Saturday, December 14, 2013

It Is That Time Of Year Again

With 5 games to go, it has been one of those seasons. Well, I am not so sure to be honest, I see the results more than anything. So I have finally gotten some free time for the first time in a couple months. The Mets were a confused bunch from the looks of things. Without Felipe Peralta in the lineup they weren't the fearsome bunch they had been. Wasn't my fault he wouldn't resign with the Mets.

What can I say, best pitching staff in the league with the one of the worst offenses didn't get the job done, defense was pretty good though. Winning 1-run games was much better at 28-23 so far, a far cry from last season at 13-24. I even ran a double closer setup, it was simpler since I didn't get to check after each game all the time. 47 saves in 55 opportunities isn't that bad between the pair, too bad the rest of the pen was 8 of 20.

Truthfully, I didn't see the offense being all that bad from the starters. The bench on the other hand looked pretty bad.



Looked like it was the Cubs vs Reds. Reds just can't seem to buy a break when they needed one from the looks of it.

NL East

The Braves that good? Um, not real sure. Phillies made a season of things but need a miracle to make it to the post season and they face the Mets yet, ooh those pink elephants.  So much for a miracle.

NL South

Wow, what a fight it was from the looks of it. Three playoff teams, will it be the Cards and Houston or Rays and Houston or Rays and Cards for the wild cards? It could go either way yet!

NL West

Umm, well, umm..shit! The entire division has said that a couple times I think. Mets could end up with a better record than the division winner, the losing wild card teams definitely have better records.

AL North

Expos back on top, not a surprise though the worst team in the division might be the best one on paper (that was from memory, so don't quote me from that). 

AL East

Could it happen!!!!?  A Red Sox loss and they aren't in the playoffs since...since...when was that again? Kudos O's!

AL South

Here is a surprise. RedBirds over the Royals. Wow!!! Sorry rbjb on the before deadline trade. I think I know what happened. I was in a hurry and you declined my counter then resubmitted the same one, I took it as the same one and hit the wrong button by accident. By the time you sent it again and realized what happened, it was past the deadline. I tried to pass him through waivers, blame the Twinkies for scooping up the rights. Twinkies didn't have the fire power to get him but could have made for a different result in the North.

AL West

Angels, best in the West and the AL. I don't buy it but that is the way it is.

Royals and A's as the wild cards.  Wooop! There it is. Other than a Red Sox loss, they are hanging on by a bloody thread the AL is set.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Season 29 Draft

It wouldn't be a season without the Draft review. So, I am taking some time out of my suddenly busy life to champion the cause.

1.  Chris Sheridan, C, Pittsburgh Pirates:  This pick made quite a stir as many camps thought he should have been a mid first rounder at best. The Pirates wanted a big power hitter and drafted one compact dynamo. May not be anywhere close to GG competent behind the plate however.

Grade: A

2. Delmon Allen, CF, Little Rock Heads: The Heads threw a big party that was busted three times on suspicion alone by three different agencies after they landed Delmon. He has it all, but could he become a Billy Bean disappointment?

Grade: A+

3. Patrick Man, P, Texas Rangers:

Grade: ?

4.  Todd Talbot, SS, Vancouver Canadians: They took a bit of a gamble with this pick as they were looking for any kind of hitting SS. It might be close, but my feeling is a big fat 'NO' for SS, 2B/3B isn't all that bad but not a given either. Where to put him in the lineup could cause another problem as well.

Grade: B+

5. Oscar Yamakazi, P, Washington D.C. Senators: He could be the reason for all the budget problems at the Capitol. The Senators did a total flip when he was still on the list at #5 as they had him projected as the first pick overall.Yes, he could be that #1 starter everybody looks for.

Grade: A+

6.  Derek Valdes, 2B, Minnesota Twins: They are happy that Twinkie the Kid is back on the market. Just like that, they take on a project player like Valdes. He has possibilities but it could be a huge disappointment in the long run.

Grade: B+

7. Howard Brooks, P, Houston Astros: Unknown

Grade: ?

8. Derrek McCracken, P, Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers have decided to retool after all the promising disastrous seasons of late. Not sure this was a step in the right direction to fit that theme. All the tools are in place but could be just like the 'Clash of the Titans' where the namesake lost his prey in the end. He is a lefty you know.

Grade: A

9. Pete Franklin, SS, Philadelphia Phillies: They were happy, not elated, this kid was still on the board. They were looking for a right handed player with left handed power, they did turn a blind eye to his right vs right stats. Might turn out they didn't get an every day player either and SS looks to be a potential over achievement. He is built like his namesakes, pot bellied.

Grade: B+

10. Brad Francona, 1B, San Diego Padres: The Padres owner went on the wagon to search for the right player in the draft. Everyone needs to stand and give an astounding round of applause for the attempt. Francona is the right player and could be a great 1B as well as hitter at PetCo and everywhere else of that matter. I wonder if pitching was over looked however.

Grade: A+

11. Harry Barajas, 2B, Montreal Expos: He looks like and Expo, we are not sure if he was scared as hell or they had a bunch of naked maple leaf beauties running around behind the camera at picture day, saying 'ouistiti'. He is a good hitter but finding a comfortable spot for him to play could become very indecisive.

Grade: B+

12. Joe Murphy, CF, Florida Marlins: He is sort of the player needed by the Marlins though the sanity of the pick is in question. Most teams had him listed as a possible lucky late pick in the first round at best. He has a good chance at being a decent hitter, good speed with the possibility of playing CF. His questionable health is on the minds of many however.

Grade: B

13. Gene Richard, P, Detroit Tigers: The Tigers searched high and low for the right pick. They found the pitcher that could easily be a great late inning closer. The big problem, they should have hired a real doctor for player physicals instead of cadaver dogs.

Grade: B

14. J.O. Barrios, CF, Memphis RedBirds: Yup, we all know what the J.O. stands for and his smug smile proves it. We aren't sure if he can sustain his after hours activity health wise with the little blue pill. He might be the first player sidelined with a herniated dick and it is messing with his eye sight to boot.  2B/CF is doubtful with 3B a maybe but could clean up in RF. Now if he could learn to use the right bat at the plate.

Grade: B

15. Quilvio Vidal, P, Arizona Diamondbacks: Not sure if he wasn't on the boards of  the previous teams but this guy has potential and the D'Backs bit him with enough venom he couldn't say no. Now if, they can bamboozle his 5th pitch to the trash can they might have something of a good lefty. He really wanted to be a hair stylist to the stars, go figure.

Grade: A-

16. Lawrence Camp, P, Toronto Blue Jays:

Grade: ?

17.  Bryce Sedlacek, P, Dover Dung Beetles: The Beetles were doing back flips in their dung on this pick. He loved the idea of playing in Dover with his shit eatin grin. Surprise, they got a top notched starter.

Grade: A

18. Angel Roth, P, Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers weren't exactly whistling Dixie with this pick, but he was happy going to the West Coast though not to his favorite choice. He does have some decent qualities to be a middle reliever, maybe the coaches can quell that 5th pitch of his for starters.

Grade: B+

19.  Ed Schneider, P, Cincinnati Reds: The Reds may be hoping he decides to play football instead. Either that or the scouts of Reds and Mets are one and the same. As we think he is highly over rated.

Grade: B

20. Peter Wilkins, P, Tampa Bay Rays:

Grade: ?

21.  Brook Dukes, 2B, Oakland A's: He is scared he won't live up to the billing, then again it may have been that frightening chick behind the camera.  Wait a minute, doesn't the A's owner snap the team pics? Oh well, he does have the potential to play 2B or CF, plenty of speed, sees the ball well and gets lucky at the plate as well as the pool. Making contact is one of his downfalls and tends to strike out and ground into double plays. The latter tends to do well at the pool however.

grade: B+

22. Rob Brock, P, Mexico City Diablos Rojos. Yup, the are you fucking kidding me look in the picture says it all. Mexico City must have been on an extend binge when ordering their board and didn't go low enough or they passed out and forgot they weren't done. Okay, that might have been awful low of me by my own standards even.  Sorry in advance. A lefty closer that can't pitch to right handed batters is no joke in my books. Then again my scouts might be wrong in this matter and be on the binge themselves though benefit of doubt doesn't help the prognosis much. 

