Alex Kielar | May 31st, 2020
The Major League Baseball amateur draft will begin on June 10th at 7pm ET. We begin our series of MLB draft profiles with a player who many project to be the first pick overall: Spencer Torkelson
Alex Kielar | May 25th, 2020
The Philadelphia Eagles severely needed to upgrade their wide receiver corp going into the NFL Draft after Carson Wentz was throwing to nobodies and guys with butter over their hands all season last year. They definitely did that and more, focusing on speed, speed, and more speed, which plays very well to the strong arm of Wentz. They drafted three receivers and traded for Marquise Goodwin from San Francisco. Let’s dive deeper into the new additions and what the wide receiver depth chart could look like heading into the season. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | May 18th, 2020
We are now through two weeks of the KBO season and can get a better idea of who these teams are. The team at the top of these rankings is on an absolute tear right now, while the cellar dwellers are reeling. Then you got your middle of the pack teams just trying to keep pace with the leaders and avoid the cellar. Let’s get into it.
They have lost nine games in a row after picking up their first win, but they have run into two walls in the LG Twins and NC Dinos this week, two of the top-tier teams in the KBO. They lost two of the games, one versus each of them, by just one run but the other four were fairly convincing, losing by four runs or more. There really isn’t anything positive to see with this team for the future, they currently have a league-worst -37 run differential. Their lone bright spot is outfielder Dong-min Kim who is tied for the league lead with five home runs and is slashing .351/.429/.811.
After a promising start to the week, taking two out of three from the Heroes, the Lions fell flat on their face and got swept in convincing fashion, 14-6, 10-4, 9-2, by the KT Wiz. That puts the Lions in the spot the Wiz were in last week. Former Philadelphia Phillies and Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Nippon Pro Baseball) pitcher David Buchanan was masterful in his start against the Heroes on Wednesday, going seven shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and one walk, and striking out eight. They don’t have too consistent hitting, with just three hitters with at least 20 plate appearances slugging at least .400, and two hitting .300 or higher. Sang-su Kim went 8-for-18 this past week and is slashing .324/.477/.412. Dong-yeop Kim has the highest slugging on the team at .460, which is 31st in the league.
Despite winning one more game than they did last week, the Tigers had a -3 run differential this week and went 3-3. Foreign-born players Aaron Brooks and Preston Tucker have continued to dominate for them. Tucker hit two more home runs to tie for the league lead with five and went 10-for-24. He is now slashing .444/.510/.911 in 51 plate appearances. Brooks did struggle a bit in his most recent start on Sunday, giving up four earned runs and 11 over 5 1/3 innings, taking his first loss in his only decision so far. In his first start on Tuesday, however, he went seven innings and surrendered just one earned run. He currently holds a 3.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 17 strikeouts.
They lost two out of three against the Tigers, but the losses were only but one run each and then took two of three from the 6-2, now 7-4, Giants. Min-woo Kim pitched a dominant seven innings in both of his starts this week while giving up just one run and striking out 14. Woo-ram Jung picked up his second and third saves on Thursday and Friday. Ju-suk Ha went 7-for-23 this week to put his slashline at .333/.349/.405.
They started the week getting swept by the hands of the Dinos, but all three games were one run games, and then swept the Lions. The Wiz definitely aren’t as bad as they looked last week, which is what merits them a move up three spots. They scored 14, 10, and 9 runs in their wins over the Lions, while Mel Rojas Jr. continued to rake, going 10-for-25 with one homer. Rojas Jr. is now slashing .426/.460/.660 in 50 PAs. Jeong-dae Bae has also hit well, going 8-for-21 and is slashing .361/.410/.500. Baek-ho Kang is leading the team in homers with four as he hit two this week and is slashing .333/.400/.756.
The Heroes lost four games in a row this week, making them fall two spots. Jung-hoo Lee went 7-for-21 and one homer and is the leading hitter right now, with a .372/.449/.721 slashline. Eric Jokisch, who previously pitched for the Chicago Cubs, was masterful in his two starts, pitched through six innings in both games. He gave up just one unearned run and five hits and struck out ten batters. His ERA is now sitting at 0.53 after three starts so far this season.
