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If the Boston Red Sox go on to win their American League Championship Series and earn a berth into the MLB World Series, a lot of attention will be paid to a blown instant replay call in October 17th’s ALCS Game Four.
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If you paid attention to MLB odds on bet365, the Houston Astros have been considered a favorite to make it back to the World Series all season, but what looked like a two-run homer by Jose Altuve was called an out. The two-run homer would have tied the game.
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Umpire Joe West ruled that fans in the right-field front row reached over the railing, thus interfering with Mookie Betts catch attempt.
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It was called an out due to fan interference, and even with the Astros appealing, replay officials ruled that the on-field call would stand because there weren’t any video angles proving that the call was definitively wrong.
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Here’s a closer look at the play:
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The next morning, we’re still not sure whether it was a Jose Altuve homer or interference stopping an amazing Mookie Betts catch. What do you think?

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It’s a judgment call, but Betts’ glove appears to be over the line, and according to the interference rule, no interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over the railing or fence to catch a ball. Interference should only be called when a fan reaches into the playing field side.
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Many have also said that it appeared Betts’ mistimed the catch and closed his glove early, but this is only the latest example of when instant replay has gone wrong, going back to before 2014 when the MLB expanded replay. In regular season games, it might be a bit more forgivable, but in pivotal playoff games, it will be hard to overlook, especially if it hinders a team’s chance of getting to the World Series.
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The ruling has also gone the other way, as well. Back in 2013, it was clear fans had reached over the railing and interfered in an ALDS game between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the seventh. Then when it should’ve been called an out, it was not. There was no replay system in place then, but even now when there is, and there are cameras set up all over stadiums, the calls are still not being made correctly.
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Calls like these will continue to just be called controversial, but hopefully, it won’t take something going wrong with instant replay in the World Series for the MLB to fix the issue. Instant replay has been a touchy subject in several sports, including football, basketball, and soccer, but some leagues seem to be looking at ways to continually make it better. MLB needs to be next to follow.

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Almost every year, the battle between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in the AL East is one of the intriguing storylines of the season. The two are age-old rivals and when they’re both postseason contenders – as they are this season – they manage to push each other to go that much further to outdo their rival.
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This season, the Boston Red Sox stand head and shoulders above almost every single other MLB team with 41 wins from 60 games. But, very close in pursuit are the New York Yankees with their 38 wins from 56 games. Not even the hailed reigning champions, the Houston Astros can come close to the Red Sox at this stage of the season.
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As the war wages on between the Red Sox and the Yankees for divisional and league dominance, the stars of the teams are stepping up in a big way to provide for their fantasy baseball owners.
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Boston stars leading the hitting

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Sitting high atop the hitting rankings having played 48 games is Mookie Betts. With a .359 average, he eclipses the .344 of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and the .342 Cincinnati Reds’ Scooter Gannett. While at this stage, Betts had played around ten games fewer than Kemp and Gannett, and his 17 home runs – only two behind the leaders – means that he’s hitting big at an incredible rate.
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But Boston’s arsenal doesn’t stop with Betts as J.D. Martinez also ranks in the top 20 for batting average at the 60-game mark. With 57 games under his belt, Martinez has tallied a .315 average and joint-leads the league with 19 home runs at this stage in the season.
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Elite-level batting is a huge reason behind Boston’s surge to the top of the standings this season, and it doesn’t look to go quiet anytime soon. In fact, the Red Sox are so confident in their set up that they even designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment during his dry spell.
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New York’s superb team to take the division

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Coming into the season, the New York Yankees were favoured to take the AL East and even challenge Houston for a place in the World Series. The Yankees boast a roster that is filled with high-quality players all over the park, which is why they’re favoured at -130 to Boston’s -105 in the MLB odds on bet365 to claim the division before the regular season is up.
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The Yankees have performed well in pretty much all areas of play, with a few surprise packages suddenly rising to prominence. One such example of this is fantasy baseball hero Luis Severino. The right-handed pitcher has clocked in nine wins to just one loss from 13 starts while rocking a 2.20 ERA by the 56-game point of the season.
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It’s come to the point where some are labelling this team as the best in the MLB right now – despite sitting behind the Red Sox and the praise that the Astros have received. They have a complete team that’s full of great players who are performing very well, to the joy of fantasy baseball owners, as well as a bullpen that some deem to be too good.
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There’s still a long way to go in this MLB season, with all eyes on who will come out on top in this war for the AL East. Will the Red Sox hold firm and keep ahead, or will the Yankees surge and usurp their bitter rivals?

Jose Ramirez
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 AL Only fantasy baseball third baseman rankings.
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1. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
2. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
3. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
4. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
5. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
6. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
7. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
8. Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
9. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
10. Eduardo Nunez, Boston Red Sox
11. Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
12. Matt Davidson, Chicago White Sox
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Daniel Murphy Nationals
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 NL Only fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
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1. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
2. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3. Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
5. Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies
5. Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs
6. Ozhaino Albies, Atlanta Braves
7. Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
9. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
10.  Starlin Castro, Miami Marlins
11. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
12. Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds
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Jose Altuve swing
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 AL Only fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
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1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
2. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
3. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
4. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
5. Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
6. Dee Gordon, Seattle Mariners
7. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
8. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
9. Ian Kinsler, Los Angeles Angels
10. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
11. Eduardo Nunez, Boston Red Sox
12. Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros
13. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
14. Yangervis Solarte, Toronto Blue Jays
15. Tim Beckham, Baltimore Orioles
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Paul Goldschmidt gray jersey
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 NL Only fantasy baseball first baseman rankings.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
3. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
5. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
7. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
8. Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
10. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
11. Carlos Santana, Philadelphia Phillies
12. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
13. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
14. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
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Edwin Encarnacion Indians
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 AL Only fantasy baseball first baseman rankings.
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1. Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians
2. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
4. Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
6. Matt Olson, Oakland A’s
7. Greg Bird, New York Yankees
8. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
9. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
10. Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros
11. Trey Mancin, Baltimore Orioles
12. Logan Morrison, Minnesota Twins
13. Yonder Alonso, Cleveland Indians
14. C.J. Cron, Tampa Bay Rays
15. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
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Kenley Jansen save
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball closer rankings.
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1. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
3. Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
4. Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals
6. Kenneth Giles, Houston Astros
7. Felipe Rivero, Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
9. Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers
10. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
11. Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners
12. Brandon Morrow, Chicago Cubs
13. Mark Melancon, San Francisco Giants
14. Wade Davis, Colorado Rockies
15. Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
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Kershaw
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
4. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
5. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
6. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
7. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
9. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
10. Luis Severino. New York Yankees
11. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros
12. Yu Darivsh, Chicago Cubs
13. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
14. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
15. Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs
16. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
17. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
18. Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros
19. David Price, Boston Red Sox
20. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
21. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
22. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
23. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
24. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
25. Jake Arrieta, Free Agent
26. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
28. Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers
29. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
30. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
31. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
32. Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
33. Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
34. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds
35. Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks
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Mike Trout swing
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings.
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1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
3. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
4. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
5. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
6. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
7. George Springer, Houston Astros
8. J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
9. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
11. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
12. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels
14. Khris Davis, Oakland A’s
15. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
16. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
18. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
19. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
20. Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants
21. Tommy Pham, St. Louis Cardinals
22. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
23. Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers
24. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
25. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
26. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
28. Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves
29. Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers
30. Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers
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