Saturday, April 20, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

As most teams reach or approach the 20 games played mark for the season, the standings around
Major League Baseball are still pretty much bunched up, but the hottest teams this week were the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies in the National League West division.
The Dodgers won their sixth straight game on April 19 in Milwaukee as Kike' Hernandez hit a three-run home run off Brewers ace relief pitcher Josh Hader to propel the 5-3 victory. The Brewers are a game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central while the Dodgers now lead the NL West once again with San Diego in second place. The Padres have dropped five in a row following their hot start. The Colorado Rockies rode a walk-off two-run homer from outfielder Charlie Blackmon in a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are tied with the New York Mets for first place in the NL East.
The Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight game as they toppled the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1 at frigid Wrigley Field on April 19. They are now back in the thick of the NL Central race with the Pittsburgh Pirates leading the way as they also won their fourth consecutive game.
Over in the American League, the Houston Astros had their 10-game winning streak snapped, but they got right back in the win column with a victory against the Texas Rangers on April 19. Seattle is right there in a first-place tie with the Astros in the AL West division while Texas and the Oakland A's are within three games of the top spot.
The Tampa Bay Rays lost their second straight game as the Boston Red Sox beat them 6-4 thanks in big part to a home run by Mookie Betts. However, the Rays still enjoy a 4 1/2 game lead over the second place New York Yankees. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally broke his 0-for-54 slump as he got his first hits of the season in a rout of the host Boston Red Sox on April 13, going 3-for-5 with four RBI and then followed up with his first home run of the season as the O's and Bosox split the four-game series.
The American League Central division is bunched up as all five teams are within five games of each other. The Cleveland Indians have won three consecutive games to move atop the division with Minnesota just one game back. Detroit and Chicago are right there as well with Kansas City five games back.
The White Sox and Royals had some fireworks in their game in Chicago on April 17 when Royals pitcher Brad Keller plunked Tim Anderson with a fastball following a home run hit by Anderson in which he did the bat flip and exuberantly shouted in the direction of his teammates in the White Sox dugout. Both players were suspended (Keller got five games and Anderson and ChiSox manager Ricky Renteria one game each) by MLB officials for their part in the dust up as the benches emptied.  The Royals eventually won that game.





AL STANDINGS (through April 19)                                  NL STANDINGS (through April 19)
East                                                                                      East
Tampa Bay 14-6                                                                   NY Mets 11-8              
NY Yankees 9-10                                                                 Philadelphia 11-8
Toronto 9-12                                                                        Atlanta 9-9
Baltimore 8-12                                                                     Washington 9-9
Boston 7-13                                                                          Miami 5-15


Central                                                                                  Central
Cleveland 11-7                                                                       Pittsburgh 11-6
Minnesota 9-7                                                                        Milwaukee 12-9
Detroit 9-10                                                                            St. Louis 10-9
Chicago 8-11                                                                          Chicago 9-9                                       
Kansas City 7-13                                                                    Cincinnati 7-12      


West                                                                                       West
Houston 13-6                                                                          LA Dodgers 14-8
Seattle 15-8                                                                             San Diego 11-10
Texas 10-8                                                                              Arizona 10-10
Oakland 11-11                                                                        Colorado 8-12
LA Angels 8-12                                                                      San Francisco 8-13 


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners continued to dominate the American League as the season rolls into the third full week while the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers were cooled off following their hot starts.
The Mariners rode a six-game winning streak before falling to the Houston Astros, 10-6 on Friday night. The Astros have a seven-game win streak and are closing in on the first-place Mariners in the A.L. West division. The Rays increased their current win streak to five in a row as they pasted the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-7 on Friday.
Two of the hotter teams in the National League had been the Brewers and Dodgers, who square off this weekend. Milwaukee took the opening game, 8-5 on April 12 in Dodger Stadium. The Brewers were swept by the Los Angeles Angels earlier this week while the Dodgers got swept in a four-game set in St. Louis. The Cardinals are right on the heels of the Brewers in the N.L. Central.
The San Diego Padres have been hot in the N.L. West and have a two-game lead on the Dodgers after beating Arizona (on the road) on April 12. The Padres star third baseman Manny Machado hit a home run and made a sparkling defensive play to lead the way.
Another big performance during the past week occurred in Baltimore when Oakland A's outfielder Khris Davis crushed two home runs in consecutive games as the A's took three of four games from the swooning Orioles, who have lost eight of their last nine games after a hot 4-1 start to the season. Davis leads the majors with 10 home runs so far this season.
In a rain shortened 9-6 victory at Yankees Stadium on Friday night, Chicago White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez slugged a pair of home runs (the first of his career) to lead the comeback win for the ChiSox, snapping a five-game losing streak.



