Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Season 22 Kick-Off

The trade forcast

With only about twenty trades total each of the last season two seasons, teams have seemed to want to biuld from with in. That is one great approach to winning games but the flip side of that coin is an arbitration mess. Teams like Baltimore, Wichita, Scottsdale, Pawtown, Houston, Helena, Fargo, and Detroit all in a bit of an aritration mess with the payroll hike. On top of those team other teams have a few players whose numbers sky rockets in the 3rd year. So what does all this mean? I think that it means more trades early. Also the free agent market is solid but not great and prices are going to get bloated for average to good players. I am betting that we come close to doubling last season trade total with those to storms coming.

War chests

Philadelphia is sitting at about 90 million spent already this season but with actually means that they have about 55-60 million in disposable free agent cash on hand. Hineiii is always busy in the open market so look for a 110 million dollar contract added to this team for sure this season. Can you say Luther Hutton.

Buffalo will take a few hits on a couple of players leaving via FA but in turn they will get tons of extra spending cash. Last season they budgeted 90 million and if they hit that same number that will give them about 40 million to on the open market. This team is in great shape to make a run with the right addition.

Salem also has a huge amout of extra cash on hand. about 45-55 million if they go with last season number.

That is all I am going to dig for until budgets are set. After budgets are set and FA are announced I will have my annual Free Agent Report ready.

Notes and Thoughts and Stuff

If Baltimore does not make a trade they might have a franchise pay-roll record this season.

Honolulu has the first pick in the draft for the second striagt season. That is the first time since The Rochester Nighthawks(Now Seattle) tanked their way into a power house in season 5,6 and 7.

Chris Ray sits just 8 homeruns and 31 RBI short of the Kaline records. If he can find a team he should be able to get there. He is also about 90 hits away from the record. If someone could just give him one more season worth of at bats he will have the numbers to be the greatest hitting in the history of the world. If not second best will have to do.

Last season predictions results and I am good I must say... Sort of

AL North

The Minnesota Millers 98-102 wins

Really won 100

The Pawtucket Juggernauts 84-89 wins

Really Won 98 but finished 2nd

The Detroit Miracles 82-87 wins
Really won 82

Seattle Grunge 79-84 wins
Really Won 87 so close

The AL EastBaltimore 114-119
Really Won 123 how can you predict high then 120.

Indianapolis Devils 80-85 wins
Really Won 85

Kansas City Dingbats 80-85 wins
Really won 69 yuck bad ownership is what I blame my guess was good.

Cincinnati Red Legs 55-60 wins
Really Won 79. Good ownership I blame for my bad pick

The AL South

St. Louis Black Dynamites 98-102

Really Won 84 and missed the post season. I don't know

Durham Spitoons 86-91
Really Won 82 pretty close.

Memphis Packers 64-69

Really won 85 made the post season. I really have to spot picking agianst them.

Jackson Rollin Rebels 57-62 wins
Really Won 72

AL West

Scottsdale Slam 87-92 wins
Really won 85. They should have won a few more.

Helena Troy 65-70
Really won 57. Had a horrible start just terrible.

Honolulu Hoplites I must have missed my pickbut I must have been close

Really won 52

Colorado Springs Cougars 54-59 wins

Really won 57

NL Prediction season 21

Posted by Burning Bush on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
NL North
NL North Standings

Buffalo with 88-93 wins
Fargo with 88-93 wins
New York 86-91 wins
Montreal 79-84 wins

Real Standings

Fargo 88

New York 85
Buffalo Freeze 72

Montreal Otters 71

NL East Standing

Boston 83-88 wins
Philadephia 81-86 wins
Washington D.C. 71-76 wins
Richmond 67-72 wins

Real Standings

Philadelphia 78
Richmond Rebels 75
Boston Muffin Hawks 75
Washington D.C. 68

NL South

NL South Standings

Houston 100-105 wins

Charleston 89-94 wins

Charlotte 79-84 wins

Wichita 58-63 wins

Real Standings
Houston 103
Charleston 84
Wichita 76
Charlotte 71

NL West

NL West Standings

Sacramento 98-103 Wins

Salem 83-88 wins

Vancouver 81-86 wins

Las Vegas 55-60 wins

Real Standings
Sacramento Renegades 104
Salem EliteDucks 97
Vancouver Whitecaps 86
Las Vegas 62

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Linking Players into world and trade chat

Linking players

Posted by Burning Bush on Friday, January 7, 2011
Today is a non baseball related post. I am going to share with every one on how to link players into chats.

1.First thing you need to do is be able to click on a player profile.
2.After you click on the player profile look at the left side and under the blog there is a green + next to some binoculars.
3.Click on the green +.
4.After you click that a little head picture should show up.
5.You have now added that guy to you clipboard.
6.Now go over to the chat formate that you wanted to link the player to.
7.Under your text box you will see an up arrow over a little clipboard.
8.Click on that and there you go.
If you want feel free to test it in my trade chat box. I trade chat with just about every so give it a try

Monday, October 10, 2011

Play-Offs Round Two

Round One saw 3 game fives so that was a good time. Every team with a better record won each series though so no real upsets yet.


