National League Early Reactions

We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.

Also, check out the AL piece here if you missed it.

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San Francisco Giants 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 87-75, 2nd in the NL West. Lost in NLDS 3-1 to Chicago Cubs. It was an even year and Madison Bumgarner had just outdueled the Mets Noah Syndergaard in the NL Wild Card game, so it seemed that everything was lined up for the Giants to win another World Series title. Then the Giants ran into the unstoppable force known as the Chicago Cubs and their already weak bullpen imploded in the process. The Giants entered this offseason needing to address two major areas of need, relief pitcher and left field. Brian Sabean and company filled one of those needs by immediately signing former Pirates and Nats closer Mark Melancon. Left field however, they left unattended and are still searching for answers.

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NFL Wild Card Weekend Hot Takes

Houston Texans 27, Oakland Raiders 14

Nick Bair: The Oakland season was over the second Derek Carr got injured. Saturday was just an extended eulogy. Props to the Texans’ D though for coming to play and taking advantage of a 3rd string rookie quarterback. Houston will probably get smoked by the Patriots, but Jadeveon Clowney and the pass rush might give them a small chance at staying competitive. Clowney is a monster (finally) and can change a game single handedly. The problem is New England is great at scheming against good players. They also have Tom Brady. This was just a play-in game, but again good for Houston.

Randy Haines: I’m pretty happy for Brock Osweiler. He kind of actually looked like he was an above average quarterback, maybe? It will be interesting to see how terrible New England makes him look this weekend, but at least for one week Osweiler looked a starting caliber quarterback. The real question is why is this the night game? I would be shocked if Houston scored more than 16 points this weekend. Can you flex games in the playoffs?

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NFL Wild Card Weekend Picks

The regular season is over (Randy sighs in relief) and it is finally playoff time! We are still going to pick each game against the spread through the Super Bowl, but we will also offer some extra analysis on each matchup.  Let’s get ready for Wild Card Weekend!

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MLB National League Offseason Review

The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. The NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, meanwhile the Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter. We broke down the American League yesterday and are back to do the same with the National League today.

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A Football Weekend in London

A few weekends ago, I made a trip to London, England, and took full advantage of the rare chance to enjoy both English football and American football in the span of two days. On Saturday, I went to Emirates Stadium to see Middlesbrough face Arsenal in a Premier League regular season match. Then, on Sunday, I went to Twickenham Stadium to see the New York Giants play the Los Angeles Rams in an installment of the NFL International Series. I had an incredible time across the pond and wanted to share my unique experiences, observations, and insights as an American sports fan in London.

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MLB 2016 Playoff Preview

It’s that time of year again baseball fans. We already know will have a new champion this year as the analytics community rejoices over Ned Yost’s Kansas City Royals not getting a chance to repeat as World Series champions in 2016. The baseball playoffs are always one of the hardest things to predict in sports. Since 2000, the team with the best regular season record (close your eyes Cubs fans) has gone on to win the World Series just twice. We have real parity in the postseason this year. In addition to Kansas City not making it back, we have four new teams playing in Division Series that missed the playoffs last year. Take that NFL. So without further adieu, here are my predictions that I of course feel very confident about today, but will more than likely hate in about 10 days because that’s baseball and that’s why we love it.

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