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EndScore Report: Surveying September in MLB

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, MLB, Playoffs

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder leading the way for the MIlwaukee BrewersIn this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris take a look around the MLB landscape to assess which divisions are in the bag and where the pennant and/or wild card races aren't. The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies probably don't have anything to worry about, but Texas Rangers and possibly the Milwaukee Brewers may. Both wild card races could get interesting between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. GIVE IT A LISTEN!


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Jose Bautista and Mark Teixeira heating up in the home run race

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Jose BautistaThe home run race has been tight all season long, and right now, the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista clings to a one-homer lead over Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. Bautista is the reigning home run king, and he and Teixeira have a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack in baseball. Bautista has had trouble getting the ball out of the park lately, while Teixeira has been hitting them with ease, so it’s not unrealistic to think we may soon have a new leader soon. If Teixeira can hold the lead for longer than a day, he’ll be the first person to do that to Bautista in over a year.

 

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Slumping San Francisco Giants losing ground to Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Tim LincecumThe San Francisco Giants have been anything but worthy defenders of their World Series championship lately. They’ve lost more than they have won lately and have seen a somewhat comfortable lead in the NL West over the Arizona Diamondbacks shrink to a mere half game. The latest insult came on Thursday night when Cliff Lee – who last pitched against the Giants as a member of the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic – shut them down and kept them off the scoreboard, handing them their ninth loss in 14 games.

 

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EndScore Report: A Look at the MLB Season Thus Far

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, MLB

What's up with the Pittsburgh PiratesIn this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris take a look around majors and point out the surprises and expected outcomes thus far this MLB season. The AL East is normal with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in a dog fight. The AL Central has the Cleveland Indians in an unfamiliar place. The Texas Rangers are shooting them down in the AL West. The Philadelphia Phillies are not having as easy a time in the NL East. The NL Central, well, what has gotten into the Pittsburgh PIrates? In the NL West, the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are holding up. LISTEN UP!

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Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay competing for pitching’s top honor

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Cliff LeeWith Cliff Lee’s win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, he capped what was one of the best months for a pitcher in baseball history and all-but-guarantees he’ll be selected as NL Player of the Month for June. He posted a 5-0 record with an unbelievable 0.21 ERA in 42.0 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts, giving up one earned run on 21 hits and eight walks for a 0.69 WHIP. Opposing batters had a .151 clip against him.

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EndScore Report: Reviewing the MLB Season Thus Far

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, Kudos, MLB

Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting atop the American League East for now.In this episode of EndScore Report, DV and Chris sweep across the MLB divisions for a quick recap of what's going down. It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays are gearing up to surprise the world again, despite losing some key players this past offseason. However, Evan Longoria is still there and healthy.  It's no surprise that World Series favorites, the Philadelphia Phillies are doing well, but it is surprising that the Florida Marlins aren't letting them run away with the NL East division. The biggest surprise has to be the Cleveland Indians leading the AL Central by a significant amount of games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have also been relatively surprising. However, it's still early and the cream always seem to rise to the top. Give a LISTEN to hear our thoughts on the Majors!

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EndScore Report: MLB One-Week Overreaction

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Kudos, MLB

Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals for MVPDV and Chris take a look at the MLB season thus far. Yes, barely one week in, they overreact to what's gone down thus far. The Kansas City Royals are on top of the AL Central, the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff looks unstoppable, and the New York Mets are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL Central! Someone check to see if hell has frozen over! And, can you say, Alex Gordon for AL MVP? Listen here!

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Philadelphia Phillies relievers are on the hot seat

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Phillies Sports Illustrated CoverIt wasn’t a typical Roy Halladay start on Friday against the Houston Astros, going only six innings, but more true to form, he did limit the opposition to just one run on five hits. However, it took a walk-off victory to give the Philadelphia Phillies their first win in what many think will be another march to the World Series. And with a widely-publicized rotation that features Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels (not to mention the best fifth-starter in baseball, Joe Blanton), who would argue?

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EndScore Report: National League Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Kudos, MLB, Playoffs

Albert Pujols is the preseason National League MVP favorite in his contract yearIn this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris make their selections for the division winners of the National League East, Central, West, and Wild Card, as well as the MVP and Cy Young winners. Will the preseason favorite Philadelphia Phillies take the east? How will the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants do? Will a contract season help propel Albert Pujols to the MVP? Roy Halladay won the Cy Young last year with the Phillies, so will another Philly pitcher take the prize? Cliff Lee? Roy Oswalt? Cole Hamels? Find out here!

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Luis Castillo signs trial contract with Philadelphia Phillies

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Luis CastilloNobody expected it to take very long for deposed second baseman Luis Castillo to find work. The mere fact that the New York Mets – who released him last Friday – will pick up the tab for whichever team asks for his services suggested that. That theory was proven correct on Monday when the Philadelphia Phillies signed Castillo to a 10-day contract. They were also very clear in informing Castillo that this was a trial contract. If he doesn’t prove himself good enough in that time frame, they’ll release him outright.

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