On Monday night, July 3rd, the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 in what was the opening game of a three-game series in the Bronx.Read More
The New York Yankees 2016 season so far can be described as a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but mostly downs. For the most part this year, the pin stripers have hovered around a .500 record. While there have been flashes of greatness, there has also been long stretches of mediocre and underachieving play from what is considered to be the team’s core of players. A few of these players include veteran DH Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira, and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Their struggles have resulted in a disappointing first half of the season for New York. All of this has led to Yankees management, as well as fans and reporters, to start questioning if the team will be sellers at this year’s trade deadline for the first time in over a decade.Read More
In their annual Midseason Top 100 Prospects list, Baseball America ranked 21 year-old Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada at number one. The Cuban phenom first made headlines in March of 2015 when the Boston Red Sox outbid rival New York Yankees by inking him to a deal which included a record-setting signing bonus of $31.5 million. While this deal may have hurt the Sox by causing them to pay a large luxury tax, it looks like it might just be worth it.Read More
Back on May 14, 2016, ESPN released one of their legendary 30 for 30 documentaries titled, Believeland, which highlighted the disappointment that Cleveland sports fans have endured since its last championship in 1964. Well, just over a month later, the 52-year drought finally ended when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to win their first championship in franchise history and give Cleveland something to smile about for the first time in over half a century.Read More
We are about one month away from the 2016 MLB All-Star Game festivities in San Diego and the race to vote for your favorite baseball players is heating up. Players like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Salvador Perez are just a few of names that will be suiting up for the American and National League come this July at Petco Park.Read More
We may be only 54 games into the 2016 campaign, but the Cleveland Indians have been a bit of a surprise this season. At 30-24, the Indians currently lead a heated American League Central race with the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor are finding their mojo in the middle infield, Mike Napoli is showing that he can still rake, and Josh Tomlin is proving to be a steal at $5.5 million over the next two years. While all of the above may be welcomed excitement for the Cleveland faithful, the biggest surprise this season is without a doubt the All-Star worthy numbers that Jose Ramirez has been putting together for the club.Read More
One of the biggest story lines in Major League Baseball right now is the youth and dominance that the New York Mets starting rotation possesses. The pitchers that make up the club's intimidating rotation include Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Bartolo Colon. With the exception of Colon who is 42, each one of these pitchers are under 30 years old. Starting in 2013, the Mets have seen "ace" qualities in three of these starting pitchers.Read More
The excitement around Opening Day in Major League Baseball is electric. As winter weather fades, ballparks fill to capacity, optimism surrounds each team and great traditions carry on. But baseball and failure are inseparable. And while some teams and players have had early success, others have had everything but.Read More
We are less than a week away from pitchers & catchers reporting to Spring Training, and the anticipation is killing me. As an avid baseball fan, I’m always excited for the new season to begin, but now that I live in the hotbed of Spring Training country (Phoenix, AZ), there is definitely a little extra excitement leading up to the 2016 campaign.Read More
Do you think you know Ty Cobb? You don’t. You likely know the narrative; the dogmatic rant that is fired off every time Cobb’s name is spoken. It goes something like this, “Yeah, Ty Cobb…one of the greatest players of all time, but possibly one of the worst human beings that ever lived...he once killed a man, right?”
We all know what we’re supposed to think about Ty Cobb. He was a murderer. He was an unashamed racist. He was a dirty...Read More
It was announced earlier this week that Pete Rose would most assuredly not make it into the Kingdom of Heaven…wait…that’s not right…he would not make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, announced his decision that Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hit king and notorious black sheep, would not have his lifetime ban from professional baseball lifted.Read More
Alright, so I got it wrong; my World Series prediction was a swing and a miss. But if we are being realistic, I wasn’t the only guy out there picking the Blue Jays to make the series and even win it all. The people I’m talking about getting the Jays winning it all wrong are guys that get paid to make these predictions.Read More
Let’s all be honest with ourselves for a second, we aren’t experts and until our work is published on a major baseball publication, we won’t be. So, that’s why I’m not going to waste your time with numbers and stats that you don’t care about. I was told that Our Sports Report is about guys and their sports “opinions”, so that’s what you’re going to get. This is my first time writing for OSR and no better debut than during my favorite time of the year, the MLB Playoffs. So here it is, my thoughts, my opinions and yes, my World Series Champion…Read More
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With the Mid-Summer Classic in full swing, it's time for baseball fans to stop and reflect on the state of their favorite teams. In my case, that means taking a hard look at the Chicago Cubs.
