Category:MLB
Posted on: April 6, 2009 11:50 am
Edited on: April 6, 2009 8:27 pm
 

2009 MLB Predictions 'Third Time's a Charm'

Here are my predictions for the 2009 MLB season. This season is sure to be another very good one as we have very interesting battles in most divisions. So here is my division by division breakdown.

AL East

1. Tampa Bay Rays- I like this team the most they have a lot of young youthful talent. They have the experience now of a pennant chase and a deep run in the playoffs. This team is battle tested and should be able to handle the long grind of the season. That will include one heck of a battle with the Yankees and Red Sox's. Pat Burrel should be a nice addition for them. Look for the Rays to nip the Red Sox's by a few games for the division.

2. Boston Red Sox's- This team has a potent offense combined with incredible pitching depth. It is hard to pick against the Red Sox's since recent history has indicated they always win. They have a few questions mainly on David Ortiz and Mike Lowell however I really don't think that is going to keep them from missing the playoffs. Look for John Smoltz to give them a huge lift whenever he comes back. The Red Sox's will battle all year for the division. I think they ultimately wind up with second place and a wild card just like last season.

3. New York Yankees- The Yankees went on a massive spending spree this offseason to try to fix their rotation they also added one of the best hitters in the game in Mark Texiera. Look for these moves to make the Yankees even more of a danger in the AL East. That being said I still think they will miss the playoffs. If they do somehow make the playoffs expect them to be bounced in the first round. Just remember you heard it here. I think AJ Burnett got a ridiculous contract that he did not deserve. He will not pitch up to those kind of numbers. CC Sabathia you have to wonder if this guy can keep up what he did in Milwaukee. I don't see as dazzling of a year as last year I also see a possible DL stint if they over work him. The Yankees will be in the hunt all year, but ultimately I see them finishing about four games behind the Rays and three behind the Red Sox's.

4. Toronto Blue Jays- Simply put the Jays certainly don't have the talent to compete with any of the top three in their division. They have a questionable offense that is not anywhere close to as good as the top three. Their rotation is headed by Roy Halladay who will be a beast this year. I see Roy Halladay having a very Cliff Lee like year and he could come home with the Cy Young. The rest of the rotation is questionable however I think Jeese Litsch will probably be their second best pitcher. Look for Toronto to finish a distant fourth in this division.

5. Baltimore Orioles- Too many questions with this team. Their just isn't enough hear to compete with the top three in the division. Maybe they could push the Blue Jays for fourth. They have some nice young talent in the minors headed by Matt Wieters that should make things interesting as the Orioles look to the future.

Overral Analysis of Al East- Should be an excellent division race at the top that should be really fun to watch. The best division in baseball this season is certainly probable. Look for the Yankees big spending ways to not pay off again as the Rays and Red Sox's finish 1-2 again.

AL Central

1. Minnesota Twins- The final season in the dome should see a division title for the Twins. The Twins are relying on Joe Mauer too be healthy and his health could change the face of the division. If he is healthy I see the Twins winning this division that should be tight. The Twins should have an excellent rotation led by Francisco Liriano who very well might be in the CY Young chase. Look for other young guys like Slowey and Blackburn to improve on nice campaigns last season. Bottom line is you can always count on the Twins exceeding your expectations so maybe they will win the division by more games then I think since I pick them for first.

2. Cleveland Indians- Look for the Indians to have a nice bounce back campaign after a dissapointing 2008. I love the additions of Mark DeRosa and Kerry Wood both of these guys will fit in excellently in that club house. They also both figure to have very strong seasons and help the Indians get back to their winning ways. The biggest key will be how that rotation does. Certainly Cliff Lee figures to have another nice season however 21-3 very unlikely. They need Carmona to make a step up in a big way if they want to win this division. Look for the Indians to come in about three to five games behind the Twins.

3. Chicago White Sox's- The White Sox's have a decent rotation and a pretty good young offense. That being said I see them taking a step back this season. The key to them winning the division probably comes down to a few guys repeating very good seasons. The biggest of these guys is Carlos Quentin. Will this happen I'm thinking not and you can fully expect Ozzie Guillen to get himself into some trouble this season. White Sox's finish five to six back of the Twins.

4. Kansas City Royals- The Royals had a nice offseason in which the acquired Coco Crisp and Mike Jacobs. These moves along with the emgergence of some young talent should help the Royals get out of the cellar for once. Look for Zach Grienke and Gil Meche to have big years leading what should be a very solid rotation. I look for the Royals to get out of the cellar this year and push for 80 wins.

5. Detroit Tigers- Way too many question marks to put them anywhere above these other four teams. If the Tigers can answer some of these questions they could end up near the top of the division. Their rotation is pretty questionable and they need bounce back years from guys like Justin Verlander if they want to have any chance of winning this division. While the offense is very strong look for a disappointing year from Maggilo Ordonez. 

