Thursday, March 5, 2015

West Coast Bias Episode #17 S06

West Coast Bias Episode #17 S06 03/01 by Four Aces Presents | Sports Podcasts


West Coast Bias Episode #17 S06 – This week on West Coast Bias the boys will be taking a look at the Oakland Athletics and their moves this offseason. They will also be looking at how those moves will affect their chances at competing for another AL West title and another trip to the playoffs. All this and we continue to look at the top 5 teams heading into the March Madness tournament next month. Finally we will talk some of the hottest topics in sports today. That’s on Sunday at 3pm PST right here on www.Blogtalkradio.com/fouracespresents ...


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Double K's Classroom Episode #14 S04

Double K's Classroom Episode #14 S04 02/27 by Four Aces Presents | Sports Podcasts


Double K’s Classroom Episode #14 S04 – This week on the classroom Double K will be heading back to college for a look at the University of California Golden Bears. We will be dissecting the recruiting class for this season as well as looking at the current depth chart and starting lineup for the 2015 Golden Bears football team. He will also be taking a look back at the Super Bowl and give you his impression of the final play. All this and some great music on this week’s episode of Double K’s Classroom at 3pm PST Friday on www.Blogtalkradio.com/fouracespresents ...


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Double K’s Take: NBA Playoff Seeding (Western Conference) an early looks…

                                                                                                  So with the season literally only weeks away from being over I am going to take a look at where I think the top 2 seeds in the Western Conference are going to finish and which of 4 teams I think is likely to make a late run and ending up landing the 8 spot. Finally I will look at the potential 1st round match-up for the Warriors no matter what seed they finish at. So let’s begin with the current 1 and 2 seeds and where they will land…



Current #1 Seed Golden State Warriors (46-11, 24-2 HM, 22-9 RD, and 27-7 CNF): The Warriors have been hot all season including a 18 Game winning streak early. Can they continue their hot ways and ride into the playoffs as a 60+ win team? I don’t know I think the team may cap out at about 59 wins. They have been struggling with teams as of late and playing sloppy at times. Bottom-line though I think that the Dubs will finish strong and fend off the Grizzlies and keep the top spot…

Finish: #1 Seed in the playoffs with Home Court advantage throughout…


Current #2 Seed Memphis Grizzlies (42-16, 23-6 HM, 19-10 RD, and 26-11 CNF): The Grizzlies are a team with 2 faces the reason why I say this is because of the stats. At home they are a beast amassing a 23-6 record on their home court. Away from Memphis they are 19-10 which tells me that they struggle a bit with teams away from home. The Warriors can say the same thing but to a less drastic extent. The Grizzlies are a strong candidate to overtake the Warriors should they slide. But I just don’t think that the Warriors are going to Slide…

Finish:  #2 Seed in the Playoffs with Home Court advantage throughout…

                                                                                                     Now for the infamous 8 seed as it stands there are 4 teams that are viable to end up in the 8 seed. The Spurs if the slide and OKC surges at the right time. The current holder the Thunder if they stay put with the Pelicans (1/2GB) and Suns (1 1/2GB) hot on their tail. Now we take a look at who will most likely go home with the 8 seed…


Current #8 Seed Oklahoma City Thunder (32-27, 19-8 HM, 13-19 RD, and 18-19 CNF): The Thunder have been without their All Star forward Kevin Durant for a couple of weeks now. It looks like they are going to be without him for a couple of more. Their star PG Russell Westbrook just went ballistic during the month of February. But he will start March on the disabled list as he is out with a fractured bone in his face. Even with all of this I still think that the Thunder can end up the 8 seed they will do enough to keep winning and hope that they have a healthy team for the matchup against Golden State in the 1st round…

 Finish: In 8 Seed and facing GS in the 1st Round…


 Current #9 Seed New Orleans Pelicans (31-27, 20-10 HM, 11-17 RD, and 19-14 CNF): The Pelicans were another team with a lot of promise for this season. For the most part they lived up to that promise as early on they were considered one of the top 6 teams in the league and a lock for the playoffs. All of that changed when their big guy Anthony Davis went down that changed a lot of things. So without the big man for a significant amount of time the Pelicans will be unable to sneak in and grab that 8 spot away from the Thunder. They may even slip a spot to number 10…