I actually think this is a pretty good match-up. Paw-Town did lose Julio Barrios for the series but I don't think that will be any sort of major issue. The teams did split the regular season series and not very many teams can ever say that about their Baltimore record. Pawtucket has good enough hitting to hold their own against Baltimore. They also have a couple of nice starters that match up well with them too. Pawtucket does have a great starter to closer bridge to help hold leads. The issue is that they are playing Baltimore. the best hitting the history setting pitching team. They might be a touch weaker then some season but that still means they are only super great instead of invincible. I see this one going 5 with Baltimore moving on because of greater hitting.


This is another match-up with teams that split the season series. What Seattle is missing is front line starting pitching but what they have is a ballpark and defense that can make up the difference for them. Seattle has the best fielding % in the AL to go along with their amazing 129 plus plays and only 15 minus plays. Five of the minus plays came from pitchers. Just amazing defense in a pitchers park. Seattle does not have the power that Minnesota has but they can work counts and get on base. When they get on base they like to run stealing 226 bags this season. Player to player Minnesota has the advantage. Better high end talent and pitching top to bottom. Minnesota is no push over in the field either so that advantage is mitigated some. I will take the Mighty Millers in 4. Big Bad Bryce McMillon starts game one in Baltimore.




This is a great match-up as well but this time Sacramento has a 7-3 regular season record on their side. Sacramento has pitched crazy good all season and is hard to score on. Salem makes up for that with Superior fielding. Also Salem has hit better this season too. With that said though I do not think Sacramento losses this series. It will go five though.




Houston has the 6-4 season edge. I hope that Armando Ramirez can go in game one with Floyd "The Hit man" Mullen. That would be a great game for sure. Pitching is almost a push to me in this series. Both teams have high-end aces and #1 type second pitchers. Houston just has one more #1 type to avoid where Fargo is missing that. Both teams have had good bullpens this season and to me they are close enough to call it even. The away hitting stats are pretty close too but Houston has the long ball that I love so much to fall back on in case they need it. I am going to take Fargo in five though just to shake things up.

Next round if I am lucky enough to move on I will do a better run down also Look for my award voting and also the unsub awards later this week.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Clearer Pictures... Sort of

I would like to start with the major loss to the one of the Kaline world greatest, Hector Merced. He wont even be back as an ace again. If he can hold onto a spot on the voting I am going to give Merced a life time achievement vote for everything he has given Kaline. I will start the campaign now Vote For Hector!

Lets get over and check the NL first this time. With slim leads in the NL East and the NL West every game let matters even more. I am calling The north race now. Congrats Fargo your magic number is 8 with 13 to play. Also Houston clinched a few games ago so congrats on that. Also Congrats to Salem for locking up at least a wild card spot. I am also calling Vancouver to take the last spot.

Now the races! Both Sacramento and Salem are in it is just a matter of seeding. I am going to give the West to Sac-town. They just have better pitchers and now more so then ever that matters more. The schedule is about even on including playing the same two teams to end the season. The only thing holding them up a bit might be a motivated Philly team make a late season move.

NL East has Philly charging a bit. Charging in the east is really not that big of a deal this season but still winning 7 of the last ten puts them in good shape. Philly does have to fight through a Houston team for 3 more games. Then onto Salem before we get a 3 game set against Boston. i hope we still have a race to watch then. Side note maybe Richmond can steal it with an easy schedule but losing to Philly last series really hurt them.

So we have a seeding as such

  1. Houston

  2. Sacramento

  3. Fargo

  4. Philly

  5. Salem

  6. Vancouver

Really a respectable group of teams here and should be an interesting play-offs.

AL time Minnesota has locked up a play-off spot and Baltimore did it around the all star break. Also Pawtucket has a magic number of one to clinch the first wild card spot. Scottsdale clinched awhile ago congrats to the Slam. that leaves The North, South and second wild card spot.

AL North has Pawtucket hanging around but missing a chance to gain ground by losing that last 3 game set. Still they have Jackson and Helena left for seven more soft games though Helena has been better since their awful start. Minnesota has Scottsdale and they might be in rest mode and a terrible Colorado Springs team. Both teams wrap up with two teams fighting for the six spot. Of course i give it to Minnesota what do you think I am crazy!

AL South has St. Louis going up with Baltimore for three more games a four game set with Kansas City, Jackson and a three game set with Memphis. They are slipping a little. Memphis is taking control a bit while Durham could not get traction and slip in to the conversation more. Memphis has does not play a team below .500 the rest of the way. My pick is St.Louis here just because I think that they can make up the two games with a softer team ahead.

Second Wild card Spot. Wow Seattle now holds it. They play the north leaders both fighting for first round byes. If the race gets a little one sided they hit a break because both will be resting starters for the play-offs. If not they will need their a game to get in. If The Devils get get moving they might find themselves in a great spot to take this thing. If I give St. Louis the South then Memphis has to be right in here as a favorite. Basically right now I don't know it looks like 4 teams two spots for two and win or nothing for two. I am going to give it to Seattle because I hope to be resting my starters by the time we play!

  1. Baltimore

  2. Minnesota

  3. St. Louis

  4. Scottsdale

  5. Pawtucket

  6. Seattle

Good luck with that.