Monday, October 21, 2019

World Series Prediction


Division Series Record (3-1)
Championship Series Record (0-2)

2019 World Series Prediction

Washington Nationals Vs Houston Astros

The Astros are by far the best team in baseball this season and have continued to prove that throughout the postseason. The starting pitching is one of the best in the league led by the ageless wonder Justin Verlander who is still as dominant as ever, along with Gerrit Cole who hasn’t lost a start since the beginning of the Summer. They will both give any batting order a run for their money and it’s very rare when they get rattled after giving up a run or two. The Astros only weakness has been their bullpen, which hasn’t been a problem at this point in the postseason. The entire team is finally healthy and really starting to play some of their best baseball.

With all that being said the Nationals are on fire and if there’s one thing I have learned over the years watching baseball is that the hottest team coming into the playoffs usually ends up hoisting the trophy in the end. The Nationals starting pitching can go pound for pound with the Astros, which should make for some interesting games in this World Series. The Nationals batting order has only gotten better as the season has gone on and Juan Soto is the leader of the pack right now in this lineup. Soto has caught fire with 34 home runs and a .282 batting average and he seems to get better as the playoffs go on. I never expected the Nationals to end up in the World Series, but now that they are here I actually believe in them. They play smart baseball and have dominated every team they faced so far in the postseason. The Astros will be a tough test for them to pass, but I believe when it’s all said and done the Nationals will win the World Series.

Nationals over Astros in 6 games

MVP: Max Scherzer

Friday, October 11, 2019

ALCS & NLCS Predictions


Division Series Record (3-1)


ALCS

New York Yankees Vs Houston Astros

In my opinion, the Astros have the best roster in baseball from starting pitching, to batting lineup, and all the way on down to the manager. The Astros are a solid team, but with that being said I believe they got heavily exposed in the ALDS against the Rays. I had a feeling it was going to happen at some point in the post season, just not that early against such a mediocre team like the Rays. The mistakes that the starting pitching made during the ALDS were so out of character for them, but if that happens to them against the Rays, I have no idea how they will make it through the Yankees batting order? You cannot make any mistakes when pitching against this Yankees offense because every guy in the lineup is capable of opening up this game, and if the Astros have to rely on their bullpen to get them through this series they may as well pack up and go home now because that is where their biggest weakness lies. The Yankees have played the best baseball out of every team in the league this season from start to finish. Even with all the injuries and the sub-par pitching this team has overcome everything that has been thrown at them. They’ve looked like champs from the jump and I expect that to continue on into the World Series!

Yankees over Astros in 6 games

NLCS

Washington Nationals Vs St. Louis Cardinals

When the playoffs began I did not expect this matchup, but that is why I love the MLB playoffs because you never know what’s going to happen! This is going to be a fun series to watch because the teams match up well against each other. The Nationals starting pitching has been solid this season led by Max Scherzer who continues to pitch at a dominant level along with Stephen Strasburg. These guys are capable of taking over a game and even if they make a mistake, they shake it off and come back strong. The Cardinals starting pitching isn’t flashy at all and the casual baseball fan wouldn’t even be able to name one of the starting pitchers on the team, but they statistically are better than the Nationals. They are ranked fifth in the league in ERA and are the back bone of this team. The batting lineups for both teams can get hot at any time and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of these games end up back and forth from inning to inning. The edge in this matchup will be the bullpens. The Nationals weakness all season has been there bullpen, they have consistently been let down by the bullpen and I have a feeling that will be their downfall in this series. The Cardinals are on fire right now and they are a team who really believe in themselves. I had a feeling they were going to be a World Series contender before the playoffs began and I think that’s where they will be headed when it’s all said and done.

Cardinals over Nationals in 6 games

Friday, October 4, 2019

ALDS & NLDS Predictions



ALDS

Tampa Bay Rays Vs Houston Astros

The Astros are by far the best team in the league right now. They have the best pitching staff, an incredible batting lineup, and play stout defense. I don’t believe the Rays even have a chance at winning one game in this series let alone three. Congrats to the Rays for making the playoffs, but as a team they ain’t shit compared to the Astros. This should be a nice little warm-up for the Astros to get ready for the ALCS.

