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Posted on: February 7, 2009 4:16 pm
 

Big East Dream

Is it possible to get 12 teams in the tournament from 1 conference? Unlikely, but this is the way that can make it possible. This is the remaining schedule. I know Syracuse is my favorite team, and I wanted them to lose a game, but I don't want them to lose either of their next 2, and after that the schedule gets easy until the last game which I think they would be ready for. I had them lose in the conference championship though. The bold team is the winner. Pitt is beating DePaul right now by the way. Some of the games don't matter especially Duke vs. St. John's and DePaul's game agianst one of the bottom 3. I gave Duke a victory and DePaul had to get one conference win. Some teams like Cincinnati and Seton Hall and Notre Dame and Georgetown will have multiple chances to get their 9th win, but I don't think they can get above that with extra wins against team like Pitt, Lousiville, Nova, Cuse, UCONN. They had to win one so I tried to give it against a team that could afford a loss. And again I know some of these are not truly possible, but I just wanted to see how many teams could get it with a lot of luck.

<tbody> * Sat, Feb 07  DePaul    Pittsburgh    Rosemont, Ill.  2:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sat, Feb 07  West Virginia    Providence    Morgantown, W.Va.   4:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  Sat, Feb 07  Connecticut    Michigan    Storrs, Conn.   6:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Sun, Feb 08  Rutgers    Seton Hall    Piscataway, N.J.   12:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Sun, Feb 08  St. John's    Louisville    New York, N.Y.   1:30 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Mon, Feb 09  Pittsburgh    West Virginia    Pittsburgh, Pa.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
BIG EAST Radio
  * Tue, Feb 10  USF    Providence    Tampa, Fla.   7:00 p.m. ESPN 360
  * Tue, Feb 10  Villanova    Marquette    Villanova, Pa.   7:30 p.m. ESPN2
  * Tue, Feb 10  DePaul    Seton Hall    Rosemont, Ill.   9:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Wed, Feb 11  Connecticut    Syracuse    Storrs, Conn.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Wed, Feb 11  Cincinnati    St. John's    Cincinnati, Ohio   7:30 p.m. ESPN 360
  * Thu, Feb 12  Notre Dame    Louisville    Notre Dame, Ind.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Fri, Feb 13  West Virginia    Villanova    Morgantown, W.Va.   9:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Sat, Feb 14  Syracuse    Georgetown    Syracuse, N.Y.   12:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Sat, Feb 14  Seton Hall    Connecticut    Newark, N.J.   12:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network
  * Sat, Feb 14  Pittsburgh    Cincinnati    Pittsburgh, Pa.   4:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Sat, Feb 14  Providence    Rutgers    Providence, R.I.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sat, Feb 14  Marquette    St. John's    Milwaukee, Wis.   9:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sun, Feb 15  Notre Dame    USF    Notre Dame, Ind.   2:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sun, Feb 15  Louisville    DePaul    Louisville, Ky.   4:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Mon, Feb 16  Connecticut    Pittsburgh    Hartford, Conn.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
BIG EAST Radio
  * Tue, Feb 17  Marquette    Seton Hall    Milwaukee, Wis.   8:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Feb 18  USF    Georgetown    Tampa, Fla.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Feb 18  West Virginia    Notre Dame    Morgantown, W.Va.   7:30 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Feb 18  Louisville    Providence    Louisville, Ky.   7:30 p.m. ESPN2
  Thu, Feb 19  St. John's    Duke    New York, N.Y.   7:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
