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Monday, December 9, 2013

Rankings - Part Deux

1. Salt Lake City Mormons
2. Durham Tar Heels
3. Boston Massacre
4. Pittsburgh Partymen
5. Houston Hangovers
6. Honolulu Tropics
7. Philadelphia Bacharach Giants
8. Helena Hustle
9. Kansas City
10. Vancouver Otters

Monday, November 25, 2013

Biweekly Rankings

Yes, biweekly means once every two weeks. But, of course, it also means twice per week. To make it clear, these rankings will appear once every two weeks, or, ahem, biweekly. Now that that is settled! For the newbs, the rankings are based on a combination of record, expected win percentage, and run differential. On to it!

1. Honolulu Tropics (29-12) - Owners of the best record, expected win percentage, and run differential in the league. 8-5 vs. the Top 10
2. Salt Lake City Mormons (27-14)  - The AL's top record, expected win percentage, and run differential. 7-6 vs. the Top 10
3. Houston Hangovers (29-12) - Tied with Honolulu for the best record in the majors, and 3rd in both expected win percentage and run differential. 8-6 vs. the Top 10
4. Pittsburgh Partymen (26-15) - Owners of the 4th best record in the majors. 5th in both expected win percentage and run differential. 6-7 vs. the Top 10
5. Boston Massacre (23-18) - 4th in both expected win percentage and run differential, but only 8th in overall record.  5-4 vs. the Top 10
6. Vancouver Otters (26-15) - The owners of the 4th best record in the league are playing above expectations. 6th in run differential and 7th in expected win percentage. 5-3 vs. the Top 10
7. Burlington Worm Burners (24-17) - The NL's 4th best team is 6th in expected win percentage, 7th in overall record, and 8th in run differential. 5-7 vs. the Top 10
8. Durham Tar Heels (22-19) - Lagging in overall record (10th), but 7th in run differential and 8th in expected win percentage. 6-9 vs the Top 10
9. Kansas City Evil Empire (25-16) - Playing above expectations - 6th in overall record, but 10th in both expected win percentage and run differential. 5-8 vs the Top 10
10. Montreal Garde Imperiale (23-18) - Our favorite French-Canadians are back, checking in at 8th in overall record and 9th in both expected win percentage and run differential. 5-6 vs. the Top 10

Just Missed
Toledo
Chicago
Helena

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Season 30 Preview - NL West

Season 29 Standings
1. Helena 100-62
2. Honolulu 95-67
3. San Francisco 81-81
4. Los Angeles 54-108

Team Previews

Helena
Arrivals - Ralph Jennings (FA), Cody Dye (FA), Itchy Penis (Trade),
Departures - Paulie Fox (FA), Donaldo Segui (FA)
Net Effect - Neutral
Status - Competing
Prediction - Might be the last chance at a World Series before an aging pitching staff breaks down. Solid in all facets and anything less than 1st would be a disappointment.

Honolulu
Arrivals - Rube Swann (Trade), Cesar Reyes (Trade), Paulie Fox (FA), Benito Melian (FA)
Departures - Roger Karl (FA), Frank Zhang (FA), Jeff Ruebel (FA)
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing
Prediction - Another squad getting on in years. Anything less than 2nd would be surprising and anything less than a playoff berth would be a disappointment. One bad season and this franchise could start to rebuild.

San Francisco
Arrivals - Rafael Escobar (FA), Mac Knott (FA), Pedro Maduro (FA)
Departures - Adam Tucker (Trade)
Net Effect - Positive
Status - Competing, one year away?
Prediction - One of the more active teams in Free Agency, but still in a very tough division. They have a shot at a Wild Card, but between Honolulu, Helena, and the NL North, the chance is remote.

Los Angeles
Arrivals - Bubbles Judd (FA), Albert Nelson (FA), Tyson Lollar (FA), Rabbit Floyd (Waivers)
Departures - Ralph Jennings (FA)
Net Effect - Positive
Status - Evil Empire 2.0
Prediction - Last place in a difficult division

MVP Watch - Gary Woodward (if he moves from 2B), Don ChenZachrey Betancourt
Cy Young Watch - Sammy "Gramps" Iglesias

ROY Watch - one of LA guys, if promoted

Monday, November 18, 2013

Season 30 Preview - NL South

Season 29 Standings
1. Montgomery - 83-79
2. Tampa - 79-83
3. Houston - 77-85
4. Memphis - 72-90

Team Previews

Montgomery
Arrivals - Mateo Valbuena (FA),
Departures - Geraldo Mendez (Trade), Quinton Trammell (Trade), Rube Swann (Trade), Ivy Latham (Trade)
Net Effect - Negative
Status - Re-building?
Prediction - First to worst? Probably not, but they have begun to re-build and are sure to win less games in season 30. 3rd is my guess as they continue to sell.

