For the first time this season, the Giants and Dodgers start a three-game series Monday night in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers-Giants rivalry is probably one of the most heated in baseball. It’s a rivalry that has had fights for the division title on the last week of the season to physical fights on (Juan Marichal attacking John Roseboro with a bat to Giants fan Bryan Stow getting jumped by Dodger fans).
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It’s true, the Dodgers failed to sign Bryce Harper. Sure they also let Manny Machado go. But what does that mean for the 2019-2020 Dodgers?
Corey Seager returns.
For the first time in eight years, Clayton Kershaw will not be on the mound for the beginning of this nation’s unofficial summer holiday. On top of that, we’ll have to wait (at least) another year for Walker Buehler’s first opening day start. Not even the savvy and firey Rich Hill will start. Hyun Gin Ryu will be, as of now, the opening day starter. I say, no big deal.
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Preview: After trading their best player in Paul Goldschmidt, the D-Backs are stuck between rebuilding and contending. The organization doesn’t seem to have enough talent to compete and presents an unimpressive farm system. Any team should expect a dip in offensive production after losing a player of Goldschmidt’s caliber. Arizona should be expecting the same. Key returning members of the D-Backs lineup are an outfielder, David Peralta (.293 BA and 30 HRs in 2018) and infielder, Eduardo Escobar (23 HRs and 84 RBIs in 2018). In order for Arizona to have a shot at the playoffs, David Peralta will have to find the same kind of success as he found in 2018. Along with production from Peralta and Escobar, the D-Backs are hoping to get some help from power-hitting infielder, Jake Lamb. After hitting 59 combined home runs between 2016 and 2017, Lamb struggled in a shortened (due to injury) 2018 season. The lineup in Arizona appears mediocre; not good enough to contend for this division. With a strong possibility of a lack of offense in 2019, there will be plenty of rotation on this D-Backs pitching rotation. Zack Greinke is still a reliable starter and will once again be the ‘ace’ in Arizona. Zack Godley and Robbie Ray are coming off a 2018 season in which they both looked shaky but showed some signs of dominance along the way. A new addition to the rotation, replacing Patrick Corbin, is a former first-round pick, Luke Weaver. The Diamondbacks acquired Weaver from the Cardinals in the Goldschmidt trade. Weaver struggled last season but still shows lots of potential to be a quality starter at the top of a rotation. The fifth starter spot is expected to be taken by a 30-year-old rookie, Merrill Kelly. Kelly spent four years pitching in Korea before returning back to his home in Arizona to pitch for the Diamondbacks. Arizona presents an average bullpen. They could possibly close by committee. Key relievers in this bullpen include Archie Bradley, Greg Holland, Yoshihisa Hirano, Andrew Chafin, and T.J. McFarland. The Diamondbacks will be playing for a second wild-card spot, but an Arizona postseason appearance in 2019 is a long shot.
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As someone who has wasted hundreds of dollars buying lottery tickets, I’ve always asked myself if I would take the annuity or the lump sum. Sure having the millions laid out in a bed and rolling around in them like a pig sounds like a wonderful afternoon, but is it worth the stability of having a couple hundred thousand a year for 30 years?
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By Griffin Hill
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have the offensive power to go the distance this year; no question about it. Sadly for the loyal fans in Boston, the consistent problems in the bullpen may prevent them from any post season accomplishments. While the Sox have over 100 wins on the season with 5 games to play, the only team this season to reach that mark thus far, the bullpen struggles have become even more severe in the 2nd half of the season. The Sox own an MLB worst 12 bullpen blown saves since the All Star break. Time is running out in Boston to fix this issue; the Yankees, Astros, and Indians will surely capitalize on this weakness if it isn’t turned around. See All Teams Here!