Grade: B-

23. Leon Clements, P, New York Mets: Believe it or not, he was the #1 pick on my board. I ran the predraft scenarios pretty well if you ask me as the rest of my top ten were gone by now and #11 was drafted with the next pick.  So yeah for me, though he didn't look happy when we had the photo session, must have been the sixty year old lady with her floppy fun bags. I did get a late inning reliever that has potential and was highly under rated if you ask me even though his durability is questionable. 

Grade: B+

24. Hi Jones, SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Yup, the picture suits his name alright. How many stogies did he burn before hand? The Cards might be a little bummed if he doesn't sign as he does have some good potential if you ask me.

Grade: B

25. Jason Sisco, SS, San Francisco Giants:

Grade: ?

26.  Ahmed Jacquez, Colorado Springs Sky Sox: They were watching Jeff Dunham when the team pictures were being snapped. We are not sure he was alive at this point or not. SS? What are Sky Sox thinking? He can be a GG CF or 2B and hits well if he survives Achkmeds warning, but worth the risk maybe.

Grade: B

27. Jose Vega, P, Mexico City Diablos Rojos: We waited with baited breath for this pick. A vast improvement overall if you ask me. Still, it might be questionable if he will have a long ML career. I liked their steal in the supplemental pick much better than their lame attempts at a closer in the first round.

Grade: B-

28. Chris Manning, RF, Boston Red Sox: Truthfully, the Sox pull a rabbit out of the hat just like Erf of old. Now, to get him to sign.

Grade: A

29. Jimmy Duran, P, Baltimore Orioles:


30.  Raymond Comer, P, Anaheim Angels: We see that evil face. We will have to take note as he is a good short inning situational pitcher. I think this is a good find this late in the draft but I am a little worried if he can fit into the Anaheim scheme.

Grade: A-

31.  Greg Williams, P, Atlanta Braves: Yup, his picture tells us he snookered the Braves scouting. The Braves owner already sees a trade on the horizon for something better however. He could make a good 5th starter or long pen help but me thinks Atlanta is not the place.

Grade: B

32. Carlos Fernandez, P, Kansas City Royals: Yup, that sly look says it all, y'all missed out. He isn't great but has the awkward potential to get the job done.

Grade: B

33. Edwards Valentine, SS, Chicago Cubs: He was just happy to be drafted in the first round. The Cubs were trying to trade up but failed in that endeavor. I feel they got a solid potential hitting 3B for their efforts though.

Grade: B

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Who Has The Best Shot

Since I am busy, my normal thoughts of who will be standing at the end isn't going to be as detailed. Rather than go with out something for everyone to talk about in this stadium, I am choosing the six teams that I think should be there and the order they should be in.

1. Cincinnati Reds: The Reds and Cubs should be in a continuous fight all year. Their biggest disadvantage is the bullpen. I still like them in first place.
2. Atlanta Braves: It isn't going to be easy as three teams in the division won't give up.
3. St. Louis Cardinals: Just because they are best overall team in the division. Doesn't mean they will win as they are in a very tough group.
4. San Francisco Giants: They are the best team in the division on paper, then again paper tigers..err..giants don't always come out on top.
5. Chicago Cubs: The Cubs will be there in the end, they are still that good.
6. San Diego Padres: I give them their just due. Bruce has learned what it takes to win in that park. There could be at least five other teams that say differently. 

1. Kansas City Royals: Try and catch us is their motto.
2. Anaheim Angels: String of good players no one else wants, magic act pulling the rabbit out of the hat.
3. Detroit Tigers: Best team on paper. Yup, them paper Tigers have what it takes. Have I doomed them yet again? Their division is no picnic!
4. Baltimore Orioles: Proved last season they are for real. 
5. Colorado Springs Sky Sox: They have holes in their socks. Just like the team joining them.
6. Boston Red Sox: Their socks have bigger holes. If I tell them the truth, they win it all, go figure. A couple out of the North could wind up here but that is a maybe.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Best of Free Agency Moves

I had time to look over Free Agency moves this morning. Some of them I shook my head over.

Felipe Peralta gets my attention first because he belonged to me. I was a couple thousand short signing him last year and had no way to boost the bottom line to make it happen. He declined the paltry sum he was asking for when I had the chance and even went higher with no success.  I am not sure he is really worth the money San Diego paid for him though as his decline has got to slow down.

Ralph Jackson might be the best value pick for a Type A. Age and ratings are good. His stats seem shaky for some reason.
Wonder how he will do in Montreal.

Pat Hill was a great pick up for Memphis. Contract looks doable because of his age.

Washington did a great job securing the services of Luis Perez. Not sure about him playing 1B but I have seen worse.

Moises Valdes was another good value pick. Not an every day player anymore but can still get quite a few good AB's in with the Angels.

Einar Martin is another good value pick. Decent as a part time catcher and DH. Getting 400 AB's should help the Tigs.

Vasco Rivera was a good pick up. Not sure about it being in Cub land though. He tends to have up and down years, like Paris Hilton.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Award Voting

Wow, I am surprised at the turnout for award voting this season. Since Rodney was listed as the #1 choice, we know that at least 27 owners or more cast their ballots. Suzuki was a good choice though I still think Bennet had a better MVP season in the NL. I was surprised Santana won the AL MVP also. I guess Posey and his .327 average didn't wow the masses.

Somewhat surprised that Gibbons won the NL Cy Young by such a wide margin. Meanwhile Payton did squeeze out the AL Cy Young. Thurman and his final bout with the DL might have cost him the AL ROY but the Cy Young is in his sights next year. Congrats to Shannon as he was the closer with the mostest and deserved the AL ROY. Coghlan was pretty much a shoo-in for ROY in the NL.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

GM of the Year Voting

The polls are now open for the GM of the Year voting. I have tested the function thoroughly this year and have run into problems once again, at least it is different than last season. I thought it was the Browser but tested in FireFox and Chrome and ran into similar problems on registering the vote, sometimes it works, sometimes it don't. So, using the poll, just send me a Trade Chat voting for the GM in both leagues.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

And It Is the Final Pitch

The last game of the season and only one game of any real importance is left, Boston vs Baltimore to decide the AL East crown and the 2nd and 5th seeds. The Mets didn't wait around for Houston to beat Tampa Bay as we took care of business. Atlanta is happy as the Cards help capture the 2 seed for them.

The Mets won their last 7 games so I get to rest the beleaguered an extra day and a couple really need it. Trust me, Atlanta needed the 2 seed to rest. Now that things are wrapped up will they rest also?

Speaking of that 7 game win streak to finish the season, did I do something to help it along?  The answer is yes but I don't understand it at all, about as understandable as bread falling butter side down, Murphy's law.  All I did was switch the 4 and 5 hitters around, Peralta to the 4 slot and Gant to the 5th.  What that did I have no clue whatsoever. All I know is after I did that, the Mets as a team scored 51 runs in those 7 games and only gave up 11. That is something we hadn't been doing, scoring runs. We also put in a stronger defense to rest some of the starters a little but I doubt that had much to do with it.

I really liked the defense this year, looking at the NL as whole it is a little skewed as the Reds and Giants led the way with less than 70 errors, everyone else had 81+.  other than the Giants the rest of the playoff teams had between 88 and 94 errors. Cubs were the lowest with 86 and the Mets the highest at 94.  The Mets had the best plus/minus ratio though, 82/8. Mexico City had the most plus plays of the playoff teams and also the most minus plays at 87/34. The Cubs had almost the fewest in plus plays at 55 but only had 11 minus plays. The Braves were the worst with a 38/30 leveling. Last year the Mets were in trouble because of stolen bases, no one ran on us this year of course we know why.  Most of the playoff teams you can run against pretty easily.

