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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Good Call, Bad Call, or Too Early? The blog grades the blog

The blog took some flak for its predictions. Let's take a look and see how it did now that 1/3 of the season has been played.

The blog predicts the top 12 teams for Season 17 -

12. Montgomery Burns Any team with MVP Ken Daly must make this list. Would be higher on this list with a better pitching staff and more help at the AAA level. Prediction: NL Wild Card

UPDATE - 2 games behind Houston for 1st place, leading the WildCard race in the NL. Good Call

11. Cleveland Wahoos Very little change to the Season 16 Division Champ. Louis Spense and Rafael Soriano return to lead a potent offense, while Derrek Peters and Junior Ozuna anchor a solid pitching staff. Prediction: NL Wild Card

UPDATE - 2 games out of first in a very competitive NL North, 4 games out of a Wild Card spot. Too Early

10. Jacksonville TIMUACANS A risky pick, but some solid offseason moves will take this squad from worst to first in a very even AL South. Newly acquired Bill Reed and Ramon Chen add to an already solid pitching staff, while 2B Royce Aven leads an offense in need of another star. Prediction: AL South Champion

UPDATE: 19-37 is the bad news, only 6 back is the good news. Still, Bad Call

9. Chicago Panthers Chicago was active in the off season and made some very good free agent moves. Benji Neill and Kelly Hinch anchor an offense that could use one more big bat. FA Cesar Almanzar will anchor a rotation that could surprise Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Prediction: NL North Champion

UPDATE: Leading the NL North by 2 games and tied with LA for the 3rd seed. Good Call

8. Buffalo Bisons Outfielders Robert Stern and Pepper Griffin were acquired in a trade that adds some pop to a line-up led by Francis Herzog and Allen Nichols. Veteran pitchers Joe Raymond and Flip Bones were added to the pitching staff anchored by 4 time all star Cory Clark. Prediction: NL East Champion

UPDATE: 7 games behind a very good Hartford team and currently the #2 Wild Card in the NL. Too Early

7. Santa Cruz Border Patrol A revolt from the pitching staff sent the Colrado team south to the friendlier confines of Vaniglia Stadium, where Phil Pride and Timothy Crawford will excel. This blog predicts a Cy Young for Phil Pride. Prediction: AL West Champion

UPDATE: 35-21 and leading the AL West by 6 games. Currently the #3 seed in the AL. Good Call

6. Montreal Garde Imperiale Montreal lost Acquino, Ortiz, and Glover, but will most miss the big bat of the recently traded Steven Starr. Iglesias, Forrester, Woods, Lynch, and Conigliaro make up the league's best rotation, while Melfi, Gagne, Gabriel, and Saez lead an outstanding bullpen. Dupler, Roosevelt, Clifton, and Bufurd headline one of the AL's most potent offense. Prediction: AL Wild Card

UPDATE: In a dogfight with Cincinnati for the division and #1 seed in the playoffs. Currently 3 games up. Too Early

5. Cincinnati Redlegs Cincy will pose a major threat to the reign of Montreal this season, and this blog predicts that this will be the season that they finally break through. A stong pitching staff could be bolstered by the mid-season promotions of AAA stars Brant Riggan and Bubbles Judd. Jonathon Gload should win his first of many MVP's while protected by off-season acquisition Jesus Pineda. Prediction: AL North Champion

UPDATE: Second best record in the AL only gets them the #1 Wild Card seed at the moment. Still, Good Call

4. Houston Hangovers NL pennant winner Houston will be strong as usual, and returns its squad relatively in tact. It boasts one of the league's best pitching staffs anchored by soon to be 200 game winner Dave Darr, and one of the most balanced offenses lead by former MVP Esteban Owen. Prediction: NL South Champion /NL Pennant Runner-Up

UPDATE: Leading the NL South by 2 games and in line for the #2 seed. Good Call

3. Burlington Coat Factory One of the most successful clubs in 1530 history, the Factory underwent some major changes in the offseason. They lost All-Star Bernie Pena, but didn't have a spot for him in the rotation anyway. Their offense should be much improved with the signing of 2B Juan Johnson from rival Durham, and the absolute theft of CF Angel Bonilla. Prediction: AL Wild-card / AL Pennant Runner-Up

UPDATE: Leading the AL East by 1 game over a very good San Juan team. Currently the #2 seed in the AL. Good Call

2. San Juan Cangrejeros have long lived in the shadow of the Durham/Burlington domination of the AL East was active on the trade market and added Cy Young winner J.R. Beckett, Bullpen Ace Adam tucker, and All-Star Sandy Ramsey. San Juan also promoted some high-quality AAA talent and might be the team to beat in a very tough AL East. Prediction: AL East Champion / AL Pennant Winner / World Series Runner-Up

UPDATE: Trailing Burlington by 1 game and currently the #2 Wild Card. Ranked too high, but still Good Call

1. Los Angeles Hollywoods The Hollywoods have been built into a contender and this is the year that they should finally dethrone Houston. Victor Merrick and Leonardo Inge lead a strong pitching staff and Lee, Sabel, and Morales should be joined by SS's Rube Swann and Carson Hardy to make LA into one of the best fielding/hitting combnations in the league. Prediction: NL West Champion/NL Pennant Winner/World Series Champion

UPDATE: Leading the NL West by six games but only has the 5th best record in the NL. Not living up to its lofty prediction, so Bad Call

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