7/31/13

MLB National League WAR Leaders - Pitching

Wins Above Replacement
  1. Clayton Kershaw - 5.3
  2. Adam Wainwright - 5.2
  3. Matt Harvey - 4.9
  4. Jorge De La Rosa - 4.0
  5. Jhoulys Chacin - 4.0
  6. Cliff Lee - 4.0
I've surprisingly never heard of the two Rockies on this list...

Kershaw has the Cy Young if the season ended today.

7/30/13

MLB American League WAR Leaders - Pitching

Wins Above Replacement
  1. Felix Hernandez - 5.0
  2. Chris Sale - 4.7
  3. Bartolo Colon - 4.3
  4. Clay Buchholz - 4.1
  5. Max Scherzer - 4.0
I think Hernandez should have started the All Star Game, but Scherzer is still up there with 4 WAR.

7/29/13

MLB National League WAR Leaders - Batting

Wins Above Replacement
  1. Andrew McCutchen - 5.4
  2. Carlos Gomez - 5.4
  3. David Wright - 5.0
  4. Paul Goldschmidt - 5.0
  5. Carlos Gonzalez - 4.9
Nothing too surprising here, any one of these guys can win the MVP.

7/28/13

MLB American League WAR Leaders - Batting

Wins Above Replacement

  1. Miguel Cabrera - 5.6
  2. Manny Machado - 5.1
  3. Robinson Cano - 4.9
  4. Mike Trout - 4.8
  5. Chris Davis - 4.7
Manny Machado pops out on this list, but when you look at his stats (39 doubles) you can see why.

7/27/13

What will Chip Kelly's offense look like?


     Eagle's head coach Chip Kelly has been charged with turning a team around. Ever since trading away Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles have slowly gone from Super Bowl contenders, to jokes at the bottom of the NFC East.


    The bright side is that Chip Kelly knows how to run an up tempo offense. The Eagles have a lot of up tempo guys like LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and QB Michael Vick. The Eagles also have an option in young QB Nick Foles, who has the size and potential to be an above average quarterback in the NFL.

     Training camp is (finally) here, so let's see what Chip can do.

7/26/13

MLB Power Rankings - July 26th

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Oakland Athletics
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. Texas Rangers
  7. Atlanta Braves
  8. Cincinnati Reds 
  9. Detroit Tigers
  10. Baltimore Orioles

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The Rays are getting hot, moving into the Top 5.

7/25/13

Braves lose Tim Hudson to broken ankle

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     Atlanta has lost righty Tim Hudson to an injured ankle when his ankle was stepped on while covering first base. Hudson, who was having a decent season (3.97 ERA with an 8-7 record) should miss the entire season with surgery.

7/24/13

Matt Garza to start for Rangers against Yanks

image from ESPN

     


     The new Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza will start today against the New York Yankees. Garza, 29, has a 3.17 ERA this season, as well as a solid 6-1 record.

     The Rangers are looking to improve upon an already Top 5 pitching staff in the American League, with a team ERA of 3.74.

7/23/13

Ryan Braun finally Suspended


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     Ryan Braun admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season as a result. This comes after a failed PED test and being linked to the Biogenesis steroid clinic.

     Nobody knows what drug Braun used, or if he got any from the Biogenesis clinic, which leads me to believe he could have plea bargained his way out of a bigger suspension by just giving up now.

     The Brewers outfielder won the 2011 NL MVP award over Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp, even though Kemp had more home runs, more RBI, more stolen bases, and a higher on base percentage.

7/22/13

Pujols gets Colon

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     Albert Pujols untucked Bartolo Colon's jersey on the way to the dugout after flying out to deep center field. Colon almost acted like nothing happened.

7/21/13

Chris Stewart's Double Play

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     Yankees catcher Chris Stewart makes an into-the-crowd catch on a popup and then fires to second base for the 2-4 double play. The Yankees ended up winning 5-2 over the Red Sox.

7/20/13

Is Colin Kaepernick Overrated?


    


     Colin Kaepernick is, supposedly, the 81st best player in the NFL. Sure, this comes just after throwing for 1,800 yards in half a season, and a 100+ QB Rating in the playoffs, but is he really better than guys like Percy Harvin and Jimmy Graham? Or even RG3 like many claim he is.

     I say play a full season and put up those numbers, and you're good. But for now it's pretty obvious to anyone with eyes that guys like Robert Griffin and Russell Wilson are better quarterbacks than Kaepernick.

     It's one thing to step in and do well for a team like the 49ers, and it's another thing to make a team like the Redskins and Seahawks good.

7/19/13

MLB Trading Block 2013

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     Matt Garza is one of the few players who are very likely to be traded this season. The Cubs pitcher is having a good season so far, going 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 11 starts. He is already in talks to be traded to the Rangers.

     The Phillies have a few pieces they could move as well, but are unlikely to do so at this point. Those pieces being Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Michael Young.

7/18/13

MLB Power Rankings - July 18th

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Oakland Athletics
  5. Atlanta Braves
  6. Texas Rangers
  7. Cincinnati Reds 
  8. Detroit Tigers
  9. Baltimore Orioles
  10. Tampa Bay Rays

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7/17/13

American League wins All Star Game

   
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     The American League won the 2013 All Star Game, 3 to 0. J.J. Hardy, Jose Bautista, and Jason Kipnis had RBI. The AL held the weak NL lineup to only 3 hits, and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning to secure the MVP award.