Hitting is the optimal thing, as all the playoff teams were above the line in this area. Yeah the Mets were tied at 2nd place in hitting with three teams. That is unusual as we usually have a horrible average as a whole.

The Mets were first in pitching with all the playoff teams falling right behind except for the Cubs who just power their way in. The Mets had the most save opportunities at 75 but  almost had the most blown saves at 23, still that looks on average considering. The big factor as a whole, the Mets only gave up 564 runs which is the fewest of anyone.

The Mets had to replace  Omar Ordonez and Miguel Otanez at the beginning of the season. Just like Money Ball, we had to replace them as cheaply as possible. We went with Brutus Mora even though he was deemed a washout with Salem and LA.  He paid big dividends for us at 3B and the plate. Osvaldo Reynoso also played a big part, just couldn't let a good lead-off hitter go else where for cheap even though we didn't need him.  Which kinda brings us to a problem next year as we have three RF's and lead-off hitters on the team and only need two. John McInerney's days at playing an inept 2B are over and Jimmie Valentin will take over the spot in the field. That leaves some very expensive backups, but who to trade is the question.

Now for the question on the NL MVP:

Leo Rodney is ranked first with just cause. He is the Mets MVP hands down. The funny part he never hit before, remember I was always scratching my head about that. Don't know what caused him to do that but... So lets compare him to Pat Suzuki.  Suzuki leads the NL in the long ball department, second in batting average and RBI's, third in OPS, first in hits and runs scored. Meanwhile Rodney's ratings don't actually compare that well to Suzuki in all reality. However, he only has 9 fewer home runs and isn't in a home run friendly park. 16 fewer RBIs, 12 fewer hits but what sets them apart is the fact Rodney also has 13 more doubles and 30 more walks making his OBP 30 points higher and OPS 7 points higher. To me their stats make them rather equal. Comparing them in defense is pretty much a wash as both are very good at their position.

Now you compare those to with Jair Bennett and it becomes more of a problem as I consider his numbers better than Suzuki. I will vote for Rodney just because he is a Met and put up awesome numbers but all three could be the MVP.  BTW, Tyreace French will have better years ahead.

Look at the top 3 in the NL Cy Young, talk about tough choices. I might have to go with Nixon because he can go deeper into game, more innings and strike outs but it is a tough call.

Josh Coghlan for NL ROY because he with the right team and ball park.

The AL MVP is not that easy either as I like Donatello but how can you not like Posey's numbers in Oakland? Alvarez has some fantastic numbers also even though he is a DH.

Payton and Pose for the AL Cy Young is a hard distinction also.

Howard Shannon is an easy pick for AL ROY. Lou Thurman is a good choice also if it wasn't for the injury in his last start of the season.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Iniquitous Trey

It has come down to the final series of the season. There is a lot riding on these games for a few teams.


Baltimore is at home hosting Boston, on the line is the division crown. Can Boston make it 13 straight? Loser gets a Wild Card with the 5th seed. Just think, Boston won 12 in a row and barely made up any ground at one point.

Anaheim is on the road at Colorado Springs, on the line is a possible 2 seed. The Sky Sox reportedly are in bed with the flu but already possess the 6th seed.

Kansas City is on the road at Memphis, on the line is a 100 win season. Okay, who really cares.


Chicago wins 15 out of last 17 to hit the 100 win mark. THHHHHUUUUUPPPPPP!!!!!

Atlanta hosts New York in a big series, on the line is the 6th seed for the Mets, 2nd seed for the Braves. Mets need a win coupled with a loss by the Rays and Dodgers at a minimum. Braves need to stay ahead of the Diablos.

Diablos vs Cards just because it is good baseball. Actually Mexico City could make a play for the 2nd seed but would need a sweep by the Mets plus sweep the Cards. That is a real tough scenario. Mexico City would hold the 2nd tie breaker if it comes down to a tie however.

Tampa Bay is on the road at Houston, on the line is a shot at the 6th seed. Tie or pass the Mets coupled with a Los Angeles loss.

Los Angeles is at home hosting Arizona, on the line is the 6th seed. Tie or pass the Mets and stay tied or pass Tampa Bay as they hold all the tie breakers.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Finality of It All

Yup, we have come down to the final 10 games of the season. It has been a mind blowing season if you ask me. Cubs and Royals are the only teams that could win 100 games and that could be just barely. That could be a record if no playoff team wins 100 games, too lazy to look it for sure.


The AL wrapped up its season 10 games ago which is a first in a very long time. All we are waiting on is the final seedings and that could become a bit problematic..

1. Kansas City
2. Baltimore, Boston, Anaheim or Colorado all have a shot
3. See above
4. Detroit, the surprising Wonderkind of the North
5. The best loser of 2 and 3
6. The loser of losers from 2 and 3...well, SNAP, it could be a tie all the way around wouldn't that make it perplexing?


The NL is showing a lot more Drama fro the final 10 games.

1. Chicago has a three game lead
2. Atlanta and Mexico City still looking for the break
3. Loser of 2
4. Giants are penciled in even though they didn't believe me.
5. St. Louis were better than I thought
6. A kinky three way has turned into a foursome, golf anybody?

Tampa Bay, New York, Los Angeles, and Cincy try to make the final push

Rays have Chicago and Mexico City on tap, that ain't good
Mets have Arizona, Philly and Atlanta, not exactly easy
Dodgers have Milwaukee, Frisco and Arizona, that ain't cake either
Reds have San Diego, Pittsburgh and Chicago, may look easier but...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Twisted Twenty

The Last 20 games are on tap for those who are faint of heart. But first...

Desi Guerrero should hit .250 or better easily. Stolen bases should be a bit better also. Strikes out more than he should also. He has better ratings than Omar Ordonez and Miguel Otanez and they were very admiral at the plate. Could be playing hurt or his age as I don't see it being coaching this time around.

As promised things have calmed a bit in the NL. Big fight for the #1 seed however as the Cubs, Diablos and Braves are fighting for position.

The Giants have advanced to a 5 game lead out in the West over the Dodgers with the D'Backs still in hot pursuit.

The Cards are still in striking distance of the Diablos and holding onto the first Wild Card slot also.

The Rays, Mets and Dodgers all have their eyes on the last Wild Card spot. The D'backs and Reds remain hopeful.

The Dodgers and Reds have the easiest schedules, The Rays have the most horrendous schedule while the Mets have 7 with the D"Backs and 3 with the Rays which overjoys no one but the fans.

Unless something drastic happens in the AL, The Tigers, Orioles, Royals, Angels, Sky Sox and Red Sox look primed to be the playoff teams. Oakland and Dover can still put a monkey wrench in things but their schedules just don't look that great for making up many games.

As for the Mets, I have no clue except one. I have no fix for this one so don't ask. Not often you see one of the best pitching and hitting teams not make the playoffs in the NL. On the surface we have one of the worst defenses, error wise anyway. The stolen base issue from last season was resolved and our plus/minus is one of the best. The only problem I can see is the immaculate 1-run record, 11-23 is a laughing matter that makes me want to

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

International News

Jackson Law agreed to terms with the Florida Marlins for $10.5M. I am not all that keen on Internationals who aren't 18 years old as they tend not to progress well. Still, Law has the potential to be a very nice player for the money paid. My scouting says he might be a bit of long shot to play a decent SS but 3B is very probable. My own thoughts says 3B and a probable 2B thrown in with an outside shot at a decent SS, all of which would make a lot of difference in my books as to his value. CF doesn't look all that logical btw. Has speed which is a big help and throw in some already decent hitting abilities that will go up some though what my scouts and what I think is two different stories and you have a very good cheap buy.

Grade: A+

Season 28 Dirty Thirty

That is right sport fans, down to 30 games to go. I will tell you what!, it has been an unusual season in the NL.

