Friday, March 28, 2008

El Padrino's 2008 Beisbol Preview

NL EAST:

Mets (92-70) - I'm trying real hard to tone this down. Outside of Arizona the pitching staff is the best in the NL. Couple that with a powerful and fast lineup along with the bad taste of last year's "collapse" and you have one hell of a baseball team. Dogfight of a division, I agree but they will win the 2008 pennant and represent the NL in the show.
Player to watch: David Wright if only for the simple fact that he will win the NL MVP this year.

Braves (89-73) - I really love the 1-2 of Kelly Johnson and this cubano Escobar. Actually when I think about it, Rollins/Victorino & Reyes/Castillo & above mentioned will cause many problems across the NL. We know Chipper will take a couple of weeks off but is still a feared RBI man and Texeira is playing for a contract which, I think, will play out a bit better then it did for Ahn-druw Jones. Listen I hate the Braves ok, but I respect the shit out of them and never count them out until Sep 30th.
Player to watch: Yunel Escobar

Phils (85-77) - It can sound bitter from me but when most people refer to last year's division crown as a "gift" it has to ring a little true. The lineup is there. We know that. Can the pitching/bullpen hold up against the other two NL East teams and for that matter the rest of the NL?
Player to watch: Brad Lidge (when he comes off the DL)

Nationals (71-91) - God Bless Manny Acta. I saw their ballpark and it looks nice. So there's that. The issue I think is this : Odalis Perez, Jason Bergmann, John Lannan, Tim Redding and Matt Chico.
Player to watch: Ryan Zimmerman

Marlins (67-95) - Another year waiting for the young pitchers to "get it". Worse managed team in baseball, no? I don't get it, the talent that has passed through South Beach has been very good. With that said I think they are gonna win the World Series in the next 3 years. Right on schedule.
Player to watch: Andrew Miller

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs (89-73) - This division reminds me of a bowl of puke. It stinks. And the Cubs should take advantage of it. They have a nice lineup, a strong pitching staff and a great manager. Zambrano is going to really give Johan a run at that Cy Young award. I question the Wood thing, thought maybe he'd be better at setting up then closing but Marmol is not a bad fallback.
Player to watch : Fukudome

Milwaukee Brewers (81-81) - Just don't see an instant where they've improved from last year. They have 5 guys in the lineup who can strike out 100 times. And a couple of question marks. Can Dickie Weeks play 6 months of baseball? Will Braun avoid a sophmore slump? Is Ned Yost going to be able to out-coach Dusty, Tony and Sweet Lou? Can Sheets put together a 25+ start year? Also, Prince Fielder is a vegetarian now. I don't think this is something a man should say out loud, especially in Wisconsin. Will Miller Park feature a veggie sausage in the weenie races now?
Player to watch : Ryan Braun

Cincy Reds (80-82) - I say Dusty buys them 8 wins just on principal. Harang and Arroyo will keep them in some games and they have a closer now. Weathers is alot better at setup despite his age, he knows how to pitch. I think Dunn has a career year home run wise. I expect a 50 spot. They have a young kid who looks like he might be dynamite. Cuerto. Definetely a couple of good things happening in Cincy, we might see the Reds make some noise this year and be relevant in the future.
Player to watch : Jay Bruce

Houston Astros (75-87) - Good lord after Roy Oswalt there is nobody that will pitch for the Stros that sport a ERA under 4.5. The offense will be fine from what I can see. Pence might hit 30 HR's, weird looking kid but strong like ox. Tejada, Berkman, Lee, this team will be losing alot of 10-8 games.
Player to watch : Michael Bourne

Pittsburgh Pirates (70-92) - At least they are not last! A decent rotation and a decent pen. Bay will put up better numbers for sure. Seems like there are some pieces there for a future though, for a change.
Player to watch : Nate McClouth

St. Louis Cardinals (65-97) - Worst lineup in the bigs. And once Pujols realizes this he will not only get Tommy John surgery but will also get both kneecaps replaced just like Bruce Smith did when he was 35. I think LaRussa quits this year. He has that "Pat Riley" look in his eyes. Pitching is god awful too. Jeaz-a-loo even the Pirates are better.
Player to watch : Skip Shumacher ?

