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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Season 26 Preview - NL West

Season 25 Standings
1. Honolulu - 108-54
2. Helena - 95-67
3. Los Angeles - 77-85
4. San Francisco - 72-90

Team Previews
Honolulu
Additions - Randy ShelleyJ.C. DrewLorenzo Ordaz
Subtractions - Bingo O'DonnellBill Elster,
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing
Prediction - Honolulu is one of the best at getting cheap vets to contribute. Not a flashy team, but they are always there at the end. Should not come close to 105 wins - 2nd place

Helena

Additions - Dean GilbertHunter BrownPaulie FoxAdrian Simon
Subtractions - Peter O'Connor
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - On paper, a better team than Honolulu. They should and will finish 1st.

Los Angeles

Additions - Sammy DuranRyan BallCy Tolar
Subtractions - Harry TavarezKenny Evans
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - A very good team coming off of a down year. A tough division at the moment, and 2nd appears to be the best case scenario with 3rd more likely.

San Francisco

Additions - Furio Jennings
Subtractions - Todd Frey
Net Effect - neutral
Status - rebuilding and competing
Prediction - A good team but not good enough in this division. 4th is likely, with a 3rd place finish and a .500 record a realistic goal.

Cy Young - Angel Palmeiro, Art Wingo
MVP - Zachrey Betancourt, Jose Martinez
ROY Lock - Cy Tolar

Season 26 Preview - NL South

Season 25 Standings
1. Tampa Bay - 92-70
2. Houston - 89-73
3. Montgomery - 82-80
4. Memphis - 61-101

Team Previews

Tampa Bay
Additions - Del MartinB.C. VincenteHughie DavisPasqual Henriquez
Subtractions - Esmailyn CuetoWillie CedenoDean GilbertHunter BrownManny RamseyErv Johnstone
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding and competing
Prediction - Looks like Tampa has one eye on rebuilding and one on making another playoff run. My guess is that they have just enough to hold off Houston and Montgomery for the division title.

Houston

Additions - none
Subtractions - Dave DarrYunel VidalJonathan Gload
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - So who wants to win this division? Still has one of the best 1/2 SP punches in the game, but not good enough to make the playoffs. 3rd.

Montgomery

Additions - Yunel VidalAl BianucciTim Hollins (promoted)
Subtractions - Jae-Kuk HasegawaJose Segui
Net Effect - neutral
Status - Ken Daly dynasty is over
Prediction - Team will hit lefties but struggle vs. RHP's. Not enough to make any noise, but they could have just enough to win the division. In the end, though, 2nd is likely.

Memphis

Additions - Victor OlmedaChad Witt (promoted)
Subtractions - Taylor Brown
Net Effect - neutral
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - This is the only team in the division that I feel confident about in terms of their finish and plans. They are rebuilding and will finish 4th. Unless they promote AAA talent, so maybe I'm not so sure after all!

Cy Young - Willis FloydDoug Dietz
MVP - Larry LemonMidre Cervantes
ROY Lock - Tim Hollins


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Season 26 Preview - NL East

Season 25 Standings
1. Chicago - 90-72
2. Buffalo - 77-85
3. Indianapolis - 68-94
4. Norfolk (Baltimore) - 61-101

Team Previews
Chicago
Additions - Randall ScottEdgar VerasNate Stoddard
Subtractions - Luis AzocarBenji PulidoTom Wilkinson
Net Effect - positive
Status - competing
Prediction - A solid roster strengthened by the addition one of the best closers in the game. First place is expected.

Buffalo

Additions - Yorman MolinaYank SodowskyMarcus KingBrian Paquette
Subtractions - Slash Bierbrodt
Net Effect - very positive
Status - competing
Prediction - One of the most improved teams in the NL. Solid roster from top to bottom and a real contender. 1st or 2nd won't matter -  this team should make the playoffs.

Indianapolis

Additions - Brook ThomasHector Guerrero,
Subtractions - Pat ReganWilson SimasYorman MolinaYank Sodowsky
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - The re-build is in full force in Indy. Still, a well put together roster that should finish above .500, but that is likely good for 3rd in this division.

Baltimore

Additions - none
Subtractions - Rico Soto,
Net Effect - neutral
Status - no idea
Prediction - worst team in the NL, guaranteed 4th place.




Season 26 Preview - NL North

Season 25 Standings
1. Kansas City - 112-50
2. Pittsburgh - 77-85
3. Milwaukee - 76-86
4. Cleveland - 58-104

Team Previews
Kansas City
Additions - Tomas MesaBoots MunsonJose Segui
Subtractions - Orlando PosadaAl Bianucci
Net Effect - neutral
Status - Dynasty
Prediction - A division title is all but secured and the real question is if they can win three World Series in a row.

