MLB 2015 Divisional Preview: National League East

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo

The 2015 MLB season is near, so it’s time to start projecting how things will shake out. Let’s get right to it, here is the National League East preview. The teams will be listed in order of how I expect them to finish.

Washington Nationals (96-66) 

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MLB 2015 Preview: Spotlight On Jason Heyward, St. Louis’ Best Player?

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

MLB spring training can be tedious after the initial excitement of players reporting to camp, so in addition to the annual divisional previews, I’ll take some time out to highlight players that will be especially crucial to their team’s success. These players won’t necessarily be obscure, but they’re also not the Mike Trout‘s and Giancarlo Stanton‘s of the world.

Today’s spotlight will be on St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward.

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MLB 2015 Preview: Spotlight On Juan Lagares, Secretly The Most Important Met

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

MLB spring training can be tedious after the initial excitement of players reporting to camp, so in addition to the annual divisional previews, I’ll take some time out to highlight players that will be especially crucial to their team’s success. These players won’t necessarily be obscure, but they’re also not the Mike Trout‘s and Giancarlo Stanton‘s of the world.

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Top 5 Teams With The Most Cap Space & One Free Agent They Should Splurge On

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

The NFL offseason is in full swing, complete with free agency rumors, and big names unhappy they’re about to get hit with the franchise tag. For the moment, the two biggest names set to be franchised are WRs Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. Because I’m not in the business of wasting your time, I’ll exclude these two fellas from the pool of big-name splurges.

With that out of the way, here are the five teams with the most cap space, and one player they should go spend a huge chunk of it on. All the cap figures are estimates courtesy of OvertheCap.com  Continue reading

NBA Trade Deadline 2015: Three Teams That Could Use A Trade & The Perfect Target

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

The NBA trade deadline is almost here, and as usual, several teams are on the cusp of either playoff contention, or title contention. All they need is a little push. That can come via trade, and often all it takes is to give a struggling team some hope.

That can be in the form of draft picks, promising young players, or even shot veterans with expiring contracts. Here are three teams that could use a deal, and whom they should be targeting.

Oklahoma City Thunder 

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San Diego Padres 2015 Offseason: Are The Pads Really Going to Contend?

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

The San Diego Padres have had MLB’s busiest offseason. Other teams made huge moves, but nobody remade their roster like San Diego’s first-year GM A.J. Preller.

Last year this was a middling club. They were just okay, not spectacularly bad, and definitely not good. The biggest move of the offseason was probably their signing of James Shields this week to a four-year, $75 million deal. It’s hard to argue against that signing, but we’ll address it further down. What really needed work was the offense.

Last season it was the worst in the National League. They scored 3.3 runs per game, hit the second-fewest home runs, and finished dead last in slugging percentage and OPS. It was a dreadful team at the plate. That’s why Preller made three huge moves to address the problem.

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Andrew Wiggins vs. Kevin Love: Are The Cavaliers Still Happy With The Trade?

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Before this season got started, the biggest trade of the year happened. LeBron James signed with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, and helped push along a deal that netted Cleveland Kevin Love, and shipped away the 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

A quick perusal of the numbers is in Cleveland’s favor. Love is averaging 17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. Wiggins is averaging 15.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. But that’s not how analysis is done, especially in basketball.  Continue reading

MLB Hot Stove 2015: Why Haven’t These Three Pitchers Signed And Why?

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Pitchers and catchers are less than a month away from reporting for spring training, and yet some big -time free agents remain on the market unsigned. These aren’t the creme de la creme necessarily, but they’re name guys who can help a number of teams. Who are they, and why haven’t they been snatched up?

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Boxing 2015: Three Signs That Nothing Is Changing From A Dreadful 2014

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo

Boxing fans suffered through 2014 because they’re loyal to the sport.

They sat through fights like Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri, in which a Hall of Famer took on a 140-lb. fighter who may or may not have been gifted a win over Ruslan Provodnikov, a one-dimensional brawler, then immediately fought for a title in a new weight class.

They endured Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka, which was so effing bad that the sanctioning bodies wouldn’t call it a title fight.That same card featured Lamont Peterson beating up an aged hometown fighter, despite Garcia and Peterson both holding belts at junior welterweight. More on that in a bit.


They sucked it up for a second Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight, even though Maidana fought as well as possible and managed to win about three rounds in their first fight.

They watched Adrien Broner brag endlessly after fighting guys below his talent level. They watched Mauricio Herrera get robbed twice despite taking on higher-profile guys and having no power in his fists. They dealt with James Kirkland and Demetrius Andrade destroying solid fights over purse squabbles, and Peter Quillin throwing away a $1.4 million payday (YUP) because Al Haymon said so. The list is endless.

They did it because they thought 2015 would be different. Big fights are on the horizon! Canelo vs. Cotto! Mayweather vs. Pacquiao! The year of Keith Thurman and Deontay Wilder!

Forgive me if I’m not holding my breath for a great year. Here are three things that have already happened to dim one man’s enthusiasm for the glory days of 2013. Continue reading

Boxing 2015: Three Fighters To Watch This Year

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

If you haven’t checked out the latest episode of The Deli Counter with The Boxing Crew, Matty Borgata and Joe Labisi check that out here. We wrapped up 2014, picked awards, and talked a bit about what we want to see in 2015.

Some names, of course, were neglected due to time constraints. Here are three fighters that might make a name for themselves this year as long as boxing politics don’t hold them down.

Demetrius Andrade (21-0-0, 14 KO) 

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