  * Thu, Feb 19  Villanova    Rutgers    Villanova, Pa.   9:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
  * Sat, Feb 21  Providence    Notre Dame    Providence, R.I.   12:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network
  * Sat, Feb 21  Cincinnati    Louisville    Cincinnati, Ohio   2:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sat, Feb 21  Connecticut    USF    Hartford, Conn.   2:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sat, Feb 21  Georgetown    Marquette    Washington, D.C.   2:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Sat, Feb 21  Pittsburgh    DePaul    Pittsburgh, Pa.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sun, Feb 22  Syracuse    Villanova    Syracuse, N.Y.   1:00 p.m. CBS
  * Sun, Feb 22  Rutgers    West Virginia    Piscataway, N.J.   3:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sun, Feb 22  St. John's    Seton Hall    Queens, N.Y.   5:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Mon, Feb 23  Georgetown    Louisville    Washington, D.C.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
BIG EAST Radio
  * Tue, Feb 24  Providence    Pittsburgh    Providence, R.I.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Tue, Feb 24  St. John's    Syracuse    New York, N.Y.   7:30 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Feb 25  Marquette    Connecticut    Milwaukee, Wis.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Wed, Feb 25  Seton Hall    USF    Newark, N.J.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Feb 25  DePaul    Villanova    Rosemont, Ill.   8:30 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Feb 25  Notre Dame    Rutgers    Notre Dame, Ind.   9:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Thu, Feb 26  Cincinnati    West Virginia    Cincinnati, Ohio   7:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
  * Sat, Feb 28  Villanova    Georgetown    Philadelphia, Pa.   12:00 p.m. ESPN
  * Sat, Feb 28  DePaul    St. John's    Rosemont, Ill.   12:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network
  * Sat, Feb 28  Connecticut    Notre Dame    Storrs, Conn.   2:00 p.m. CBS
  * Sat, Feb 28  Seton Hall    Pittsburgh    Newark, N.J.   8:30 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sun, Mar 01  Louisville    Marquette    Louisville, Ky.   12:00 p.m. CBS
  * Sun, Mar 01  Syracuse    Cincinnati    Syracuse, N.Y.   2:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sun, Mar 01  Rutgers    Providence    Piscataway, N.J.   2:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Sun, Mar 01  USF    West Virginia    Tampa, Fla.   4:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Mon, Mar 02  Notre Dame    Villanova    Notre Dame, Ind.   7:00 p.m. ESPN
BIG EAST Radio
  * Tue, Mar 03  Syracuse    Rutgers    Syracuse, N.Y.   7:00 p.m. ESPN 360
  * Tue, Mar 03  USF    Cincinnati    Tampa, Fla.   7:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Tue, Mar 03  St. John's    Georgetown    New York, N.Y.   7:30 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Mar 04  West Virginia    DePaul    Morgantown, W.Va.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Mar 04  Louisville    Seton Hall    Louisville, Ky.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Wed, Mar 04  Pittsburgh    Marquette    Pittsburgh, Pa.   7:30 p.m. ESPN2
  * Thu, Mar 05  Villanova    Providence    Villanova, Pa.   7:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
  * Fri, Mar 06  Notre Dame    St. John's    Notre Dame, Ind.   7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network Local
  * Sat, Mar 07  Pittsburgh    Connecticut    Pittsburgh, Pa.   12:00 p.m. CBS
  * Sat, Mar 07  Marquette    Syracuse    Milwaukee, Wis.   2:00 p.m. BIG EAST Network
  * Sat, Mar 07  Rutgers    USF    Piscataway, N.J.   2:00 p.m. ESPN 360
  * Sat, Mar 07  Cincinnati    Seton Hall    Cincinnati, Ohio   4:00 p.m. ESPN 360
  * Sat, Mar 07  Georgetown    DePaul    Washington, D.C.   5:00 p.m. ESPNU
  * Sat, Mar 07  West Virginia    Louisville    Morgantown, W.Va.   9:00 p.m. ESPN
</tbody>

