Five Laziest Predictions For The 2016 MLB Season

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Baseball’s Holy Grail

We are just under a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. With the new season fast approaching, here are the five laziest predictions for the 2016 MLB season:

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Will It Be Another Royal October?

5. The Kansas City Royals Will Repeat As World Series Champions: The Royals are coming off a championship and despite losing two key players from their championship team, they are expected to return to the World Series and be the first team since the 1999 and 2000 Yankees to repeat.

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NL MVP 2016?

4. Giancarlo Stanton Will Win The National League MVP- Stanton is one of the favorites to win the MVP this year. With the Marlins expecting to compete for the National League East crown, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Stanton hits 40 home runs and 120 RBIs and lead the Marlins to the postseason.

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3. Teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks Will Have A Great Season- The Arizona Diamondbacks shocked the baseball world by signing former Cy Young pitcher Zack  Greinke away from the Dodgers. With Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup and Greinke will lead the Diamondbacks to the playoffs.

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Ortiz’s Last Ride. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/MLBPA via Getty Images)

2. The Boston Red Sox Will Not Go To The Playoffs- Despite the additions of David Price (which they grossly overpaid for) and closer Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox middle relief is still suspect. With the farewell season of DH David Ortiz coming, it might end a little early for him.

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Mets vs Yankees: Possible World Series Matchup?

1. The Yankees And Mets Will Be Back In The Playoffs- After two years of not making the playoffs, the Yankees played in the Wild Card round where they were shutout by the Astros . As for the Mets, they made it to the World Series where they lost in five games. The Yankees and Mets both have the potential to return to the postseason.

 

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WWE: The Wyatts Are Coming!

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Has anyone seen the ending of the last episode of WWE’s Monday Night Raw? Something big went unnoticed.

During the Roman Reigns “One vs. All” match, Mr. McMahon ordered all of the WWE superstars who were at ringside to attack Reigns. All of them complied except for the Wyatts. They simply disappeared.

Remembered when Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt wanted to bring the “machine” down in NXT? Could they be referring to Triple H/Vince McMahon and The Authority? I mean they are the main heels right now and could feud with them in the coming weeks.

Then there is the other way. Bray could win the Royal Rumble and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, which fans are clamoring for. 

The Wyatt Family would make WWE watchable again since he is the best mic speaker in the game today. Fans are hanging on his every word as the fireflies aka cell phone lights.

The WWE is in desperate need of fresh ideas and pushing young talent over. With the injury bug hitting the company like the plague lately, the Wyatt family could benefit from this greatly since last year was such a lackluster year for them (only feud that was actually good was with the Undertaker and Kane at the Survivor Series.)

Follow the buzzards. The Wyatts are coming to take what is theirs. 2016 is their year.

Golden State Warriors: Will They Beat The 95-96 Chicago Bulls?

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This year’s Golden State Warriors are special to watch.

Currently, they hold the best record in the NBA with a staggering 32 wins and 2 losses. Many people are saying that this year’s version of the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls team. It is uncertain if they can break the 72 win record posted by the Bulls.

The two teams are very similar. The Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, while the Warriors have Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

Comparing Curry/Green to Jordan/Pippen would be blasphemous. There is no comparison between them.

So are they going to break the record? They could.

Its not impossible. All that matters if they can repeat as champions.

NFL Playoffs Predictions

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After six months of regular season action, the NFL playoffs are finally here and many familiar teams are in it. The Patriots are looking for a repeat while the Seattle Seahawks look for revenge after last year’s Super Bowl appearance. With that in mind, here is my predictions for this year’s playoffs:

Wild Card:

Seattle Seahawks Defeats Minnesota Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers Defeats Cincinnati Bengals

Green Bay Packers Defeats Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs Defeats Houston Texans

Divisional Round

Kansas City Chiefs Defeats Denver Broncos

Pittsburgh Steelers Defeats New England Patriots

Carolina Panthers Defeats Seattle Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals Defeats Green Bay Packers

AFC Championship Game 

Kansas City Chiefs Defeats Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC Championship Game 

Carolina Panthers Defeats Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl 50 

Carolina Panthers Defeats Kansas City Chiefs

 

 

2016 MLB Hall Of Fame Ballot: If I Had A Vote…

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Tomorrow marks a big day in Major League Baseball as the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot is announced.

