Why the Slider may be the Most Effective Pitch in the Game

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Baseball began with a stick and a ball; the ultimate showdown of pitcher vs batter. The goal was, and still is, to get the ball past the batter’s bat by throwing it as hard as possible. However, the game has now evolved to a point where the fastball no longer gets the job done every time. Without a good breaking ball and/or changeup a pitcher will have more lack of success. There are several different variations of the breaking ball, but the two most common are the curveball and slider. Some pitchers have both or just one of either. Both Continue reading Why the Slider may be the Most Effective Pitch in the Game

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Why the Electronic Umpire Would Destroy the Integrity of the Game

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Since the inauguration of Rob Manfred as commissioner in January of 2015, multiple rule changes of the game have occurred. The basis behind these rule changes, i.e. the instant replay, have been to speed up game and add new fans. But, huge rule changes are not yet here. However, the subject of the electronic umpire has become a louder topic of discussion lately. The electronic umpire would eliminate the arguing of balls and strikes at the surface. So, the basics for it is understandable. However, not only would this take thousands of jobs (human umpires), but more importantly, severely hurt Continue reading Why the Electronic Umpire Would Destroy the Integrity of the Game

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Why Velocity is Over Scouted

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The absolute #1 thing on a scout’s list when observing pitchers is velocity. Velocity, velocity, velocity. A pitcher throwing 88+ consistently in high school or in freshman year/sophomore year of college is going to get his name put ahead of lower velocity pitchers every time. However, the underlying truth of how good a pitcher is, is the movement of the ball, often called “stuff.” “Stuff” is a term used a lot in baseball. But, what does that mean exactly? “Stuff” is referring mainly to how much each of a pitcher’s pitches moves; i.e. a curveball having big break dropping off Continue reading Why Velocity is Over Scouted

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2018 World Series Prediction

New York Yankees (89-73) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) 4-1 Dodgers: Despite having a shutdown bullpen and a deep roster, the Dodgers have a more talented deep roster and a manager who is ready to get his team a championship trophy. Severino in Dodger stadium on the mound for the World Series vs Clayton Kershaw in game 1 will certainly set the tone for the Dodgers after a convincing victory over Severino. As the Yankees will enter the World Series on momentum of great talent, the Dodgers will enter it on a full season of dominance and confidence on their Continue reading 2018 World Series Prediction

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2018 National League Postseason Predictions

Wild Card Game: St Louis Cardinals (89-73) vs Colorado Rockies (89-73) 6-3 Rockies: Home field advantage is the deciding factor in this game. Whether it’s a washed up Wainwright or young Luke Weaver, Jon Gray will out pitch either and the Red Birds don’t have the offense the Rockies have. Despite the overflowing of pitching talent the Cardinals have had in October over the years, Bud Black is the one managing the Rockies bullpen. NLDS Colorado Rockies (89-73) vs Washington Nationals (98-64) 3-2 Rockies: Again, the Nats will lose in the NLDS. 2017 was the closest they ever got due Continue reading 2018 National League Postseason Predictions

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2018 American League Postseason Predictions

Wild Card Game: Los Angeles Angels (87-75) vs Boston Red Sox (88-74) 8-2 Red Sox: Whether its Otani or Richards facing Sale, the Sox have too deep of a lineup to get out pitched in Fenway Park. Chris Sale has truly found his place in Boston, and although the Angels also have a very deep lineup, pitching beats hitting. ALDS New York Yankees (89-73) vs Cleveland Indians (93-69) 3-2 Yankees: Possibly the most even match up of them all, this matchup will come down to momentum and big plays. With one of the most powerful lineups of the past decade including Continue reading 2018 American League Postseason Predictions

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2018 American League Regular Season Predictions

West Houston Astros: 100-62 No doubt a juggernaut, especially when they will get Verlander for the whole season and have an addition in Gerrit Cole. The defending champs should keep rolling, as other than Wild Card type teams at best in the Angels and M’s there is no competition in that division. Los Angeles Angels: 87-75 Clearly this LA team means business after the offseason they had. After the additions of Cozart and Kinsler the Angels have one of the deepest lineups in baseball. Speaking of deep, their whole major league roster is deep, that is if the pitching staff Continue reading 2018 American League Regular Season Predictions

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