Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Season 30 Durocher Winner:

I am pleased to announce that our season 30 Durocher winner is.......SVICK39!!!!!

SVick just beat out wishlist by a vote of 7 to 6! All 5 owners who were nominated were great choices, but when the dust settled from the 20 votes we receieved, SVick came out on top, and for them he get the pleasure of being top, below, or behind his pick from Madmuldoon's finest ladies!

SVick has been done a tremendous job turning around a club he inheritted. There were some early bumbs in the road, including a 59 win season, but that was to be expected. His club won 93 games this season, which for most of us mortals is more like a 100 win season considering he plys in the NL South, and has to bttle olemiss and wishlist! So congrats young man! Go and enjoy all the ladies and bourdun that you can handle over at mad's place!

As for the vote: We had 20 of our 32 owners vote, which is 3 more votes than we received last season. My goal is still for 100% participation, but would settle for 90. I'm most perplexed (wow that's a big word for me) by those who opened (and I assume read) the Durocher ballot but did not take the 5 minutes to vote. Next season, I plan to do nom's and voting earlier. As I know some folks who don't make the playoffs check out until we roll. So, thank you to the 20 who voted! Next year we'll shoot for 32 again!

Here are the official results:

1. svick39 7 (tbook, pat, wylie, ressda, tomcecil, sonofodin, hoop)

2. wishlist 6 (swish, wishlist, sandberg, ardthomp, dodger, hatton)

t3. olemiss 3 (carseneau, donmossi, rugby)

t3. carseneau 3 (pbsilver, madmuldoon, aaronwayne)

5. SonofOdin 1 (jmuhtoff)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Wrigleyville Power Rankings Edition 30.1

As promised here are the first edition of the Power Rankings. In reality, they mean nothing, so please don't hate me if you think you're in the wrong spot. I want to get this blog going again (although it'll never again reach the level where Mad had it!), and this is the first step. I used current record, recent performance, offensive rank (total runs), pitching rank (ERA), defensive rank (errors made) and gut feeling for these rankings. Without further ado, here they are (feel free to discuss in the chat):

1. San Juan Santurce Crabbers 87-40 (Off Rank:9/Defensive rank: 2/Pitching:4)- With the best record in Wirgleyville, San Juan receives our first #1 ranking! They hit, pitch and field all at a high level. Our defending champs look to be ready to defend their title!

2. Jackson Black Bears 83-44 (11/15/1): The Black Bears contend year in and year out, and this season is no different! They lead the league in pitching, but the Crabbers might have the best top of the rotation guys. I'm sure we'll find out who is has the better staff in the NLCS.

3. Santa Cruz Wildcats 79-48 (3/21/5): The Wildcats sit atop the AL West, the best division in Wrigleyville. Whoever wins that division surely deserves a pat on the back, and a night with one of Madmuldoon's finest hookers (I'd pick Debby, but that's just my preference!)

4.Vancouver Blitz 78-49 (2/4/10): We stay in the AL West for our 4th best team at the moment. There isn't much Vancouver doesn't do well, and they'll give Santa Cruz all they can handle for the division.

5. Texas Lonestars 81-46 (4/5/8): Any team within 5 games in the division of Jackson this late in the season must be doing something right. If the Lonestars don't catch Jackson, they'll surely be a wild card team, and a team no one wants to face come playoffs time.

6. Santa Fe Blues 74-53 (1/19/26): The leaders of the AL South can absolutely rake! They have the strongest lineup from top to down in the league. Question will be, can their offense be enough to overcome some shaky pitching in October (aka the postseason).

7. Arizona Cobras 74-53 (5/13/15)- For the 3rd time already we go to the AL West and find the Cobras. As they should have half the teams in the AL playoffs, I'm going bet the American League representative in the WS will come out of the west. Arizona has lost 4 straight, but they'll be just fine.

8. Nashville Bootleggers 73-54 (16/17/12)- If the AL West is the best division in the league/AL, the NL South currently rules the National League. The Bootleggers currently sit 3rd, but hold the 2nd WC spot. They've won 7 of their last 10, and Joseph Kobayashi is having a fine rookie year. Plus, I hear you can get a nice moonshine postgame.

9. Cleveland Coconuts 71-56 (8/8/14)- The Coconuts lead the AL East, led by Wayne Howard leading the league in hitting at a .350 clip. They've struggled to a 3-7 record in their last 10, but they should see the postseason for the first time in 15 seasons.

