Posted on: April 11, 2011 6:10 pm
*This is all coming from a Rangers fan*
Why The Rangers Will Win: There is 2 reason why the Rangers will win. First off, its the King, Henrik Lundqvist. He has been a top goalie all year and even career long. He has also had postseason and Olympic success. He works well under pressure and can shutout any opponent (he has 2 SO against the Capitals already). The other reason is the teams ability to overcome adversity and play as a team. This team is a very physical team and there "big guy" Brandon Prust will go up against anyone if it helps spark the team. The Rangers penalty killing isn't only good but they also have the ability to score the short-handed goal.
Why The Capitals Will Win: This team can lit up the scoreboard on any given night and with Mike Green coming back, it just makes them more lethal. He doesn't help the team too much defensively, but offensively, he really adds another aspect.
Why The Rangers Will Lose: They just won't score enough and there young defensive corps will falter. The King will also struggle due to fatigue after playing 26 straight games.
Why The Capitals Will Lose: The pressure. This team was the best team in the East again. last year they succumbed and lost to the Canadiens after leading 3 games to 1. Another reason is that Ovi will continue to struggle to score vs. the Rangers as he has no goals in the 4 games that have happened in the regular season.
My Prediction: I think the regular season told a lot. I'll give this to the Rangers in 4 games. (Before you all attack me read the note on the top of this post). I think they have enough to win and the fact the Capitals haven't shown any good success against the Rangers this year. Also on a side note, the Rangers were up 3 games to 1 in 2009 but that was a long time ago. Neither team is the same.
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:23 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 7:04 pm
As a huge Yankees fan for my entire life, I follow this team very closing and I'm not afraid to say I did not like a move (such as the signing of Alex Rodriguez after he opted out). This is MY outlook on the team this year.
Catcher: This is a very tricky position. After having Jorge Posada here for a long time, we now have Russell Martin and Jesus Montero (or maybe Molina from what I've heard). Martin can be a good catcher when healthy an is an obvious upgrade defensively. Montero I feel would be better as a DH or stay in the minors. Fransico Cervilli, who will be back in May will add stability to the back-up catcher role, as he has done a nice job in the past.
First Base: Mark Teixera will have a bounce back year average wise, which should slightly increase his RBI and Runs total too. He is also very durable so the Yankees are fine here.
Second Base: Robinson Cano. Nothing else to say. He is great defensively and he has become an huge offensive player. He could be a serious runner for the MVP this year.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter. The face of the franchise should have a bounce back year as he gets 3000+ hits. His defense will decline but he is still an important piece for this team.
Third Base: A-Rod. he will have another typical year with all the hoopla, but I expect a slight increase in HRs and RBIs according to his trends.
Outfield: This is a good group of OFs. They have Nick Swisher who has a good arm and a nice power bat. he will lose in average but he should still hit a respectable number. Brett Gardner is the Yankees speed guy and since he may hit leadoff more often, he has a chance to get over 60 steals. If he stays healthy, he may also hit around .300. Defensively, he fine. Now the question mark I have is Curtis Granderson. I do not think he is a good fit but that just me.
Reserves: This is a good bench, better in years past. The Yankees also have enough guys in the minor to bring up if they are not fine with the guys they have right now.
Starting Pitching: I beleive they made a mistake keeping the soft tossing Freddy Garcia in the rotation since teams like the Red Sox and Rangers will whack him around. I thought Bartolo Colon even with injuries and inning limit should have been the guy. Ivan Nova should surprise a lot of guys and so should A.J. Brunett. He had a good first half last year, before blowing up completely. C.C. sabathia is still the ace and Phil Hughes may struggle if he can't find some velocity. The Yankees have a lot of young guys in the minors that can pitch and I expect one or two of them to come up this season to get their licks in the majors.
Bullpen: The 8th/9th inning guys are not a problem. I did not like the spending on of Rafael Soriano but he is good insurance. Mariano Rivera is still the BEST CLOSER EVER, so he will maintain his part. Robertson and Chamberlain will be good 6th/7th inning guys and can eat up a couple innings if guys are taxed. I don't like Loogan or Marte as a lefty specialist but it is a good thing Robertson has great numbers vs lefties.
Prediction: They will finish 1st in the AL EAST. When it comes playoff time, they will go as far as their top 3 SPs take them. Now that I can't predict just yet.
Posted on: October 19, 2009 1:47 pm
If for some reason you're searching for the terms of the foodstuffs wager the New York and Anaheim mayors have placed on the outcome of the ALCS, here's some bad news for you.
No bet was ever made.
According to the New York Daily News, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's people reached out to Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle's people last week to see what they'd like to put on the line for the traditional food-related bet between proud and esteemed civic leaders.
New York's proposal, however, was met with a simple "thanks, but no thanks" when Anaheim declined the offer. Pringle's office confirmed that the idea of the wager had been offered from the East, but did not offer any reasons why they wouldn't participate in what seems like a completely innocuous bet.
That, of course, leads us to make up a few theories for the refusal on our own.
1. Pringle was worried that none of Anaheim's cuisine would match up to Momofuku's fried chicken from New York. (Or maybe he also thinks that rich East Coasters acting as if fried chicken was discovered and perfected in Manhattan is the stupidest thing ever.)
2. After the team's name change from "Anaheim" to "Los Angeles," Pringle remains steamed and figures it's up to Antonio Villaraigosa to handle these requests.
3. Pringle ran for re-election on a platform that promised an end to cliché playoff stories.
4. The Republican mayor got a call from Fox head Rupert Murdoch and was told that if he enjoyed his job he wouldn't pull for any outcome involving the Angels in the World Series.
5. Anaheim's FedEx food budget was drained by all of those express shipments to Chicago in 2005 and to Boston in 2004, 2007 and 2008. He's simply tired of paying out.
Still, if you're heartbroken over this news (or are a television crew looking to fill 15 seconds of airtime), no need to worry. Mayor Bloomberg is currently enjoying a case of Honeycrisp apples and a case of beer from the Minneapolis mayor and the heads of Philly and Los Angeles have placed cheesesteaks and Pink's hot dogs on the line for the NLCS.