Posts Tagged ‘League’

Cliff Lee; Proof a Deal Needs to be Made

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

If the Texas Rangers front office was hanging on to any belief that this team doesn’t need to trade for a pitcher, it’s all long gone now with the recent news about Colby Lewis. Lewis, the team’s third different opening day starter in as many years (after 4 straight Kevin Milwood’s; yeah, I don’t remember either) aggravated a forearm injury in his first start returning from the DL because of the same problem. Lewis will not make his next scheduled start, or any after because he will miss the remainder of the season, forcing Rangers GM Jon Daniels into a hand that he likely was dealing with anyway. But now the leverage of the sturdy, reliable, veteran presence and efforts of Lewis are lost and what was already a need at starting pitcher is now an absolutely vital need.

Two years ago, the Rangers were new to being contenders and the first-time jitters of being buyers instead of sellers almost cost the organization dearly. The Rangers made several moves at the trading deadline during that 2010 postseason run, when the Texas franchise experienced its first playoff series win and also an American League pennant that had eluded the team in its first 48 years of existence. But all this did not happen because of acquisitions such as Jeff Francoeur, Jorge Cantu, Christian Guzman, or even cyclist Bengie Molina.


2012 MLB Preview; National League

Posted by    |    April 6th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

NEW THIS YEAR: An extra Wild Card spot per league! Grab ‘em while/if you can!

New Astros Shortstop Jed Lowrie

I know, I know, the season has already started, but in order to properly make my 2012 Major League Baseball season predictions, I simply had to know if corner outfielder Justin Ruggiano was going to make the Astros opening day roster, (he didn’t) if newly acquired shortstop Jed Lowrie was starting the season on the Disabled List or not, and between Jordan Lyles, Kyle Weiland, and Lucas Harrell, who the heck was not making the initial pitching rotation?! So many questions, and these only concern 1/30 of so many unanswered questions that were finally resolved just hours ago – or concerning Lowrie, minutes.

But I have my answers, and without further adieu, I present you my 2012 baseball predictions.

Instead of a three part production that many of my readers called an “essay” for better or worse, you’re getting a clean, neat, easy-to-read division by division prediction. Saving the best for last, let us (me) begin.

National League East
1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Atlanta Braves WC
3. Miami Marlins
4. Washington Nationals
5. New York Mets (more…)