Wedidit。

Ifyouvebeenfollowingalong,werethroughanotherfullgrindofthe162-gamebaseballseason。

Andwediditallwhileevenpickingupsomecash。

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81unitstobeexact,whichisntabadhaulforaMLBseasonallthingsconsidered。

Ifyoureplayingoneunittobeonepercent,whichisconservativeifanything,thatsaboutwhatyoucanexpectoutofanannualreturninalong-termplayonthestockmarket。

Socheerstothat!

Butnowthingsgeteventougherintheplayoffs,wherethebestteamsfaceoffwiththeirbestlineupsandbettorsfacethetoughestofnumbers。

ImgoingtobeginbysayingthateveryplayImakeinOctoberwillbe?

halfaunitunlessInoteotherwise。

IllcontinuetomakemyplaysherethroughoutOctoberbecauseIloveplayoffbaseballandstillthinkwecanbeatthemarket。

ButImnotnearlyasconfidentinbeatingitasIamduringanentireregularseason。

Nonetheless,theshowgoeson!

AndweregoingouttoKansasCityforthefinalplayofSeptember,whereRoyalsfansarepartyinglikeits1985。

FreePick

TheplayoffsstartonthefinaldayofSeptemberwheretheOaklandAsmeettheKansasCityRoyals,whoarehostingtheirfirstplayoffgamesincethe1985WorldSeries。

ThisisnttheWorldSeries,butitmightbethenextbestthing:asinglegametodeterminewhomovesontoplayinOctober。

Butasifweneededanymore,JonLesterwilltakeonJamesShieldsinwhatwillbethefirstofmanygreatpitchingmatchupswellgetthechancetoseeinthenextmonth?

TheRoyalsacehasbeenassolidasanyteamcanasktheirhorsetobedownthestretchofwhatsbeenadrainingyetexhilaratingplayoffchase。

ShieldshasgivenupmorethanthreerunsinjustonestartafterJuly1。

HeswonsixtimessincethenandtakenhisERAdownmorethansevententhsofarun。

Healsohasplayoffexperiencewithhistimeleadingthe2008TampaBayRaystotheironlyWorldSeriesappearance。

ButShieldshasgivenupthreerunsineachofhislastthreestartsandIworryifthatwillbeenoughtobeatJonLester,whohasbeenspectacular。

Plainandsimple,ifJamesShieldsgivesupthreerunsinsixinningonTuesday,italmostdefinitelywontbeenoughtotoptheAthleticsace。

LesterhasdominatedcompetitionallyearwhetherinBostonorOaklandandheshouldhavelittletroublewithaKansasCityoffensethatpossesseslittlefirepower。

TheRoyalsfinishedlastintheleagueinbothwalksandhomerunstwowaystogettoLester。

KCdidfinishatthetopinstolenbases,butLestershandednessshouldgoalongwaytoslowdownthehometeam。

IjustdontseehowKansasCitywillmanagetoscoremorethanarunortwo,ifthat,againstthelefty。

Andeveniftheydo,willthatbeenough?

OaklandhasputalotintothisseasonandsacrificedalotofthefuturetotryandcreateaWorldSerieswinnerin2014。

ItstartsonTuesdayandIthinktheLesterinvestmentwillbeenoughtogetthemthroughtotheALDS。

FreePick:Oakland(-115)

YTD:39-26-3+7。

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