Putting together this years playoff preview was fun for two reasons. 1, I was not in the playoffs Ha Ha . And 2 , I added my preview predictions to this article. While I'll take credit for some good calls . I still made a couple of bad ones, but hey I got a bottle of Bourbon out of it. Yipee!!. Good luck all you Playoff Contenders. And the winner gets a Trophy and a write up in the WHIF!!!
National League Champs
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: Holy Crap!!! Talk about a Fire Sale .Gone are Nichols,West ,Rando and many others .This team will not win their division and a wild card is out of the question.
When I wrote my prediction I never thought that the entire Division would finish below .500. That being said the Toyota's are in the playoffs and congrats to them. With a record of 77-85 the Tacoma team will meet the tough Tuscon team with a record of 106-56. It's the Clash of the T T 's . The Toyotas are led by Juan Parra batting .308 and knocking 43 homers with 127 RBI's. And if the Toyotas are leading late they bring in their Killer Closer Luis Rodriguez . He finished with 45 saves out of 50 Opportunitys.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: This young team will improve that is certain.But will they grow by leaps and bounds? That my fellow Wrigleyittes is the 64,000 Dollar question.My guess is no. But i believe this team is one year away from breaking out and into the playoffs.They may read this and use it as motivation then Ralph will owe me a bottle of Bourbon.
O.K. Ralph wheres my Bottle??? My guess was wrong and the Crabbers are ahead of schedule winning the N L East with a Record of 92 - 70 wrapping up the #3 seed. They will face the Jacksonville Manatees with a record of 83-79. San Juan was led by Erubiel Espinosa batting .313 with 33 homers and 88 RBI's. .On the mound they are led by Rookie Bernie MacDougal who has been solid with a record of 17-8 with a ERA of 2.83 and a WHIP of 1.24.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: Can you say GO FOR IT!!! Jmas emptied his farm system and picked up some of the Biggest names in Wrigleyville. Holy Crap talk about trades, he was invoved in the biggest ones.There are way to many to list in this small space and i could go on for hours .This team will be a juggernaught if they play like thier ratings.No longer will this division be the weakest.A huge power shift Indeed!!
Got 1 right finally. This team went from a 77win team (10th Best) to a 106 win team (T-2nd best) .The South will contend in the playoffs this season and they earned a well deserved first round bye. The Stars were led by J.J. Clark hitting .336 with 31 homers and 95 RBI's. on the hill they have Edgar Ordonez with a Cy-Young contending record of 25-9 with an ERA of 2.66 and a WHIP of 1.14.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: The Kickapoos get stronger every year thanks to Marks trading savy.So again they will win the Division of Death. But can they win it all Hmmm....... The playoffs are unpredictable but they are the favorites.
This is my Gimme pick . As predicted the Kickapoos won the Division. San Francisco won it with a record of 117-45. That is thier 6th straight div title and 6th straight above the 100 win mark. The team is led by overall player Ignacio Sosa he batted .300 with 17 homers ,71 RBI's and a mindboggling 82 Stolen bases. He was caught only 5 times, thats not fair!!. the pitching staff is led by the Twins Seth Rando and Don Dixon they are a combined 45-6 with an ERA of 2.38 . But Mark even has my favorite nicknamed player in Stretch (my Johnson) Daly!!! Stretch Daly
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: I look for Tuscon to be a wild card team again.And with their potent bats they will have impressive offensive numbers at their new Stadium.But in the playoffs its my humble opinion that Pitching Wins.So how they get past the Kickapoos formidable rotation is the big question.But hey if the Moose can do it why not The Ghost's?
This one was a pretty much a gimmie also. If the Ecto's were playing in any other division they would be the Champs or tied with another team(Stars). Tuscon finished with a record of 106-56 and as I said above, they get the Toyotas in the first round. With three games at the tough Cheney Stadium the Ecto's will be tested. They were led by Vic Velazquez who hit .328 ,40 homers and 128 RBI's. On the Mound Tuscon is led by Santos Mercado who is 17-5 ,3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. They also have 2 time FOY Kordell Gregg who shuts the door with a SLAM!!
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: Boy Sand sure improved his Pitching staff and Added some pop to the offense. But Sand can still use a big time SS that can hit and a CF with better range may help the pitching staff out. With that said the manatees are a young and dangerous team.If they can sneak into the playoffs they could go on a Moose like run.My guess is they will be above .500 just shy of a W/C.
