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Here is a look at my Top 25 in College Football for this week

Blogged under Bloglockers,College Football,Football,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 10:26 pm

Here is a look at how I would have voted for the Top 25 in College Football this week, if I had a ballot:

1. Alabama (11-0) – The Crimson Tide coasted 31-3 over visiting Chattanooga last weekend.  They will host my #23 ranked Auburn Tigers this weekend.

2. Clemson (10-1) – The Tigers beat Wake Forest 35-13 on the road last week.  They will host the rival South Carolina Gamecocks this week.

3. Michigan (10-1) – The Wolverines won at home last weekend 20-10 over a pesky Indiana squad.  They will travel to my #4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to play a knockout game as far as the playoffs are concerned.

4. Ohio State (10-1) – The Buckeyes barely survived in beating the Michigan State Spartans 17-16 on the road last week.  They will host my #3 ranked Michigan Wolverines this Saturday.

5. Washington (10-1) – The Huskies bounced back last weekend by demolishing the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils 44-18!  They will play at Washington State in huge rivalry game this week.

6. Western Michigan (11-0) – The Broncos shut out visiting Buffalo 38-0 last week!  They will host Toledo this week with a berth in the MAC Championship Game on the line.

7. Boise State (10-1) – Boise State held off visiting UNLV 42-25 last week.  They will play at Air Force this week.

8. Houston (9-2) – The Cougars bounced back last week as they pasted visiting Louisville 36-10!  They will play at Memphis this week.

9. Wisconsin (9-2) – The Badgers thumped Purdue 49-20 on the road last weekend.  The will host Minnesota this week.

10. Oklahoma (9-2) – The Sooners blasted West Virginia 56-28 on the road last weekend.  They have a bye this week.

11. Colorado (9-2) – The Buffaloes held off Washington State at home 38-24 last week.  They will host Utah this week.

12. Penn State (9-2) – Penn State won 39-0 at Rutgers last weekend.  They will host Michigan State this weekend.

13. Louisville (9-2) – Louisville got thumped 36-10 at Houston last week.  They will host rival Kentucky this week.

14. Oklahoma State (9-2) – The Cowboys thumped TCU on the road, 31-6 last weekend.  They have a bye this week.

15. Texas A&M (8-3) – The Aggies beat UT-San Antonio 23-10 at home last weekend.  They will host LSU this week.

16. South Florida (9-2) – USF outlasted SMU on the road 35-27 last weekend.  They will host Central Florida this weekend.

17. Navy (8-2) – Navy had a bye last week.  Navy will play at SMU this weekend.

18. Florida (8-2) – The Gators held off LSU on the road, 16-10 last weekend.  They will play at my #21 Florida State Seminoles this weekend.

19. USC (8-3) – USC won 36-14 at UCLA last weekend.  They will host Notre Dame this week.

20. Temple (8-3) – Temple won 31-0 at Tulane last weekend.  They will host East Carolina this week.

21. Florida State (8-3) – The Seminoles won 45-14 at Syracuse last week.  They will host my #18 Florida Gators this weekend.

22. Tennessee (8-3) – The Volunteers won at home 63-37 against Missouri last weekend.  They will play at rival Vanderbilt this week.

23. Auburn (8-3) – The Tigers thumped Alabama A&M 55-0 at home last week.  They are playing at #1 Alabama this week.

24. North Carolina (8-3) – The Tar Heels won 41-7 at home against The Citadel last weekend.  They will host in state rival North Carolina State this weekend.

25. Wyoming (8-3) – Wyoming beat San Diego State 34-33 last week.  They will travel to play New Mexico this weekend.

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Here is a look at what my ballot for the N.L. MVP in 2016!

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 9:07 am

Here is a look at what my ballot would look like if I had a vote for the 2016 National League MVP Award:

1. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals – 31-year old lefty swinging 2B Daniel Murphy was an All-Star for the second time in his career in 2016!  Murphy played in 142 games for the Nationals last year and he was 184 of 531 (.347 avg, .985 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 25 homers, 104 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  He only walked 35 times and whiffed only 57 times last year.  He led the National League in doubles (47), SLG (.595) and OPS (.985) in 2016.

