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Who should the New York Mets want in the World Series?

The New York Mets are in the World Series for the first time since 2000. They’ve relied on some timely hitting but mostly a very solid pitching staff that was able to shut down the Cub’s big hitters. With the Royals vs. Blue Jays set for Game 6 in the ALDS on Friday night, which team is a better matchup for New York?

I think the answer is somewhat easy, but unlikely to happen at this stage. It’s Toronto. First off the bullpen of the Royals is extremely tough. Herrera, Davis and Hochevar have been great all postseason.

If Kansas City makes it past its starting rotation, which has been hittable, it’s tough to hit the bullpen. They types of hitters the Royals have verse the Blue Jays is another factore. Players like Zobrist, Escobar and even Morales don’t depend on power constantly.

Yes, Toronto has their times as well, but they’re mostly a home run team, just like the Chicago Cubs were. And what stops power hitting is power pitching and that’s what the Mets have in Degrom, Harvey and Syndergaard. Their bullpen is made to shut down teams like Toronto as well.

Unfortunately, it will take a big comeback for the Mets to get Toronto, but the Blue Jays did just win three straight to overtake the Rangers. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

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The good, bad, and ugly of the MLB trade deadline

The MLB trade deadline period has ended, and there was a flurry of trades made after the waiver wire is closed. We can look at those later but now that it’s been a full month since the “official” trade deadline, lets look at how players traded have been performing.

This isn’t if the moves were good or bad, just how the new players have looked after they went to their new team.

The Good

David Price

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via fansided.com

Price went 4-1 in August with a 2.28 ERA. He’s even vaulting himself into contention for the AL Cy Young award. Toronto gave up a few promising prospects to get him, and may have trouble resigning him this offseason, but they have jumped into first place in the AL East and he’s a big part.

Yoenis Cespides

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via NYdailynews.com

Cespides had eight home runs and 23 RBIs for the New York Mets in August, coming up huge especially for a team in desperate need of a bat. They’re another team that has taken over first place in their division and the addition of Cespides, along with veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, have added some much-needed hitting.

J.A. Happ

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via rantsports.com

The Pirates trading for Happ was mostly overlooked at the deadline when they got him from Seattle. He put together a great month going 3-1 with a sub-2.00 ERA. The Pirates needed more starting pitching depth, especially after A.J. Burnett’s injury, and Happ has delivered. They seem to have the Wild Card spot locked up.

Cole Hamels

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via dallasnews.com

Hamels was sharp in his last two starts, brining him up to 2-1 overall for the month after a loss and a couple no decisions. Ending the month allowing three runs over the last two starts brings him into the good group, after a somewhat shaky start with the Rangers. For a team that has quietly snuck into the wild card, he’ll have opportunities to add to his resume of big games.

The Bad

Scott Kazmir

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via foxsports.com

The Astros gave up a highly touted prospect catcher for Kazmir, and it’s a move that may very well pay off toward the end of the season and playoff time. The veteran they got from the division rival As has seen his share of postseason action throughout his career. It’s just that he hasn’t been great for them yet, going 1-4 with a 3.94 ERA. The Astros are still in first but will need Kazmir to come up big.

Troy Tulowitzki

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via thescore.com

Another player who has simply just not played to his usual standards. Another case where his team is winning the division. Tulowitzki may be the best SS in baseball, at least hitting, but he hasn’t brought it to Toronto just hitting .214 with 8 RBIs. Everyone else around him is hitting and have afforded him time to get right.

Carlos Gomez

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The Astros were hoping for some power with a great glove in center field from Gomez. They got the glove at least, with him making a handful of great plays for them, but he is hitting just .221 with just two HRs in a Houston uniform.

Johny Cueto

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via fox sports.com

Cueto has allowed 6 runs in his last two starts for the Royals. The usually terrific ace only allowed 3 earned runs total in his 3 previous starts, but after two outings where he was shelled, he lands in the bad.

The Ugly

Jim Johnson

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via Zimbio.com

The Dodgers still have a healthy lead in first place over the Giants in the NL West, but their giant trade to upgrade their pitching staff hasn’t exactly panned out for them. They were looking for some starting depth behind Grienke and Kershaw and Alex Wood has been their best player out of the trade, if only by going 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA. Matt Latos, the other starter they got, had 0 wins and an ERA over 6. Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves haven’t locked the bullpen down. Johnson has a 12.66 ERA with them. This hasn’t hurt their division chances yet, with the Giants on a mini slide, but it may soon.

Dan Haren

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via fansided.com

Haren has a plus-6.00 ERA for the Cubs since being acquired for some minor leaguers. He is their No. 5 starter, so it’s not the worst that could happen to Chicago and if they make the playoffs he won’t see much, if any, action.

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The MLB postseason race is heating up

The Toronto Blue Jays have quickly shredded a seven-game deficient in the AL East down to 1. The New York Yankees are in trouble. The New York Mets continue to gradually grow their lead in the NL East up to 4.5. The Houson Astros are still holding off the Angels with 2.5 game lead.

Ah, baseball. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I predicted the playoff picture a week before the trade deadline only to have each of those divisions go the opposite way. Even the Dodgers have a little cushion over San Francisco in the NL West and the MLB postseason race.