 Finish: In 10 seed and out of the playoffs…


Current #10 Seed Phoenix Suns (31-29, 17-13 HM, 14-16 RD, and 16-21 CNF): Finally it comes down to the Suns who have seemed to get better by the “addition by subtraction” method. They relieved themselves of the ego that was Goran Dragic and didn’t really get much to help now for him. But I think that this team will gel late and make a run at the 8 seed but alas the highest I see them climbing is the 9 seed just above the Pelicans…

 Finish: In 9 seed and out of the playoffs…

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

West Coast Bias Episode #16 S06

West Coast Bias Episode #16 S06 02/22 by Four Aces Presents | Sports Podcasts


West Coast Bias Episode #16 S06 – On this week’s episode of West Coast Bias the boys are back in the studio to bring you your favorite Sunday sports show. We will be discussing everything that was last week’s All Star Weekend in New York. If you missed the festivities we will bring you up to date. With baseball right around the corner the boys are going to take a look at the defending champion San Francisco Giants and their hopes of competing in a odd numbered year. We will talk all this and give you your dose of Mr Suaves Take and Douals Corner right here on West Coast Bias. Right here on www.Blogtalkradio.com/fouracespresents ...


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Douals Corner: Can the Giants contend for a World Series in 2015 and how??...


Being competitive in your division begins with a formula that has proven to be successful.  The San Francisco Giants have accomplished this, and will begin the 2015 season with some of the other components to being one of the stronger teams in the National League; confidence and consistency. 

The Giants have all the tools needed to make another playoff push, and possibly compete for another World Series Title.  If they aren’t a team that’s highly favored to win it all this year they should be, after all this team has won three titles in the last five years, and will be looking to defend the crown this year.  There has only been minimal changes to their roster from top to bottom, front office to farm team, since the clubs first title run in 2010.  And while San Francisco has yet to make the playoffs in their defending year while on this historic run, this year may look to be a little different, and may have a few favorable surprises in store.


Let’s first look at the negatives heading into this season.  The biggest finger will be pointed in the direction of third base, as the loss of All Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval may be a big off season heartbreaker the Giants have to recover from.  His growth as a defender at the position, as well as becoming a complete player overall, was critical in the Giants success and Sandoval was progressively getting better.  


Although always a hefty fella, Sandoval was light on his feet, and featured a pretty good arm.  He was always able to cover well, mind you not great, but good ground, and could make tough plays at depth.  Whatever plays he couldn’t make in the hole he had back up for, and his instincts help make the left side of the defense click.  But the shining light will be on his production at the plate.  As the Giants aren’t a long ball team, and play on the formula of getting runners in scoring position via strong plate appearances, Sandoval could consistently be counted on to deliver in clutch situations.
 
Despite the fact that Pablo’s plate appearance consistency wasn’t always up to par.  Let it also be mentioned that San Francisco also struggled in the areas of run support, and hitting with runners in scoring position, area’s Sandoval did exceed in.  Even though Sandoval never hit above .310, and never hit more than 30 homeruns in a season for San Francisco, his confidence, and ability to deliver in the clutch were huge and instrumental in the team’s three titles, and Sandoval is one of the few Giants who were on all three teams. 

The Panda will be missed in the bay, but rest assured Giants fans wish him the best, and thank the heavens we don’t have to suffer through any more of those silly panda hats, that had AT&T Park looking like a giant knock off version of the Mickey Mouse club.  But paired with the panda leaving the bay, San Francisco must also deal with the loss of long time third base coach Tim Flannery.  Flans instincts on making calls were a part of the reason why the Giants were able to play with the small ball formula.  His knowledge of batting situations, and ability to communicate, and deliver hitting and running advice helped the giants excel in every World Series run.  Both men’s presence in the locker room, and on the field will be sorely missed and tough to replace.


