Saturday, May 18, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

The American League East division has a new leader as the New York Yankees took over first place from the Tampa Bay Rays (half game lead) following their come from behind 4-3 victory on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Bronx Bombers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Rays closer Jose Alvarado, which included a mammoth home run by first baseman Luke Voit to spark the rally. The Rays had been in first place since the opening of the season.
The Houston Astros won their ninth consecutive game, a 3-1 decision at Fenway Park on May 17 as they beat the host Boston Red Sox to increase their AL West division lead to 8 1/2 games. The rest of the division has four teams within a game of each other.
In the American League Central race, the Minnesota Twins remain hot and continue to increase their lead over the second place Cleveland Indians, now at 5 1/2 games after they defeated the Seattle Mariners, 7-1. The Tribe lost 5-1 to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. The Twins have the third best overall record in the majors.
Over in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers won their fourth game in a row as pitcher Rich Hill struck out ten batters in a 7-0 shutout victory at Cincinnati. The Dodgers (30-16) have the best record in the National League and own a 4 1/2 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Chicago Cubs bounced back after dropping two of three games to the Cincinnati Reds as they blasted the host Washington Nationals, 14-6. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant smashed three home runs in successive at bats to lead the rout. The Cubs have a 1 1/2 game edge over second place Milwaukee.
The Brewers lost 12-8 in Atlanta against a hot Braves team that won their third game in a row to stay just a game-and-a-half behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East division. Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich leads all of baseball with 18 home runs.





AL STANDINGS (through May 17)                                   NL STANDINGS (through May 17)
East                                                                                      East
NY Yankees 27-16                                                               Philadelphia 25-19            
Tampa Bay 26-16                                                                 Atlanta 24-21
Boston 23-21                                                                        NY Mets 20-23
Toronto 18-26                                                                      Washington 18-26
Baltimore 15-29                                                                   Miami 11-31


Central                                                                                Central
Minnesota 29-15                                                                  Chicago 26-16
Cleveland 23-20                                                                   Milwaukee 27-20
Chicago 20-23                                                                      Pittsburgh 22-20
Detroit 18-25                                                                        St. Louis 23-22
Kansas City 15-30                                                                Cincinnati 20-25
                                                                                                                                 

West                                                                                     West
Houston 30-15                                                                      LA Dodgers 30-16
LA Angels 21-23                                                                  Arizona 25-20
Texas 20-22                                                                          San Diego 23-22
Seattle 22-25                                                                         Colorado 20-23
Oakland 21-25                                                                      San Francisco 18-25













Monday, May 13, 2019

Holy Cow ! Ten Years Ago Already

Has it been ten years already?
Yep.
This site called Heftyinfo launched ten years ago today with a post titled "shut up," which was ripping former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for all of his babbling on and denigrating of the new U.S. President named Barack Obama.
From there, it has been an interesting ride these last ten years, with a lot of sports coverage (especially pro football) as well as a myriad of fun topics and of course, politics.
Politically speaking, this site slants left and is not enjoying the way the current POTUS (or as I like to call him, the "poser" president) is conducting business in this country we call the United States of America.
However, the feeling coming along is the republicans are in for another rude awakening come the 2020 elections.
The people of this country sent a resounding message to Trump and company in the 2018 congressional (mid-term) elections as the U.S. House majority went back to the Democratic party for the first time in ten years. Will the U.S. Senate flip as well in 2020? Will Trump lose his bid for re-election?
Stay tuned.
As far as sports coverage is concerned, that is the first love of this blog site (as stated in the creed in the upper right hand corner) and will continue to be as well. In fact, the weekly post for Major League Baseball - Weekly Review will be a staple this summer and then of course the wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL season, including team previews for all 32 NFL franchises.
It has been a great run so far and as possible retirement looms closer and closer, there will be more time to concentrate on blogging in the future which could mean more politics.
Maybe.
On a sad note, actress Peggy Lipton passed away this weekend. She was known for her roles on "The Mod Squad" (late 1960's and early 1970's cop show) and the bizarre "Twin Peaks" show that aired in the early 1990's.
Just today, Doris Day passed away as well. She was 97 years old and was a famous singer/actress who really shined from the late 1950's until the early to mid 1970's. Her biggest song was "Que Sera Sera" and she was a favorite of my late mother. Yesterday having been Mother's Day, let's dedicate the video of the song by Doris Day on this post to her and all of her fans.
Because after all, the future is not ours to see, and whatever will be, will be . . .  Que Sera Sera. 

Until next time, hope you enjoy this site and as always, feel free to comment.








