Posted on: August 11, 2008 8:45 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2008 11:01 pm

NCAA Football Conference Standings Predictions

Well..the first time I tried this, it got totally messed up.  So anyway, here are my predictions as to how teams will finish record-wise and in their respective conferences.  Have fun reading, enjoy, and hopefully you'll have some comments to share.  I'm liking how this football season is shaping up to be a good one.  I apologize for the unevenness.

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic                                  W-L   Conf.
Florida State          10-2    6-2
Wake Forest          10-2    6-2
Clemson                  9-3    6-2
Boston College       8-4    4-4
Maryland                   8-4    4-4
N.C. State               2-10    1-7

Virginia Tech          10-2    6-2
North Carolina         6-6    5-3
Miami (FL)                7-5    4-4
Georgia Tech           5-7    3-5
Virginia                      4-8    2-6
Duke                        2-10    0-8

Champion: Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies will be looking for another ACC Title.

North                                       W-L   Conf.
Missouri                   11-1    7-1
Kansas                      8-4     5-3
Colorado                   7-5     5-3
Nebraska                  7-5     4-4
Kansas State           4-8     1-7
Iowa State                 3-9     0-8
Oklahoma               11-1    7-1
Texas                       10-2    6-2
Texas Tech               9-3    5-3
Texas A&M                8-4    4-4
Oklahoma State       7-5    3-5
Baylor                         3-9    1-7

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is looking to make it to another BCS bowl.

Big East                                    W-L   Conf.
West Virginia              12-0    7-0
Cincinnati                    10-3    5-2
South Florida              10-2    5-2
Louisville                       9-3     4-3
Rutgers                          8-4     3-4
Connecticut                   8-4     3-4
Pittsburgh                      5-7     1-6
Syracuse                      2-10     0-7

Pat White looks to win another Big East title.

Big Ten                                         W-L   Conf.
Wisconsin                      10-2    7-1
Ohio State                      10-2     7-1
Michigan                           8-4     5-3
Illinois                                8-4     5-3
Purdue                               8-4     5-3
Michigan State                  6-6     4-4
Iowa                                    7-5     4-4
Penn State                         7-5     3-5
Indiana                                7-5     3-5
Minnesota                           3-9     1-7
Northwestern                      3-9     0-8

Will Wisconsin dethrone Ohio State?

Conference USA
East                                                W-L   Conf.
Central Florida                 8-4     7-1
East Carolina                   8-4     7-1
Southern Mississippi     7-5     6-2
Memphis                           7-5     4-4
Marshall                          2-10     1-7
Alabama-Birmingham  2-10     1-7
Tulsa                                11-1     8-0
Houston                             7-5     5-3
Texas-El Paso                  3-9     3-5
Rice                                     5-7     3-5
Tulane                                5-7      2-6
Southern Methodist        1-11     0-8

Champion: Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Tulsa will look to follow up a great 2007 season.

Division I-A Independents         W-L
Navy                                   9-3
Notre Dame                      5-7
Army                                 2-10
Western Kentucky         2-10

The Midshipmen look to make another bowl game.

East                                             W-L   Conf.
Bowling Green              8-4     6-2
Ohio                                7-5     5-3
Buffalo                             7-5     5-3
Miami (Ohio)                   6-6     5-3
Akron                                4-8     3-5
Temple                            3-9     3-5
Kent State                        3-9     2-6
Central Michigan            9-3     8-0
Western Michigan          7-5     5-3
Ball State                          6-6     5-3
Eastern Michigan            4-8     3-5
Northern Illinois             2-10     1-7
Toledo                             2-10     1-7

Champion: Central Michigan Chippewas

LeFevour will look to lead the Chippewas to another title.

Mountain West                           W-L   Conf.
Brigham Young             12-0    8-0
Utah                                 10-2    7-1
Texas Christian               8-4    5-3
Air Force                            7-5    5-3
Colorado State                 6-6    4-4
New Mexico                       3-9    3-5
San Diego State               5-7    2-6
UNLV                                2-10    1-7
Wyoming                          0-12    0-8

Brigham Young hopes to bust the BCS.