10. Syracuse Moose 71-56 (21-3-6)- Unfortunately for Syracuse, they're in the same division as San Juan. They currently sit 2 games back of the final WC spot. Other NL teams should hope they don't find a way in as they can pitch and defend, and we all know what wins series: pitching and defense (and maybe a few prayers to the HBD gods).

11. Louisville Redtails 66-61 (6/9/18)- The Redtails are chasing the Coconuts in the AL East, and possess some of the best bats in Wrigleyvillle.

12. Salt Lake City Utes 71-56 (19/20/2)- The Utes lead the NL West, and possess some quality arms. They've seen their lead in the West cut in half over the last few weeks, largely because of inconsistent offense and defense.

13. Tacoma Toyotas 69-58 (20/15/3)- the Toyotas have driven (get it! Driven! Toyotas! HAHAHA-the blog is officially back to legendary levels!) themselves to the top of the NL North. Like the Utes ahead of them, they can really pitch, but their offense and defense may not be consistent enough to make a deep playoff run.

14. New Britain Bruins 66-61 (18/18/11)- Miguel Blanco is ageless, as the future hall of famer continues to be one of the best arms in Wrigleyville at the age of 36. The Bruins will be in the postseason, but their future is bright too with Hiatt, Urena and Lombard having quality rookie years.

15. Boston Knights 66-61 (12/7/21) -Sonofodin is having a nice first season with Boston. Winners of 7 of their last 10, the Knights sit 5 games back of Cleveland.

16. Colorado Springs Bandits 66-61 (27/24/9)- The Bandits have been 25-11 since the all-star break, and they are looking to steal (give it?? BANDITS! STEAL! Wow, this blog should not be free) the division from the Utes who have seen their 11 game lead dwindle to 5 games.

17. Charlotte Sometimes 61-66 (7/23/27)- Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose as seen in their 5-5 record in their last 10.  Pat Chong has been impressive in the closers role in his rookie season.

18. Portland Mist Monsters 58-69 (29/12/7)- Losers of their last 6, the Mist Monsters have seen some good pitching this season let down by quiet bats. Ardthomp has some pieces to build on though, and a few guys who can really flash the leather.

19. Houston Devil Ducks 57-70 (15/1/28)-Speaking of flashing leather, the Devil Ducks are owners of the best defense in the league. Mysticrain took over this franchise after nwsheehy owned them for the first 29 seasons, and it'll take a few seasons for mystic to put his stamp on the franchise but the Devil Ducks are happy to have him leading their quack pack.

20. Fargo Prairie Dogs 59-68 (10/29/25)- Winners of 4 in a row, the Prairie Dogs remain in striking distance of New Britain. After a 98 win season last year, Fargo looks to find some of last years mojo down the stretch.

21. New York Life Model Decoys 59-68 (13/27/20)- NYLMD continue to get better each season. Fencer has his franchise on the right path. Barrett and Amaral are two players any club would love to build around.

22. Wichita Wind Sizzlers 56-71 (17/26/19)- The Wind Sizzlers have played better baseball as of late.They have the tough task of being in the same division three of our best franchises, Darrryl Moore has 60 home runs in AAA and is going be more than a hand full to deal with for years to come. As will the arm of Kazuhiro Donald. They have all the pieces to compete in the East.

23. St. Louis Spirits 54-73 (26/16/25)- St. Louis has not produced many wins this season, but they do produce a mighty fine vodka among other spirits. Another franchise just waiting for their youth to age like a fine bourbon. Walker and Fletcher both made this years Futures team.

24. Milwaukee Sturgeons 58-69 (25/22/13)- Milwaukee has been struggling of late. Losers of 9 of their last 10 seeing the Sturgeons quickly falling out of the NL North race. Pat is a Wrigleyville original owner and drafted a fine player in Flip Ranaudo.

25. Chicago Black Hawks 52-75 (14/32/32)- Fortunately for the Black Hawks, the city is focused on their hockey team and the Stanley Cup, unfortunately it looks like their pitching and defense is too. Dick Sadler is fun to watch though!

26. Madison Muskellunges 53-74 (24/25/24)- After a world series title and a few 100 win seasons, Madison is restocking the talent pond (get it?? RESTOCKING! MUSKELLUNGES (look it up, I know I did!)! Jamie Bradley is still a beast, and at 29 still has enough good season left to be around when the Muskellunges are fully fertile again.