Final Analysis of Al Central- Should be another fun division to watch. The Twins look like the class of division if Joe Mauer is healthy. Look for the Indians to improve with their big additions. Look for the White Sox's to remain players. If a lot of things break their way the Royals or Tigers could find themselves near the top as well. A very well rounded division.

AL West

1. Anaheim Angles- The Angles have some early issues in their rotation that should keep this division close at least early. That being said once Ervin Santana, John Lackey, and Kelvim Escobar return from injuries they should still be clearly the class of this division. Look for Bobby Abreu to be a nice addition. They will not run away ridiculously like they did last season however look for them to still win this division by a fair magin. That being said the door might be starting to close soon on the Angles chances as age creeps up.

2. Texas Rangers- We all know the Rangers can mash the ball as good as anybody if not better then everybody. That being said the question will all come down to their pitching. No matter what it is likely not going to be good enough to beat the Angles this season. They need Brandon McCarthy and Matt Harrison to have big years in that rotation. Because Kevin Millwood and Vicente Pidilla is a very weak front two. Look for them to come in about ten to twelve games behind the Angles.

3. Oakland Athletics- The A's should have a pretty nice offense with the addition of Matt Holiday, Jason Giambi, and Orlando Caberera. It will all come down to their young pitching making a big step if they are to have any hopes at competiting near the top of this division. If A's can get some pitching look for them to push the Rangers for second place.

4. Seattle Mariners- After an extremely disappointing campaign in 2008 the Mariners look to improve which shouldn't be too hard to do since they fell so far. The addition of Ken Griffey Jr. will be huge for these guys as he will help fix that problematic club house. Look for Girffey to have a very nice return season to Seattle. Also look for Ichiro to have a much better season. The rotation should be half way decent headed by King Felix who should be in store for a great season. Seattle will not be nearly as bad as last season however they got aways to go before they are competiting for second and first.

Final Analysis of Al West- Should be another Angels run away just not quite as many games. That being said if the Rangers, A's, and Mariners improve in the coming years they very well might finally catch the agining Angles.

 

NL East

1. Phildelphia Phillies- I look for the fighting Phils to have enough to win their division yet again. I think the championship winning season will only fill their confidence even more enough to outlast the Mets once again. I think some of the key questions though is will Cole Hamels be healthy all year? They need this guy especially if they want to get it done in the post season again. Look for that offense to be one of the better one's I like the addition of Raul Ibanez. The Phils win yet another close tight race with the Mets.

2. New York Mets- Mets are looking to rebound after yet another collapse at the end of the season. This off season they more then addressed their bullpen issues with the addition of K Rod and JJ Putz. Look for these big moves to be enough to help get the Mets into a wild card.

3. Atlanta Braves- The Atlanta Braves are looking to rebound from back to back disappointing campaigns. I suspect they do as they stay in the race for the NL East until early September. I look for Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez to be very excellent additions to their rotation.

4. Florida Marlins- The Marlins are a young talented bunch with perhaps an underrated pitching staff. They have a good top two in their rotation with some other younger guys that have potential. One problem for them could be infield defense as we all saw Dan Uggla's lack of skill in the all star game last year. Look for the Marlins to be a pesky pain in the butt team especially in this division.

5. Washington Nationals- The Nats are well the Nats. Even an addition of Adam Dunn won't pull this team out of the cellar. Their are a few bright spots young ace John Lannan figures to have a nice sophmore campaign.

Final Analysis of Nl East- Should be a fun division to keep an eye on. I suspect an all out war between the Phils and Mets for first until the very last week with the loser likely winning the wild card. Look for the Braves and Marlins to keep it interesting for awhile too.

NL Central

1. Chicago Cubs- The Cubs are coming off a great year however another disappointing playoff sweep leaves them with a bitter taste in thier mouth. The Cubs looked for some left handed hitting this offseason and found it in Milton Bradley. If Bradley stays healthy the Cubs could very well push 100 wins this season. The Cubs actually went out this offseason and tried to improve thier team unlikely most of their NL Central counterparts. Look for the Cubs to win 93 games and also watch for a big trade deadline trade.

2. St. Louis Cardinals- The Cardinals are the only real threat to the Cubs this season. With a player the caliber of Albert Pujols and the offense they have thier they can contend. The question will be the pitching. However you can always expect Tony LaRussa will get more and then some out of his team. Never count out the Cards period!!!! Barring injuries though to the Cubs I can't see them coming any closer then five games.

