Saturday, October 11, 2014


Madison Muskellunges (NL)
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LAST YEARS RECORD:94-68(Division Winner)

LAST YEARS PREVIEW: The Muskies are a very good team and they finished close to my prediction and won the division. They had a 15 game lead on the rest of the N L West around roster expansion and coasted to the playoffs.They went into the post season as the #2 seed and beat the Juggernauts in 5. Then in the NLCS they did the improbable ........Beat the back to back champion Black Bears in 5. This was Daddio's first trip to the Wrigleyville World Series and his Muskies gave it a good go.But in the end they couldn't quiet the Vancouver bats and lost in 6. In the off-season Daddio re-signed Eddie Locke and let Tenbrink, Ferrer, Guzman, Sanchez, Henry, Matos, Mercado, Laffey, Mullins go to free agency. He claimed Tekotte off the wire and signed free agents Gil, Wood, Goodwin, Prieto, Cabeza, Weston, Arredondo and Davis. The Muskies lost many pitchers and both catchers to free agency but replaced them with veteran free agents. Most are 30 and older and signed short term. Daddio has his Core of Stars and brings in good solid Major Leaguers to field a good team. They should win the division again. PREDICTION:92-70(Division Winner)

OUT: Dom WoodsDiego AcostaSammy SanchezAlbert CabezaReed JamesTorey AcostaEddie LockeGene WestonCarlos Sierra

IN: Cliff GreyGlen Meadows

PREVIEW: Congrats to Daddio and his World Champion Madison Muskellunges. The Muskies played very well last year ,I can attest to that. They owned my Zoids in the regular season and post-season. It's always been about the hitting in Madison and last year was no different. They were the best in the N L with a batting average of .274 and 918 runs scored. Daddio had his bats singing in the post-season . They swept my Zoids in the DCS and beat the Black Bears in the N L Championship Series.In the World Series they powered a 4 games to 1 series win over the Salem Salmonbellies. Who ever said pitching wins Championships, never played HBD. In the off-season Daddio let Woods, Acosta, Sanchez, Cabeza, James, Acosta, Locke, Weston and Sierra go to free agency. He promoted Grey and Meadows, and that's all folks. The World Champion Muskellunges have been left on the beach. They were my pick to win this division, but right now, this abandoned team will wither and die.PREDICTION:None

Milwaukee Sturgeon (NL)
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LAST YEARS RECORD:84-78(Wildcard)

 Patricks Sturgeons were in the division race early but found them selves 17 games back by the All-Star break. In the off-season Patrick let Acosta, Person, Vargas, Martin, Lim, Boucher, Weston and Bennett go to free agency. He signed free agents Leonard, Allen, Marmol, Cordero, King and Dean. The Sturgeons have the highest cap in the league at 125 million and Patrick has spent 122 million so far. Can money buy you a winner...yes....but so far not in Milwaukee. Perhaps this will be the year? It depends on who fills the remaining  4 open slots on this years Major League Roster. Right now they are a expensive average team.PREDICTION: 81-81

OUT: Juan MarmolThom GatesDerrek O'BrienKevin LeonardMarty AllenHick BoucherCarlos AlvarezCarlton SheetsMiguel MartinezBob Neugebauer , Rafael PenaAlbie Vazquez

IN: Ron ClaytonRoger SerranoJerome CochraneR.J. RoqueReed JamesRafael Pimentel , Phillip BrockScooter CoreyAlfredo Herrera

PREVIEW: The Sturgeons won 3 more games than my 81 win prediction and grabbed a wildcard. This was the first playoff berth in 11 seasons and the 5th in franchise history . Patrick's team also relies on offense to win games, they were ranked 4th last year in the NL with a batting average of .266 and 759 runs scored. In the playoffs Milwaukee took my Ziods to a fifth game in the first round but lost. Still the highest paid team in Wrigleyville finally showed some life...and that's a good thing. In the off-season Patrick re-signed Stubby King and let Marmol, Gates, O'Brien, Leonard, Allen, Boucher, Avarez, Sheets, Martinez and Neugerbauer go to free agency. he put Pena and Vazquez on the waiver wire and they were claimed. Patrick signed free agents Clayton, Serrano, Cochrane, Roque, James and Pimentel and picked up Brock, Corey and Herrera in the R-5. The core of this team are Dick HeilmanDavid CabreraVictor Ramirez and James Wainhouse and they make 42 million combined. Patrick signed a bunch of old farts to 1 or 2 year contracts and added a few R-5 guys . This team has 2 more years before most of the big contracts expire and then maybe a re-build. They will win about the same amount of games as last year and with Madison out of the picture...they could sneak in to the playoffs again. PREDICTION: 85-77

