Jacob Degrom is arguably one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. He so far has been a New York Met throughout his entire MLB career. For the past three years, Jacob Degrom has been averaging about 254 strikeouts per season, 2.49 ERA per season, and to cap it off an averaged WHIP of 1.00. Those are some of the best stats in MLB history, and that is why the MLB has picked him for the Cy Young award to years in a row.
Here are a few things that Jacob Degrom will have to commit to and achieve to have a chance of getting that third Cy Young award. First, Jacob Degrom will have to be able to achieve and maintain a 2.46 ERA throughout the course of the season. The league will be looking for something really spectacular this season from Jacob Degrom since they are looking this year for new talent. If Jacob Degrom wants a chance at tying the great Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson for four consecutive Cy Youngs in a row he will have to win two more. If he wins the Cy Young this year he will be the first player in two decades to win three consecutive Cy Youngs. Getting back on topic. Second, Jacob Degrom will have to maintain a 0.89 – 0.91 WHIP. He really has to outperform in this category this year because this is arguably his strongest section when you look at statistics. So if he does well in this category there is a better chance of success in the long run. Third, he will at least have to have 257 Strikeouts to be a contender. There are a lot of pitchers out there who can make it anywhere from 180 – 200 strikeouts but it’s really the best of the best that can exceed that number and go for 215 – 260 strikeouts. Jacob Degrom really has to excel in these three categories especially. This is because he is on the New York Mets and, to be honest, they don’t win a lot and their offense is not that good, so they can’t score many runs which leads to a loss. Jacob Degrom and the Mets have not excelled in the win category. That is why I said he really has to do well in those categories.
If all goes well this season for Jacob Degrom, I really think he can win his third consecutive Cy Young. Good Luck to you Jacob Degrom and The New York Mets!
My Recommendation for the first position that you should draft is a Running Back. Here is why. Running Backs provide consistent fantasy points and always get 10 or more touches per game. Now you could go the wide receiver route but if you do you won’t be getting as many points overall in the season. What I am about to say does not apply to auction drafts, but it does apply for a snake draft. Let’s just say you get the last pick in your draft and your reaction is I am screwed. I would prefer you to get a running back but in this case, if you get the last pick you will definitely be able to get a top tier wide receiver. Such as Davante Adams, JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, and Julio Jones. These people will provide close to the same amount of fantasy points as wide receivers. I bet another one of your questions is, when should I draft a Quarter Back, or how much should I pay for a QuarterBack? Well for a snake draft you should try to wait until the 7-8th round. But if you’re in a live auction draft you should pay about 7-12 fantasy dollars. These are my small fantasy tips to you.
Jordan Howard in 2018 shared his running back role with Tarik Cohen, but still had a pretty good year. Jordan Howard in 2018 had 935 rushing yards and 9 Touchdowns. But this year is going to be different. Jordan Howard has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and his role this year is the starting back for the Eagles. But everyone is saying that his stats from last year don’t reflect well on him. But if you dive deep you will see that he was sharing his role with another player, so actually those are really good stats for sharing his role with somebody else. Here are my predictions for Jordan Howard in the new 2019 NFL season. 900-1,000 yards and 7-10 touchdowns. Jordan Howard is your man if your looking for someone who is going to have steady stats and a person who you can get cheap or in a late round depending on your draft. If you have a chance to draft this guy you should get hm.
Snake draft what round should I get Jordan Howard in: 8-12th round
Auction draft How much should I pay for Jordan Howard: $7-12
Pete Alonso is the New York Mets starting first baseman. He is by far the best offensive player on the Mets, and might even be the best player on the team. We are only about halfway through the season maybe a little over and he has these crazy stats, and don’t forget he is a rookie! Pete Alonso has 30 home runs, 69 RBI’s, 92 hits, and somehow still keeping a batting average of .275. On top of that, he also won the whole home run derby, and he was against three and some four-year veterans. But he still somehow managed to pull it off. Sometimes there are these special players that enter a sport and you can tell from their first year that they are going to be a once in a decade time player. In my opinion, Pete Alonso is that player. He is almost exactly built like Mike Trout. Pete Alonso is strong, big, makes big plays when you need them, and fast. Mike Trout has all of those abilities too. the crazy thing is though he is a rookie and already this good. For some people the game of baseball means making millions of dollars and then retiring, but for Pete Alonso it is life. For proof you can see in the way he swings his bat and cares so much about the games. So what can we expect from Pete Alonso in the years to come?