Pittsburgh

Additions - Daniel Ray Richard (promoted), Art Stein (promoted), Felipe Lugo (promoted)
Subtractions - Alan FlairAl CostillaAndres Valentin
Net Effect - positive
Status - the future has arrived
Prediction - Three very good prospects have been promoted to give Pittsburgh one of the better teams in the NL. KC will be too tough, though, and a 2nd place finish and Wild Card berth looks to be the best case scenario.

Milwaukee

Additions - Junior MonteroJeff Woods
Subtractions - Vic BonillaFreddy ShelbyRandy ShelleyEdgar Veras,
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - Some very good moves by mtorab has put Milwaukee on the rebuilding track. 4th place is likely.

Cleveland

Additions - Jonathan GloadLuis AzocarAlan Glanville (promoted)
Subtractions - John IrabuLorenzo Ordaz
Net Effect - positive
Status - finished with rebuilding
Prediction - 2nd or 3rrd for a much improved Cleveland squad. Depends on promotion strategy - many quality players in AAA.

Cy Young - Alexi TerreroMule Service
MVP - Midre ValentinGuy Jones
ROY Lock - Felipe Lugo


Season 26 Preview - AL West

Season 25 Standings
1. St. Louis - 93- 69
2. Fresno - 89-73
3. Vancouver- 83-79
4. Salem- 82-80

Team previews
St. Louis
Additions - Alan SislerAndres ValentinDarrell Butler (promoted)
Subtractions - Archie HerznerAugie FrederickJ.C. Drew
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding, but still competitive
Prediction - It would be very difficult for them to repeat as division champs in this very challenging division. A first to worst is possible, but they are more likely to finish 2nd.

Fresno

Additions - Chip JamesWilson Simas
Subtractions - Al VazquezRyan BallJesus Pineda
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing at all costs
Prediction - 1st or bust for the biggest spenders in 1530. A very good roster, but will it be enough in a very good division? My guess is yes.

Vancouver

Additions - George Koch
Subtractions - Omar SanchezGregory Stevenson
Net Effect - negative
Status - likely one year away, but may sneak in to playoffs
Prediction - A good team loaded with prospects, including the best SP prospect (and likely the most sought after player) in the game. One or two years away but still should be competitive. 3rd place

Salem

Additions -Warren Chase, Rico Soto
Subtractions - Robert Buck
Net Effect - positive
Status - likely the end of a competitive cycle
Prediction - Third oldest team in the AL is likely on the verge of being blown up. A good run of three playoff appearances should be followed by a second consecutive 4th place finish. Although SP's remain a strength, so a playoff appearance is still possible.

Cy Young Candidates - Hick ManningIvy Latham
MVP Candidates - Trenidad TrajanoMarshall Devereaux
ROY Lock - Bob Kirkland (if promoted)


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Season 26 Maddie's Rankings


Click on the link below and you will be taken to Dropbox where you will find three documents.

1. Maddie's Team Management Excel
2. Maddie's Directions
3. 1530 Homer Season 26 Current Rankings

Each can be downloaded, just click on the file and follow the directions. The first excel is blank and can be used if you want to put your entire team in with projected ratings. The third is the current rating for each and every player on an ML team or available in Free Agency (asking 500k or more). TC me if you have any questions.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/53ffnworujzle4d/QUuuxBpEVc

Season 26 Preview - AL South

Season 25 Standings
1. Jacksonville - 105-57
2. Oklahoma City (Richmond) - 90-75
3. Monterrey (Florida) - 80-82
4. Charlotte - 74-88

Team Previews

Jacksonville
Arrivals -Angel Siqueiros, Benito Melian, Dwight Humphries,
Departures -  Chip James, Wendell Reed, Adrian Simon
Net Effect - Neutral
Status - Win now mode
Prediction - 1st Place and the biggest threat to Boston for the right to represent the AL in the World Series.

Richmond
Arrivals - Bill Elster, Edgar Johnson, Taylor Brown, Quinton Coghlan,
Departures - Bob Blum, Marcus King, Sammy Duran, Boots Munson
Net Effect - Positive
Status - Win now mode
Prediction - It should be a good battle for first in the division. My guess is that Richmond is edged by Jacksonville but makes the playoffs as the Wild Card 1.

Florida
Arrivals- Craig Harris
Departures - Woody King
Net Effect - negative
Status - no man's land
Prediction - In a spot where they should be a .500 team, but nowhere near winning the division. Some good pieces in the minors and should be rebuilding. Third would be best case scenario.

