Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 MLB Predictions!!!

YES! It's finally the end of March, sort of; that means it's time for my predictions.  Last year was humiliating, but I'll drive on and hit it out of the park this year!

1. Washington DC
2. Atlanta
3. Philly
4. Florida
5. NY Mets

1. Cincy
2. St. Louis
3. Milwaukee
4. Pittsburgh
5. Chicago

1. LA Dodgers
2. San Fran
3. Colorado
4. San Diego
5. Arizona

1. Toronto
2. Tampa Bay
3. Baltimore
4. Boston
5. New York

1. KC
2. Detroit
3. Cleveland
4. Chicago WS
5. Minnesota

1. Anaheim
2. Seattle
3. Oakland
4. Texas
5. Houston

Post Season
NL WC's: San Fran loses to Atlanta
AL WC's: Detroit over Tampa Bay

NLDS: Atlanta loses to Cincy
NLDS: LA Dodgers over Washington DC

ALDS: Detroit over Anaheim
ALDS: KC over Toronto

NLCS: Reds beats Dodgers
NLCS: KC beats Toronto

NL MVP- Jay Bruce
AL MVP- Mike Trout

NL ROY- Zack Wheeler
AL ROY- Wil Myers

NL CY- Yovanni Gallardo
AL CY- Yu Darvish

Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 Predictions

It's that time again!  Time for me to post my 2012 predictions.  I'm doing this a month early in order to post this before we all find out about the decision on Ryan Braun.  So here we go....
Keep in mind folks, I predicted that the Brew Crew would make it to the NLCS only to fall short to the Phillies.  Well, I was half right at least.

NL Wild Card game: Reds over Cardinals
NLDS: Reds over DiamondBacks
NLDS: Brewers over Reds
NLCS: Brewers over Reds

AL Wild Card game: Red Sox over Rangers
ALDS: Red Sox over Angels
ALDS: Tigers over Rays
ALCS: Tigers over Red Sox

Tigers over Brewers

NL East
Their rotation may not be as good as 2011 but they'll have the best bullpen in the NL.  Their prediction relies heavily on Jason Heyward and if he corrects that sophomore slump.
It will be tough for Lee & Doc to repeat what they did last year.  However, Hamels will continue to improve off of a career season.  Their aging line-up will be the biggest question mark and if Howard will not only be ready for the first month--but will he stay healthy?
Ya ya ya...Ozzie and his ban of misfits.  Their rotation's success will go as far as Josh Johnson's health.  Adding Buerhle and Bell to the closers roll will help.  If they can get 100 games out Jose Reyes, I'll be shocked.  Also, I can see Hanley having a huge year both at 3B & SS.
Strasburg and Zimmerman will be on a pitch count and under close observation most of the season.  They have the (tied for) second best bullpen in the NL.  If Ryan Zimmerman can stay healthy and Werth decides to play, they may overtake the Marlins.
This team is in the worst shape possible.  It's like they took a shitty team and made it even shittier.  Complete disaray.  I can see them trading off Wright at the deadline.

NL Central
Sure, they lost out on Prince (120 RBI) and Braun will be feeling like he has to over do it all season to prove he didn't juice.  However, they have the 3rd best bullpen in the NL as well as a top 3 rotation.  Their infield additions should vastly improve their defense and they'll turn to some small ball in order to make up for the lack of power. 
With the second best bullpen and an improved rotation (addition of Latos) the Reds and Crew will be battling back and forth all season long-or-at least from the All Star break on.  Jay Bruce will have an MVP-caliber season while Votto should also have similar 2011 results.  They probably made the best off-season additions in MLB. 
New skipper and ol' weak knees in the outfield (Beltran) will prove to be too big of a void to overcome from losing Alberta. If Wainwright bounces back and Carp continues to eat innings, they'll be fine.  But that bullpen will never be able to repeat without Duncan heading their hurlers.
This team will hope to finish 2nd at the All Star break and then fall apart in the second half.  Clint Hurdle has a stud in McCrutchen, but I don't expect their rotation to compete. 
Holy hell, this team is horrible.  Bud Norris will be most likely be traded in July and possibly look for Wandy to follow.

