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MLB Playoffs

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The following is a guest blog by my friend, Ian Kaufman. An avid sports fan, Kaufman has a lot more knowledge about baseball than me which makes him the perfect person to share his MLB Playoff predictions on my blog. 

The MLB season has been nothing less than entertaining and wild. With the rise of the new, young and extremely talented teams, the road to the World Series is going to be one that isn’t forgotten. So, here are my predictions for how it will pan out:

ALDS: 

Rangers over Blue Jays, 3-1

The rangers have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead and are now coming home. Their whole lineup is clicking at the right time.

Royals over Astros, 3-2

The Royals are more experienced and their style of play is more consistent than the strikeout prone Astros.

NLDS: 

Cardinals over Cubs, 3-1

The Cubs have several rookies and young players against the Cardinals who are savvy veterans.

Dodgers over Mets, 3-2

Similar reasoning here for the Dodgers and Kershaw and Greinke are the best 1-2 pitching duo in the league.

ALCS:

Royals over Rangers, 4-3

The Royals’ bullpen can shut down any team and they have more overall talent as a team than the Rangers.

NLCS:

Cardinals over Dodgers, 4-3

The Cardinals have more depth than the Dodgers who are top heavy. The Dodgers bullpen is always concerning and Kershaw has struggled against the Cardinals several times during the playoffs.

World Series:

Cardinals over Royals, 4-2

There can be a case for many teams to to win the championship including the Blue Jays or even the Mets. The reason behind my pick is that the Cardinals are a model of consistency and have overcome many injuries of key players. Also, the Royals pitching has been inconsistent at best, so in the end, the superior pitching will prevail.

Ian Kaufman is an 11th grader from New York, New York. His favorite sports to watch and play are baseball, basketball and football and his favorite teams are the Yankees, the Chiefs and the Nets. 

About Me:

I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, an 11th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

Are New York Sports Teams Going Down the Drain?

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Over the last year, New York sports teams have been a shell of what they once were, causing stress and anger among its fans.

In the MLB, the New York Yankees and New York Mets missed the playoffs this season and it wasn’t pretty. The Yankees lost a lot—Robinson Cano went the Mariners, Alex Rodriguez was suspended, and Mariano Rivera retired. It doesn’t seem like the bleeding for the Yankees will stop anytime soon, especially after they lost their 20-year captain, Derek Jeter.

In the NFL, the New York Giants and the New York Jets have combined for five wins so far this season—that’s as many wins as the Buffalo Bills have achieved this season with Kyle Orton as their starting quarterback. The Giants have had many injuries, especially among their starters including Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings and Prince Amukamara. The Jets have had a lot of quarterback changes, and have finally sidelined Geno Smith for Michael Vick, who on Sunday led them to their first win in two months. Their secondary is relatively empty and that has hindered the progress of their entire defense. In my opinion, the general manager of the Jets, John Idzik, is mainly to blame due to the fact that he did not go after big name defenders—their biggest weakness.

In the NBA, the New York Knicks haven’t been impressive either. Although they resigned star forward Carmelo Anthony, they still have a void of surrounding talent. With Derek Fisher as its new coach, the Knicks have struggled mightily in the triangle offense, so much that the commissioner even took a shot at their horrendous play. Due to their lack of talent and everything associated with them, they have been awful. They traded for a new point guard in Jose Calderon. However, he has been sidelined with injury and has not played yet. Ironically enough, the Knicks have beaten two hyped up machines—the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets. However, they still sit at 2-6 and do not look like they will get any better. As for the Brooklyn Nets, they sit atop the Knicks at 4-2 and have looked relatively good so far. Besides the Bills and Nets, who are a couple of games over .500, New York sports has been an absolute disgrace. Something needs to change quickly! Fans expect more and want what they want when they want it.

As for the Knicks, they need to get Calderon back, and need to acquire a good interior defender who can also help out on offense such as Marc Gasol. They also need to shop J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway, Jr.,, and Iman Shumpert in order to find value that we can use because all three shooting guards have similar strengths and weaknesses. They also need to develop Cleanthony Early into a productive NBA player.

The Giants need to fire their defensive coordinator and acquire new, young talent on defense. At the end of the season, they also need to fire Tom Coughlin and acquire at least two new good offensive linemen.

I’m still a fan of New York sports teams, especially the Knicks and the Giants. But I hope things change for the better, and soon, because it’s gotten ugly and painful and I’m not sure how much more I can take.

Who’s to blame for the poor performance of (most) New York sports teams? Owners? Coaches? Players? Fans? Media? Weather?

Check out some of my recent Second Take With Spencer A posts here.

About Me:

I’m Spencer (Alexander) Zied, a 10th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at spencer.zied@gmail.com or connect with me on twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).