This might surprise you, but for the first time in long time, I feel good about my beloved Cubbies at the All-Star Break. For once, it doesn't feel as if the season is already over with eighty more games to suffer through.
Don't get me wrong, there is still a lot of baseball left to be played, but the state of affairs on the North Side is strong. So, it is without further ado that I give you The Cubs Column: All-Star Break Edition.
Right now, the Chicago Cubs are seven games over .500 with a record of 47-40. This places them at third place in the very competitive NL Central division. They trail the Cardinals (who are playing out of their minds right now, despite numerous injuries) by eight games and the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates by five and a half games.
While the Mini Bears are not out of contention to win the division, I just don't see them closing the gap between them and the Cardinals enough to take home the pennant. However, the Cubs currently hold a one-game lead in the race for the second Wild Card slot (which I picked them to win at the beginning of the season). In short, things are looking up.
You can find both Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant's names in the top three positions on the team in batting average, runs, home runs, runs batted in, and stolen bases. The bottom line: these guys can produce.
While the Cubs have found their leader in Anthony Rizzo, it remains to be seen as to whether or not Kris Bryant can continue to produce the way he has for the first half of the season. He appears to be as good as advertised, but it's always interesting to see how players perform once the entire league has seen them play.
The Cubs could stand to add one more quality arm before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Everybody in baseball figures the Cubs to be one of the teams bidding for the services of Cole Hamels. Hamels would be a solid addition to the Cubs rotation, but I would personally like to see them get a little more creative in their search for that final arm.
For whatever reason, I just can't shake the notion that the Cubs need to go after Stephen Strasburg in a big way. Sure, the Cubs would have to give a lot for him, but the Cubs have a logjam at shortstop and the Nationals have a shortstop who is shaky at best in the field. Strasburg is having a down year, but he is under contract for another season in Washington and the Nats just might be willing to part with him for the right price. This is a risky gamble for the Cubs, but the upside is too much to ignore.
As for the pitchers that are actually wearing a Cubs uniform right now, things are looking pretty good. Jake Arrieta has been the highlight of the starting rotation (seriously, his stuff is just downright disgusting...and his beard is fantastic). He currently leads the team with 10 wins, 123 strikeouts, and a 2.66 ERA. Not too shabby.
Meanwhile, the source of so much early-season frustration for Cubs fans, Jon Lester, is starting to come around. And by "come around" I mean that the Cubs are actually starting to give Lester some run support. Lester is currently 4-8 with a 3.59 ERA. While these are certainly not the numbers the Cubs had in mind when they signed him this offseason, they are trending in the right direction. Look for Jon Lester to have a strong second half and begin to erase some of the negative vibes that the Cubs faithful are sending his way in the Friendly Confines.
I still see the Cubs locking down that second Wild Card spot and losing the play in game (sorry all you Back to the Future believers). However, don't think that this means the Cubs won't be trying to win it all. Look for Epstein & Co. to be very active at the trade deadline and don't be surprised when Kyle Schwarber is called up before the 40-man roster expansions.
Rest assured, the Cubs will try everything possible to win now and carry the momentum they've built this season into next year.
One way or the other, the second half of the 2015 season is going to be a fun ride.
GO CUBS, GO!
Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime. Sadly, many tend to think it is time to move on from such a slow paced sport. In the modern age, everything is about speed, and a three-hour window filled with nine minutes of action isn't exactly lightning in a bottle type of entertainment. Despite its slow pace, there’s still something about a baseball game that draws in people from around the country. Baseball is a sport that offers something to everyone.Read More