31 Results for month: 03/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 3/31/15

"The Cardinal Way" is what they call it. That might sound a bit haughty to some, but the results indicate there's something to it, and it's not bragging if it's fact. St. Louis is poised to again be a central figure in the National League pennant chase, and the Cardinals are the favorite to bring home another NL Central title. There's really not much ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 3/30/15

The first step is complete. Now it's time for the Seattle Mariners to make their way back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001. That Seattle team won 116 regular season games before losing the ALCS for the second straight year to the Yankees. This year's Mariners won't come anywhere close to that amazing campaign, but they definitely appear to be ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 3/29/15

It's an odd numbered year, so that's apparently good news for any team not named the San Francisco Giants. The Giants rode the left arm of Madison Bumgarner to their third World Series title in only five years in 2014. That's an amazing feat with parity being what it is these days. Regardless of what takes place this season, I think it's fair to say the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 3/28/15

If you subscribe to the change is good theory, you've got to be impressed with the new look San Diego Padres. The Friars put a new man in charge to try and rebuild the franchise, and AJ Preller has taken the bull by the horns in what amounts to a mass transformation of the team. I don't think there's any question a major gamble is taking place with the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 3/27/15

The good times have returned for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Roughly two decades of futility are now in the rear view mirror and the Pirates will enter the 2015 campaign with expectations rather than just hope. But in spite of what appears to be one of baseball's better rosters, there are a few areas that I believe are serious concerns. The outfield sure ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 3/26/15

Philadelphia sports fans have a longstanding reputation as being tough, passionate and as intense as it gets. They're going to have a challenge maintaining even a passing interest in the 2015 edition of the Phillies. This has a chance to be a really bad baseball team. The 73-89 2014 record wasn't good by any means, but even just equalling that mark seems ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 3/25/15

Today's big league preview team is the Oakland Athletics. The A's provided me with one of the most unexpected winners I've ever had last season, as I'd played them Under on the win total. This was a play I basically had no shot to win, and then I did as the A's hit a massive late season skid. It got worse for the franchise when they blew a big late lead in ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 3/24/15

What's a big league post-season without the New York Yankees? The networks probably aren't crazy about it, but from a Red Sox fan's vantage point, it's not a terrible thing. There's every chance this October's playoffs will again be contested sans Yankees. But it also wouldn't be a surprise if the most storied franchise on America's professional sports ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 3/23/15

The New York Mets have been pretty much irrelevant recently. But there's renewed hope emerging from a 2014 season that flashed some upside. Here's my breakdown on the '15 entry and what might be expected from a franchise looking to become a player following a run of losing campaigns. The best news for the Mets is the return of Matt Harvey. Expectations ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 3/22/15

The future isn't quite now for today's team in the preview spotlight. But the Minnesota Twins are going to start making a splash in the AL Central pretty soon, and there's always the chance they could arrive had of schedule. At the present time, most of the Minnesota buzz is about the prospects on the way. OF Byron Buxton has had some trouble staying on ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 3/21/15

Next up in the 2015 MLB preview department is the Milwaukee Brewers. This is a team that appeared to be destined for the post-season in 2014. But they went from a mid-August mark of 71-55 into a massive tailspin, finishing the season barely above .500 at 82-80. Now comes the task of shedding any residual effects of that blown opportunity. There's a good ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 3/20/15

I'm not sure how many fans will show up at their games on a regular basis, but the Miami Marlins have a chance to provide some genuine excitement for those who do. The Marlins got close to .500 last season and it would certainly appear as though they have a legit shot to climb above the break even plateau this year. Despite playing in what might not be a ... More