Friday, May 1, 2009

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Sunday, March 1, 2009


1. New York (36-17) This team appears to be the real deal. With the best era in baseball, one would tend to think that would be the story line hear in the Big Apple. However, offensively they have a trio of Piazza (.325 avg 19 HR 57 rbi), Van Hatten (.336 avg 18 HR 60 rbi), and Garcia (.354 avg 17 HR 54 rbi) that are grabbing all the headlines in the local papers. Their offense ranks 2nd in the NL in runs scored. They hope to lead this team all the way as drichter has built a powerhouse team this season. Denny Young (9-0 2..20) leads the NL's top pitching staff and has been lights out all season. No surprise if you watched him last year.

2. Little Rock (35-18) After a mediocre start the "Cover Boys" of the Munson preseason preview have roared back and are among this years' elite teams. It took a couple of players only meeting after inter-divisional rival Jackson whooped 'em early in the year to right this ship, and they seemed to have done so. Baseball's most productive offense has lived up to the hype and are pounding opposing pitchers scoring over 7 runs per contest. Putting Madison's all time runs in a season in jeopardy. Is this the best offense in Munson history? We will keep an eye out to see. If they can stay healthy I predict they will beat the record. Oh ya, their pitching is much better this season. 3rd best era in the NL.

3. Toronto (34-19) Apparently trading away your big salary players doesn't effect your teams ability to win if you are north of the U.S. border. 3b Phillip Koch (.330 avg 19 HR 45 rbi) has this team contending for another divisional crown. Ace pitcher Vernon Buck is off to a Cy Young type start going 10-1 with an era of 3.23. And closer Tito Hill has collected 14 saves with a 1.62 era. They are in one of the toughest divisions in baseball and will have to count on this pitching staff to lead them back into the playoffs. This father/son tandem ownership may be a wave of the future if their success continues.

4. Cincinnati (33-20) Patience and Power is the motto of this franchise. Original owner buckeye0611 has built a contender here with just that. Now enduring his 5th season at the helm, the rebuild is over and the reloading will get under way. Of their big 3 power hitters only Venafro (.243 avg 16 HR) has disappointed, and has been mentioned in trade rumors recently. Bryant and Martin have made up for their teammates struggles and have combined for 43 homers and 112 rbi's. The pitching has been solid and it looks like 5th year guy Joe Tracy (7-1 3.78 era) has finally come into his own this year. They should battle Toronto all the way this year for supremacy in the North.

5. San Francisco (31-22) The 4 time NL champs are adjusting to their new teammates and should be able to find the chemistry by the all star break and make another run in the playoffs. They still are the Kings of the NL West, and should stay so throughout the year. Catcher Hi Lawton (.307 avg 18 HR 51 rbi) has been the man behind the plate and at the plate for the Gothams. Closer Benny Benitez has not allowed a run in 20 plus innings and has saved all 17 of his save attempts. There is no late game rallies vs him.

6. Jackson (30-23) After a whirlwind start to the season, momentum has settled and this team finds itself searching for a way to keep pace with Little Rock. A 13-14 record at home has been disappointing thus far, but with their pitching staff, they are bound to turn it around. Long Reliever Alvin Roberts has been dynamite going 3-0 with 1 save and a 2.53 era. Controversial FA signee is only 1-2, but has logged 58 plus innings and his era has been an impressive 3.1o. Offensively Harrison has been the only power punch they've had smacking 20 HR this year. But he has had help from Tony Tanner and Harry Diaz as both are hitting over .330. They are in the midst of a slump right now, but should pull themselves out soon and make a playoff push.

7. Pawtucket (26-27) High expectations swirled around this city as the year was ready to get underway. However a slow start has not stopped this team from believing they have what it takes this year. If they can only get over that elusive .500 mark. Every time they get right there, they hit a 3-4 game slide and have to battle back. Whatever parker7x7 is telling underachieving slugger Sam Kingsdale its working as he is hitting .300 and has gone park 15 times while driving in a team high 53 runs. 24 year old Vic Redondo (5-3 3.78 era) has been solid this season to lead the pitching staff.