Saturday, May 11, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

The big showdowns this weekend in Major League Baseball are the series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs (at Wrigley Field) and the New York Yankees at the Tampa Bay Rays as they battle for first place in their divisional races.
The Brewers hammered the Cubs, 7-0 on Friday afternoon as Ryan Braun slugged a home run and the Milwaukee pitchers held the Cubs scoreless to forge a first-place tie in the National League Central race. The two teams have been the hottest in the majors as Milwaukee now has a seven game winning streak while the Cubs have won ten of their last twelve games. The St. Louis Cardinals are only 1 1/2 games back, having lost seven of their last ten games.
Over in the American League East, the Yankees held off the host Rays, 4-3 as closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning. The win allowed the Bronx Bombers to get to within one-half game of the first place Rays. Lurking close are the Boston Red Sox (just four games back after a horrendous start this season) as they won for the eighth time in ten games, beating down the struggling Seattle Mariners, 14-1 as they built a ten run lead while slugging three home runs.
The team with the best record in baseball is the Minnesota Twins, who shut out the Detroit Tigers, 6-0 behind stellar pitching by Jake Odorizzi and timely hitting. Minnesota leads the AL Central by 4 1/2 games over the second place Cleveland Indians. Odorizzi ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 in the winning effort.
The Houston Astros are a hot team as well, winning seven of ten and increasing their AL West division lead to five full games over the Seattle Mariners, who are just 7-19 after a 13-2 start this season. The Astros shut out in state rival Texas Rangers, 3-0 on May 10 as pitcher Justin Verlander allowed only one hit over seven innings while also striking out eight batters.
Back in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies are starting to build up a solid hold of first place in the East division as they have won six of ten. The Atlanta Braves are three games back in the race while the New York Mets are 3 1/2 games behind.
Over in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers own a three game edge over the Arizona Diamondbacks while the San Diego Padres are four games out. The Dodgers lead the National League in runs scored (219) and are second overall in the league, trailing only Seattle, which has scored 223 runs through games played to May 11.




AL STANDINGS (through May 10)                                   NL STANDINGS (through May 10)
East                                                                                     East
Tampa Bay 23-14                                                                Philadelphia 21-16              
NY Yankees 23-15                                                              Atlanta 19-20
Boston 20-19                                                                       NY Mets 18-20
Toronto 16-22                                                                     Washington 15-23
Baltimore 13-25                                                                  Miami 10-28


Central                                                                                Central
Minnesota 24-12                                                                  Chicago 22-14
Cleveland 20-17                                                                   Milwaukee 24-16
Detroit 16-19                                                                        St. Louis 22-17
Chicago 16-21                                                                      Pittsburgh 18-17
Kansas City 14-25                                                                Cincinnati 17-22
                                                                                                                                 


West                                                                                     West
Houston 24-15                                                                      LA Dodgers 26-15
Seattle 20-21                                                                        Arizona 22-17
LA Angels 18-20                                                                 San Diego 21-18
Texas 17-19                                                                         Colorado 18-20
Oakland 18-22                                                                     San Francisco 16-22   









Saturday, May 4, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

The Chicago Cubs are surging in the National League Central division standings, having won five in a row after a 4-0 shutout of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on May 3. Pitcher Kyle Hendricks twirled a complete game gem as the Cubs closed to within a game and a half of first place. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo slugged his eighth home run to spark the offense. St. Louis had a five game win streak as well in the past week and have the best record in the National League.
Jean Segura and Rhys Hoskins hit home runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 win against the Washington Nationals on Friday and they opened up a 2 1/2 game lead on the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets in the NL East.
Over in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are going at it this weekend in a three-game series in San Diego. The Dodgers, Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks are separated by just 1 1/2 games in the division race. On Friday night, the Dodgers held off the Padres, 4-3 as Kenley Jansen earned the save. The D-Backs stayed within a game of the Dodgers, beating the Colorado Rockies, 10-9 for their third consecutive victory.
The three divisional races in the American League are bunched up as well as the New York Yankees cooled off the Minnesota Twins (they had the best record in baseball entering the three-game set in The Bronx) to keep pace with the Tampa Bay Rays, who currently have the best record in the majors. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a pair of homers to lead the way in the 6-3 win. The Rays pounded the hapless Baltimore Orioles, 7-0 on Friday night.
The Cleveland Indians lost pitcher Corey Kluber to a fractured right arm earlier this week as a line drive nailed him. The Tribe nipped the slumping Seattle Mariners, 2-1 on May 3, sending the M's to their fifth consecutive defeat. After a 13-2 start, Seattle has lost 14 of their last 19 games. In spite of their latest loss, the Mariners are only one game back of the first-place Houston Astros in the American League West division. The Indians are two games behind the Twins in the AL Central.
As for individual accomplishments, the home run leaders in the American League are Eddie Rosario (Twins) and Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers), who each have 11 home runs. Leading the National League are Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers), who have slugged 14 dingers as of May 3. Currently, Major League Baseball is on pace to break the record for most home runs in a single season, which was set just two years ago.




