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2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round

By on September 30, 2014 at 8:07pm
Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/) Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/)

The playoffs are here. Oakland and Kansas City are starting things off in the AL Wildcard game, followed by San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Oakland really fell off the mark during the regular season, having to clinch a spot on the final day, while Kansas City is in the playoffs for the first time since 1985. San Francisco, like Oakland, fell off in the middle of the season, while Pittsburgh stuck to its guns in the home stretch. Whatever happens, these should be good games.

To start our annual Pick ‘Em, correctly guessing the winner of each Wildcard game is worth two points. Complete picks are below, and the Divisional Round picks will be up later in the week, so check for them soon, and see our picks for the Wildcard winners below. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 24's prediction for the World Series

Just a week remains in the season. Three divisions and five overall spots have been locked up. The rest of the bracket is really starting to come into play, though a couple of teams are still looking to make a last-week push. The big question for them is how they’ll stand up against a #1 team in either league that has some breathing room to work on set-up for the postseason. It’s do or die, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 22, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 24 »

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Gatorade joins Nike, today, in celebrating Derek Jeter’s retirement in their new commercial for the sports drink.

The spot, shot in black and white with Frank Sinatra singing in the background, features Jeter on the way to the ballpark in the back of a car. He stops the driver and says that he would like to walk the rest of the way to Yankee Stadium through the Bronx. He steps into bars, talks to women and men, young and old, as he makes his way through the borough. He signs a boy’s baseball, a placard of him during his rookie season, and ends with Jeter exiting the locker room onto the field as Sinatra crescendos the final words to “My Way.”

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Continue reading Video: Gatorade Says Farewell to Derek Jeter in Ad »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23

September 16, 2014 at 2:01pm in MLB, Red Sox
Angels vs Nationals: Week 23's prediction for the World Series

Just under two weeks remain in the season, so time is running out for teams having problems. The likes of Pittsburgh and Detroit are breathing a sigh of relief following struggles by their competition. Many races are still tight enough, though, so don’t pencil anyone in just yet. (The Angels are the only team to clinch a spot, though Baltimore still has realistic eyes on home-field advantage.) Baltimore and Washington could each clinch their division with one more win, while a lot of teams are starting to mathematically drop out of contention. This is a big week for everyone, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 16, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23 »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 22's prediction for the World Series

The end of the season is inching ever closer. The top of the NL is getting a lot more crowded. The AL is still competitive as well. The Wildcard races are very much up for grabs. Many divisional races are still alive. A lot is still left to play for in the last few weeks of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 8, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 22 »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 21's prediction for the World Series

The final month of the season is here, and teams have just 25 or so games left before the postseason. No team has yet to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, though Texas can not win their division. The Angels, Orioles and Nationals are all in stable spots, but all of the other contenders still have close races on their minds. In fact, divisions not led by the aforementioned teams are led by no more than two games. It will certainly be a hectic September, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as Tuesday, September 2, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 21 »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 20's prediction for the World Series

August is nearing its end, and teams have less than a week to use the waiver wire to acquire new talent. Oakland is still having trouble with the Angels. Kansas City is still working on building a more permanent home atop their division. The NL Wildcard race is fairly stable, but still close and frantic. A lot could still happen in the last month or so of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as Monday, August 25, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 20 »

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