Monday, March 26, 2007
One more week!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Your "sexy" pick this year will be the Indians. With the Angels winning the West and the Sox winning the East, the Wild Card team will once again emerge from the Central.
Hold on, the Central is gearing up to be a wild ride. If you don't care now, tune in around August as the horses come off the clubhouse turn.
Your World Series representative this year from the
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
White Sox 2
Cleveland Indians: This is going to be a four legged race, so hold on. The AL Central will be the most exciting division in baseball to watch. This team is loaded with talent and a lot of young talent. In the field you have Josh Barfield at 2B, Ryan Garko at 1B, Andy Marte at 3B. You also have young veterans in Hafner, Martinez and Sizemore. This team should either lead the league in HR or K's, I have not figured it out. Pitching looks decent. They have young talent in this category as well in Sowers and Carmona. Carmona had a ROUGH time last year, but hope to improve from his 1-10 record. Also watch for Adam Miller to be called up by June, did not allow a run in his 14 innings of spring training.
Minnesota Twins: AL MVP, batting champ and the AL CY Young winner, what more could you ask for? I guess having Liriano would be about it, but come on, this team is solid. With the emergence of Cuddyer in RF and his 108 RBI's, this team is finding weapons with having players achieving break out years. Pitching wise is solid as well. It will be hard to fill Lirano's shoes for the next 12 to maybe 24 months, but players like Scott Baker could rise to the occasion. Don't forget Joe Nathan coming in to close games. With Rincon and Crain as setup, opponents are going to struggle in innings 7 thru 9.
Detroit Tigers: This team did not change much since its World Series appearance. They added a big bat in DH with Sheffield. Pitching is what carried this team last and should do the same this year. Verlander is emerging as one of the dominating AL pitchers with a fastball breaking 100 MPH. The bullpen is strong with Todd Jones closing. If anything does happen to Jones, Zumaya will fill his shoes nicely with his 103 MPH fastball.
Chicago White Sox: The White Sox will once again compete for the AL Central crown, just not like the other three. They still have some pop at the plate, they added the always scrappy Erstad. Look for Josh Fields to setup perhaps in LF while Podsednik is out. He needs to develop better plate presence but has the power to go yard. Freddy Garcia was traded to the NL Phillies, and in comes Gavin Floyd. He was a young gun in the Phillies org, but did not have a great year in the NL. Also look for the emergence of John Danks.
KC Royals: This is a "rebuilding" year. Watch out at 3B with Alex Gordon, he had great plate discipline with a bit of pop. One other person to consider on the Royals is Ryan Shealy at firstbase. He will see plenty of at bats, and would make for a nice sleeper in deep fantasy leagues. Pitching is another story. I feel they overpaid for Meche, but we will see. On a bright note, and a very bright one at that, they now have Brian Bannister. Brian had a spectacular start last year with the Mets. Not sure how well he will do on the Royals, but keep your eyes peeled. With there closer MacDougal departing for the White Sox, a closer is in question for the Royals.
Chris Iannetta - Catcher- Rockies
Ryan Howard - 1B - Phillies
Ian Kinsler - 2B - Rangers
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B - Nats
Michael Young - SS - Rangers
Carlos Lee - OF - Astros
Delmon Young - OF - D-Rays, yes the bat thrower
Jeff Francoeur - OF - Braves
Paul Konerko - UTIL - White Sox
Conor Jackson - Bench 1B - D-Backs
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays
Brandon Webb - D-Backs
Jered Weaver - Angels
Justin Verlander - Tigers
Rich Harden - A's
Tom Glavine - Braves
Anibal Sanchez - Marlins
Ian Snell - Pirates
Chuch James - Braves
Tim Hudson - Braves
Kei Igawa - Yankees
Bobby Jenks - White Sox
Jason Isringhausen - Cardinals
Friday, March 16, 2007
Blue Jays 3
Boston Red Sox: This is always the hardest to pick,
NY Yankees: I am interested to see what Abreu is going to do this year. With
Thursday, March 15, 2007
NY Mets: Not much has changed for the Mets. I am concerned that Pedro will not be back until the All Star break, but that should not matter. He was hurt last year and they were still able to do well without him. If Mike Pelfrey can make the 5th starting spot, this should help with dealing without Pedro. Offensively this team is once again strong. David Wright is a great thirdbase man and you have Reyes with his breakout performance last year.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Dodgers 1 GB
Padres 3 GB
Giants 4 GB
Potential Playoff teams
LA Dodgers: The addition of Schmidt could be impressive. This is an organization that comes into every year with high hopes and doesn’t meet this expectation. They are coming off a playoff appearance, and perhaps the Dodgers can make that next round. On paper, they could have the best starting 5 in the NL West maybe even the entire NL, so placing them second seems questionable right now but I am taking a risk. Offensively in the infield the Dodgers look solid with
SD Padres: Sure, they added Maddux, but is that what this team needs? The nice thing about Maddux, this takes some “ace” pressure off of Peavy. Peavy has risen to the challenge; however, last season was his career worst to date. Maddux is aging and is not his younger, control freak self. The pen of the Padres, I think, is their strongest quality. Offensively, not much has changed. Players to watch are Greene at SS and Hensley, their young starting pitcher.
SF Giants: They lost Schmidt and this will be felt throughout this organization, but they did add Zito. I am not sure how Zito’s transition to the other side of the bay will be. I think he will be glad to leave the A’s and join the offensively Bonds driven team of the Giants. I don’t see too much youth in the team that takes the field everyday. I am sure this will change. The player to watch this year is Tim Linececum, he is a young starting pitcher for the Giants. If he makes in the rotation, this could bowed well. He will start in AAA.