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AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

Posted on: April 13, 2008 1:06 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 4:45 pm
 

AL Central:

White Sox 6-4
Twins 6-5
Royals 6-5
Indians 4-7
Tigers 2-9

What is wrong with these standings as of Sunday..........before the games? Well, a bunch of things. I know it is just the beginning of the season, but the Tigers to start of 2-9, get swept by the Royals, and only have 2 wins at the end of 11 games? Who knew? The Tigers have this so-called "great offense" that hasn't perforned so well and almost gave up a no-hitter to Gavin Floyd, a young new pitcher in the 8th inning. Is it just me, or is this team in serious trouble?

The Indians on the other hand, are struggling also. Their pitching isn't doing too bad, but they just can't seem to put runs over the plate. Another AL Central Contender in trouble early.

The Twins, White Sox, and Royals should not stay atop the AL Central for too long, but who knows, I have been wrong before. The Royals on the next part, have some young solid talent and a good pitcher in Gil Meche who made the ALL Star game last year. Can the Royals stay afloat or wil they sink to the bottom once again?

NL Central:

Cardinals 9-3
Brewers 7-4
Cubs 6-5
Reds 6-6
Pirates 5-6
Astros 4-8

With as dominating of a first 12 games as I can remember since the Seattle Mariners in the early part of this decade going 20-4, the Cardinals are off to a suprising start........Their starting pitching is anchored by Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse, Braden Looper and Brad Thompson. I would've never guessed that at this point in the season they would be this good. Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick have been lights out at the plate, while Albert Pujols is waiting for May to come because he is still in Spring Training mode, (still playing oustanding baseball by the way.)

The Brewers and Cubs, most everyones favorites to win the Central division are right where we expected at the top of the division, but with the Bullpen problems lingering for both teams, they will have to hit extremley well. Ben Sheets for the Brewers will have to have an outstanding season as the ace of the team and the Cubs will have to rely on Carlos Zambrano and his wacky World Series predictions. Either way the winner of this division will probably have right around 85 wins and the bottom feeder around 70 wins. Should be an exciting division to watch as the season comes to a close.

The Astros coming off of their World Series debacle in 2005, they have a much changed team..........They have one bright spot in Roy Oswalt and need some offensive firepower they have been lacking to make it back to the playoffs. Trading for Aubrey Huff last year was not the answer.

If you are looking for a darkhorse to win the division, look no further than the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the anchor in the outfield Nate McLouth, catcher Ryan Doumit, pitcher Ian Snell, and an infield consisting of Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez and Adam LaRoche, this team is scary. Their record may not show it now, but this is a very young, fast team that to me has all the makings of a darkhorse.

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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2008 8:51 am
 

AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

Royals just bounced back into first place with a half game lead over the Sox. I dont know whats wrong with the AL Central but I'm like'in it.


SammytheGreek
Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 2:15 pm
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Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2008 11:41 pm
 

AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

love the cards, i think they will be the suprise of NL, will prob be them and mil, with cubs/reds in it til mid aug.

as for the AL chi. might be for real if  pitching holds up, minn. you never know, another pitching issue, clev. still the team to beat, my det tigers are going to hit the ball soon, but the pitching will faulter and they won't make play offs (can't believe i just said that)  hopefully this is a 11 game nightmare and I will wake up and after 40 games Det will be 20 and 20, but i prob won't wake up!  SLEEP TIGHT GONZAG. 




Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2008 8:45 pm
 

AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

The Royals are staying up top because of Gil Meche and Mark Teahen.  Otherwise they're doomed.

I look to the youngish Brewers to be dangerous in the NL... but I think the problem that's keeping the reds out of first is that everybody is on that team for a paycheck.  Nobody in Cinci loves the game anymore.  I know everyone has this whole "are they playing with heart?" thing around... and although is actually hard to tell normally.  The Reds have none.



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2008 4:32 pm
 

AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

You know what's wrong with the NL Central? The Reds aren't on top.....

yeah...........if KGJ would ever stay healthy...........



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2008 4:27 pm
 

AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

nice blog zagman.......

You know what's wrong with the NL Central? The Reds aren't on top.....




Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2008 2:53 pm
 

AL and NL Central What is Wrong?

As far as the AL Central goes I'm wondering if there isnt a little more parity in the division than people might have originally thought. It could be that with Detroit  slow start and minor tweaking of players within other organizations that the division has somehow  evened out. The NL Central is pretty much doing what many thought they would do. Although the cardinals in first is a little shocking to me. One thing is for sure ,there dosent seem to be anyone dominating their division. On a side note it looks like Arizona is for real. I Iook for these guys to make some real noise this year.


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