Astros over Rays in 3 games

Minnesota Twins Vs New York Yankees

The Twins came on strong this season with a dominating offense that was setting records with home runs and have a couple of guys in the batting lineup who have a batting average above .300. Jorge Polanco has been playing at an MVP level batting a .296 with 22 home runs, but where he’s really dominated is at the short stop position on defense and should make a great case for a Gold Glove this season. The Yankees have had to battle through nothing but injuries from the beginning of the season, but have some-how been able to overcome all of them. The batting lineup has continued to dominate and has been a difficult task for every pitching staff that has had to face off against them. The Yankees pitching has been mediocre throughout the entire season, but they have managed to overcome that and keep winning. No team has been better at overcoming adversity this season than the Yankees because of all the injuries and I believe that will continue on into the playoffs and against the Twins. The Twins pitching has been decent, but I believe the Yankees batting lineup will be too much for them to overcome and the Yankees will continue on into the Championship Series.

Yankees over Twins in 4 games

NLDS

Washington Nationals Vs Los Angeles Dodgers

The Nationals have been one of the most surprising teams in baseball this season. After they lost Bryce Harper it was hard to believe they’d be anything better than mediocre, but they have really dominated with their starting pitching and the batting lineup has really taken off this second half of the season. While the Nationals have looked strong the past few months, the Dodgers have dominated the National League for quite some time and don’t look like they are about to cool down. When it comes to pitching the Dodgers are the best in the league statistically they rank first in ERA and WHIP, but this is not the only side of the ball where they dominate, they also will kill you with their batting lineup. You can’t ever count the Dodgers out no matter how many runs they may be down because it is very possible they can make it up in one inning and then are walking away with the win. The Nationals had a nice little run, but the Dodgers are way too deep for the Nationals to even compete.

Dodgers over Nationals in 3 games

St. Louis Cardinals Vs Atlanta Braves

The Braves were a team that silently dominated from start to finish. They have a solid pitching staff that has led the charge with one of the best batting lineups in the league. The Braves have some solid home run hitters, but they will kill you with their small ball. Acuna Jr. and Albies are smart, strong and fast hitters who are difficult to catch once they take off. The Cardinals started off the season very slow, but hit the second half of the season strong and have really dominated, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Trading for Paul Goldschmidt in the offseason and signing Marcell Ozuna as a free agent have both paid off immensely as both players are living up to their expectations. This is going to be a great series to watch because both teams matchup well against each other. I expect this to be a back and forth series with it coming down to a few crucial plays. The edge in this matchup, I believe, goes to the Cardinals because no one in the league has been on fire like they have and when you come into the playoffs playing like this, usually it carries on into the playoffs and it’s difficult for the opposing team to overcome. The Cardinals have always been a sneaky team come playoff time I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the World Series.

Cardinals over Braves in 5 games

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 NFL Season Postseason Predictions


2019 NFL Season Playoff Predictions

NFC Playoff Seeding
1.      Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
2.      Los Angeles Rams (12-4)
3.      Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
4.      Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
5.      Chicago Bears (10-6)
6.      Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)


AFC Playoff Seeding
1.      Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
2.      San Diego Chargers (11-5)
3.      New England Patriots (10-6)
4.      Tennessee Titans (10-6)
5.      Cleveland Browns (10-6)
6.      Denver Broncos (10-6)

NFC Wild Card Matchups

Bears Vs Falcons
Eagles Vs Vikings

AFC Wild Card Matchups

Browns Vs Titans
Broncos Vs Patriots

NFC Divisional Matchups

Bears Vs Cowboys
Vikings Vs Rams

AFC Divisional Matchups

Chargers Vs Browns
Patriots Vs Steelers

NFC Conference Championship

Vikings Vs Cowboys

AFC Conference Championship

Chargers Vs Steelers

Super Bowl LIV

Cowboys Vs Chargers

Super Bowl Champ

Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 NFL Season Predictions - NFC & AFC West


2019 NFL Season Predictions

NFC West

Los Angeles Rams (12-4)

The Rams are coming off of an awful showing in the Super Bowl and played their absolute worst football at the wrong time. A lot of teams carry that into the following season and have no idea how to recover, which translates to losses on the field. I believe the Rams are one of the few teams that will bounce back strong and once again be one of the teams to beat in the NFC. The roster is stacked on both offense and defense, and they all seem to have identified the mistakes from the Super Bowl to help them grow. Aaron Donald is coming off of a monster season and should continue the dominance on the defensive line this year. The Rams have made some minor tweaks in their roster to help them at depth if they suffer any injuries throughout the course of the season. I expect the Rams to come into this season with a bad taste in their mouth from last year and are ready to move on and make another run at a Championship!

Seattle Seahawks (9-7)

The Seahawks seem to keep freefalling every season because the defense has slowly fallen apart. They have tried their best to rebuild, but so far it has not worked out. They just traded for Jedeveon Clowney and it’s a good move, but I don’t think it makes them a much better team in general. On offense it’s all on Russell Wilson’s shoulders, which isn’t a bad thing since he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but homeboy has an awful offensive line, a very thin lineup at receiver, and nobody at running back. Have fun with that Russell! The Seahawks will be able to keep their heads above water just because of Wilson, other than that this team doesn’t have much of a shot at anything this season.