Pacific Ten                                 W-L   Conf.
Southern California     12-0    9-0
Arizona State                   9-3    7-2
Oregon                             8-4    6-3
UCLA                                7-5    6-3
California                         7-5    5-4
Oregon State                   6-6    4-5
Washington State           6-7    4-5
Arizona                              6-6    3-6
Washington                      3-9    2-7
Stanford                           2-10   1-8

Southern Cal looks to continue its Pac Ten dominance.

Southeastern Conference
East                                             W-L   Conf.
Florida                          10-2    7-1
Georgia                        10-2    6-2
South Carolina              8-4    4-4
Tennessee                    7-5    4-4
Kentucky                         5-7    2-6
Vanderbilt                       3-9    0-8
Auburn                           10-2    7-1
Louisiana State           10-2    6-2
Mississippi State           8-4    4-4
Alabama                          7-5    4-4
Mississippi                     6-6    3-5
Arkansas                       2-10    0-8

Champion: Florida Gators

Tebow looks to add more awards in 2008.

Sun Belt                                       W-L   Conf.
Florida Atlantic              10-2    7-0
Troy                                   8-4    6-1
Louisiana-Monroe         5-7    4-3
North Texas                     5-7    4-3
Arkansas State               4-8    3-4
Louisiana-Lafayette       5-7    2-5
Middle Tennessee         3-9    2-5
Florida International     1-11    0-7

Florida Atlantic looks for the 2nd ever Sun Belt title.

Western Athletic                        W-L   Conf.
Boise State                    10-2     7-1
Fresno State                  10-2     7-1
Nevada                              8-4     6-2
New Mexico State            7-5     4-4
Hawaii                                5-8     4-4
San Jose State                 4-8     3-5
Louisiana Tech                 5-7     3-5
Utah State                         1-11    1-7
Idaho                                  1-11    0-8

Boise State looks to hold off a tough Fresno State team for the WAC.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 17, 2008 10:32 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2008 8:17 am

Preseason Top 25

I don't know if I'll be using the preseason poll as I continue to post weekly polls once the season starts. I'll also be having a later one where I'll have where I think teams will be finishing, many projections yet to come from me, including the conference standings and possibly bowl games (though not likely, if requested, then fine, I'll try). Without further ado, my preseason top 25.

Edit note: I had completely forgotten to include Clemson. It wasn't as if I hadn't forgotten about how good Clemson could be this year, it's that I thought I had included them, so I had it in the back of my mind and just went on. Sorry ECU fans..The Pirates are no longer on the list. I hate admitting my mistakes..but this was a REAL slip-up on my part.