 

Somewhat possible. I'd rather take a 9 win Big East team than a 10 or 11 win SEC team or 9 wins from any other conference. These are what I tried to get the standings to look like. If I am a game off especially in the overall column, then I am sorry. Also sorry the teams aren't in order, they are on a table.

<tbody> Connecticut13-523-6Marquette12-623-8Louisville14-423-7Pittsburgh12-624-6Villanova12-624-7Providence11-719-11Syracuse13-525-6Cincinnati9-919-12West Virginia11-722-9Georgetown9-918-11Seton Hall10-819-11Notre Dame9-918-12St. Johns (N.Y.)3-1512-19South Florida4-149-21Rutgers1-1710-21DePaul1-179-22 </tbody>

Those would be the records without the conference tournaments. Here is what could really happen there.

Seton Hall vs. DePaul

Cincinnati vs. RutgersGeorgetown vs. St. John'sNotre Dame vs. USF 1) Seton Hall vs. Providence2) Cincinnati vs. West Virginia3) Georgetown vs. Marquette
4) Notre Dame vs. Villanova 5) Game 1 (Seton Hall) vs. Louisville6) Game 2 (Cincinnati) vs. Syracuse7) Game 3 (Georgetown) vs. Connecticut8) Game 4 (Notre Dame) vs. Pittsburgh
9) Game 5 (Louisville) vs. Game 8 (Notre Dame)10) Game 6 (Syracuse) vs. Game 7 (Connecticut)
Game 9 (Louisville) vs. Game 10 (Syracuse)Louisville wins This is how it would affect the standings (not in the conference column) <tbody> Connecticut13-524-7Marquette12-623-9Louisville14-426-7Pittsburgh12-624-7Villanova12-624-8Providence11-719-12Syracuse13-527-7Cincinnati9-921-13West Virginia11-722-10Georgetown9-920-12Seton Hall10-821-12Notre Dame9-921-13St. Johns (N.Y.)3-1512-20South Florida4-149-22Rutgers1-1710-22DePaul1-179-23 </tbody> This would overall really hurt PC b/c they don't have 20 wins, but they did beat Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati (2x), Rhode Island, and Seton Hall. All their losses were to Top 63 RPI so far. Georgetown, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and Seton Hall would still be close calls. Hopefully there would not be too many SEC, Pac-10, Big 10, and Big-12 Teams on the bubble. ACC would likely have Va Tech, Miami, and Florida St. on the bubble and only Va Tech I might take over one of these. Miami can take teams deep and not finish. Florida St. is really struggling. Hopefully this all works out, lol.
Posted on: February 7, 2009 12:57 pm
 

Twins ST Battles

The Twins are looking to be a very good team, and they only have a couple of battles.

Utility IF: Brian Buscher vs. Matt Tolbert vs. Matt Macri   Like every team, utility IF is a battle. Macri is the most versatile, but Buscher is the best of them so he gets the nod.

5th, 6th, and 7th bullpen men:  Boof Bonser vs. Phillip Humber vs. Kevin Mulvey vs. Jason Jones vs. Bobby Korecky vs. Brian Duensing vs. Ben Julianel vs. R.A. Dickey vs. Sean Henn vs. Mike Gosling     I would bet anything Bonser would be here if he is not traded. Phillip Humber is major league ready, but I cannot see him getting this job. Kevin Mulvey is not on the 40 man roster so will not get it. Jason Jones likely could, but would have to return to the Yankees if he doesn't. Could very well be the long reliever. Bobby Korecky has some exp. in the pen so he would also get in. R.A. Dickey has the knuckleball so for him to be a reliever than they'd have to have Mauer be able to catch it. Julianel probably won't get in. Henn is a good lefty, but I don't know if he is in the top 7 based on Jones being forced to leave.

Last Man on roster: Sean Henn vs. Jason Pridie vs. Luis Matos vs. Matt Tolbert vs. Matt Macri vs. Kevin Mulvey vs. Phillip Humber vs. Brian Duesning vs. R.A. Dickey vs. Mike Gosling vs. Ben Julianel    I gave all the explanations for people not getting in on other battles so I am just going to give this to Henn ober Pridie.

Notable players not on team: Jason Pridie, Luis Matos, Matt Tolbert, Matt Macri, Kevin Mulvey, Phillip Humber, Brian Duesning, R.A. Dickey, Mike Gosling, Ben Julianel

Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Brendan Harris, Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla, Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel  Mike Redmon, Brian Buscher, Denard Span

Francisco Liriano, Glenn Perkins, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn          Joe Nathan, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Craig Breslow, Bobby Korecky, Jason Jones, Boof Bonser, Sean Henn

Out for year: Pat Neshek

This is all assuming Mauer is ready for opening day

 

Posted on: February 1, 2009 9:26 am
 

Royals ST battles

The Royals did a lot to help themselves this offseason so don't be surprised if they do well.

C: Joe Buck vs. Miguel Olivo    Joe Buck really needs to come through to keep his job. The Royals are getting serious about it now. I still like Buck, but they will split time.

Utility IF: Esteban German vs. Alberto Callapso vs. Luis Hernandez vs. Tony Pena vs. Willie Bloomquist  Callapso is the likely favorite of the group. Pena is a plus for defense and German is the veteran. I like Callapso to win this job. German can be traded. Hernandez and Pena are minor league depth. Bloomquist is oft injured.

4th OF: Shane Costa vs. Mitch Maier vs. Ross Gload vs. Tommy Murphy  Gload is an absolute beast. Costa didn't play last year just limiting his competition. Gload can't play all the OF positions, but CF and LF are already versatile and Teahan can move back.

