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Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:49 pm
 

MLB Second Round Predictions

The first round to me was not so hard to predict in my last blog . Teams like the Twins, Rockies, and Cardinals were fortunate to have unbalanced and favorable schedules, and play in weak divisions. The Red Sox have no passion, no team chemistry, and just are not that good without Manny Ramirez in that lineup.


So anyways, moving on to the next round.

Yankees vs. Angels   ANGELS IN 6.

Phillies vs. Dodgers   DODGERS IN 7



I would like to see the Phillies win the whole thing to represent that NL East division, but somehting tells me that backend of the bullpen is going to exproad. No not explode, EXPROAD!

And yes I'm seeing this Angels team going to the World Series like it is 2002 all over again.

My prediction is an all L.A. Series, Dodgers vs Angels.


Good Luck Fellas.
Posted on: October 4, 2009 7:16 pm
 

End of Season Smack Talk

Early Season Predictions


So how about those Mets! Am I a genius for my early season predictions on the NL East or did I come upon dumb luck?

NL EAST: 5/5

NL CENTRAL: 2/6

NL WEST: 1/5

AL EAST: 0/5

AL CENTRAL: 2/5 PENDING

AL WEST: 2/4

TOTAL: 12/30. 40% Correct


Season Awards


My picks on who should win what.

AL Cy Young

Winner : Justin Verlander

2nd place: Zack Greinke

3rd pace: Felix Hernandez

 

NL Cy Young

Winner : Tim Lincecum

2nd place:  Adam Wainwright

3rd pace: Matt Cain


AL MVP

Winner : Joe Mauer

2nd place: Ian Kinsler

3rd pace: Miguel Cabrera


NL MVP

Winner : Ryan Howard

2nd place: Albert Pujols

3rd pace: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez (TIE)


AL Rookie of the Year

Winner : Elvis Andrus

2nd place: Gordon Beckham

3rd pace: Rick Porcello


NL Rookie of the Year

Winner : Chris Coghlan

2nd place: Tommy Hanson

3rd pace: Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus (TIE)


Playoff Predictions. UH OHHHHHHHH

1st Round

American League

(PENDING ) Yankees vs Tigers. YANKEES IN 5

(PENDING ) Yankees vs Twins. YANKEES IN 4

Red Sox vs Angels. ANGELS in 4


National League

Phillies vs Rockies. PHILLIES in 3

Cardinals vs Dodgers. DODGERS in 4

Posted on: September 29, 2008 10:09 am
 

Marlins Rumor Mill

So this offseason the Marlins will be looking to tool up and improve where they have been weak at. It's a shame that Dan Uggla was included in the trade discussions because he is arbitration eligible and may see a pay increase to about 5-6 million. Uggla is the true MVP of this Marlins lineup and without him, we can expect a major change in win-loss record going into next season.

The Marlins will be seeking to improve defense and address issues with the pitching. Here's a list of changes that possibly could come.

Kevin Gregg. Lost his closer role to Matt Lindstrom after leading the National League in blown saves with 9, with 6 of them coming in the months of August-September when the Marlins needed him to step up most. Gregg realistically is a middle reliver, and at best a setup man. If the Mets can not land Francisco Rodriguez in free agency this offseason, more then likely Gregg will be a Met next year. Other teams that could be interested include the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. With the Tigers Gregg will take over the closer role, but with the Cards he will have to settle for a MR or SU role. For now expect Gregg to be on his way to the Mets. The likely pick up in the offseason is former Marlin Luis Castillo with the Mets paying off most of his remaining contract just to get him out of N.Y. Gone? Definitely.

Mark Hendrickson. He's a free agent and most likely will not be brought back after his worse career in the majors so far. Don't expect to see Mark in the majors too long after getting ripped apart in one of the best pitchers parks in the majors. Gone? Definitely.

Luis Gonzalez. He said the Marlins will have first crack at him, but hinted that he will not just come back for a 19th season for the sake of it. Basically Luis Gonzalez will be looking to play for a serious contender, otherwise he will retire. Chances are he will retire if he is not happy with the Marlins offseason moves or go elsewhere to a contender to fill an outfield void. Gone? Most Likely.

Jorge Cantu. Can the Marlins outbid the White Sox? Joe Crede most likely is done in Chicago and the White Sox could throw a price tag of 7-8 Mill at Cantu. Gone? Definitely.