Many first time players are on the ballot such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Edmonds while other players such as Edgar Martinez and Alan Trammel are entering their 7th and 15th year respectively. If I had a vote, here are the players that I would vote for into the Hall of Fame:

 

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Ken Griffey Jr: He could be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in history. Known for his sweet swing, Griffey hit 630 home runs  and was the only player not to use any kind of performance enhancing drugs. In any case, Junior’s overall accomplishments make him a slam dunk.

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Edgar Martinez: The greatest designated hitter in the history of baseball is entering his 7th year of eligibility. He has been sensational in 34 postseason games posting an 147 OPS+, plus .873 OPS. If the voters are not impressed by this, then I don’t know what they want more out of Martinez.

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Barry Bonds: Yes, we all know that Bonds has at some point used PED in his career but I will not knock on him for making the decision that he did. He is the home run king and is one of the most feared hitters of this generation. Over the years, people have forgotten about the steroid era which makes it a perfect opportunity for Bonds to sneak in.

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Jeff Bagwell: The most underrated player in the 1990’s, Bagwell batted .297/.408/.540 with 449 home runs; 488 doubles; 2,314 hits; 1,529 RBI; 1,517 runs; 1,401 walks, and 202 stolen bases. He is overdue for induction.

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Mike Piazza: The best-hitting catcher ever was six votes short of making it to the Hall of Fame last year. Expect him to get in tomorrow.

 

Top 5 MLB Teams For The 2016 Season

 

 

With 2015 finally being over, it is time to focus on the 2016 MLB season. Last year, the Kansas City Royals shocked the baseball world by defeating the New York Mets in five games to win their first World Series in 30 years. In anticipation of the upcoming season, here are the top 5 teams in baseball for the upcoming season.

 

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Will It Be Another Royal October?

1. Kansas City Royals- The World Series champs are number one on this list because well they are the champs. With the loss of Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist, there is a chance that they might have a let down this season. Then again these are the same Royals who can “keep the line moving.” Going back to the World Series wouldn’t be much of a shock.

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Mets clinch the National League Pennant. Can they do it again? 

2. New York Mets- The New York Mets won the National League pennant last year which was a huge surprise. With a young pitching staff consisting of Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Stephen Matz and the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, the Mets have the best pitching staff in baseball. With the potential loss of Yoenis Cespedes, can the Mets survive without him?

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Things are coming up Milhouse for the 2016 Cubs. Can they end the curse?

3. Chicago Cubs- The Cubs have the potential to break the century old curse with the additions that they made this offseason. With Ben Zobrist and Jason Hayward and John Lackey, can the Cubs finally break the curse?

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Will Cueto lead the Giants to the promise land again?

4. San Francisco Giants- Like the Mets, the Giants have a great pitching rotation. The Giants also has a habit of winning World Series in even-numbed years. With the additions of Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and returning ace Madison Bumgardner, will the Giants continue this trend?

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MLB’s Most Unexpected Team

5. Houston Astros- Yes, the same Houston Astros who was one win away from going to the American League Championship Series.  With Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel leading the rotation, will the Astros shock the baseball world again?

 

The New York Jets: Same Old Team

 

It wasn’t supposed to happen. Not this way. Not for a 10 win team.

Just a week ago, the New York Jets defeated the Super Bowl champs New England Patriots after a mental slip-up by special teamer Matt Slater. Jets fans were partying like it was 1969. We was going to the playoffs.

Then last Sunday happened. The Jets fell on their faces and lost the opportunity to play the Bengals in the Wild Card round. To make things even worse, former Jets coach Rex Ryan was the one responsible for booting them out of the playoffs.

Typical same old Jets.

In a season filled of ups and downs, the Jets have proved many of the doubters wrong. With the resurgence of journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Jets fans are getting the offense they finally deserve. The defense done it’s job as well.

The real MVP of the Jets? Ik Enemkpali who punched the face of then starter Geno Smith over a $600 plane ticket. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if that punch was never thrown?

With a tough defense and a great offense, the Jets have build a foundation in which they can make it to the Super Bowl in the coming years. Todd Bowles has done a remarkable job in turning the culture around.

Perhaps it is the Jets time for them to take over New York. Maybe they are the ones that can wrestle the Patriots for the AFC East crown one day.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way but in life we learn from our mistakes.

The Jets will learn from this and come back stronger. But for now, its the same old Jets.

2015 MLB AL East Preview And Predictions

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Dust off the baseball gloves and bats because pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks! The American League East is considered to be the best division in baseball and anybody can win the division. With that in mind, here is my preview and predictions of the American League East:

American League East: 

Your 2014 World Series Champions!

