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2012 MLB Predictions


The 2012 MLB season starts in less than 24 hours for most teams. With the rosters set, I’d thought I’d take a stab at who will win what this year. I probably won’t get close, but it’s always fun to predict and see how far off you came.

NL East – You can see a more detailed explanation here.
1.Philadelphia Phillies 96-66
2.Atlanta Braves 90-72
3. Washington Nationals 87-75
4. Miami Marlins 72-90
5. New York Mets 68-94

NL West
1. Arizona Diamondbacks 91-71
2. Los Angeles Dodgers 85-77
3. San Francisco Giants 80-82
4. Colorado Rockies 80-82
5. San Diego Padres 65-97

NL Central
1. Cincinnati Reds 90-72
2. St. Louis Cardinals 87-75
3. Milwaukee Brewers 84-78
4. Pittsburgh Pirates 76-86
5. Chicago Cubs 75-87
6. Houston Astros 61-101

AL East
1. New York Yankees 97-65
2. Tampa Bay Rays 91-71
3. Boston Red Sox 85-79
4. Toronto Blue Jays 82-82
5. Baltimore Orioles 70-92

AL West
1. Texas Rangers 95-67
2. Anaheim Angels 90-72
3. Seattle Mariners 84-78
4. Oakland A’s 70-92

AL Central
1. Detroit Tigers 98-64
2. Cleveland Indians 85-77
3. Kansas City Royals 84-78
4. Chicago WhiteSox 68-94
5. Minnesota Twins 65-97

Playoffs

NL WC Playoff Atlanta def St. Louis

NLDS Philadelphia def Atlanta 3-1

NLDS Arizona def Cincinnati 3-1

NLCS Arizona def Philadelphia 4-2

AL WC Tampa Bay def Anaheim

ALDS Tampa Bay def Detroit 3-2

ALDS Texas def New York 3-1

ALCS Texas def Tampa Bay 4-2

2012 World Series Texas Rangers def Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0

I just have the feeling the Rangers will be back with a vengeance this year and will accomplish what they have never done before. Who knows what will happen, but I know it will be fun watching it all unfold.

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A Look at the World Series in the Year of the Dragon


It’s a quite day here in South Korea. It’s Lunar New Year so almost everything is closed and the streets are quieter than most days. It’s cold outside and I have been huddled inside my apartment passing the time by blogging, reading, and watching some TV. I threw on Moneyball because I didn’t have much else to watch when I got a thought. This year is the Year of the Dragon, but who has fared the best during the “Dragon” years?

Let’s take a look.

1904 Wood Dragon
No World Series was played. The Boston Americans won the American League pennant again with the New York Giants winning the NL Pennant. The Giants refused to play the champions of the “junior” circuit. The previous season the Americans had defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series set up by the two teams, not by the leagues.

1916 Fire Dragon
Boston Red Sox 4, Brooklyn Robins 1
The Red Sox won their 4th title and 2nd in a row defeating the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) in 5 games. The Red Sox were led by a young 23 game winning pitcher who led the league in ERA at 1.75 that goes by the name of Babe Ruth.

1928 Earth Dragon
New York Yankees 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
For the first time a team swept the opposition in two straight series as the Yankees led by slugger Babe Ruth defeated the Cardinals for its 3rd title. The Yankees dominated the series outscoring St. Louis 27 to 10.

1940 Metal Dragon
Cincinnati Reds 4, Detroit Tigers 3
The Reds would capture their 2nd title and first since the infamous 1919 Series. Reds’ manager Bill McKechnie became the first manager to win a title with 2 different teams (he won in 1925 with Pittsburgh).

1952 Water Dragon
New York Yankees 4, Brooklyn Dodgers 3
The Yankees won their 4th title in a row (they would win a 5th in a row the next year). It was the Yankees 15th title. Mickey Mantle would hit his first World Series home run in Game 6.

1964 Wood Dragon
St. Louis Cardinals 4, New York Yankees 3
The Cardinals won their 7th World Series title defeating the Yankees. The Yankees would not be seen again in the World Series until 1976.

1976 Fire Dragon
Cincinnati Reds 4, New York Yankees 3
The Big Red Machine won its second title in a row cruising by the Yankees for its 4th title overall. This was the first World Series to use the DH. The Reds dominated outscoring the Yankees 22-8 in the 4 games.

1988 Earth Dragon
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Oakland Athletics 1
This one will be remembered for the heroics of Kirk Gibson in Game 1. The Dodgers were led by Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser (23-8) who would also win the series MVP award. The Dodgers outscored the heavily favored A’s 21-11.

2000 Metal Dragon
New York Yankees 4, New York Mets 1
The Yankees would win their 3rd straight championship and 26th overall. Derek Jeter won the MVP in what was dubbed the “subway series”. This was the last time we have seen a repeat winner.