This was a pick that I was on the fence about. And I'm really glad I got it wrong. Sandleaguer has been one of the best owners in this league with an upbeat and cheerful attitude. You see good guys can do well. The Manatees finished with a record of 83-79 and get a date with San Juan . Jacksonville was led by Stan Fassero who hit .316 ,22 homers and 118 RBI's. The pitching staff is headed by Ramon Lo who pitched well with a record of 13-11 with a ERA of 2.56 and a WHIP of 1.14. With a little run support he would be a 20 game winner.Oh by the way that Free agent pitcher I scoped out in my Article "A look back Season -2 draft 17-32" That pitcher was snagged by Sand and he has blossomed . Victor Lima .Take a look at his numbers!!!
AMERICAN LEAGUE Champs
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: Kumbia didn't make a lot of changes but he did resign Cuyler and upgraded his Catching Corps.Then he solidified his CF situation and this will help out his rotation immensely.The Aztecs are the favorite to win the division again and now maybe with a little luck can go deep in the playoffs.
After St Louis gave the Aztecs a run for thier money . Chicago won thier 2nd straight Division Title with a record of 105-57 .This was the best record in the A L and they wait for the winner of the St louis-vs- Jackson series. The Aztecs are led by Ricardo Torres who hit .319, 27 homers and 116 RBI's. and John Daniels (love the name)who hit .303 , 29 homers and 96 RBI's. The pitching staff was led by Cy -Young contender Enrique Cervantes who pitched a 21-4 season with a ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP of 1.28.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: the Crushers will win thier division again.And maybe with a little luck they will win a world series in Wrigleyville.I think It's just a matter of time!!
The Crushers won thier third straight Division title with a record of 94-68. Hartford and will host the Visiting Nashville Posse (84-78) in the first round of the playoffs. The Crushers are led by slugger Stuart Mench(look what I can do) who hit .299 ,46 Homers and 109 RBI's. He also stole 24 bases, now thats just showing off Stuart. The pitching staff is led by Peter Wang with a record of 13-4 and an ERA of 3.84 with a WHIP of 1.43.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: This team has indeed remained competative and with a youth movement in the works.Atprasad will be a force for years to come.
This franchise won thier 9th straight Division title( 3 Owners). Jackson finished with a record of 87-75 and they face a tough St Louis squad in the playoffs. Jackson limps into the playoffs with a 4-11 record down the stretch. That included being swept by St louis in a 4 game series, maybe they were resting the starters!! The Justice are led by Richard Jung who hit .352 ,44 doubles ,87 Homers and 22 Stolen bases. and Jose Sanchez who hit .310 ,36 homers and 101 Rbi's. The pitching staff is led by Harry Paz who pitched a record of 13-8 , 3.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44. The Justice also signed my old closer Walt Hill who makes me regret my decision to let him go.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: After losing in the ALCS sordie made a few changes but not a lot.So I think they will win thier Division and be trouble in the playoffs.Moonbat Fever..... Catch IT!!!
This division race was never close .The Moonbats won thier third straight Division Title with a record of 96-66 , The Helena Squad looks to get back to the World Series and they are on their way with a first round bye. The Moonbats are led by Billy Brown who hit .316, 37 doubles , 14 homers and 31 stolen bases. On the Mound they are led by Odalis Oropesa who pitched a record of 19-9 , 3.52 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: This team is tailored to shynets philosophy,and I like that. Even tho he gave up some draft picks signing his Free Agents, he also picked up some.we will know by the All-Star break wether this team will vie for the Division Championship.Right now its a toss up.
This team is still improving and picking up prospects along the way. That means this team could be an Elite team in a few seasons. They grabbed the first wild card spot with a record of 88-74 and will face the Justice in the first round. This could be the upset team in the playoffs!!. The Silverhawks were led by Archie Romero who hit .305 , 20homers and 62 RBI's. The heart and soul of this team is the pitching staff. And they are led by Richard Nichols who pitched to a 15-8 record with an ERA of 3.10 and a WHIP of 1.05. They also have a shut your mouth closer in Javier Lopez. Nice to have you aboard shynet.
Muldoons December Preview Prediction: I think Illicit has indeed improved his team. But will the high priced F/A's play like they got Paid? Sometimes you can't tell till you play'em so by the All-Star break we will know. my guess is this season they will be a wild card contender.Jackson is just to strong.
They did indeed play like contenders and almost over took Jackson for the Division. It came down to the last day of the Wild-card chase. The Posse squeaked in with a record of 84-78. Next they will face a super tough Hartford team. But as we,ve seen in this division ,anything can happen. The Posse are led by Slugger Toby Rogers who smashed .305, 45 homers , 168 RBI's and stole 29 bases. He must be the Marshall!!! The pitching staff is led by Eric Kydd he threw for a 13-6 record with a ERA of 4.16 and a WHIP of 1.45. Nashville also had a Great Closer but he's on the DL OUCH!! Randy Finley