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.
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2016 Recap: 94-67, 1st in the AL Central. Lost the World Series to Chicago. The Land is back!! After the Cavs won their first title, the Indians won the American League and played in one of the most epic World Series in recent memory (yeah they blew a 3-1 lead, but we’re not talking about that right now). And to top it off the Browns just pulled off one of the best trades in the recent history of the NFL. Everything’s coming up Cleveland. This offseason saw the Indians get even stronger when the brought in free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion to bolster an already solid lineup. As an Orioles fan, I am glad to see E5 out of my division and only ruining my night 10 times a year instead of 19 times a year. With the rest of the team’s in the AL Central filled with question marks or in the middle of a rebuilding effort, the Indians should cruise to October once again. Everything’s coming up Cleveland.
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The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. Since the NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, lets turn our attention something more interesting. The Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter and we will get right into breaking it down starting with the American League.
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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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The MLB All Star Game and festivities are finished which only means one thing: it’s time for the hot stove to be turned all the way up. In 1986, Major League baseball changed the non-waiver trade deadline from June 15th to July 31st (unless July 31st falls on a Sunday which this year it actually does making the deadline August 1st) and since then we have seen our fair share of trades. We have seen deals that did not amount to much at all, but we have also seen plenty of franchise altering trades occurring minutes before the deadline as well as during the weeks leading up to it.
Continue reading 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: Deals That Need to Happen