27. Seattle BOO-YAHS 52-75 (31/31/16) BOO-YAH! Don't ya just love saying that! Unfortunately for Seattle there have not been many BOO-YAH moments this season. Louie Cook should be able to provide plenty of BOO-YAHS in a few seasons however. So lets say it again...BOO-YAH!!

28. Salem Salmonbellies 52-75 (22/28/29)- Salem is also restocking their talent pond (get it?!?!? AGAIN!). Another franchise who won over 100 games just a few years back, so there's no doubt they'll be back to a top team soon. Just what the AL West needs...another quality team! The rich get richer!

29.  New Orleans Canjun Critters 53-74 (28/6/17)- It's always a good to have a solid defense to build around, and New Orleans clearly has that. They just need to lay off the muffuletta's, Tony Hernandez is 43 home runs away from 500. Wylie will have the Critters back towards the top soon, it shouldn't take much...it's not like there's many good players in the NL South....

30. Scottsdale Schizoids 47-80 (32/30/23)- Is all the hookers and booze finally catching up to the Schizoids?? Probably not, but things have not been all that pleasant in Scottsdale this season. However, if the Schizoids don't reach the 60 win mark, Mad has vowed to abstain from sex, booze and drugs for the entire 31st season of Wrigleyville. No pressure boys!

31. Philadelphia Cream Cheese 45-82 (23/10/30)-Mmmmm cream cheese....okay I'm getting a little tired, and judging by the record, I believe Philly can relate. That said, Philly has lived in no man's land  (aka 75-80 win seasons) the last few years. It isn't the worst thing to get a high draft pick next season to add to the likes of Ted McNamara and Javier Lopez.

32. Cincinnati Red Light Districts 41-86 (30/11/31) And here we are, finally in the Red Light District, and I need it after this. Cincy is in rebuild mode after a WS title 10 seasons ago.They continue to gather quality prospects (who wouldn't want to play in the Red Light District??), making them a team folks are going love going to see more reasons than just the X-rated entertainment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Season 29 Durocher Winner

CONGRATULATIONS JMUHTOFF!!!!!!!


Our Season 29 Durocher Winner it is very well deserved! Here is how the voting broke down (Wish we had more participation!):


1.jmuhtoff (5):  olemiss, fencer, rugby, pbsilver, ressda

t2. aaronwayne (3): ardthomp, swish, jeff

t2. olemiss (3): wishlist. aaronwayne, wylie

t2.  nwsheehy (3): hoopcoach, sandberg, jmuhtoff

5. rbedwell (2): madmuldoon, donmossi

6. rugby (1): rbedwell

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

The AL Playoffs will be very entertaining this year.  The predictions show that both Wild Card team will come from the AL West division. Here are the predictions for the AL playoffs.


Divisional Round            Division Series         League Championship Series

# 4 Rochester        3            #1 Sante Fe   3
#5  Vancouver      1            #4 Rochester   2          #2 Santa Cruz   4

#3 Fargo              3           #2   Santa Cruz  3          #1  Sante Fe     2
#6 Arizona          2            #3   Fargo         1


The Santa Cruz Wild Cats will emerge as the AL Champs!

The NL Playoffs will be one for the ages.  First  2 teams with 88 or more wins will not make it to the playoffs. Minnesota  will make a quick exit in their first year  there.  Here are the predictions!

NL Playoffs Predictions

Divisional Round                   Division Series                    League Championship Series

#4 Minnesota   1                   #1 Jackson     3
#5 San Juan     3                   #5 San Juan    2                   #1 Jackson       3


#3 Seattle       3                  #2 Syracuse     3                     #2 Syracuse    4
#6 Texas        2                  #3  Seattle        1

Syracuse will repeat as NL Champs in a grueling 7 game (2 extra inning) series with Jackson.


Wold Series  will have Syracuse  trying to repeat against newly relocated Santa Cruz.



WORLD SERIES  PREDICTIONS!


#2  SYRACUSE                2
#2  SANTA CRUZ            4

SANTA CRUZ  rewards the fans with the World Series trophy.  carseneau brings home the  first title for himself.

NL WEST PREVIEW



The NL West  was won by Seattle last season.  They changed the team name from the Mariners to the  Boo-Yahs(in memory of the last...great Stuart Scott from ESPN)  . That alone has gained my utmost respect . I am a little bias toward bbwinksdaddy, as we both  are going through/ went through  various forms of Cancer. We have to stick together  :)  I do think Seattle will repeat as division champs this season. I think they will also  better the record of 92-70 they had last season. They will be tested at times from Salt Lake City, but that is just about all in the division. Scottsdale lost many key players this off season. Colorado Springs is still floating around in  the "mountain air" in Colorado. 


