor of being invited to the Diagnostic Clinic 10th Annual Charity Classic, early Saturday morning.IMG_0003

It is an awesome event that raises money and awareness for Diabetic Charitable Services and the Diabetic clinic.

Diabetic Charitable Services is a local, non-profit organization which sponsors screening for the early detection of diabetes.

The Diagnostic Clinic has served patients in the greater Tampa Bay area for over 43 years. They have over 100,000 active patients, many whom have been diagnosed with Diabetes and others that need early screening processes but whom may not be able to afford it.

IMG_0014It is for such an excellent cause and everyone who participated did the community a huge favor.

The event was put on by Charity Coordinator, Ann Torguson, who did an incredible job.

When I first arrived, I could not help but notice the amazing golf course in which the event was located. It took place at Innisbrook Golf Course in Palm Harbor, Florida on September 18th.

The scenery was beautiful. Some of the golfers I talked to had told me that it was IMG_0007one of the best courses they had every been to. I completely agree with them.

I got to take a golf cart around and look at the course. I noticed that it is very well kept. The golfers loved it, as I did too.

I had the chance to watch the putting competition, where groups shot for a hole-in-one. I’ll admit, it was a tough shot, but some of the golfers made some great shots.

IMG_0036After all the golfing was over, at about noon, everyone went to the lunch and silent auction.

The food was incredible. Gourmet burgers were provided. As a 16 year old boy, I couldn’t have been any happier.

While everybody was eating, there were silent auction itemsIMG_0034 on the side that would be sold to the highest bidder. The items were incredible. They included footballs signed by Mike Evans and Jameis Winston. There were also jerseys signed by players such as Vincent Jackson.

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After the 50/50 raffle award was given away, the awards went out to the best teams, as well as the winners of the “longest drive” competition and the “hole in one” competition as well.

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After lunch, the awards were given away, the afternoon had come to a close. I had such a fun time and can not wait to go to the upcoming events.

In fact, there will be a wine tasting in Tampa, Florida with NFL legend Ronde Barber on the 5th of October which you will not want to miss!

 

 

 

 

KC’s magic number down to 6

Throughout the course of the season, The Royals have been the only team to really take a hold of their division and not let anyone else get close.

That is why they are the first team that has been talked about having a realistic magic Greg-Holland-56-celebrates-with-Norichika-Aoki-23-of-the-Kansas-City-Royals-after-defeating-the-Los-Angeles-Angels-8-3number at this point.

To those that do not know, a magic number is the amount of games they need to win in order for them to win their division, even if they lose every other game. While it is no doubt that we will see them in the playoffs, it is always fun to see teams clinch a playoff berth.

With multiple weeks left in the season and an 11 game lead, it would appear that they will certainly win 6 more games.

They were boosted the other night by the bat of 2B Omar Infante. He had not even found himself in the starting lineup in over a week before Thursday’s MLB: ALDS-Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angelsgame, but after two- two RBI hits and a 3-run homer, he was accountable for 7 of the 8 runs the Royals had on the night.

It is no doubt that Kansas will be an exciting team to watch in the 2015 playoffs.

Rangers walk-off into First Place

Tuesday night, The Rangers found themselves not far behind the first-place Astros.

The difference between first and second place in this division is huge.

The winner of the division will proceed to the ALDS. The second place team will likely find hi-res-180376006-mitch-moreland-of-the-texas-rangers-at-rangers-ballpark_crop_norththemselves in the wild card game in a do- or-die situation.

A team would much rather finish in first so that they do not have to use their best starter before the actual series even takes place.

The Rangers were down for a good part of the game, until they had first and third with Mitch Moreland at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Moreland hit a weak fly ball that would allows Drew Stubbs to score. The rangers not only won the game, but they advanced into first place in the AL west.

Even though it is just a half game lead, it is very important for a team who did not even look like contenders just a few weeks ago.

Only time will tell, but at this point, it looks as if the Rangers will find themselves in the playoffs whether it be via the wild card or division.