We are one week away from the MLB All-Star break and inching ever closer to the July 31st league-wide non-waiver trade deadline. We have watched more than one half of the season and we are starting to get a good idea of the playoff picture, trade fits, standings, and award candidates. That’s why I felt that it was the perfect time to release a massive guide to the second half of the baseball season. My guide is here, complete with predictions and analysis on the trade deadline, final standings, playoffs, and season awards.
Table of Contents:
Trade Deadline Predictions- PG. 2
Standings Predictions- PG. 3
AL Playoff Predictions- PG. 4
NL Playoff Predictions- PG. 5
World Series Predictions- PG. 6
Season Awards Predictions- PG. 7
Concluding Thoughts- PG. 8
The Chicago Cubs started their first few months of the season very slow, but now it appears that they may be turning things around.
The Padres/Marlins Series
The Cubs have had two things that have killed them this year, starting pitching and hitting. In these two series it appears that both of them may be turning the corner. If you combine the last seven games the Cubs have only given up 15 runs which is just over two runs a game. Chicago’s bats have still been spotty, but it does appear that it is getting better. The Cubs hung an 11 spot and five spot on the Marlins this weekend.
The Injury Bug
This has played a huge part in the Cubs bad play. Currently Chicago has Zobrist, Heyward, Hendricks, and now it appears Russell on the DL. Every one of these players is huge to the Cubs success. I believe that when everybody is healthy the Cubs will go on a decent stretch of winning.
The Cubs bullpen is one of the better ones the Cubs have had the past few years. They are currently ranked number four in the MLB in ERA. If the starters can get to the bullpen with a lead I have faith that the bullpen can hold that lead.
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Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins threw the 6th franchise no-hitter for the marlins on Saturday. This is Volquez’s first no hitter that he has ever thrown.
Not many No-hitters happen anymore, which makes this all the more special for Volquez. He threw a complete game, which is another thing that does not happen much anymore. The 33 year old pitcher had himself a day.
Volquez had 10 strikeouts and allowed just 2 walks. He threw a total of 98 pitches. Volquez struck out the side in the 9th inning to complete his No-hitter.