5th SP: Brandon Duckworth vs. Luke Hocheaver vs. Horacio Ramirez     If Kyle Davis is a reliever that could make 2 of these guys make it. I think it will be just Hocheaver

7th RP: Devon Lowery vs. Franquelis Osoria vs. Joel Peralta vs. John Bale vs. Luke Hudson vs. Heath Phillips vs. Lenny DiNardo vs. Oscar Villareal vs. Neal Musser vs. Henry Barrera vs. Brandon Duckworth vs. Horacio Ramirez      I have to go with Villareal here even though the Royals won't. Good thing is that they have a lot of veterans in AAA in case of injury. The Royals will choose John Bale probably.

Last Player: Ryan Shealy vs. any of the other losers     His top competition is Mitch Maier, but I think he will beat him. Kila Ka'aihue could also be in this race.

Failed to make roster: JR House, Horacio Ramirez, Brandon Duckworth, Devon Lowery, Franquelis Osoria, Joel Peralta, Oscar Villareal, Luke Hudson, Heath Phillips, Lenny DiNardo, Neal Musser, Henry Barrera, Mitch Maier, Kila Ka'aihue, Shane Costa, Tony Pena, Luis Hernandez, Esteban German, Willie Bloomquist

John Buck, Mike Jacobs, Mark Teahan, Mike Aviles, Alex Gordon, David DeJesus, Coco Crisp, Jose Guillen, Billy Butler                 Miguel Olivo, Alberto Callapso, Ryan Shealy, Ross Gload

Gil Meche, Zack Grienke, Luke Hiocheaver, Kyle Davies, Brian Bannister           Joakim Soria, Kyle Farnsworth, Ron Mahay, Jimmy Gobble, Doug Waechter, Robinson Tejada, John Bale

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 1, 2009 9:02 am
 

Indians ST Battles

The Indians are a team w/o many battles going on this spring. In the few that they have, the choice will affect how well they can do in this deep division.

Utility IF: Jamey Carroll vs. Josh Barfield vs. Andy Marte      I would give this to Barfield, but last year was not one to remember with him. Carroll is more versatile than Marte so this job goes to him.

3rd/4th/5th SP   Carl Pavano vs. Aaron Laffey vs. Jeremy Sowers vs. Tomo Okha vs. Zach Jackson vs. Anthony Reyes vs. Scott Lewis   Lewis pitched well last year. Laffey is more of a reliever. Pavano needs not to be injured. I do not think Lewis really has a chance at this job even with how he pitched. Okha has had too many chances. Anthony Reyes will get a spot with Pavano and Laffey. Jake Westbrook will eventually be back for one spot.

8th RP/4th Bench Player: Andy Marte vs. Josh Barfield vs. Vinnie Chulk vs. Kirk Saarloos vs. Greg Aquino vs. Edward Mujica vs. Jeremy Sowers    I have to gowith Marte here unless Chulk/Saarloos has an amazing spring.

Notable players not on team: Tomo Okha, Josh Barfield, Vinnie Chulk, Kirk Saarloos, Greg Aquino, Edward Mujica, Jeremy Sowers, Zach Jackson, Scott Lewis

Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner, Mark DeRosa, Ryan Garko, Asdrubal Cabrera, Johnny Peralta, Ben Francisco, Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo                  Dave Dellucci, Kelly Shoppach, Andy Marte, Jamey Carroll

Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona, Carl Pavano, Aaron Laffey, Anthony Reyes           Kerry Wood, Jensen Lewis, Rafael Perez, Joe Smith, Rafael Betancourt, Masahide Kobyashi, Matt Herges

Posted on: January 31, 2009 11:24 am
 

Rangers Spring Training Battles

The Rangers don't appear to be going anywhere this year either. They are not as bad as the Mariners...yet.

SS: Omar Vizquel vs. Elvis Andrus      Andrus is going in with the position as his, but I think he will get the job in June when he is more ready.

1B/DH: Frank Catalanato vs. Chris Davis vs. Hank Blalock   Catalano does not have as much to offer as the other to and he is versatile meaning that he will ikely make the team as a bench player.

Utility IF: German Duran vs. Travis Metcalf vs. Joaquin Arias   This job could be Vizquel's in June. I still think Metcalf is the best of them, but Duran is the most likely to get it.