2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs – Bryant was an All-Star for the second time (in his second year in the show) in 2016.  Bryant played in 155 games for the Cubs last year and he was 176 of 603 (.292 avg, .939 OPS) with 121 runs scored, 39 homers, 102 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  He walked 75 times while whiffing 154 times last year.  He led the N.L. in runs scored in 2016 with 121.

3. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies – 25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado was an All-Star for his second year in a row in 2016.  Arenado played in 160 games for the Rockies last year and he was 182 of 618 (.294 avg, .932 OPS) with 116 run scored, 41 homers, 133 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He walked 68 times while whiffing 103 times last year.  He led the National League in homers (41) and 133 RBI (led the show) in 2016.

4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs – 27-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo was an All-Star for the 3rd time in a row in 2016.  Rizzo played in 155 games for the Cubs last year and he was 170 of 583 (.292 avg, .928 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 32 homers, 109 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  He walked 74 times last year while whiffing 108 times in 2016.

5. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers – 22-year old lefty swinging SS Corey Seager was an All-Star for the first time in 2016 and he was the Rookie of the Year.  Seager played in 157 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 193 of 627 (.308 avg, .877 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 26 homers, 72 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  He walked 54 times while whiffing 133 times this year for the Dodgers.

6. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins – 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Christian Yelich took his game to a new level in 2016 and he has a huge home stadium (Marlins’ Park) to play in half of the time.  Yelich played in 155 games for the Marlins last year and he was 172 of 578 (.298 avg, .859 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 21 homers, 98 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  He walked 72 times while whiffing 138 times last year.

7. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies – 30-year old lefty swinging CF Charlie Blackmon played in 143 games for the Rockies in 2016 and he was 181 of 578 (.324 avg, .933 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 29 homers, 82 RBI and 17 stolen bases.  He has walked 43 times while whiffing 102 times in 2016.

8. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves – 27-year old lefty swinging 1B Freddie Freeman was outstanding in 2016, despite not having a lot of help or protection in the lineup.  Freeman played in 158 games for the Braves in 2016 and he was 178 of 589 (.302 avg, .968 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 34 homers, 91 RBI and 6 stolen base.  He walked 89 times while whiffing 171 times last year.

9. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds – 33-year old lefty swinging 1B Joey Votto turned in one of the best seasons of his career in 2016!  He played in 158 games for the Reds last year and he was 181 of 556 (.326 avg, .985 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 29 homers, 97 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Votto walked 108 times while whiffing 120 times last year.  He led the N.L. in OBP (.434) in 2016.

10. D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies – 28-year old righty swinging 2B D.J. LeMahieu had an outstanding year for the Rockies in 2016!  He played in 146 games for the Rockies last year and he was 192 of 552 (.348 avg, .911 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 11 homers, 66 RBI and 11 stolen bases.  He walked 66 times while whiffing 80 times last year.  He led the Major Leagues in batting average (.348).

UPDATE:  (11/18/2016) – All 10 of the guys on my list got MVP votes from the Baseball Writers of America.  Kris Bryant won the MVP Award!  Daniel Murphy (#2), Corey Seager (#3), Anthony Rizzo (#4), Nolan Arenado (#5), Freddie Freeman (#6), Joey Vott0 (#7), D.J. LaMahieu (#15), Christian Yelich (tied for #19) and Charlie Blackmon (tied for #26) also got respect in the voting for the MVP Award.

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Here is what my ballot would look like for the 2016 A.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 8:43 am

The American League is loaded with players that had great years in 2016.  Here is what my ballot would look like if I had a vote:

1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros – 26-year old righty swinging 2B Jose Altuve was an All-Star for the 4th time in his career in 2016, which was the third consecutive time that he received that honor.  He was the most dynamic player in the league last year.  He played in 161 games for the Astros in 2016 and he was 216 of 640 (.338 avg, .928 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 24 homers, 96 RBI and 30 stolen bases.  He walked 60 times and only whiffed 70 times last year!  Altuve led the Major Leagues in hits (216) and he led the American League in batting average (.338) in 2016!

2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – 25-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout was an All-Star for his fifth year in a row in 2016!  He played in 159 games for the Angels last year and he was 173 of 549 (.315 avg, .991 OPS) with 123 runs scored, 29 homers, 100 RBI and 30 stolen bases.  He also walked 116 times (opposing pitchers were scared to challenge him too much) and he whiffed 137 times last year.  Trout led the Major Leagues in runs scored (123), walks (116) and OBP (.441) in 2016!

3. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox – 24-year old righty swinging RF Mookie Betts was an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2016!  He played in 158 games for the Red Sox in 2016 and he was 214 of 672 (.318 avg, .897 OPS) with 122 runs scored, 31 homers, 113 RBI and 26 stolen bases.  He also walked 49 times while whiffing 80 times in 2016 last year.

4. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays – 30-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Donaldson was an All-Star for the third time in a row in 2016.  Donaldson played in 155 games for the Blue Jays last year and he was 164 of 577 (.284 avg, .953 OPS) with 122 runs scored, 37 homers, 99 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  He walked 109 times last year while whiffing 119 times in 2016.  Donaldson has a great eye at the plate and he crushes mistakes.

5. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – 40-year old lefty swinging DH David Ortiz was an All-Star for the 10th time in his career in 2016.  He had a very impressive going away party last year, as he has since retired.  Ortiz played in 151 games for the Red Sox last year and he was 169 of 537 (.315 avg, 1.021 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 38 homers, 127 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He also walked 80 times while whiffing 86 times last year.  Ortiz led the American League in RBI with 127 of them.  He also led the show in doubles (48), SLG (.620) and OPS (1.021) in 2016!

6. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins – 29-year old righty swinging 2B Brian Dozier was in full on beast mode in 2016!  He played in 155 games for the Twins last year and he was 165 of 615 (.268 avg, .886 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 42 homers, 99 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  Dozier walked 61 times while whiffing 138 times last year for the Twins.

7. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners – 34-year old lefty swinging 2B Robinson Cano made the All-Star team for the 7th time in 2016.  Cano played in 161 games for the Mariners last year and he was 195 of 655 (.298 avg, .882 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 39 homers and 103 RBI.  Cano walked 47 times while whiffing 100 times in 2016!  It was an excellent bounce back season for the Mariners in 2016!

8. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians – 23-year old switch-hitting SS Francisco Lindor played in 158 games in 2016 for the Cleveland Indians and he was 182 of 604 (.301 avg, .794 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 15 homers, 78 RBI and 19 stolen bases.  He also walked 57 times and whiffed 88 times.  Lindor is also an awesome Glove Man, as he won a Gold Glove Award in 2016.

9. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – 33-year old righty swinging 1B Miguel Cabrera was an All-Star for the 11th time in 2016.  He played in 158 games for the Tigers last year and he was 188 of 595 (.316 avg, .956 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 38 homers and 108 RBI.  He also walked 75 times while whiffing 116 times last year.

10. Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles – 30-year old righty swinging OF/1B/DH Mark Trumbo was an All-Star for the second time in his career in 2016.  Trumbo played in 159 games for the Orioles last year and he was 157 of 613 (.256 avg, .850 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 47 homers, 108 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Trumbo walked 51 times while whiffing 170 times last year.  Trumbo led the Major Leagues in homers (47) in 2016!

UPDATE:  (11/18/2016) – The guys on my ballot did pretty well as nine of them got MVP votes (Mark Trumbo didn’t get any votes despite leading the Major Leagues in homers in 2016).  Mike Trout won the MVP Award.  Mookie Betts (#2), Jose Altuve (#3), Josh Donaldson (#4), David Ortiz (#6), Robinson Cano (#8), Francisco Lindor (tied for #9), Miguel Cabrera (tied for #9) and Brian Dozier (#13) also appeared on the writer’s ballots.

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Here’s my vote for the Cy Young Award in both the American and National League in 2016

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 5:44 pm

If I had a vote for the American and National League Cy Young Awards in 2016, here is what my ballot would look like:

1. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles – 28-year old lefty closer Zach Britton was awesome in 2016!  He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in 2016 and he was 2-1 with an A.L. leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  Britton gave up only 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in 67 innings for the Orioles in 2016.  He was an All-Star for the second time of his career in 2016.  He was also the best pitcher in the American League in 2016, period!

2. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox – 27-year old righty starting pitcher Rick Porcello had a career year for the Boston Red Sox in 2016!  He pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Red Sox in 2016 and he was 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Porcello gave up 193 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 189 batters in his 223 innings for the Red Sox this year.  Porcello’s 22 wins in 2016 led the Major Leagues!