1. Louisiana State Tigers - I, like some posters here, feel that you can't dethrone the previous national champion until they go down. I like LSU as preseason #1, even though it's likely they won't finish there. With the whole Ryan Perrilloux (sp) situation, can the Tigers keep focus on the season at hand with whomever they choose at QB?
2. Oklahoma Sooners - With Sam Bradford at the helm and Bob Stoops being the mastermind that he is, expect Oklahoma to make a big push this year. Some of Oklahoma's toughest tests include Texas Tech, Texas, and Kansas, there will be plenty of chances to slip up. Oklahoma won't have to face Missouri until the Big XII championship game (assuming both teams make it there).
3. Ohio State Buckeyes - They have been to the last two national championship games and have failed in both of them. With a huge meeting with USC within the first couple weeks of the year, can the Buckeyes pass the test, win the Big Ten, and go to another national championship game? Not to make it a three peat this year.
4. Southern California Trojans - With QB Mark Sanchez finally taking the lead for the Trojans' offense, will he be able to lead this team to more national prominence? Having one of the most talented backfields will definitely help. Can Patrick Turner step up and play to his potential? That Trojan defense are not a bunch of pushovers either, to say the least.
5. Georgia Bulldogs - Knoshown Moreno, a name just about every college football fan should know. Will Matthew Stafford prove to all of the doubters out there that he is the QB that will lead Georgia to the national championship? Two young players will help decide the fate of this Bulldog team.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers - With the always entertaining Pat White at QB, the Mountaineers should once again be the full-fledged favorites of the Big East conference. Noel Devine has a big void to fill with Steve Slaton leaving early. Not to mention Owen Schmitt is gone also. Darius Reynaud is gone also, but that won't stop the dangerous West Virginia spread offense.
7. Missouri Tigers - If there is one thing I did learn last year that will stay in my head for the following year to come, it's that Chase Daniel is one of the best QBs in the nation. The Missouri Tigers' offense is still very formidable as they look to replace the loss of Tony Temple. No worries. They have one of the best TEs in the nation also in Chase Coffman.
8. Florida Gators - There is no doubt that Tim Tebow can contend for the Heisman trophy once again as he is back for more in Gainesville. Despite the Gators' defense (the secondary especially) being suspect, the offense may have enough firepower to move through that. The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will definitely be one of the most interesting match ups this year.
9. Wisconsin Badgers - The Badgers are returning some very solid players here this next coming season. They are replacing QB Tyler Donovan with, who I believe is a very talented QB, in Allan Evridge. Can the Badgers steal the Big Ten from the Buckeyes?
10. Arizona State Sun Devils - Coach Dennis Erickson led this team out of nowhere and had them going undefeated for awhile, until they sort of..well, kind of collapsed near the end of the season. No worries, the Sun Devils return the gun of Rudy Carpenter as he'll be looking to sling more TDs this year.
11. Virginia Tech Hokies - Can Frank Beamer continue his excellent coaching at Va Tech? Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor will both be competing for playing time, well, at least both will be used throughout the season. Will we continue to see Beamer Ball at it's best?
12. Auburn Tigers - This could quite possibility be a team that is ready to overtake the LSU Tigers in the SEC West. The Tigers will be doing it a lot more with their offense while maintaining their great defense, despite the loss of their defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
13. Brigham Young Cougars - This could quite possibility be the team that becomes a BCS-buster. With Max Hall returning for Bronco Mendenhall, this offense will be ready to go. The biggest match up of the year will be the last game, on the road at Utah.
14. Texas Longhorns - Could the Longhorns' Colt McCoy take another step back, or will he be stepping forward this year? There's no doubt this kid is tough and gritty, but that doesn't stop me from calling him an overrated QB. Nevertheless, the Longhorns are in the hunt for the Big XII South title once again, but can they get over the hump of just beating a spunky Texas A&M team?
15. Tennessee Volunteers - With all of the buzz that is around the teams like Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and LSU, people may be forgetting that the Volunteers are the defending SEC East champs. Can Jonathan Crompton lead this team back to the SEC title game? It's definitely not outside the realm of possibilities.
16. Clemson Tigers - This Clemson team certainly has the talent to pull through the ACC this year, but will Tommy Bowden finally get it done? It seems like he's been on edge for forever, and this will definitely be the year that he can secure his job. Or this could be yet another disappointment for the fans of Clemson.
17. Illinois Fighting Illini - Coach Ron Zook definitely has Illinois going in the right direction. Despite the loss of Rashard Mendenhall, Juice Williams can still run this offense w/ his legs and quite possibly with his arm. If Arrelious Benn can continue to play like he did as a freshman, there's no doubt Williams will get the ball to him. And this year, Ohio State comes to Champagne.
18. Texas Tech Red Raiders - People are wondering, is this the year that the Red Raiders breakaway from the shadows of Texas and Oklahoma? The defense is certainly better than most years under Mike Leach. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree form the best QB/WR duo in the nation. Will Harrell throw for another ungodly amount of passing yards this year?
19. South Florida Bulls - The Bulls really slowed down last year after defeating West Virginia and catapulting themselves all the way up to number two in the nation. Matt Grothe returns once again and will hope to lead the Bulls past the Mountaineers. They lost two valuable corners and will hope to replace Jenkins and Williams.
20. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - I admit, I've liked this team ever since they made it to a BCS bowl a couple years back. With Riley Skinner back at QB, the Demon Deacons will go for another 9 win season under head coach Jim Grobe. Maybe another ACC title will come to Winston-Salem if they play the right cards.
21. Kansas Jayhawks - Nobody, I mean just about nobody, expected the Jayhawks to come out of nowhere like they did last year. After ending the year impressively by beating Virginia Tech last year, will the Mark Mangino and his Jayhawks prove it was no fluke? Hey, Todd Reesing will definitely have a lot of say into it as the season rolls around.
22. Fresno State Bulldogs - The Bulldogs will have to get through a somewhat tough schedule in non-conference play if they want to play in a BCS bowl game this year. There's no saying they can't. Coach Pat Hill has put together a great team and will be looking to take down Boise State and Hawaii in the WAC.
23. Cincinnati Bearcats - Coach Brian Kelly did a great job working with Wake Forest transfer Ben Mauk. If he can't return, will Grutza have what it takes to lead the Bearcats to another successful season? We'll wait and see.
24. Florida State Seminoles - Will Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fischer help Drew Weatherford lead this team back to where it once was? Well, maybe not all the way to the top, but the Seminoles can still quite possibly compete for an ACC title. Weatherford has underachieved in his time at Florida State and will look to change all that this upcoming season.
25. UCLA Bruins - Quite possibly my sleeper of the year, under the tutledge (however you spell it) of new coach Rick Neuheisal (once again, however you spell it), the Bruins, if their QB situation ever gets sorted out, could have a very formidable team in the Pac-Ten. They have a tough non-conference match up with possible BCS-buster Fresno State along with a game at Brigham Young and against Tennessee.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 12, 2008 9:48 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2008 10:30 pm

