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MLB season and playoff predictions at halfway mark

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Teams are about to play their 81st game sometime this week. We are right at the halfway mark of the MLB regular season even though there are a few more weeks until the All-Star break. The contenders, pretenders and bottom dwellers are starting to become less blurry. The picture is not quite in high definition yet, teams can still go ...

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Numbers show: Don’t put your closer in when the game is tied

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From Mariano Rivera to Craig Kimbrel, Trevor Hoffman to Joe Nathan, the game of baseball has seen many great closers come and go. Recently, it seems as if the role of closer has been magnified as bullpens specialize more and more. Closers have a certain mojo. Rivera came out to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. Hoffman came out to AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.” It sends ...

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MLB Players of Week 11: Brock Holt, Max Scherzer


Week 11 has come and gone. The Tampa Bay Rays are on a tear and have taken the top spot in the AL East. A no-hitter was thrown and a cycle was hit. It is not everyday that you have both in one week. This made my choices for hitter and pitcher of the week very easy… Hitter: Brock Holt, Boston ...

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MLB Players of Week 9: Maikel Franco, Chris Archer

May 20, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) heads to home in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 of the MLB is in the books. The surprising New York Yankees have won 6 straight and are sitting atop the AL East. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are losing ground in their respective divisions. Here is the hitter and pitcher of this week in baseball… Hitter: Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies As I read the weekly ...

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MLB Players of Week 8: Josh Donaldson, Carlos Martinez

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Week 8 of Major League Baseball is in the books. The Minnesota Twins are some kind of hot right now. They are in first place in the AL Central despite great teams in that division. Surprise teams are popping up all over the big leagues. The entire American League seems upside down. Here is the batter and pitcher of the ...

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MLB power rankings after Week 6


Week 6 of Major League Baseball action is in the books. The week ended with Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond being shown the door and three teams with a five-game winning streak in the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. Here are the power rankings almost a quarter way through the season. 30. Milwaukee Brewers (13-25) The Brewers don’t have ...

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Players of Week 5: Bryce Harper, Michael Pineda


Week 5 of the MLB season is in the books. The Washington Nationals are storming back up the NL East standings and the St. Louis Cardinals continue to play well and have the best record in baseball. There were a lot of deserving players this week but here is the hitter and pitcher of the week. Hitter of the Week: Bryce ...

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MLB Players of Week 3: Adeiny Hechavarria, Alfredo Simon


This week has been a good one if you like entertaining baseball in April. You had Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw, Yankees vs. the streaking Mets and more benches clearing with suspensions. It was tough to pick two guys out of a crowd of deserving candidates for my players of the week. Hitter of the Week: Adeiny Hechavarria, Miami Marlins ...

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MLB Players of Week 2: Nelson Cruz, Jacob deGrom

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There was some offensive firepower this past week. Many players could be deserving of the Player of the Week. This was an entertaining week in baseball that saw the debut of Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant, a wild and heated series in Kansas City and the surge of the New York Mets who, brace yourselves, have the best record in ...

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MLB players of the week: Adrian Gonzalez, David Price


The first week of the season is in the books and it’s time to evaluate the best players of the first week. Some fun things have happened in the first seven days of baseball. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are still undefeated at 6-0. The Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels have all stumbled out of ...

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