8. Columbus (28-25) New owner bengals814 aka the "Postal Worker" has not been left with much in the terms of power hitting and may be in the market for one if he hopes to catch his divisional rivals. Malcom Harrison (.341 avg 11 HR 49 rbi) is the team offensive stud and leads his team in all 3 categories. As of this point in the season they have been outscored by their opponents, only by 1, but still must do something if they are gonna make the playoffs. Their 1-2 pitching punch of Lee and Spence has only amounted to a 9-8 record with an era around 3.65. Not enough results for those two guys.

9. Los Angeles (23-30) This team continues to defy the preseason prediction and has made it to dark horse status. Offensively they haven't been great, but 1b Jeff O'Donnell is carrying a .300 avg and has knocked in 37 runs, 2nd on the team only to Richie Foster who has 47 rbi's and 20 homer runs as well. Geoffery Cocoran has been the bright spot on the starting rotation (3-2 3.08 era. The LongBallers are a ways off from being a legitimate threat to the Gothams, but with a trade or two they may make things interesting.

10. If you're 10 plus games under .500 and are getting outscored by a bunch of runs, you don't deserve a spot on the Power Rankings. Sorry. If I had to choose a team it would be San Diego, at least they're not getting outscored too badly. Best of luck to those remaining NL teams, maybe you can be the 10 spot next update.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Power Rankings


1. Durham (42-11) This team holds onto the preseason top spot as the BIG 3 have been just that. Orodonez, Adkinson, and Blanco, are a combined 26-2 with 227 K's and only 72 BB's. They have had the advantage of playing 34 of their first 53 games at home winning 28 of those contests. LF Kenny Shelby is off to a roaring start with a .352 avg, 28 HR and 75 rbi's. And he's only 24! This team is gonna be tough for anybody to beat this year.

2. Tacoma (33-20) One of the biggest surprises this year in the power rankings. The tigers have soared out to a 6 game division lead and are looking strong. They own the 2nd best era amongst the AL Power 10, trailing only Durham. New owner just4u2nv has his team playing above their heads. And above most everybody elses heads as well. Corner outfielder Pablo Hernandez has started off hot hitting for a .335 avg, while drawing 36 BB, and collecting 18 SB's. Rookie sensation Nolan Pillete (6-1 .213 era) has anchored the tiger pitching staff in impressive fashion.

3. Madison (32-21) In a year full of off field distractions, this team has managed to find a way to stay near the top of the AL. First a waiver wire scandal, then false allegations of owning an extra team, and now possibly one of the main targets of WIS's new "play nice" rule that goes into effect over next couple weeks. Despite these events the Mudholes have a 7 game lead in their division. Offensively led by FA reacquisition RF Robert Priest (.295 avg 43 rbi's 16 SB), while the pitching staff has leaned on D.T. Iorg (4-1 3.59 era).

4. Witchita (30-23) One of the preseason dark horses coming to life early on in season 5! Their pitching has been outstanding and has really responded well to the change in location this year. They are led by their stingy defense and superb pitching, including ace Danny Davies (7-0 2.62 era) who has been fantastic all year. While the pitching is doing well at home the team has not. They are only 1 game above .500 this year in Witchita. However they have been much better on the road. While last season's MVP Kenny Leyritz (.284 avg 13 HR 43 rbi) has had a down year thus far, 6 players on this squad are hitting over .300. And in a pitchers park.

5. Vancouver (27-26) After a rather slow divisional start, this squad has battled its way back into the playoff picture including a stretch where they won 14 of 19 games. Proving they still have the ability to string together wins and make a push for the AL West crown, which still belongs to them. Closer Matt Eischen (0.73 era 12 SV's) has been unhittable thus far. Slugging LF Troy Hansen (.332 avg 22 HR 59 rbi) is the leader of an explosive offensive unit that ranks 2nd in runs scored among the AL. This team has the potential to challenge spots 2-4 for a shot at derailing Durham in the ALCS.

6. Philadelphia (24-29) Despite their losing record, this blue collar team has outscored their opponents by 41 runs. That is part of the reason they have earned such a high spot in the Munson ranks. Set up man Max Pineda (2-1 1.06 era) and closer Victor Romo (0-2 2.84 era 12 SV) have formed one of the best 1-2 bullpen punches in all of baseball. C/DH has been a surprising bright spot for this team with a .312 avg. He has also hit 22 homers and racked up 54 rbi's. For this team to compete with the top 5 they are gonna have to get more production from the middle of their infield. Rookie ss Sherman (.224 avg) and 2b Williams (.197 avg) have been a disappointment early on.

