Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lets finish up our AL predictions today with the AL Central. As always, we'll star off py looking at last years numbers.

y–Los Angeles 97 65

Texas 87 75

Seattle 85 77

Oakland 75 87

As I said earlier on in the year, I think Seattle had the best offseason in all of baseball. With that being said I think they should make a significant jump and battle it out with Texas and the Angels for the AL West crown. While the Angels won the division fairly easily last season, I think it will be a three team race this year going down to the very end. Oakland is in a rebuilding stage, and I predict them to again finish last.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ok, so far I have been terrible about consistency in the timing of my posts, but i swear I'll get there one day. Its been a while since my last post, so lets not waste any more time and jump back into my preseason predictions. Today, the AL Central. Let's again start off by looking at last years standings.

Minnesota 87 76

Detroit 86 77

Chicago 79 83

Cleveland 65 97

Kansas City 65 97

  • I expect the Twins to successfully defend their title, however it will again be a tight race.The twins really had no key losses this off-season, but they also have made no major improvements. I think they will improve a bit as I really like their young pitching staff. But with young pitching comes inconsistency. With that being said I expect them to remaiu around the 87-90 win plateau.
  • The Tigers, in my opinion, are a team that has potential to have either a huge season, or a mediocre one. I feel that a big part of their success will lie in the hands of young righty Max Sherzer. While Scherzer's numbers aren't eye popping I really like his stuff, If he can have a big season the Tigers are a team worth watching out for.
  • Chicago is a team that has been very busy this off season. The team has made some key acquisitions, but has also faced some key losses. While i think overall their team may have improved, I do not think we will necessarily see those improvements as quickly as this season.
  • The only change i expect this season is for the Royals to jump above the Indians. I expect the Royals to make significant improvement. winning close to 75 games this year, but it will take a while before the Royals will be contenders.
  • As for the Indians, they just stink. There is really no other way to put it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

With pitchers and catchers report as early as TOMORROW for some teams, we have a lot to cover. Now that we have gone through who has had the best offseasons it is time for me to do my season predictions starting with the AL EAST. Here's how things ended last year:

y–New York10359


Tampa Bay8478



** y = won division w = won wild card.

However I expect a few changes. While I truly believe the Red Sox have a better team than the Yankees some people may say it is me being biased, (Yes folks, I am a Red Sox fan), with that being said I still see the Yankees finding a way to win the division, but not by much. They should stay consistent with a season somewhere from 98-110 wins. I see the Red Sox behind them by only about 2 games, as this season will come down to the wire, with the Sox falling just short. The Sox will win the Wild Card however, and with that pitching staff of theirs could be headed to the World Series.The Rays too should stay about the same winning somewhere between 80-85 games. I see the Orioles making a big jump here to around the 80 win plateau. They made some good offseason moves, and while as inconstant as they may be, they potential have a pretty good pitching staff. Expect a jump of around 10 games as i see them as a 75-80 win club.As for the Blue Jays, They might as well never leave the golf links. I see this as a lost season for them, actually i see it as a lost couple of seasons. Expect the Jays to be cellar dwellers for quite some time.

Monday, February 15, 2010

After a rough combination of winter weather, computer viruses, and stomach viruses, we are finally back with the number 3 team! Sorry for the delay people.

The Philadelphia Phillies

  • The addition of 2003 AL Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay was perhaps the biggest acquisition by any team this offseason. Halladay is arguably the best pitcher in the game, and the change from the AL to the NL should make his numbers even better. However the loss of 2008 AL Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee makes this move a little less spectacular. Halladay over Lee however is still an upgrade in my opinion.
  • The addition of former Tampa Bay Rays closer Danys Baez is one that I think many people overlook. The Phillies biggest weakness is their pen, and this move helps solidify it. Baez had a rough past two years in Baltimore, but in 2005 he had 41 saves for the Rays. Expect Baez to have a good year in the NL. He will start the season in the set up role, but will pose as a threat to closer Brad Lidge, if he struggles.
Roy Halladay's move to the NL could help improve his already stellar numbers. Halladay's ERA has been under 3 the past two seasons.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Welcome back to MLBlog. Two days ago we began our list of the top 3 teams to improve this offseason. Today we continue that list with number 2:

2. The Boston Red Sox - After finishing 2nd in the AL East standings last season (behind arch nemeses New York Yankees) , and after being eliminated from the postseason with a disappointing and somewhat shocking sweep in the ALDS at the hands of the Angels, the Bosox had a few areas they needed to address this offseason to be considered championship contenders. In my opinion they did just that.

  • The addition of John Lackey bolsters an already stacked starting rotation. The addition gives the Red Sox one of the, if not THE best rotation's in baseball.
  • The addition of defensive guru's Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre are in my opinion two of the best moves that nobody is talking about. Ok, so maybe some people are saying Cameron and Beltre to the Sox were good signings, but I'm going to take it a step further and call them GREAT signings. This is an era where fans are drawn towards great hitting while overlooking the importance of solid defense, but it is my opinion that great pitching as well as great pitching are what win championships.
  • The addition of Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre will serve to be huge... No, this is not a typo. I did not accidentally just bring up the same two players, I did it intentionally to bring up a point. Whenever Cameron or beltre are named we are reminded of their stellar defense, and while they each are 2 time gold glovers, they aren't shabby hitters either. Cameron has hit 20 or more homeruns in 5 of the past 6 years, coming in with 24 last season. Beltre also has some pop. He has hit 20 or more homers 7 times in his career, including a career high 48 in 2004. While it is unrealistic that he will reach those numbers again, the move to Fenway should mark a rise in his offensive numbers.
  • The addition of Marco Scutaro is one that many people tend to overlook. while his number are not eye popping, Scutaro is a solid shortstop who has room for growth, and will definitely put up better numbers than last year's shortstop by committee.
  • Finally the addition of Jeremy Hermida and Bill Hall add great depth to the Sox bench

John Lackey, who threw 7.1 shutout innings against the Red Sox in the 2009 ALDS, will now look to help lead them to a championship.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Welcome to MLBlog

With pitchers and catchers due to report for some teams in just 11 days, a new season of major league baseball is right around the corner. Its been a busy offseason for many general managers as they attempt to prepare their squads for a post season run. This week we will run through the top 3 teams who have improved this offseason.

1. The Seattle Mariners
  • The acquisition of 2008 AL Cy young award winner, lefty Cliff Lee, gives the M's one of the best 1,2 punches in baseball alongside 19 game winner Felix Hernandez. Not to mention Lee is a proven postseason talent.
  • The addition of 3B/2B/OF/everything in between man Chone Figgins is one that may get over looked by people. Figgins has the ability to swipe 40 bags in a season easily, and along side teammate Ichiro Suzuki the M's will be looking to run all over their opponents.
  • The M's also made several other good moves including the acquisition of veterans Milton Bradley and Casey Kotchman.
  • The one thing that still worries me about this team however is lack of bullpen depth. The M's seem confident that closer David Aardsma can repeat last years stellar performance, I however am not so convinced.

The signing of Chone Figgins was one of the many key additions the Mariner's made this offseason

Tune in in 2 days for number 2 on MLBlog