2017-07-13 / Sports

Fat Guy Corner

Baseball's best ready

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist The Major League Baseball season has reached the Mid- Summer Classic. The MLB All-Star game was played on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The Detroit Tigers have two players representing the Ole English D in Miami. The pitcher, Michael Fulmer, is on the roster, as is Justin Upton. The odd thing is not seeing Miggy on the roster. Miguel Cabrera has been an 11-time MLB All-Star during his playing career. The baseball All-Star game is the only one worth watching, in my opinion. The NHL, NBA, and NFL All-Star games are totally worthless. I will be rooting for the American League, as I have for the past five decades.

Let’s look at the MLB divisions and try to predict what will happen in the second half of the season. This has been a Fat Guy tradition since I have been writing for the View, as you all know.

The American League East will be a two-team race between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The Red Sox currently hold a 3.5 game lead over the Yanks. The addition of Chris Sale on the mound is a huge factor for the boys from Boston and this is why they win the division. The Tampa Bay Rays are playing good ball and are the surprise of the division.

The American League Central will be the Cleveland Indians to win. They have the most talent and complete team in the division.

The Minnesota Twins will fade but have been impressive for a team expected to not do much. The Kansas City Royals are also surging lately. The Tigers are a mess and will continue to be in trouble here in 2017. The Tigers are toast and the fire house sale is looming.

The American League West has the Houston Astros at 60 wins already! Houston holds a 16.5 game lead over the L.A. Angels! This is absolutely insane, baseball fans. Houston can start setting its playoff rotation up in early September.

The National League East is a one-way winner in the Washington Nationals. They have a 9.5-game lead over the second-place Atlanta Braves. The Braves are not even at .500 at 42-45. How bad is this division? It’s bad for sure. I also have to wonder how bad the Washington Nationals will choke in this year’s playoffs. They are the Washington Capitals in baseball. I think it’s something to do with the word Washington.

The National League Central shocker is the first-place

Milwaukee Brewers! Quick, name two Milwaukee

Brewer players. I couldn’t do it either, so don’t feel bad. The stumbling and bumbling World Series Champs Chicago Cubs are 5.5 games behind the Brewers. I think most of us feel as though the Cubbies will win the division eventually. However, I have watched the Cubs and I have not been impressed by their play on the field. Is it World Series hangover? If it is, it was some party, because we are in the month of July, not May!

The Cubs not making the playoffs would be the shock of the baseball season, hands down. The National League West was a three-way log jam a few weeks ago. However, the L.A. Dodgers have put some space between them and the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers have won 61 games, which is crazy. The fact the Houston Astros and Dodgers have won 60 and 61 games is nuts. The Dodgers win the division. The San Francisco Giants are 27 games behind in the division. Who saw that one coming? Not me!

I am bored watching the Home Run Derby Yawn...

Trust in Stan

The Detroit Pistons made a move in trading Marcus Morris to the Boston Celtics for guard Avery Bradley. Avery. 26, averaged 16.3 points a game last season. He did miss six weeks with a strained Achilles tendon. This trade meant the end of Kentavious Caldwell- Pope’s career as a Detroit Piston. Caldwell-Pope will hit the free agent market looking for a $20 million dollar plus yearly contract. The Nets and Lakers seemed interested in signing him to a deal. The Pistons also added Langston Galloway, who I know nothing about, but Stan Van Gundy loves him. I will have to trust Stan Van Gundy on this signing.

I can’t wait for NFL training camps and college football practices to fire up! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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