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In the AL East the Blue Jays have caught fire while the Yankees has done the opposite. Right before the deadline, Toronto added David Price, the pitcher they desperately needed. He gives them a certified ace. Tulowitzi hasn’t had great numbers, but added his bat with Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion makes their lineup dangerous. The Yankees have won three out of their last four after a five-game loosing streak but these two teams will face each other for two more series, so it should come down to the last week.

The AL wild card standings will be something to keep an eye on. The Rangers have won five straight and look to sneak into a spot, only one game back of the Orioles and half a game back of the Angels. If the Rangers stay hot the AL West might become a three-team race. Plus, the addition of Cole Hamels gives them an arm that’s been in dire situations numerous times.

The Orioles have won four straight themselves as they look to get another wild card berth. Tampa Bay and the Twins are each in striking distance at 2.5 games out. The only thing not in question in the AL is the Royals, who have extended their lead to 12.5 games.

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via bleacherreport.com

Over in the NL the Nationals have dropped six straight and are under .500. The Mets aren’t playing on another level, they just haven’t slid like the Nationals have. Though the additions of Cespedes and other veteran bats will be a great help to the young stud pitchers in Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. Since the All-Start break Washington is 11-20 while hitting a MLB worst .223. Not only are they not hitting, they have the 8th-worst ERA since the All-Star break at 4.43. Max Scherzer has a 5.05 ERA over eight starts since July 5. They still have seven weeks left, but the Wild Card spot is out of the question, so they will have to catch the Mets.

The Cardinals still have a decent hold in the Central even though the Pirates and especially the Cubs have been on a tear. But St. Louis has the best record in the majors and a six-game lead. The Cubs, who just had a nine-game winning streak snapped along with the Pirates have pulled away from the rest of the wild card pack. Chicago is famously young this season but some veteran pitching will come up huge. The Pirates have been in the playoffs recently and have competed since 2013 with this team. Look for them to end up in the wild card play-in game.

The NL West is still a relatively close race. Three games separate Los Angeles and San Francisco. This Giants have a though schedule against top teams coming up and they each meet at the end of the month and during the end of September.

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MLB division predictions after the All-Star break

Heading into August, a couple of baseball’s division races are close. In the AL West, the Houston Astros have surprisingly been caught by the Angels. The New York Mets and Washington Nationals are only two games apart and the NL West looks like it is coming down to the wire.

Many of the other divisions seem like the leader will hold on to first place, and a couple trades that happened this week strengthen that thought.

With the final weeks and months upon us, here are our MLB division predictions headed into the playoffs.

AL East: New York Yankees

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via newsday.com

The Yankees are being led offensively by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, each with 24 home runs. As of today, they’ve had as much as a seven-game lead on Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. You have to wonder how their pitching will hold up down the stretch and potentially in the playoffs. They’re in the lower third of the league in ERA but their bats have carried them, being second in the MLB in home runs and RBIs. The Rays were challenging them, but have faded over the last month. Toronto added Troy Tulowitzki but didn’t address their pitching needs. The Yankees will take care of business at least up until October.

AL Central: Kansas City Royals

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via rantsports.com

The Royals have the biggest lead of any division leader at eight games, and now they added ace Johny Cueto to their rotation. This puts them over the top and easily one of the best teams in baseball. The Minnesota Twins are chasing them, but the usual division leader Detroit Tigers might be in sell mode this trade deadline.They lead the AL in ERA and It could be shaping up to be the Royals’ year in the AL again. The Twins have a very little chance to catch them.

AL West: Los Angeles Angels

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via bleacherreport.com

 

With the resurgence of Albert Pujos, the Angels now posses to of the leagues top bats, the other being Mike Trout of course. They are third in the AL in ERA and rookie Andrew Heaney is 5-0 after being called up when Jared Weaver went on the DL. The only thing is they only have a one-game lead on the biggest surprise in baseball, the Houston Astros. Houston has a strong bullpen and a few big hitters, so they won’t be going away easy. The Angels, who have been there many times, will come through on top, especially if Jared Weaver can return to form.

NL East: Washington Nationals

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Perhaps the most underachieving division leader, they only hold a two-game lead over the Mets. A lot of that can be blamed on the pitching. Gio Gonzoalez hasn’t replicated his great 2012 season and Strasburg has been an injured mess. Max Scherzer is great and Drew Storen has been almost perfect as a closer. The Mets are searching for some bats during the trade deadline, but unless they strike a major deal, they don’t have enough firepower to keep up with Bryce Harper and company.

NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals

Apr 7, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) is congratulated by third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) after scoring on a three run double by catcher Yadier Molina (not pictured) during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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Another team already leading their division, they have a 6.5-game lead on the Pirates. There’s not much to suggest that will change as they’ve had the best record in baseball throughout the season. They have the leagues best ERA and the second best bullpen statically. Plus, they’ve been here a million times and have more playoff experience than anyone else. Unless the Pittsburgh Pirates get red hot, they should comfortable clinch the division down the stretch.

NL West: San Francisco Giants

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The Giants and Dodgers will have the closest race of the year, likely coming down to the final days. Bumgarder and Heston each have 11 wins for the Giants and they have a better bullpen than LA. Grienke is having a crazy season and Kershaw has quietly pulled his ERA down to 2.51, but the are fourth in baseball in average and are more consistent offensively. The loser of this race will likely make the wild card.

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