This combined with the fact that San Francisco once again failed to bring in a big name free agent during the period, are the only off season struggles the Giants had in what was as usual an un-eventful, mediocre off season.  But what’s going to make this team competitive this year is not what they lost, or weren’t able to bring in.  But what it is that there bringing back.  It all begins up front, and Brian Sabean has put together a coaching staff that has been consistently been successful, even despite the years not making the playoffs.  Bruce Bochy has made me a believer that as a coach he can get the most out of his ball players and has a team that believes in him, and his style of coaching.  His knowledge of situational baseball at the plate, in the field, and on the mound is the first key to the Giants success. The staff that accompanies him, led by long time Giant Dave Righetti has continuously put this team in position to be successful, and competing for the top spot in their division year in and out.

Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the San Francisco full course meal.  The potatoes and veggies feature returning veterans Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Michael Morse, Marco Scutaro, Brandon Crawford, and of course Buster Posey to the fold, as well as break out rookie Joe Panik.  At the plate or in the field the Giants will rely heavily on these guys to get it done.  And San Francisco should feel confident in the fact that they have added at least one or two guys to the team during each of the title run years, and each of them has had an impact on the team and delivered a clutch play to propel them forward.


Put that together with one of the better triple a and double a ball clubs, San Francisco can bring up any guy from their farm system and he should be ready to, and will be given the chance to make an impact.  If the lineup can continue to dominate defensively, and mange something in the range of three to four runs per game, this team can position itself for a playoff push, where they have proven anything is possible once they get there.

But the key ingredient to making SF competitive in 2015, and what the team will rely on most during the upcoming year is its dominant pitching staff.  The Giants feature a staff of five guys that can go nearly anywhere else in the league and be an ace in the starting rotation.  The pitching staff has been what has won the Giants their last three titles, and will be the reason why they win another if the team can keep them together.

Tim Linncecum hasn’t pitched to the standard he set in his first two seasons but if the “Freak” can get back on track you could possibly be looking at a 15 - 20 win pitcher.  Matt Cain is also coming off of a tough year that ended in surgery.  But each and every time he is on the field he is dominant.  If Cain has a good healthy season, you’re looking at another 15 – 20 win pitcher.  Madison Bumgarner has emerged as possibly the ace of this staff, and his historic performance in two of the last three World Series title runs could possibly be the only reason why the Giants won, Again you’re looking at another 15 – 20 wins.  


Jake Peavy has been a long time thorn in the Giants side, and adding him in a trade last season also helped propel this team to victories.  The former all-star came through in the clutch several times last year and will be looking to continue his success with the club, and you could be looking at another 15 win pitcher.  And while Ryan Voggelsong may struggle to climb to the top of this ladder, the Giants did sign him in the off season to be a fifth starter in the rotation.  Though Voggelsong may not have the same track record of his highly praised teammates, he is a young pitcher looking to have a breakout year at any time.

With a pitching staff this strong, the worst team in the league could make a playoff push.  And if these five guys can win 60 – 70 games, San Francisco could be the most dangerous team in the national league.  And with the success of three World Series titles behind them, and the confidence of being defending champions, bringing back 75% of the team.  Run support is the only question mark on the team, when it comes to the question of whose it going to be in the playoff hunt this year.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mr Suaves Take: Can the Oakland Athletics contend in 2015 and how??...


                                                                                             Can the A's contend in 2015? Sure they can. But it will take a lot of ifs. Did Billy Beane reshape the roster enough from trading seven All Stars? Can the pieces lost last year in Griffin and Parker come back and retake their rotation spots? Can the new pieces acquired come in and restore a statistically powerful lineup from last year? That's a bunch of questions that need to be answered. If that answer is yes then yes the Athletics can again win the west or at worse be a wild card team...



                                                                                              But if any of those questioned are answered with a no? Then the A's could fall beneath Seattle in the division. The Angels are slowly moving into the team we thought they'd be five years ago. Texas is still a dangerous team led by Darvish and Fielder. And then there is Seattle led by Hernandez and Cano. A's fandom is again split between wondering if Beane can pull off the magic that had the A's at contender levels the last three years or if the A's will suffer while the team again reshuffles the entire roster. So many questions. So many ifs. Parker and Griffin missed last year with injuries. Beane landed a very good player in Zobrist from TB but can be replace Cespedes or Donaldson's production?...


