The AUSTIN CITY LIMITS traded Johnny Mitre and Zip Madson to the JACKSONVILLE JUGGERNAUTS for Cristobal Castro , Aaron Thompson and Charles Reed
This trade is about Zip Madison. The Juggernauts have been re-building for 5 years and they are bringing the youngsters up to the Majors. Wish is filling out his needs with great young prospects like Zip. Wylie picks up 3 really solid players for his "win now season". Great trade for both teams.
M L INJURIES
Vin "Number" Serra is out for the year. Check out these numbers. He was signed in the off-season by Nwsheehy for 2 years/10.3 million, 4.9 this year and 5.3 next year. He lasted 2.1 innings , that's 2.3 million per inning. Too bad the Tabaky Farmers are playing good and will miss his experience in the play-offs.
This injury probably isn't Ted "Toilet" Brush's fault. With his owner M I A he may have been abused. He is already back off the DL but this years season has been flushed down the Toilet.
Grover "Cleveland" Serafini was on the DL with a elbow strain. He is already back trying to impress his boss, Hacker7. He got the call-up this year and wants to stay in office.
I can't believe this is the first time Torey "Spelling" Acosta was put on the DL. He has stayed off it even with a low health rating. Can you spell M-C-L S-P-R-A-I-N . It will only keep him out for 3 weeks. G-O-O-D
Woof!! Danny "No Bite" Barker was abused by his owner. He will be out 60 days with a shoulder impingement. Someone call the SPCA.
Thom "Hairlip" Gates will miss the rest of the season with a herniated disk in his neck. Tom was signed in the off-season for 2 years /7.8 million. Noff very good!
Shawn "Fully Stocked" Barfield will be out 2 weeks with a strained shoulder. Shawn has a good mix of hitting ,defense and running. In a nut shell he's got everything to be a solid M L player.
I didn't give Alexi Hernandez a nickname when he showed up on the DL last year. But seeing how he will probably be a DL Darling I must give him one. He will be known as Alexi "Con" Hernandez. Not for the that term Lexicon (List of words), But for his ability to get Avantael to keep signing him.Con indeed! Oh...he will be out 3 weeks with a sore shoulder
Geronimo "Cannonball" Cruz jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge when the owner of the Yankees disappeared. He suffered a Strained Groin and will miss 2 weeks. That musta been a hell of a splash!
Oh how we missed Vitas "Dust In the Wind" Sager on the DL. He stayed healthy the last 2 years and now will miss 2 weeks with a broken Toe. He likes kicking up dirt on windy days.
Dustin "Off His" Wood will miss 3 weeks with a strained MCL. It's been a long time since he used his wood and may want to ease into it...so to speak.
Cal " A Fornication" Baez will miss most of the year with a bulging disk in his back. What a little Fucker , just like Duchovny!!
Two years ago I said Charlie Lockwood was just a temporary player so I didn't give him a nickname . Last year he shoved that post down my throat by going 15-9. Chalie "Sheen" Lockwood is a Winner!!
T J "Hooker" Wright will miss 2 months with a elbow strain. He musta got a hold of the wrong Hooker!!
Ceasr Roque "ford" will be out 2 months with a elbow strain. Cheese.......he really puts the Ford in Hartford. Yep...pretty Cheesy!
Kordell "Dolly" Madson was having a great start of the season. A strained neck will sideline him for 2 weeks. No Zinger here ...but they are yummy!
Alexi "Fangoso" Rios is back on the DL. A dislocated shoulder will keep him out 3 weeks. TC just signed Mr Muddy to a 3 year/20.1 million and a 2.5 million bonus in the off-season. Quite a Quagmire for the Blues!
Hick "Food" Boucher is out a month with a strained elbow. Time to break out his cardboard sign "will work for food" again.
Loading up the rookie roster early.
Speed and range in CF is always a must.
A power bat is always nice.
Good signing for 7 million.
The Blitz get a early IFA for 3.2 million
Looks like the Bandits needed some pitching in the farm system.
They got a nice prospect for 1.3 million
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
|DON'T PICK THIS|
The choice is yours Wrigleyville owners. Send me your picks for this years division winners and wild card teams. Why should I have all the fun, but if you would rather enjoy picking your crack ...well then....maybe you will strike black gold. I will post your picks on the Blog and at the end of the year we will see who wins the Best Picker Award (we need a better name, Anyone???)
