Monday, September 29, 2014

After a Day to Catch Our Breath, It's Back to the Seat's Edge - MLB Wildcard

It took all of the 162 to get the tournament in place, and by the way this is another example of why the book should be closed on if the addition of the second wild card makes the game better or worse as there was never a meaningless day the entire month of September, and now that the brackets all have names in them it’s time to throw out the ball to start the second season. Speaking of the second wild card, the A’s managed to hold off the Mariners and claim that last ticket on the playoff train however unconvincingly down the stretch going 5-5, In fact, Oakland's post-All-Star break winning percentage of .433 is the lowest in MLB history for a team that reached the postseason, fortunately for Oakland the M’s were just as futile and a bad business trip across the border to Toronto where Seattle went 1-3 was their undoing. Now the last men in try not to be dead man walking on a visit to Kansas City where they will face James Shields (14-8). The Royals will come into the riding the mojo train but perhaps might be too happy just to be playing in October for the first time in 30 years to enough to focus on the task at hand by the time they finish the National Anthem and if they come out cold then it will be the shortest celebration three decades in the making that the world has ever seen. Conversely, if the Royals ride the enthusiasm of the crowad to and early lead then that can be their ticket to California. Kansas City's nearly historic bullpen went 72-1 in the regular season when leading after seven innings and 79-1 when leading after eight. The A's, meanwhile, led the majors with 13 wins when trailing after seven and eight wins when trailing after eight. So this one-game series may turn out to be continuation to the drama we saw to close the year only two days after we had a chance to catch our breath so buckle up for what promises to be a great playoff season. Giants at Pittsburgh As far as stats go, the Giants and Pirates are neck and neck. their win loss percentages are completely identical; 88-74. The Pirates batting average of .259 surpasses that of the Giants’ .255. The Giants’ ERA of 3.50 trumps the Pirates ERA of 3.47. that’s their regular season stats against the rest of the National League division, but let’s not forget that the Giants and Pirates met a few times before… to the Pirates liking. These two wild card teams met 6 times in the regular season with the Pirates taking 4 of those games. Wednesday’s game will bring on a whole different game, different mentalities will be on the field, this is do or die time. Now which team will do and which team will die. The Giants have made a very wise and completely obvious decision in starting their left handed ace, Madison Bumgarner. When MadBum is on the mound, the Giants feel a little more at ease. The young pitcher’s win loss record is 18-10 with an overall ERA of 2.98 and not to mention the kid can hit! Grand slams are hard to come by and even harder when you’re the pitcher. In a batting position where it’s a good job if you can even hit the ball, Bumgarner not only puts the ball into play he knocks it out of the park and clears the loaded bases, not once but twice. It’s great that he can knock a few around, but it’s not great when you are your whole team’s entire defense. Hopefully, the Giants can help out their stud both defensively and offensively. The Pirates have decided to start Edinson Volquez with a win loss record of 13-7 and an ERA of 3.04. An impressive pitcher he may be, but the star of the Pirates is none other than Andrew McCutchen, with 89 runs, 83 RBI’s and 172 hits, McCutchen is their postseason power. The Giants offense has to wake up if it even wants to be a match to McCutchen. The Pirates and their fans hope to be a contender for that beautiful World Series trophy that they haven’t seen since 1979 and the Giants want to bring a parade back to the city of San Francisco because it’s an even year and everything. Good luck, may the best National League Wild Card team move onto the NLDS. View the complete MLB playoff preview on the main site here...

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