                                                                                                 This year I don't think the A's will contend. Too many unanswered questions. Big moves made by Beane right after depleting the team of its best players and the farm system of high potential talent. This season screams rebuilding year for Oakland. A year where they will have to fight Seattle to stay above Houston in the standings. The rotation can be very good if healthy. Gray, Kazmir, Parker and Griffin are a formidable rotation. But can Zobrist replace the production of Cespedes and Donaldson by himself or be the lineup linchpin that helps those around him? I just don't see it...


                                                                                                 Beane is building yet again for the future after going all in last year. But it can't be denied that he is the best GM in baseball. He's done everything except win a World Series. Ownership continually handcuffs him as they obviously wait to try to move again to build a new stadium. Lew Wolff and company hate Oakland. But MLB's new commissioner has told them that he won't allow them to leave and they should build in Oakland. Build a stadium that could've been built ten years ago if Wolff didn't hate Oakland...


                                                                                                So no I just don't see the Athletics contending this year. At the beginning of this year all teams start 0-0. That's as close as I believe the A's will be to first place. The depth is too weak to withstand an injury to any pitcher or the lineup. Bob Melvin can work magic with this team but it may not be enough. Beane has reshaped this entire roster. The team will need to find another identity. They won't be able to be the team they were the last three years and this year we will see the new Oakland Athletics. A team with interesting pieces and hopes but one that will require a long
time to gel and become the team they were...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Double K’s Take: The exciting 2014-15 NBA Trade Deadline…

(The trade deadline was last Thursday 2/19/15)

                                                                                     This past Thursday was this season’s NBA trading deadline… And boy was it busy you had teams like the Nuggets and 76ers who seem to be offloading players at an alarming rate. Then teams like the Warriors and the Grizzlies are just sitting pat. Teams like the Thunder went out and tried to make their roster better for a late playoff push as they fight with the Suns for the 8th spot in the tough Western Conference. But all of this really pales in comparison to these three trades that really caught my attention on Thursday…


Goran Dragic sent from Suns to Heat in deadline trade:  Dragic had made it known to anyone that would listen that he did not want to be a Sun anymore. He had asked the Suns to trade him to the Heat, Mavs or one other team that doesn’t come to mind. At the end of the day the Heat won by overbidding for Dragic by sending 4 players and 2 1st round picks to the Suns. In return the Heat takes in Goran Dragic and his brother Zoran who will be looking to help the Heat get into the playoffs and make an impact with a team that has a lot of good parts and the Dragic brothers will be a great addition….


Kevin Garnett returns home to the T’Wolves for Thaddeus Young and a pick: This was a trade that caught my eye because this is a home coming that not many people saw coming. Garnett has been gone from the TWolves for almost a decade, he has had multiple chances to go back in recent years reaching free agency. He avoided going back and now he is on his way back home to finish his career with the team that drafted him. Congrats to KG and congrats to the Wolves who have found themselves a leader for a young team that needs a veteran presence…


2013-14 ROY Michael Carter Williams traded to Bucks in package deal: Now this trade only got my attention because it involved the reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter Williams the Bucks give Jason Kidd a point guard to nurture and turn into a star. Brandon Knight could have been that but I think that Carter Williams will benefit from Kidd’s tutelage. Only time will tell so we will have to watch the Bucks and see…

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

West Coast Bias Episode #15 S06

West Coast Bias Episode #15 S06 02/08 by Four Aces Presents | Sports Podcasts



West Coast Bias Episode #15 S06 – On this week’s episode of West Coast Bias the boys are back on at their normal time. That Super Bowl last week could have been a one sided blowout. But it wasn’t it was possibly the best Super Bowl ever played. Listen in on Sunday as the boys break down exactly what happened in the big game. They will also tell us how the Patriots managed to make history against the Seahawks. All this and the boys will talk more NCAA basketball after the exciting week. So tune in at 3pm PST to the 4ACES Network on www.Blogtalkradio.com/fouracespresents ...


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