Where Did All The “Sandlotters” Go?

No, this isn’t about where all the actors from the Sandlot are now and where they are in their lives.  This is about where the real life “Sandlotters” have gone and how and why baseball has slowly but surely been losing grip on the younger generation in this country. Continue reading Where Did All The “Sandlotters” Go?

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Predictions at the Half

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With the All-Star Break right around the corner, the first half to a long MLB season is halfway over.  There have been plenty of surprises and shockers so far, and now it’s time to make some predictions for who comes out on top in each league.

American League

Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers: The A’s and the Tigers will meet up again, just as they did in last year’s Divisional Playoff round.  The prediction for this year though is that the A’s avenge their loss last year in the playoffs and come out on top. The A’s just recently acquired Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs and the instant boost to their bullpen will help propel them to the top of the American League.  Along with their pitching, the A’s have an exceptional lineup that hits for power and for average that can dismember even the best of opposing bullpens.  The Tigers on the other hand have one of the most powerful lineups in baseball with Miguel Cabrera at the helm.  Justin Verlander may have lost some speed and is struggling, but Max Scherzer and the rest of the Tigers bullpen has stepped up and are delivering quite a masterful performance this year.  When the two teams inevitably meet in the AL Championship Series, the A’s will come out on top 4-2 in the series.

National League

St. Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers: The Cardinals may be second in the Central Division, but come the end of the year they will retake their spot at number one.  Adam Wainwright has been a beast this year and the Cardinals, just like always, are quietly one of the best teams in baseball.  Their bullpen is superb and everyone in the lineup can get on base and move each other around the diamond.  The other top team in the NL is the Dodgers, who finally will get their chance to be in the spotlight of the World Series.  Yasiel Puig and the star studded Dodgers lineup are similar to the A’s in the fact that they can easily hit for average as well as muscle it out of the park.  Kershaw leads the lights out bullpen that can shut down even the best of offenses in the majors.  The Dodgers will beat the Cardinals 4-3 to reach the World Series.