2016 MLB Preview: NL East

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

New York Mets

89-73 Projected Record

A dominant Mets rotation–made up of five young starters with the ability to strike out 200 guys a year and consistently post ERAs under 3.00 across the board–was something that had been forecast for the last three or four seasons, but with devastating injuries to Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in consecutive seasons, it was beginning to feel like a prophesy that would go unanswered. However, after a preview last season helped the Mets grab the NL pennant, we’re finally here. The Mets rotations heading into the season looks like this: Jacob deGrom (27), Harvey (26), Noah Syndergaard (23), Steven Matz (24), and Grandfather Time (42-year-old Bartolo Colon), until Wheeler (25) comes back in June or July.  (more…)

2013 MLB Year-End Awards

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

With the World Series in full swing I figured I would post my version of Major League Baseball’s year-end awards.  Probably should have done this a few weeks ago but better late than never. And by the way, I don’t care about that whole “MVPs should be on playoff teams” bull.  If a player’s on a bad team, and still putting up monster numbers, chances are he’s more valuable to his team.


My 2013 Preseason NFL Awards Predictions


1. Tom Brady, QB
326px-Tom_BradyPredicted Stats: 4600 passing yards, 39 passing TDs, 10 int

It’s really, really hard to go against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in the preseason for MVP, because come the end of the year you know they’ll be getting votes.  Brady loves to show off whenever the Patriots are facing adversity.  The Aaron Hernandez situation.  Gronkowski’s injuries.  The loss of Wes Welker.  Everyone seems to think that the Pats will rely on run the ball this year, but I think Brady just goes off.





2. Russell Wilson, QB
400px-Russell_Wilson_vs_Vikings,_November_4,_2012Predicted Stats: 3500 passing Yards, 750 rushing yards, 36 total TDs, 10 int

With 26 TD on the year, it was Russell Wilson, not Andrew Luck, who tied Peyton Manning’s rookie TD passing record.  Wilson also added 4 rushing TD, bringing his TD total to 30 against only 13 total turnovers as he was learning the offense.  His grasp of the game improved each week, as he showed poise and leadership beyond his years on his way to a road playoff victory.  Even if his stats don’t dwarf those of his rivals by the end of the year, there’s no doubt in my mind that Wilson would have done more for his team than almost any other offensive player in the NFL.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB
Predicted Stats: 365 touches, 1900 total yards, 12 TDs

I just would like to say that if AP does what he did last season, HE WILL WIN MVP AGAIN.  I don’t see it happening, and with voters go crazy over QBs every year, anything short of 2000 yards will just fall short. (more…)

2011 NL MVP: The Rise, Fall, and Possible Resurgence of Ryan Braun

The 2011 National League race to the Most Valuable Player award was not without controversy, as Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun won a close battle with LA Dodger Matt Kemp. While Braun’s statistics were undoubtedly high (33 HR, 111 RBI, 41 SB), Matt Kemp outdid him in virtually every category (39 HR, 124 RBI, 41 SB).  (more…)

2011 AL MVP: How Justin Verlander took over the league.

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

2011 was an amazing baseball season for American League hitters.  With Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury, Miguel Cabrera and Curtis Granderson all knocking 30 balls out of the park and driving in over 100 runs each,  the race for the AL Most Valuable Player award was bound to be a heated one.  However, with so many similar stories between the four athletes, it’s safe to say that MVP voters we’re searching for someone who stood out from the crowd of hitters.  Who they found was Justin Verlander, a man who dominated the other candidates both on the field and in the media. (more…)