3. Milwaukee Brewers- The Brewers had a pretty awful winter losing CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets. They replaced those two with Braden Looper hardly much of replacement. The Brewers are likely to take a big step back this year. Their is no doubt they will have one of the better offenses in the NL. However their pitching is riddled with big time questions. Can Yovani Gallardo remain healthy and pitch like the ace many think he is? Can Manny Parra be more consistent? Also their bullpen is questionable. The Brewers pitching will ultimately hurt them big time as they fight just to stay in third.

4. Cincinatti Reds- Watch out for the Reds they are loaded with young talent they are very reminiscint of the young Brewers of a few years ago. That young talent should make them very competitive this season. The question is can Aaron Harang rebound from a disastrous 2008. Also what else will they get out of their rotation. Will Edinson Volquez be as good? However their pitching probably had less questions then their offense which is looking to go a very small ball route. I can't see that for a Dusty Baker led squad. Speaking of that Dusty Baker very well should derail them quite a bit.

5. Houston Astros- The Astros made their typical late season run last year only to fall short of the wild card. That being said if they get off to to a fast start you may want to watch out. Simply put the Astros have way too many questions in that rotation to compete for the division title though.

6. Pittsburgh Pirates- The Pirates are well the Pirates. They have virtually no shot of even getting out of the cellar of this division.

Final Analysis of Nl Central- This division is the Cubs to lose. Barring major health issues the Cubs should win this division on cruise control. They have the best staff in the division and the best offense. St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinatti, and Houston all could legitmely finish second depending on things. However they are fighting for second through fifth and it is unlikely the second place team will land a wild card.

NL West

1. Los Angles Dodgers- The Dodgers where able to get Manny back after a long stupid battle that being said it was a move that had to happen if they where going to make the playoffs. The Dodgers have a very potent offense that should be one of the best in the National League. The question will be the pitching, but I think Billingsley and Kuroda will head a very solid staff this season that will be enough to get it done. You know one things for sure they have one of the best managers in the game in Joe Torre and he will prove to be a huge difference maker in this battle they will likely be in with the Diamondbacks.

2. Arizona Diamondbacks- The D Backs have a young talented team with a fantastic rotation especially at the top it is hard to beat the duo of Webb and Harren. The D Backs greatly underachieved after thier amazing April last season in which they where pretty much downhill the rest of the season after that. Can the D Backs rebound and recover from this? I think the D Backs will have a nice season and hang with the Dodgers all year ultimately though I think they fall short.

3. San Francisco Giants- This is an up and coming team that if they could find any kind of offense they could very well be the best team in the division. They have a fantastic rotation led by NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum who figures to be in that race again. The question is what can they get out of that offense. Probably not much as they will find themselves on the wrong end of many one run games likely. The Giants will battle their way to third in the division and will be a team to keep an eye on in the future.

4. Colorado Rockies- The Rockies are a team with a potent enough offense unforuntately for them their pitching has a lot of questions outside of Aaron Cook(who got blasted today). The Rockies if their pitching steps up will probably end up third cause they have enough offense to do it. Jason Marquis will have an ERA close to 5. 

5. San Diego Padres- After a pretty terrible offseason in which they should of traded Jake Peavy they will have another crummy year. Look for Peavy to struggle as he just wants out of San Diego. He will be traded by the trade deadline to a contender likely the Cubs in which he will finish of the year strongly and possibly make a late Cy Young push much like CC last year.

Final Analysis of Nl West- This division is between the Dodgers and D Backs. Look for both teams to be around 85 win teams tops. Don't sleep on the Giants to make it interesting however I just don't think they have enough offense to compete into late September. As the Rockies don't have enough pitching probably to compete.

 

Season Awards

AL MVP- Kevin Youkilis

NL MVP- Aramis Ramirez

AL CY Young- Roy Halladay

NL CY Young- Tim Lincecum

AL Rookie- David Price

NL Rookie- Cameron Maybin

AL Manager- Ron Gardenhire

NL Manager- Jerry Manuel

 

AL Divisional Playoffs

Minnesota Twins defeat Boston Red Sox's in 5

Tampa Bay Rays defeat Anaheim Angles in 5

ALCS

Tampa Bay Rays defeat Minnesota Twins in 6

NL Divisional Playoffs

Cubs defeat New York Mets in 5

Phillies defeat Dodgers in 4

NLCS

Cubs defeat Phillies in 7

World Series

Cubs defeat Rays in 6

 

That's right the Cubbies will win it all. They are more then overdue to do it. This season they won't have the whole 100 year thing hanging over them. Well it will be 101. Anyways that being said this season third time will be a charm. The Cardinals won the NL Central 3 straight years before us in their third trip to the playoffs they finally broke through with a world series. This time the Cubs will be the one's to do it.