I will be adding this Award and a playoff bracket challenge at the end of the year. I will still be writing a weekly update and a All-star break post. I wanted to write a draft review but my scouting is shit and I can't see most off them or their projections. This will also hamper my take on trades and Internationals. I will just be commenting on generalities for that reason. Sorry guys, the lame nicknames will still be there.
So without further adieu here are my picks . You have until Saturday Night to get your Picks in. Hoop quit picking that.......:)
SOUTH- BLACK BEARS
W/C- RED LIGHT DISTRICTS
EAST- RED TAILS
SOUTH- TABAKY FARMERS
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
LAST YEARS RECORD:100-62 (Division Winner)
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: My Neighbor Jeff is back on top of the N L East.His RLD's battled the tired and old Coat Factories up to the last week and finished with a 92-70 record. They accomplished this with great hitting (.279 BA-5th, 809 runs-16th) and great pitching (4.07 ERA-8th, 1.29 WHIP-3rd) . Not sure why a such a good hitting team only scored 809 runs,go figure!. The defense was in the middle (97 errors-17th, .984 FPct-16th) of the pack. They went into the post-season as the #3 seed where they bounced a young Ute team in the first round. Then got bounced themselves in the DCS by the eventual World Champs.Look out fellas!! The RLD's are greatly improved with quality free agents and savy trades. Jeff did a great job picking up talent from the old Coat Factories and others. This team will win the division easily and will go deep in the playoffs.PREDICTION: 102-60 (Div Winner)
OUT: Jorge Fernandez , Buzz Person , Yank Hill , Vin Serra , Gene Weston , Robb Wyatt , Hector Ruth
IN: Garry Olsen , Livan Mercado , Sal Lush , Rico Gutierrez , Carlos Estrada , Diego Arredondo , Gary Stern , Ramiro Pena
PREVIEW: I picked the Red Light Districts to win the division because even though the Moose are a improved squad. I have a affinity for brothels and everything sewn from debauchery. Jeffs team won 100 games with great hitting , pitching and defense. All 3 were ranked 2nd in the N L. He went into the playoffs as the #3 seed and my Zoids got lucky and beat them in 4 games. In the off-season Jeff re-signed Omar Bonilla and let Fernandez, Person, Hill, Serra and Weston go to free agency. He traded away Wyatt and Ruth to Pitts and NY. Jeff had several roster spots open and he signed free agents Olsen, Mercado, Lush, Gutierrez, Estrada and Arredondo. He traded for Stern and Pena to complete this years RLD's. Cincy is getting long in the tooth and Jeff brought in some more old farts in free agency. They still have good pitching both in the rotation and bullpen. At the plate they have a power problem but can hit with contact. I think this years team takes a step back with the emergence of Syracuse.PREDICTION:87-75(Wild Card)
LAST YEARS RECORD:93-69 (Wild Card)
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Looks like I was overly optimistic in my prediction of a 95 win season. It's hard projecting a team that has a incomplete roster. But the Moose did win 84 games and it was a step back from last years 94 win season. They had the number 3 ranked pitching staff with a 3.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.31. It couldn't overcome the bad hitting (.261 BA-23rd , 778 runs-18th) and defense (111 errors-25th, .982 FPct-25th).At the time of this writing Rugby has only 22 guys on his M L roster. And the AAA Cupboard is still full of tasty little Meese's such as Daniel Marshall , Charles Yamamoto , Ugueth Duran, Lance Bailey and Javier Megias. He didn't call them up last year and I would like to think he will call some up this year. Until I see it, I'm not ready to go out on a limb like last year and pick them to maybe win the division.When all his kids come of age ....look out! PREDICTION:89-73
OUT: Rock Hayes , Domingo Pujols , Michael Green , Ronald Carter
IN: Daniel Marshall , Yunesky Ethier , Taylor Allen
RUGBY'S PREVIEW: The trade for Taylor Allen and the full time insertion into the lineup of Charles Yamamoto and Daniel Marshall may give us the best offensive lineup we have ever had.We are probably a year away from bringing up some really good SPs but the current staff should keep us in most games. I am expecting a lot of high scoring games this season.