NL West
Justin Upton will compete with Jay Bruce for NL MVP.  They have outfield depth with Parra (gold glove winner last season) as their 5th fielder.  Ian Kennedy will have a down season, count on it.
Confusing moves this offseason.  Tulo will have his a-typical season and Cargo should hopefully provide enough umph to help them all season.  Their rotation will be their weakness as will their pen.
Kemp will still have a big season, but don't expect the 2011 CY Young to have a repeat performance.  Ethier will be traded by July.
Biggest question mark is Brian Wilson and his health, as well as Posey's.  Cain, Lincecum, and Baumgardner will be solid as usual.  But not enough power in their lineup.
Their park does them know favors offensively, but with the loss of Adams & Bell, someone will step up and be the go-to closer, then flipped at a high price.

AL East
They'll have the best rotation in the NL with Hellickson and Moore pounding out the strikezone.  Expect to see a come-back season by Pena and Upton.
Red Sox*
Crawford will bounce back and Gonzo should bat just fine in that comfy park.  Their rotation will be the biggest question mark.
An aging infield that will be anchord by Cano.  Expect Tex to have a subpar season.  Michael Pinieda will get destroyed in that park and possibly f-up his arm beyond repair. 
Blue Jays
Lawrie will come back down to earth playing a full season in the Bigs-- because he's a meathead.  Romero will compete for the AL Cy Young and Drabek will also dish out the pain.
Hardy's 30 HR season will be a flash in the pan.  There's absolutely nothing to get excited about here.  Although it will be interesting to see how Hamels does (Guthrie trade).

AL Central
Miggie & Fielder, 'nuff said.  Verlander will continue to be the top pitcher in the league.
Far fetched?  Perhaps.  Odorizzi will compete for ROY if he's called up in time.
The bottom 3 teams here are pretty even.  Brantley will have a huge season as will Kotchman.
Mauer and Morneau could suprise us all and the Twinkies could have a huge bounce back season.  But their rotation is weak sauce with too many holes.
White Sox
Adam Dunn will rebound, that's the only good news for this team.

AL West
Pujols will have a huge season batting in the AL West and at DH.  Their rotation will be one to reckon as well.
Yu Darvish will implode and the 46MM will be money foolishly waisted. No clear cut ace here.
Cespedes will flop and Man-Ram will come back from his 50 gamer with guns a, maybe he'll get injured right away.
Jesus Montero will be the AL ROY

NL Cy Young - Zack Greinke
AL Cy Young - Rickie Romero
NL ROY - Anthony Rizzo
AL ROY - Jesus Montero
NL Manager of the year - Mike Matheny
AL Manager of the year - Bobby Valentine

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Braun Wins Appeal!!!

Conflicting Reports all at once, but Braun won his case and he will be eligible to play Opening Day!  No 50 game suspension!

WLUK FOX 11 first tweeted that he lost his appeal.  But Tom Haudricourt tweeted shortly after that he won!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

How did I do on my 2011 predictions?

As typical everyear I post my preseason predictions.  Typically, I have been pretty damn good in years past.  I called that the SF Giants would make it to the World Series, which they won. 

Well, I once again called the NLCS right.  I had picked Milwaukee to make it to the series and lose to the Phillies.  Well, I was half-right, seeing that St Louis came through big down the stretch.  Take a look at how I did.....

World Series 2011

RED SOX win it all
Boston defeats Milwaukee
Well, I'm wrong all-together. 
Milwaukee defeats Philly: NLCS
Boston defeats Minnesota: ALCS
I had one correct team in the CS, Milwaukee
Milwaukee defeats Atlanta: NLDS
Philly defeats Colorado: NLDS
Boston defeats LA: NLDS
Minnesota defeats Tampa Bay: NLDS
Despite the spelling error, I did have Tampa Bay in the ALCS
Likewise with Philly and Milwaukee; So I had 3 out of the 8 teams rightAL East
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays *
NY Yankees
Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays
I picked Tampa to win the Wild Card, which they did
AL Central
Minnesota Twins
Detroit Tigers
Chicago White Sox
KC Royals
Cleveland Indians

AL West
LA Angels
Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners

NL East
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves *
Washington DC Nationals
Florida Marlins
NY Mets

NL Central
Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds
St Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates
I picked the Central Division winner right
NL West
Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
LA Dodgers
Arizona DBacks
The biggest failure...picking the DBacks last when they actually won it.

Here I wrote a few paragraps about my predictions.  I will highlight the areas where I was right:::

Boston is destined to rebound big time this season with the addition of Gonzo and Carl Crawford as well as a healthy rotation. Tampa will have the 2nd best rotation in the league, but their offense will struggle as they try to form as one with out Pena & Crawford. Baltimore could be the biggest surprise and even bump NY from 3rd place.

