Joey Votto and Albert Pujols: The Race for the Triple Crown

ATLANTA— Is anyone watching the batting leaders in the National League?  Joey Votto of the Cincinatti Reds is leading the league in hitting at .323 and is third in homers at 29 and second in RBI’s at 86.  Meanwhile, Albert Pujols (the greatest player of our generation) is second in hitting at .319 and first in homers (33) and RBI’s (92).  Either one of these two players, with a strong September, could overtake the other in the remaining categories and capture a triple crown.  There have only been 14 triple crown winners in modern major league history and no one has won the award in the National League since Joe Medwick in 1937. The last winner in baseball was Carl Yastrzemski of the American League in 1968.   With so many good division races going on around baseball and with these two heavy-weights going head-to-head in the N.L. Central, September is setting up to be a very exciting month!

OPENING DAY: 2010 Baseball Season

RALEIGH— The 2010 baseball season is upon us. At last. Spring training is wonderful but it is no substitute for the real games.

Below are my predictions for the season. I’m basing this on six weeks of Spring Training research and analysis. Grueling late nights crunching numbers. Back ground checks on all new rookies. Team chemistry. Complex mathematical algorithms. A crystal ball. The magic 8 ball. And the rule of starting pitching. Continue reading “OPENING DAY: 2010 Baseball Season”