7. Nashville (28-25) New owner bkdries is showing his years of experience may just be what this franchise has needed to finally make the playoffs. Despite only having 1 player who is hitting above .300, FA pickup 2b Don Arnold (.317 avg 9 HR 43 rbi), and no dominant home run hitters, although 3 players have gone yard 15 times, this team is on the right track. The bullpen has been as good as any led by set up man Raymond Chang (2-0 0.81 era) and closer Willie Samuel has not allowed a run in 16 innings and is 17 for 17 in save situations. They are also 9-5 in 1 run games which ranks 3rd in the AL. Can they continue to compete without adding some offense seems to be the looming question. Only time will tell.

8. New York (25-28) The Hokies were notorious for their late season push and magical run to through the playoffs in season 2. This year may be very similar for them if they get hot late. The pitching has preformed well enough, but the offense hasn't supported them thus far. When fleet footed Ham "The Flash" Davey gets on base (80 times) he makes pitchers worry, catchers cringe, and crowds stand on their feet. He has stole 46 bases already and has only been caught once (by San Juan's Mark Broome). He has also crossed the plate 40 times this year, which easily gives him the team lead. However that's about it offensively for the Hokies this year. 16 year vet Tom O'Donnell (1-1 2.38 era) has been a nice FA addition to the struggling starting rotation, however he only has logged 22 plus innings in 7 appearances and 6 starts. The bullpen has been able to carry this club early, but will need some help if the Hokies are gonna make any noise this year.

9. Jacksonville (27-26) They have a narrow lead in the very competitive AL East, where all 4 teams are separated by only 3 games. But they do have the lead and may be the team to beat with Kansas City unable to to find any consistency. Leading the charge for the LEGENDS is ROY candidate LF Bill Piersol (.312 avg 18 HR 38 rbi). Barry Feller is 9-2 with a 3.49 era and Andy Barkley has been worth every penny so far as he is 2-0 with 8 saves and a 0.43 era. Despite a winning record, this team has been outscored by its opponents and must correct that stat if they are to be taken seriously this year.

10. Indianapolis (26-27) This team has been searching for a top pitcher for as long as I can remember. And while his splits don't appear to be elite, FA pickup and former reliever, 33 year old Norberto Trinidad has pitched his heart out this season for the contending Wildcats. He is 5-0 with a 4.19 era, while holding opposing batters to an impressive .231 avg. Is he the ace they've been dieing to acquire here in Hoosierville? 2nd year man and 2 time AAA all star Blake Freeman is hitting .332 to lead this team. Despite Trinidad's great year, this pitching staff has allowed more runs then anybody else on the AL Power 10 Rankings. They may need to find another pitcher to compliment Norberto if they are gonna challenge for the AL East.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Season 5 Preview


As the 5th season in Munson is about to begin teams are full of hopes and dreams and are readily awaiting the start of the new year. The AL is full of talented teams and the competition should be as fierce as ever. Durham is the defending champs and rightfully so, as they dominated on both ends to win their 1st of what could be many championships. However, the road is long and full of obstacles as this young team will soon see. There are more than a handful of quality opponents looking to cut their reign short, as we examine the upper echelon of teams in the AL.

AL Preseason Rankings

1. Durham Donkey Punchers - How can you pick against this team? Young, low payroll, best offense in the AL last year, and probably own the AL's best 3 young pitchers. Their staff is among the best in baseball and is anchored by Robb Adkinson (23-6 2.53 era 227 k's). Their offense is led by powerhouse Kenny Shelby (.317 avg 55 HR 144 rbi's) and looks to make their mark as the 2nd team in Munson's brief history to repeat. They should coast to their 3rd straight division title and be amongst the elite teams at seasons end. The champs are pretty much in tact as they signed most of their arbitration eligible players in the off season.
Biggest Strength : Low payroll allowing for a mid season acquisition if needed, and the top 3 pitchers in their rotation.
Question Mark : Rumor has it that the players are fed up with ownerships cursed laced tirades and have threatened to walk out if he unleashes another tantrum in their direction when they don't shut teams out.

