Houston, We Have a Problem – the Astros

by on April 8, 2010   4 Comments

The Houston Astros racked up three losses to open the season faster than I had a chance to look at a boxscore and ask, “They have Geoff Blum hitting 5th?”

Sorry bout cha, Hunter Pence.  Buena suertes, Carlos Lee.  With Lance Berkman on the shelf until at least April 10th (but probably much later) after surgeons went back in to clean up his aching knee, you get a journey-man first-basemen Geoff Blum, with his career 162-game average of .250 and 12 homers, to protect your two only real power threats in Pence and Lee.

That’s not to leave out your table setters, OF Michael Bourn and 2B Kaz Matsui, who have respective career OBPs of .326 and .302 respectively.

Oh, and then there is the pitching staff….

A Look At Closers: NL Central

by on February 9, 2010   2 Comments

Is there any division with a more muddled bullpen picture than the NL central? Consider that the longest tenured closer in the central is Fransisco Cordero of the Reds at a whopping two full seasons in a Cincinnati uniform. In that time Cordero has racked up an impressive 73 saves(on losing teams) with 137ip, 136K’s and a combined era of 2.76. Cordero has proven himself reliable in both leagues to lock games down and give a strikeout or more per inning. Solid all the way around.

After Cordero we’ll look at the Brewers who at this point appear to be going with Trevor Hoffman. Not much can be said about Hoffman that hasn’t been said before, but it’s worth noting that he nearly duplicated many of his career best peripherals at the age of 41 last season and is really showing no signs of slowing. A k/9, bb/9 and h/9 all equal or better than his career averages at a point when, if we’re being honest, his career should be winding down. After Hoffman however, the Brewer bullpen is very short on closing experience. Latroy Hawkins and David Riske have some while Todd Coffey was once the closer-in-waiting for the Reds.  If Hoffman falters or gets hurt the back end of Brewers games are likely to be nail biters.

MLB Free Agent Tracker – 1/15/10

by on January 15, 2010   No Comments

Free agents shopping continues as we inch closer to MLB spring training.  Here is the latest

Monday Morning GM – Detroit Tigers – 12/30/09

by on December 26, 2009   No Comments

This edition of who’s coming, who’s going, and opinions on what the Tigers should do moving forward.