The New York Mets and the Miami Marlins are the two worst teams in their division. They are both desperately fighting for fourth place and nothing more. Both teams can’t clinch the playoffs and their season means nothing to them now. The New York Mets are 40 and 51 and currently in fourth place. The Miami Marlins are 34 and 55 and currently in fifth place. If there is something that both teams have in common it’s that their owners, managers, and general managers are terrible. They should not be able to own a team, coach a team, or make player contracts and sign new players. My projection is for the next 3-4 years the New York Mets will be bad. Their star pitcher Jacob Degrom his age is starting to catch up to him and the rest of the Mets team is old. There only good prospect is Pete Alonso. He is going to be the next Mike Trout. He is fast, has a powerful swing, and a great batting average. But frankly, the Mets don’t deserve Jacob Degrom or Pete Alonso. The Miami Marlins will be good in 2-4 years because they still are a new team and adjusting their management. They are very close to finding the right chemistry. But they will slowly start to get a little better over time. Their star pitcher Caleb Smith has been one of the league leaders in the lowest ERA in the MLB this season and has been their ace for a couple of years. But the difference between Jacob Degrom and Caleb Smith is that Caleb Smith is 4 years younger than Degrom and an ace at this age. In my opinion, in about 4 years the Miami Marlins and New York Mets will become the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals of today. How would you manage these teams and bring them up from dead?
Zion Williams was the number one draft pick of the 2019 NBA draft. Duke and everybody else said that he is going to tear up the league and be the number one player. People said that Zion Williams is going to be the next Anthony Davis. Zion Williams has not fully proven that he is ready for the NBA level. He does not have great sportsmanship, in the 2019 NBA summer league he did no damage and was really no help to the Pelicans, and frankly, I don’t know if Zion can do well under pressure. Another thing Zion has recurring injuries that happen frequently. He got hurt a lot when he was at Duke. For example when he was in college Zion rolled his ankle and was out for four weeks, another time when Zion was in college his shoe exploded and hurt himself and was out for almost a month, and in the 2019 NBA summer league the second half of his first game he collided knees with one of the Knicks players, the Knicks player got up and played the rest of the game and Zion had all of the team doctors on the court see if he was okay and now he is not playing the rest of the summer league. If Zion got stung by a bee he would be out the whole season. Zion Williams might be the next Anthony Davis or he could be another one of those overrated players that get left in the dust. If it’s your turn in your next fantasy basketball draft and Zion comes around I would be very cautious, because he is going to get hurt a lot next season. Keep all of this information on your radar.
R.J. Barrett was the third pick of the 2019 NBA draft. A lot of articles and videos have come out saying should we be worried about R.J. Barrett? I think just like Zion, this kid has just as much of a chance as being the next superstar as he does. But R.J. Barrett this 2019 NBA summer league has been a wreck for him. R.J. is 3-15 from the field and 1-8 from three-point range. He also has four fouls and eight turnovers in two games. As you can see I think R.J. is under a lot of pressure and stress. Technically R.J. Barrett is the hope the new face of the Knicks and that is a lot of pressure to put on a kid straight out of college and still finding his way around the NBA. Until the Knicks find a sustainable reliable veteran to keep the team going until R.J. Barrett is ready the Knicks are going to be a mess and R.J. Barrett is going to be a mess. One of the Knicks scouts reported to the Knicks that they see R.J. as overconfident. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. It is a good thing because it gives you that extra push and mindset that you can do anything. But in this case, it is a bad thing when you’re drafted by the worst team in the NBA and your the only player on that team that knows how to play basketball. Later in this season when the Knicks record is so bad and R.J. feels lost all of that confidence goes away. When the Knicks lose R.J. the Knicks will 100% lose the league. So if R.J. comes up in your draft I would be a bit hesitant.
