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MLB: National League Preview

by Bill M April 7, 2015
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Welcome to MLB 2015!  Here’s a quick outlook for each team.  I’ll tackle them in order by my predicted order, starting with the National League today. NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST WASHINGTON NATIONALS Really going out on a limb with this one.  After signing the belle of the ball free agent Max Scherzer this offseason, the Nationals […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M August 3, 2014
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A lot of mediocrity this week… *Stats and records through 08/02/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 67-42 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s simply treaded water this week (3-3), but it was a good time to do it because nearly all of the teams in the Top 10 did the same thing.  The stats are deteriorating […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M July 29, 2014
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And away we go with the unofficial 2nd half getting underway. *Stats and records through 07/26/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 64-39 (Last Ranking – #1) After coasting for a couple of weeks leading into the All-Star break, Oakland came out with guns a blazing (6-3 since the last ranking).  They are still just dominant in […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M July 14, 2014
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The last Power Ranking before the All-Star Break.  It will be very interesting to re-visit this list in October. *Stats and records through 07/12/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 58-36 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s have kind of been coasting the last couple of weeks (4-3 in each week), but they also still have the […]

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National League Wild Card Game – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds

by Bill M October 1, 2013
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As a long-suffering Pirates fan, it’s actually not all that hard to think back to little-known Francisco Cabrera lining a baseball to Barry Bonds in leftfield; knobby-kneed Sid Bream rounding third base and [supposedly] beating Barry’s throw to home plate, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the […]

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2013 National League Mid Season Report

by Bill M July 10, 2013
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NL EAST           Huh, what do you know?  Sitting pretty with this division. WHAT WENT RIGHT Everything?  All of the teams were predicted in the correct order, but how they got there has been a little different than I expected.  So, I won’t belabor you by patting myself on the back […]

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The Sports Fans’ Guide to the 4th of July

by Bryan Z. July 4, 2013
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Summer is in full swing and has reached its unofficial half-way point. That means we’re on the brink of another July 4th weekend. With temperatures on the rise and back to school sales on the horizon, it’s important that we take a break in the middle of the summer to have a little fun. The […]

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A Tale of Two Good Starts

by Bill M May 25, 2013
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Jeff Locke Locke’s been a revelation for the Buccos so far this season, going 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA.  He wasn’t a top prospect (was not a familiar name on Top 100 lists), so this success begs the question: is he for real, or is he smoke and mirrors? He has a 4.21 xERA and […]

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MLB Predictions 2013

by Bill M April 2, 2013
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The last thing I want to do is emulate the ESPN Radio buffoons Mike & Mike, so I cannot call these “predictions sure to go wrong.”  I guess I’ll call them predictions that will piss me off in October. We can grind and grind on these things, but that’s probably the best thing about baseball, […]

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Baseball Thankful List 2012

by Bill M November 22, 2012

Thank you Miguel Cabrera for winning the AL Triple Crown, causing an epic debate between the traditionalists and the sabermatricians.  Cabrera won because there are still more traditionalists in the BBWAA, but the case for the overall greatness of Mike Trout’s season created many a supporter.  For a good example, see Nate Silver’s (yes, that […]

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