PREVIEW: I've been foretelling of the emergence of the Moose for a couple years now. Last year they finally came of age and won 93 games and a wild card berth. Rugby's team did this with good hitting (6th in the N L) and pitching (4th in the N L). The defense (8th in the N L) was about average. Syracuse went into the playoffs as the #5 seed and got by the Utes in the first round. Then they met the defending Champs in the DCS and lost in 4 games. In the off-season Rugby let Khiry Allen go to free agency then re-signed him. He then released Hayes and Pujols and traded away Green and Carter. Rugby promoted Marshall and Ethier and the earlier trade brought in T. Allen. The pipeline to the prospect talent has been opened. and with the addition of T Allen, This team is ready to win this division. It won't be easy, the old farts in Cincinnati will give them a battle . PREDICTION:98-64(Division Winner)
LAST YEARS RECORD:80-82
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: It's still a re-build on fantasy island and Ralph's Crabbers finished with 52 wins. He picked up Juan Chavez in last years draft and will add him to the pool of tasty prospects.Meanwhile Ralph will be on the beach in his speedo scoping out the Honeys. What a life !! PREDICTION:55-107
OUT: Pat Shelley , Kimera Oliver , Luis Gil , Brian Dickinson , Albert Santos , Carlos Bolivar
IN: Russ Johns , Jason Perez , Guy Porter , Don Hyzdu , Hersh Paul
PREVIEW: The San Juan Crabbers came out of the gate on fire and led this division for much of the first half of the season. They won 80 games this year with good pitching (6th in the N L) and defense (6th in the N L). The hitting (9th in the N L) was average in the National League This may the beginnings of good things to come for Ralphs team. In the off-season Ralph "the professor" let future HOF'er Juan Parra to free agency then signed him back for his 17th major league season. He let Shelly , Oliver and Gil go to free agency and released Dickinson, Santos and Bolivar. Ralph claimed Johns, Perez and Porter off the waiver wire and signed free agent Hyzdu. He promoted Paul to make the opening day roster count at 24. Ralph still has talent in the farm system cooking. It looks as if the Crabbers are a year or 2 away from another run at greatness. Right now this team looks like a .500 team. PREDICTION:83-79
LAST YEARS RECORD:71-91
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Not only were the Coat Factories worn out so was Ehull. After winning 3 Series in a row, Burlington missed the playoffs completely. Ehull left Wrigleyville to chase pussy on Sordies Feline Ranch. Zsiegri bought the team for a Pony, a pair of Chaps and a roping lessons from Waltzing Matilda's S + M Emporium and Riding Stable. This should ensure success in Ehulls new endeavor. Last year this team had the # 1 (73 errors, .988 FPct) defensive team and the #2 pitching team (3.77 ERA, 1.29 WHIP). The hitting was atrocious with a .244 BA-31st and only 723 runs-25th. This is the end of a dynasty. The Burlington Coat Factories are the only team to go back-to back-to back in Wrigleyville. And all the key players have been scattered to the Wind and have been replaced by so-so players. Witchita has many first round picks in the draft and will stock the farm system. Thus starts a re-build and they should finish with a 70'ish win total.PREDICTION: 75-87
OUT: Chien-Ming Chang , Cedrick Meyers , Rob McNamara , Johan Sullivan , Tomas Alvarez , Tim Oliver , Louis Rekar , Don Lim , Ryan Vaughn , Richard Dupler , Juan Mota , William Tabaka , J.J. Lansing
IN: Felipe Flores , Rafael Pimentel , Yank Hill , Thom Gates , Giomar Molina , Ebenezer Washington , Morgan Hebert , Koji Martin , Vance Kendall , Mickey Harville , Corky Walter , Max Prieto , Edgardo Rivera
Mr Z's PREVIEW: i don't have much of a preview. still building. Many young pieces last year, have nice draft pick this season.Signed some decent pieces in FA that i will now slowly start to weed thru next few seasons . 80 wins probably. will get a couple prospects this year, then go big in international next once i have some of these younger guys ready to play in the MLs.
