Some Aaron Judge, Joey Votto, and Paul Goldschmidt fans are out there today freaking out about why their guy was more deserving than Giarcarlo Stanton or Jose Altuve (the Jose Ramirez fans know he was the 3rd best player on their own team). Right now it may feel like a slap in the face, but when push comes to shove, does it really mater who takes home the trophy? When people are splitting hairs for the Hall of Fame they MAY reference how many awards someone won, but that's really about it. The numbers don't change, trust me. Let's look back at some MVP winners in the past, and how they eventually stacked up with the best players of that era.
Who would have thought that in the middle of November, the Cavaliers would only be ahead of the Hornets, Bulls, and Hawks in the Eastern Conference standings? LeBron has never been under .500 in the month of December in his ENTIRE CAREER, and yet they'll have to battle to get back there if he wants to enjoy a stress-free holiday season. They have a worse point differential than everyone but the Bulls and Hawks in the east, who are both openly tanking. Things aren't going according to plan in Koby Altman's first year as “GM” (which clearly belongs in quotations, because we know exactly who the real General Manager is).
This roster isn't complete yet, and realistically they just have to tread water until Isaiah Thomas comes back (and Derrick Rose gets cut faster then you can say “former MVP”) to see what the team really can do. Still, whenever a LeBron-James-led-team goes through a slump, “LeGM” puts his transaction hat on and tinkers a little bit to make sure everything is set for a title run. Deron Wiliams and Kyle Korver were the missing pieces last year (for better or worse). The year before Anderson Varejao returned to the land, and Channing Frye came over from Orlando to bolster the front-court. From J.R. Smith and Iman Shupert, to Greg Oden during his days in Miami, LeBron is never satisfied if he thinks that his team is even a small piece away from a deep playoff run. Will Isaiah Thomas be enough to quench that thirst? Probably not with the way things are going right now. So let's get ahead of the curve and target a few possible rentals in the last year of their contract, or buy-out candidates that LeBron and the Cavs could target come the trade deadline:
Deshaun Watson's torn ACL in practice is absolutely devastating. The beginning of a potential superstar career hits an immediate road-block. The city of Houston loses a football icon. The Texans lose their 3rd superstar of the year after the Watt and Mercilus injuries. Truthfully, the league in general, reeling a bit from lower ratings this year, loses another potential ratings draw. It's just bad, and sad all around. Still, doesn't this feel all too familiar?
Game 2 of the 2017 World Series should forever be remembered as one of the most wild games in baseball history, under the brightest lights. This game set so many records, and had so many pressure packed moments, so many highlights, and so many jump-out-of-your chair hits, that it should never be forgotten. It also summed up current era baseball in the best possible way, with an all or nothing home run approach when the moments mattered most. Just in-case you missed it, or want to re-live it, here are some of the best nuggets we pulled from our Gamecast Wednesday night:
Now that the Dodgers have officially clinched their spot in the World Series, with Clayton Kershaw winning Game 5 without expelling too much effort, some are left wondering if this is finally the time he puts his post-season woes behind him. With the Dodgers eliminating the Cubs on Thursday, and the World Series not starting until Tuesday, he'll be on full-rest for Game 1, and can likely also throw in Game 4, and Game 7, if Dave Roberts decides to push his ace (which he should.) With that said, since he may decide how the year ultimately plays out, let's see exactly what's been wrong in the past, and what he can improve upon moving forward.
I want to give everyone a piece of advice while some of you are grieving the loss of your baseball team from the post-season: do not crucify your manager for losing a series (unless he really deserves it).
Of course there are certain unforgivable things. For example, being from New York, I knew from years of experience that Terry Collins stole more wins from the Mets than Bernie Madoff. That fully warrants criticism. Still, the people wanting Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker to be axed need to take a long look in the mirror. Did they both make monumental mistakes that cost their team in the end? Sure, but how many mistakes warrant firing? More importantly, what would have happened even if they made the opposite decision? You know, that's a good question. What would have happened? Let's dive into it.
Baseball's playoffs are around the corner as the regular season winds down. Pro and college football seasons are in full-swing. Hockey and pro basketball preseasons have begun. College basketball is around the corner. The Champions League group stage is already well underway. The truth is, this is probably the best time of year to be a sports fan.
So, in the spirit of that, I want to celebrate how fun all of the different sports can be that we cover on SnapCall Sports. What's the best way to do that? Well, when preparing for a game in any sport, our Gamecasting team makes sure to slip some fun and interesting facts into the action, even if they're bordering on ridiculous. So, while you're checking our our schedule and deciding which games to join in on, take a peek at some of the facts we've put together for no other reason than to celebrate what SnapCall Sports can offer in one of the most exciting times of the year. Plus, you can impress your friends with them when you pass them off as your own:
Yu Darvish was traded to the Dodgers on Monday to solidify an already deep rotation on the best team in the league. Darvish is a proven ace with a 7-pitch arsenal and a 11.09 career K/9 average. Injuries have derailed some of his past 2 seasons after getting Tommy John surgery, but there's no sign of lingering injury these days, which is why Darvish’s latest inconsistencies have been odd. Is it just a small sample size, or is something wrong?