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 WEST: 1/5

AL EAST: 0/5


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


Winner : Joe Mauer

2nd place: Ian Kinsler

3rd pace: Miguel Cabrera


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: March 6, 2008 2:41 pm

Tigers in 2008?


  • This team is a lot like the 1993 Blue Jays. Up and down the lineup you posess a lot of guys that can steal bases and hit for a high average. This team can produce a lot of runs when the team is healthy. Lineup may need to be changed around if players get injured.
  • Brandon Inge is a secure backup for third base if Cabrera starts to play horrible defense or if Jacque Jones goes down with an injury. Expect Jones to be benched, Cabrera moved to left field and Inge placed at third should any problems arise with defensive miscues.
  • Bullpen isn't too shabby. Grilli needs to stay consistent in his outings. Grilli's consistency will be affected by the performance of the starters. That also can be said about Todd Jones and Fernando Rodney. Jones-Rodney if consistent will shut down lineups in the final 2 innings. Willis, Bonderman, and Roberts will need to go deep in ball games to preserve the bullpen.


  • Infield is weak defensively at third base and first base. Miguel Cabrera playing third base could produce a lot of errors throwing to an inexperienced first basemen Carlos Guillen. Cabrera also being the aggressive player he is may disrupt Renteria's range. Expect a lot of miscommunication
  • Josh Beckett, Kevin Brown, Robb Nen, and Al Leiter are the only pitchers to have had consistent success outside of Florida. Livan Hernandez and A.J. Burnett has shown themselves to be good, but never maintained consistency for an entire season. Last year Dontrelle Willis posted an ERA of 5.17. Don't expect much change in his ERA. Having Rodriguez as his catcher should allow him some improvement, but not much. Expect a line from Willis resembling a 4.50 ERA, 185 innings, 110 strikeouts, 100+ walks.
  • Pitching is very weak. Outside of Justin Verlander your 2-5 starters are very good #4 pitchers on most other teams. Dontrelle Willis Jeremy Bonderman, and Nate Roberts will win 10 games each, but also give up a lot of runs.  Tigers should look to pick up an additional starting pitcher before the trade deadline and maybe another setup man.
  • The pitching is key this year for the Tigers. Should injuries occur or the bullpen gets worn out, then the Tigers will struggle down the second half of the season.

Best Lineup:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. 2B Placido Polanco
  3. SS Edgar Renteria
  4. 3B Miguel Cabrera
  5. RF Magglio Ordonez
  6. 1B Carlos Guillen
  7. DH Gary Sheffield
  8. C Ivan Rodriguez
  9. LF Jacque Jones

Your 2 through 5 hitters are all .300+ hitters. They protect each other in the lineup and can get the offense started in a hurry. Having Renteria bat third helps to reduce the number of inning killing double plays Ordonez and Cabrera often hit into. Batters 9 through 3 allows for a great deal of speed on the basepaths. Any ball hit in the gap will score runners. Middle of the order from 4 through 8 will produce the long balls. By having your best hit for average players at the top of the lineup (2-4) you will produce a lot of runs with the long ball.

Category: MLB
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