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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

AL South Prediction

Thanks to rbjb, here was the pre-season prediction for the AL South


AL South Prediction
Jacksonville
New Orleans
San Antonio
Oklahoma


Jacksonville’s bullpen will propel them to a first place finish in the AL South.

The combination of Contact, Eye and Power will put Jacksonville as the best offense in the division, but New Orleans ability to hit right or left handed pitching will keep there offense close to Jacksonville. San Antonio and Oklahoma will be close but not enough to make a difference in the AL South.

The breakdown on Offense

Contact Power VSL VSR Eye Speed Total
Jacksonville 1 2 4 2 1 2 12
New Orleans 3 4 1 1 4 1 14
San Antonio 2 3 3 3 2 3 16
Oklahoma 4 1 2 4 3 4 18

New Orleans has the best starting pitching in the division and will help keep them alive in the division race, but their bullpen will let them down on a number of occasions and their ability to blow a lead will propel Jacksonville to the top of the division. Jacksonville’s Starters are a veteran bunch with Rookie Chad Long and it will be seen if they can hang in there for the whole season. The bullpen is what will prevail and keep the lead that the starters will provide for Jacksonville. With 4 FA signings and a trade that brought in Carlos Rosada, the bullpen could be the best that 1530 Homer has ever seen. San Antonio’s pitching will keep them around in ball games this year and that is what will separate them from Oklahoma. Oklahoma will need a lot of offense to stay close to their opponent this year with this pitching staff.

The breakdown on Pitching
All/ST/BP All/ST/BP
Control VSL VSR Total Total
Jacksonville 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 3 8 3 14
New Orleans 2 1 2 3 1 4 3 2 3 8 4 9 21
San Antonio 3 3 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 7 6 8 21
Oklahoma 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 12 12 10 34

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