Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Cincinnati Red Light District (NL)
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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 FernandezBuzz PersonYank HillVin SerraGene Weston , Robb WyattHector Ruth

IN: Garry OlsenLivan MercadoSal LushRico GutierrezCarlos EstradaDiego Arredondo , Gary SternRamiro 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 DuranLance 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 HayesDomingo PujolsMichael GreenRonald Carter

IN: Daniel MarshallYunesky EthierTaylor 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)

San Juan
San Juan Santurce Crabbers (NL)
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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 ShelleyKimera OliverLuis Gil , Brian DickinsonAlbert SantosCarlos Bolivar

IN: Russ JohnsJason PerezGuy PorterDon HyzduHersh 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

Wichita Wind Sizzlers (NL)
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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 ChangCedrick MeyersRob McNamaraJohan Sullivan , Tomas AlvarezTim OliverLouis RekarDon LimRyan VaughnRichard DuplerJuan MotaWilliam TabakaJ.J. Lansing

IN: Felipe FloresRafael PimentelYank HillThom GatesGiomar MolinaEbenezer WashingtonMorgan HebertKoji MartinVance KendallMickey HarvilleCorky WalterMax PrietoEdgardo 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 ThomasRobert McMichaelFelipe LeeAl BennettRobin HenryJhoulys RodriguezMarquis SimpsonTracy BurnsSteven 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

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