MLB midseason awards & 2nd half predictions

Josh Hamilton : Texas Rangers
Stats: .312 BA 21 HR 93 RBI .368 OBP .558 SLG .926 OPS 6 for 6 on Stolen Bases

While Hamilton plays for a team that isn't necessarily great, he has been a big part of why the Texas Rangers are above .500 right now. 4 games above .500 to be exact. Still in striking distance, the Rangers have relied heavily on the bat of Josh Hamilton. He, and Milton Bradley, have been two of the better offensive players in the entire league. While Hamilton does strike out a little more than some people may want, he hits for great power and he drives runners in. If he continues to play like this, we could very well see him get 170 RBIs this year.

Hamilton has been a great addition for the Rangers.

Chase Utley : Philadelphia Phillies
Stats: .292 BA 25 HR 69 RBI .373 OBP .586 SLG .960 OPS 10 for 10 on SB

The Phillies have been hanging tough this year, especially without Jimmy Rollins for a little while early in the year. Now, they are ahead of the fighting Florida Marlins and New York Mets. Another MVP title may be coming to Philly as well. Chase Utley has been a huge reason why the "Phiting Phils" have been so good. He stepped in while the reigning MVP from last year, Rollins, was out. Utley has slowed a little bit, but has remained patient and still has been hitting for great power. While he hasn't driven as many runs as people like Hamilton, he still has 69 RBIs and is well on pace to be around 125 for the season's end.

Chase Utley has helped the Phils get into first place in the NL East

AL Cy Young:
Justin Duchscherer : Oakland Athletics
Stats: 10-5 1.78 ERA 63 Ks 21 BBs .86 WHIP .186 BAA

While Cliff Lee exploded onto the scene early in the year for the Indians, Cleveland has fallen well out of the race and have determined that their time is up. With C.C. Sabathia being traded, Cleveland looks out of it. In the meantime, Justin Duchscherer of the Oakland A's has quietly turned himself into a formidable starter in Oakland's rotation. He has done it all in his career. He's been a middle reliever, setup man, even has 14 career saves, and now is doing it as a starter. While Duchscherer doesn't K as much as the next guy, he still has good stuff and doesn't allow too many base runners. With Oakland still well in it (despite the Rich Harden trade), Duchscherer may become a centerpiece that the A's can build around for the upcoming years.

Duchscherer has become Oakland's ace.

NL Cy Young:
Ben Sheets : Milwaukee Brewers
Stats: 10-3 2.85 ERA 108 Ks 28 BBs 1.11 WHIP .235 BAA

While there have been more dominant pitchers in the National League (Edinson Volquez and Tim Lincecum namely), neither pitches with more pressure than Sheets. With the Brew Crew trying to bring this team to the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century, Sheets has been the dominant ace that he's always been. There's something different though...he's staying very healthy AND he's playing on a winning team. His most complete seasons have come when the Brewers weren't all that great and his other seasons have been injury filled and many DL trips. Sheets, and newly acquired Sabathia, have a great chance of bringing this team to the playoffs this year, ending their drought.

Can Sheets lead the Brew Crew to the playoffs?

AL Rookie of the Year:
Evan Longoria : Tampa Bay Rays
Stats: .280 BA 16 HR 53 RBI .352 OBP .523 SLG .875 OPS 6 for 6 on SB

Ever since being called up to be the Rays' third baseman, Evan Longoria has stepped up and helped turn this once sad state of a team to a bright, young, possible World Series contender. Even though he wasn't with Tampa Bay for the first 10 or so games of the year, Longoria has done enough to be a front runner for the AL ROY and has made his first All-Star team. Can he lead the Rays to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history?

