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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World Series Preview/Prediction

Houston Astros (101-61) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) This is a battle of clearly the best two teams all year in terms of records, however, now that September and most of October have rolled out, some things have changed. The last time the Astros won their division was back in 2001, but the last time the Dodgers won theirs is the last 5 seasons. But, it’s been 29 years since LA has been in the World Series, but only 12 since the Astros have. Both squads have a young manager at the helm, an incredible ace on the mound, and Continue reading World Series Preview/Prediction

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NLCS Preview/Prediction

Chicago Cubs (92-70) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) Cubs key to winning: Rizzo and Bryant can’t carry this team alone on offense and expect to keep up with the Dodgers lineup. Others are going to need to step up. Heyward is going to need to play more often in this series, as big defensive plays for the Cubs are going to help cut down the Dodgers’ offense. Dave Roberts has done a great job with LA, but Joe Maddon is far and away the better manager; leverage that. Dodgers key to winning: With Seager out for the entirety of the Continue reading NLCS Preview/Prediction

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ALCS Prediction/Preview

New York Yankees (91-71) vs Houston Astros (101-61) Yankees key to winning: Just like last series, it’s going to help tremendously if either Masahiro Tanaka or Luis Severino can win their game. With Sabathia going in game 3, a tied series would be huge for this team. The bullpen needs to keep it going, as the Astros can’t match up as well in that aspect as the Indians did. Obviously Gregorious has put on a show, but he’s really not that good. He’ll come back down to Earth soon enough. When that happens, the Yankees are going to need someone Continue reading ALCS Prediction/Preview

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