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Story Lines Worth Watching In the Final Month

It’s hard to believe but the 2013 MLB regular season is almost over. (Today marks exactly one month until the final games of the season, on September 29th.) Teams are making their final push for the post season, and every player is doing their best to finish out the season strong. With all of this going on, I thought I’d post an entry on the five main story lines I plan to keep an eye on throughout the final stretch.

American League Home Run Race

Davis_Cabrera_6jrfjauv_n0whcjqfIt’s a two-man race, between the Orioles’ Chris Davis and the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, for who will receive the title of 2013 home run champion. But more importantly for Cabrera, he’s not just chasing down Davis for that title alone; Cabrera is trying to do what no one in the history of the game has ever been able to do: Win back-to-back Triple Crowns.

Davis currently holds a four home run lead over Cabrera (who is day-to-day, after suffering an injury in Thursday’s game) — Cabrera leads all of baseball in batting average and RBI’s — and with a mere month left of the season, it’s going to take a real display of power for Cabrera to overtake Davis. But if anyone can do it, Miguel Cabrera can.

Candidates for Rookie of the Year Award

puig_original_original_crop_exactThe Rookie of the Year award is going to be a difficult award to decide, for both the American League and National League. Both leagues have several players that have strong cases, so it’s going to be interesting to see which player will have a great final month to move themselves above the rest.

Currently, top candidates from the American League, for the R.O.Y. award, include Wil Myers, Chris Archer and David Lough, while the National League has quite a few more top candidates, in Yasiel Puig, Matt Adams, Nolan Arenado, Jedd Gyorko, Evan Gattis, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jose Fernandez and Shelby Miller, among others. Making this a story line well worth watching.

National League Central Division

imagesCAQNTVO6The National League Central is currently the closest of all the divisions in Major League Baseball. Less than four games separate the top three teams, being the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. (This is the first season in 21 years that the Pirates will finish with a winning record.) With the Diamondback’s slowly falling out of the race to catch up — though there’s still a slight chance they could — it would appear to be between these three teams for who will win the division.

No matter which team is able to hold on in the final month of the season, to win the division, all three are likely to make the post season, with the extra Wild Card spot, that was added last season.

Max Scherzer’s Cy Young Quest

untitledOf all of the great pitchers in the American League none have been as dominant throughout the entire season as Max Scherzer. Having gone 19-1 — only the third pitcher to ever start a season winning 19 out of their first 20 decisions — with a 2.90 ERA, Scherzer is well on his way to winning the Cy Young award, if he can keep up the great performance.

Though I think Yu Darvish will get a lot of consideration for the award — rightfully so, currently sitting at 12-5, with a 2.68 ERA, leading all of baseball in strikeouts — the award is currently Scherzer’s to lose, in the minds of many around the baseball world.

Houston Astros’ Loss Record

afbe15b4-c329-4994-8d21-cec9680d2991news_ap_org_r620x349With 30 games left to play, the Houston Astros hold a win-loss record of 44-88 — the worst record in all of baseball. They currently sit 33.5 games out of first place in their division, and look to have a losing record for the fifth straight season. Having lost 107 games in 2012, and 106 in 2011, it will be interesting to see if the Astros can finish with fewer than 100 losses this season.

They’ll have to go 19-11, in their final 30 games, which isn’t impossible, but with it being the Astros, it’s not all that likely. It should be interesting to see if the Astros can at least finish out the year on a high note, after yet another disappointing season.

What’re you looking forward to? Leave a comment below.

Q and A With Bud Norris

Today’s Q and A entry is on Bud Norris. Starting pitcher for the Houston Astros.

Since he began his career with the Astros back in 2009, Bud Norris has dominated on the mound, getting better with each year. (161 strikeouts this season alone.)

Below’s Q and A is meant to help you learn what Bud Norris likes:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Rap and now getting into house.”

2.) Favorite song.

“Any Journey song.”

3.) Favorite food.

“Steak.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Entourage or The League.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“Shawshank Redemption, or Office Space.”

6.) Favorite book.

“A Good Walk Spoiled.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Relax with family and friends.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

Left unaswered.

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Golf.”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Barry Bonds.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Aldo or Nike.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Mercedes or Maserati.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“Math.”

14.) Favorite quote.

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up early and work at it.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“My first big league win against St. Louis. Beat Wainwright. 7 innings, like 3 hits and 0 runs.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Bud Norris of the Houston Astros.

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Big thanks to Bud Norris for answering my questions.

You can follow Bud Norris on twitter: @BudNorris20

The next Q and A entry will be posted Monday, September 5, on David Huff, of the Cleveland Indians.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie, Bryan Harper, and Casper Wells.

Q and A With Casper Wells

Today’s Q and A is on Casper Wells. Outfielder for the Seattle Mariners.

Though he hasn’t been playing for the Mariners for a long time, Casper has had quick success. He’s hit 10 home runs as wells as collected 26 RBI’s.

Below’s Q and A is meant to inform you of Casper Well’s interests:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“My life revolves around rap and chill music.”

2.) Favorite song.

“Too many favorites.”

3.) Favorite food.

“Sushi.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Entourage.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“Ace Ventura Pet Detective.”

6.) Favorite book.

“Bible.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Go on a boat.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Fall.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Football.”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Ken Griffey Jr.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Cole Haan.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Porsche Cayenne.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“Math.”

14.) Favorite quote.

“You only live once.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Now.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Casper Wells of the Seattle Mariners.

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Big thanks to Casper Wells for answering my questions.

You can follow Casper Wells on twitter: @UpstateBaller

The next Q and A entry will be posted Sunday, September 4, on Bud Norris, of the Houston Astros.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, Jeremy Guthrie, and Bryan Harper.

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