Daily Archives: November 28, 2016

What Could the Tigers Do at the Winter Meetings?

Manny Machado’s Lack of Stolen Bases Cost Him a Top-3 AL MVP Finish in 2016

Major League Baseball is full of young superstars, and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado deserves to be included in such an elite group. After all, he just earned his second consecutive top-five finish in the American League MVP race.

Finishing fifth behind Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve and Josh Donaldsonis nothing to be ashamed of, but was there a way he could’ve further distinguished himself to become a finalist?

The answer to that question is yes.

Looking at Machado’s 2015 and 2016 statistics, it appears he experienced nearly identical performances, except for one glaring difference.

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Looking Back At The Sons of ’84 2016 Season Predictions With Twitter Sensation @DrunkMiggy

mlb-logoBack in April my old blogging crew and I chose our predictions for the season and were joined by Twitter star Drunk Miggy to see who could come closest at years end in prediction team outcomes and award winners.  This year was by far the closest race that we’ve had since starting this back on Pepper Baseball Blog with myself and DeMarco ending it in a tie and Voss falling a half point short.  Matter pulls it out over Drunk Miggy in the end, but barley and with Drunk Miggy not answering a lot of these question.  What I’ve come to learn over the years with these predictions, is that baseball is a game that can take you by surprise at any point.  Lets see how we did…

Division Winners
AL East
Voss: Toronto Blue Jays (Jays have to go for it all, or trade Joey Bats and EE in July & flop)
Kay: Toronto Blue Jays
Matter: Toronto Blue Jays
DeMarco: Boston Red Sox
Drunk Miggy: Whoever ends ARod’s career early
Winner: Boston Red Sox and Drunk Miggy for his early retirement Prediction (DeMarco +1, Drunk Miggy +1)

AL Central
Voss: Cleveland Indians (Central is so tough. Indians & White Sox rotations are two of the best in the Majors. Tigs are #3 but have the best lineup by far. KC is a TEAM but don’t rank high in either. Divisional games are SO important this year)
Kay: Kansas City Royals
Matter: Kansas City Royals
DeMarco: Kansas City Royals
Drunk Miggy: We won’t lose a game
Winner: Cleveland Indians (Voss 1, DeMarco 1, Drunk Miggy 1)

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