2. Madison Mudholes - This team is deep, talented and battle tested as it tries to regain their championship form of season 3. Andre Kydd (.319 avg 49 HR 137 rbi's) leads the charge as they attempt to claim a 4th straight division crown and make an unprecedented 4th straight ALCS appearance. Omar Little (15-6 3.04 era 164 K's) will be vital to a much improved starting rotation. If they can stay healthy, this team is as good as any in the AL as we approach season 5. Controversial FA signee Brace Neal will be counted upon heavily for them to contend with Durham.
Biggest Strength : Position depth and playoff experience.
Question Mark : The window is beginning to close on this team. Their age and injuries could be the straw that breaks the camels back.

3. Vancouver Whalers - A philosophy change and a new location gives this underachieving team new hope. Despite 3 consecutive division championships, this team has failed to thrive in the playoffs. New owner shesaid has the experience to keep this team atop the AL West and hopefully make a run in the playoffs. Troy Hansen (.272 avg 51 HR 132 rbi's) hopes a change in venue will be the solution to their playoff woes. Jim Ramirez (17-2 1.87 era 235 K's) leads a highly vaunted starting rotation. Not much action in the off season for this team. Can they catch the top 2 keeping the same team together?
Biggest Strength : Great starting pitching, plenty of veteran experience, and they have owned the AL West.
Question Mark : They have 3-4 offensive studs. Can somebody in the bottom half of the lineup step up for them. And can they make a run in the playoffs?

4. New York Hokies - This team took a big step last year towards regaining supremacy in the AL, which they owned in seasons 1 & 2, before struggling through season 3 and missing the playoffs. Speedster Ham Davey (.287 avg 13 HR 129 SB) led the way as they battled Madison neck and neck all year for the division title. Albert Sardinha (15-11 3.42 era 187 K's) pitched big for them all year in season 4 and will have to do the same this season! While this team doesn't possess the most talent, they play extremely hard for their beloved owner and continually find ways to overachieve. Expect them to challenge Madison for AL North bragging rights again this year. Perhaps with the best coach in Munson, this team can finally get back to the World Series after a 2 year hiatus.
Biggest Strength : Team chemistry and Ham Davey.
Question Mark : Pitching is thin in a very tough division, can they avoid back to back late season slumps.

5. Kanas City Yankees - After trading away a couple of high salary superstars early last season, the team formerly known as the Boston Yankees (insert comment here) came out of nowhere and fought back to win the AL East, and earned a 2nd round playoff birth vs their bitter rivals. This season the expectations are higher and the talent is there to reach their goals. They have moved to a new city whose ballpark better accommodates their pitching staff. And how good will super closer Nick Gardner (2-2 2.48 era 70 K's/ 72.2 inn) be this pitcher friendly atmosphere? Wiki Cruz (.343 avg 31 HR 114 rbi) is among the AL's best as this team seeks a likely repeat as division champs.
Big Strength : Both pitching and hitting are solid and very well rounded.
Question Mark : Wiki Cruz is on the decline, and can he and the rest of the Yankee offense excel away from the friendly confines of Fenway Park?

6. Jacksonville LEGENDS - 2nd year coach PBOYS is starting to put his stamp on this team. FA closer Andy Barkley (8-4 2.81 era 29 Sv's) should be a welcome addition. He is the highest paid closer in baseball and deservedly so. The Offense will see a boost with recently traded for Greg Turner and has some exceptional hitters including Joe Hansen (.283 avg 66 HR 129 rbi's). Each year in the AL 1 team falls out of the playoffs and 1 steps up to replace them. The LEGENDS have the ability to knock off one of the big boys and are my pick to do so.
Biggest Strength : Pitching talent and depth.
Question Mark : Can ace Blake Faulk return to form following season ending elbow surgery last season? Can young superstar Ernie Stroud stay healthy and be a leader for this club?