AL STANDINGS (through May 3)                                   NL STANDINGS (through May 3)
East                                                                                     East
Tampa Bay 21-11                                                                Philadelphia 18-13              
NY Yankees 18-13                                                              Atlanta 16-16
Toronto 15-17                                                                     NY Mets 16-16
Boston 15-18                                                                      Washington 13-18
Baltimore 11-22                                                                  Miami 9-22


Central                                                                                Central
Minnesota 19-11                                                                  St. Louis 20-12
Cleveland 17-13                                                                   Chicago 17-12
Detroit 14-15                                                                        Milwaukee 18-16
Chicago 14-16                                                                      Pittsburgh 14-15
Kansas City 11-22                                                                Cincinnati 13-19
                                                                                                                                 


West                                                                                     West
Houston 18-14                                                                      LA Dodgers 21-13
Seattle 18-16                                                                        Arizona 19-13
LA Angels 15-17                                                                 San Diego 18-15
Texas 14-16                                                                         Colorado 15-18
Oakland 15-19                                                                     San Francisco 14-18   
























Saturday, April 27, 2019

Major League Baseball - Week In Review

As April draws to a close, things are staying pretty bunched up in the divisional races around Major League Baseball.
The National League East is really tight with four teams separated by just two games. The entire NL Central has just a four game difference between the five teams. The three American League divisions are a little more spread out with each race having two teams neck and neck and the other three further back.
In the American League East, the Tampa Bay Rays are holding serve and lead the injury riddled New York Yankees by a game and a half as of April 26.
Over in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres are within a game of each other.
Last night in Toronto, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. made his MLB debut (going 1-for-4 with a double) as the host Blue Jays defeated the Oakland A's 4-2 as Brandon Drury hit the game-winning home run. Meanwhile, there was another "walk off" home run in Chicago as White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson belted one out to win the game, 12-11 against the Detroit Tigers. The ChiSox trailed 9-1 at one point during the game.
The Milwaukee Brewers have stumbled upon hard times recently after their torrid start and fell to fourth place in the NL Central before rebounding on April 26 with a victory against the New York Mets to get back over the .500 mark. The St. Louis Cardinals have taken control of first place in division race over the past week.
Over in the AL West, the Seattle Mariners moved back ahead of the Houston Astros as they rebounded from a slump that saw them cough up an early divisional lead with their 13-2 start. In the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins took advantage of beating up on the Baltimore Orioles (four wins in four games over an eight day period) as they now share first place with the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe beat the Houston Astros, 6-3 on Friday night to keep pace. 
 



AL STANDINGS (through April 26)                                NL STANDINGS (through April 26)
East                                                                                     East
Tampa Bay 16-9                                                                  Philadelphia 14-12              
NY Yankees 15-11                                                              NY Mets 13-12
Toronto 12-14                                                                     Atlanta 12-13
Boston 11-15                                                                      Washington 11-13
Baltimore 10-17                                                                  Miami 8-18


Central                                                                                Central
Minnesota 14-9                                                                    St. Louis 15-10
Cleveland 15-10                                                                   Milwaukee 14-13
Detroit 12-13                                                                        Chicago 12-12
Chicago 10-14                                                                      Pittsburgh 12-12                                       
Kansas City 8-18                                                                  Cincinnati 11-14      


West                                                                                      West
Seattle 18-11                                                                          LA Dodgers 17-11
Houston 15-11                                                                       Arizona 16-11
Oakland 14-14                                                                       San Diego 15-11
Texas 12-13                                                                           Colorado 12-14
LA Angels 11-16                                                                   San Francisco 11-15  

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.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MARCH MADNESS - NCAA Tourney Picks

The Heftyinfo picks for the FINAL FOUR in this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament   . . .









Sunday, March 17, 2019

Let The Madness Begin

The College basketball regular season wraps up today and the selections for the NCAA Tournament will be held today as the March Madness gets underway later this week.
Each year it seems the tournament gets more and more unpredictable as the teams go at it for nearly three weeks in late March and early April to win the national championship.
There will be the usual expectations and surprises and disappointments when the bracket pairings come out. Who will be the overall number-one seed (as if that really matters?) and which team could be this year's Cinderella like Loyola-Chicago was last year? The Ramblers were the number-11 seed a year ago and made it to the Final Four where they lost to Michigan in the national semi-finals.
It will be interesting to see which teams get in and who will be left out and sent to the NIT tourney instead.
That's why it's always great to see it unfold, even with all of the over analyzing by sports "experts" of the games that will take place in the coming weeks.
Let the (March) madness begin !