The Cubs, Braves and Diablos may have pulled far enough away from their division rivals to finally think about claiming their respective division titles. Believe it or not there is a huge uproar over who will claim the final division title out West. Then there is the race for the two wild card spots, the Pirates are the only team not in the hunt. I have never seen 15 of the 16 teams eligible for the playoffs this late in the season.  The next 10 games should shorten the list however, good or bad.

The AL is a lot different as things are a lot quieter. Detroit is one of the biggest surprises of the season. After last years mediocrity season, they were sort of written off. All eyes were on Toronto but they haven't been able to put things together.

The AL East sees someone other than Boston in first place. This one has been a fun division to watch. The Dung might be running out of Beetles though. The O's and Red Sox may battle down to the wire and it is possible both might be playoff bound besides.

Kansas City is the only shoo-in team and they actually claimed the division title at All-Star break. Their goal is to be the #1 seed which is up in the air still.

The West has been a menage a' trois all season long. All three hold the keys as to how the AL will turn out in the end.

Other than Kansas City and probably Detroit, I can say that as 10 more wins would make the rest of the North go 21-9 to just catch up which is feasible but unlikely, only 5 other teams are in position to make a playoff run. Add in an outside chance for Dover and even slimmer hopes for Toronto, Montreal and Minnesota doesn't make for a big race like the NL.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to the Internatioanals

Leonys Johnson climbed into the money tree after a $16M buyout from Philadelphia. Wise beyond his years is nothing more than a big lovable lout. Now if he can learn to make contact he could be a force to reckon with. He sets up shop in LF where he brings his own vacuum cleaner to manicure the area even.

Grade: B+

J.O. Andujar made waves in Texas with a $3.1M buy in. We aren't so sure about his ability to play SS but gets our vote on playing 3B with ease.  Hitting could be fun if he matures.

Grade: B

Fautino Santiago raked in $9.5M from Memphis.  We give him then benefit of the doubt that he can play SS, better than Andujar anyway. Hitting could be a powerful quagmire however.

Grade: B-

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Okay here is the scoop troops. My scouting isn't the greatest in the world, what can you say it is only a 4 anywhere. So trying to figure out a prospect is very tough when the opposing force(s) has a 20.  It even took me two days to figure out middled equaled miss led. So here is an example of what I am seeing and trying to tell everyone what I really think of the player and it isn't easy sometimes.

Jose Calixte was offered $11.3M by Little Rock.

First of all his fielding stats: His current Range is 48, my scouts see that improving to 68 which is a hit on my 20 point rule. With better scouting it could be 5 or more points higher which is a big plus because it will allow him to get that 20 points easy enough and maybe a couple extra. Current Glove is 52 and my scouts see it topping off at 67 which is highly probable and could end up a few points higher than that.  Arm currently is 60/52 and my scouts show 73/66 which of course could easily be higher. Putting my knowledge and 20 point rule in effect, he could play 3B but somewhat weakly and highly likely be better in RF. It would be better to play him at 3B early in the minors however to squeeze the potential out of him.

His Current Durability at 49 isn't a great starting point because it takes a lot to get him over 70. Even though my scouts see it apex at 78 I doubt that and low 70's is the best I would judge. The rest of this area looks good to start with and the chances of him being a speedster is pretty grim.

Hitting: Me thinks his Eye will be pretty good and better than my scouts see at 71, I would say 75 minimum myself. His splits start at 48/35 which tells everyone he hits lefties well. His progression by my scouts show 53/59 but me think it will be more like 63/53. Contact and power start at 55/44, my scouts say it will only progress to 67/51 where as I think it will be closer to 70/60.

So my thinking in the end is you have a player that more than likely will play at the ML level but nothing more than an average player.

Grade: B  Because he is just an average player across the board and would equate to a late 1st round pick.

Yasiel Gonzalez was picked up by Pittsburgh for $4.6M.

To start with he 19 years old. I know it shouldn't make a difference but for some reason it does as it lowers his potential a little.

Durability has a good starting point and my scouts say it won't move, truthfully it doesn't matter but a point or two is possible.  Scouts say his health will get better which is a big plus from the 61 starting point and could easily make it into the 70's. My scouts show his Makeup making it to 56, anything 50 and above is good but will he make it is questionable.

Stamina starts at 48, scouts indicate a 75 is possible, me thinks it will be more like 65 tops. Control is 61 and scouts say 76 is possible, me on the other hand say 80 is possible but age says they might be right in this case. Splits are 51/52 with potential of 58/66, I think 65/68 are more in tune.  He will be an off-speed fly ball pitcher, not much to say there. Pitches however are a little different, scouts show almost no improvement from current. Well, piffly-doo on that as I think 78/62/45/55/40 can be attained.

Still the bidding wasn't generous on this player so his actual value doesn't seem that great. Though I think he can play at the ML level in the pen at some point in his career it won't be stellar. Definitely cheap at any rate.

Grade: B- to C+ Comparatively speaking he probably ranks in the late late first round to early second.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mid Summer Classic is in Swing

First the International news! If you have problems reading this let me know, I messed up Firefox this morning and can't seem to get the font and size right.

Santiago Fernandez was gobbled up by Vancouver Canadians for $16.1M. I show him being able to play CF in the future and a bit of a power hitter versus righties. My scouting sees him as good but not great however which knocks him down a little in key areas.

Grade: B+

Rubby Berrios made n infraction with the San Diego Padres for $10M. If you ask me he will make a grand 3B in the end with a hitting style coveted by the team. A good cheap signing if you ask me.

Grade: A

Rubby Mercado happened by Little Rock where they accosted him with $6.6M. Control looks flaky along with his pitches but does have some nice splits. Maybe they got mixed up on which Rubby they were bidding on or just needed someone to rub one out...

Grade: B-

Roberto Oropesa  committed to the Oakland A's after there wasn't much action against him for $1.7M.  Not sure why, though many might have been pushed away because of his unaquiring health or that he was a lefty.  I call this a bargain pick with potential myself.

Grade: B+

Toronto wanted a Willie and purchased Willie Portillo for $1.3M. I like Willie more than his look alike in Rubby truth be told and the money is most pleasant.

Grade: B-

So lets take a look at the predictions and what has come to pass so far.

The AL

So the North has been all a flutter with Detroit in first place.  The Blue Jays had their wings clipped early but is keeping pace and can make the run in the second half so the predition may hold true yet.

The East has been fun to watch, Dover, no Boston, no Baltimore, will someone make up their minds. If the past is any consolation which it isn't, the Red Sox always seem to outlast the other two at the end.

The South has a sleepwalker in KC the rest of the season.

The West has some action going on with the Sky Sox, Angels, and  A's. I really look for the A's to fade and the fight to remain between the Sky Sox and Angels.

So how are the predictions holding? So far it could easily be 100% though Detroit could put a little surprise crimp in them.

The NL

No surprise here in North as the Cubs are in first, the Reds and Brewers are close but they just can't seem to sustain anything.

The East is kind of a surprise with the Braves in first but are not running away with things and maybe the Mets will catch their second wind after the break.

The South sees the surprising Cards doing their thing with Mexico City sniffing ass for a long time now. It could clear up after the break though one way or the other.

The West Looks familiar with the Dodgers in front, Arizona a close second and the Giants a close third. The Dodgers faded into oblivion last year after the break, will history repeat itself? I still like the Giants.....

Well, I blew the South as the Astros don't look like a playoff team at all but everyone else is close to the mark at least.

Monday, August 19, 2013

All-Star Break on the Horizon

Yup, it is that time of year, second week of July! with two games to go before the mid-summer classic the Mets have three players on the roster. It has been an odd season for the Mets to say the least.

I have seen some unusual things this season so far and not just with the Mets. Most are scratching their heads about pitchers in slumps. I have been watching the leader markers and see some very odd things that make me scratch my head. The most recent one is the errors at 2B. I know about the problem with my McInerney as he has come down with 2B Aids.  The fielding inadequacy of Corban Quinn mystifies me as he looks to be a GG candidate by his ratings. We think it is because he has an ugly wife but who really knows.

