Friday, October 20, 2017

A’s finish strong after losing four in a row, Dodgers bullpen improves

To commemorate Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the Oakland A’s chose on Friday night to honor five of the greatest African-American to don the yellow-and-green. Among those in attendance at the pre-game ceremonies Friday were Vida Blue, John “Blue...

Inside the teams vying for a National League West title

As the season enters its sixth week, the National League West is beginning to look a lot more like the Wild West. Just three-and-a-half games separate the first-place Dodgers and last-place Padres, the smallest gap of any first- and last-place...

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...

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 –...

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...

Deconstructing the Dodgers’ forgettable October

On Oct. 15, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost Game 5 of the National League Division Series to the New York Mets. In a press conference after the game, then-Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked how his team’s postseason departure would...

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...
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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...
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Blue Jays clinch ALDS amid bizarre circumstances

For the first time in 22 years, the Toronto Blue Jays have advanced to the American League Championship Series. The Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 6-3 Wednesday night in a win-or-go-home series finale at the Rogers Centre. The game was...

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...