AL Dark Horses

Witchita : This team has never missed the playoffs and is relatively still intact. Season 4 MVP Ken Leyritz (.315 avg 58 HR 161 rbi's) and top 5 all-time win earner Dan Davies (19-11 4.24 era) may not be ready to let their post season run end. This team however is notorious for slow starts and is in desperate need of some middle relief if they are to challenge this year.

Oakland : Hopes are high in Oak-Town as they were the best team in the AL not to make the post season tourney last year. Young Steven Merrit (10-3 2.80 era) has found a home here and the fans adore him as he hopes to avoid the Sophomore blues. Adam Wagner (.294 52 SB) and fellow base thief Wallace Williams (63 SB) are joined by FA 3b Gerald Ono and C Buck Ogden to hopefully catapult this squad to the next level. However their price was the top of last years dominate rotation. If the pitching can hold up the offense will be more than adequate. Both Cedeno and Jacquez will be missed.

Cleveland : After trading away their best position player and a horrific start to season 4, mytitan rallied his troops and just missed the playoffs as a wild card. The Cuyahoga's may need a mid season transaction or two to help the offense and rf Gerald Armstrong (.307 avg 41 HR). Kevin Sellers (0-4 2.96 era 42 Sv's) cabooses a very strong pitching staff and I would not be surprised to see them carry this team into the playoffs. It will be tuff but doable.

Playoff Prediction

This season like last will most likely come down to the top 2 teams barring any major injuries. Durham and Madison have the most talent in the AL. Durham didn't make any major moves this off season, although we all know they will be actively seeking to snatch another superstar if offered for the right price. Madison improved their starting pitching and may have done enough to keep pace with Durham. I see this ALCS going 7 this year and Durham moving on to defend their title with a 4-3 13 inning marathon. And questions about Madison letting closer Andy Barkley go in order to pursue 33 year old LF Brace Neal will surface.

NL Season 5 Preview

The NL after winning the World Series in seasons 1 & 2 has been unable to win another as the race to 3 begins today between the two leagues. And by the NL I mean San Fransisco. Will this team continue its dominance over its rivals or will one of the up and comers finally overcome this unstoppable force. Some trash has been talked by the arrogant AL teams the last couple years and this years All Star game may end in a brawl, as the NL looks to put the AL back in check. Only time will tell what this season has in store for a very competitive season 5.

1. San Fransisco Gothams - 4 seasons, 2 owners, 4 World Series appearances! They have been unsolvable in the Nl where even the mysterious disappearance of former owner Drjwhiteside couldn't derail this team. Knucklebones took over early on in season 4, made a couple of trades under heavy criticism and nearly won it all. Bringing in slugger Dummy Alexander (.298 avg 45 HR 111 rbi's) will add a much needed piece to the puzzle. Their pitching is still among the best as career wins leader Donaldo Lunar (16-8 2.67 era 189 K's) looks to lead this team once again back to the promised land. They may be the most complete team in the NL.
Biggest Strength : 4 straight NL championships. Beefed up lineup, and stellar pitching.
Question Mark : How many times can they breeze through the NL playoffs?

2. Little Rock Snappers - Best offense in the NL last year. This team should be just as good this year. Super stud Marino James (.334 45 HR 138 rbi's) headlines an all star cast into season 5. They acquired a top pitcher via trade to complement the best bullpen in baseball. Alex Cordero (24-2 3.10 era 5 svs) and Otis Torres (4-2 1.98 era 56 Sv's) can close out any early leads for them. This just may be their year as they looked primed for a deep playoff run. With this offense and bullpen its gonna be hard for anybody to keep them from winning the NL South for the 4th time in 5 years.
Biggest Strength : Their offense can out score you, their rotation got better, and their bullpen can shut you down. Wow!
Question Mark : Can they break the Gotham Curse?

3. Jackson Black Huskers - If anybody can keep pace with Little Rock, it's this bunch from Mississippi. The pitching propelled Huskers look to take the next step as they finished runners up in the NL. The 1st step may be obtaining the home field in the playoffs, as they are next to impossible to beat there. Their bullpen is top notch an SP Sherman King (17-13 3.00 era 185 K's) should help them pave the way towards their goals. Big time pick up Ernie Harrison (.318 avg 43 HR 103 rbi) can win games by himself. And he may have to do so. He is the lone legit deep threat for this offense. Blake Howard, who was a nice rule 5 pickup should help give the offense a boost.
Biggest Strength : Their pitching is as good as any in the NL.
Question Mark : Can Harrison carry the offensive load alone? Or will they have to make 1 more move to compete with San Fran and Little Rock?