C/back up C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia vs. Taylor Teagarden vs. Max Ramirez vs. Adam Melhuse           This is Salty's job, but he still could be traded. Teams options right now are him vs. Pudge vs. Teagarden. Don't really know what the Rangers want to do here. Melhuse has been a good career back up and could be an AAA back up.

7th bullpen man: Omar Poveda vs. 6th SP   I guess it would be Kason Gabbard. Gabbard should win this easy. Poveda pitched in A ball last year.

4th/5th SP: Kason Gabbard vs. Brandon McCarthy vs. Dustin Nippert  McCarthy should win this in a close battle. He has the edge. There will be a lot of injuries in the rotation so Gabbard will get his chance. Nippert will get a spot easy over them. I don't think it should be as easy as it is. 

Leftovers: Max Ramirez, Adam Melhuse, Travis Metcalf, Nathan Haynes, Brandon Boggs, Joaquin Arias, Scott Feldman, Elvis Andrus and Luis Mendoza fail to make the team. Adnrus will replace Duran eventually. Feldman and Mendoza should get a chance. Melhuse and Ramirez could near the trade deadline if Teagarden/Salty are traded. Haynes was good with the Angels, but might not get a chance this year. Boggs played over 100 games last year and will not make the team of have a chance unless there is a serious injury. They have Catalanato as the 5th OF. Metcalf and Arias will likely not get a good chance to play

Jarrod Salalamacchia, Chris Davis, Hank Blalock, Ian Kinsler, Omar Vizquel, Michael Young, David Murphy, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz Taylor Teagarden, Marlon Byrd, German Duran, Frank Catalanato

Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Matt Hairrion, Dustin Nippert, Brandon McCarthy         Kason Gabbard, Willie Eyre, Derrick Turnbow, Josh Rupe, Warner Madrigal, C.J. Wilson, Frank Francisco

Out for season: SP Eric Hurley

Out until July: Joaquin Benoit

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 31, 2009 10:56 am
 

Mariners spring training battles

The Mariners are a really struggling team right now with nothing to look forward to. Their position battles are plenty (and insignificant).

CF: Franklin Gutierrez vs. Endy Chavez   I really think Chavez should win this, but he probably won't. Last year his BA was much higher even though he does not him for power or drive in many runs. Last year he was a defensive replacement a lot. His defense is really good. Gutierrez will probably get the nod.

Back up catcher: Rob Johnson vs. Jamie Burke   If the winner would also get a pitching spot then Jamie Burke would win hands down. However, neither player played well last season, but in much more playing time Jamie Burke played significantly better. He is not on the 40 man roster currently though.

5th Starter: Carlos Silva vs. Miguel Batista vs. Jason Vargas vs. Garrett Olson vs, Jarrod Washburn       Yikes!! The 5th start role is terrible compared to the rest of the young rotation of King Felix, Erik Bedard, Bradon Morrow, and Ryan Rowland-Smith. If Silva Washburn and Batista are dumped so they can some salary room then is will be Garrett Olson. As of right now Washburn has it. CBS reports Washburn out for season like Jeff Clement, but I have see ntrade rumors with them leading me to believe this was unupdated info.

1st base: Russell Branyan vs. Chris Shelton vs. Mike Sweeney vs. Bryan LaHair   Mike Sweeney looks like he'll get the job. Shelton had one good week and Branyan is a good back up. Hopefully Sweeney can be healthy.

6th and 7th relief pitcher Carlos Silva vs. Miguel Batista vs. Jason Vargas vs. Sean White vs. Garrett Olson vs. Luis Munoz vs. Randy Messenger   Again if Silva and Batista are not traded then it will be them. If they are I give it to Sean White and Garrett Olson.