 

 

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 29, 2008 2:49 am
 

Review Of 2008 MLB Predictions

Well I thought I would have a little fun by seeing just how bad I did in predicting the 2008 MLB season or how good I did maybe? Before the playoffs are actually locked though when I will give my playoff predictions very soon so stay tuned. For now though click the liknk below to read my blog entry were I made my pre season MLB predictions.

http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/6173035/7449293

So to start the analysis I will go division by division.

AL East Pre Season Picks

1. Red Soxs
2. Yankees(WC)
3. Blue Jays
4. Rays
5. Orioles

AL East Actual Finish

1. Rays
2. Red Soxs(WC)
3. Yankees
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

Final Analysis: Well please raise your hand if you picked the Rays to win 97 games and win this division. Yea just what I thought a few liars raising their hand and maybe a few die hard Rays fans being homers. The Rays were an incredible story this season and if the Cubs can't win the series I think I'm pulling for these guys. Outside of the Rays bumping up my list I did get the rest of the order sort of right. I did call this division for the wild card which proved true. The Yankees for the fact they didn't make the post season still won 89 games despite all their key injuries.

AL Central Pre Season Picks

1. Indians
2. Tigers
3. White Sox's
4. Twins
5. Royals

AL Central Actual Finish

1. Twins
1. White Sox's
3. Indians
4. Royals
4. Tigers

Final Analysis: Who would of thought the Twins get better after losing Johan and Torre Hunter. Give me credit for saying the Twins make a habit out of surprising on a yearly basis. I'm hoping they can hang on and beat out the Sox's for the division it would make me very happy. The Twins are probably my favorite AL ball club because of how they always are in contention even when you least expect it. Hey at least I wasn't buying into the Tiger hype and that proved true. However I will admit I did not think they would be this bad. I also said Cleveland would do better then them and they did. Just a strange year all around in the AL Central, but I will say I got the Indians beating out the Tigers right!!!!!!!

AL West Pre Season Picks

1. Mariners
2. Angels
3. Rangers
4. Athletics

AL West Actual Finish

1. Angels
2. Rangers
3. Athletics
4. Mariners

Final Analysis- I butchered this division the Angels were the team I thought the Mariners could be this season. Not much else to say the Angels dominated this division and I think are the team to beat in the post season.

Final AL Analysis- Overall I did not do very good on this predicting thing I got only 1 of the AL playoff teams right. I had that team advancing to the ALCS so that could still happen.

NL East Pre Season Picks

1. Mets
2. Phillies
3. Braves
4. Nationals
5. Marlins

NL East Actual Finish

1. Phillies
2. Mets
3. Marlins
4. Braves
5. Nationals

Final Analysis: Well I bought into the Johan hype that was the only reason I picked the Mets otherwise I would of picked the Phillies for sure. To be fair to me Johan Santana I think more then lived up to the hype for the Mets it was other things like the Mets bull pen that cost them from living up to my prediction. Didn't see the Marlins year as they where in the hunt for quite awhile for the wild card. Nationals and Braves not much to say about either team. Overall I think I did a pretty decent job of picking this division.

NL Central Pre Season Picks

1. Cubs
2. Brewers
3. Reds
4. Cards
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL Central Actual Finish

1. Cubs
2. Brewers(WC)
3. Astros
4. Cards
5. Reds
6. Pirates

Final Analysis: I think I'm pretty much a prophet on this division. Of course I got our Cubbies right so I'm very happy for that and I said they would win the division by more then last year which they did. I got the Brewers right in the second and I nearly had them pegged for the wild card, but I went with the Dodgers instead. Switch the Astros and Reds around and I would of got this whole division right. Cause I got the Cards right in 4th and the lowly Pirates in the cellar right as usual. So I give myself an A for this division!!!!!

NL West Pre Season Picks

1. Arizona
2. Dodgers(WC)
3. Rockies
4. Padres
5. Giants

NL West Actual Finish

1. Dodgers
2. Arizona
3. Rockies
4. Giants
5. Padres

Final Analysis: Well I didn't do so well, but I did get the Dodgers right on making the playoffs they just happened to be the division winner instead of a wild card. I was totally wrong about this division being the toughest. It was the weakest by far in the NL and was not much fun to watch. Torre did do wonders for the Dodgers. Arizona was a big letdown this year for many as they did not live up to the hype at all regressing from last season. I got the Rockies right in third that's the only spot I had right at all.

Final NL Analysis: Well I called the Cubs and Dodgers facing of in the playoffs however I had that happening in the NLCS so I won't take as much credit. I had the Cubs going to the world series and winning that and that dream is still alive.

Will see I sure hope my predictions of the Cubs winning it all comes to be very true. That feeling I had of something magical happening this season has been felt so many times throughout this season with our Cubs. I just hope they can seal the deal bring on the playoffs.