After being the only undefeated team remaining after week one, the Giants only won four games this past week. They had a -9 run differential and are not looking as dominant as they did last week when I had said it could be them and the Dinos on a crash course. Right-hander Dan Straily continued to strike batters out, as he struck out 11 more in his first start of the week and four more in his second to put his total at 19. This is tied for the league lead and he is averaging over 10 strikeouts per nine. He pitched a seven-inning, three-hit shutout in the first start; his ERA is now 2.12. Jun-woo Jeon his two homers to up his total to four, while Ah-seop Son is slashing .405/.532/.541 through 49 PAs.
They won both of their series and went 4-2 this week, using their solid hitting to boost them. They have six hitters with over 35 PAs still hitting over .300, while José Miguel Fernández continues to rake with a .479/.519/.729 slashline and two homers. Jae-il Oh is also hitting over .400 with a .404 batting average. Their pitching hasn’t been too consistent, but their hitting has been able to bail them out.
The Twins were on a roll, winning six games in a row before losing their latest game on Sunday versus the Heroes. Their winning streak started when they handed the top team in these rankings, the Dinos, their first loss last week. Roberto Ramos hit two more homers to get to four on the season, as he slashes .378/.477/.784, Hyun-soo Kim is slashing .400/.438/.644 and Chun-woong Lee is slashing .333/.391/.429.
Their only loss this season was to Twins, who are certainly a legitimate team, and they have a +31 run differential. The Dinos have had a great combination of pitching and hitting. They have three pitchers who still haven’t surrendered a single run, including Chang-mo Koo who has pitched 14 innings while surrounding only six hits and three walks, and striking out 18 batters. Sung-bum Na hit three homers this week to increase his total to four, and Min-woo Park is slashing .432/.479/.636. They have two hitters, Jin-sung Kang and Min-suk Park, who have three homers in addition to Na’s four.
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Alex Kielar | May 17th, 2020
I know what you’re thinking, this year has been crazy and weird enough without a hypothetical meeting between the greatest basketball player of all time (sit down LeBron riders) and a crazy tiger zoo owner. It’s May 2020 and I thought I would be writing about the Yankees being already at least ten games ahead in the AL East, not whatever this is. But here we are. “The Last Dance” and “Tiger King” have been the two most-watched shows during this quarantine, making this only right.
Alex Kielar | May 15th, 2020
The Dodgers have had a very storied history, they were founded in 1883 as the Brooklyn Atlantics. They moved to the National League in 1890. The Dodgers played in Brooklyn until 1957 when they moved to Los Angeles. They won an American Association Pennant in 1889, 23 National League Pennants, and won six World Series titles, one while in Brooklyn and five while in Los Angeles. With all this history, they have had a lot of legendary players, so it will be hard to limit their Mount Rushmore to just four. Nevertheless, here we go. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | May 13th, 2020
Last season, Carson Wentz carried a team of practice squad receivers to the playoffs with four straight wins to end the season. Unfortunately, Wentz was knocked out in the first quarter of the Wild Card game against the Seahawks after a hit to the head, and Eagles fans were subjected to watching 40-year old backup Josh McCown try to carry them to victory. That wasn’t the case, as they lost 17-9. They will be a significantly better team this year with a vastly improved wide receiver corps. Without further ado, here are the five bold predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020.
Alex Kielar | May 11th, 2020
We are now one week into the KBO season and after watching a few of the first few games and doing some research, I am here to give you my first power rankings of the season. Every Monday is the universal off day for all KBO teams, so that is when I will have my weekly power rankings. It’s clearly a small sample size so far and I don’t know much about the KBO yet, but I will do my best to rank them fairly. With all that out of the way, let’s get to the power rankings. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | May 8th, 2020
If there is a Major League Baseball season this year, it will be the 149th for the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. Starting out as the Boston Red Stockings in the early 1870s, they are one of the most historic teams in history and are actually the only one of the current 30 teams to field a team every season professional baseball has been in existence. With a team that has been around for so long, it is difficult to limit this to just four players. Nevertheless, here are the players who should be on a hypothetical Atlanta Braves Mount Rushmore. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 30th, 2020
Carolina Panthers’ new head coach Matt Rhule had one thing in mind and one thing only: Improve the defense that allowed 29.4 PPG last season and lost six of seven players who had more than three sacks. Rhule and the Panthers did just that and became the first team in history to use all seven of their draft picks on defense. After working on the offense during free agency, the Panthers wanted to go defensive-heavy in the draft. A few offensive players showed up on their board throughout the draft but were gone by the time their pick came around.