3. J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays – 34-year old lefty starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Blue Jays in 2016 and he was 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Happ gave up 168 hits and 60 walks while whiffing 163 batters in his 195 innings pitched for the Blue Jays last year.

4. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians – 30-year old righty starting pitcher Corey Kluber turned in another outstanding year for the Tribe in 2016!  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Indians in 2016 and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Kluber gave up 170 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 227 batters in 215 innings for the Indians in 2016!  He was an All-Star for the first time in 2016 and he won the A.L. Cy Young Award for the Indians in 2014.

5. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers – 33-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Verlander turned back the clock in 2016.  He pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Tigers last year and he was 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA and a A.L. Leading 1.00 WHIP.  He gave up 171 hits (30 homers) and 57 walks while whiffing an A.L. leading 254 whiffs in 227 2/3 innings pitched!  Verlander won a A.L. Cy Young Award for the Tigers back in 2011.

National League:

1. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals – 32-year old righty starting pitcher Max Scherzer pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Nationals in 2016 and he was 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  His 20 wins led the National League last year.  He gave up 165 hits (31 homers) and 56 walks while whiffing a MLB leading 284 batters in 228 1/3 innings pitched!  Those 228 1/3 innings pitched led the National League last year.  Scherzer was an All-Star for the 4th year in a row in 2016 and he was the A.L. Cy Young Award winner back in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers.

2. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs – 26-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks pitched in 31 games (30 starts) for the Cubs in 2016 and he was 16-8 with a MLB leading 2.13 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.  He gave up 142 hits and 44 walks while whiffing 170 batters in 190 innings last year.

3. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins – 24-year old righty starting pitcher Jose Fernandez pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Marlins in 2016 and he was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 149 hits and 55 walks while whiffing 253 batters in 182 1/3 innings for the Fish.  Fernandez was an All-Star in 2016.  Fernandez tragically died in a boat crash in Miami Beach on September 25, 2016 at the age of 24!

4. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs – 32-year old lefty Jon Lester made the All-Star team for the 4th time in his career in 2016 for the Cubs.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He gave up 154 hits and 52 walks while whiffing 197 batters in 202 2/3 innings for the Cubs last year.  His .792 win/loss percentage led the N.L. in 2016.

5. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants – 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner made the All-Star team in 2016 for the 4th year in a row.  He pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Giants last year and he was 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Bumgarner gave up 179 hits and 54 walks while whiffing 251 batters in 226 2/3 innings for the Giants last year.

UPDATE:  (11/17/2016) – Rick Porcello has won the A.L. Cy Young Award for the 2016 season.  Justin Verlander (2nd), Corey Kluber (3rd), Zach Britton (4th) and J.A. Happ (6th) also finished highly off my ballot.  Max Scherzer has won the N.L. Cy Young Award for the the 2016 season.  Jon Lester (2nd), Kyle Hendricks (3rd), Madison Bumgarner (5th) and Jose Fernandez (7th) also finished highly off my ballot.

 

 

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Here is a look at who I think should be the Manager of the Year in both leagues

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 5:18 pm

If I had a vote for the Manager of the Year Award in 2016, this is what it would have looked like:

American League:

1.  Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians – This was an easy decision for me.  Francona lost Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco late in the 2016 season and he didn’t have his top hitter, outfielder Michael Brantley, for most of the year.  Yet, he won the A.L. Central in 2016!  The Indians were 94-67 (58.4%) in 2016.  Francona has won one Manager of the Year Award in his career, for the Cleveland Indians back in 2013!

2. Jeff Banister, Texas Rangers – 52-year old Jeff Banister did a great job with the Texas Rangers in 2016.  Banister led his team to a 95-67 (58.6%) record last year as they won the A.L. West!  He was the A.L. Manager of the Year in 2015.

3. John Farrell, Boston Red Sox – 54-year old John Farrell blended some talented kids and aging veterans to win the A.L. East with a 93-69 (57.4%) record.

National League:

1. Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs – The Cubs had a bullseye on their backs most of the 2016 season, but 62-year old Joe Maddon kept his players focused on the task at hand.  He led them to the best record in baseball in 2016, as the Cubs were 103-58 (.64%).  Maddon has already been the A.L. Manager of the Year twice (2008 and 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays) and in 2015 he was the N.L. Manager of the Year in his first year with the Cubs.

2. Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers – 44-year old Dave Roberts had an excellent first year as a Major League manager.  The Dodgers suffered a lot of injuries, but Roberts kept them rocking, as they won the N.L. West with a 91-71 (56.2%) record!

3. Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants – 61-year old Bruce Bochy has an outstanding system in place, as the Giants just keep winning.  They were 87-75 (53.7%) this year.  He was the N.L. Manager of the Year one time so far in his career, back in 1996 for the San Diego Padres.

UPDATE:  (11/17/2016) – Terry Francona won the A.L. Manager of the Year Award in 2016.  Jeff Banister (2nd) and John Farrell (4th) also finished high off of my ballot.  In the National League, Dave Roberts was named the Manager of the Year in 2016.  Joe Maddon finished 2nd, but Bruce Bochy didn’t get any votes for the award (other than mine).

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Here is how I would rank the Top 25 teams in College Football

Blogged under Bloglockers,College Football,Football,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 14 November 2016 at 7:05 pm

I know that three of the top four teams lost last weekend, but that doesn’t mean that counts more than a loss earlier in the year.  How could anyone put Louisville over Clemson if the both have one loss?  Clemson beat Louisville on the field!  Here is what my ballot would look like if I had a vote for the Top 25:

1. Alabama (10-0) – The Crimson Tide destroyed Mississippi State 59-3 last weekend in Arlington, Texas.  They will host Chattanooga this weekend!

2. Clemson (9-1) – Clemson lost 43-42 at home last weekend to Pittsburgh (a team that also beat Penn State, which is why they are ranked ahead of the Buckeyes).  They will play at Wake Forest this week.

3. Michigan (9-1) – The Wolverines lost 14-13 on the road against Iowa last weekend.  But, they crushed Penn State, a team that beat the Buckeyes, which is why they are still ranked higher.

4. Louisville (9-1) – Louisville won 44-12 at home against Wake Forest last weekend.  They play at my #14 ranked Houston this week.

5. Ohio State (9-1) – The Buckeyes move up one spot after winning 62-3 on the road against Maryland.  They play at Michigan State this weekend.

6. Washington (9-1) – Washington lost 26-13 at home last weekend to USC!  They will host Arizona State this week.

7. Western Michigan (10-0) – The Broncos won 37-21 at Kent State last week.  They will host Buffalo this week.

8. Utah (8-2) – Utah won 49-26 at Arizona State last week.  They will host Oregon this week.

9. Wisconsin (8-2) – The Badgers thumped visiting Illinois 48-3 last weekend.  They will play at Purdue this week.

10. Troy (8-1) – Troy won 28-24 at home last week against Appalachian State.  They will host Arkansas State this week.

11. West Virginia (8-1) – The Mountaineers beat the Longhorns 24-20 on the road last week.  They will host my #13 ranked Oklahoma this week.

12. Boise State (9-1) – Boise State thumped Hawaii on the road, 52-16 last weekend.  They will host UNLV this week.

13. Oklahoma (8-2) – Oklahoma thumped visiting Baylor 45-24 last weekend.  They will travel to play my #11 ranked West Virginia this week.

14. Houston (8-2) – Houston won 30-18 at home against Tulane last week.  They will be hosting my #4 ranked Louisville this weekend.

15. Colorado (8-2) – Colorado won 49-24 at Arizona last week!  They will host my #17 ranked Washington State this week.

16. San Diego State (9-1) – The Aztecs dominated Nevada 46-16 on the road last week.  They will play at Wyoming next week.

17. Washington State (8-2) – The Cougars won 56-21 at California last week.  They will play at my #15 ranked Colorado this week.

18. Penn State (8-2) – The Nittany Lions won 45-31 at Indiana last week.  They are playing at Rutgers this weekend.

19. Oklahoma State (8-2) – The Cowboys won a shootout 45-44 at home against Texas Tech last week.  They will travel to TCU this weekend.

20. Texas A&M (7-3) – The Aggies last 29-28 at home against Mississippi last weekend.  They will host UTSA this weekend.

21. South Florida (8-2) – The Bulls won 49-42 at Memphis last week.  They will travel to SMU this week.

22. Navy (7-2) – Navy held on at home 42-40 against Tulsa last week.  They have a bye this week.

23. Florida (7-2) – The Gators won 20-7 at home against South Carolina last weekend.  They will play at LSU this weekend.