Stay tuned folks playoff predictions coming really soon, but for now Go Tigers tomorrow and Go Twins if needed!!!!!!!!!






Category: MLB
Tags: AL, Chicago Cubs, NL, Torre
 
Posted on: July 14, 2008 7:49 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2008 7:50 pm
 

State Of The Cubs: Week 15

Since Donbedouin is gone to Mexico he has asked me to do the state of the Cubs for him for this week and I have gladly accepted so here you go everybody.

57-38 first place 4.5 games up on the Cardinals, 5 up on the Brewers, and owners of the best record in baseball at the break.

The week that was:

Well what a week it was as the Cubs headed home after a long 10 game road trip that featured a bad beginning, but a great ending in winning 2 out of 3 from our closet followers. The Cubs where back at home to play three against the Reds and three against the Giants. However before any games where to take place some big news would occur. It all started on Sunday when the Brewers completed a trade to bring CC Sabathia to Milwaukee a move that prompted many Brewers fans mainly to now favor the Brewers. However Jim Hendry didn’t wait long on Tuesday afternoon it was announced that he completed a trade to bring the Cubs another ace of there own in Rich Harden and also reliever Chad Gaudin. You can read my thoughts on the this trade on my blog here it is the latest entry after this one.

Now let’s get on to the week’s analysis as it was a big week.

Game 1- On Tuesday night the Cubs played the opener of the brief home stand. A game that featured a pitching match up of Aaron Harang for the Reds and Cub all star Ryan Dempster. The Cubs got on the board early with a pair of sac flies in the 2nd and the 3rd innings. After the Reds scored one back in the 4th the Cubs where able to drive Harang from the game with a pair of 2 run homers by Geovany Soto and Mike Fontenot in the 4th and 5th. After all that Ryan Dempster went on cruise control as he went on to pitch 7 innings giving up only 2 hits, 4 walks and allowing the 1 run while striking out 5. Cotts and Marmol combined for a scoreless 8th. Howry had a few problems in the 9th, but was eventually able to finish the game and preserve a Cubs 7-3 win.

Game 2- Wednesday saw game 2 as the Cubs had Carlos Zambrano going against the Reds Johnny Cueto in what would turn out be one of Carlos Zambrano’s best pitching performances ever. Carlos gave up 1 hit which happened to be a home run by Adam Dunn, walked nobody, and striked out 5 in 8 innings. Carlos could have easily pitched the 9th inning however Lou opted for Carlos Marmol with the Cubs holding a 5-1 lead. Marmol got a couple of quick outs, but thanks to a pair of walks and an infield hit he loaded the bases and forced Lou to bring in Kerry Wood. Kerry was able to get Brandon Phillips to pop out to Derek Lee to end the game and save a Cubs win.

Game 3- Thursday afternoon the Cubs took the field looking for the sweep of the Reds. It was the Cubs Ted Lilly facing the Reds Bronson Arroyo. In the first couple of innings things looked good for the Cubs as they took a 1-0 lead and then extended that lead to 3-1 after 2 innings. However it was just not the Cubs day as Ted Lilly gave up 3 runs in the third and would not make it out of that inning. Things wouldn’t get better though as ever Cub reliever to enter the game would give up at least a one home run. The Cubs would cut an 8-3 lead into a 8-5 lead thanks to a 2 run homer by Fontenot in the 4th, but they would never get closer as they would ultimately fall to the Reds 12-7 as the Reds where powered by 7 homers on a day when the wind was blowing out.

Game 4- Friday the Cubs took the field for the first of a three game set with the Giants. This game would turn out to be a pitchers duel as both the Cubs Jason Marquis and the Giants Matt Cain would shut down the opposing teams offense as they both went 7 innings. However the Cubs would finally get on the board in the bottom of the 8th Ryan Theriot would lead off with a single. Fontenot then scarified Theriot over to second base after Lee was intentionally walked (dumb move!!!) to get to Ramirez. Ramirez came up and on the first pitch in the first meeting of Giants reliever Tyler Walker Ramirez sent a long drive down the left field line it stayed fair and was a big clutch 3 run home run putting the Cubs on top 3-0. Kerry Wood came in for the ninth and he ran into some troubles, but was eventually able to get the save as the Cubs won thanks to Mr. Clutch 3-1.