Alex Kielar | April 29th, 2020
The Giants came into the draft having a glaring need at offensive tackle to give their franchise quarterback Daniel Jones and stud running back Saquon Barkley protection. General Manager Dave Gettleman surprisingly didn’t make any questionable moves. He filled their biggest needs on both sides of the ball pretty well. On the biggest positions of need – offensive line and secondary – they added starting level talent and solid depth. They didn’t add any offensive weapons, but they did grab some solid UDFA options.
Alex Kielar | April 28th, 2020
Philadelphia went into this draft with a huge need at wide receiver and a number of other glaring holes. By the time the draft ended, they filled those needs, while also turning some heads in round two. They also traded back in round six with the San Francisco 49ers and got receiver Marquise Goodwin to add to their speed factor on offense. All of these draft picks could find their way onto the 53-man roster. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 26th, 2020
Well, folks, the NFL Draft is now behind us, and it was quite the interesting three days. There were quite a few surprises and players fell way farther than anyone expected. Given that, let’s go over the best steals of all three rounds. Time to get into it. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 23rd, 2020
Alright ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, today is Draft Day! To help you get through the next few hours, I am giving you the very last mock draft for this year. Get ready to argue, fight, and contemplate what you think your team should do in round one tonight. I will include a few trades I see as likely to happen. Now that we’ve gotten all that figured out, let’s dive into it. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 21st, 2020
Joey Ricotta joins me to discuss this day in baseball history. On April 21. Philip Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history, Bill Duggleby hit a grand slam in his first at-bat in 1898 (not done again until 2005), a couple of teams moved cities, and one team made their debut.
Alex Kielar | April 20th, 2020
I am once again solo to look back on this day in baseball history! I look back at the first game at Fenway Park since the Boston bombing (Boston Strong!), Richie Ashburn and Ted Williams making their major league debuts, and Roberto Clemente posthumously being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Alex Kielar | April 19th, 2020
I am back for another solo episode as I look back on this day in baseball history. I talked about Sparky Lyle becoming the first pitcher to have an entrance song (coming out to Pomp and Circumstance), Cal Ripken, Jr. being placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career, and Matt Harvey setting a modern-day record.
Alex Kielar | April 17th, 2020
I am back for another episode as I bring on Joey Ricotta to look back on the biggest things that happened on this day in baseball history! We talked about Kris Bryant making his major league debut, Ubaldo Jimenez pitching the Rockies first no-hitter, Thurman Munson being named captain of the Yankees and more!
Alex Kielar | April 15th, 2020
Despite no baseball being played, baseball celebrates the legacy and memories of the man who broke the color barrier today. On the 73rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson‘s Major League debut, MLB and all its players, fans, journalists, announcers, and others celebrate this special day online. Throughout the day, MLB’s social media pages and MLB Network will be streaming and televising games that occurred on this day and involving Robinson, finishing it off with a stream of the 1955 World Series Robinson and the Dodgers were in. That was when his famous steal of home occurred with Yogi Berra behind the plate (who until his last breath fully believed he tagged him out). Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 14th, 2020
I had Johnnie Black on once again as we looked back on this day in baseball history. We talked about Elston Howard becoming the first African American to play for the Yankees, Honus Wagner being the first player to earn five figures, and more!
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Alex Kielar | April 13th, 2020
I am joined by me, myself, and I again to look back on this day in baseball history. I talk about Barry Bonds passing his Godfather on the all-time home run list to be by himself in third place, Chipper Jones joining some legendary switch-hitting company, and Pete Rose getting a couple big hit milestones 21 years apart.
