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Who has the most complete team heading into the MLB playoffs?

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American League

Boston Red Sox: Christian Vasquez +3

Cleveland Indians: Yan Gomes +2

Houston Astros: Brian McCann +4

New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez +5

Minnesota Twins: Jason Castro +1


BREAKDOWN: Gary Sanchez receives +5 for being hands down the best catcher, AL or NL, in the postseason (33 HR, 90 RBI) and for having a cannon of an arm to match. 7x all-star Brian McCann gets +4, for his veteran impact on the Astros’ youngsters and for still putting up impressive power numbers for a 33 year old (. Christian Vasquez, receives +3 for being a pleasant surprise for Boston behind the plate this year, batting .294 in 316 at-bats and for coming up clutch when the Sox have needed him to. Yan Gomes comes in fourth place and gains +2. Gomes strikes out a good amount, but still has a strong defensive game behind the plate for the dominant Indians pitching staff. Last and not least (well actually, he gets only +1 so technically he’s least too) goes to Jason Castro. Another guy who strikes out a lot (107 K’s in 350 ABs) and doesn’t provide enough power to balance it all out.


National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: Chris Iannetta +2

Chicago Cubs: Wilson Contreras +5

Colorado Rockies: Jonathan Lucroy +3

Los Angeles Dodgers:  Yasmani Grandal +4

Washington Nationals: Matt Weiters +1


BREAKDOWN: Wilson Contreras provides the best overall game out of any National League catcher, gaining him +5. He’s a well-balanced catcher with solid defense and impressive power numbers as well (21 HR, 74 RBIs). Yasmani Grandal (22 HRs) has similar home run statistics to Contreras but has 20 less RBIs than him, plus a worse batting average. However, he has still been the second best out of this group this year, which earns him +4. Jonathan Lucroy has been impressive since joining Colorado, batting .304 in 138 at-bats but earns +3 for his struggles early on in the season with the Texas Rangers. Chris Iannetta comes in fourth and gains +2. Iannetta isn’t having a bad season (16 HRs, 42 RBIs) but I’d rather have the three catchers above him for sure. Matt Weiters gets +1 for batting .225. He does have the potential to be an x-factor for the Nationals in the playoffs though if he can get hot.


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Jake Montgomery (23 - Bellerose, New York) has been a die-hard sports fan since he could swing a bat and toss the pigskin. He graduated from Adelphi University in May 2016 with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. His career objective is to combine his passion for sports with his business and on-air abilities to gain experience in the various facets of sports journalism and sports broadcasting. Jake started off his sports broadcasting career as a Promotions Assistant for WFAN Sports Radio (2013-2017). After several years with the FAN, Jake has recently begun a new chapter in his life – 98.7FM ESPN New York. Starting in early April 2017, Jake has already assisted in various promotions and remote broadcasts for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. As a teenager and young adult, Jake was also a successful on-camera and voiceover actor. He is currently a member of SAG-AFTRA Union and has been featured in over 50 television and radio commercials, including Trix Yogurt, Lucky Charms Cereal and even a New York Rangers commercial that aired back in 2006. While Jake follows all sports teams, he is a major fan of the following: New York Yankees (MLB) New York Giants (NFL) and New York Knicks (NBA). He will cover all three of these major sports for KeepingItRealSports.com.

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