Santa Fe (Tampa)
Arrivals - Don Iwamura (Trade), Luis Lopez (FA), Timothy Bryant (FA)
Departures - Ray Wallace (FA), Julio Lopez (FA), Sammy Gandarilla (FA), Gustavo Melo (FA)
Net Effect - neutral, maybe slightly positive
Status - competing
Prediction - A very good team on paper, but bats is cursed by the blog and picked on by WIS so you never know. Should make the playoffs, as long as they are injury free.

Houston
Arrivals - Yorman Molina (Trade), Davy Moreno (Trade), Eugene Holmes (Trade)
Departures - none
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - A battle with Santa Fe for 1st, but I like their pitching staff a little more so I'll give them the edge. Plus, bats is bound to have multiple injuries.

Memphis
Arrivals - none
Departures - Rabbit Floyd (Released),
Net Effect - neutral
Status - re-building
Prediction - 4th and another season of building for the future.



MVP Watch - Midre CervantesDavy Moreno
Cy Young Watch - Willis Floyd

ROY Watch - Dwight Charlton

Friday, November 15, 2013

Season 30 Preview - NL East

Season 29 Standings
1. Wichita - 81-81
2. Buffalo - 75-87
3. Scranton - 68-94
4. San Juan - 65-97

Team Previews

Burlington (Wichita)
Arrivals - Bernie Pena (FA), Jared Williams Jr. (FA), Damian Peavy (FA), Gustavo Melo (Trade), Geraldo Mendez (Trade)
Departures - Jae-Kuk Hasegawa (FA), Ed Earley (FA),
Net Effect - Positive
Status - Bought a Pitching Staff
Prediction - 1st place in a relatively weak division. 2 or 3 players away from making some noise in the playoffs.

Buffalo
Arrivals - none
Departures - Gregory Stevenson (FA), Miguel Guerrero (FA), Vic Beltran (Released
Net Effect - negative
Status - starting to rebuild
Prediction - With a payroll of $100 million and only $5 million committed for next season, meece is primed to make a move in IFA to begin the re-build in earnest. 3rd or 4th is likely.

Pawtucket (Scranton)
Arrivals - Magglio Armas (FA), Charley Roberts (FA)
Departures - Don Iwamura (Trade), Mark Wanatabe (Trade), Jake Orie (Trade), Ed Hundley (FA)
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - This is actually a pretty good team, despite the ongoing re-build. 2nd place should be within reach, but a .500 record might not be in the cards.

Chicago (San Juan)
Arrivals - Diego Diaz (promoted), Bob Sveum (promoted),
Departures - Lee Crosby (FA)
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding/competing
Prediction - Arbitration clock be damned, schmidthb filled his roster with some decent players but appears to be re-building. If Pawtucket trades some pieces, Chicago has a chance to finish 2nd.

MVP Watch - Gregg FullerTony Esposito
Cy Young Watch - Geraldo Mendez

ROY Watch - Bob Sveum

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Season 30 Preview - NL North

Season 29 Standings
1. Kansas City 108-54
2. Pittsburgh 100-62
3. Cleveland 86-76
4. Fargo 80-82

Team Previews

Kansas City
Arrivals - none
Departures - Timothy Bryant (FA),
Net Effect - negative, but does it matter?
Status - Bored of winning
Prediction - What do you do when you get tired of winning with 25 guys? You win with 20. No matter the number -  this team will win the division.

Pittsburgh
Arrivals - none
Departures - none
Net Effect - none
Status - in the wrong division for now, but built to last
Prediction - This team could win the majority of the divisions out there and, without doubt, will make the playoffs. KC is just too tough, however, so the season really starts in the Wild Card round.

Cleveland
Arrivals - none
Departures - Yuniesky Johnson (Trade), Wally Lo Duca (FA)
Net Effect - negative
Status - stuck in the middle, rebuilding?
Prediction - 3rd. no better, no worse. A talented team that will be above .500, buy they don't have what it takes to win 100 games. And 100 games is what it would take to finish higher than 3rd. The trade of Johnson signals a shift in strategy. Should be more worried about Fargo getting the second Wild Card than anything else.

Fargo
Arrivals - Quinton Trammell (trade), Raymond Campbell (FA)
Departures - none
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing, but for what?
Prediction - Another talented team in what might be the most talented division in 1530. Should finish over .500, and a shot at the playoffs is not out of the question. But the top two here are just too tough.

MVP Watch - where to begin? so many talented players, but Midre ValentinKen DeRosaFrank Thornton, and Davey Wood are the best from each squad
Cy Young Watch - Kelvin LavarnwayBert KolbGuy Wilson, or Alexi Terrero



ROY Lock (if promoted) - Brennan Alexander or Felipe Nunez

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

AL Playoffs/Awards

AL North Champ - Salt Lake City
AL East Champ - Boston
AL South Champ - Richmond
AL West Champ - Vancouver
AL Wild Card #1 - Durham
AL Wild Card #2 - Philadelphia
DPIS - Durham over Richmond, SLC over Philly
DCS - Boston over Durham, Vancouver over SLC
LCS - Boston over Vancouver

MVP - Ivan Walton
Cy Young - Albert Mondesi
ROY - Napoleon Starr