This week we preview the Detroit Tigers and American League East. The Royals made some news finally by signing Chris Young. Lots of other teams had news of their own: Yu Darvish Tore his UCL, the Cust signed Phil Coke, Cliff Lee is shut down. Most unfortunately, Tim Collins has ligament damage in his elbow. We talk about how that might affect the Royals.
The World Series is here and our team is in it! We give a full World Series preview, focusing especially on the matchups between James Shields and Madison Bumgarner and Jeremy Guthrie against Ryan Vogelsong. The series is evenly matched and could easily reach seven games. The Royals have a weapons off the bench, but the Giants have a solid starting 9. The Royals have the edge in pitching despite a solid Giants bullpen. It’s gonna be tight.
We don’t just focus on the World Series because Andrew Friedman was poached from Tampa Bay by the Dodgers. It’s a big move for the Dodgers that could help them get out from under some of their heavier contractual obligations. It won’t happen this year, but it is a step in the right direction.
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The League Championship Series have begun and the Royals are the talk of the baseball world. They took two on the road against the Baltimore Orioles which is the type of performance that has invariably led to a World Series appearance since 1985, when the series changed to a seven game set.
On the other side of the world, the Giants beat the Cardinals behind another sterling appearance by Madison Bumgardner, who extended his scoreless inning streak to a record-setting 26 2/3 in the playoffs.
The Baltimore Orioles extended J.J. Hardy for a 3 year/$40 million contract with a vesting option. We all had reservations about the deal, regardless of the difficult position the Orioles faced.
Then we talk about the Royals. Lorenzo Cain has been a one man defensive highlight real in the playoffs and Mike Moustakas has been a monster bat in the 9-spot. The team is scoring over six runs per game, which was the only piece of the puzzle they were missing.
Yordano Ventura left game two of the ALCS with shoulder tightness. It causes some worry.
Rumors have been flying about a James Shields extension and as much as we love Shields, there might be good reason not to sign him to a five year deal.