Earlier we broke down the ALDS series today it’s the senior circuit. Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford powered the Giants into the NLDS to face the Nationals last night. So lets look at the NLDS match ups now that we know them.
SF Giants vs Washington:
The Giants are gritty, experienced, battled tested, well managed team that knows how to win. This is a not an easy match up for the Nationals as the Giants seem to play their best ball in October. The Nationals are the better team, stronger in starting pitcher, in the bullpen and the lineup. There is a lot of pressure on the Nationals to win this 5 game series. I do worry about the Nats getting the final 3 outs in the 9th inning protecting with a 1 run lead as the closer is currently Drew Storen. If Madison Bumgarner who pitched brilliantly in the Wild Card game was able to pitch twice in this tight series I
would have picked the Giants. But since the Giants Ace only goes once I like the Nationals in a very tough series.
Nationals in 5
St.Louis vs Los Angeles Continue reading
The biggest name being floating around as we head to the MLB trade deadline seems to be Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Entering into Saturday’s action the Rays are in last place in the AL East with a 42-53 record. The Rays are 10.5 out of first place in the AL East and 10 back in the loss column behind the 2nd wild card team in the Mariners. Unless a big winning streak happens immediately the Rays would consider trading David Price.
The Price Would Be High:
Even though David Price is under team control for Tampa only through next season and Price will get a huge arbitration number this off-season (3rd time arbitration – it will be over 15 Million), the Rays want a lot back in a trade. This is not a situation where the Rays are saying we can’t afford him in the immediate future so we are going to take the best offer we can get. Not at all, the Rays will not trade David Price unless they get a big package or a big future player who is ready for the majors soon. The Cubs trade with the A’s that sent Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland but netted one of the best prospects in baseball in Addison Russell reaffirms the Rays belief. Continue reading
The Dodgers have some tough and tricky decisions to make starting now into the off-season. It revolves around their outfield as well as their big free agent to be after this season in Hanley Ramirez. Let’s take a look at both.
Dodgers Crowded & Problematic Outfield:
There is one given in the Dodger outfield and that’s Puig. The Dodgers have 4 starting outfielders for 3 spots although Carl Crawford is currently on the DL for a while. On top of that the Dodgers on the big club do not have a true Center fielder. The Dodgers top prospect (Ranked #34 on Baseball America Top 100) Joc Pederson appears to be ready as he is dominating AAA. Pederson a Center fielder so far this year has 16HR, 37RBI, 50R, 15SB, .319 Avg, .432 OBP & 1.024 OPS. All things being equal he should be on this team now as their everyday Center fielder. But that would mean there is one spot open in Left Field for Kemp, Ethier and Crawford. Honestly given their ages, contracts and recent ailments over the last few years it will be very hard pressed for the Dodgers to move one of these players let alone two of them. Kemp, Ethier and Crawford when healthy can stay play and help a team but when you look at their ages and what’s left on their contracts it’s quite frightening.