7/16/13

Cespedes wins Home Run Derby, Harper comes in second

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    The Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes won the 2013 Home Run Derby, beating out Nationals phenom Bryce Harper. His 32 total home runs tied him for third all time in Derby history.

     Harper's 24 homers put him in eighth all time.

7/15/13

Davis ties AL record for most home runs before All Star break


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     Chris Davis has enough home runs so far this season to put him in 6th place for the AL last season. His 37th home run ties him with Reggie Jackson for the most before the All Star break in American League history. Davis will participate in the Home Run Derby today as well.

7/14/13

Lincecum hurls No Hitter



     Tim Lincecum threw a no hitter against the Padres. He struck out 13 and walked 4 over 148 pitches. The no-no was the 15th in Giants history. He got some help from his defense, including a diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence.

7/13/13

Aaron Hicks guns down Vernon Wells from deep in the Outfield

     
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     Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks threw out Vernon Wells at third base from deep right center field. The ball never touched the ground.

The Yankees ended up winning the game 2-0.

7/12/13

Derek Jeter returns to Yankees lineup

 
      
from MLB.com

     Derek Jeter went 1 for 4 in his season debut yesterday. Jeter ran hard whenever he could and did not seem to still be injured. He did leave in the 8th inning with leg tightness though, but it does not appear to have anything to do with his previous injuries.

7/11/13

Koji Uehara should be an All Star

Koji Uehara

     Take a good look at this little infographic from MLB.com. Of all the relievers on the American League Final Vote ballot, Koji has the best overall stats line. In addition to being first in WHIP, Opponent AVG, and Strikeout to Walk Ratio, Uehara is second in strikeouts and his ERA is within 2 tenths of a point from Joaquin Benoit. Vote now before it's too late.


7/10/13

2013 MLB All Star Game Home Run Derby Roster



National League
David Wright - Mets (captain)
Bryce Harper - Nationals
Michael Cuddyer - Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez - Rockies

American League
Robinson Cano - Yankees (captain)
Chris Davis - Orioles
Prince Fielder - Tigers
Yoenis Cespedes - Athletics

I predict that either Chris Davis or Bryce Harper will win the 2013 Home Run Derby.

7/9/13

Carlos Gomez saves game with leaping catch to rob Votto of a sure Home Run

from MLB.com

     Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a go ahead two run home run in the top of the ninth inning in yesterday's Reds-Brewers game. The Brewers ended up winning 4-3.

7/8/13

Braves' Freeman leading NL Final Vote


     


     Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has a narrow lead over Dodgers outfield phenom Yasiel Puig in the National League All Star Final Vote, even though Puig has only played a few dozen games so far.

     Freeman has 56 RBI (not RBIs, RBI... runs batted ins makes no sense) and is hitting over .300 so far, while Puig has a monster 1.114 OPS through 32 games.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                  image from bleacherreport.com

7/7/13

2013 MLB All Star Game Roster

The Starters are shown in this video from MLB.com

     American League

Pitchers
RHP: Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon, A's
RHP: Jesse Crain, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers
Reserves
C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

     National League

Pitchers
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
Reserves
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

7/6/13

Juan Uribe falls single short of the Cycle


     The Dodgers' Juan Uribe drove in seven runs and had 9 total bases in Los Angeles' rout of the San Francisco Giants. Uribe drove in 7 runs and brought his season OPS to .800 against his former team.

7/5/13

Raul Ibanez still has Power


     Raul Ibanez (41 years old) has 21 home runs so far. The most by any player (in history) over 40 before the All Star break. He has only had 241 at bats, good for 55th in the big leagues among outfielders.


     With that being said, if he played a full season of 500+ at bats, that's around 45 home runs. The most Ibanez has ever hit in a season is 34 (2009), and he had only 500 at bats.

7/4/13

MLB Power Rankings - 4th of July

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. St. Louis Cardinals
  4. Texas Rangers
  5. Atlanta Braves
  6. Oakland Athletics
  7. Baltimore Orioles
  8. Cincinnati Reds 
  9. Detroit Tigers
  10. Cleveland Indians


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7/3/13

All or nothing for the Denver Broncos in 2013-2014?



   


      Peyton Manning, Eric Decker, Brandon Stokley, and Wes Welker are all playing on the same offense. Can the Broncos win the 2014 Super Bowl, and if they don't, can they do it in the future with Peyton Manning? 2012 was Peyton's best season since 2004 (stats-wise), and yet the Broncos lost to the Super Bowl champion Ravens.

     I think if Manning can play above 100 QB Rating football, he can bring his team deep into the playoffs.

7/2/13

NL Outfield All Star Race heating up

     With Yadier Molina starting to run away with the starting catcher spot, the race for the second and third outfield spots is getting close.

Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 5,013,806
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 2,928,606
Justin Upton, Braves: 2,917,659
Bryce Harper, Nationals: 2,902,393
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,697,608

     The 2-5 spots are separated by less than 250,000 votes with a few days left. The amazing thing is that Justin Upton is third. His .802  OPS is 14th in the NL among outfielders. Bryce Harper shouldn't be there stat-wise, but he has All Star talent.

7/1/13

Chris Davis slams number 31

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     Chris Davis is having a monster season so far. If Miguel Cabrera didn't exist, everyone could agree he is the best hitter in baseball right now. He is on pace to hit almost 60 home runs this season. If he did, it would be more than Ryan Howard's 58 in 2006, and the most since Barry Bonds' record breaking (steroid-aided) season.