Now, this is an even bigger concern, if our top two prospects are completely failing that means the scouts are doing something wrong. A lot of the scouts today go by we should draft the tallest and strongest guy, no you should never do that you want to draft the most talented guy. Talent is not defined if your tall and strong, it can play a role. It is defined by your vision for the court, fast decision making, and making big plays when your team needs them. That is what scouts need to go by.
The Knicks have missed out on some of the best players of the NBA this free agency. They cleared cap space for two max contracts and have not yet bought a single superstars. They let Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant go to other teams and now there is no one left for the Knicks to grab for their franchise. The Knicks general manager is claiming that he has a plan for the franchise. The Knicks general managers plan is to wait two years to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo. But Knicks fans are not happy about them missing out on all of these superstars. The fans are demanding answers now. There are some rumors abut Russell Westbrook might be traded to the Knicks but there is no guarantee yet. To be honest who could the Knicks possibly give the Thunder that would be a fair trade for a superstar like Russell Westbrook. I sort of feel bad for R.J. Barrett, because he is a rookie straight out of college and has the pressure of having to be the leader and face of this terrible franchise until the Knicks get a “veteran” that they can count on. If there are three teams that superstars want to stay away from, here they are the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, and the New York Knicks. Do you want to know why superstars want to stay away from these teams, it’s because these teams will ruin superstars reputations and will ruin their careers and who wants that. The Knicks have to do something really soon if they want to turn around this franchise.
This first game of the NBA finals really shocked me. I really thought the Warriors would pull this off because they are so used to this level of pressure, but now I am thinking it is time for the Warriors to pass their finals torch to the Raptors. Now I think after seeing the Raptors play the way they did in game one, I really think they have a good chance at winning it all. The Raptors star player Kawhi Leonard in the game had a 23 point game, with eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal. That is a crazy good game, and he is up against one of the worlds greatest teams. His teammates also had a good game, it’s not like the Cavaliers when they had Lebron and he carried the whole team to the finals this Raptors team has fill-in players that can play ball. The Raptors are a way more scrappy team that wants to win it more than anyone else. They want the ball more, they make plays when they need to be made, and they are not afraid of anyone. Nothing is going to stand in their way.
If the Warriors can’t get Kevin Durant back for this game tonight the Warriors franchise will be over. Kevin Durant is that once in a while special player that is tall, can dunk, can do an MJ floater, and a playmaker. So if the Warriors don’t get him back tonight and they lose the Raptors will have the confidence and advantage to wrap up the finals. When a team as good, scrappy, and as smart as the Raptors has the advantage of a series as important as this, the Warriors will get the message that they are screwed.
Game 1: Raptors win
Game 2: Raptors win
Game 3: Warriors win
Game 4: Warriors win
Game 5: Raptors win
Game 6: Raptors win
Game 7: N/A
This 2019 final is going to be a good one. It is the Toronto Raptors Vs. Golden State Warriors. After this finals appearance, the Warriors will have been to the Finals five straight years in a row. Their starting lineup is crazy. They have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Demarcus Cousins, and Klay Thompson. This strong, powerful, and feared team has come back to be named world champions once again. Now I am going to talk about the Toronto Raptors. They are a very strong team that has fought their way to here and deserve it. Toronto has not had any really recent finals appearance, but that does not mean that they can’t pull this one-off. Here are the Raptors starters. Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Marc Gasol. This Toronto team is very scrappy and will not stop at anything to be world champs. I can relate this team to the 1989 Detroit Pistons world champs team. They played scrappy, dirty, and they wanted to win more than anyone else. This is how I think Toronto is going to play. Now let’s get down to the differences between these two teams. You probably know every single starter on the Warriors, and you probably only know two to three players on Toronto depending who you are. I think the Warriors are going to win for a couple of reasons. They have an NBA final streak and they probably have more confidence built up, they have knockdown shooters that can hit threes, twos, and that can dunk. You name it they have that player. The Warriors have way more experience and have more of a final winning team. The Warriors have a more difficult division that brings more challenge and prepares them for this moment, and Toronto has a hard division it’s just not as difficult as the Warriors division. I think the final score of the first game is going to be 112-118 Warriors win game one.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals: Thu, 5/30/19 9:00pm