Friday, October 20, 2017

Greinke deserves Cy Young over Kershaw

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has terrified opposing batters since he entered the National League in 2008. The bushy-bearded ace has posted a 112-55 record in 240 career games. His career ERA is the lowest among all active players at...

To win in October, Dodgers must improve their sagging bullpen

Phil Spector, the infamous music producer turned convicted murder, penned the classic and often-quoted, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” in 1958. Though the hit song – made famous by artists like The Teddy Bears and Nancy Sinatra –...

What went wrong with the Angels (and how they can fix it)

The 2015 season was not kind to the Angels. For months, the team played Chutes and Ladders in the American League West standings. After a disappointing August, which saw the team drop to more than seven games back of the...

Cards Avoiding the Broom

A few things come to mind when a traditional baseball follower hears the phrase “the Cardinal way.”  For example: Smart and disciplined front office; a fruitful farm system and development program; consistent players that continue to produce; a loyal...

Nine predictions for the Dodgers’ 2016 Season

It’s been almost two months since the Los Angeles Dodgers got knocked out of the postseason by the New York Mets, and what an offseason it has been. Days after the team’s Game 5 NLDS loss to the Mets, former...

Sammy the Blade’s Bonus Baseball Playoffs Picks

eing a lifelong baseball fan, the game is ever so close, and near and dear to my heart. You have seen me picking the NFL games on a weekly basis here, so I thought I would do a bonus...

Good times coming for the Dodgers

Don’t worry about the Los Angeles Dodgers. Really. The time for panic and paranoia – which seems to last all-season for most Dodgers fans – is not now. The team, trailing the first-place San Francisco Giants by five games as...
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Utley’s slide was legal, but takeout slides should be eliminated

In the twelfth-inning of a tie-game, Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins took off from third-base. As Cousins barreled toward the plate, trying to tag up and score on a fly ball hit to Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz, one thing stood in...

October is Coming: MLB playoff power rankings

Winter is coming, and the MLB playoffs are almost upon us. October is the month when kings are crowned, curses are broken and history gets re-written. Average Joes in the regular season become heroes in the postseason. At-bats last...

Giants struggle, Dodgers end week with comeback win

I saw Madison Bumgarner Tuesday night. It wasn’t a date, though it was pretty close. I’ve seen him so many times before that I’ve lost count. In my mind, I always make a tally of which Bumgarner I’m about to...