Charlotte
Arrivals- Vic Bonilla,
Departures - Stump Robinson
Net Effect - neutral
Status - competing
Prediction - Third. Good enough to be above .500, but not good enough to catch Richmond and Jacksonville.

Cy Young Watch - Timothy CrawfordRocky Hinch
MVP Watch - Davy MorenoDon Chen
ROY Lock - none

Monday, October 15, 2012

Season 26 Preview - AL East


Season 25 Standings
1. Boston - 106-56
2. Washington - 81-81
3. Durham - 71-91
4. Philadelphia - 58-104

Team Previews
Boston

Arrivals - Tom WilkinsonAndy CarrMorris StevensDaniel ReitsmaKen DeRosa (promoted), Earl Seelbach (promoted)
Departures - Omar FloresEdgar JohnsonDwight Humphries
Net Effect - positive due to promotions
Status - full on dynasty beast mode
Prediction - 1st place. Too much talent here to be anything other than the best team in the AL.



Washington

Arrivals - Manny RamseyErv JohnstoneWendell ReedJesus PinedaTyson Lollar
Departures - Tomas MesaTom PerezMartin Gallagher
Net Effect - positive
Status - win now mode
Prediction - A .500 season should be improved upon, but will it be enough to hold off a hard charging Durham squad? My guess is yes, and anything but 2nd and a Wild Card berth should be a disappointment.


Durham

Arrivals - Augie FrederickFreddy ShelbyGregory StevensonOmar SanchezDarron SpeierWoody KingAl VazquezJae-Kuk Hasegawa
Departures - B.C. VincenteHector Guerrero
Net Effect - very positive
Status - eve of dynasty?
Prediction - 2nd place if pitching is average, 3rd if not. This is a very competitive division, and Durham may have the best offense in the AL, but their pitching is suspect.



Philadelphia

Arrivals - Bobby Joe Campbell
Departures - Jeff WoodsSergio WestonJunior Montero
Net Effect - negative
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - Should battle Cincy for the worst record in the AL and the only drama in the division should be if they can stay within 20 games of 3rd place.

Cy Young Watch - Manny RamseyAlbert MondesiEli Vasquez
MVP Watch - Yusmeiro DurazoBarry PerryWendell Reed
ROY Lock - Ken DeRosa





Season 26 Preview - AL North

AL North
Season 25 Standings
1. Montreal - 90-72
2. Salt Lake - 76-86
3. Toledo - 62-100
4. Cincinnati - 57-105

Team Previews

Montreal
Arrivals - Peter O'ConnorRamon IrabuPhilip ColinJuan Delgado
Departures - Tyson LollarLouis SpenceNorm TuckerWarren Hogan
Net Effect - neutral
Status - Competing/Rebuilding, End of Dynasty?
Prediction - Another division title could be in the cards, but a 2nd place finish is more likely. Strong SP's should make up for a relatively weak offense. Henry Wise's health is the key.

Salt Lake City

Arrivals - Gustavo MeloPat ReganWillie StanleyIvan Walton (promoted), Benj Taylor (promoted)
Departures - Darron SpeierAngel Siqueiros
Net Effect - very positive
Status - Start of Dynasty
Prediction - It looks like this is the year that someone other than Montreal or Cincinnati wins the North. The last time that it happened was in Season 7! Amazing stat for a division that will be closely watched. Newly promoted Ivan the Terrible is a monster.

Toledo

Arrivals - William Gray,
Departures - J.R. Beckett
Net Effect - neutral
Status - rebuilding
Prediction - A quiet offseason in Toledo will lead to another 3rd place finish.

Cincinnati

Arrivals - none
Departures - Andy CarrGeorge WeaverAl LiraOswaldo Pizzaro
Net Effect - negative
Status - Rebuilding
Prediction - Could be the worst team in the AL. 4th place is guaranteed, although they are likely to pick up some quality FA's before the season starts.

Cy Young Watch - Sammy IglesiasHenry Murray
MVP Watch - Ivan WaltonHenry Wise
ROY Lock - Ivan Walton


All-available FA Team

Plenty of options still available in Free Agency. Here is the best of the bunch.

C - Haywood Logan
1B - Willie Vasquez
2B - Hector Guerrero
3B - Bennie Sanders
SS - Oswaldo Pizzaro
LF - Bob Blum
CF - Adrian Simon
RF - Ed Earley
DH - Norm Tucker
SP1 - Hamish McCarty
SP2 - Victor Olmeda
SP3 - Shea Unroe
SP4 - Pepe Tejada
SP5 - Junior Montero
SuA - Sid Richard
CL - Gene Dillon