2012 Water Dragon ????
So who will come out on top in this year of the dragon?

In the previous 8 World Series played during years of the dragon, both leagues have 4 wins. Of those 4 wins for the AL, 3 of them are from the New York Yankees. For the NL, the Reds have the most wins with 2. Does this mean we could have a Yankees/Reds World Series this year? I guess anything is possible.

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Blog Review: I-70 Baseball


As the hot stove season heats up, I want to bring you more of my favorites from the world of baseball blogging. One of my favorites happens to be written about two teams that, while I am not particularly enthusiastic about, I have a great respect for and find myself rooting for quite often.

I-70 Baseball covers the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. I don’t have a big affiliation with either club, but they bring back one of my earliest memories of baseball with the 1985 World Series. I have always had a great respect for the Cardinals and their fans who I think are some of, if not, the best in the majors. They are passionate and very knowledgeable which is, sadly, a unique combination in today’s environment. I am always rooting for the Royals as well, except when they play the Rangers. The Royals have a long history of winning, but recent years they have been the doormat of the American League since they are one of the small market teams. These teams that go head to head with the Yankees $200+ million payroll, I will always be rooting for.

I-70 Baseball is an affiliate site of Baseball Digest providing regional coverage of the Cardinals and Royals. And they do a great job. Despite not being a huge fan of either team, I enjoy reading the articles at I-70 Baseball as they give a good insight to both teams.

I-70 Baseball is led by Founder and Executive Editor Bill Ivie. A longtime Cardinal fan, Bill is a baseball historian who spends countless hours digging through the history of the game. This allows him to bring great knowledge of the game to go along with his passion. Bill is also a contributer to BaseballDigest.com and shortly after joining the team there he became the Assignment Editor. You can find him on twitter @poisonwilliam.

Mr. Ivie has a great staff as well helping out over at I-70 Baseball. As a long time Royals fan, Matt Kelsey serves as associate editor and senior writer. Matt has a background in the newspaper industry and is a published fiction writer which brings a great style to the site. You can find him on twitter @matt_kelsey.

Angela Weinhold was the first writer that joined I-70 when it was still just a concept.  Her work on the series “Cardinals In Time” has been almost novel worthy.  She has recently accepted an Associate Editor position with the site and frequently handles duties as a Chat Host during the radio show on Monday nights.  If you ask Bill, Angela has become his right hand in most of his projects and has quickly become someone he can depend on when he needs to get things done. You can find her on twitter @CardsChic

This is only the tip of the iceberg as well. I-70 Baseball has a bevy of contributers for both Royals and Cardinals coverage which is why they are the premier site for coverage of either team.

There are so many things to like about the site since they bring so much to the table. All too often blogs tend to forget the minors, but not here. One of my favorite things about the site is the farm reports. Whether it’s the Arizona Fall League or the Rule 5 Draft, these guys have it covered. They cover the old, the new, the future, fantasy, and so much more.

One of my favorite posts was just done a few days ago. The Balboni Line deals with the lack of power the Royals have shown over the years. I was amazed at the lack of power they have shown with not having a single player in their history to hit 40 home runs. With all the sluggers they have had over the years (Steve Balboni, Dean Palmer, Danny Tartabull, George Brett, Jermainie Dye, and so many more) I would have thought that 1 player in their long history would have gotten to 40.

This year was also the 25th Anniversary of the I-70 World Series. For the past few months, I-70 has brought updates from games and moments from that historic series. That has brought back a lot of great memories for me as this is the 1st World Series I remember watching as as kid. The articles ran on the anniversary days of the series, and you can find the game recaps along with commentary. It’s a great series.

But I-70 Baseball is more than reading blog entries. One of my favorite parts is the weekly hour long internet radio broadcast on Blog Talk Radio. Every Monday night at 10 pm CST Bill and Matt bring you interviews, insights, and so much more. I love baseball documentaries, and I was hooked on the internet radio broadcast when I found out they were talking to movie maker Tony Okun, the director of “Time in the Minors”. It was a great interview and highlighted some interesting information regarding minor league baseball.  I recommend checking it out here. After hearing the interview, I can’t wait to see the documentary.

So do yourself a favor and head on over to I-70 Baseball. There are some great writers bringing some great baseball coverage to their readers. If you are on Twitter, you can follow and chat with the staff @i70baseball or you can follow them on Facebook too.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss another post.  That is my way of reading their articles every day.

Stay tuned for more of my favorite blogs.

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Movie Review: Nine Innings from Ground Zero: The 2001 World Series


This was easily the most emotional documentary on baseball I have ever seen. Everyone remembers exactly where they were on that fateful day in September of 2001.  This movie (from HBO) did a great job of telling the story of NYC, and America, after 9/11 and how many people took refuge in the game of baseball at least for a brief moment.