Dan Uggla. Uggla getting dealt will have a lot to do with if the Marlins can acquire Luis Castillo from the Mets and if the Mets are going to pay a load of his salary. The likely trade to happen will be  a package of Dan Uggla and Scott Olsen heading to the Indians for Victor Martinez and a few minor league prospects. V-Mart makes a lot though, so unless the Tribe is willing to pay half his salary then it remains a small chance the Marlins will take on a weak hitting catcher who has become a defensive liability in the past year. There is also a possibility that the Dodgers could be interested. Also if the Marlins fail to resign Cantu and opts to not go after Crede, Uggla could end up staying and see time at 3B. Gone? Too hard to say.

Mike Jacobs. Face it, he's a DH and more then likely he will be in the American League next year. Jacobs can not play defense and that is what kills him and the Marlins. The Indians choice of him and Uggla could decide where he will end up. The Mariners are another strong possibility if the Indians take Uggla instead of Jake. Gone? Most Likely.

Renyel Pinto. It doesn't seem like the Marlins want to trade him after he's been so successsful through 40 games last year and the year before. It's going beyond that he has a problem doing. He's clearly been overworked and that will be a main factor teams look at before pulling a deal for a trade. Does Pinto's arm have anything left in the tank? Probably not, but he should be a cheap risk for anyone desperately in need of strengthening their bullpen with a left handed relief pitcher that can give you tons of innings. That is if his arm is functional. Gone? Probably not.

Jeremy Hermida. Could be the first positional player dealt this offseason. Rumors from Marlins personel suggest Cody Ross will be given the permanent right field job while Maybin takes over center field. The Giants are in need of outfield depth and right now Hermida will easily emerge as their best and youngest outfielder at 23 years old. Gone? Most likely.

Arthur Rhodes. He was dominant and happy here in Florida. He hasn't made any indications to his plans, but with Pinto being dangled out there, Rhodes probably has found his retirement home in South Florida. Gone? Probably not.

Josh Willingham. He won't win arbitration with all his injuries and lack of production this season. Marlins won't have to worry about the price tag on Josh until next season. Gone? He's a keeper, unless traded.

Dallas McPherson. Tigers will be making a nice offer to him in the offseason. Dallas had success before in Anaheim, but couldn't keep himself together there long enough to beat out Chone Figgins. He is a free agent after setting a minor league record of 38 homers. He's out of the Marlins price range. Gone? Definitely.

Mike Rabelo. He ran himself to the minor leagues, and John Baker ran him out of a job. Rabelo will be elsewhere after this year. Gone? Definitely.

Scott Olsen. He is the likely man out of the Marlins rotation. Andrew Miller or Ryan Tucker will battle out for the 5th spot. Expect Olsen to be with the Indians next season. Another Candidate is also the Mariners. Gone? Most likely.

Posted on: June 10, 2008 7:25 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2008 7:53 pm
 

Facts and Stats

Throwing some facts and stats out there.

Statistics are up to date as of June 09, 2008.

Chicago Cubs

Pros:

  • Leads NL ERA: 3.67
  • Leads NL Runs Scored: 352
  • 5th in NL homeruns: 70
  • Leads NL in RBI: 333
  • 3rd in NL Slugging %: .445
  • Leads NL Batting Average: .282

Cons:

  • 10-11 vs. teams with .500+ win %.
  • Losing road record at 14-16.
  • 12th in NL Errors: 42.
  • 8-1 vs. Pirates. 32-23 vs. everyone else
  • 18-5 record against abysmal NL West. 8 of the 11 teams from the NL Central and East have winning records against the NL West. 22-19 vs. everyone else.
  • 2 NL teams with .500+ win %, Have not played: Marlins, Braves.

 

 


 

St. Louis Cardinals

Pros:

  • 4th fewest NL errors: 35
  • 14-11 vs. teams with .500+ win %.
  • Winning record on the road, at home, vs. each division, in inter-league play, and vs. winning teams.
  • 6th in NL ERA: 3.93
  • 6th in NL RBI: 289
  • 3rd in NL batting average: .273
  • 3rd fewest stolen bases allowed: 26

Cons:

 


 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Pros:

  • 17-11 vs. teams with .500+ win %. Has played every winning team except Cardinals.
  • Winning record on the road, at home, vs. each division, and vs. winning teams.
  • 5th in NL ERA: 3.84
  • 2n in NL homeruns: 93
  • 2nd in NL RBI: 331
  • 2nd in NL Slugging %: .454

Cons:

  • Losing record during inter-league play.
  • 4th most stolen bases allowed: 48.