SEATTLE BOO-YAHS!


Seattle won the division last season. They did lose Bradley ( 40 HRS 113 RBI'S) to free agency. They also lost Halter ( 18 HRS 71 RBI'S) Espinoza (21 HRS RBI'S)  Terry (52 innings  3.02 ERA) and Slocumb (13-14 220 innings) last season. They managed to replaced the missing parts with  Cousins (21 HRS  55 RBI'S) Vizcaino (9 HRS 52 RBI's and very good defense) Takahashi (28 HRS 86 RBI'S)  and promoted stud prospect Patton ( 14-6 214 innings in AAA) . The team  still has Jackson ( 27 HRS 84 RBI'S)  Matos ( 33 HRS 89 RBI'S)  Merritt (14 HRS 61 RBI'S) Aquino 12-16 230 innings)  Estrella  ( 17-5  210 innings)  Wall ( 11-6 215 innings)   and Hernandez 5-6 37 for  41 in save chances. The starting rotation will continue to eat many innings. I think they will have another fine year.

PREDICTION    95-67  FIRST PLACE!


SALT LAKE CITY UTES

Salt Lake City is coming off a 83-79 season.  Last season they were lead by black ( 28 HRS  100 RBI'S)  Burke  ( 28 HRS 86 RBI'S)  Coleman ( 37 HRS 102 RBI'S)  Limon  (19 HRS 65 RBI'S)  Millwood  (41 HRS  97 RBI'S)  Pan ( 25 HRS 67 RBI'S) BOYD (11-13 243 innings) and Villa  19-9 215 innings) .Boyd had a sparkling ERA of 2.43 so he should have had a better record last season. With ample run support 20 wins is not out of reach for him this season. Baez was 29 for 32 in saves as well last season. He will remain a solid piece of the bullpen for Salt Lake City this season as well. They signed Ozuna  (28 HRS  91 RBI'S) I think the key addition this off season was Soriano (8-9 15 for 19 in saves)  He could be the closer, or a set up guys who pitches a ton of innings.  I almost for got Martinez 9 13-12 218 innings last season. They have a solid rotation that will keep the bullpen fresh.

PREDICTION   88-74 SECOND PLACE!


SCOTTSDALE SCHIZOIDS  

Scottsdale finished last season 78-84.  The Bourbon drinking, hooker pleasing  , flu fighting, over worked owner is back for another go around this season.  Scottsdale lost many key players to free agency this off season. They managed to sign a few pitchers off the rule 5 draft to help fill some holes. They lost Okajima (33 HRS 97 RBI'S)  Greenwood  (25 HRS  87 RBI'S ) Collins  (7-13  198 innings)  Krause  ( 3-2  48 innings)  Lawrence (4-5 79 innings)   Jefferies  ( 7-6  5 for 7 in saves 80 innings) and Rivera  ( 5-2 90 innings). They shocked the world by trading 5 time fireman of the year Yoshi (37 for 39 in saves). That right there is a big hole to fill. They still have  Gruber (11-7 184 innings) Schmidt  (10-11 198 innings) and Hughes (12-9 192 innings) They snatched Simon ( 5-2 4 for 5 in saves in AA)  Osuna  ( 3-1 73 innings in AAA) and  Ramirez 5-2 75 innings) in the rule 5 draft. The signing of defensive catcher Cervelli will help the pitching staff out.  I think they lost way too many key players to rebound  this season.

PREDICTION  75-87  THIRD PLACE!

COLORADO SPRINGS BANDITS

Colorado is coming off a 4th place 62-100 season.  They did manage to get some decent pieces in the off season. Uehara (11-2 95 innings)  Alomar  2-2 4 for 5 in saves in 25 innings) Olivares  ( 15 HRS 44 RBI'S  very good defense)  James (7-4 in 134 innings) Wainhouse  (9-5 154 innings) and Pedersen  (11-6 in 164 innings in AAA) . They also promoted Rauch  (24 HRS 89 RBI'S)  and traded for injury prone Early ( 9 HRS 44 RBI'S) . Early hits the cover off the ball when he is in the line up...The problem is the ball boy spends more time on the field than Early does. If he can stay healthy he could be a nice addition. Colorado Springs also trade Scott (17 HRS  50 RBI'S....already blew up his hamstring for the new team) They lost Brea (7-1 82 innings  ERA over 7)  Alomar (4-12  25 for 33 in saves)  and traded Almonte ( 28 HRS 89 RBI'S)  during the off season. The division is  not going to be nice to them this season. They will look good at times this season. All in all I see another fourth place finish again this season.


