Dellin Betances Surpasses Rivera

Dellin Betances Surpasses Rivera

New York Yankee’s relief pitcher Dellin Betances has made a very strong name for himself during his rookie year. Beyond just being the most effective relief pitcher in the Yankees bullpen he has now broken a record that has stood since 1996. Betances logged his 132nd strikout of the season on Tuesday’s win against the Tampa Bay Rays surpassing Mariano Rivera’s record for strikeouts in a season…

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Angels Clinch

Angels Clinch

After last night’s victory against the Seattle Mariners the Los Angeles Angels have not only clinched a playoff birth, which they had already done, they clinched the division championship. The Angels now start to work for home field advantage in the playoffs leading the Baltimore Orioles, who have also clinched their division last night, by 3 games. This is the first divisional…

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Are the A’s a Playoff Team?

Are the A’s a Playoff Team?

Oakland A's

When the season began the general consensus was that the Oakland A’s were the favorite to win the AL West. The team won it last year after a tragic collapse by the Texas Rangers, who later was knocked out of the playoffs in the wildcard game, and this year the A’s looked just as strong. The team didn’t disappoint in the first half having some of the best stats in the league offensively and…

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Rays Shut Down Smyly

Rays Shut Down Smyly

Drew Smyly

Tampa Bay Rays shut down newly acquired Drew Smyly down for the year. Smyly has been phenomenal since being traded to the Rays from the Detroit Tigers with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 1.70. Smyly was sent to the Rays from the Tigers in the 3-team trade that sent David Price to the Tigers.

Smyly was one of the top prospects for the Tigers back in 2012 and made a splash in the majors pitching in…

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Mets Shut Down Wright

Mets Shut Down Wright

David Wright

New York Met David Wright has been shut down for the season and has begun a shoulder regiment to strengthen his shoulder. The hope is that this workout will help Wright strengthen the inflamed shoulder and will allow Wright to avoid potential surgery.

“I don’t know [how much the shoulder impacted the numbers],” Wright said. “As I’ve said all along, I’m not one to make excuses. This season has…

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Hardy Getting Back Checked

Hardy Getting Back Checked

Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy is heading back to Balitmore to get his back examined. Hardy has been on the bench for the past 3 games with back spasms and the team has decided to have an MRI run on him. Hardy did take groundballs and took some swings but was deemed unable to play in yesterday’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Hardy will fly back for the test and the odds are that he’ll also…

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Rangers Shut Down Darvish

Rangers Shut Down Darvish

Yu Darvish

The Texas Rangers have shut down ace Yu Darvish for the rest of the season. Darvish has been on the 15-day DL since August 9th for a right elbow inflammation. General Manager Jon Daniels said that the team didn’t see any reason to risk Darvish at this point. “That would be silly on our part,” Daniels said when asked about Darvish returning from the DL and pitching with 3 weeks left, “There’s…

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Nationals Go to Closer by Committee

Nationals Go to Closer by Committee

Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals

The on going struggles of closer Rafael Soriano has made the manager of the Washington Nationals switch to a closer by committee style bullpen. Manager Matt Williams had this to say about Soriano,

“His fastball velocity is good, the command isn’t quite where he wants it, certainly,” Williams said. “The slider, the depth of his breaking pitch, is not there right now.”

He went on to say

“We have…

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Mighty Mouse

Jose Altuve

If I were to ask who was on top of ESPN’s Fantasy Player rater who would you say? Giancarlo Stanton? Clayton Kershaw? Mike Trout? In fact its no other than the Houston Astros 5’6” 2B Jose Altuve. The 24-yr old 2B has improved many of his skills to propel himself as one of the best players in 2014 but how much of it is luck and how much is skill is the real question so lets take a look.

Jose…

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D-Backs Remove Towers as GM

D-Backs Remove Towers as GM

Kevin Towers

In a not all that surprising event the Arizona Diamondbacks have removed Kevin Towers as the teams GM. The team brought on former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa as the Diamondbacks chief baseball officer at the beginning of the season, which many saw as the first sign that Towers may have been on the way out. In a statement about the removal of Towers La Russa had this to say:

“Over…

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