Game 5- Saturday was the long awaited debut of new Cubs pitcher Rich Harden and he would face the Giants Kevin Correia. Harden would not disappoint as the Cubs offense exploded for him early as it was the Jim Edmonds show early as he had a 2 run double and 2 run homer to help propel the Cubs to a 7-0 lead after the 4th inning. Rich Harden was dealing as he went 5.1 innings striking out 10 batters, giving up no runs on 5 hits and 3 walks throwing 96 pitches (66 of them where strikes). However the Cubs would lose the lead for him giving up 2 runs in the 8th and then in the ninth would be victims of some poor decisions by Marmol and Theriot this would allow the Giants to eventually tie the game at 7-7 and force extra innings as Marmol gave up 5 runs in the 9th. Simply stunned the Cubs used 2 shut out innings of relief from Sean Marshall to get them to the 11th. When Reed Johnson would single home Mark DeRosa for the winning run as he would slide into home just barely before the tag was applied to him.

Game 6- The final game of the home stand featured a battle of two all star pitches the Giants had Tim Lincecum throwing and the Cubs countered with Ryan Dempster who was 10-0 at home coming into the game. Ryan Dempster would be the victim of some bad luck in the third Vizquel got on for the Giants with one out and then stole second. The Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum then hit a bullet line drive to Mark DeRosa playing right DeRosa would charge it and it would unfortunately get by him and roll all the way to the wall allowing Lincecum to get a triple and giving the Giants the lead. After walking Fred Lewis and allowing him to advance to second Dempster appeared that he might get out of it. However Ray Durham was able to single home Lincecum and Lewis with 2 outs to put the Giants up 3-0. The Cubs got there first run in the 4th when Jim Edmonds doubled home Mark DeRosa after that both pitchers settled in as Lincecum went on to pitch 8 innings. Dempster would leave after 6.2 innings. The Cubs would threaten in the 8th and 9th, but it would not be there day as they lost 4-2 completing a 4-2 home stand.

All in all it was a really good week to be a Cubs fan we landed Rich Harden in a huge trade countering the Brewers trade of CC Sabathia and we had a nice 4-2 home stand which helped us add on to our lead in the NL Central.

The Week Ahead: The All Star break is upon us as the Cubs get four days off before heading to Houston for a 3 game set to begint the unofficial start of the second half of the season. It is uncertain on who will start in this series, but I can take a guess on what I think it will be.

In game 1 I fully expect Carlos Zambrano will be pitching for the Cubs it sounds like we will not have to face Roy Oswalt due to his hip injury. With Carlos Zambrano’s great success in the past against the Astros what a great way this should be to start of the half. According to Cubs.com I just checked they now say Lilly will be throwing the first game I do not expect that to be the plan at least I doubt it why would they throw the lefty first. I suspect it is either Z or even Demp depending on how many innings they pitch in the all star game.

In game 2 I’m hoping the Cubs will throw Rich Harden, but I have been hearing things that he may end up 4th in the rotation instead and pitch the first game of the Arizona series so not too sure.

In game 3 I would expect to see Ted Lily here cause I figure they want the lefty right in the middle of the rotation however I hear Dempster may throw this game instead only Lou knows.

My Prediction: Well it is kind of hard to predict if they go with Z, Harden, and Dempster I think they sweep the Astros. If they go with Lily first I really have no clue what to expect. So I will say we win 2 out of 3 regardless of whose pitching. Also if you want me to predict the All Star game I will say the NL wins a 6-4 battle powered by a 3 run homer in the second by Geovany Sotto in the bottom of the second scoring Bruan and Fukudome and making Clint Hurdle think maybe these guys should be higher up in the order.

Anyways sit back and relax Cubs fans we are a little over half way through the regular season and we are on pace to win 95 to 100 games which should be good enough to get us to the post season. The key is we need to stay healthy if we do I really see nothing that can stop this team. So let’s enjoy a nice little break and get back to kicking butt on Friday. Let’s Go Cubs make the second half as memorable as the first half.
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2008 12:21 am
 

Thank You Jim Hendry: Thoughts On Harden Trade!!

I'm not going to lie I was a little down after the Brewers got CC Sabathia however Jim Hendry has made me happy again!!!!!!! And I just want to extend my thanks to the Cubs great GM!!!!!!! Another great move by him and may even be his best move yet!!!!

So we land Rich Harden the best guy available on the market outside of CC this year. We got a guy however who could be a Cub for at least a few years unlike CC for the Brewers. Harden is a stud simply put when healthy and should fit in nicely in our rotation. I'm just so happy to add this guy to our rotation and we now have an absolutely wicked rotation.

Big Z an ace pitcher for sure we all know what Carlos can do.

Harden when healthy he can be any teams no. 1 pitcher and he will be our number 2 or even 3 when you consider what Dempster is doing.

Dempster he has been amazing and I totally was wrong to be against Lou and the pitching staff on moving him to the rotation!!!! We all saw tonight just how great Dempster has been this season ignore the no road wins because he should have a few.

