All-Star break is a good time to check predictions

Fat Guy Corner



The baseball season has reached the mid-summer All-Star break. There have been surprises and there have been disappointing teams.

I always give my predictions, so let’s do some predicting.

Let’s look at the National League first. The NL East will be a runaway winner in the Washington Nationals. The New York Mets are two games behind, but that number will get bigger as the summer moves on. How about the season Max Scherzer is having? It’s hard to watch the success he is having and wonder where the Detroit Tigers would be if he had stayed in Detroit.

The NL West will come down to the Dodgers and the Giants and L.A. currently is 4.5 games in front of the boys from Frisco. The Dodgers will hang on and win the division. The San Diego Padres loaded up the roster and have been a huge disappointment so far. They are too far back at 10 games behind.

The NL Central has two really good baseball teams in Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Pittsburgh and St. Louis have had great pitching the first half of the season. The hitting of both teams, however, is middle of the pack in baseball. It goes to show you how far pitching can carry you in the game of baseball. I am going to pick the Pirates to overtake the Cardinals and win the division. The Cardinals will qualify as a wildcard team, however.

The Cubs’ young team had a tremendous first half, however, I wonder if fatigue will set in come the second half of the season. The future finally looks bright at Wrigley Field. The Kris Bryant story has lived up to the hype from spring training, which has been nice.

Lets look around the American League now.

The American League East is a division where the last-place team is only 6.5 games out of first place.

The Yankees are in first by 3.5 over the surprising Tampa Bay Rays. How are the Rays winning? I can’t name anyone on that ball club. I actually like the Toronto Blue Jays to win the East. The Central will be won by the Kansas City Royals. The Minnesota Twins have been one of the most shocking stories of the year. The job Paul Molitor is doing with this team makes him Coach of the Year in my book.

The Detroit Tigers are toast and need to start looking at next year already. The Miggy injury will be too much to overcome for the Tigs.

The Houston Astros have been the best story of baseball here in 2015. The Houston team has been terrible for a long time and it has suffered through numerous horrible seasons. Houston has a good young collection of talent and is in the race for a playoff spot. The bad news is, the L.A. Angels will win the division, I believe. The Seattle team has been a huge disappointment to me I thought they would compete for the division title. Let’s see how the second half of the season plays out and who will be playing October baseball.

Crossing the pond

The 144th British Open will take place at St. Andrews in Scotland this week. The eyes of the golf world will be focused on Jordan Spieth who will be seeking his third consecutive major golf win.

Spieth just won the John Deere Classic in Illinois this past weekend in a two-hole playoff win over Oxford’s Tom Gillis. I know I will personally be rooting for Spieth. He is refreshing and humble. He is one composed and calm player for being such a young player on tour at the tender age of 21.

I love watching the British Open because the golf course is so unique and those bunkers are brutal. It’s fun to watch when the golf ball rolls into the bunker. Jordan Spieth, I will be your No. 1 fan this weekend.

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