Last roster spot: Chris Woodward vs. Mike Morse vs. Garrett Olson vs. Jason Vargas vs. Russell Branyan vs. Reegie Corona vs. Luis Munoz vs. Randy Messenger vs. Bryan LaHair vs. Matt Tuiaspsopo vs. Chris Shelton     A lot of these guys could be seeing time depending on injuries to the starting rotation and OF/IF and if Silva/Washburn/Clement/Batista/Morr
ow/Balentin are traded and if Abreu is signed. Right now I give it to Russell Branyan. Reegie Corona will be headed to the Yankees if he doesn't get the spot. Chris Woodward would have to be placed in AAA and I don't know if the M's really want to do that

Wladamir Balentin, Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez, Adrian Beltre, Yunieksy Betancourt, Jose Lopez, Mike Sweeney, Kenji Johjima, Jeff Clement                    Jamie Burke, Russell Branyan, Ronny Cedano, Endy Chavez

Erik Bedard, Felix Hernandez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Brandon Morrow, Jarrod Washburn

Carlos Silva, Miguel Batista, Tyler Walker, Davis Aardsma, Mark Lowe, Roy Corcoran, Cesar Jimenez

 

Posted on: January 30, 2009 7:06 pm
 

Athletics Spring Battles and Roster

The A's have the biggest log jam in the OF. The 4th/5th OF are yet to be determined.

4th and 5th OF: Travis Buck vs. Chris Denorfia vs. Rajai Davis vs. Aaron Cunningham vs. Ben Copeland vs. Eric Patterson vs. Matt Carson.

Travis Buck is the best. Denorfia is a good veteran. Patterson is more of a 2B. Rajai Davis is decent. Aaron Cunningham had a good rookie year. Matt Carson is an ex yankee minor leaguer, but might not be ready yet. Copeland was a rule 5 draft selection, but I think he will be returned. Patterson could be away from the organization soon. Buck and Rajai are who should be kept. Denorfia will compete closely. Cunningham will also.

3B: Eric Chavez vs. Jack Hannahan

Chavez, although much better, will not be ready for the start of the year. Hannahan will start the season there. Baisley or Eric Patterson may start the season on the team while Chavez is on the DL. I think Chavez will eventually get the job back.

5th SP: Josh Outman vs. Dallas Braden

Both very young. Outman is in his 2nd year. Braden is entering his 3rd. I give the job to Braden for he pitched better and 3x as much last year.

6th and 7th RP: Jeff Gray vs. Kevin Cameron vs. Chris Schroder.

Gray really should not have a chance. Schroder had a good year 2 years ago. Kevin Cameron is really good. He should make the team. Schroder has a good shot because Gray is out.

Ryan Webb, the the 6th SP, and Jerome Williams might also have an effect on the bullpen.

Kurt Suzuki, Jason Giambi, Daric Barton, Mark Ellis, Bobby Crosby, Jack Hannahan, Matt Holliday, Ryan Sweeney, Jack Cust                  Rob Bowen, Jeff Baisley, Rajai Davis, Travis Buck

Justin Duchscherer, Sean Gallagher, Dana Eveland, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden                               Brad Ziegler, Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, Santiago Cassilla, Russ Springer, Chris Schroder, Kevin Cameron

When Eric Chavez is signed, Hannahan takes a seat on the bench and Baisley is left out. If Denorfia and Eric Patterson are eligible to go to the minors then they will have some team down there with Aaron Cunningham and Matt Carson joining them. Ben Copeland would be sent back to the Giants. When Baisley is sent down to join Cliff Pennington, Yung Chi-Chen, and Tagg Bozied the IF will be good as well. The A's have a nice bunch of young players. Bozied is not very young though just to point out.

If the A's want to have a good season then Matt Holliday has to prove to be able to hit. Dallas Braden is going to have to reach 10 wins. That shouldn't be too hard with the A's back end of the bullpen. They will be impossible to beat. Bobby Crosby is a liaility at the plate. They will also need to have Daric Barton hit well and hope Giambi can act like he did in his first stint if that is even possible without steroids. Travis Buck is really good defensively. The A's pitching is already good enough and they need production from the hitting. Gio Gonzalez also needs to bring his ERA down. Gallagher might have to as well.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 30, 2009 5:03 pm
 

Angels Roster

Mike Napoli, Gary Matthews, Juan Rivera, Torii Hunter, Kendry Morales, Chone Figgins, Maicer Izturis, Howie Kendrick, Vladamir Guererro               Jeff Mathis, Reggie Willits, Erick Aybar, Robb Quinlan

John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Jered Weaver, Nick Adenhart

Brian Fuentes, Justin Speier, Jose Arredondo, Scott Shields, Darren Oliver, Dustin Moseley, Kevin Jepsen

 

The Jepsen/Moseley/Bulger/Adenhart was really difficult to sort out.

Category: MLB
Tags: Angels, Roster
 
 
 
 
 
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