PREVIEW: Z as we call him is in a re-build and 71 wins was about where I figured they would finish. He had ten 1st round (incuding comp picks) picks in the draft last year. And he picked up Hugh Thomas , Robert McMichael , Felipe Lee , Al Bennett , Robin Henry , Jhoulys Rodriguez , Marquis Simpson , Tracy Burns , Steven Webb with the picks leaving one on the table. He also grabbed a bunch of mid-level IFA's with Jose Martinez being the highest priced of the bunch.In the off-season Chang thru Lansing left for free agency, that's 13 players if your counting along. Now with half the team gone, Z signed free agents Flores thru Rivera that's 13 new players if your counting along. Z had a shopping spree, spending 40.5 million on the 13 new free agents. That's 3.12 million per player, if your counting. With this many new players, I can't count on past performance to make my prediction. I have to go to the franchise rankings to make my prediction. Defensively and Offensively they aren't that good ,The Rotation is average and the Bullpen also. The Wind Sizzlers will finish about the same as last year and thats ok with Z. He has a cupboard full of tasty prospects. Too numerous to count!! If your counting?? PREDICTION: 71-91
LAST YEARS RECORD:80-82(Division Winner)
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: O K Richmond proved it. They eked out a division win with 88 wins 10 games above my prediction. In last years preview, I wondered if this years offense could overcome this years porous defense (108 errors-23rd, .983 FPct -23rd) and this years below average pitching (4.63 ERA-20th, 1.44 WHIP-21st). They did ,and the Revolutionaries finished with the #2 hitting club with a .287 BA and 922 runs (3rd highest) while giving up 825 runs (12th highest). Ihateunc took his team into the post-season as the #3 seed and were upset by the Misfits in 3. Still it was a good first season for Ihateunc and I look forward to seeing what he does in the off-season.With the signing of Pena , Franco was the odd man out . Pena has averaged 12 wins the past 3 seasons, he also has averaged close to 10 losses in the same 3 seasons. It's a tad better than Francos 8-10 season last year.Padilla is a career .319 hitter and will be a good replacement for Baez. With the tweaks, the Revolutionaries got a little better,but I think the improved Pirates will edge Richmond for the division. PREDICTION:89-73
OUT: Bo Mercedes , Diego Arredondo , Michael Henry , Bump Tyson , Ken Flair , Jimmie Nieves , Wade Harris , Mule Crawford , Emil Aguilar , Ramiro Pena
IN: Robert Murphy , Rigo Duran , Hector Ruth
PREVIEW: I predicted it would be a 2 team race for the division,( Richmond and Pittsburgh). And it was a toss-up which would prevail. I chose Pittsburgh and of course it was Richmond that won it in the end. They went into the playoffs as the #4 seed and the only sub .500 team in the playoffs. So it's no surprise they lost in the first round to Salem. This was too much for Ihateunc to take and he packed his bags and entered a Anger Management facility to work on his hate issues. Ramonsfan bought the team and moved them to New York and named them the Yankees.....What?? Talk about Hate! In the off-season Mercedes, Arredondo, Henry, Tyson, Flair, Nieves, Harris, Crawford and Aguilar went to free agency. He traded away Pena to complete the purge. To field a team this year , Ramonsfan promoted Murphy and Duran and Ruth was acquired tru a earlier trade. Ramonsfan has disappeared and his M L roster is only at 15 . Not sure what happened but I hope he comes back soon. This team is in Dire Straits. PREDICTION: Money for nothing and the chicks for free.
