Category Archives: Series Previews

Giant preview 4/24/17

Rarely over the past decade have the Dodgers faced a last place Giant team. I’ll let someone else figure out when was the last time but I know it has been a while. At 6 – 13 the Giant are now 43 – 57 since June 30th, 2016. At that point, the Giants were 50 …

Continue reading

1st place Diamondback preview for 4/21/17

The Diamondbacks head home after a quick California road trip that saw them go 4 – 5 against the Giants/Dodgers/Padres. They had started the trip 6 – 1 and in 1st place, they ended it 10 – 6 and tied for 1st place with the Rockies. This team has alot going for it but I see …

Continue reading

National Positional Starters Review

I’m going to look at the positional breakdown for the NL East Champions.  The last time I looked at them was June 20th but at that time they had Wilson Ramos and Stephen Strasburg. Eric Stephen gives us the statistical breakdown of the matchup but the Nationals are not the team who played 162 games as …

Continue reading

Didi the Diamondbacks make a Gregorius mistake?

Much has been made this summer and last winter about the Arizona Diamondback deal that sent SS Dansby Swanson and others to the Braves for Shelby Miller.  While Miller has been the worst pitcher in baseball, it is too soon to tell if Swanson can turn into that beautiful Swan or not. Meanwhile a few …

Continue reading

Gary Sanchez and the Yankee 9/12/16 Preview

How about this: The Yankees got Alex Rodriquez to retire Traded their best hitter in Carlos Beltran Traded their best relief pitcher in Chapman Traded their second best relief pitcher in Andrew Miller Traded a key component of their 2016 rotation in Ivan Nova Yet they have won seven of their last eight games to …

Continue reading

Maimi Marlin preview – Dee Gordon edition

The Miami Marlins as recently as July 27th  were the number two seed in the Wild Card race with a 55-46 record. The pythag said they were playing over their heads and that they should be playing a .518 clip not a .545 clip. Pythag was right. They are currently 69 – 71 with pythag saying …

Continue reading

Joey Votto – best player on a bad team in the NL?

Joey Votto has been one of the best hitters in baseball for almost a decade but in those ten years, his team has had limited success.  Only three times have they won at least 81 games and most of the time are out of the pennant race by August 19th, just as they are this …

Continue reading

Not everything the Giants do turns to gold, it just seems that way

Last year in a deadline deal the Giants traded Adam Duvall to the Reds for Mike Leake. Leake was unable to help the Giants run down the Dodgers and has since taken his pitching skills to the Cardinals via free agency. Duvall was already twenty-six and appeared to be a AAAA player who could hit …

Continue reading

Don’t bury Ryan Howard yet

The last time the Dodgers saw Ryan Howard he was clearing the bases at Dodger Stadium against Kenley Jansen, after Dave Roberts decided to intentionally walk weak hitting infielder Freddy Galvis to pitch to Howard. It made sense at the time given that Howard was hitting only .183, but Howard had actually been on a …

Continue reading

Dodger fans get their first look at David Dahl

the Rockies answer  to Cory Seager. Well, Trevor Story is the answer to Cory Seager, but now they have two answers. The arrival of Dahl has been highly anticipated by Rockie fans ever since he was the Rockies number one pick (12th overall) in 2012. His rapid rise to the major leagues took a detour …

Continue reading