PREDICTION  66-96 FOURTH PLACE!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NL SOUTH PREVIEW


The NL  South  is a very tough division. Jackson has been the top dog in the division for awhile now. They have won 6 straight division crowns. They won back to back titles in seasons 24 and 25. When you are a great team it is hard to say anything "negative" about them.  I think  the franchise is a little upset for only having 2 titles in the last 6  seasons. They continue to win over 100 games a season. I think the other teams get up to play them in the playoffs. Texas and Austin  will do no different this season either. In the end, I think the law of averages will be on Jackson's side again. 


JACKSON BLACK BEARS


Jackson is the 6 time reigning division champion. They have a solid team to say the least. There are only 2 players over 31 on the current squad. This means  it will be a long time before they are not in the mix in this division. Texas and Austin will be nipping at their heels.  They  made very few changes to the team this off season. They traded away Brantley (68 HRS 174 RBI'S and League MVP last season).They lost Price (18 HRS 79 RBI'S ) to free agency. Campos was promoted to the ML team...He hit 48 HRS and drove in 144 in AAA last season. The also got Green (26 HRS 79 RBI'S last season)and Pryce (20 HRS 61 RBI'S) in a trade this off season . Castilla (19-5) Suzuki (19-5)  and Butler  (7-2 23 for 30 in saves) will anchor the pitching  staff again this season.  The offense will be great again this season. Myette ( 33 HRS 100 RBI'S) and Proctor ( 41 HRS 126 RBI'S) will be mixed with Green and Campos. The opposing pitchers will not have a field day against them. 

PREDICTION  104-58  FIRST PLACE!


TEXAS LONE STARS

Texas was 97-65 last season. They did not make many changes to the squad. Texas  has only 4 players over 32 on the ML team. They are a balanced team that will contend again this season for the division. Texas may have lost the division crown last season but they got revenge in the playoffs. The knocked out Jackson 3 games to 0 in the divisional series. Torres (44 HRS 125 RBI'S) Morgan (38 HRS 84 RBI'S) Madson (27 HRS 93 RBI'S) King ( 25 HRS 76 RBI'S) and Bowie (28 HRS 83 RBI'S) anchor the offense again this season. The pitching staff will be  lead by Graves (19-5)  Simmons (14-10) Duran (14-11) Butler 911-11) and  Bowen 21 for 25 in saves. The team  will be solid and in it to the end again. A playoff berth of some kind should be a certain!


PREDICTION   98-64 SECOND PLACE


AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

Austin seems to get lost in the division at times. They are coming off a season where they  won 24 more games than the previous one. They only have 3 players over 33 on the ML roster. They are going to be a thorn in the side of Texas and Jackson again this season. They as well as the other 2 top teams in the division, did little to change their team. They lost Mota (2-2 72 innings) from the ML pitching staff. They added Hermansen (4-5  95 innings last season) They signed Hernandez (50 HRS 118 RBI'S last season) to bolster the offense. Hernandez will be along side of Brooks (25 HRS 71 RBI'S)  Castro (46 HRS 121 RBI'S) Gardel (50 HRS 105 RBI'S)  Jones (18 HRS 71 RBI'S)  Villano (37 HRS 111 RBI'S)  Realmuto  27 HRS 60 RBI'S ) and  Reed (32 HRS 82 RBI'S) . The pitching staff will be consisted of Espinosa ( 20 for 22 in saves) Lee (21 for 28  in saves) Aguilar (16-7  212 innings pitched) Person (14-9 207 innings pitched) and  Thompson (13-8 228 innings pitched). Austin will compete and stick around until the end. 

PREDICTION  94-68  THIRD PLACE!

