The Updater: Division Series predictions

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So, we’ve gotten past the beer bottle massacre and the infield . We’ve gotten past the one game wild card excitement and errors. And now the playoffs as we knew them begin but end at the same time. The days of rewards for division winning and best records are over, and the Wild Cards can give the best teams in baseball only one home playoff game. But that may not matter. So, without any further ado……. my Division Series predictions!

Yankees VS Orioles

This is tough. Very tough. Only one game separated the Yankees from a win or die game at the Bronx, and the Orioles winning the AL East. And yet. Coming into Baltimore could be impossible. The Yankees, though, are the Yankees, and will take game one behind C.C Sabathia. But the O’s will come roaring back the next day, and take the next win, assuring both teams two more chances to win it or blow it. The Yankees will go home and win again, getting up 2-1 in the Bronx, but this is an Orioles team that absolutely will not die easy. But in game 5, the Yankees back under C.C will take the game and win the series in a nailbiter game.

 

Tigers VS Athletics

Remember when I said the Yankees VS Orioles Series was tough? I lied. This is tough. The A’s are the hottest team in baseball. The Tigers are a close second. Both stole the division within the last games or the last game of the season, so they’re coming in on a roll. Game one in Detroit will be taken by Verlander and the Tigers. But the A’s hotness comes back, and they’ll steal the next two games with their rookie rotation and team of veterans. The Tigers will be desperate for a game 5, to give Verlander a trip to the mound, but the A’s will win in a nailbiter of a game 4 and advance to the Yankees.

Reds VS Giants

The Reds have been on cruise control for the past two months. But this is a big wake up call. Johnny Cueto VS Matt Cain will be fun to watch, but the Giants will take that, mainly because of Cain’s playoff experience. Not so fast though, the Reds will take the next in San Fransisco. But Bronson Arroyo isn’t exactly clutch, and the Giants will take game 3 in Cinci. And game 4 will be scary for the Reds. The Giants will jump out to an early lead, but the Reds will make a miracle comeback to win. But in Game 5, Cueto won’t have it again, and Cain will. So the Giants will go on to face the winner of…

Cardinals VS Nationals

The Nats have the best record in baseball and the best rotation. But the Cardinals have the experience. Even so, Gio Gonzalez will take the win on Sunday. The Cardinals will bounce right back though, and tie the series up. But the DC has their first home playoff game in 79 years, so expect the crowd to be a huge factor in 3 and 4, which the Nationals will take, and get ready for San Fran.

I’ll be ready with my AL and NLCS predictions as soon as the teams are confirmed, but until then…

Happy playoffs!

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The Updater: The Spurs Spark lives on

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Not again. Not this again. How many times have we seen this? How many times have we said, “They’re gone, they’re gone for good” and then this continues to happen year after year, and we all just wait, wait for somebody to put out the spark – that the Spurs have had for the last decade.

We thought they were gone last year – they were too old. But, lone behold, the first seed was their’s for the keeping. But when the Grizzlies beat them, that’s when we thought they were really gone, and the first seed was a fluke.

And then.

And then, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker came back with a combined 33 points a game, and the top three rebounders started totaling in at 21 a game. And they don’t just get points from starters – they’re all around – the top ten scorers a game all are above 8.8 points a game.

Oddly enough, the number one worry for me about this team was that their scoring wouldn’t be able to keep up with the fast moving and thinking defenses of teams like the Heat’s, who only give up about 92 points a game. But I was worried for nothing, as the Spurs have the second highest scoring total per game in the league – 103!!!

While the defense was in the lower half, it was comparable to defenses of teams like the Clippers, who are only a point less in total points given up. They also proved they could win in shootouts – they beat the Clippers and Jazz easily like that.

There are really only three teams that stand between them and another Larry O’ Brien trophy – The C’s, the Thunder, and The Heat. With the two easterners, it’s the defense that worries me – they both have good offenses and defenses, which might kill shootout opportunities, (which is what they want). The Thunder have an offense that is able to explode at any time, any place. And even on average nights, they still score the same as the Spurs, 103 points a game on average, and will keep games very close with pretty much identical stats – but completely different styles of play.