AL STANDINGS (through April 12)                                   NL STANDINGS (through April 12)
East                                                                                      East
Tampa Bay 11-3                                                                   NY Mets 9-4              
NY Yankees 5-8                                                                   Philadelphia 8-4
Baltimore 5-9                                                                       Atlanta 7-6
Boston 5-9                                                                           Washington 6-6
Toronto 4-10                                                                        Miami 3-11


Central                                                                                  Central
Cleveland 8-5                                                                        Milwaukee 9-5
Detroit 8-5                                                                             St. Louis 8-5
Minnesota 6-4                                                                       Pittsburgh 7-5
Chicago 4-8                                                                           Chicago 5-8                                       
Kansas City 2-10                                                                   Cincinnati 4-8      


West                                                                                        West
Seattle 13-3                                                                             San Diego 10-5
Houston 9-5                                                                            LA Dodgers 8-7
Oakland 10-8                                                                          Arizona 6-8
LA Angels 7-7                                                                        San Francisco 6-9
Texas 6-7                                                                                Colorado 3-11

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

VIRGINIA WINS NCAA HOOPS TITLE

The Virginia Cavaliers did it again.
They pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat and for the third consecutive game, pulled out a win, this time over the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 85-77 in overtime to win the 2018-19 NCAA Men's Basketball championship.
After bowing out in the first round last year, becoming the first ever number-one seeded team to lose to a 16th seeded team, the Cavs rolled to the title this season, their first ever in school history.


     
    Congratulations to the VIRGINIA CAVALIERS - NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

The 2019 Major League Baseball season is underway and there were a few surprises around the league during the first week of action. The Baltimore Orioles took two out of three games in series against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, both on the road. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have been stumbling out of the gate, going 1-6 with a current six-game losing streak after getting hammered 13-10 in Milwaukee on April 5.
The Philadelphia Phillies are off to a great start, going 5-1 which included a three-game sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves and a split of a two-game set at Washington, where former Nationals star Bryce Harper had a big game (including a mammoth home run) against his former team.
The Milwaukee Brewers (6-1) and Los Angeles Dodgers (6-2) are rolling strong in the early part of the season. The Brewers have been scoring runs in bunches, led by defending MVP Christian Yelich, who smashed four home runs in the teams first four games. The Dodgers have been bashing the ball as well, including hitting a record eight home runs in the opener against Arizona, a 12-8 victory. Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger has a league leading six home runs so far.
The Boston Red Sox have been struggling mightily after losing on April 5 in Arizona, a 15-8 decision. Boston is the defending World Series champions, but is off to a MLB worst 2-7 start. Also in the American League East division, the Tampa Bay Rays (6-2) lead the way as they took three out of four games in the opening series against the struggling Houston Astros (3-5).
The Minnesota Twins are off a to a good start (4-2) and lead the American League Central race (by percentage points) with the Detroit Tigers (5-3) right there. Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox are within a game of the top spot as well. The ChiSox rolled past Seattle in their home opener, 10-8 as the hot hitting Yoan Moncada (.458 batting average and 10 RBI in the first six games) led the way.



AL STANDINGS (through April 5)                                   NL STANDINGS (through April 5)
East                                                                                      East
Tampa Bay 6-2                                                                     Philadelphia 5-1              
Baltimore 4-3                                                                        NY Mets 5-2
NY Yankees 3-4                                                                   Atlanta 4-3
Toronto 3-6                                                                           Washington 3-3
Boston 2-7                                                                             Miami 2-6


Central                                                                                  Central
Minnesota 4-2                                                                        Milwaukee 7-1
Detroit 5-3                                                                              Pittsburgh 3-3
Cleveland 4-3                                                                         St. Louis 3-4
Chicago 3-3                                                                            Chicago 1-6                                        
Kansas City 2-4                                                                      Cincinnati 1-6      


West                                                                                        West
Seattle 7-2                                                                                LA Dodgers 6-2
Texas 5-3                                                                                 San Diego 5-3
Oakland 6-5                                                                             Arizona 4-4
Houston 3-5                                                                             Colorado 3-5
LA Angels 2-6                                                                         San Francisco 2-6




Tuesday, April 2, 2019

History In Chicago

History was made on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 as Lori Lightfoot became the first black woman elected as Mayor of Chicago as she crushed challenger Toni Preckwinkle.
Both women are black and members of the Democratic party, but it was all Lightfoot in this election as she had 74 percent of the vote with 83 percent of the precincts reporting.

