East Division Playoff Teams

by on February 7, 2011   No Comments

In 2010, the best teams in all of Major League Baseball came from the East Division in each league. Both divisions were home to the wild card winners, the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. They were also home to baseball’s two best records, 97 by the Philadelphia Phillies and 96 by the Tampa Bay Rays. What fate awaits the monsters of last year’s regular season? Will these teams once again be playing in October?

The simple answer for the Phillies is yes. In fact, anything short of a second World Series championship in four seasons—having won in 2008—would be an utter disappointment. A starting rotation like the Phillies had last season made Charlie Manuel’s managing job easy. His club posted 14 complete games, the most in the Major Leagues. Managing a bullpen is certainly easier when your starters are going deep into games. This will not change for Manuel as he will still have the three staff aces; Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, who carried Philadelphia to the playoffs.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot – featuring Orlando Hudson

by on April 14, 2010   2 Comments

Orlando Hudson thinks there is racism in baseball that supersedes a club’s desire to win.  He didn’t come out and say those words, but that is pretty easy to infer by his recent comments regarding the jobless state of aging sluggers Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield.  Here is a taste of his recent comments to media:

“You see guys like Jermaine Dye without a job.  Guy with [27 home runs and 81 RBIs] and can’t get a job. Pretty much sums it up right there, no? You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A guy like Gary Sheffield, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, can’t get a job. …

“We both know what it is. You’ll get it right. You’ll figure it out. I’m not gonna say it because then I’ll be in [trouble].”

“Call it what you want to,” Hudson said. “I ain’t fit to say it. After I retire I’ll say it. I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff to say after I retire.”

Damon Makes Tigers AL Central Favorites

by on February 22, 2010   4 Comments

Pitchers and catchers are busy in MLB camps in Florida and Arizona, but a few high-impact players are still looking to sign on the dotted line.  That crowd decreased by one yesterday as Johnny Damon inked a one-year, $8 million dollar deal with the Detroit Tigers.  The left-handed hitting veteran isn’t your prototypical lead-off hitter, but he will be the first one to the plate on Opening Day for the Tigers in 2010.  His presence in the lineup, and left-field, will take the pressure off of rookies Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore at the top of the lineup and continue to set the stage for GM Dave Dombroski to throw his weight around in the 2011 off-season when $50+ million, including Damon, comes off the books.

Cardinals Get A LHP; Sign Hill

by on January 28, 2010   2 Comments

In a previous post, I had mentioned my on the Cardinals needing a left handed starter. I even threw out a name I was hopeful for(Jarrod Washburn). Apparently I was nowhere close to what the Cardinal brass were thinking as the lefty they had in mind was ex-Cub prospect, Rich Hill. Hill is a guy who seems like he’s been around forever but really hasn’t. He turns 30 in March, only has 70 major league starts to his name and is coming off the worst season of his career. He wasn’t just bad in limited time last year, he was awful. An era near 8(7.80), 10.6h/9, 6.2bb/9 and 7 homers allowed in 57.2ip. One bright spot is that Hill kept near his career average k/9 with 7.2/9 in ’09 with 8.1/9 for a career. Another is that presuming he fills the back end of the rotation, he will give a totally different look than the rest of the staff. A lefty who’s out pitch is a huge, sweeping curve and relies on the strikeout as much as anything.

Have Bat, Can Hit – Free Agent Sluggers

by on January 21, 2010   No Comments

Free Agent slugger Jermaine Dye (left) is among a group of free agents with impact bats that MLB clubs can currently pick up for rock-bottom prices.  The only question is, what’s the hold up?  Here is one theory.