Charleston Tobacco Farmers
PREVIEW: In the off-season Scott, Mercado and Cervelli went to free agency. Leslie, Serra, Vasquez were released and Taylor was traded to the Moose. To fill the holes Nwsheehy signed free agents Martin and Serra and picked up Dietrich in the R-5. And in one of the biggest off-season trades he brought in Carter and Green. Nwsheehy got 2 players for Allen but Green will soften the loss. I wasn't thrilled with Carter due to his sub-50 pitch call rating. But he will be a beast at the plate.Charleston likes to hit em hard and this years team is no different. I think they will win the division. PREDICTION:90-72(Division Winner)
AT THE BREAK: The Tabaky Farmers are having a smokin good time. They are on pace to win 103 games this year , far above my 90 win prediction. I did however pick them to win this division and they are well on their way with a 7 game lead on the Blues. Nwsheehy has the #2 ranked offense in the A L and the #2 ranked pitching staff to boot. It has been 5 years since Charleston has been to the post-season and they will be a dangerous team with good hitting and pitching. Nice job Nwsheehy!
Santa Fe Blues
PREVIEW: In the off-season Hawkins, Rhodes, Maxwell and Canseco left for free agency and Ming was traded away. TC went to the free agent market and spent 30.3 million on free agents Harris, Rios, Roque, Jones and Rodriguez. If the Blues win the division it won't be for the lack of trying. TC broke out his checkbook and is going for it! OK... TC... I'll buy in...with the influx of veterans to go with the talented youngsters you can pencil in the Blues in for a wild-card spot.PREDICTION:88-74(Wild Card)
AT THE BREAK: If it wasn't for the resurgence of the Tabky Farmers , the Blues would have been my pick for the division win. They do however look good for a wild-card berth and are on pace to win 91 games. TC's guys have great hitting, ranked 1st in the American League and the most stolen bases at 117. The 15th ranked pitching staff is the only thing holding them back, and you need pitching in the post-season.
PREVIEW: In the off-season Olsen,Rapp,Garcia and Figureoa go to free agency with hatton re-signing Steve Garcia and Pedro Figureoa. With only two spots open Hatton signed free agents Hayes and Brow. Olsen and Rapp were on the decline and Hatton replaced them with 2 low-level free agents. This is still the same team as last year just a little weaker.I think they will miss the playoffs PREDICTION:82-80
AT THE BREAK: Charlotte is on pace to win 80 games , about where my preview predicted. While Hatton's team still has decent pitching ( 6th in the AL) and hitting (7th in the AL). They haven't got the breaks with a EXP WINNING PCT of .538. Sometimes the ball will bounce funny!
New Orleans Nawlins
PREVIEW: In the off-season Bob re-signed Ruben Rosario and let Alfonseca, Hartman, Schmidt and Aumont go to free agency. He released Galvez and Womack and traded away Fedroff. Bobd signed free agents Guillon, Mota and Nickle and picked up Collins and Henley in the R-5. Same song as last year , New Orleans has the best speed and base running ratings in the A L. Will Bob make em run?? If he does they will win 80+ games. But it's a long shot. PREDICTION: 81-81
AT THE BREAK: As I said in the preview the Nawlins will want to run on opposing teams and they haven't disappointed with 116 SB and have only been caught 43 times. With decent pitching, Bobs team only needs to up the batting average to win more games. Right now they are in the basement of the AL with only a .263 BA.