24. USC (7-3) – USC won 26-13 at Washington last weekend, in a huge upset!  They will be on the road this weekend too, against UCLA.

25. Temple (7-3) – Temple had a bye this week.  They will play at Tulane this week.

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Here is a look at how I would have voted for the Rookie of the Year Awards in MLB

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 14 November 2016 at 5:51 pm

It’s award season now in Major League Baseball.  Here is what my ballot would have looked like in both the American and the National League for the Rookie of the Year Awards in 2016:

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

1. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers – 22-year old lefty swinging SS Corey Seager would get my vote to be the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2016.  He played in 157 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 193 of 627 (.308 avg, .877 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 26 homers, 72 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  He was a N.L. All-Star in 2016.  He has now played in 184 games in his first two years with the Dodgers and he is 226 of 725 (.312 avg, .892 OPS) with 122 runs scored, 30 homers, 89 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  Seager was outstanding, but if Trea Turner and Trevor Story played the whole season in the show, he might have finished 3rd on this list.

2. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals – When CF Ben Revere tanked early in the year for the Nationals, they decided to call up 23-year old righty swinging Trea Turner (a shortstop by trade) and stick him in CF.  Turner played well defensively in CF and he was a dynamic offensive player for the Nationals.  Turner played in 73 games for the Nationals last year and he was 105 of 307 (.342 avg, .937 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 40 RBI and 33 stolen bases.  Turner has now played in 100 games in his first two years with the Nationals and he is 114 of 347 (.329 avg, .900 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 14 homers, 41 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

3. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies – 23-year old righty swinging SS Trevor Story was on an MVP pace when he suffered a season ending injury.  Story played in 97 games for the Rockies last year in his first taste of the show and he was 101 of 372 (.272 avg, .909 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 27 homers, 72 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  He has a monster upside, as he is lucky enough to play half of his games at Coors Field.

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

1. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers – 23-year old righty starting pitcher Michael Fulmer got off to a rough start last year, but then he caught on to how to pitch in the show and use his dominating array of stuff to get out Major League hitters.  Fulmer pitched in 26 games (all starts) in his first taste of the show for the Tigers and he was 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He gave up 136 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 132 batters in his 159 innings for the Tigers!

2. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees – It’s quite possible that 23-year old righty swinging catcher Gary Sanchez was the MVP of the final 1/3 of the 2016 season!  But, he didn’t play long enough to win the Rookie of the Year Award in 2016.  Sanchez played in 53 games for the Yankees last year and he was 60 for 201 (.299 avg, 1.032 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 20 homers, 42 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Sanchez has now played in 55 games in his first two years with the Yankees and he is 60 for 203 (.296 avg, 1.023 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 20 homers, 42 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Sanchez will be a cornerstone to the Yankees’ rebuild of their team!

3. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox – When the Chicago White Sox finally decided that they saw enough of Jimmy Rollins (it should have been sooner), they decided to turn to 23-year old righty swinging SS Tim Anderson.  Anderson played in 99 games for the White Sox so far this year and he is 116 of 410 (.283 avg, .738 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 9 homers, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases.  Anderson did whiff 117 times against only 13 walks last year, but he was still very impressive.

UPDATE:  (11/15/2016) – Corey Seager and Michael Fulmer were both named Rookie of the Year last night!  Seager for the N.L. and Fulmer for the A.L.  Gary Sanchez (#2 in voting), Tim Anderson (#7 in voting), Trea Turner (#2 in voting) and Trevor Story (#4 in voting) also got votes for the award!

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Where will the lefty relievers land in free agency?

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Free Agency Previews,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 12:41 pm

Where will the lefty relievers land in the free agent market this winter?  Here is where I think they will land:

Jeremy Blevins, Atlanta Braves – The Braves add the top lefty reliever available in their free agent spending spree!

Travis Wood, Miami Marlins – The Marlins sign Travis Wood to be their late inning guy against lefty batters.

Boone Logan, Toronto Blue Jays – The Jays replace Brett Cecil with someone better than him.