Baltimore Orioles: The surprise team of the American League East. The Orioles shocked the baseball world by winning the East and making it to the American League Championship Series where they lost to the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles have lost major pieces to their offense and bullpen (losing Nick Markakis, Andrew Miller and Nelson Cruz to free agency.) Can the O’s repeat as AL East Champions despite their offense being gutted?

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                  How Will Arod Produce?

New York Yankees: The Core Four is gone and a new era begins in Yankee Stadium. With Derek Jeter gone, the Yankees have to rely heavily on their rookies and veterans. The successor to Mr. Jeter, Didi Gregorius has some massive shoes to fill. He won’t make Yankee fans forget about Jeter anytime soon, but can he be productive? With a healthy Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, can the Yankees return to the powerhouse they were once were? Also lets talk about the elephant in the room, Alex Rodriguez. After a year suspension, how would he produce to the Yankee lineup? Will Yankees fans embrace his return?

Will Pablo Sandaval And Hanley Ramirez Help The Red Sox?

Will Pablo Sandaval And Hanley Ramirez Help The Red Sox?

Boston Red Sox: After a disastrous 2014 campaign, the Red Sox reloaded this offseason by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to big contracts. After winning the tittle with the Giants, can Pablo Sandoval and the nine other newcomers to the team form a chemistry?

With The Addiction Of Russell Martin, Can The Jays Return To The Playoffs?

With The Addiction Of Russell Martin, Can The Jays Return To The Playoffs?

Toronto Blue Jays: Every year, it seems like it is the Blue Jays year to breakout and steal the American League East from their competitors. The Jays made a splash of moves this offseason by signing catcher Russell Martin and trading for upcoming star Josh Donaldson (in a curious yet unexpected move.) Will this be the season for the Blue Jays to finally break out and go to the playoffs? Blue Jays fans can only hope.

Perhaps The Only Known Rays Player, Can Longoria Help The Rays Back On Track?

Perhaps The Only Known Rays Player, Can Longoria Help The Rays Back On Track?

Tampa Bay Rays: This team has been gutted deeply. Literally. No Joe Maddon (Went to the Cubs.)  No Andrew Friedman (Went to the Dodgers). No David Price (Still in a Tigers uniform.) No Will Myers (Went to the Padres.) So who is left? The only person who is left is star third baseman Evan Longoria. With a new coach in Kevin Cash, can the Rays shock the world again?

Pablo Sandaval: Can’t Blame Him For Leaving

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Pablo Sandoval has left the San Francisco Giants to sign with the Boston Red Sox.

Can you blame him? The Red Sox gave him a 5-year $95 million dollar deal. You would be foolish to leave a team that just won the World Series but money talks for these players. Sandoval even said in his introductory press conference that he is looking for a new challenge.

We hear that cliche so many times. It is basically baseball code for I am doing this for the money. $95 million is a lot of money to leave on the table. If you were in his shoes, you would do the same thing and leave

Giants fans shouldn’t be angry that Sandoval left the team. He only helped deliver three World Series championships to the Bay Area and hit three home runs in a World Series game. Giants fans should cherish the memories that Sandoval created for them.

With Ramirez onboard also, can the both of them help deliver another title to Boston? It remains to be seen but you can’t blame Sandoval for leaving.

The Curious Case Of Giancarlo Stanton And His $325 Million Dollar Contract

The $325 Million Dollar Man!

The $325 Million Dollar Man!

Miami basically gave star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton the keys to their kingdom.

The Marlins superstar signed a 13 year $325 million dollar contract extension yesterday. This is the first time that a $300 million dollar contract has ever been handed out. Some say it was a ridiculous move by the Marlins while others say this is a genius move.

I mean whats there to say. Stanton is coming off a monster season, hitting .288 with 37 Home Runs and 107 Rbi’s. He finished second in the National League MVP race, behind Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. His salary for the 2013 season: $537,000. Now he is the $325 million dollar man. The Marlins are going to put all of their eggs in one basket with Stanton.

The track record of giving 10 year contracts has not been good. The last player to get a 10 year contract was Albert Puljos. Puljos went on to have a disappointing three years in Anaheim and still has seven years left on his deal.

Stanton is only 25 years old. He still got at least ten good years left in him. I’m just saying, the Marlins are in win-now mode. Will they help Stanton by getting more players from the draft or via free agency? Remember the last time when the Marlins had money? They signed Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle hoping that they win the World Series with them. All three of them was gone within the next year.

Can Giancarlo Stanton help deliver the Miami Marlins their third World Series title in the future? It can happen but for now, Stanton has lofty expectations.