Longoria has a bright future ahead of him.

NL Rookie of the Year:
Geovany Soto : Chicago Cubs
Stats: .286 BA 16 HR 55 RBI .367 OBP .521 SLG .888 OPS

Another rookie who made the All-Star team in his first complete year, Geovany Soto has raised many eyebrows with his power. While having an explosive start to the season, Soto has balanced out a little and is still hitting .286. Soto is the first rookie catcher to start for the NL All-Star team and many more All-Star games may be ahead of him. This kid has been impressive and is quite possibly the Cubs' catcher of the future.

Can Soto keep up his great 1st half?

AL Manager of the Year:
Ron Gardenhire : Minnesota Twins
Twins in 2nd place in AL Central 53-41 1 GB of Chicago White Sox

Especially after the trade of Johan Santana, not very many people expected the Twins to play the way they have. Their key? Young pitching and fundamental baseball. Watch out for this team and a late season push led by pitchers like Kevin Slowey, Scott Baker, and Nick Blackburn.

Will the Twins make the playoffs?

NL Manager of the Year:
Tony LaRussa : St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals in 2nd place in NL Central 52-42 5 GB of Chicago Cubs

Through all of the injuries the Cardinals have endured ( Mark Mulder, Chris Carpenter, Albert Pujols), LaRussa has managed to turn this team into a team of contenders. With the help of pitching coach Dave Duncan, LaRussa has turned Kyle Lohse and Todd Wellemeyer into formidable starters. While I don't believe St. Louis will keep it up, this scrappy team surely won't give up. Tony LaRussa is definitely manager of the year if he can lead St. Louis to the playoffs through the likes of Milwaukee and Chicago, both of which added an ace each to their respective rotations.

Cardinals' never give up attitude is what has made LaRussa look so good.

Final MLB Standings predictions:
AL East                                                       W-L        GB
Boston Red Sox                      96-66         _
Tampa Bay Rays                    94-68          2
New York Yankees                 88-74          8
Toronto Blue Jays                  80-82         16
Baltimore Orioles                   77-85         19

AL Central                                                 W-L         GB
Chicago White Sox                 89-73         _
Detroit Tigers                           87-75         2
Minnesota Twins                    82-80          7
Cleveland Indians                  75-87         14
Kansas City Royals                70-92         19

AL West                                                       W-L         GB
Los Angeles Angels                 95-67         _
Oakland Athletics                      85-77        10
Texas Rangers                         79-83         16
Seattle Mariners                       60-102       35

AL Wild Card                                               W-L         GB
Tampa Bay Rays                       94-68          _
New York Yankees                    88-74          6
Detroit Tigers                             86-76           8
Oakland Athletics                      85-77          9

NL East                                                          W-L         GB
New York Mets                            92-70         _
Philadelphia Phillies                 88-74         4
Atlanta Braves                             81-81        11
Florida Marlins                            80-82         12
Washington Nationals              59-103       33

NL Central                                                      W-L         GB
Chicago Cubs                              99-63           _
Milwaukee Brewers                     92-70           7
St. Louis Cardinals                     87-75           12
Pittsburgh Pirates                       76-86           23
Houston Astros                            73-89           26
Cincinnati Reds                           70-92           29

NL West                                                         W-L           GB
Los Angeles Dodgers               82-80            _
Arizona Diamondbacks             80-82            2
Colorado Rockies                      76-86             6
San Francisco Giants                73-89             9
San Diego Padres                     64-98            18

NL Wild Card                                                 W-L             GB
Milwaukee Brewers                     92-70             _
Philadelphia Phillies                   88-74             4
St. Louis Cardinals                      87-75             5
Atlanta Braves                               81-81            11

I apologize for the unevenness.

Posted on: July 9, 2008 1:20 am

Who got the better deal?

Well, the question is, who got the better deal between the Cubs getting Rich Harden (and Chad Gaudin) from the Athletics and the Brewers getting C.C. Sabathia (and no one else) from the Indians.  Well, if you want to be technical, we don't know who got the better deal.  Maybe I should rephrase the question to say, who will have the better deal.  I'll make a couple of predictions and scenarios here.