I am hoping the season gets better for the Mets after the break as we have just come out of a horrible 19 game stretch. 7-12 against teams that we should have beaten for the most part. The worst part was six of those losses were the 1-run variety speaking of which we are 4-14 in that category. Horrendous! Seems odd when you have the third best hitting team in the NL, 8 players with an average over .270 and the second best pitching staff in the NL. Fielding is a little sub-par but only in the error department.

I am trying to find a fifth starter as Dean Boone is happier in the pen but no one has actually stepped up to take the role. Which brings me to another befuddling stat comparing last year. Of the starting pitchers last year, only one had a winning record. This year they all have a winning records except Boone.

It could be wild race to the finish line in the NL as there are probably 4 teams out of the running but anything can happen. The AL not so much as there are more teams out of the current picture which is a surprise. I always get a kick out the AL East as you never know who is in first from one week to the next.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Season 28 Draft Crop

It is time to get things underway. Who I like is a matter of opinion remember, mine of course.

1. With the first pick, Little Rock selected Alfredo Cromer.  I will give him benefit of the doubt that he should have been selected first. I am not really sure he will make SS status in my books even though the potential might be there. What he does have or will have is power and speed with the penchant to get the ball in play from the plate.

Grade: A

2. Mel Steenstra, SS, Vancouver Canadians - Unknown


3. Henderson Washington, P, Washington D.C. Senators:  Off the pitching rubber, his durability and stamina might be in question. Four pitches and I am not liking two of them at all. He has something going for him that most overlook and that is arm strength and accuracy as I believe it comes into play somewhere along the line in the pitching realm other than picking off players at 1B. A Washington in Washington seems rather sublime if you ask me.

Grade: A

4. Piper Stevenson, P, Philadelphia Phillies: He almost looks like a mirror image of Washington though maybe a little better version by the slimmest of margins because of the better pitches.  It just might take their entire careers before if can be said which was the better choice.

Grade: A

5. James Kershner, SS, San Diego Padres:  A miss with the SS position for sure with the third one taken already. So what, me thinks he can do an admirable job at 3B. The splits are highly questionable but the speed and power portion is there.

Grade: A

6. Fernando Brogna, P, Florida Marlins: He was one of the few on my board that was drafted in the top 10.  I didn't have him in the top 10 on my board though which should tell us something. Either I had very bad scouting or he wasn't well received. After thinking about it he is a lefty, bad start, with a very low right split starting point, even worse, and low velo. On the bright side he does have very good control and a nice set of pitches.

Grade: B

7. Jayson Loaiza, SS, Toronto Blue Jays: Another SS already! Don't think he will ever have a good enough glove or arm to play SS, 3B or 2B is possible. Has speed with a little pop and luck might be on his side. His probable low contact isn't gonna win him any hitting awards however.

Grade: B

8. Dutch Mullin, P, Milwaukee Brewers: One thing I tell for sure, he is a starter though he might need heavy rest between starts.  Control isn't out of this world. The projected splits are unmakeable. The pitches are unremarkable as well.

Grade: B

9. Geovany Gregorius, LF, Dover Dung Beetles: This little firecracker was #1 on my board! All the speed in the world and has a tough time stealing. Can play a great LF and probably RF also if needed. Good eye, awesome power and contact and if those splits come along outfielders will have their backs against the wall.

Grade: A

10. Dan Andrews, 2B, Atlanta Braves: Another of those speedsters that has a hard time in theft department. I had him ranked second on my board because he can play 2B plus CF, just maybe. I think he will be a better hitter than what my scouts tell me also.

Grade: A

11. Eric Sherman, 3B, Minnesota Twins: Doubtful he could play a good 3B but RF is a pretty tough place to fill most of the time. Plenty of speed and a pretty good in the hitting department.

Grade: A

12. Richard Lawson, LF, Detroit Tigers: I wanted him to play 1B as that is the only position for him in my books. I had no interest in signing him however and Detroit might have the same idea. Not a health nut for sure and the durability will probably exhibit disgust in the end. But there is always the fact that he is a monster at the plate.

Grade: B

13. Yogi Roenicke, CF, Baltimore Orioles: CF is a tough position to fill in and he might be a good one.  Isn't a tremendous hitter but puts the ball in play a good bit and has speed to burn teams.

Grade: A

14. Angel Martinez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: With so many taken already it is doubtful he could really fill the position but it might be close in all reality. Another speedster that will need a lot of work on his hitting skills to be affable.

Grade: A

15. Luke Cookson, P, San Francisco Giants: I am not against left handed pitchers in this game but they are making them rather useless these days don't ya think.  I am not sure his right split will be good enough and pitch selection looks very iffy to me.

Grade: B

16. Allen O'Donnell, P, St. Louis Cardinals: Truth of the matter, the best pitcher in the draft so far looking at the overall picture.

Grade: A+

17.  Alton McAnaney, CF, Memphis RedBirds: CF or 2B looks very doubtful at this point in time, RF has its possibility as he might have a decent enough arm as that range is debilitating. Some useable speed and hits with power though very inconsistent.

Grade: B

18. Rob Haad, P, Oakland A's: Unknown


19. Buster Valdes, SS, Houston Astros: SS is probably far from ever being in his future, maybe 3B but more than likely RF. Has enough speed for a steal or two and is a pretty decent middle power hitter.

Grade: A

20. Dick McCartney, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks: SS is not off the table though making it as a probable career backup is more likely and that is not always a bad thing.  Has speed but getting on base is not exactly a luxury he posses.

Grade: B

21. Kevin Kingland, P,  New York Mets: All I need is for him to turn down the offer or want more money and I will be happy. If neither of those happens then maybe I might have a serviceable pitcher for the future.

Grade: B

22. Davey Alvarez, P, Montreal Expos: A lefty that might make a difference one day.  Low durability doesn't help but if that stamina skyrockets it may not matter. If the control makes a good showing then it is possibly a good sign for him otherwise it may turn out to be a bust.

Grade: B

23. Robinzon Hernandez, P, Pittsburgh: The first setup man taken in the first round. Don't think he will make a closer with the less than needed stamina. However looks like he could come in and put a fire out with ease.

Grade: A

24. Jose Toregas, P, Anaheim Angels: Described as a poor mans "Ivan" by his owner already. Very high durability and stamina that almost reaches starter status is the reasoning.  Now if the rest of the abilities are persuaded out of him then we might have something monsterous. Sharknado!!

Grade: A

25. Nipsey Saberhagen, SS, Texas Rangers: Okay, put him in RF before I puke as I doubt he could play anywhere else. Has some pop but will probably struggle rather heavily at the plate.

Grade: B

26. Ned Marte, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays: No bout a doubt it! If those splits come around a power hitting 1B genie of the future. Why couldn't he have been on my board?

Grade: A

27. Kurt Fletcher, RF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Umm, power is one thing hitting it is another and that is the problem here. Rather lax with the glove causes lots of dropped balls for some awful reason.

Grade: B

28.  Joe Jakubauskas, P, Mexico City Diablos Rojos: Pretty good lefty setup man if I do say do myself.  Matter of fact I might even consider him a possibility for closer duty at the ML level.

Grade: A

29. Merkin Strickland, P, Cincinnati Reds: Unknown


30. Joey Romero, P, Colorado Springs Sky Sox: Wow for a pick this far down. He looks like a sure thing as a shut dwon closer.

Grade: A+

31. Kolten Lowe, P, Pittsburgh Pirates: This looks like one those "hopefully it turns out good" picks. The potential is there to be a prime starter. A pitcher that can go 9 innings every outing? Those don't grow on trees. I think it was worth the risk.

Grade: A

32. Jose Gonzalez, 2B, Kansas City Royals: 2B is a doubtful position and COF is likely.  Decent power, eye and luck could help him overcome his lackluster contact.