Minnesota is the best team in a poor division. They are the first to get bounced in the playoffs, but this season should be different. They have Kirk Gibson that can step up and fill the void if Francisco Loriano doesn't pan out. Detroit is always a threat, but can't compete with the Twins.

The Rangers will prove to be a fluke, even with the addition of Beltre and Brandon Webb. I wonder how their lockeroom will be with a newly appointed GM (Nolan Ryan), letting Feliz get his way in the starting rotation, and their treatment of Michael Young fresh on their minds. Meanwhile, never count out Mike Scosia and his club. They are sleepers and should be able to take the division, although it will come down to the wire.

The Rockies have the youth and the leadership to win the NL West. I truly feel that San Fran will falter down the stretch. They have the risky Barry Zito and a young hurler who could stumble in his 2nd full season (Madison Bumgarner), while Tim Linsecum has shown that he can be sketchy at times. Having a solid bullpen will help though.

Milwaukee and Cincinnati will battle back and forth this season. But Milwaukee pitching depth (yes, you read that correctly) will surpass the Reds. Both teams will run the stat board when it comes to offense, but Prince Fielder is destined to have a career season and Ryan Braun is showing no signs of slowing down. Milwaukee's pitching will be better than Cincy's, bullpens included.

The NL East will have the a repeat of 2010 on their hands when Atlanta and Philly battle it out. Don't count the Nationals out early....they are destined to make a significant jump this season, while the Marlins and Mets drop off.

Obviously, I picked the AL CY Young winner wrong (will go to Verlander), but Halladay has a shot
Long shot, but I could also get the Prince Fielder MVP prediction right.  If he doesn't win, he'll finish 3rd or 4th.
NL ROY will go to what's-hit-nuts from the Braves (the closer) while the AL ROY is unknown.Far-fetched individual awards:
AL Cy Young: David Price
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
NL MVP: Prince Fielder
AL ROY: Kyle Drabek
NL ROY: Freddie Freeman

Monday, October 17, 2011

All good things must come to an end

Now that the Brewers have closed out their 2011 season it's time to look ahead.  How do they capatilize off what they accomplished this season?  How does a small market team compete next year with out their star first baseman?  How do they upgrade this offseason at the corner-left infield?  Who will man RF next season?  Will Corey Hart take over 1B?  Is Taylor Green the answer at 3B?  Can the Crew lure Jose Reyes this off-season? 

So many questions--with no easy answers.

Here's what we know, Milwaukee will probably have the same starting rotation in 2012.  The bullpen will look the same as well, except for KRod and a few other names not worth mentioning (I don't have their contract info in front of me). 

The offense may still have Carlos Gomez manning CF and possibly even Nyjer Morgan, if he can be signed at a reasonable price.  The biggest question mark is in RF, with Corey Hart being either dealt this offseason or moving over to 1B.  That of course is pending the Prince Fielder question, which is pretty much accepted that he will be moving on to waters. 

The infield will also probably have some new faces.  SS will be vacant and 3B will probably have Taylor Green manning it next season.  Green of course was a mid-season call-up and then apart of the playoff roster.  Ideally, Milwaukee will like it if they can some how move the 29 year-old Casey McGehee to a new club in return for some prospects.  Most likely, McGehee will stay-put however, as he is only 1 season removed from having 100 RBI in 2010.  But his knees aren't getting any more durable. 

Jose Reyes will be the most sought after free agent (who's names aren't Prince & Albert) this offseason.  Reyes would be a welcomed addition, when Prince bounces town.  He would be cheaper and he still has plently of ball left in him (29 years-old).  My only concern with him is his weak-ass hamstrings and the idea of him spending at least 2 stints on the 15 day DL.  He did so for the Mets this season, in the midst of earning his batting title and his career season.  Other options at SS would be Jamey Carrol (old as dirt) and Hairston Jr, who plays 3B far better. 

So barring any freak injuries or big roster moves, the Brew Crew will look the same except for the #4 spot in the line-up, as well #6. 

Will Milwaukee try to add 1 more arm to their rotation?  It's doubtfull, considering all 5 of the starters will be back in 2012.  However, if Melvin can score a CJ Wilson or CC Sabathia, you can imagine that either Marcum, Wolf, or Narveson will be dealt for a SS or 1B.  My guess is that Marcum would be moved to an American League team in return for some infield help, since he has 1 season left and is up for his final arbitration. 