4. New York Highlanders - Drichter appears to have his club ready to grab the division title for the 1st time since season 1, and make a push in the playoffs. Pretty much the same team as last year, they will count on Jason Van Hatten (.325 avg 49 HR 134 rbi's) to deliver them another post season birth. Denny Young (19-9 3.39 era 189 K's) pitched light out in season 4 and should give them more of the same in season 5. This team is close to the top in the NL, but like Jackson may be a mid season acquisition from representing the NL in the Series.
Biggest Strength : Great balance and high contact hitters across the board.
Question Mark : Did this team do enough to gain ground on a much improved upper tier of the NL?

5. Cincinnati Wolverines - HA! The Buckeyes have Power, Power and more Power. Gerald Bryant (.308 69 HR 153 rbi's), Derrek Veanfro(51 HR), and Butch Martin (47 HR) combined for 167 home runs last season. The BIG 3 should be strong enough to capture the NL North and secure home field advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs. Matt Grim (18-3 3.57 era 147 K's) will have to be just as unstoppable for their success to continue. This team seems to improve every year, although they dropped 2 more games in season 4 than 3, they did move up from 3rd to 2nd in their division. Season 5 should see them get back to form and improve by at least 10-15 games.
Biggest Strength : Power, Power, and more Power as stated above.
Question Mark : Depth on offense is questionable. Need somebody in bottom half of lineup to produce.

6. Pawtucket Paw Sox - Another talented team this year. Last season they were exceptional in close games finishing 20 games above .500. Carl McNeil (.301 36 HR 119 rbi's) and company should be just as effective in season 5. Closer Ernie Houston (2-2 1.85 era 44 Sv's) was a major key last year as they went 26-11 in 1 run games. Can the new owner get this team to reach their potential? Can he hire a hitting coach to help struggling potential all star Sam Kingsdale to have the breakout year fans have been hoping for since his arrival in season 2?
Biggest Strength : If the game is close they win it.
Question Mark : They only outscored their opponents by a total of 12 runs last season. Considering they were 91-71 that is not what you would expect.

NL Dark Horses

Toronto : They cut some major salary and traded away a lot of talent after an amazing run last year. Phillip Koch (.268 avg 35 HR) still has talent around him and this team could be dangerous if they get hot. Vernin Buck (19-11 3.37 era 213K's) still anchors a very good pitching staff. They have improved every year thus far, but that task gets much more difficult this year.

San Diego : This team is young and only have 4 guys over 30, and 3 are pitchers. Plus they are loaded with power! They also blew the whistle on Madison during the "Waiver Wire Scandal of season 5" and landed slugger Daniel Walker in the process. He joins Shawn Spencer (.286 avg 49 HR) and Jimmie Rhodes (12-5 2.81 era) as team leaders on a team that could go either way this year. The Baja Racers fell off late in season 4 but contended most of the way and hope to build on that experience. They may be able to sneak into a wild card slot if things go their way.

Playoff Prediction

It is hard to pick who's going to be there when its all said and done this season for the NL. Any one of the top 4 have a legitimate chance to represent the NL. I will say after brutal 7 game series Little Rock and San Fran will emerge to duel it out for the right to face the defending champs. Little Rock jumps out to a 2-0 series lead, only to have San Fran tie it up at 2-2. Lunar gets held to a no decision in game 5 as Little Rock is able to take the series lead after a 2-1 10 inning affair. Building on that momentum Little Rock is finally able to get the monkey off their back and goes to their 1st World Series.

Season 5 World Series Prediction

Capping an unbelievable season Little Rock is able to upset the mighty champions winning again in 6 games. Hanley Hudek is series MVP and the Little Rock bullpen is the difference. For on 3 seperate occasions in this series Little Rock was able to maintain 2-1 leads after 5 innings and the bullpen was able to seal the deal each of the 3 times. Good luck to all and have a great season 5!!!!!