 


 

 

Florida Marlins

Pros:

  • 14-10 vs. teams with .500+ win %
  • Winning record on the road, at home, vs. each division, and vs. winning teams.
  • Tied with Giants and Nationals for most shutouts (5).
  • Leads NL Home runs: 95.
  • 3rd in NL RBI: 299
  • Leads NL in Slugging %: .457

Cons:

  • Losing record during inter-league play.
  • Leads NL in errors: 56,and tied with Rangers for major league lead.
  • 14th in NL ERA: 4.62, and 15th in NL Walks: 259.
  • Batter strike out too much for league lead: 532.
  • 2 NL Teams at .500+ win % they have not played: Cardinals, Cubs.

 


 

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Pros:

  • 3rd in NL ERA: 3.72
  • 4th in NL homeruns: 71
  • 5th in NL RBI: 291
  • 4th in NL slugging %: .427

Cons:

  • Batters are 3rd in strikeouts : 488
  • 2nd most NL hits allowed: 532
  • 3rd most NL Errors: 46
  • 3rd lowest NL batting average: .250
  • Losing record of 6-14 against teams with .500+ win %
  • Losing road record of 13-18
  • Losing record against NL East: 7-10
  • Losing record against NL Central: 5-11

 

 


 Up to this point, the Phillies appear to be the most sound team. They are the only one to play all teams that are at or above a .500 winning percentage. They have winning records in all areas, except inter-league play, and don't have any major faulty stats that can indicate weaknesses other then stolen bases allowed. The Phillies could use one more starter in their rotation and they will be set.

 


 

 Marlins potential for success lies in 3 areas. First, they need to field the ball. Jorge Cantu has 11 home runs, but 14 errors. Dallas McPherson is near ready to be brought up to take over 3B. With Willingham nearly healthy the Marlins can do away with Cantu. Second, comes the closer situation. Kevin Gregg is comparable to Braden Looper, he can close about 20 games per season, but will need extra help during a playoff run. Third comes down to starting rotation. Do the Marlins go out there and pick up an extra starter and dump Mark Hendrickson, or wait to see how Sergio Mitre and Anibel Sanchez perform when they return at the All-Star break, or Josh Johnson in late-August. Best bet is to trade for a veteran starter. Deal off 2 of the 3 between Mark Hendrickson, Justin Miller and Logan Kensing while they still have value. Maddux and Sabathia could possibly be available, but the Marlins won't unload for Sabathia for what he demands and the lack of playoff punch he delivers. Maddux would be an excellent pickup to provide leadership to a very young rotation.

 


 

 Cardinals at this point are unproven. There is 4 teams at .500 or above they have not yet faced, and they have not faced 4 of the 5 NL East teams. The Cardinals currently though is the only team to have a winning record in all areas: road, home, vs. each division, against the winning teams they have faced, vs. losing teams, and during inter-league play. They appear to be fairly balanced, but among all winning teams they have yet to face 4 other winning teams and 4 of the beastly hitting NL East teams.

 


 

 The Diamondbacks has all the pitching needed to win, and then some more in the minors with Yusmeiro Petit. D'Backs can hit the long ball, but have way too many weaknesses. D'Backs pitchers allow too many hits and get too few themselves. Run support is seriously lacking. Against beastly hitting teams they are 1-8 versus the Phillies, Marlins, and Cubs. D'Backs match up well with the Marlins due to the Marlins stadium being a pitchers park, but the Phillies and Cubs play in the most hitter friendly parks in the NL. Best thing to do now is to trade elite prospect Yusmeiro Petit and a few others and pull in a bat. A deal with the Marlins would be a good fit, they need pitching and the D'Backs need hitting.

 


 

 Cubs at this point look great in every offensive category, but their record against the NL West and Pittsburg Pirates stand out too much. As noted already, 8 of the 11 teams from the NL Central and East have winning records against the West, and the Pirates have been pounded on by just about every team with a winning record. Cubs have a 10-11 losing record against winning teams, that along with a 3-game sweep of the D'Backs. I'm a bit skeptical about how good this team really is. Dempster is having a career year and Geovany Soto will most likely win rookie of the year. Ramirez, De.Lee, and Soriano is healthy so there is no fluke in their hitting. Short stop Ryan Theriot has been the biggest surprise so far this season. Can he keep it up? Fukudome is starting to look like the next Hee Soip Choi, after having a monstrous first 3 weeks he has struggled. Cubs current weaknesses lie in that they only have Zambrano and Dempster. Wood is always an injury waiting to happen. This team needs to pick up 2 more starters and an insurance closer. The Cubs will continue to have the easiest schedule of the season and will have only one tough stretch against winning teams starting July 21 to July 31st as they face the Brewers, Marlins, and Diamondbacks.

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