NL WEST

Colorado Rockies (90-72) - Something about going into camp knowing you can win. They return mostly everyone from that crazy run from last year. A closer than can get "pressure saves", a MVP canidate in Holliday and a franchise SS. Take into effect some serious home field advantage and I like their chances to win this division. They'll own the tiebreaker over those pitch happy Dbags.
Player to watch : Ubaldo Jimenez

Dbags (90 - 72) - Best rotation. Good collection of young talent, some on the verge of stardom (looking at you Upton, Young). If they put it together this year, it's a wrap. They'll win the whole thing. Lyons is a question mark at closer and that could result in a heartbreak in October. Last year they didn't score many runs so most save situations leave little room for error.

Player to watch : Justin Upton

L.A. Dodgers (89 - 73) - I love Loney and Kemp. They will be fine ballplayers. Torre > Little, that's obvious. Emergence of Billingsley will be huge. Furcal with a bounce back year for sure. I don't like Kent's age but he's not the only old guy that a team is hoping can last over the course of the year. Looks like it will shake down at the end with them on the outside looking in by a game. This west division race will be just as exciting as the east. Just more people will show up to the games in the East.
Player to watch : Matt Kemp


San Diego Padres (78-84) - There are just three teams that are better than them. Sure they have pitching but you aren't going to win 1-0 games all the time. I mean Scott fucking Hairston is your starting LF'er and your okay with that?

Player to watch : Chase Headley


San Francisco Giants (62-100) - Tony LaRussa sends Bochy a basket of fruit for saving his ass the embarrassment of having the worst team in baseball. Their september is looking like a 6-22 finish to the 2008 campaign. With nothing on the horizon, as their minor league cubbard is bear or bare.
Player to watch : Tim Lincecum


Playoffs

Mets over Dbags, Cubs over Rockies

Mets over Cubs


Mets over Indians

Editors note: For the sake of being a homer I tried not to pick the Mets but everytime I typed METS came onto the blank screen. That and putting DBAG over M*** or Cubs over M*** just causes too much pain. I'll just say I think an American League team will win, as a supplemental pick of course (Indians).

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tem said...

another solid MLB preview.

tem said...

also, WVU game was good enough for me. we lost, but we came back from 18 down in the first 10 minutes so that was nice.

alexander missing the free throw to put us up 1 with 10 seconds left might just make the team practice the sumbitches.

mega-me (smalligan) hardly played. WFT coach!!!??? Put me in!!!

tem said...

also i did think the refs were in Xaviers pocket. until towards end of regulation. then i decided that they just sucked.

tem said...

ok so now i am bored.

you're boring zoidberg.

steve said...

I Am All That Is Man

El Padrino said...

good game tem, tough loss
make your FT's

El Padrino said...

tech nerd

Return of the H said...

Mets will choke down the stretch

El Padrino said...

so original

tem said...

really just needed to make our 3 pointers.

1-11 isn't going to win.

more FTs made would have helped obviously, but it was the 3 ball that kilt us.

El Padrino said...

the real bacon cookie recipe, use this one

blue said...

yeah, Alexander missing that FT at the end has to sting a little

El Padrino said...

live by the 3 die by the 3

tem said...

FMLB:

I got meiz's check.

I see no objections so far to the trade that is out there. I'm clearing it later this afternoon if nobody objects. Sooner if lots of people chime in with "it is ok" or something similar.

tem said...

no shame in the loss last night.

bring on spring football!

blue said...

shame

blue said...

they lost to a team from OH...IO

El Padrino said...

no shame, huggy had a good run

tem said...

no shame.

next year will be better.

they set the bar high though for next year.

elite 8 or bust next year.

tem said...

i might stick huggy bear on the Maj's head for a bit.

tem said...

***on the Maj's body that is

El Padrino said...

two headed undermmaj!

Return of the H said...

"so original"

I know it wasn't, but I'm just trying to get on your nerves EP

El Padrino said...

wont happen
it's friday

blue said...

it's FRIIIIIIIIIDAY!!!!!!1

tem said...

friday's are nice

tem said...

its wallday

blue said...

so their getting new carpet in our office, and the carpet guys are supposed to be finished with our section by 5 am...well it's almost 8am here and they're only about halfway done...

i might just go home

blue said...

unfortunately, my office was one of the first places that they did, so i have no excuses

El Padrino said...

so far tps does not realize it's friday

bitch better recognize

blue said...

i have my review today...i'm not planning on mentioning the job hunt

El Padrino said...

good call

blue said...

brett favre is coming back for "one more year"

blue said...

tem

give me one of your pitchers

El Padrino said...

TP i'd like one of your 1basemens, preferably Morneau

blue said...

what would it take to get Beckett or Webb or Bedard from Tem?

blue said...

nevermind, i'm gonna just go with shitty pitching

iamresurrected said...

top of the morning

El Padrino said...

i wish i would banged a couple of my teachers

blue said...