Lily he was arguably our ace last season he came through so big last year and had a great first year in a Cubs uni. After starting 0-4 this year he is now 9-1 since and is pitching like he did last season. We have a guy who is a legit number 2 or number 3 on any staff and he is probably our 4th best.

Now the question is what do you do with the fifth spot my guess is they go with Marquis which I would prefer not, but I don't think they have much choice my guess is Marquis would throw a fit if he moved to the bullpen so maybe we look to trade him possibly. I don't know part of me would rather not because if there is an injury we could always use a vet to replace them. Even though Marshall has been great looks like he is headed to the Pen or the minors.

O and we also got Chad Gaudin in the deal looks like this guy could be a big help to us in the Pen!!!!! I just love this trade now who did we give up.

Matt Murton I love Matty, but I just don't think he was ever going to make it with the Cubs I wish him all the luck at the A's and hope he finds a starting home. Sean Gallagher started to grow on me, but it appeared he was losing his starting spot anyways to Marshall hope he gets to start in Oakland. Eric Patterson I don't know I have never really loved the guy he did have a great series at home against the Sox's that is what I will remember him for hope he turns out better then his bro. We gave up one of our top picks last year I believe in Donaldson who is a catcher since Geo Soto has come into his own in the catcher spot he is going to be there a long time I believe there really is no place for Donaldson. So all things considered a great move!!!!!

Let's Go Cubs thanks Jim Hendry for the boost and we should now start rolling again after a little bit of struggles I can't imagine too many losing streaks!!!! And many winning streaks sit back relax and enjoy Cubs fans!!!
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Posted on: March 31, 2008 1:53 am
 

2008 MLB Predictions!!!

Well here we are a milestone year for my Cubbies it is the 100 year anniversary of our last title. Glad I have not been alive for many of them. But anyways I have this eerie feeling the Cubbies might just break this supposed curse and the championship streak on the 100 year anniversary season just seems too good of a story not to happen. Well anyways here are my predictions on how the MLB season will take shape!!!! I will start in the American League.

American League

AL East

1- Boston Red Soxs- Just too good top to bottom they have the confidence of winning the World Series. This team will be rock solid all year but it will be quite the battle with the Yankees.

2- New York Yankees- Joe Giradi will do great in his first year I think Giradi is the best thing since sliced bread. I wanted the Cubs to get this guy as manager but as it turns out we went with Lou instead not a bad decision either. Anyways the Yankees will battle Boston but in the end

3- Toronto Bluejays- They have two former Red Birds playing for them this season. If Rolen can stay healthy he may just do well there. However to think they are going to top Boston or New York is crazy. They will stay in the hunt until September but the Red Sox's and the Yankees are just too good and too well managed to finish behind this bunch.

4- Tampa Bay Rays- They are what they are usually annual celler dwellers well not anymore they are now annual close to celler dwellers. This team is better then the team that will finish last in this division.

5- Baltimore Orioles- Another losing season for the Orioles could they lose a 100 games? Stupid move hanging on to Roberts but that's Andy McPhail for you. I think they will be forced to pratically give him away come trade deadline time.

AL Central

1- Cleveland Indians- As long as the contract situation doesn't get to CC's head I think this team is still the class of this division. They have a solid offense and two stud legit pitchers heading that rotation in CC and Fausto.

2- Detriot Tigers- They and the Indians will be the only two competiting for the division this season. I think the Tigers certainly have all the tools to beat out the Indians. However the jury is still out on the D Train can his career be revived in Detriot. Miguel Cabrera is really going to help them a lot though. I say they are in a dog fight for this division as well as the wild card.

3- Chicago White Sux's- Only here because the two teams below them are not going to do any better. I do not think the White Sox's are better if at all another 80+ loss season may just be in the cards especially if the top two teams in this division can eat them up.

4- Minnesota Twins- I really have no clue what will happen with the Twins now that Johan and Torri are gone. They always seems to surprise me though but I don't see any suprising going on this season.

5- Kansas City Royals- Well at least I can say I like there stadium. I really love that whole waterfall thing they have out in centerfield it is pretty stinkin cool!!!

AL West

1- Seattle Mariners- This team is going to have some very nice pitching and the addition of Bedard only boosts that even more. The question will be there offense I think they will do enough though to win the division.

2- LA Angles- I think the injuries right now are what is going to cost them later on. They will put up a fight for this division but I think they fall short.

3- Texas- Don't really know anything about this team other then they should not challenge for the division crown much past August.

4- Oakland- Again really know nothing about them expect about the same as Texas

AL Playoffs

Cleveland Indians def New York Yankees in 5 games. Same opening round series as last season and I think it brings about same results. Great job by Joe Giradi though as he guides the Yankees to the wild card.

Boston Red Sox's def Seattle in 4 games. Well it was a nice season for the Mariners but they will be getting the Red Sox's unforunately for them.