Grade: B

33. Kennie Raymond, P, Boston Red Sox: Don't get mad but I don't think this lefty will make it beyond AAAA status. Not sure his control and right split will garner enough attention to get any further.  It isn't a bad pick this far into the draft however.

Grade: B

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

International News of Note

Alcides Pena made a big splash in the market with a surprise signing with Pittsburgh for $17.5M. My scouts tell me he could be a minor league player for part of the season and sent into the mouth of the lions at the ML level later this year. Will that happen remains to be seen. We see him as a weak SS/CF at best or an overly endowed 3B. Hitting well with medium power further highlights his abilities. Not bad for a guy that was asking a tremendous amount to start with.

Grade: A

Dover bit off on Aroldis Correa for $10.5M. He could have roids also as he doesn't have exceptional control.  Definitely might have the splits and pitches to have a successful ML career.

Grade: B+

Friday, August 9, 2013

News that is the News or May Be the News

Most of this is from the Mets perspective as I know what my mind is thinking. Actually I gave up on thinking long ago because it taxes the brain too much and leads to trouble. But anyway.

I didn't spend too much on scouting budget this year because drafting late around here just doesn't have a lot of perspective ingenuity unless you get really lucky. But mainly because I am readjusting the scouting a little differently. So when I do the Draft Analysis this season don't be alarmed if I get the prospects future messed up a little or a lot. Well in the Draft I saw only three of the top 10 cohorts, get the picture. It was my idea to set up the draft so I didn't have to sign the player and get the pick back next year. Well, that may not have worked out as planned.

I thought the first two players on my board or at least one of them would go in the first 5 picks.  Surprise when I looked and they both fell to the 9th and 10th pick.  I figured my third guy would be the one I would draft in all reality but he fell on a whim to Detroit at 12th. I did get my 4th and 5th choice with the 21st pick and supplemental at 54.  Not all that bad truthfully, my first pick might actually sign though, not sure. Not sure what I might decide if he wants more money to sign.

The Mets are having one of the weirdest seasons I have been witness to.  Last season we couldn't win at home though we almost pulled out a .500 record. This season we only need 20 more wins to have a .500 season already and one of the best teams with a home winning record. Can't win either if you don't win the bulk of 1-run games unless of course, you  stay out of that situation. Mets are #1 in that respect playing in only 10 so far, it is one or those good/bad records though as we are only 2-8. We do have a winning record in extra innings at 4-3 which is odd considering the 1-run line.  We won't go into the bad road record which we excelled at last year.

Pitching has been robust since we are one of the best in that category which means we are never out of a game. How about Sherm Brock as the closer. He took over the slot in the middle last year and has a record of 41 saves in 43 chances since.

Hitting is above the average line barely, normally we are one of the worst hoovering around 10th or so in the NL. Leo Rodney could be the culprit behind that as other teams seem to be letting him hit this year. Can't believe he leads the team in dingers right now.

Fielding hasn't been the spice of life for this team as we are a heavy bobble favorite. Well, John McInerney is specifically.  Not much I can do except move him to another position but locked in as we need his bat in the lineup and Marc Redman is a mirror image. I could flop the two but would end up with the same results.  I do have 2 GG candidates for 2B but they just aren't the hitting type. Remember my catching problem last year and all those stolen bases, well it hasn't actually rectified the situation. Maybe if I put it in the wash it will turn out grand.

Wonder what the Cubs are thinking as they recently lost 8 of 10 to the Braves and Mets? I said at the beginning of the season the Braves ability depended on Tyreace French and so far he has responded in kind.

Surprises so far this season belongs to St Louis and Detroit.  Hopefully the kudos don't garner a bad taste.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Intl Update

The International Market has really cooled after the initial onslaught. It is time for an update of sorts just before draft day or more Commonly called Baseball Christmas Day.

Montreal offered David Bennett  $1.1M. He has potential as a setup man if he ever garners enough support to pass the AAAA mark. We do like his chances and is not a heavy burden to find out.

Grade: C+

Alex Guerrero was bought out for $5.1M by the Cards. He thinks he can play SS, it might be tight but could be alright at the position if he is trained well, if not there are alternatives. Don't look for him to be in the stats as a power hitter but he is neither a clutz with the stink in his hands. Just don't ask him to stretch a single or steal a base.

Grade: B

Florida swooped in a spent heavily on a possible starting pitcher prospect in Willie Silva for $9.7M. Since he went for less than 10M we therefore conclude there might be issues. The issues are not with control, velo or pitches as I am confident those will be very good. The splits however could be a trifle unsettling. Still I think he has the potential for a ML career, just not as fruitful in the money jar.

Grade: B

Alex Diaz gained a few pennies after signing with the Memphis RedBirds for $2.6M. Surely my scouts need help or he projects as bad as he looks, I don't support their view at all. Guess I will have to hold my judgement until I see a progress update.

Grade: Confused

So we needed one of those joke names from time to time and Banana Ramsay scores big on the charts. Texas seemed unfazed as they paid $1M for benefit of the name. All jokes aside he may have the potential to be a weak starter or middle reliever.  His splits doesn't look  like a winning set so his value really submarined.

Grade: C

Speaking of that 10M threshold, Aroldis Correa exceeded it with a $10.5M offer from Dover.  He only drew fixed stares from a select few as many saw that his control may not cut the mustard. We think he has the starter potential however.

Grade: B+

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Will Potvin

I did a lot of research on the exploits of Will Potvin. Truth be told I think he is getting the shaft more or less. As we all know, it is range that determines plus plays congruent to the position and his peers. Midre Prieto currently leads the NL in plus plays with 8. As his range is good, Potvin's is much better. The argument about an underqualified 1B doesn't hold water as this causes errors only but the range of the 3B could have an effect. Checking that aspect didn't cause any speculation either.

Going down the list, Albert Morales has an even better range than Potvin but his glove and arm causes lots of pain in the error department. Lorenzo Rosado is decent enough but Potvin is better at the position, so why the discrepancy?

Hard to believe but it boils down to the Fielding Instructor. Julian Simontacchi is not a bad coach but lacks the discipline that had been there with Vicente Beltran. Philly coach Chad Kendall has a better glove rating and discipline that defines Prieto's stats. Jarrett Law in Pittsburgh scares many players by looks alone but has a better glove and discipline rating also albeit not all that much but enough to cause an advantage. Cooper Pritchett in St. Louis almost made me do a double take as 11 points of glove rating must really override the lack of discipline. I almost was left scratching my head after that but then pursued matters further to San Diego where Dustin Goldberg has Cristobal Ramirez doing his best.

Of course I have to throw my own Ronn Penny under scrutiny also for the lack of said plays.  I think he may be getting short changed also and he has one of the best coaches there is in Jason Reynolds. Penny and his range though is rather weak somewhat comparatively. Also, stats kind of indicate they try not hit in his direction.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Mets So Far

We started the season on a high note, looked like we were just gonna run away with things. Things got dicey quickly though, Leo Rodney and Ronny Gant both went down with those nagging injuries at the same time.  Might have been 3 to 4 days but it puts a huge burden on thing when most of the big boys are watching from the dugout. That wasn't bad enough as those two got resolved and back into the line up then Felipe Peralta hit the DL followed closely in the his footsteps was Brutus Mora. Mora's wasn't as long but still long enough to be out for the 15 day period.

I didn't plan on calling anybody up from AAA but with John McInerney committing 8 errors and 2 minus plays already, help was needed to shore up the defense at 2B. Compounding the problem, I didn't think about resetting the rest, defense and pinch hitting categories during the absences. That may have led to a six game slump but not sure.  Definitely didn't help. One thing for sure, the players can't bitch about not getting playing time as everybody except the recent call-up and the backup catcher have 60+ AB's.

Pitching has been relatively good as we lead the NL in that category. Hitting hasn't been robust but with all the DL problems not all that bad. Fielding, the normal mainstay of one of my teams, is one of the worst in the NL leading the way with 27 miscues. Most of those by one bumbling 2B and all the minus plays also. We are good with the plus plays and teams still think they can run against us but that really hasn't panned out all that well for them.