Philadelphia Cheese Steaks (NL)
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LAST YEARS PREVIEW: Gbuck has decided to stick it out for another season . He packed up all the bats and balls in his Buckboard and moved to Philly. He lit out of Scranton pretty fast after word got around that he was leaving.  The buck naked Scrapper fans lived up to their names and chased Gbucks Buckboard to the city limits. By the time he arrived in his new digs in Philly, his wind blown hair made him look like Buckwheat instead of Gbuck. He buccaneer got kilt!! In the off-season Gbuck re-signed Jacque Kobayashi and let Hurst, Baker, Green and Taylor go to free agency. He released Espinoza and traded away Earley, Tatis, Ochoa, Medlen and Leon. He signed free agents Vizcaino, Miyakazi, Mota, Tenbrink, Cruz, Toca, Lee and promoted Ausmus. The trades brought in Masaoka, Pryce and Price. With so many moves I have to go to franchise rankings to make my assessment. Defensively and Offensively the Cheese Steaks are in the middle of the pack . The pitching seems to be a little better. Looks like a average year for the Cheese Steaks, PREDICTION:81-81

OUT: Jose LeeJulio FernandezYorvit DiazTom Yerkes , Sam PriceAlving FrancoHipolito MaduroGrover RobinsonJung MasaokaDamion WangDonaldo Balboa , Gene Larish

IN: Hideki MaOmar BonillaWilliam MateoBob NeugebauerClayton BraggEnerio OlmedaCristian Satou , Oswaldo VerasQuentin HermansenJesus RodriguezDanny BarkerAlex SuarezAl JamesRalph Barrett

PREVIEW: Gbuck's Cheesy Steaks finished with 83 wins ,pretty close to the preview prediction of 81 wins. They had decent pitching and defense last year and the offense was below the N L average of .257. Gbuck did pick up a stud in last years draft, Grover Robinson . He will be a good Cheese Steak when cooked. In the off-season Gbuck let Lee and Fernandez go to free agency and released Diaz and Yerkes. He traded away Price, Franco, Maduro, Robinson, Masaoka, Wang and Balboa and Larish was lost on the waiver wire. He claimed Ma off the wire and signed free agents Bonilla, Mateo, Neugebbauer, Bragg, Olmeda and Satou. the trades brought in Veras, Hermansen, Rodriguez, Barker, Suarez James and Barrett. This years new look Cheyenne team will have be great defensively and will be in the middle of the pack offensively. The rotation will walk many a batter but keep the ball on the ground. The bullpen is the weak link on this team and they may blow a lead or two. With Madison MIA this team is my pick to win the division. PREDICTION: 89-73(Division Winner, Cheesy Steak Dinner)


 The Toyotas had another bad year and are in the shop getting a overhaul(Sorry Sandberg..I had to do a car thing). While Sandberg hasn't taken the Toyotas apart down to the chassis. He has replaced many of the parts and is adding tasty prospect parts to his farm system. He did however fail to sign the #2 pick overall, but will get a D-pick in this years draft.In the off-season Sandberg let Elcano, Miller, Delgado, Cunnane go to free agency and lost Trevino to the waiver wire. He promoted Soto and Jackson and traded for Martin and Flores. Last year Sandberg called up his blue-chip prospects (Henderson Glynn , Rich Smart , Daniel Ray Flaherty , Fausto Johnson). The Toyotas have a very good pitching staff with the promotions and with the trades. I think they get to the .500 mark or better. (Late Note from Sandberg: Bump Tyson will be on my ML roster to start the season. ) PREDICTION:82-80

OUT: Hector RuthBump TysonLuis Fernandez

IN: Juan MarmolDavey Portugal

PREVIEW: Sandberg and his Toyotas finished exactly as predicted, 82 wins. The hitting (.265 BA) and pitching (4.00 ERA) was above average but the defense was near the bottom (.982 FPct). The Toyotas played in the fewest 1 run games, going 16-14 in the category.  I thought that was a interesting stat. Tacomas #3 overall pick (Dan Weston) in the draft refused to sign but he did sign the #6 pick (Davey Portugal) and the # 37 pick (Sergei Roskos). So last years season wasn't Totaled after all. In the off-season Sandberg let Ruth and Tyson go to free agency and released Fernandez. He signed free agent Marmol  and promoted  Portugal. The Bump experiment is gone and Sandberg has brought up last years draft prospect with one year in the minors under his belt. It may be a bumpy ride for this years Toyotas and the a blowout or two are certain. They will still be a near .500 team. PREDICTION:85-77

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