Now, I believe that the Brewers will have the better deal getting Sabathia to come play for them.  He is a proven winner (defending AL Cy Young Award winner), he played on a winning team (see '07 Indians), and he is a gamer.  Take a look at CC's stats, he went 19-7 last year w/ an ERA of 3.21.  He struck out 209 and walked 37.  He's already 2 over that walk total, but no need to worry.  This year (if you combine his start w/ the Brewers), he is 7-8 with an ERA of 3.79.  He has struck out 128 and walked 39.  Sabathia's 2006 was a great year also.  This guy is for real.  The Brewers have definitely the best 1-2 punch in the NL w/ Sheets and Sabathia. (I have changed my mind)

CC - Have the Brewers struck gold?

As for Rich Harden, his most complete year was his 2nd year w/ Oakland, where he went 11-7 w/ a 3.99 ERA.  He struck out 167 and walked 81.  Yikes.  A great deal?  Sean Gallagher gone?  I don't know, we'll see.  His last two years have been injury filled.  They have been great years when not injured.  So far this year, he is 5-1 w/ an ERA of 2.34, he has struck out 92 and walked 31 (already, with 6 fewer starts).  This is a wait and see thing, but I wouldn't get too excited w/ the Mark Prior of the AL in Rich Harden.

Will the Cubs get all they want out of Harden?
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 1, 2008 3:58 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2008 5:03 pm

My All-Star Selections through 6/30/08

All it goes..not in any particular batting order and I'll add on pitchers also later in the post. (the way it should be by the way, I realize Carlos Quentin isn't on the ballot...)

American League

1B Justin Morneau - Minnesota Twins
2B Ian Kinsler - Texas Rangers
SS Michael Young - Texas Rangers
3B Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees
C Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins
OF Josh Hamilton - Texas Rangers
OF Carlos Quentin (why isn't he on the ballot?) - Chicago White Sox
OF Jermaine Dye - Chicago White Sox
DH Aubrey Huff - Baltimore Orioles

A little change up from last time. I realized that A-Rod is having a much better year than most third basemen in the league despite his injury, plus Joe Crede has dropped off a little bit. Aubrey Huff qualifies as the DH, so I got him there. Carlos Quentin should be on the ballot, but if he isn't in the starting lineup, he definitely has a spot reserved for him as a reserve. No Red Sox in the lineup, but a couple will show up for the game.

Kinsler, Hamilton, and Young are having great years for Texas.

National League

1B Lance Berkman - Houston Astros
2B Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies
SS Hanley Ramirez - Florida Marlins
3B Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
C Brian McCann - Atlanta Braves
OF Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers
OF Ryan Ludwick - St. Louis Cardinals
OF Carlos Lee - Houston Astros
DH Nate McLouth - Pittsburgh Pirates

Well, the homer in me is saying Geovany Soto should start at catcher, but I'll go with McCann for the time being. Soto has slowed up a little bit since his great start to the year, same with Nate McLouth. Albert Pujols should probably be the DH, but since McClouth is still maintaining his stats a little bit, I'll go w/ him for the time being. Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman are having great years for a bad Astros team.

Ramirez and Utley have been taking the NL East by storm this year.

American League
SP Cliff Lee - Cleveland Indians (will start the game)
SP Justin Duchscherer - Oakland Athletics
SP Joe Saunders - Los Angeles Angels
SP Roy Halladay - Toronto Blue Jays
SP Ervin Santana - Los Angeles Angels
RP Francisco Rodriguez - Los Angeles Angels
RP Joe Nathan - Minnesota Twins
RP Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees
RP Joakim Soria - Kansas City Royals
RP Jonathan Papelbon - Boston Red Sox

Lee and Duchscherer have been pleasant surprises for their respective teams.

National League
SP Brandon Webb - Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Tim Lincecum - San Francisco Giants
SP Edinson Volquez - Cincinnati Reds (will start)
SP Ben Sheets - Milwaukee Brewers
SP Johan Santana - New York Mets
RP Brad Lidge - Philadelphia Phillies
RP Billy Wagner - New York Mets
RP Kerry Wood - Chicago Cubs
RP Joe Beimel - Los Angeles Dodgers
RP Jose Valverde - Houston Astros

I admit, I didn't put as much thought as probably necessary into the pitchers. If you have any nominees, go ahead and give a shout out for them and I'll see what I think. Here it is for now.