                 


                               CONGRATULATIONS to Lori Lightfoot -- Mayor elect of Chicago.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Major League Baseball - 2019 Season Preview

It's that time of the year once again when the 30 teams around Major League Baseball are breaking camp from spring training and heading north to get ready for the season openers this week.
Two teams (Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's) already started their season, playing two games against each other last week in Tokyo, Japan. Baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle) played in those two games and then announced his retirement. The 45-year old outfielder will be a lock for the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown in a few years.
Last year, the Boston Red Sox dominated the game, winning 108 games in the regular season and then cruising past the New York Yankees and Houston Astros in the American League playoffs before they handled the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the World Series.
But that was last year and as the game proves year in and year out, repeating is always tough. The last repeat champion in the majors was the New York Yankees back in the 2000 season when they won their third consecutive World Series.
The free agency market was extremely slow again this past winter (collusion by MLB owners perhaps?) and the biggest names to switch teams were Bryce Harper (going from Washington to Philadelphia) and Manny Machado, who signed with the San Diego Padres after finishing the 2018 season with the L.A. Dodgers.
Several players (including Mike Trout- L.A. Angels, Chris Sale- Boston, Justin Verlander- Houston, Nolan Arenado- Colorado and Alex Bregman- Houston) have already signed multi-year extensions to avoid free agency in the future.
Once the games begin, fans and players alike put all that aside and go about the business of trying to win the World Series.
With that being said, here goes nothing as Heftyinfo predicts the standings and post-season winners for the upcoming 2019 Major League Baseball season.


AMERICAN LEAGUE 
East
1. Boston - The Red Sox are loaded and if they stay hungry, they could win it all again this season.
2. NY Yankees (wild card) - This team won 100 games last year and could unseat Boston this time around.
3. Tampa Bay - The Rays won't be sneaking up on any teams this season.
4. Toronto - Rebuilding mode in 2019 for the Blue Jays.
5. Baltimore - Major rebuild in the works for the Orioles.

Central
1. Minnesota - The Twins stock piled a lot of talent for this season. It's a win now mentality.
2. Cleveland (wild card) - The Indians let too many players go in the off-season. Wild card contenders this year.
3. Chicago - The White Sox have good, young talent. Still a couple of years away.
4. Kansas City - The Royals are rebuilding.
5. Detroit - Tigers could finish as high as third place in this division.

West
1. Houston - Astros should cruise to another division title. World Series contenders for sure.
2. Seattle - The Mariners are wild card contenders this season once again.
3. LA Angels - Mike Trout will finish his career with the Halos.
4. Oakland - A's made the playoffs last season, not likely to do that again this year.
5. Texas - The Rangers have a lot of work to do to get back in the fold.


NATIONAL LEAGUE
East
1. Atlanta - The Braves are a solid baseball team and could easily repeat as division winner.
2. Philadelphia (wild card) - The Phillies are loaded and could get to the World Series this season.
3. Washington - The Nationals have pitching and may get a wild card spot this year.
4. NY Mets - Lots of off-season moves, but will they pay off?
5. Miami - This team would do well to avoid losing 100 games.

Central
1. St. Louis - The Cardinals could run away with the division this year.
2. Chicago (wild card) - Cubs are still a solid team and will be in the mix.
3. Milwaukee - A lot went just right for the Brewers last season.
4. Cincinnati - The Reds looking to escape the basement this year.
5. Pittsburgh - Pirates are decent, but they are in too deep in this division.

West
1. LA Dodgers - The Dodgers have been in the World Series two consecutive years. Solid team.
2. Colorado - The Rockies will be in the mix for the post-season again.
3. San Diego - The Padres signed some big names, but pitching still a question mark.
4. Arizona - The Diamondbacks are a likely .500 team, but that will be a challenge this season.
5. San Francisco - Swan song for long-time manager Bruce Bochy.


POST SEASON PICKS

AMERICAN LEAGUE 

Wild Card - NY Yankees over Cleveland

Division Series - Boston over Minnesota, NY Yankees over Houston

American League Championship Series - NY Yankees over Boston

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Wild Card - Philadelphia over Chicago

Division Series - St. Louis over Atlanta, LA Dodgers over Philadelphia

National League Championship Series - LA Dodgers over St. Louis



                                                                        WORLD SERIES 

                          
      New York Yankees over Los Angeles Dodgers
      











Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Mueller Report Is Released

Now that the special counsel report by Robert Mueller investigating Trump (Republican) and his cohorts is complete, it should be made public ASAP so the people can know what the hell is going on with this guy calling himself President of the United States.
There has long been suspicion of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election and there could also be collusion with Trump's campaign team by the Russians to ensure he would win the election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
New Attorney General William Barr (who by the way was the AG when former POTUS George Bush, Sr. pardoned numerous people in the Iran-Contra scandal of the Reagan era) should make it public, but probably won't because then the people of this country would know just how bad it really was with these people. 
When it comes to Trump and people of his ilk, they know absolutely no shame.
Eventually he will be gone and hopefully forgotten because he has done nothing to promote the good of this country. He is all about himself and that will be proven with the release of the Mueller report. Just say no to Trump and we all will be better off.
As for the 2020 presidential election, the Democratic party needs to get in gear and put forth a candidate who is solid and will not waffle at all on the issues and what they believe in. If they do that and the party is behind that individual, it's a no brainer Trump will be sent packing from the White House come January 2021.
Amen to that people.