LAST YEARS RECORD:79-83
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Ards Pirates finished close to my prediction and was in the division race right up to the end. They came up a game short in that race and missed the wild-card by 2 games. Arrrggghhh Matey! Last year Pittsburgh had the #2 defense with only 75 errors committed and a FPct of .988. The pitching was good (4.32 ERA-11th, 1.36 WHIP-11th) and the hitting was about average (.267 BA-14th, 826 runs-13th).The Pirates got younger with several players going to free agency and retirement. He promoted some mid-level prospects that are ready for the bigs. Ard has done a great job here and this team is my pick for the division win. But it will be close with Richmond playing well. PREDICTION:90-72(Division Winner)
OUT: Carlos Estrada , Wally Clark , Don Camilli , Domingo Lira , Gary Stern
IN: Bob Liverman , Bert Stevenson , Ryan Lee , Jerry Rollins
PREVIEW: Oh ...the Pirates . Just when you think it's gonna be smooth sailing all the way to the playoffs. They hit a reef and have to bail out the bilge tanks to make it to the end of the season. In fairness Ard lost several players to free agency and retirement, so maybe it's just a hiccup until he can whip the replacements into shape. Last year this team won only 79 games with decent pitching ,ranked 5th in the A L. But the hitting (13th in the A L) and defense (9th in the A L) was the barnacle on the butt of the Pirates, and was the reason they floundered. In the off-season Ard re-signed Patrick Miller , Carlos Gomez , Juan Pena , Jimmie James after they became free agents. Estrada and Clark were lost to free agency and Camilli and Lira were released. Stern was traded to the Red Light Districts. With a couple holes to fill, Ard signed free agents Liverman and Stevenson and promoted Lee and Rollins. Veteran SP Liverman will help the pitching problem but Rollins is way too wild to be in the majors. Youngster Lee will be a solid hitter but lacks range and glove for 2nd base. Right now the P-dogs look like a .500 team.PREDICTION: 81-81
LAST YEARS RECORD:74-88
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Jmuhtoff Waved the white flag early last year. Check out his trades in last years update. The Week In Wrigleyville Season 24 #2 . So my prediction was way off due to Louisville's re-tool. What direction will the Redtails take in the future remains a mystery.Jmuhtoff lowered his overall salaries by 29 million. He also traded away some nice prospects for Allen,Romero and Ramirez, and they are solid players. Looking at the franchise rankings they will give up alot of fly balls but won't walk many. Defensively they have the worst arm strength and accuracy, Offensively they have the best hitting eye with the other categories about average. Looks like a average year. PREDICTION:81-81
OUT: Vern Coleman , Asdrubal Morales , Corey O'Brien , Albert Sierra , Lonny Black , Tim Perry , Del Lee
IN: Mark Gipson , Don Camilli , Wally Clark , Bump Tyson , Freddie Long , Darron Moses , Johan Sullivan , Benny Kershaw , Ivan Troncoso , Brennan Marson , Matt Fedroff
PREVIEW: Jmuhtoff's team was in a re-tool year last year and they aren't in a full re-build. And they did pretty well by winning 74 games with good hitting (6th in the A L). The pitching (14th in the A L) and defense (12th in the A L) need work, but he did pick up Artie Ward ,Wayne Lo Duca , Tony Spence and Cookie Armas in the draft. In the off-season Jmuhtoff re-signed Edgar Guzman after he left for free agency and Coleman, Morales , O'Brien and Sierra were lost to free agency. He released Black and Perry and traded away Lee. With a bunch off holes to fill, Jmuhtoff claimed Gipson off the wire and signed free agents Camilli, Clark, Tyson, Long, Moses,Sullivan, Kershaw and Troncoso. Finally he traded for Marson and Fedroff. Everyone .....meet the new Red Tails. There is only one super-star on this team (Kyle Romero) and the rest are mid-level M L players. They are in the middle of the pack defensively and offensively they will hit some homers without allot of strikeouts. The pitching will be the middle of the road. All signs point to a 80 ish win team.PREDICTION:84-78(Division Winner)
LAST YEARS RECORD:71-91
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Avantrael's Northmen finished just a tad south of my 77 win prediction. Augusta won 75 games with good pitching (4.31 ERA-10th, 1.37 WHIP-13th) and good defense (91 errors-11th, .985 FPct-12th). They did however sport the third worst offensive club (.247 BA-30th, 666 runs-30th) and it was their downfall.Avantrael still has a couple roster spots open as I write this. He has some players in AAA he may call up or maybe he will play the waiver wire game. But I do know that the free agent pitchers he picked up will improve a already good pitching staff. He will need some offense to be a contender.PREDICTION: 80-82
OUT: Randy Palmer , Jose Brogna , Jose Lee , Domingo Delgado , Anibal Tavarez , Graeme Quinn , Ebenezer Washington , Brennan Marson