Cleveland Indians def Boston Red Sox's in 6. This time the Indians do not grab a 3-1 lead but after Boston ties up the series at 2 a piece Cleveland sweeps two in a row to get some revenge and claim the AL pennant.

National League

National League East

1- New York Mets- Want to pick the Phillies here but I'm a big Johan fan and I think he will be the difference here along with the Mets better starting pitching.

2- Phildelphia Phillies- Great offense no doubt but I question the pitching still. They will be in an all out war with the Mets once again.

3- Atlanta Braves- Playing third fiddle again to the Mets and Phillies. I can see Atlanta finishing as high as second and as low as third it all really comes down to whether the Mets continue to play like they did at the end of the last season.

4- Washinton Nationals- The Nationals will be interesting to watch at least but to think they could topple any of the top 3 now that would be a big stretch!!!

5- Florida Marlins- Have they run out of fire sale luck after lucking out from the first fire sale. They will probably continue to give my Cubbies fits though unforunately. I wish they would lose a 100+ games!!!!

National League Central

1- Chicago Cubs- The Cubs will win the division I think we will stay realtively healthy this year. I look for a huge year out of Big Z possibly Cy Young winner. Kosuke Fukudome will be a major addition and should win the ROY. The Cubs are just a solid team all around and I think a better start to the season coupled with kicking the inconsistent play hopefully will equal winning this division by 5 or more games.

2- Milwaukee Brewers- Sorry Brewers fans I think you guys will keep it interesting but Ned Yost once again will be your demise. The Cubs have a major advantage in the managerial position. You won't be able to rely on having a big lead early this year too I think so it will be up to the Brewers to show they can not only do well in the first half but the second half too.

3- Cinci Reds- Will push the Brewers hard for second. Dusty always seems to do great his first year with teams after that all bets are off. Unless the Cubs get hit hard with injuries I can not see the Reds taking the division. They will be in the hunt until at least late August though probably.

4- St. Louis Cardinals- I would like to put them lower what did they do this offseason umm nothing besides swapping Rolen for Glaus not a huge upgrade and losing Edmonds and Eckstein. I will never count out the Cardinals though I have learned this through the years but they just look like there headed for a pretty bad year.

5- Houston Astros- All offense no pitching. Roy Oswalt is a stud obviously they just better hope he stays healthy not that he has healthy problems just saying if they where to lose him they could be competiting with the Pirates for last.

6- Pittsburgh Pirates- Staying in the celler as usual. Is there any hope in Pittsburgh for a turn around?

NL West (just want to say thoughest division around probably will be super fun to watch!!!)

1- Arizona Diamondbacks- I think this is a young team that should be even better this year. They might not win more games but they will likely be improved. I think Dan Haren helps them out too. They need more offense though if they get outscored as much as they did last season I don't think they will be able to survive it again. They could finish anywhere from first to fourth just like any of the top four teams in this division like I said it is absolutely loaded. Glad the Cubs aren't in this division.

2- LA Dodgers- I'm a big Torre fan and I think he will do very well in LA. I think he has LA in the hunt right up to the end what will happen can they win this division or at least the wild card we shall see? They have a lot of questions right now though.

3- Colorado Rockies- I think you could easisely put this team as the top team. They have a great offense the question is will the starting pitching do as well as last season. Your looking at a potential 90 win team though that could end up third.

4- San Diego Padres- Mark Prior yea right lol!!!! Where's the offense? You need some kind of offense to win in this league and they just don't have it they are relying on two many older players.

5- San Fransisco Giants- They are absolutely no threat to win the division but they could surprise a few people. They have some great young starting pitching in Lincecum and Cain that will at least make them competitive. The question is do they have enough offense just like the Pads I don't think so.

NL Playoffs

LA Dodgers def New York Mets in 4 I think Joe Torre works some magic in his first year as Dodgers manager not only does he get them to the post season but he also gets them to shock the Mets in the first round.

Chicago Cubs def Arizona Diamondbacks in 4 pay back is gonna be a major bitch for the D Backs.

Chicago Cubs def LA Dodgers in 6 the Torre magic ends as the Cubs take care of business and knock out the Dodgers.

World Series

Chicago Cubs def Cleveland Indians in 7 could be a really fun matchup especially if the pitching matchups could fall right where you could potentially have Z v CC and Lily v Fausto twice!!!! I hope CC and Fausto maybe have a flashback to last post season when they where less then steller. Cubs win a darmatic world series with Lily and Z pitching there asses off two win games 6 and 7 after being on the brink of elimination!!!

I know I'm being a homer but I just think there is going to be something magical about this season and that will be that the Cubs end there world series drought on the 100 year anniversary!!!

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