Baseball’s Opening Day is next Thursday, April 1 (no joke), which provides enough time to log our 2021 season predictions. This time around, I pick the National League West winner and standings, along with the NL Central division.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure either division will be competitive at the top. But second-place and wild-card races could provide some drama.
Two big trades happened in sports over the weekend, both of which we discussed on my WISE Sports Radio segment. Mondays are usually baseball talk, but we began by talking about the Detroit Lions trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams and how I feel about it as a long-suffering Lions fan.
Then, Nolan Arenado escaped baseball prison with the Colorado Rockies dealing their star third baseman to the St. Louis Cardinals. Considering the small return, it’s clear that the Rockies just wanted to dump the nearly $200 million that Arenado will be owed over the next six years.
Baseball talk is back on WISE Sports Radio after Pat Ryan’s much-deserved week off. And MLB had another COVID-19 breakout since last we spoke, this one on the St. Louis Cardinals.
We discuss the possible repercussions of the Cards’ outbreak, along with another brawl involving the Houston Astros, the investigation of Tyler Skaggs’s death, and Cleveland Indians pitcher Zack Plesac breaking the COVID-19 protocols he was touting a month ago.
If it’s true that you ain’t tryin’ if you ain’t cheatin’, the Houston Astros have apparently been trying very hard as they’ve become one of the best teams in baseball. According to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, there was a whole lot of trying, in terms of stealing signs from the opposition, in 2017 when Houston won the World Series.
That’s just one of the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. We also talk about the Manager of the Year award winners and look ahead to the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player announcements.
[Note: There was a glitch in the recording around the 13:10 mark, some kind of hiccup with my internet connection. Sorry about that.]
Lots of baseball action to cover from the weekend on Monday’s WISE Sports Radio segment.
We cover the Houston Astros’ big win in Game 2 of the ALCS over the New York Yankees and where that series should go from here, then look at the NLCS and the Washington Nationals’ formidable series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. And there’s the Tyler Skaggs story, which gets uglier by the day.
Oh, and I lament the 2013 Detroit Tigers, which had Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez in their rotation.