IN: Emil Aguilar , William Tabaka , Joakim Manuel , Pat Shelley , Clint Conway , Junior Sano , Artie Galloway , Duane Greinke , Del Lee
PREVIEW: Last year Avantrael added some new pitching and I predicted a sub .500 year for lack of offense. And they ended up as the worst offensive team in the A L by scoring only by scoring only 634 runs. It's a shame because Augusta has good pitching (4th in the A L) and defense (6th in the A L). In the off-season Palmer, Brogna, Lee, Delgado, Tavarez and Quinn left for free agency. Washington was released and Marson was traded away. Avantrael had to build a new team so he signed free agents Aguilar, Tabaka, Manuel, Shelly and Conway. He promoted Sano and picked up Galloway and Greinke from the R-5. Finally he traded for Del Lee to fill out this years roster. The only exciting new player here is Sano. He will be a star on the mound for the Northmen. This team will be lucky to reach last years 71 wins. PREDICTION:68-94
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LAST YEARS RECORD:109-53 (Division Winner and a Back to Back World Series win)
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Look out Fer Them Bears! Olemiss bested my 100 win prediction and finished with 105. They did wreak havoc in the playoffs and brought a World Series Trophy to Jackson. Congrats Olemiss ,well done. Last year the Black Bears had the #1 pitching staff with w ERA of 3.36 and a WHIP of 1.20. They also had the 3rd best defensive squad with only 75 errors and a FPct of .988. Their hitting was average at best with .258 BA (26th) and 857 runs (10th) scored. Looks like pitching and defense will win every time. And if you manufacture enough runs....well then you have Championship Team.The pickup of Butler ( who I tried to trade for) will make a very good bullpen great. It was a pricey pick-up,but after Suarez got injured last year, he was tradeable. Dillon was brought in to shore up the catching corps, and he does have 3 rings with Burlington, so he's no slouch. The Black Bears are the team to beat in Wrigleyville. They will get competition from the others in this division but should win it. The World Series is another story...... Anything can happen in the post season.I would be surprised if they didn't play in the Series again. PREDICTION:103-59(N L Champ)
OUT: R.J. Roque , Hick Boucher , Geraldo Cruz
OLEMISS'S PREVIEW: We are going with the same exact guys offensively. The only pitching addition is calling up Marc Dean to fill the LRA role.Prospects on the way in the next season or so are Esmailyn Campos Pedro OlmedoBenji Torres Cesar Gutierrez Julio Maciasand Jim Hannity .
PREVIEW: No surprise here, the World Champs repeated and were never really challenged. They won the division and 109 games with the best pitching in Wrigleyville, by far. With pitching that good they didn't need a good offense (13th in the N L) or defense (10th in the N L) to win it all. Olemiss's team went into the playoffs as the #1 seed and beat the Moose in the DCS. Then they took on my Zoids in the National League Championship game. And after I won the first two games , the Black Bears won the next four. I was Dead Meat!! In the World Series the Black Bears dispatched the Cinderella Salmonbellies in 5 games to claim another Ring. In the off-season Roque and Boucher went to free agency and Cruz was released. There were no spots open after the 3 players went to free agency. And frankly none were needed. This is the same back-to back Championship Team this year. If it ain't broke no need to fix it. Last year I picked the Black Bears to win the National League Championship ,not this year.My Ziods will beat them LOL. PREDICTION:106-56(Division Winner)
LAST YEARS RECORD:79-83
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Wylie's City Limits had a very good year and finished close to my predictions. They won 92 games with good hitting (.269 BA-12th, 851 runs-11th) and pitching (4.09 ERA-9th, 1.33 WHIP-8th). the defense was porous with a 109 errors (24th) and a FPct of .983 (24th). Austin went into the playoffs as a wildcard and trounced my Zoids in the first round 3 games to 1. Not surprised here, he trounced me in the regular season also. Then in the DCS they met up with the #1 seeded Muskellunges and lost in 4.This is the same good young team with another year of experience. They will battle for the division crown and will need Jackson to stumble in order to win it. Wylie's warriors should make the playoffs and are dangerous with very good pitching.PREDICTION:96-66(Wild Card)
OUT: Al Zerbe , Rafael Pimentel , Bob Liverman , Morgan Hebert , Jason Perez
IN: Javy Torcato , Xavier Cain , Jack Brooks , Glenn Ratliff , Rusty Hoffman , Bronson Livingstone
WYLIE'S PREVIEW: "I've given up trying to predict what this team will do. They could go 100-62 or they could go 62 - 100...or anything in between. Your guess is as good as mine. Actually, your guess is probably better than mine."
