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Well Balanced Cardinals Primed For Another Championship

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No Clear Cut Favorite In Baseball Playoffs

By John Ventola

The start of the major league playoffs is only one week away, and a few things have become clear about the forthcoming postseason. All ten of the playoff teams will have a chance at the World Series championship, but each also has weaknesses that can be exploited by the opposition. Like last season, an individual player (in 2014 it was San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner) will probably step up and take his team to the title.  Also, there is a good chance the World Series titlist will come from the National League’s Central Division where the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburg Pirates, and Chicago Cubs posted the three best won-loss records in baseball. Continue reading

Giants Capture Third World Series In Past Five Years

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Dynasty Defeats Destiny

By John Ventola

Baseball 2014 is now officially over. The San Francisco Giants rode the pitching of lefthander Madison Bumgarner to a World Series clinching 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals to win their third series title in the past five years. The seventh game win between two wildcard teams was unusual in that neither starting pitcher was able to get more than 10 outs and all runs but the deciding one were scored in the first two innings. It put the finishing touches on an entertaining, fan friendly year of outstanding baseball. A year that featured a changing of the guard with the retirement of long-time Yankees captain Derek Jeter, the infusion and continued development of young stars like Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, and exciting pennant races. Continue reading

Kansas City Maximizes Team Concept In Pennant Chase

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Going To Kansas City Kansas City Here I Come

 By John Ventola

Kansas City Bats Keeping Pace in Central Division

Kansas City Bats Keeping Pace in Central Division

It has been twenty-nine years since the George Brett-led Kansas City Royals won their only World Series title by defeating cross state rival St. Louis.The longest pennant drought in the majors, baseball fans in the Midwest city are enjoying the summer exploits of the current version of Royals. With only thirty-three games remaining in the regular season, and with so much negativity currently happening in the Show Me state, this year’s squad of overachievers is in a battle to maintain its slim lead in the American League Central Division. Continue reading