TAMPA BAY RAYS

Tampa Bay was 70-92 last season.  They are the red headed step child of the division. Three teams  are competing  for the division title, and they are the ones getting beat up for them to do so. They traded Moore (39 HRS 105 RBI'S)  in the off season. Shave ( 14 HRS 65 RBI'S) left for free agency.  The offense consists of Bailes ( 16 HRS 83 RBI'S)  Bard (21 HRS 76 RBI'S) and Lorenzo (29 HRS 92 RBI'S). The pitching staff includes  Camacho (10-12 177 innings) Miller (9-12 167 innings) Vansuri ( 8-12 206 innings) and Erdos (6-10 33 for 44 in save chances). I have no choice but to think that they will be beat on again this season by the rest of the division.

PREDICTION   64-98 FOURTH PLACE!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

NL EAST PREVIEW


The NL East has become the Syracuse/San Juan show recently. San Juan  went from 57 wins to an astounding 98 last season. They did lose to Syracuse in the LCS 3 games to 2. This season will be no different between the 2 teams.  Both teams have great young talent mixed with veteran players under 32 years old. Both teams are built for the long haul. This will continue to be a 2 way battle for  the near future.

SYRACUSE  MOOSE

Syracuse are the defending champions. I  do not believe this season will be much different. They lost Borbon to free agency (17-8 last season). They traded away Takahashi( 26 HRS 86 RBI'S) and Yamamoto (34 HRS 119 RBI'S ) . With Ethier (17-9 180 innings) Bailey (43 for 52 in saves) the addition of Slocumb (13-14 220 innings) Gonzalez and Silva has 12 wins last season. Olmeda had 14 wins for the defending champs. Offense will not be a problem this year for Syracuse again. Allen had 27 HR'S 103 RBI'S , Shannon had 49 HRS 119 RBI'S Alcantra 64 RBI'S. They received Thomas in a trade 32 HRS 116 RBI'S in AAA last season. With Allen (27 HRS 103 RBI'S) Manzanillo (27 HRS 99 RBI'S in AAA) last season and Portugal (35 HRS 77 RBI'S in AAA) the offense will not be a problem. It will be a dog fight again this season against San Juan.

PREDICTION  101-61 FIRST PLACE!


SAN JUAN SANTURCE CRABBERS

San Juan  had an incredible 41 win  improvement last season from the previous one. The y had some great young talent mixed with some veterans.  San Juan will be nip and tuck with Syracuse again this season. Keough (202 hits 16 HRS 84 RBI'S) Chavez (29HRS 79 RBI'S)  Itou ( 12 HRS 66 RBI'S in 112 games) Gonzalez (14 HRS 67 RBI'S) and Hammonds ( 21 HRS 70 RBI'S ) anchor the line up. The pitching staff is lead by Carlos "Rubber Arm" Urena. Urena went 21-13 and pitched an amazing 278 innings last season. Sosa was 26 for 29 in saves last season. Beltran (12-5) and Shipley will help  Urena chew up the innings. San Juan is going to be around contending for the near future. 

PREDICTION 99-63 SECOND PLACE!


CINCINNATI RED LIGHT DISTRICT


Cincinnati  is coming off a 67-95 season. They lost Melendez (10-9 183 innings)  Campos 9-10 193 innings) Vizcaino 9 HRS 52 RBI'S and defensive ace)  They managed to sign some free agent to help the pitching staff this season. Suzuki (-1 5 for 6 in saves 85 innings last season) LeCroy  (5-7 133 innings last season) Wise (7-20 184 innings last season) and Strickland (9-9 212 innings last season). Torcato (21 HRS 52 RBI'S last season) Cepeda (38 HRS 81 RBI'S last season) and Halter (18 HRS 71 RBI'S last season) will anchor their line up.  Cepeda has been on the trade block more times than Winnie The Pooh  looked for honey.  Syracuse and San Juan are way too tough to over come this season. Cincy will win some games, but again end up in third place. 

PREDICTION  69-93  THIRD PLACE!

WICHITA WIND SIZZLERS

Wichita finished  49-113 last season.  They made some moves to improve this season.  They traded for super slugger Wang (62 HRS 156 RBI'S last season in Philly)  signed Ashley (24 HRS 76 RBI'S) They lost Almanza and Holland in a trade to Minnesota. They lost Yamamota and Mc Michael in other trades as well.  Sandoval will anchor the rotation this year (13-14 172 innings last season) Wichita will  be beaten like a pinata' again this season. They have some great prospects   in the system. I think this season will be the last they are in this position. They  are on the way up, but not this season.  Aguilera  13 HRS 53 RBI'S and Adams 18 HRS 42 RBI'S will help bridge the gap until the prospects arrive.   

PREDICTION   57-105 FOURTH PLACE!