Young fireballers Volquez and Lincecum have been bright stars for dim teams.

Note: Reserves aren't included in this post.
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 16, 2008 12:35 am

My All Star selections

Here's who I have so far

American League

C   Joe Mauer --- Minnesota Twins
1B Justin Morneau --- Minnesota Twins
2B Ian Kinsler --- Texas Rangers
3B Joe Crede --- Chicago White Sox
SS Michael Young --- Texas Rangers
OF Josh Hamilton --- Texas Rangers
OF Grady Sizemore --- Cleveland Indians
OF Milton Bradley --- Texas Rangers
DH Hideki Matsui --- New York Yankees

Quick Analysis -  I know, I'm thinking the same thing.  What are 4 Texas Rangers doing in that list?  I couldn't explain it myself, but all 4 are playing very well in the first half of the season.  Other things of interest, one Yankee player and zero, count them, zero Boston Red Sox players, don't ask me why.

National League

C   Geovany Soto --- Chicago Cubs
1B Lance Berkman --- Houston Astros
2B Chase Utley --- Philadelphia Phillies
3B Chipper Jones --- Atlanta Braves
SS Hanley Ramirez --- Florida Marlins
OF Nate McLouth --- Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Ryan Ludwick --- St. Louis Cardinals
OF Ryan Braun --- Milwaukee Brewers
DH (who would play DH?)

Quick Analysis - Nothing really too outlandish.  Maybe you haven't heard of McLouth and Ludwick, but they are having great years.  We'll see what the fans think, what do you all think?
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 20, 2008 12:33 am

Nebraska Spring Game

Well..The Huskers won first of all... Woo!

Second off, watching the offense, it was a little sloppy for the red and the white team. A lot of overthrown balls by Zac Lee and Beau Davis. Joe Ganz was accurate, but the receivers weren't catching for him. Patrick Witt also had some trouble. The defense played well for both the Red and the White. A fumble returned for a touchdown in the first quarter really exemplified how well the defense played. Armando Murillo made a nice catch also on an interception. Not much yardage, and like I said, sloppy offensive play, which also included a Quinton Castille fumble.

I would've been interested in seeing Niles Paul and Menelik Holt some more this year along with getting to see Marcus Mendoza and Roy Helu Junior.

All in all, not a bad Spring Game for the Huskers, but definitely some stuff for Bo Pelini to work on.

One other thing, DeMorrio Williams should never be an actor..

Also, the Huskers' attendance of 80,149 is the second most at a Spring Game in history..
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Game, Nebraska, Spring
Posted on: April 17, 2008 9:09 pm

Some suggestions for Piniella

Even though some good things have been done with the lineups lately, I have a couple of things I could suggest to Piniella while Alfonso Soriano is out..

We could have a lineup like this.

SS Ryan Theriot
CF Reed Johnson
1B Derrek Lee
3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Kosuke Fukudome
C   Geovany Soto
LF Mark DeRosa
2B Eric Patterson
Pitcher's spot

Now, I know, E-Pat in the lineup?  What are you thinking?  Here's my reasoning, I say give the kid some chances first.  He has just been called, and we might as well play him while he's up here.  I think The Riot can still have a chance to do some good in the leadoff spot while Reed Johnson is a formidable 2-spot batter.

Here's another one:

2B Mike Fontenot
SS Ryan Theriot
1B Derrek Lee
RF Kosuke Fukudome
3B Aramis Ramirez
C   Geovany Soto
LF Mark DeRosa
CF Felix Pie
Pitcher's spot

With Fontenot swinging a good bat (even though he went 0-for-5 earlier today w/ 7 men left on base), he could get on base in front of the red-hot Derrek Lee.  Meanwhile, with Am-Ram still struggling, Fukudome could move up to the cleanup spot and give Am-Ram some time to heat up.  Felix Pie has struggled and could be replaced w/ Reed Johnson at some point.

By the way, the rotation really isn't that great.  Ted Lilly has been pitching like a 50 year old Dave Bush and is proving more and more that he was a fluke last year.  Rich Hill can still get it going though and Ryan Dempster has been a pleasant surprise.  We could possibly think about giving Sean Marshall a chance to start if Lilly continues pitching like this (he was a little better today though).  Sean Gallagher is a possibility also..

Just some things to think about..
Category: MLB
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