"Struggling to work out a trade, it appeared late Thursday the Rockies were going to bring back Rule 5 pick Steven Register from the Mets"

blue said...

since I know EP cares

tem said...

my pitchers will all get hurt. don't worry.

tem said...

i only had 1 teacher that was bang worthy.

JFreak said...

High school prank

JFreak said...

Today's office dare

Comes up with a new challenge every day to do in your office.

blue said...

so does freak try and do the office dare to his mom every day or something?

El Padrino said...

"i only had 1 teacher that was bang worthy."

i had a few, 4 or 5

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

I'm telling you, Brewers win 85-90 games. The bullpen is way better even with the loss of CoCo.

Doug Melvin Yost-Proofed the pen

blue said...

85 seems about right for the brewers

blue said...

a couple games over .500

El Padrino said...

"I'm telling you, Brewers win 85-90 games. The bullpen is way better even with the loss of CoCo."

Gagne and Mota, unless Gagne goes back to 2003 form and Mota goes back on the roids they will account for about 10 losses

El Padrino said...

and i feel like a good picther can shut that lineup down meiz

El Padrino said...

your also discounting that the reds are not pushover this year

blue said...

the reds stink

tem said...

i always thought i got shortchanged in the hot teacher department.

even the bang worthy one was not that great.

tem said...

blue you can trade for bronson arroyo.

blue said...

i never had any hot teachers...maybe one, and she ended up getting pregnant the year I had her...so at least she put out.

tem said...

hush you with the brett favre returning talk.

blue said...

bronson arroyo is a red...the reds stink..no thanks

Keith S said...

"I Am All That Is Man"

Um, you are tied for 1st

blue said...

i'll pick some guys up off of waivers once the new week starts

Keith S said...

Reds have better pitching than the Rox

blue said...

keep telling yourself that keith

Keith S said...

Shamhoff - Mets win NL & Wright is MVP

EP - Mets win NL & Wright is MVP

Shamhoff = EP???

blue said...

the reds #4 starter is a guy the rockies got rid of

blue said...

el padford

Keith S said...

I'm telling you that.

El Padrino said...

i dont pay attention shamoff or his ridiculous blog entries

it's a freak coincidence

Keith S said...

"the reds #4 starter is a guy the rockies got rid of"

The Mets got rid of Kazmir and he's better than everyone in their rotation except Johan.

El Padrino said...

and picking the mets to win the east is a chalk pick

Keith S said...

And the Reds rotation is Harang, Arroyo, Belisle, Volquez, & Cueto. I don't think any of them ever pitched for Colorado.

El Padrino said...

"The Mets got rid of Kazmir and he's better than everyone in their rotation except Johan"

leave me alone

tem said...

if shamoff and el pad turned out to be the same person it would be a bigger twist than finding out who Keyser Soze was.

Keith S said...

I love using Kazmir in any debate.

blue said...

"The Mets got rid of Kazmir and he's better than everyone in their rotation except Johan."

no, they traded kazmir, there's a difference

tem said...

HUNGRY

Keith S said...

EP = Shamhoff is CoLoV

Keith S said...

By trading him, they got rid of him.

blue said...

so you're saying this is wrong keith?

Keith S said...

Either that's wrong, or this is.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"Gagne and Mota, unless Gagne goes back to 2003 form and Mota goes back on the roids they will account for about 10 losses"

Not buying it. 2008 pen is much better than 2007

El Padrino said...

"EP = Shamhoff is CoLoV"

and not amusing

El Padrino said...

wwl sucks

Keith S said...

It's somewhat amusing

blue said...

how about this one, is it wrong too?

Keith S said...

I don't really think that Cincy's pitching is that good. I was just starting shit.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"and i feel like a good picther can shut that lineup down meiz"

Fortunately, the NL Central has only 2 1/2 of those.

Harang, Oswalt, the Zamboni.


"your also discounting that the reds are not pushover this year"

They will be. Dusty Baker.

blue said...

i know..i don't think the rockies pitching is very good, especially after you get past the first 3 guys

Keith S said...

Dusty Baker >>> Ned Yost

Keith S said...

But Baker may lead to Harang getting Tommy John surgery

El Padrino said...

Fortunately, the NL Central has only 2 1/2 of those.

Lily pad and Richie Hill are solid
then there is the 6 times you play every other NL team....silly man

El Padrino said...

baker will dog Yost

blue said...

dusty baker...ahahaha this isnt 1994

El Padrino said...

