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

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American League

Boston Red Sox: Andrew Benintendi +5

Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley +2

Houston Astros: Cameron Maybin +1

New York Yankees: Brett Gardner +4

Minnesota Twins: Eddie Rosario +3


BREAKDOWN: If it wasn’t for Aaron Judge, Andrew Benintendi would be the winner of the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year. The 23 year old is an amazing talent and can do it all, earning him +5. He plays a great left field and can hit the ball out to any part of the ballpark. He should be fun to watch in October for many years to come. From youngster to “old” man, Brett Gardner receives +4 for still moving like a kid and playing like a champion. The heart and soul of the New York Yankees will be a key component to any success for the Bronx Bombers this postseason. Eddie Rosario has been a pleasant surprise for the Twins this year and gets the nod over Michael Brantley due to injury concerns. Cameron Maybin is quick and can get stolen bases but that’s about it. He receives +1.


National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: David Peralta +5

Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber +1

Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond +3

Los Angeles Dodgers: Curtis Granderson +2

Washington Nationals: Howie Kendrick +4


BREAKDOWN: Ehhh, not your most attractive group. I definitely wouldn’t put any of these guys on a Playgirl centerfold. (*RIP Hugh Hefner – legend*). But the left field position is an important one for every ball club. David Peralta is the best out of the group. He’s batting .293 with decent power numbers (14 HR/57 RBI). Howie Kendrick is a veteran and has played fantastic for the Nationals since being traded from the Phillies. He’s provided much more power since arriving in Washington as well. Ian Desmond (+3) was paid big money in the offseason but has been out a good portion this year due to injuries. Curtis Granderson was a great veteran pickup by the Dodgers but we’ll see how much he plays with the depth of the Dodgers outfield. He doesn’t have too many years left so you know he’ll be giving it all when he gets the chance. The best out of the five might be Kyle Schwarber but this year, his numbers have been terrible. We saw the impact he made in the postseason last year and his power is insane but he has a ton of strike outs this season and was even sent down to AAA at one point, earning him +1.





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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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