As a classic Super Bowl match-up and football season has closed, we have baseball returning rather shortly and hopefully just as interesting as last season.
There have been key acquisitions and trades already. The Yankees return as the defending the World Series Champions and is there anybody that can challenge them this season? The Phillies on the other hand, fell short in gaining a repeat but gained Roy Holliday in the process during the off-season.
Thoughts and Analysis:
The Yankees are probably the favorites this year to go for their 28th title but the Phillies are solid and should be in contention for another World Series crown.
The Braves and Marlins were relative surprises and look to hopefully improve and gain some ground in the NL East.
The Dodgers were the favorites in the West but can the Rockies actually stay consistent with last season's momentum and earn another playoff run?
I don't see anyone challenging the Cards in the NL Central unless the Cubs can utilize their talented roster into more team wins.
The Angels look to be the favorites yet again in the AL West but with the addition of Cliff Lee, they may gain some ground.
With a healthy Joe Mauer, the Twins are the favs for the Central crown yet again.
I don't see why the Phils got rid of Cliff Lee for Roy Holliday; Lee was instrumental in their playoff run last season and perhaps could have orchestrated some deal to have both aces bringing a one-two punch to the NL.
I am excited to see what this season brings and should be interesting. Your thoughts and opinions...........
Lee wouldn't sign long term with the Phillies for the price they got Halladay, so the Phillies made the move. Yankees are probably the chalk, but, interesting what the extra month of pitching does to their starters. Angels could very well finish 3rd. The Mariners should be heavy favorites in the division. For the first time in God knows how long, I can't get a read on the Red Sox. Indians are a definite under bet. Have not seen the over/under numbers yet, and I would like time to study them before going to the desert, but I'm actually thinking of having the Nats as an over bet. Number should be real low, and they might steadily improve to around 70 wins. And, the probably easiest bet in baseball: The Pirates will finish under .500.
I am a big Braves fan but the team I am actually most curious about are the Rockies. The last time the Rocks ended the season with a momentum push, they got to the World Series only to lose to the Red Sox (if my memory is correct).
The following season, the Rockies have a bad season only to follow it up with last season's late season surge. Is this going to be a repeating pattern? If Colorado can stay consistent, they might be the biggest challenge to Dodgers out West. The Braves future right now is their red hot rookie from last season, Tommy Hansen. I hope he can muster up 15 wins this season, which is possible.
The Red Sox may be hard to read, but so will the Rays. The Rays started out pretty slow in the beginning but finished with a respectable 84 wins in the highly competitive AL East. One of my friends correctly predicted that the Rays wouldn't win the AL East crown during the 2009 season because they wouldn't surprise the usual AL East contenders with Boston and NY.
I am also curious to what other people predict for the up and coming 2010 MLB season.
Originally posted by The Game The Braves and Marlins were relative surprises and look to hopefully improve and gain some ground in the NL East.
How do you figure? People actually picked the Braves to win the NL East for the past two years and both years they failed miserably. I mean seriously, the franchise doesn't get enough credit for making lousy decisions recently. They got nothing for Tex, nothing for Vazquez, Francoeur was a bad trade, the first time they had Laroche they traded him for a closer that has averaged 8 saves per season in 3 years. Yeah, Oliver Perez sucks and all, but that doesn't change the fact that the Braves still greatly overpaid for Derek Lowe too. Only good move they made was getting an overrated centerfielder from Pittsburgh that most people don't realize is almost 30 already and hit .25 points lower than Francoeur, who they chased out of town.
I'm also tired of hearing, "they'll be good if Chipper stays healthy". Yeah, and I'll be rich if a stranger walks up to me and hands me a million dollars. In other words, not gonna happen. Their next best player, McCann, isn't going to play a full season either. Escobar is good, but he's not living up to the "going to join Hanley/Reyes/Rollins class" hype he was getting two years ago. (Fortunately for him it's really only the Hanley class now).
(edited by Quezzy on 10.2.10 2040) Lance's Response:
Generally agree with your Braves take. I thought Atlanta could've been contenders if they had gotten one or two big bats, but instead they dealt away a big part of their awesome staff (Vazquez) and just picked up role players like Hinske and Glaus to help their poor lineup.
Philly should take the NL East without much problem.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
There isn't enough alcohol in the world to make me forget the abysmal moves the Angels made this offseason. Letting Figgins go to a division rival was stupid. Letting Lackey go to Boston was stupid. Letting Guerrero go to another division rival was stupid AND depressing. Signing an over-the-hill Hideki Matsui to big money was stupid. Signing an injury prone and not-all-that-good Fernando Rodney was stupid. And I'm absolutely BAFFLED as to how there were so many departures and the payroll for this year is HIGHER than it was last year.
God help this team, the rotation for the season looks like it'll be Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Scott Kazmir (who's shown NOTHING since coming to Anaheim), Joel Freakin' Piniero, and...oh lord...Matt Palmer.
If Mike Scioscia can pull a playoff berth out of this team, I'll eat my Angels hat. This team doesn't have a chance.
(edited by It's False on 17.2.10 1850)
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Originally posted by ekedolphinMy Nationals can only get better. (Right?)
Well, they just added Chien-Ming Wang, so...no.
1 year, $2 mil for a guy coming off a major injury (and a horrible season in which he may have been terrible due to the injury) doesn't sound like a high-stakes gamble. Factor in that from 2006-2008 went 19-6, 19-7, and 8-2, and I'd think that there's not much this deal can do to bite Washington in the ass. IMO, it's probably a better gamble than Oakland throwing insane money at Ben Sheets. That said, having watched CMW since he came up, maybe there is a reason that no other team made a run at this guy. For $2M? A guy who won 19 games twice, turning 31 next month, and is by reports a genuinely nice guy? Personally, I really wanted him back in the Bronx.
I don't see any reason to expand the playoffs. So a good team doesn't get in, so what? They should've done better. I'd rather a good team like Chicago get left out than a team that doesn't deserve it like Philadelphia gets in.