posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 02:31 PM
Here we go:
Boston 93 wins---Pretty much returning the same team from their WS team. Only major difference is that Jacoby Ellsbury is taking over Coco Crisp in
center. This is a slight step down in defensivly sense Coco was the best in the AL, but Ellsbury's offense should make up for any defensive
differences. Have a strong farm system, can intergate young players in through out the year. BTW, I am a Sox fan.
Yanks 89 wins---Still the best offense in baseball. But their pitching and defense will kill them. Jeter and Giambi and the worst fielders at their
respective positions in baseball. After the 20 wins Chein Ming Wang will give it gets a little suspect. Mussina will be out of the rotation by May,
I think Phil Hughes will be a star, but he will have his growing pains. Yanks will suffer through a horrible April and make a summer push, will fall
a few games short.
Blue Jays 87 wins---Don't sleep on the Blue Jays, this is a team nobody wants to play. Good mix of verterns and young talent. Dustin McGowan is
the best pitcher you never heard of. They will compete all year and stumble in the fall, I think injuries will once again catch up with Jays
Devil Rays 82 wins---Hey a winning season. They are playing hard and a fun team to watch. Lots of kids. Need to learn the fundamentals, they are
like a roto baseball all star team, but can't win games. They also have the best heckler in baseball. If you are watching a Rays home game this
year, listen closely. The heckler picks one guy a game, he sits to the right of home plate. Very classy too.
The O's 62 wins--- This is a bad team. And will get slaughter this year in the East. Very poorly run franchise. Only bright spot is Nick
Markakis, look for him in the All Star game.
Cleveland 95 wins---All I heard this off season was how Sabathia and Carmona will get hurt because they threw to many innings last season. Maybe
they will but until then they are my pick. Solid pitching is why I have them over the Tigers. They got guys like Jeremy Sowers, Cliff Lee, and Adam
(fragile) Miller waiting in the wings if they lose someone in their rotation. Look for a bounce back year from Pronk, he just too good to have two
bad years in a row.
Tigers 89 wins---Everybody's sweetheart. Ya I know they made the biggest splashes in the of season getting Renteria, Cabrera, and the D-Train. I am
just not sold on them. Verlander good at the top of the rotation, but what D-tain will show up. The one with 22 wins a few years ago or the one with
a 5+ ERA. I don't think their lineup is as stacked as people might think. Renteria was a complete failure in his last stint in the AL. Sheffield
is like 50, Magglio put up Lou Gehrig types of numbers, and Jacque Jones stinks.
Chicago 74 wins---Last year I was sitting a few back from the White Sox bench during a game. It was like the fifth or sixth inning and Jose Contreras
was gased, it was obvious. I turned to a White Sox fan and ask why won't Ozzie Gullien go get him. What happaned, walk, basehit, walk, grandslam.
Then he got him. The point is Ozzie is a horrilbe manager and will get canned this year.
Kansas City 74 wins---I like what they are doing. Builting a good solid team of young talent. Billy Bulter, Alex Gordon, and Mark Teahan will be a
solid middle of the order some day. Don't be surprised to see last year's 1# pick Luke Hochevar pitching sometime this year.
Twins 66 wins---The Twins had a long history of making good trades. To bad the GM that made all those trades is gone. They got hodwinked in the
Santana deal. With Francisco Liriano already pitching in spring games, him and Santana could have been a great one two punch. They still could have
traded Santana this year, if this didn't work out. But instead and try wins games this season, they waived the white flag.
Angels 96 wins---The Angels have been looking for a big bat for years, but they just seem to acquire CFs instead. They have like three now. They
have a solid team all around, and are well coached. But they really lack superstars (Vlad isn't what he use to be). They will make it into the
playoffs and get bounced out of the first round again. Probably by the Red Sox again.
Seattle 93 wins---If the O's didn't shut Erik Bedard down in August because of a side injury he was the AL Cy Young winner. What do the Dodo birds
do, but give him away for nothing. Seattle doesn't have much power, but they all can but the bat on the ball (except Richie Sexson). They have a
nasty combo in Bedard and King Felix. These two a difference makers, that you need in the playoffs.
Texas 74 wins---When your Ace and number 2 pitchers had ERAs over 5, you may be in trouble. I am not sure what there plan is down there, but this
season isn't going to be pretty.
Oakland 67 wins---There rebuilding again. Have some young talent but outside of Daric Barton not much to talk about.
Mets 92wins---I don't like this pick. I am see big holes in the Mets this spring training. Yes, they have Santana, but I think picking up Luis
Castillo at 2B and Ryan Church in OF will be just as important. I am just not seeing a strong bullpen or enough offense to justify that they will
have a cake walk.
Braves 90wins---Watch out Met fans, the Braves might be back. Its completly smoke and mirrors, but somehow they just win games. I think their
offense has improved a little and they should have a good bullpen anchored by Rafael Sorinao to make a run. Their pitching staff seems ageless, but
something in the water down there is like the fountain of youth.
Philles 86 wins---They have stars in Utley, Howard, Rollins, and Hamels, but just not enough good role players. Yes, their studs could take them to
the next level, but I am just not seeing it right now.
Marlins 63 wins---This was a coin flip between them and the Nationals. Lot of kids, the key peice in the D-Train and Cabrera trade was Cameron
Maybin. He should pan out to be a Griffy type of player. But still raw, few years away.
The Nats 62 wins---Wily Mo Pena is like my favorite player. I think he can hit 50 homers and strikeout 250 times. Exciting everytime at the
Brew Crew 94 wins--In my last years forecast I said the crew had a lot of young talent and are about a year away. Well this could be their year. If
Yovani Gallardo and Ben Sheets remain somewhat health, the sky is the limit. Ryan Braun LOOKOUT!