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Tonight’s game will be quick

Its safe to say that tonight’s hitters will need to react quickly to opposing team’s pitching.

Most MLB pitchers that throw in the upper-90’s are relievers, but some are starters.

Two of the few starters that can hit triple-digits are Noah Syndergaard and Yordano Ventura. MLB fans will have the luxury of watching both pitchers square-off tonight, in game 3 of the World Series at Citi Field. Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 1.35.46 PM

The average fastball from Ventura is around 97 MPH, and the average fastball from Syndergaard is closer to 98. Both pitchers logged numerous triple-digit pitches this season.

I excited to see not only how well the pitchers do, but how deep they pitch into the game. If Ventura can give the Royals 7+ innings, it will be very hard, because we all know that the back-end of the Royals bullpen is scary.

As for the Mets, they will need Syndergaard to go deep in order for them to get the ball to Familia with the lead.

First pitch is set for 8:00 on Fox tonight.

Picture via MLB.com

World Series Game 2: Recap and Thoughts

After a crazy game one, it would be hard to top it off.

Game two was a great game, which went in favor of the Royals. They won 7-1, while facing one of the National League’s best arms, Jacob DeGrom.

The main highlight was not the major offense of the Royals, but the pitching. They were mlbf_526631783_th_45backed by a complete game from Johnny Cueto. It was the first complete game from an AL pitcher in the world series since Jack Morris did it back in ’91.

The Royals are now up two games to none, which represents a commanding lead in the series. The Mets aren’t out yet, but they need to be in “win now or go home” mode at this point.

Yordano Ventura of the Royals is set to face off against Noah Syndergaard of the Mets on Friday night. The game will start at 8 PM on Fox.

Game 1 is nothing less than what we expected

It is fair to say that the Mets and Royals are equally matched.

The Mets have the upper hand in pitching, as the Royals have the better lineup and bullpen. With each team’s ace squaring off last night, Matt Harvey of the Mets looked to out-duel Edinson Volquez of the Royals in a game 1 for the ages.

As the Mets went down quietly in the top of the 1st, The Royals opened up the bottom half with a bang. Alcides Escobar knocked the first pitch he hit into the gap in left center for an inside the park home run. Yes, he hit an inside the park home run. 1493207430914595982

It was the first time there was an inside the park home run in the world series since the 1920s.

The game was tied at 3 for a while, until Eric Hosmer made an error at first, which allowed a run to score and make it 4-3 in favor of the Mets.

With a 1-run lead, the Mets brought in their closer, Jeurys Familia, who has been lights-out as of late. He has not blown a save in over a month. But this is postseason baseball and anything can happen. And it did. Alex Gordon hit a mammoth home run, which tied the game up at 4. The Royals would go on to with the game in extra innings in front of their home crowd due to a walk-off sac fly from Eric Hosmer.

It was a crazy game, and it is fair to say that this will be a series of the ages.

2-0 and 2-0

After four crazy games, from two crazy series, both series lie in favor of one team.

In the ALCS, the Royals have taken a commanding 2-game lead.

The case is the same for the NLCS, as the Mets have won both games of the 7 game set 26harvey-superjumboagainst the Cubs.

Although many would like to see the Cubs go all-the-way and break their streak of fruitless trips, it seems fairly unlikely at this point. The Cubs have already pitched their best two pitchers and lost both games. It will be interesting what happens when the series goes to Chicago for the next three games.

As for the AL, don’t count the Blue Jays out just yet, as they lost their first two games in the previous series, but came back to win three in a row to beat the Rangers and win the series.

Kansas city and Toronto are set to play tonight and the Cubs and Mets are scheduled to play tomorrow night at 8:00.

The Results from the game 5s

As predicted, yesterday was an absolutely crazy day for the baseball world.morales

Both were headlined by key starters. Stromam, McCullers, Cueto, and Hamels.

The Royals beat out the Astros 6 to 4, and was headlined by the home run by Kendrys Morales

The Royals advanced to play the winner of the Blue Jays-Rangers game.

Although the Royals game was great, what really got my attention was the Blue Jays-Rangers game.

The Blue Jays were down early, but tied it up with an enormous homer from Edwin Encarnation.

After the game was tied up, The Rangers  took a 3-2 lead when Martin’s return throw to the mound deflected off Choo’s bat, allowing Rougned Odor to score from third.

There was much controversy surrounding the play because the umpires were not sure how to rule it. In conclusion, the play stood, and the crowd was not happy about it.

The crowd began to throw objects onto the field and at one point, Edwin Encarnacion told them to stop, by gesturing his hands. Jarod Dyson took it the wrong way, and got in an argument with Encarnation. The benches cleared.

Philadelphia Phillies v Toronto Blue JaysThat wasn’t the only time the benches cleared..

Later, Troy Tulowitzki was touched by Dyson after he popped out, and Tulowitzki exchanged words with him. The benches cleared.. again.

