ALDS 2014

ALDS Playoff Predictions

The MLB playoffs got off with a bang last night after a legendary extra inning game between the A’s and the Royals. We now know Kansas City is moving on to the ALDS and facing the Angels. Here is my ALDS predictions.

Detroit vs Baltimore:

Very quietly it seems the Orioles were one of the best teams in baseball this year. Baltimore is a gritty team with a deep lineup and a very deep and talented bullpen. However I am not in love with their starting pitching. The Tigers have plenty of star power between Melky Cabrera, Victor Martinez and the big 3 in the rotation between Scherzer, Price and Valender. However Detroit’s bullpen is scary and not in a good way. To me the key stat of this 5 game series is if these games are tied come the 6th inning. If that holds to form that is a huge advantage for the Orioles. This series is a very tough call.

Orioles in 5 – Tiger bullpen will cost them the series as it did last year versus the Red Sox.

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Clayton Kershaw

CY Young Voting

The NL CY Young Award for 2014 seems to be an easy decision with the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw the clear-cut favorite to win the award. No one was more dominating on the mound this season. In fact, no one has been this good in quite some time. Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, along with 239 K’s and 2 shutouts. He is the first pitcher ever to lead MLB in ERA for four straight seasons. Kershaw joins Ron Guidry as the only pitchers in the modern period to win 20 or more games and post a sub-1.80 ERA, with a winning percentage of .875 or better. The only other candidate who might get a first place vote, but that is unlikely, is Reds Johnny Cueto, who won 20 games while pitching 243 2/3 innings with two shutouts and 242 K’s.

In the AL picking a winner will not be so easy. There are several candidates to consider. Corey Kluber of the Indians, Max Scherzer of the Tigers, Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Jared Weaver, Matt Shoemaker and Garrett Richards all of the Angels are considered contenders for the award. So, it will come down to the votes submitted by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to determine your AL winner.

My vote, would go to Kluber, with Hernandez finishing second. There is no doubt that this is a difficult selection to make. Comparing ERAs, Hernandez ended the season at 2.14, with a slight edge over Klubers’ 2.44. They both worked nearly the same number of innings with 230 2/3 innings for Hernandez and innings for 227 2/3 innings for Kluber. Continue reading

Brian Dozier

MLB 9 Innings – Daily Recap for September 27 2014

MLB 9 Innings provides a daily recap of the previous day’s events in Major League Baseball. You can see what is happening in the Majors in a quick glance. Included in today’s edition: The Kansas City Royals pull within one-game of the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown, St. Louis wins in 10 to maintain their one-game lead over Pittsburgh, Corey Kluber won No. 18, Washington and Los Angeles lock up home-field advantage in their respective leagues.

First – The Detroit Tigers fell to the Minnesota Twins Friday night, 11-4, at home in Comerica Park. The loss decreased the team’s lead over the Kansas City Royals to just one-game in the AL Central with just two games left in the season. 2B Brian Dozier was the big bat for the Twins, posting a 3-5 night, with three runs and three RBI. He also hit his 22nd home run of the season.

Second – The Kansas City Royals gained their first post-season berth since winning the World Series in 1985. The 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox also moved the team just one game behind the Tigers for the AL Central Division crown. Jeremy Guthrie won his 13th game of the season with seven shutout innings of work, and closer Greg Holland recorded his 46th save of the season.

Third – Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber continues to make his case to be the American League Cy Young award winner. Kluber blanked the Tampa Bay Rays for eight innings, allowing just five hits while striking out 11 for his 18th win of the season. Kluber leads the Majors with 269 strikeouts, and his 10th K of the game was the 1,429th strikeout by the Indians pitching staff establishing a new Major League record. Continue reading