Trace Kennedy became the first casualty of the season after his unusual horrible outings disenfranchised him rather quickly. Dusty Ingram was signed just for that reason and was hurried up from AAA to take his place with good results so far.

The minor league teams started out rather slow this year but their records doesn't exactly reflect that. At AAA, they started with a 2-5 record as it looked abominable for a while until I looked at the lineup. That's what I get for hitting the recommended button in the management console then not looking to see what it did. AA is a surprise as I have nothing to crow about in the way of players but the coaches are making them be the best they can be.  Truthfully the same can be said about High A and Low A also.

The 30 Game Pretender Clause

So it is 30 games or so into the season already. Have the pretenders been put to bed and the real teams awoken? Strange things has been happening for sure.

NL North

The Cubs woke up after a slow start and have taken control. The Brewers are a shouldn't by winning good and losing bad. The Reds just can't get things going but are looking positive. The Pirates are having no luck, like a starter pitching 9 scoreless and hitless innings only to see the performance shattered in extra innings.

NL East

This division is a quagmire at the moment. The Mets have odoriferous offensive DL woes and a manager that forgot to reset the settings because of said issues. Finally calling on AAA to help solve the DL issue a little because John McInerney is stinking up the joint playing 2B. Phils started out hot but have retreated to the norm.  The Braves are on the warpath for a bit but haven't actually excited anyone. The Colonels move to Florida may be working but we are not sold on the idea this season. It is also confusing not seeing the team in the South.

NL South

Interesting things happening here as the pretenders went south. Mexico City got hot but got ballyhooed by the then slumping Mets and haven't recovered. That left an opening for the hot Cards who took advantage. The Astros are even making one of their patented moves in the wake of things. Ivan finally got his 400th win and is working on getting his 100th save and I do believe he will be the only pitcher with more than 200 wins and 100 saves to his credit. That is a great achievement for a relief pitcher.

NL West

These teams are mystifying to say the least. Winning a game at home is more than a relative struggle but put them on the road and they are death defying. What is going to happen here is any ones guess. Dodgers, D'Backs and Giants could wind up in a virtual tie the way things are going. The Padres all ordered NO-NO's but returned them when they found out it caused ED.

AL North

The Jays are playing great ball and the Tigers are playing like they were expected the last three seasons but didn't. The Expos were taken by surprise early but are on the move though winning at home is down right pathetic. The Twinkies are staying close but are well over-shadowed this season we think.

AL East

This division sorts itself out after All-Star break. Look for the Red Sox, Beetles and O's to have a share of first place at one point or another before the Sox pull away as usual. Meanwhile the Senators are stuck in committee one again.

AL South

Things have calmed down considerably with KC being a royal bitch. The Rangers are being mindful this season but seemingly get the job done with respect. Memphis is having a bit of a scheduling problem, 21 home games already.  They are having a tweeting good time as the newcomer figures things out in a most unusual world. The Heads are suppose to be Talking but is sounds more like jibberish.

AL West

The Sky Sox were dismayed last year because of their less than tantalizing start and vowed not to let it happen this year, so far so good. The A's could be repeating last years reprisal, staying close til the stretch then flounder. The Angels said they should win 101 games but hasn't gelled yet, think they slipped the banana peel into the jello instead. VC are just scratching their heads as they are stuck in neutral, pass them a crescent wrench and a bobby pin.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

More IFA Money Spent

Oakland nabbed Victor Gomez for $6M.  he is a lefty so his stock was lower than normal along with the off-speed tendency. His right split may not be all that great but does have ML control and some pretty nice pitches.  Good price for a probable ML pitcher.

Grade: B

Knuck made his first foray into the market as he Pedro Castilla for $5M. He fancies himself as a SS and could actually ascertain to the position. Hitting isn't may not be great but does have a little pop and luck on his side. I like the signing but their could be hitch in the contract getting him a date with Sasha Gray.

Grade: B

Upon further review, I still stand by my grading of David Escobar. He might be a big bat but has no place on a ML roster. He can't play a position except DH and even then doesn't have the durability to last long in a lineup. Health is another huge issue and he is already on the PUP list. Now if he hits the DITR list things could change drastically otherwise a career minor league player could ensue. He could in fact play DH at the ML level in the future for 18 games if things fall right.

It is rumored that Mal purchased a Bake-A-Bone to make pancakes for the kids as the neighbor swears by it. We really know he liked the idea for himself as it had an unusual side effect, he trained the wife to sit up and beg.  Also purchased was a Polly Perfect to drive the wife's cat up the wall. That didn't work well as it drove the kids nuts and they shot it with a BB gun and buried it in the back yard.  He also tried out that new convenient convection hotplate but became the first burn victim after not reading the warning label "Pots and Pans get extremely hot".

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

IFA for Millions

Montreal made off with the signing of Kevin Yosida for $27.6M hard earned bucks.  He makes it hard to believe that he can play LF but we will wait but looks to have a knack at 1B. His trade mark however is hitting the ball over the fence which looks to be a rather easy accomplishment. If it is a decision to walk him, chances are good he will end up on second as he has the speed and showoff ability to swipe when no one is looking.

Grade: A+

Monday, July 22, 2013

The First 10

The first 10 are in the books already. How did things shape up so far and will we see a shake up.

NL North

Nobody is off to fast start. The Brewers vowed a 3-8 start share the lead at 5-5. The Reds are off to their normal slow start. The Cubs just hasn't found themselves. The Pirates cooled off after being thumped by the Cards. Cubs and Reds are suppose to rule this division, so things will change.

NL East

The Phillies are hot winning six in a row even after getting blistered by Atlanta to start things off.  The next series with the Mets will tell the tale as they have showed off an even fortitude.  The Braves looked hot to start but being swept by the Mets is doubting. The Marlins have dug themselves a deep hole fast, first year jitters in a new park. This was suppose to be a Mets-Braves division, do we have an early pretender.

NL South

Mexico City has a chip on their shoulder. It could be a run for the money between a heavy weight division that already shows off two challengers in Houston and St Louis. Knuck is struggling in Tampa Bay so far. How bad did that season 25 injury hurt Ivan as he limps to 400?

NL West

I warned the West about the Giants. Giants looked ready to roll until the Mets came to town. Giants-Dodgers on tap next, this should shape things up for sure. Meanwhile Bruce has the Padres chasing the goat with the Heinekens while Tyler is reffing the chase and oogling the naked chicks. (we think the goat will win)

AL North

The Jays may run away and hide from the rest of the division before the season is over. The Tigers and Twins are trying to keep up. Last years Golden Boys of Summer look to be in a sophomore slump already but the Expos will right themselves we think.

AL East

As predicted, the Red Sox and O's will be trading barbs all season long. Ahh, what the hell, the Red Sox always seem to pull away in the stretch so we will wait.  DC and Dover just can't find the magic.

AL South

KC is off to a fast start again like last years Little Darlings. The silence was broken this year as the Rangers wanted to trade, not sure we have heard the last of that. (just knew that was coming didn't ya) The RedBirds first year looks like a bit of reorganization to see whats what.  Little Rock is still stuck in neutral.

AL West

I can't remember the last time a team started 10-0 like the Sky Sox. This division is a bit of a head scratcher so far. The A's were in Seattle last year and started like a house afire also before reality set in. This year I am not so sure as the reality could be real. The Angels are shell shocked but Colorado Springs started off this way last year and look what happened could it be a bit of a repeat scenario?  I thought VC had a shot above mediocrity but now I am not so sure, it is a rookie season so there are some bugs to work out.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Holy Crap Batman IFA Market

Alex Olivares became the richest IFA ever  with a $32M paycheck from the Houston Astros. Moving into second on the real expensive list is Renyel Manuel of Cincy who got $30M a few years back.  So what did that kind of money but?  Well there are several ways to look at it, quality pitching has been real hard to come by for quite a few seasons now. Comparatively speaking though, well over priced. The first thing that strikes me is his age which causes me to mark a  demerit right off the bat.  Control can get better but not of expectations I think. Splits are already very good which had  good market appeal.  Pitches are decent and can get better with time but I am not sure they will be all that great.  Off-speed and probably neutral in the GB/FB category. Would he go as the #1 pick in the draft, depends but definitely the top 5.

