National League

The 2012 season for the St. Louis Cardinals came to a rather abrupt, sobering halt tonight.  Taking time to reflect and collect one’s thoughts before writing a post-mortem might be a savvy move.  I am not that man.  So, please go elsewhere for brevity, hat tipping, and the usual exchange of pleasantries that often follows [...]

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Rally Unicorn Time

by on October 22, 2012 · 0 comments

After the Giants took to Twitter to make some rather unoriginal topics trend on Twitter last night, I think it only right to fight fire with a nuclear unicorn weapon.  Of course, the hashtags in use have no impact on the game, but they provide a cathartic release for those of us who are sick [...]

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Armando Benitez has cursed us all, and the founder of Benitez Has Cursed Us, David Schubert, wants you all to stand up and recognize, yo.  If you think that sentence makes no sense, then you should try following the stream of semi-consciousness that is Schube’s Twitter feed.  He’s a sucker for misspelled words and ignorance, [...]

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The Crawl to the Finish Line

by on September 17, 2012 · 0 comments

If you agree that the MLB season represents a marathon and not a sprint, then the last 15-16 games must represent the last 2.6 miles to the finish line.  Unless you can expand your finishing kick over that kind of distance, then a good portion of that can become more of a crawl than a [...]

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Calculating the “magic number” for playoff contenders was so very simple just a few decades ago.  Do the math for 2 divisions in the NL, do it for the 2 divisions in the AL, and “voila!” you were done.  Then Bud Selig came along and ruined the whole thing.  Okay, Emperor Bud does not deserve [...]

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For the first time since May 24 of this season, the Cardinals control their own playoff destiny. By that I mean, if the playoffs were to start today, the Cards are in sole possession of a playoff berth.  If they win enough games between now and the end of the season, and their pursuers lose [...]

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With each passing year, many of us bemoan the selection process for the MLB All-Star game.  The game counts, yet the selection process rules include a popularity contest with skewed voting numbers, a requirement straight from 2nd grade P.E., and a last gasp effort to pick the final addition based on how many people can [...]

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Heading into a changing of the guard campaign, PH8 didn’t want to be left out of the fun. That’s why for 2012 our three loyal readers need to update their bookmarks to follow the fantasy fun. Two seasons at ESPN brought different champs (The Molina Brigade and Penny Can), and they both return anxious to [...]

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Wrapped in misdemeanor, inside an enemy?  No. Rapped in Miracle Whip, inside an enema?  No. Never mind. The point here is that predictions are pretty much worth less than the pixels they are represented by, unless you happen to be dropping bets in Vegas.  Since I am not in Vegas, I’m going to stick with [...]

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Around this same time last year as part of the annual UCB project to make predictions for all 6 divisions, I not-so-boldly picked the top three as the Brewers, Cardinals, and the Reds (see here for proof).  Based on the individual rosters, it wasn’t difficult to put those three in order.  It was actually the [...]

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