Marc Rzepczynski, Colorado Rockies – Rzepczynski will try to get guys out in the toughest place to pitch in all of baseball, Coors Field.

Mike Dunn, New York Yankees – The Yankees nab the lefty reliever with the best arm of all of the free agent lefties.

Javier Lopez, St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals get a pure lefty specialist in Lopez.

J.P. Howell, Chicago Cubs - Signing Howell allows the Cubs to move Mike Montgomery into their starting rotation.

Brian Matusz, Cleveland Indians – Matusz gives the Tribe a second lefty for the pen in 2017.

Brian Duesning, Los Angeles Angels – Duensing gives the Angels a solid lefty reliever at the right price.

Eric O’Flaherty, Arizona Diamondbacks – The D-Backs just taking a flier here.

Kyle Lobstein, Milwaukee Brewers – Lobstein comes at the right price for the rebuilding Brewers.

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Where will the top righty relievers land in free agency?

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Free Agency Previews,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 12:28 pm

There is a lot of depth as far as non-closer type righty relievers in free agency this winter.  Here is where I see them winding up:

Joe Blanton, Seattle Mariners – The Mariners could use a guy like Blanton pitching late in games for them in 2017.

Joe Smith, New York Mets – The Mets get Joe Smith back.  He pitched his first two years of his career for the Mets, before they dealt him to the Cleveland Indians.

Sergio Romo, Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers try to load up with pitchers with closing experience.

Joaquin Benoit, Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays liked what they saw out of Benoit until he got injured late in the season in a bench clearing brawl.

Neftali Feliz, Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox get another reliever with a big time arm to work late in games in 2017.

Koji Uehara, Washington Nationals – The Nationals get a guy with closing experience to work late in games for them in 2017.

Junichi Tazawa, New York Yankees – The Yankees pick up Tazawa to work in the middle innings.

David Hernandez, Cincinnati Reds – A young guy with a big arm for the Reds to take a flier on.

Matt Belisle, Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers find a solid guy for middle relief in Belisle.

Fernando Salas, Colorado Rockies – The Rockies ante up for a guy with a big time right arm.

Drew Storen, Minnesota Twins – The Twins take a flier and hope that a change of scenery is what Storen needs to get back to the pitcher he used to be.

Shawn Tolleson, Detroit Tigers – The Tigers take a flier on a guy that looked pretty good early in his career.

Yusmeiro Petit, New York Mets – A true long man that can start if needed for the Mets.

Daniel Hudson, Toronto Blue Jays – The Jays take a flier on a young guy with a good arm, that had a rough year in 2016.

Tommy Hunter, Oakland A’s – The A’s get another good arm for their bullpen in Hunter.

Trevor Cahill, Los Angeles Dodgers – Cahill could really excel in the Dodgers’ pen.

Bryan Morris, San Diego Padres – The Padres take a flier on a guy in Morris, that was really good before suffering a serious injury last year.

Dustin McGowan, Minnesota Twins – The Twins nab a guy with a good arm to work out of the pen.

Kevin Jepsen, Colorado Rockies – Jepsen tries to revive his career in the worst possible spot for a pitcher.

J.J. Hoover, Seattle Mariners – The Mariners hope a change of scenery will get Hoover back on the right path, as he used to be a rock solid reliever.

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Where will the closers land in free agency?

Blogged under Baseball,Bloglockers,Free Agency Previews,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 11:56 am

There are a few really good closers available in free agency.  Here is where I see them landing in free agency:

Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees – The Yankees ante up to bring Chapman back just months after dealing him to the World Champion Chicago Cubs!

Kenley Jansen, Washington Nationals – The Nationals pay full price for the best or second best closer on the market, depending on your point of view.

Mark Melancon, San Francisco Giants – The Giants ante up for a closer after the bullpen collapse in the playoffs last year.

Fernando Rodney, Chicago Cubs – The Cubs take a chance on Rodney.

Brad Ziegler, Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers lose out on the top three, settle for Ziegler.

Jonathan Papelbon, Arizona Diamondbacks – The D-Backs give Papelbon another chance to get back on the right path.

Greg Holland, Boston Red Sox – Holland puts winning over his bullpen role, in signing in 1-year deal with the Red Sox.

Santiago Casilla, San Diego Padres – Casilla still has great stuff and the Padres give him a chance to close again!

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