NLCS Prediction Post

In my previous prediction post, I accurately called three of the four series, including the lengths of two of them.  The other one I called a toss-up and went with my heart instead of my head.  Sue me.  I stopped there because I wanted to play video games which I felt at the time was the correct choice.  I still feel it was the correct choice.  Anyway, I didn’t think the Braves were going to win the World Series so this post isn’t going to look a whole lot different than it would have if the umpire had accurately called Buster Posey out before he scored the only run of Game 1.  (Sour grapes?  Nawww, not me.)

We’ll start in the NL because I like it more:

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Some Playoff Predictions

As promised, I’m coming back this offseason with some real posts.  Since I haven’t done that since like August, this is a big step for me.  First up will be the Major League Baseball playoff predictions.  Luckily, I’m really good at this so you won’t even have to watch the games and you can just jump right into hockey season.  I can’t wait for hockey season.

Let’s get started:

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5 Transactions I’d Like To See

The glorious return to blogdom was supposed to happen on Sunday when Weller returned from wherever he was.  Since it’s now Wednesday and the last time I talked to him he was playing Monopoly in Indiana, I’m going to go ahead and start the revolution now.  Or as my wife put it, “You both suck, someone post something.”

This is for you, dear.

Anyway, the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is this Saturday and there will be plenty of action before then.  So for our first post in a while I’m going to give you five moves that I’d like to see happen (or not happen, ooooo).

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Winter Meetings – The Rich Get Richer

Curtis Granderson

Baseball held their annual Winter Meetings in Indianapolis over the past three days which are always interesting to the Hot Stove crowd.  This year’s edition featured a blockbuster trade and a few free agent signings, plus just enough rumors to make us all want baseball to come back.

Let’s review.

The Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson, the D’Backs acquired Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy , and the Tigers acquired Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson in a three team trade.

The World Series Champs made their team even stronger by acquiring the speedy lefty Granderson to man center field for the next few years.  Granderson mashed 30 homers last year in Detroit, so there’s no telling what number he’ll reach at the new Yankee Stadium.  Than lineup is actually scarier now than it was last year.

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Friday 5 – Switch Hitters

After last week’s time off, I’m back with today’s Friday 5.  Since baseball season just ended and I’m not ready for it to be over, I’m dedicating today’s list to switch hitters.

During my brief and generally forgettable baseball career, I toyed with the idea of switch hitting.  It lasted for a practice before I got tired of striking out.   Since then, I’ve always been enamored with the idea of it.  So let’s take a look at the Top 5 switch hitters in the game today starting with:

5. Kendry Morales – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Can one season make you one of the top five switch hitters in the game?  Sure it can.  Morales was given the full-time starting job for the first time this season and he didn’t disappoint.  The 26 year-old put up .306 batting average, 34 long balls, and 108 RBIs.  For years we heard of his potential and it finally came to fruition.  Morales hits for right around the same average from both sides of the plate, but he has markedly more power from the left side where he hit 30 homers.  If Morales can do this for a few more years he’ll become one of the premier switch hitters in the game.

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The Yankees Win the World Series. Oh Goody.

As I watched the Yankees close out one of the most ant-climatic Major League Baseball playoffs in recent history, I was reminded of all the reasons why I despise the Yankees.  When I was younger, I hated the Yankees.  I mean HATED them.  Luis Gonzalez’s bloop hit in the 2001 World Series is still one of my favorite sports memories of all time.

Then the the Yanks went eight years without winning a World Series including last year where they missed the playoffs completely.  Gosh, that was fun.  My hatred waned.  The Mets became my most hated team.  They suddenly started competing with my Braves for the NL East Crown, something that was unthinkable five years before.  It made sense.

But as I watched last night, it struck me.  The main reason that I hate the Yankees is that they make baseball boring.

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This Is Getting Ridiculous

I know the baseball playoffs have been largely ignored around here but it’s tough when you don’t have any rooting interest whatsoever.  Rest assured, I have been watching the majority of the games and, well honestly, it hasn’t been very exciting.

Three of the four Divisional Series ended in sweeps and both League Championship Series have the potential to end in five games (The Phillies are up 5-2 and threatening in the 4th as I type this).  Just nothing terribly exciting in any of the games that’s worth talking about.  One thing, however, cannot escape unnoticed.  That’s the horrific umpiring that has gone on this postseason.

As a general rule, I don’t like officials.  I don’t not like them, I guess, I just hate how they are immune to any sort of criticism.  I realize that they do the best they can and most of the time, they get the calls correct.  When they get the calls wrong, however, they should fall under the same scrutiny that any of the rest of us would be subject to if we messed up our job.  Especially if we messed up our jobs as bad as Tim McClelland did his last night.

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