Following a semi-disappointing road-trip last weekend, where Sun Devil volleyball swept Utah, then got swept by Colorado, ASU returned to Tempe needing to swing the momentum against Cal and No. 3 Stanford. After dispatching Cal to right the ship, the Sun Devils re-established their winning ways in a shocking sweep of the No. 3 Cardinal, by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-14.
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If the Major League Baseball regular season is a marathon, the Postseason is a sprint. It’s all about what team gets hot at the right time, and that team isn’t always the team that performed the best in the regular season. Countless times, the team that looks better on paper, whether because of a better regular season record or a better lineup or any number of things, gets knocked out in the Division Series or the Championship Series, falling short of their goal of reaching and winning the World Series.
October Baseball is here. The postseason field is set, and the Wild Card Series kicks off on Tuesday, October 3rd. With the expanded field of 12 coming into play for the second year, there are more teams that have a chance to win it all. Four teams have received first round byes (The Braves, Dodgers, Astros, and Orioles), with the remaining 8 teams playing in the best-of-three WC Series. Following the conclusion of the WC Series, the American League Division Series (ALDS) and the National League Division Series (NLDS) begin on Saturday October 7th. The American League Championship Series (ALCS) begins on Sunday October 15, and the National League Championship Series (NLCS) starts on Monday October 16, with the World Series rolling out on Friday October 27. For these postseason predictions, we will be predicting which teams will win the American League and National League pennants, and which team will take it all home in 2023.
Since its inception in 1931, Major League Baseball has annually given a Most Valuable Player Award to the single best player in each league, National and American, for that season. Typically, the players who win the awards are the clear-cut favorites, with most people in agreement. However, sometimes there is no clear favorite, with multiple player’s performances laying a claim. Although this is a very rare occurrence, it has happened and brought about historical situations, including the ultra-rare co-MVP.
13-19. That was how the ASU Sun Devils ended their 2022 season. A season to forget, and one that ended with the parting of ways with the head coach, a large number of players entering the transfer portal, and many questions surrounding the future of the team. During the offseason, a new head coach was hired, along with a brand new coaching staff, and a whole new team outlook. Nine players returned, and six new players joined, rounding out the team at 15. New head coach JJ Van Niel, formerly the associate head coach at USC for five seasons, stressed the importance of team chemistry and camaraderie as soon as he arrived in the spring and continued that message through the summer and preseason.
Every September, the MLB postseason races start to heat up, and fans get treated to a month’s worth of meaningful baseball. The first teams begin clinching spots early in September, with the final teams often clinching on the last days of the season. This season is no different. With just over two weeks left in the season, four teams have clinched their spots. The Braves clinched the NL East first, and the Dodgers followed a few days later, clinching the NL West. Sunday, the Orioles and Rays both secured at least a Wild Card berth. Meanwhile, the other races are still up in the air, and could potentially come down to the wire with major shake ups until then. Taking a look specifically at the Wild Card, and which teams will have a chance in the postseason, the NL Wild Card is a bit more clean cut, while the AL Wild Card will likely come down to the AL West division.
In the past few years, a movement in women’s sports has led to younger athletes competing on the national or international stage, and succeeding at that high level against players much older than them. Traditionally, athletes in sports such as basketball and volleyball waited until after their collegiate careers ended to begin their professional careers. However, sports such as soccer, swimming, and tennis have thrown that tradition out the window. Now, athletes as young as 12 are competing on the Olympic stage, contributing to the youth movement that is sweeping through female sports.