Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Pitching Rotations

Today I am going to take a look at the best rotations in baseball. Since I can't look to see who everyone has 1-5 I will guess. I will also average out the overall to rank the best.

The Top rotation in Kaline goes to Houston Grandes. This team is just stacked at the starter positions. The top has the best pitcher in the world Floyd Mullen down a point this year at 93 overall. Than you have young Jarrod Walker at 83 fallowed my Clayton Serra at 81. Oh and the reining AL Cy young winner pitching in the 4 hole. Yes The 4 hole rated at 76. Rounding out the top five is not an easy pass either with Wilfredo Silva rated at 72. This is a scary good group. This might be enough to get them to a world championship. Total Average is 81.

Next the team that is the World Champion and should still be picked to be the champ is Baltimore. Heading their rotation is Jordy Hobbes rated 83 overall. Behind him is a guy that can match up with any number 2 in the league Ted Timlin rated at 82. Next we have a young Gus West rated at 80 with room to grow to a higher number. At 32 years of age Clyde Franco fills in well at 77 in the 4 spot. Davey Saenz rated at 74 overall fills it out for a very very good 1-5. Total average 79.2

The top two teams are just that. There is no question that those are the two very best 1-5 rotations in this world. I would guess that we will find out who is best this year in a repeat world series.

The next team looks to be heading into the season with 4 starting pitchers. Yes it pains me to say it but based on the averages Detroit has the 3 best. They have the very best one two punch in this world With 88 overall Bryce McMillon and 85 overall Dick Randall. Their 3 guy is rated at 75 he is Chick King and filling out the four hole is a hittable Buck Hull at 65 overall. I thought about giving them a zero for the 5 spot but I am not sure what his plans are so I will let him inflate his overall average a bit. Total 78.25

Separated by just.2 points we finish up with Philadelphia Phillies coming in at 76.4 and the Millers in at 76.2. Philly rolls out Hector Merced at 86 than Jerry Canseco at 80 for a solid 1-2 punch. The Millers go with a trio of Sandy Lowe 81 Lyle Moran 78 Shane Kraemer 80.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Season 18: Preview

Yes folks you can tell season 18 in officially under way. The Free Agents and coaches have been signed. Trades have been done Rule V draft is over preseason has started. And now that we are having our annual great trade debate we can get this thing going.

As always I will start with the AL and we will see if I have time to work one the second league as time goes by today. In the AL north (still the best in baseball) It looks like three teams will due battle for the top stop and at the very least win one wild card.

The Minnesota Millers are as strong as ever coming off of back to back division championships. The have added SS Vinny Kou Sandy Lowe to pitch Deacon Pierce to hit and Louie Snyder to fill in off of the bench. They lost Enrique Gomez, Glenn Morgan, and lead off hitter Efrain Redman. For the most part the added moves are a push other than the added starting pitching. In my eyes they should run the North again.

Detroit might have the top one two punch in all of baseball. The Added bullpen arms Crash Gabriel and Billy Ray Haywood. They also add needed bat Victor Sanchez to help out with the offense. They should be in the hunt again this season after just missing last year.

Pawtucket has a great line up that can carry the team. This season they added a great starter in Miguel Nieves to top out the Rotation. From what I am looking at this is there only addition this off season. They didn't really lose anybody either. Just adding the pitcher though could be enough to get to the postseason with there deep line up.

One team has won the most offseaon trades in season 18 and it is not Baltimore or Minnesota It is Seattle. After coming with in a game for the division last season The Seattle owner appears to have decided to change the direction of the team. Many all star are gone and many up and comers in the minors. I don't see them in the post season this year.

The Best of the AL East and of Kaline has had a pretty as normal offseason so far. A few trades new faces from the minors and again the best in baseball. There Is no reason that The Baybird should not win the AL again.

Indy Lost Devon Minor but that should be able to be absorbed fairly well. The Devils have a solid Line up and pitching that can win games. They didn't add anyone really this season. They will play for a wild card again this season.

Both New York Metros and San Juan are in a re-built mode this season. Though both teams are not play-off bound neither should be terrible either.

The AL South has been ruled by Memphis for the last four season. I am guessing that their reign in over this season. They still have a high level one though nine line up they don't have top tier pitching anymore. What is working for Memphis though is a weaker South but the gap between Memphis and the pack is closed.

Durham has just about as good of a line up as Memphis but they might have just a bit of better pitching. They lost Thoe Forest in a trade but brought back Erubiel Colome in the deal. I think that Durham can win this division this season. The also added from Memphis Pat Newfield to replace Sid Tracy and that is a fine one season upgrade.

Something about Atlanta is telling me they are winning 84 games this season. Their one though nine is not bad though they need a slugger. They have guys that can hit pretty well and add in one of the better pitching rotation and they may surprise a few teams and win the South. These guys are my dark horse here. *Hint hint add a shortstop sooner than later like right away*

Montgomery is still looking a few seasons down the line and won't win much this year but will still be active in the international signings.

The AL west is Honolulu's to take again. Last season they started slow and still won by 15 games. They are young and ready to challenge for the AL crown this season and future seasons. They lost Louie Lima but that should be absorbed just fine by them. They also made that trade with Durham that was talked about as well as a one other. They added Cory Cohen and he will fill in to there line up well. A good line up a good rotation means another 95 win season.

Scottsdale Slam might win 85 games this season and maybe a few more and sneak into the wild card hunt. Helena is a season away from being in the mix. Omaha should hit and hit well but they won't pitch and in turn... OK so I was not giving a good look at Omaha and after a little more digging I think that they might make a pretty solid team this season. They pitch allot better than I thought and are an alright one though nine. Omaha will surprise other this season as well.

Ok so I got lazy at the end what of it. Maybe I will talk about the NL but why maybe when they win something we can talk about them again.