Grade: A-

While the bidding war was going on, Dover signed Luis Mesa for $2.9M. Seems real cheap doesn't it, at least down to Earth.  Well, he is no pitcher and a poor excuse of a 1B if you ask me but could make his living as a DH I think. Does have a good eye, contact and power, hopefully the splits will be better.

Grade: C

David Escobar made headlines after signing a contract with St. Louis for $2.8M. What can he do besides hit the long ball? Absolutely, positively nothing! To a NL team none the less.

Grade: F+

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Opening Day Part 2

Humiliation games of the Day: KC blasts Little Rock 14-3 and Chicago blows Pittsburgh 11-1.
Making it look close game of the Day: Baltimore puts up 7 runs in second while Dover score 5 runs late in a 12-7 finish.
Fish Fry in New York: Mets grill Marlins 10-3.
Knucklebones Return Marred: Cards down Rays 8-7 in 13 with a questionable call at the plate..
Miller Shiell hits two run walk off as Giants slip by the D'Backs in the 10th 3-1.

Detroit outlasts Minnesota 4-2.
Colorado Springs upends bhansell63's debut with 6-3 win over Vancouver.

Tandem Pitching

I have tried tandem pitching and I have never succeeded in being able to have success with it. First off the two starters need to get to the 7th or 8th inning throwing 60 pitches or less each because there are only three rest days between starts. Secondly it takes 8 pitchers to fill out the starting tandem roster. Third part comes from the pen as you only have 5 available and one is probably the closer. The other four need to be set up as tandem also, two available and two at rest. Those four need to be long relievers also at least.

Here is why it always failed with me. For some reason one of the opening starters doesn't get out of the first inning or doesn't make it through the second, that hurts the pen. One of the starting tandems gets injured, puts a quick kink in things. An injury to the pen isn't helpful but maybe not as devastating. Long extra inning games seem to happen in bunches, quick end to the pen and no way to rest them except to bust the tandems.

I have tried it with 14 pitchers on staff and that hurts the offense in more ways than one. A backup catcher and only two spare players that need to play just about every position and hit well are hard to come by.

Opening Day

High Light game of the day goes to the Dodgers vs Padres: Jim Griffin hits a lead off homer in the top of the fifth to provide the only scoring as Jacob Nixon goes for the complete game shut out victory.

Frustrating game of the day goes to the Rangers vs Redbirds: Texas pounded out 16 hits but could only score 3 runs in the 13 inning marathon. R.J. Bellhorn (most unlikely) scattered 10 hits in 8 innings of work but only gave up 1 run. The worst is even yet to come as the Redbirds score the winning run in the bottom of the 13th on 3 walks and 1 hit.

Real star of the game: Kirk Donnels, almost single-handedly, leads Oakland to a 3-2 nail biting win over the Angels.

Toronto speaks AL North dominance as they down Montreal 7-1.

Philly snookers Atlanta 5-4.

Cincy still have problems early at home losing 5-2 to the Brewers.

Houston tries tandem pitching, Reagan Mathews shows them how to pitch in a Mexico City 5-3 win.

Boston ignites in 8th for come back win over Washington 7-5.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

First IFA of Season 28

The first IFA of Season 28,  Deven Osoria, grabbed a paycheck of $8.6M form Mexico City.  The mature youngster is a fireballer that could surprise people with some decent abilities that could prop up the middle to end of a rotation or go some distance in the pen. Many were turned off by his age and possible frailty to go the big bucks.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Season 28 Mets

The fans were amazed we stole the show so easily in the East last season then went all the way to the NLCS. This season we want it all and know we will need to beat the Cubs in the end, but first we gotta stop our division rivals. From a management standpoint it has been a trying season already. Having to replace Omar Ordonez, Miguel Otanez, and Bob Olson should have been an easy task. Actually it wasn't all that hard, just took a lot of time finding the right player needed then wondering if they were ever gonna sign.

I can never figure out who is gonna be a Type B sometimes, I figured Ordonez would be a B, but no, Benito Ozuna was and he wasn't even good enough to be on my ML roster for the most part, not even as a backup. Otanez was an accident being on the team in the first place, in my opinion he hit well  but played a pretty bad 3B while he was the starter. Olson I thought would make a good 5th starter or solidify the pen, he did neither. Otanez is in Philly while Olson takes his dog show to Little Rock and Ordonez is hoping someone picks him up for mere pennies on the dollar.

Pepper Murton was run out of New York because he couldn't stop the stealing show other teams were putting on against us. Other than that he was a fine catcher and now makes his home in Toronto.

 Clarence Valentin also became a casualty when he showed up for Spring Training  barely walking because of arthritis in both knees, just a year removed from winning the GG at 2B. Spent most of the year in AAA but we were kind enough to let him finish his career with us at the ML level.

So meet the ML Mets for Season 28

Hitting Coach - Hector Levrault returns for his 5th season.
First Base -  Billy Kaufman is lucky to have a job.
Third Base - Phil Hitchcock returns for his 9th season, may retire afterwards.
Pitching - Livan Macias quickly took the job when the Kid wanted more money(?).
Pen - Dan Melton decided it was the right job after no other offers came his way and returns for his 2nd season.
Bench - Jerry Dawkins returns for his 2nd year.
Fielding - Jason Reynolds returns for his 5th straight season and 8th total.

Projected Starters:
C - Rich Kennedy and  Felipe Izquierdo, they may not hit very well but they stop the stealing show and handle the pitchers quite nicely.
1B - Leo Rodney starts his 7th season.
2B - John McInerney starts his 12th full season.
3B - Brutus Mora  was our pick to play the "Hot Corner", he was very hesitant as he wanted to play SS somewhere.
SS - Ronn Penny starts his 3rd full season.
LF - Ronny Gant is starting his 2nd season in New York and loves it here.
CF - Felipe Peralta starts his 2nd full season here.
RF - Marc Redman starts his 5th full season.

CF/2B/SS/3B - Carl Browning has had a rough time sticking at the ML level but we like him a lot because he is a Jack-of-all-Trades.
CF/2B/SS/3B - Jimmie Valentin is also a Jack-of-all-Trades but hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself as of yet.
COF/1B - Osvaldo Reynoso made a hit with management at his try-out day that coaches are being pushed to make him a starter somehow.


Harry Rodriguez surprises everyone that he is the #1 starter, pitches very very well but usually gets shafted.
Fausto Castillo only Met starter with a winning record last year.
Rich Faulk was kind of disappointing in our eyes last year but didn't pitch badly.
Dean Boone had a rough start and was released to the pen until he got it together, was the best starter after All-Star break.
Ubaldo Rijo is nicknamed the "Big Dynamo". Most teams snicker when he pitches but find him tough as nails.

Benny Calero has been a clutch pitcher since coming to the Mets.
Ted Maxwell has had his ups and downs. Last year started out as a joke on us I think.
Brian Grim surprised everyone with his capabilities.
Trace Kennedy gets the job done somehow.
Bobby Forbes and William Galloway are trouble makers for the most part and may find themselves back in AAA if there not careful.
George Atkins returns to his old stomping grounds to maybe finish his career. We are not sure if he is to be in the pen or the 5th starter as of yet.
Sherm Brock fell into the Closers role last year when Maxwell failed. Finished with 23 Saves in 24 Chances, just don't ask how many chances he failed to

The pressure is on these guys to perform well as we hired some thugs just in case this year. As Al Limon and Dusty Ingram were hired for instant breakdown support.