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

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American League

Boston Red Sox: Jackie Bradley Jr. +2

Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis +1

Houston Astros: George Springer +5

New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks +3

Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton +4


BREAKDOWN: George Springer is the best of this group. He’s one of the best center fielders and leadoff men in all of baseball. Batting .283 could be a little better for a leadoff man, but his 34 home runs and 85 RBIs jump out at you. He’s a great hitter and great fielder, earning him +5. Byron Buxton, former #1 overall pick of the draft, has finally started acting like it for the Twins in the 2017 season. He receives +4 for being one of the hottest players in baseball following the All-Star break. Jackie Bradley Jr. is the best defensive center fielder in the game but Aaron Hicks is right behind him and swings a slightly better bat, giving him the +3 nod over JBJ. Jason Kipnis was thrown into center field with all of their injuries to Cleveland and Jose Ramirez’ permanent switch to second base. He’s a solid player but comes in last out of all these candidates.

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: AJ Pollock +4

Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ +2

Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon +5

Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Taylor +3

Washington Nationals: Michael Taylor +1



BREAKDOWN: Ok. So honestly, never judge a book by its cover. I didn’t choose Charlie Blackmon in any of my four fantasy baseball leagues because I thought he looked like a homeless hobo. But I was soon proven wrong. Very wrong. This guy is an absolute STUD. An MVP candidate and a top 20 player in baseball, Blackmon is arguably the best leadoff man in the game. +5 for Blackmon for being the coolest homeless hobo ever. You’re the man, Charlie Blackmon. AJ Pollock is also the man and one of the most underrated players in the game. When he’s healthy, he is an amazing all-around center fielder. He’s a great hitter. He’s a great fielder. He’s fast. Having him back in the lineup helps Arizona big time and he’ll be scoring a ton of runs with Goldschmidt and JD Martinez behind him. Chris Taylor has been a phenomenal surprise for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year and receives +3 for being the one staple in a forever shifting outfield. Ian Happ is young but so is the entire Chicago Cubs team so he fits right in. It’s hard for Joe Maddon to get him in the lineup with all of the versatile players on the team, but Happ’s bat is too good to keep out. He gets +2 and could be a big part of the Cubs’ success this postseason. Michael Taylor of the Nationals is a good center fielder too but he’s probably the worst of the bunch.


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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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