Tag: American League

MLB All Star Festivities

With Cincinnati playing a great host to this years All Star events, everyone explained that this years All Star week has been one of the best ones in recent times. With a homerun derby that  went down to the wire, to an exciting All Star Game, everyone left Cincinnati with a smile on their faces. 

 Most impressive and and a fan favorite was Cincinnati’s own, Todd Frazier running away as this years homerun derby champion. Being backed by the Reds faithful, Frazier found himself in the finals, where he outlasted Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The New Jersey native took advantage of the new timed format where he hit homeruns as time expired in several of his rounds propelling him to victory.

The All Star game had just as much excitement where offense, pitching, and defense all shined. Most impressive was New York Met’s pitcher Jacob DeGrom showing off why he is the ace in New York striking out the side in just ten pitches. This is the first time any pitcher in All Star Game history has accomplished this feat of striking out the side in ten pitches or less.

Even though DeGrom and several other National League pitchers had a fantastic outing, the American League was able to claw their way to victory, 6-3 thanks to the hitting of Mike Trout and Brian Dozier, who both had homeruns. Luckily for American League World Series contenders, they will have home field advantage in the World Series.

Shane Stirling of Cairns, Queensland is an HR Manager and long-time baseball fan . To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.

Breakdown of the American League by Division

AL East: With increased offensive production from First Baseman Chris Davis, and the defensive wizard Manny Machado, who is coming back

The defensively gifted 3B could help lead the Orioles to a division title in 2015

The defensively gifted 3B could help lead the Orioles to a division title in 2015

from injury, the Orioles should be the best team in the AL East. Look for them to have around 90 wins this year. The Redsox will also be in play, but will be a more complete team if they acquire another elite starting pitcher via trade, say Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto. The Blue Jays, with the oldest roster in the American League, will likely finish third behind the Red Sox and Orioles. The Blue Jays certainly have some pop with the likes of Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Josh Donaldson. However, their pitching, led by aging stars R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle is lackluster. The front office is hoping that this group of veterans prove wily enough to make a run for the division or one of the two wildcard spots.

AL Central: Baseball analysts have a diverse set of options on who is the best team in this division. While no one seems great, the Twins, under the new leadership of Paul Molitor, are probably the only team without a realistic chance to compete. The Indians with two of the best starters in the game, Corey Kluber Carlos Carrasco are quite intriguing, especially come playoff time. Detroit could be good, but there are a lot of unknowns such as the status and ability of  David Price, and Justin Verlander.  The WhiteSox also have a cast of great players with the indomitable Chris Sale,  the newly acquired Jeff Samardzija, and Jose Abreu.

AL West: Look for the Seattle Mariners or Oakland Athletics to sit atop this division come October. The Mariners have a very solid staff led by the dominant Felix Hernandez, but had the sixth lowest OPS as a team in 2014. Only time will tell if the additions of Justin Ruggiano, Rickie Weeks, and Nelson Cruz prove to be the boost Seattle needs to make the playoffs. The A’s traded away some of their stars from last year, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson. However, they did acquire a slate of talented players and should remain competitive in 2015.

Shane Stirling of Cairns, Queensland is an HR Manager and long-time baseball fan . To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.