PREVIEW: Wylie can't understand why his City Limits played so badly. And Neither can I!! Last year they did so well. I thought with most of the same bunch back and a little more experience...well ...they would be just as good. They only won 79 games with poor pitching (13th in the NL) and hitting (11th in the NL). On the other hand Wylie's defense was pretty good, ranked 5th in the National League. In the off-season Zerbe, Pimentel and Liverman left for free agency and Herbert and Perez were released. Wylie plugged the holes with free agents Torcato, Cain and Crawford and promoted Brooks and Ratliff. He picked up Hoffman and Livingstone in the R-5 to fill out this years roster. Wylie lost pitching this year including 2 of my former rotation pitchers (Zerbe and Liveman).He replaced them with a solid SP (Torcato) and a wild R-5 guy (Hoffman). The 2 are opposite and one cancels out the other. The addition of Cain and Brooks make a good defense great. The City Limits are like a Box Of Chocolates ,You never know what your gonna get. (thanks Forrest Gump). Average Year methinks (thanks Yoda).Yoda Gump says.PREDICTION: 81-81
LAST YEARS RECORD:75-87
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Wish's Juggernauts finished below my guess...er .....prediction of 84 wins. Still 79 wins are a improvement from the previous season. They did this with very good defense (83 errors-6th, .986 FPct-6th) a decent pitching (4.38 ERA-12th, 1.38 WHIP-14th) . The hitting is lagging but not terrible (.264 BA-21st, 750 runs-22nd).The Juggernauts game is pitching and defense . If they can score enough runs Jacksonville may make the playoffs. Having to battle 2 tough teams in their division doesn't help. For that reason, I'm inclined to believe this team will miss the playoffs.PREDICTION:81-81
OUT: James Lee , Danys Mota , Bert Nathan
IN: Wiki Ordonez , Shou Masato
PREVIEW: Wish keeps waiting for his team to break the .500 mark, and so do I. It doesn't help playing in a good division with the 2-time Champ. In the end the Juggernauts could only win 75 games due to average pitching (9th in the N L) and hitting (10th in the N L). The defense (5th in the N L) as always was stellar and it's something to build on. In the off-season Lee and Mota left to free agency and Nathan was released. With only a couple roster spots open, Wish promoted Ordonez and Masato. Jacksonville has several good prospects in AAA waiting for "the phone call". Right now this team is a .500 team but maybe some youngsters will get the call and the Juggernauts will win about 87 games. PREDICTION:81-81 or 87-75
LAST YEARS RECORD:68-94
LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Missed this one! Jmas's major overhaul didn't go well. The Stars only managed 75 wins and this may be due to playing in a tough division. But that's not the only reason, lack of timely hitting and run support was their downfall. Last year Tampa Bay had average hitting (.265 BA-18th, 718 runs-26th) and pitching (4.38 ERA-13th,1.39 WHIP-16th) with good defense (85 errors-8th, .986 FPct-8th). This poor season led Jmas to go back into retirement. Svick bought the team for a Netflix gift certificate and a Commodore 64 game console.That should keep Jmas entertained in his survival bunker.Forget last year stats, all of last years players are gone and replaced with waiver claims, R-5's , low level free agents and young prospects from the minors.This is a house gutting and re-build plain and simple. Svick slashed 50 million in contracts and has 30 million in player cap space.While picking up prospects and getting younger. He may transfer money and pick up some tasty IFA's . Or if his team does well early, pick up some high dollar waiver wire cast-offs. I had to go to the Magic 8-ball for my prediction. PREDICTION: 68-94
OUT: Derrek O'Brien , Justin Peterman , Matty Cruz , Albert Perez , Vic Ramirez , Ramiro Osoria , Vladimir Gonzales
IN: Chien-Ming Chang , Hideki Ma , Philip Haney , Dan Long , Esteban Campos , Francisco Campos , Derrick Sanders , Albert Sandoval , Felix Ming
PREVIEW: My Magic 8-Ball was on the spot!! It correctly predicted a 68 win season for the Rays. This team was in re-build mode last year and Svick picked up several prospects for the future. He picked up Joaquin Palmeiro in the draft and in the IFA Market he bought Ismael Lorenzo and Angel Nunez and many others. In the off-season O'Brien, Peterman, Cruz, Perez and Ramirez went to free agency. Osoria was released and Gonzales was plucked from the waiver wire. To fill the holes Svick signed free agents Chang, Ma, Haney,Long and Campos and he promoted Campos and Sanders. Finally he traded for Sandoval and Ming. You know I like the direction this team is heading and they may surprise us this year. Svick brought in a bunch of good players and if they don't break the .500 mark then maybe next year. To hell with next year...Going out on a limb here. PREDICTION:82-80