Season Over, Prince heading out of town (?).

Well,  as soon as Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin heard that RR was going to start Marcum in game 6, we all pretty much knew it was going to be over....and it was.

St Louis defeated Milwaukee 12-6 in the deciding game 6 and they will be representing the National League in the World Series against the Texas Rangers.

Prince went 0-4 in the game and 1 for 14 in games 3 thru 6.  He made a couple of decent defensive plays, but otherwise, was quiet the rest of the series. 

All in all, it was disappointing to see the Brewers lose this series.  I'll type more later. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Milwaukee ties NLCS up 2-2 with St Louis

  After dropping 2 in a row to St. Louis, Milwaukee rebounded last night in a 4-2 win at Busch Stadium.  Thanks impart to some small ball, the Brewers were able to claw their way back from being down 2 runs.  The Cardinals got off to a quick start with solo jacks by Allen Craig and Matt Holliday off of the shaky Randy Wolf.  Lucky for the Crew, Randy Wolf shook it off and pieced together one of the best postseason outing in franchise history.  Albeit he has some fierce competition for that nod, but given the circumstances of the game (down 2 games to 1) I feel this is worthy of that make believe award.

Randall Wolfster (1-0) went 7 complete, giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits.  He tallied 6 k's and 1 free pass.  Wolf even contributed at the plate with a line drive double. 
The bullpen did the rest.  KRod pitched the 8th and gave up a hit and struck out 1 while John Axford collected his 2nd save of the postseason; giving up 1 hit to Lance Berkman (PH). 

At the plate, Jerry Hairston Jr has been unreal!  He went 2-4 with a double and a RBI last night and made some key defensive plays. 

Jerry Hairston has been the unsung hero this offseason; heck even the month of September he has been on point.  Doug Melvin knew exactly what he was getting when he made the mid-season move to bring in Hairston Jr.   This veteran infielder can play anywhere on the field, most importantly, he was the fill-in for Rickie Weeks while he was on the mend for his twisted ankle.  Felipe Lopez was brought in from Tampa's AAA team/affiliate as soon as Rickie's news broke that he would miss 4-6 weeks.  Lopez got off to decent start with a 2 hit game in his first stint back at Miller Park, but it was obvious that Milwaukee needed somone larger than that.  Hairston has World Series experience, although not much, but he did have 6 AB's with a hit back in 2009 with the Yankees.  He also went 1 for 2 in the ALCS that year against the Angels. 

Hairston Jr. brought his cornerstone defensive play to 2B and now he's the sure shot at 3B, in place of the struggling Casey McGehee.  The 35 year-old is a leader in the club house and plays with raw emotions in the batter box.  He makes contact with the ball and has been relied on a couple of times this postseason to deliver. 
Thus far,Jerry has gone....
 6 for 16 against the DBacks in the NLDS; with 2 key doubles, 2 walks, and 3 runs batted in. Against the Cardinals, his 6 for 16 with 3 doubles and 1 RBI line has been a reliable crutch in this offense.  Especially over the past couple of games where Milwaukee's Braun & Fielder have failed to homer.

 Tonight, it's Zack Greinke vs Jamie Garcia (LHP).  Corey Hart and Carlos Gomez are starting in the outfield.  Hopefully Hart will start to come around.  He's been absolutely horrible so far.

Cordell Hart is hitting a piss poor .196 in the postseason play (2008 & 2011).  Even worse, the Kentucky redneck is down to a .83 at the plate: 1 for 12, 3 strike outs, 2 walks in the NLCS.

Meanwhile, Nyjer Morgan (who is no stranger to hitting pitches in the dirt) is racking up a stellar average this October.  Dude is hitting .310 at the plate and has driven in 3 runs.  He's the spark that ignites this team.  Nyjer is a must start in game 6 & 7.

Granted, Morgan can be way too much to handle at times (most of the times)....he's the missing piece in this Brewers puzzle of an outfield.  He's much needed.

It's fun to read some of these looks from the nation's media outlets.  Here are some that are worth reading....

New York Times looks in to the rivalry between St Louis and Milwaukee with an emphasis on beer making.

Wall Street Journal also touches on the suds series.... Did you know it costs $8 to buy a rice beer at Busch Stadium?!?! It's only 5.50 for a barley/hops brewed Miller at Miller Park.