San Francisco 49ers (8-8)

I’m not sure how confident I am in Jimmy Garoppolo as a starting quarterback. He really hasn’t started that many games and he missed most of last season due to injury. In the preseason he was throwing some of the stupidest passes for easy interceptions, and I’m fully aware that preseason doesn’t count at all, but these throws were pretty awful. The 49ers are also very weak at both the wide receiver and running back positions which does not do him any favors. The defense is also questionable given that their first round pick Bosa has been injured since training camp and hasn’t played much at all. The 49ers have had nothing but injuries to multiple players the entire offseason and I have a feeling that theme will continue throughout the regular season.

Arizona Cardinals (4-12)

I am not sold on anything that involves the Cardinals! Kyler Murray does not excite me, Kliff Kingsbury is some-how a coach in the NFL when he failed in college, and the rest of the team is straight garbage. Well besides Larry Fitzgerald of course, but unfortunately for him the rest of his team will not make this an enjoyable season for him or Cardinals fans!

AFC West

Los Angeles Chargers (11-5)

I think the Chargers are going to pick up right where they left off last season. Towards the end of the season they really started to put things together and look like a solid team, but just came up short. Philip Rivers continues to play at a high level and seems to get more hungry every season because it seems most everyone forgets about him since he hasn’t done much in the postseason. The running back position is up in the air due to the ongoing contract dispute with Melvin Gordon, but I don’t think it’s a big deal if he ends up not playing this season. Don’t get me wrong he is a good running back, but Philip Rivers runs this offense and that’s obvious. Where the Chargers may surprise everyone will be on the defensive side of the ball. This year Joey Bosa is coming in healthy and ready to play, along with Melvin Ingram at linebacker it’s going to be a tough task for any offensive line to stop the both of them. I expect the Chargers to dominate the league this season and be one of the teams to beat in the playoffs!

Denver Broncos (10-6)

The Broncos are one of my sleeper picks that will make some noise this season. I think Joe Flacco is exactly the type of the quarterback they need for now. He has looked solid this preseason in the offense and seems to fitting in well with the rest of his team. I don’t expect him or the offense to light anyone up, but I think they will be able to hold their own and score when necessary. Where the Broncos will dominate will be on the defensive side of the ball. They have a new head coach whose specialty is on the defensive side of the ball. I expect him to take this already stout defense to another level. It’s going to be really difficult for any running back to break through the linebackers and Vonn Miller has continued to be a nightmare for any and all opposing quarterbacks and I expect him to thrive under Nick Fangio. The Broncos should make things interesting in the AFC this season.

Kansas City Chiefs (8-8)

I know this is definitely not going to be a typical take amongst everyone else on this upcoming season, but Andy Reid teams usually take a step back after a season in which they dominated. I fully expect that to happen to the Chiefs this season. The offense was not nearly as explosive after they cut running back Kareem Hunt last season and I don’t think they did anything to improve that aspect of the offense. The Chiefs signed LeSean McCoy, but I think he is way past his prime and probably won’t last the season without suffering an injury. The defense has also taken a step back from last season, and they weren’t even that good last year. They added in Tyrann Mathieu at safety and everybody is acting like this is some big deal and it may be if there were a few other halfway decent players on the defense with him, but there are none to be found. Andy Reid has consistently fallen short his entire coaching career, but for some reason he always gets brought up as some type of genius. I have never understood this because he has accomplished a whole lot of nothing when it comes to the postseason and I don’t see that changing this year!

Oakland Raiders (6-10)

Antonio Brown hasn’t even played a snap for the Raiders and he’s caused nothing but drama since his arrival. The rest of the team seems to be handling his diva behavior pretty well and I’m sure he will have a decent season for them on the field, but he is not going to help them grow as a team. The rest of the offense is fairly mediocre. Derek Carr has not been the same since he broke his ankle a couple seasons ago and the ground game remains a question with a rookie looking to take over the starting role this season. The defense is more than likely going to be a dumpster fire at this rate. They picked up Vontaze Burfict this offseason, but is that dude actually going to be able to stay on the field all season or go throw another temper tantrum and get suspended? Even if he doesn’t get suspended, he is not a difference maker on the defense. The Raiders are in a tough division and just aren’t that good, I expect another long season for the Raiders! Give Oakland the goodbye it deserves!