This was a touching movie. I am a Yankee hater.  I hate the evil empire with every fiber of my being, but this documentary put them in a light where they could at least be tolerated for a short time.  And I think that is how all Yankee haters felt in 2001.  They were a symbol for the mighty city that had taken a blow, but would not quit.

The interviews in the documentary were very moving. That time is very emotional for all Americans, but as someone who only saw it from the outside looking in, it is much more emotional when I hear someone who lost family members talk about it. There were some sad stories, but they were stories of heroes. Heroes that must never be forgotten.

I would strongly recommend this to any baseball fan. It chronicles the immediate aftermath of resuming play in MLB, and the 2001 World Series which was one of the greatest ever.

Seeing this reminds me of just how much I love this game. How it can be many things to many people, but in the end it is the same to everyone, a great escape from the harshness of everyday life. You could see and hear about people who lost themselves in a game, even if for only a few hours, to help themselves deal with the enormity of the situation. To see them so caught up in the game that has brought happiness to so many during such a difficult time was great to see.

I thought the story tellers did a fine job of combining not only what the fans were going through, but what the players were going through as well as people like the mayor and his staff.

And perhaps best of all, you got to see how everyone pulled together. Seeing the heroes on the field become the awestruck was a good side to see. It reminds us how precious life is, and how baseball, while not being a healer necessarily, can help ease the pain of the time.

I got my copy from Netflix.  So go out today and pick up your copy.  It’s well worth it if you haven’t seen it yet.

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Congratulations San Francisco Giants – World Series Champs!


It was a great year for me and baseball. I got to see a lot of baseball in Korea, the Braves made the playoffs in Bobby’s last year, and the Rangers finally won a postseason series making it to the World Series.  I can’t wait for next year already. I am anxious to see what happens in the off season.  Where will Cliff Lee and all the big name free agents wind up? I think some interesting things will happen.

With all of that said, Congratulations must go out to the Giants and their fans.  They have waited a long time for this, and they deserve it. They were the better team in each round and that is why they are taking home the trophy.

I think things are looking bright for the Braves and Rangers, and that is why I am very excited for next year. Once again I don’t think I will be in the States during the season, but I will watch a lot from here in Korea. I simply love this game and everything that goes along with it whether that is the wins or the bitter defeats.

With that said I will call it a day. I will be back to talk more about the Series and the year that has passed now. But I also want to look toward the future as any baseball fan does.

‘Till Then

TBJM

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World Series: Texas Rangers vs San Francisco Giants


The Texas Rangers will square off with the San Francisco Giants in the World Series this year.  I think it is safe to say that nobody saw this match up earlier this year.  Both teams are relatively big surprises to be in the Series, but on the other hand they aren’t.  They both have what it takes to win in the postseason and that is pitching.

The San Francisco Giants have a dynamic due on the hill of Time Lincecum (16-10/3.43 ERA) and Matt Cain 13-11/3.14 ERA).  Add in Johnathan Sanchez (13-9/3.07 ERA) and you have a formidable rotation for the postseason.  Not to mention perhaps the best reliever in the NL in Brian Wilson (48 saves/1.81 ERA) coming out of the bullpen. The Giants led the NL in ERA and were 4th in WHIP.

The Rangers have their stars on the hill as well.  First of all, everyone knows Cliff Lee and how dominant he has been in the postseason through his career (7-0/1.26 ERA), and this year has been no different.  Following Lee is former closer CJ Wilson (15-8/3.35 ERA) and Colby Lewis (12-13/3.72 ERA). The Rangers have a formidable pen as well with Neftali Feliz (40 saves/2.73 ERA) closing, and the Darren’s to set him up – O’Day and Oliver.

Where I think the Rangers have the advantage is on the offensive side of the ball. The Giants have some solid hitters. Buster Posey (.305/18/67), the likely NL ROY, Aubrey Huff (.290/26/86), and Pat Burrell (.266/18/51).  But the Rangers have potential MVP Josh Hamilton (.359/32/100), Vlad Guerrero (.300/29/115), and Michael Young (.284/21/91).  The Rangers still have power, but they have added speed as well stealing 123 bases to the Giant’s 55.

One thing we know is its gonna be a heck of a series. I don’t think either team sweeps, but I do think the Rangers win in 6. The Rangers are simply riding a franchise high. They have never been to this point in the season, and I think they will help propel them forward. This franchise has never been the talk of the town in Dallas, and now they are the toast of the town. The excitement they have created in Dallas is incredible, and I think the team is feeding off of that excitement the fans are showing. Not to say the Giants and their fans aren’t excited, but they have been there before.  This was the first year the Rangers even won a postseason series, let alone been to the World Series. A lot of people might look at that and see it as a negative, but I see it as a positive motivator that will help the Rangers.  They have a few of their stars that have been there and who know what it takes to win at this level.

So I stand by my prediction – Rangers in 6.

Of course, my last WS prediction of the year didn’t turn out too good, but I have a better feeling about this one.

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