The biggest factor though was Jose Bautista and his 3-run home run that gave them the lead that was enough to win the game… and the ALDS.

It was a crazy game and will be one that fans and players remember for a long time.

Today’s Game 5s

What a time to be alive.

After a crazy series between the Cubs and Cardinals came to a close, it is time to shift ourmarcus_stroman1280_yfl6cphs_p50glh2m attention towards the AL, as we have not one but TWO game fives in one day. And that day is today.

For the Astros-Royals game, Astros’ 19-game winner Collin McHugh is set to take the mound. As for the Royals, Johnny Cueto is set to get the ball.

In the other series between the Blue jays and Rangers, Rangers Ace, Cole Hamels is set to face off against Blue Jays phenom Marcus Stroman, who has yet to lose a game this season.

It is tough to pick who will come out no top in these games, but one thing is for sure and it is that both games will be ones to watch

The Utley Situation

During Saturday’s game between the Mets and Dodgers, Chase Utley was on first. As a double play ball was hit, Utley did what baseball players are taught to do. Break it up.

As the ball was flipped to Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, Chase Utley slid into him hard. He i-2slid so hard that he actually broke Tejadas leg.

Was it intentional? We may never know. But one thing is for sure. The MLB is not happy with Utley. He was suspended for two games, which is a tough hit for the Dodgers, who will be facing Matt Harvey. Utley has great numbers against Harvey.

Though the MLB is not happy with Utley, The Dodgers stand behind him, as he appeals the two-game suspension.

In my opinion, I feel that Utley had no intention of hurting Tejada. Utley’s slide may have been harsh, but I do not feel he deserves a two game suspension, as he clearly had no intent of hurting Tejada.

Pirates Eliminated; Cubs Win; Arrieta is unstoppable

In case you were sleeping under a rock for about the past two weeks, you know that the MLB wild card games are under way are very important and relevant to the overall playoff picture.

Many thought that the Pirates would beat the Cubs. The Cubs came out on top. jakearrieta

Although the Cubs were in the Pirates home park and facing their ace, Gerrit Cole, the Cubs’ bats stepped up.

Dexter Fowler had three hits including a home run. Catcher Kyle Schwarber also had a long ball, but that wasn’t the performance that really raised eyebrows.

Jake Arrieta had arguably the best postseason start of all time.

Now after you hear that, you may think “what about Roy Halladay’s no hitter?”

Well the numbers speak for themselves.

Although Arrieta didn’t throw a no-hitter, he did something that no postseason pitcher has ever done before. He threw a complete-game shutout, while striking out eleven and walking none… NONE.

It’s really mind-blowing and makes us think about how lethal the Cubs are going to be this postseason.

Yankees Eliminated; What this means for ALDS

Tuesday night, The Yankees were eliminated from the 2015 MLB playoffs.

They were given a decent outing from their ace, Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched 5 innings 07YANKEESshow19-videoSixteenByNine1050while allowing 2 earned runs.

Although the Yankees only allowed three runs, it was enough to get the job done for the Astros.

The Astros owe their thanks to AL Cy Young Candidate, Dallas Keuchel.

Keuchel pitched brilliantly for the Astros. He pitched 6 shutout innings, while striking out seven.

YANKEES3-superJumboThe Astros were backed by solo shots from Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez. They also got a run from an RBI single from 2B Jose Altuve.

The Astros had an excellent defensive game. After Keuchel came out, their bullpen got the job done.

The Astros are set to face the Royals in the ALDS Tomorrow at 7:37 PM on FS1

Yankees clinch and get 10,000th win in same night

The Yankees have had their fair share of ups-and-downs over the past few seasons.Greg_Bird_1280_vjkz4l45_y7twdt4d

After winning the world series back in ’09, the Yankees have never really came close to that point ever since. Though they have made the postseason since then, I do not believe that they have had a team as good as they do now, since that point. The Yankees have missed out on the playoffs the past two seasons and they have a shot at winning 90 games this season. Like CC Sabathia said last night in a postgame interview, people projected the Yankees to finish last in the division.

espnapi_dm_140605_mlb_news_carlos_beltran_retunrs_wmainFor those who do not know, The Yankees clinched a postseason spot last night as the first seed in the AL wild card. Last night was also their 10,000th win in franchise history.

No one would have ever seen the Yankees in this position, which is why I believe Joe Girardi should win the Manager of the Year award.

Even though they did not win the division, they did clinch a postseason spot. They will face either the Angels or the Astros in a one-game playoff. The winner of that game will play either the Blue Jays or Royals.

In a perfect scenario, the Yankees play the Angels and advance to play the Royals.

As a fan of the Yankees, I would much rather see them play the Angels in a 1-game playoff than the Astros. The Astros simply have the pitching to shut down the Yankees. If the Yankees were to play the Angels, they could easily overpower their pitching, as opposed to the Astros who would likely start potential AL Cy Young Dallas Keuchel.

Whatever happens, it will be an exciting series to watch, nonetheless.