A Mets-Yankees World Series Could Come Sooner Than We Think

A Mets-Yankees World Series Could Come Sooner Than We Think

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With the Mets coming off a recent trip to the World Series in 2015, and the Yankees falling just one game shy of the Fall Classic this past season, both teams are in prime position to make a deep Postseason run in 2018. With both teams bursting at the seams with young talent, the Mets and Yankees are both poised to make waves this upcoming season, with a strong possibility that the two young powerhouses could meet in the World Series.

With both New York teams recently experiencing the most success they’ve had in recent memory, it finally seems like these crosstown rivals could be setting up for a meeting next fall. After years of stagnation and postseason teasers, both teams’ windows are wide open and the two teams finally look to have all of their pieces in place in order to make a serious run at a World Series title.

In the Bronx, the Yankees are led by a young core of promising stars such as All-Star Catcher Gary Sanchez, Cy Young Award Runner-Up Luis Severino, and of course, their Rookie of the Year, Aaron Judge. By coupling these young stars with veteran presences such as Shortstop Didi Gregorius, and New Jersey native Todd Frazier, the Yankees have created a culture in their clubhouse that allows the team to grow and succeed as a potential powerhouse for years to come. However, the Yankees long-term plan for success was enacted earlier than expected, as the team mustered enough pure grit and raw talent while on the way to a stellar run to a Game Seven matchup with the eventual World Champions, the Houston Astros. Any doubts that fans reserved regarding the future success of the Yankees have been revoked. Their elite combination of incredibly promising young talent, as well as experienced leadership across the entire field, sets the stage for an immediate, crystal clear stab at a World Series championship.

Meanwhile, in Queens, the Mets are an incredibly qualified diamond in the rough, disguised as an absolute mess. By hiring new manager, Mickey Callaway, the Mets have returned to putting an emphasis on pitching, by turning the focal point to young star pitchers including All-Stars Jacob Degrom and Noah Syndergaard. In addition to their proven stars, the Mets have more powerful, young arms waiting in the wings as Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and plenty others look to make a claim in what will prove to be a pivotal bounce-back year for the Mets. On top of their deadly starting pitching core, the Mets’ bullpen is a force to be reckoned with as Jerry Blevins, A.J. Ramos, and Jeurys Familia have all proven to be lights out over the course of their respective careers.

However, the Mets’ pitching core is not their only strength, as a talented lineup featuring All-Star Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto will look to power the Mets to another World Series bid, just as they did in 2015. Along with veteran presence in the outfield, the Mets’ infield is made up primarily with ripe young talent. Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores have proven to be a deadly combination at the middle infield positions, while rookie First Baseman Dominic Smith will look to have a breakout 2018 season and serve as a power bat in the middle of the lineup.

Both the Mets and Yankees are lined to the brim with young talented players across their rosters, and General Managers Sandy Alderson and Brian Cashman have never been shy when it comes to opening their wallets in order to snag the best possible players on the Free Agent market. The stage is set for both the Mets and Yankees to succeed, and we just might see both these soon-to-be powerhouses in the World Series together as soon as next season.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Bryce Harper And Manny Machado Are In A Race To The World Series

This offseason, two of the biggest free agents in recent memory of Major League Baseball (MLB), but as time went on neither Machado or Harper had signed a blockbuster deal.

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Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are two of baseball's greatest rising stars, and fans and teams were waiting for the 2018-2019 offseason where both Machado and Harper were going to be on the free-agent market. Throughout the offseason, neither superstar had signed a contract yet, and as time got closer for players to report to Florida, and Arizona for spring training. After the two were able to sign their respective contract, now people are wondering which player will be able to win their first World Series trophy with their new team.

Throughout the MLB offseason, reporters and fans have been drooling to see what contracts two of the biggest free agents in recent memory would receive this year.

As the winter months came and went, neither Machado or Harper had a job for the 2019 MLB season, and when pitchers and catchers reported to camp, the thought actually occurred that Machado or Harper would have to be bagging groceries when it came to Opening Day. As the old saying goes, once the first domino falls, the rest come crashing down, and on February 20th, 2019 the San Diego Padres signed Manny Machado to a 10 year, $300 million deal. Eight days later the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13 year $330 million deal. Both Machado and Harper had opportunities to win with their previous teams, neither was able to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy.

While the Padres are "a few years away" from contending to win, we saw this year where the Atlanta Braves were able to expedite the process by bringing farm talent to the big leagues. The Phillies, on the other hand, are in a win now scenario, with stars like Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, and Jake Arrieta, they have the chance to contend for the NL East and possibly a World Series title.

So, which star will be the first to get their rings fitted?

Bryce Harper, while Machado is an incredible player, he will have to go through the Colorado Rockies, which just extend future Hall of Famer Nolan Arenado and the Los Angeles Dodgers who will always contend for World Series titles. Harper, on the other hand, is going to a team that was one piece away from taking the division home a year ago, while it looks like Harper's former team the Washington Nationals will rebound after a mediocre year in their standards, and the aforementioned Atlanta Braves are the reigning division champs.

If the Phillies can get star pitcher Jake Arrieta back to CY Young form, and with the addition of veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the Phillies are in a great scenario to win the World Series for the first time since 2008.

While by no means is the contract Harper got favorable to the Phillies, they knew that Harper was the missing piece to win the World Series. Also, I'm not saying Machado and the Padres aren't going to contend for World Series in the future, just not as soon as the Phillies are. Now, if the Padres can pick up a star pitcher to have a stranglehold on their rotation *cough, cough Dallas Keuchel* then possibly they can contend for World Series in 2-3 years. But, as everything stands right now the Philadelphia Phillies, along with Bryce Harper are on their way to win a World Series before the San Diego Padres with Manny Machado.

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