West Division Playoff Teams

by on January 23, 2011   No Comments

Last season, teams from MLB’s two West Divisions won their respective pennants and made it to the World Series. This season, neither the San Francisco Giants nor the Texas Rangers will be flying under the radar. The expectations for both teams will certainly be higher than seasons before. What have these teams done to meet or exceed these expectations?

The Giants won the World Series on the strength of their young pitching staff. They were counted out before each series, including the final series against the Rangers, yet still prevailed. As a result, they will be expected to win.

Cinderella Story Waiting in Camden Yards?

by on February 25, 2010   No Comments

Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein have the money, but Andy McPhail gets the GM of the Year Award in the American League East for very quietly putting together a team built with a core group of young talent and inexpensive veterans.  Impact prospects for 2010 include catcher Matt Weiters, LHP Brian Matusz, RHP Chris Tillman, and OF Nolan Riemold while 3B Josh Bell and 1B Michael Aubrey are not far off from being terrific Major Leaguers in their own right.  Past All-Stars Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Brian Roberts are in their prime, while veteran additions of RHP Kevin Millwood, 3B Miguel Tejada, 1B Garrett Atkins, and LHP Mike Gonzalez could help the O’s be the Rays of 2008.  Yeah, I said it.

MLB Off-Season Report Card: AL Central

by on January 27, 2010   No Comments

Today’s look is at the AL Central, projected finish, and update on off-season moves.

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