If the Spurs win the NBA Championship this year, unless they don’t have a playoff spot – I will – and you should never – count the Spurs out.

The Updater: Bryce Harper all the way

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Is anybody else noticing this? I guess it’s just me. No, I’m kidding, unless you’ve been living under a rock and praying to the football gods lately, you know what I know. Bryce Harper only has 15 hits, and is only batting .246,  but when he hits them – he hits them hard. 9 of his 15 hits are XBH. 2 Home runs in two nights, his only stolen base is (surprise, surprise!!) home plate.

That’s what I like about this game. Bryce is a guy who will run his hardest even if it’s just a ground ball to third base, a guy who gets the best type of revenge, scoring, a guy who always ready to go.

The Nats are 8 and 8 with Bryce in the Major Leagues, but that’s without major contributors Michael Morse, Drew Storen and Jayson Werth. Imagine his true potential with the Nats with Michael, Jayson and Drew – incredibly, nearly scary, so scary that #FearTheNats will be trending on Twitter.

While the Nats do have to pass a very vital test against the Braves, O’s, Red Sox and Rays, it seems likely. Bryce Harper has been another great asset to a great Nationals team this year, with nearly everything – and once injuries are out of the picture, expect Bryce’s RBIs, BA, OBP and slugging to improve with veterans to get on base and mentor him to make him even better.

Welcome to the show, Bryce Harper, and I hope you enjoy your stay – because it looks to be a long one.

 

The Updater: Are the Mets real?

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Short answer: No.

Long answer: No. All of the sudden, the Mets are off and running, winning all three of three games in the first week of the season. Whoop-dee-doo.

We’ve seen this before. The Orioles, win all 6 of their first games. The Red Sox, lose all six of their first games. It simply doesn’t really matter. This is the first week. We haven’t met our breakthrough star, our big hitter, our MVP, our big team.

You can’t judge a book by it’s cover is a good saying, right? Well, you can’t judge a season by it’s first week. For instance: The Orioles came in last. The Red Sox won 90 games. It simply doesn’t have a huge effect on the season.

Plus, you can be hot right out of the gate, and that’s fine. But, if you don’t have a big hitter, a big star? Chances are, the Mets will not be in the playoffs this year.

 

P.S – Sorry this post is so short – I’ll write a normal post tomorrow, but I needed to write something on this in a short time frame.

Special Post! How did it happen/The Updater: LINSANITY!!!!

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All credit goes to ESPN for photo

Which it is. How the heck did this happen? And is it a trend, or a fluke? Let’s get started.

After beating the Lakers, people have realized this guy is real. Let me explain.

New York had everything they needed – except for one thing – you might say glue. As you may know, putting talent together doesn’t necessarily make a good team. You need them to gel, to learn each other’s style. And Jeremy Lin is just that.

Jeremy Lin is the point guard you want. The un-drafted, all-odds-against-him, point guard. About two weeks ago, would YOU think I was crazy? Probably. Some of the best – well, bottles of glue have come from late picks or even no pick. Take Tom Brady – or Mark Buehrle , or even Danny Woodhead?

The NBA has always missed those, though. Until now. The un-drafted player out of Harvard, has found a way to make the Knicks work together. Until now, it was get the ball to Carmelo or A’mare and pray for defense.

Now, they can move the ball easily, and have a player that can take pressure of of everyone else.

Is this a trend?

I think not. This is a great basketball player, and he’s proved it.

The Updater: Clippers over Thunder, with a little show from Griffin

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Okay. I’m usually not putting every single game the Clippers play on here. But – this I had to show off. The Clippers beat the Thunder, 112-110, but more importantly, this happened.

Wow. I feel like I just watched the dunk of the year.

P.S –  Quarter 1 of the super bowl will come in the afternoon, BTW, at three thirty, to be exact.