2021 Baseball Predictions

NL EastNL CentralNL West
BravesCardinalsDodgers
MetsBrewersPadres
NationalsRedsGiants
PhilliesCubsDiamondback
MarlinsPiratesRockies
AL EastAL CentralAL West
YankeesTwinsAstros
Blue JaysWhite SoxAngles
RaysIndiansA’s
Red SoxTigersMariners
OriolesRoyalsRangers

NL Wildcard Winners

  1. Mets
  2. Padres

AL Wildcard WInners

  1. White Sox
  2. Blue Jays

World Series

Dodgers over Yankees


2020 Baseball Projections

After correctly picking the Nationals to win the World Series last year, it’s time for my all important 2020 projections.

NL East: Phillies

NL Central: Cubs

NL West: Dodgers

Wild Card 1: Braves

Wild Card 2: Padres

AL East: Yankees

AL Central: Twins

AL West: Astros

Wild Card 1: Rays

Wild Card 2: Angels

AL Champs: Rays

NL Champs: Dodgers

World Series Champions: Dodgers

Baseball in a Covid World

The days get longer, the temperatures get warmer, and the green returns to the trees. This can only only mean one thing. It’s baseball season. The sounds, the smells, and me yelling at my TV that they should never bunt. The many things that come alive when the calendar turns to April.

As many things in our world have rightly stopped, baseball is on hold. However thanks to technology I have found my fill. First came the Chinese Professional Baseball League with it’s five teams, and now we have the Korean Baseball Organization. They are playing under the rules that will be our normal for a while. That means no fans, but it’s still baseball. You can find most CPBL and KBO games on Twitch, but ESPN has picked up the rights in the US to the Korean League which means there is one game a day. Most games start at 1AM or 4AM eastern, but they are shown again during the following day.

While the Mets are not coming back for a while I can root for the Chinatrust Brothers in Taipei and the LG Twins in Korea. It’s more fun to pick a team, and the Brothers were the first team I saw on Twitch from that league and someone who knows the KBO compared the Twins to the Mets on twitter. I was sold.

It might be something small, but there is just a small sense of normal when you hear the crack of the bat. Give it a try, and enjoy some good baseball!

The Year Doctor K Was Born

Those of you younger than, say, 40 years will have to imagine, for Gooden’s insane ’85 — a 24-4 record, a 1.53 ERA, just 13 home runs allowed and 268 strikeouts against 69 walks in 276 ¹/₃ innings pitched, all in his age-20 season — celebrates its 35th anniversary without quite being matched. Nor had folks witnessed quite as dominant a campaign in the 71 seasons that preceded it. By Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement measure, Gooden’s 1985 ranks as the best major league season by a pitcher in the past 106 years.

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I was 6 years old during Gooden’s rookie year, and it did not take long for his starts to become appointment viewing in my house. I still remember like it was yesterday sitting on the beach with my dad listening to Doc finish off another one of his complete games.