Why the Cubs Shouldn’t Bet the Farm on Whit Merrifield

Rumors have persisted since the stretch run of the 2019 season that the Chicago Cubs have been interested in acquiring Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals. In 2019, the one-time All-Star utility player led MLB in hits (206) and triples (10). In 2018, he led MLB in hits (102) and stolen bases (45). Merrifield…

“Operation Barbershop” and the David Ortiz Shooting

In June 2019, ten-time All-Star slugger and 2013 World Series MVP David "Big Papi" Ortiz was shot in the back outside a bar in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The incident was first characterized as a "mob hit" on Ortiz. A Dominican source of the New York Post described as "close to the investigation" claimed the…

Grading My 2019 Awards Predictions

The votes have been tallied and the results are in for the 2019 Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) awards winners. This means it's time for me to grade last week's predictions. American League Rookie of the Year My Prediction: Yordan Álvarez Winner: Yordan Álvarez Running Tally: 1/1 National League Rookie of the Year My…

BBWAA Awards Predictions

The final business of the 2019 MLB season will come to a close this week with the announcement of the annual Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) award winners this week starting tonight with the Rookies of the Year, concluding with the Most Valuable Players on Thursday. Here are my thoughts on who deserves to…

Chicago Teams Represented Among Gold Glove Winners

On Tuesday, the 2019 Gold Glove Award winners were announced. Both the Cubs and White Sox had two players among the finalists: Anthony Rizzo (1B - CHC); Yolmer Sánchez (2B - CWS); Jason Heyward (RF - CHC) and Lucas Giolito (P - CWS). Rizzo was the National League winner at 1st base, beating out finalists…

Nationals Win First World Series Title

After delivering a knockout blow in the late innings of Game 6 following a controversial interference call, the Washington Nationals looked to emerge victorious in Game 7 and complete a road team sweep in the World Series. Nationals 6, Astros 2 (box score) W: Patrick Corbin L: Will Harris The starting pitching matchup featured two…

World Series Game 6: Nats Force Game 7 in Spite of Controversial Call

With Sunday's road victory by the Houston Astros, the Washington Nationals were pushed to the brink of elimination and in need of a victory to extend the series to a decisive seventh game. Nationals 7, Astros 2 (box score) W: Stephen Strasburg L: Justin Verlander The Nats gave Strasburg an early one-run lead, but he allowed…

World Series Game 5: Astros Slug Their Way to Series Lead

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals entered Sunday tied at 2-2 in the World Series. The winner would take the advantage in the best of three matchup comprising the remainder of the series. As I mentioned in yesterday's recap, US President Donald Trump had threatened to attend the game. He did indeed appear with a…

World Series Game 4: Astros Stomp Nats to Even Series

After yesterdays 4-1 victory, the Houston Astros entered tonight's game looking for another road win to tie the World Series at 2-2. Astros 8, Nationals 1 (box score) W: José Urquidy L: Patrick Corbin The Astros scored two runs off Corbin immediately. Meanwhile, the Nats were unable to get anything going against Urquidy, who pitched five…