Alex Kielar | April 11th, 2020
The Philadelphia Eagles focused on improving their defense, especially their secondary, in free agency. The Eagles did just that and had one of the most productive free agency periods in the league. They brought in defensive backs Nickell Robey-Coleman ($1.35 million) and Will Parks ($1.5 million) on one-year deals and traded for Darius Slay with third and fifth-round picks. With just one year left on Slay’s contract, they gave him a three-year extension worth $50 million. They also brought back Rodney McLeod on a two-year deal and Jalen Mills for one more year. With the Eagles letting starting safety Malcolm Jenkins walk, the re-signing of McLeod and Mills was very important. They have eight picks which they will use to fill various needs they still have on both sides of the ball.
Alex Kielar | April 10th, 2020
I am joined again by Johnnie Black to look back in today in baseball history. On this day, Ken Griffey Jr. hit two milestone home runs on his father Ken Griffey Sr.’s birthday, the color barrier was broken as Jackie Robinson was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had “More Cowbell”.
Alex Kielar | April 9th, 2020
I bring on Joey Ricotta as we look back on This Day In Baseball History. We talk about five parks that opened up on this date, including the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan still being dominant at 46, and the life and career of Willie Stargell, or “Pops”. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 7th, 2020
I am back again for another solo episode as I look back on today in baseball history including Jack Morris throwing a no-hitter, Prince Fielder matching his father Cecil’s career home run mark, and the closer role becoming official with the very first save in history by Bill Singer.
Alex Kielar | April 6th, 2020
I am back again solo to bring you everything that happened today in baseball history, as there were several records tied and broken, including Trevor Story being the first player to hit a homer in each of his first three major league games and Jack Morris making his 14th straight Opening Day start. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 3rd, 2020
I went solo this time to look back on this day in baseball history, as I talked about the debut of “The Kid” 31 years ago today, new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field being inaugurated, a few trades, and more! Not as many big events occurred on this day than others, but they were still very notable. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | April 2nd, 2020
Today in baseball history, Johnnie Black and I looked back on some records that were broken, including David Ortiz breaking the RBI record for a designated hitter, Ichiro making his debut in 2001, and a few trades that went down. We also had some discussion on the Hall of Fame, including whether Ichiro could be the second unanimous Hall of Famer in history.
Alex Kielar | April 1st, 2020
To continue our “This Day In Baseball History” series, Johnnie Black and I looked back in history on this day. There were some records that were set, extensions signed, a team in Seattle called the Pilots that only lasted one season, and more. There were quite a few things to talk about that happened on this day, so enjoy it.
Alex Kielar | March 31st, 2020
Another episode in our “This Day In Baseball History” series as I had Nick Jehamy on again to talk about this day in history. In this episode, you will find out about the expansion teams that made their debuts, trades that happened, the 1994 strike finally coming to an end and a lot more!
Alex Kielar | March 30th, 2020
In another “This Day In Baseball History” episode, Nick Jehamy and I once again looked back in history to talk about big events that happened. In this one, we joked about how Bartolo Colon is literally the same person as Charlie Brown (find out why), a couple trades, a ballpark opening, an ambidextrous pitcher, and more that you will find out when you listen to the episode. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | March 29th, 2020
As we continue the “This Day In Baseball History” series, Nick Jehamy and I again looked back in time on this day. This is our 70th episode overall for this podcast, and seventh in what I’m calling the third season. Find out about everything that happened on this day in baseball history, including a couple trades, extensions, and the birth of some guy named Denton True Young (wonder how he turned out). Continue reading
Alex Kielar| March 29th, 2020
The Yankees fell just short of getting back to the World Series in 2019, falling to the Houston Astros in six games in the American League Championship Series. During the regular season, they put up their second straight 100-win season, going 103-59 and rolling to their first American League East Championship since 2012. They ran right through the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series, sweeping them in three games, 10-4, 8-2, and 5-1. Continue reading
Alex Kielar | March 27th, 2020
We continue our series looking back in time on each day in baseball history. Without new baseball, we will look back in history until the season finally does start. I had Nick Jehamy on again for this episode, as we talked about when the Los Angeles Dodgers were sold to Magic Johnson and all the way back when and how the Chicago Cubs got their name.