Baker >> Yost

i dont care what year it is

El Padrino said...

Tools

blue said...

I guess i missed all the spectacular seasons that dusty baker led the cubs to

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"Dusty Baker >>> Ned Yost"

Now I'm not going to argue Nedly's merits as a manager, because he's a moron. But, he does have as many titles as Dusty.

blue said...

barry bonds isn't walking through that door for dusty

El Padrino said...

Jessica Simpson's mother claims her daughter has secretly remarried....

blue said...

i saw that on the news this morning EP

El Padrino said...

"I guess i missed all the spectacular seasons that dusty baker led the cubs to"

Steve Bartman

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"Lily pad and Richie Hill are solid"

Lilly sucks. Hill sucks.


"then there is the 6 times you play every other NL team....silly man"

Not true. Unbalanced schedule. And if you do play every other team 6 times, how many times do you think you run into the #1? Once? Twice?

blue said...

but the METS have 5 #1's

blue said...

I think mama simpson was just trying to trick the media..the funniest part of this story to me is that Jessica Simpson was eating at Chilis with her mom.

blue said...

i wonder if she got the baby back ribs

El Padrino said...

"Lilly sucks. Hill sucks."

pretty sure the cubs led the league in strikeouts and team era last year

someone look it up (speaking of that we need a statboy here at lov)

El Padrino said...

"Not true. Unbalanced schedule. And if you do play every other team 6 times, how many times do you think you run into the #1? Once? Twice?"

all i said was a good pitcher can shut them down, not an ace or #1

blue said...

you guys will have to agree to disagree i guess

El Padrino said...

"but the METS have 5 #1's"

you aint keef

El Padrino said...

Israelis pray to a *wall

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

The Cubs' staff had 37 more Ks than Milwaukee. Woo fucking hoo.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"you guys will have to agree to disagree i guess"

I will not have my team written off this year.

JFreak said...

"The Cubs' staff had 37 more Ks than Milwaukee. Woo fucking hoo."

I guess they did make a difference, ya know.

I mean, the Cubs made the playoffs and the Brewers didn't.

Seems like a pretty big deal.

Tyler said...

Viva Cesar Chavez!

JFreak said...

blue, did you convince you friend to take you instead of his son?

El Padrino said...

"I will not have my team written off this year"

i completely understand

JFreak said...

you = your

El Padrino said...

T, viva me-hee-ko

blue said...

how did the cubs do in said playoffs?

blue said...

"blue, did you convince you friend to take you instead of his son?"

no, the bastard

JFreak said...

I was just happy the Cubs made the playoffs.

They finished last in the central in '06. The turnaround was great.

This year, I expect/hope for a playoff series win.

JFreak said...

And finishing 8 out 30 is better than finishing 13 out of 30.

El Padrino said...

Mathematically, yes.

blue said...

not really 8th though because San Diego and the Mets both had better records

blue said...

but optimism is always appreciated

JFreak said...

Mets and Pods didn't make the playoffs.

They are therefore relegated to positions behind all of those that did make the playoffs.

blue said...

that's like saying the Hawks are better than the nuggets because they're in the playoffs

JFreak said...

NBA has double the teams in the playoffs that the MLB does.

Making a comparison between their playoff teams is silly.

blue said...

all i'm saying is that the only reason the cubs made the playoffs is because of a ridiulous old-fashioned rule that they won their "division"

El Padrino said...

today i dine with the General

JFreak said...

Not too old-fashioned...

It only started in 1969.

Compared to other traditions in baseball, it's a baby.

JFreak said...

"The Milwaukee Brewers are the only team to have not played in the NLCS."

El Padrino said...

yikes

blue said...

that's not really true, the yankees have never played in the NLCS

blue said...

and considering that the brewers were an AL team until a few years ago..that makes sense

JFreak said...

"The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are the only American League teams to never appear in an ALCS."

Thomas said...

Red Sox never played in the NLCS

Thomas said...

tem is slow on the trigger today.

Thomas said...

and has a goofy ass name and no pic.

wft.

tem said...

this should be better.

tem said...

forgot that if i sign into gmail before coming here it uses my gmail account instead of my yahoo! one.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"today i dine with the General"

Nice

JFreak said...

"Red Sox never played in the NLCS"

That's funny because the Red Sox aren't in the National League and couldn't play in the NLCS.

tem said...

hence the brewers aren't the only team to not play in the NLCS.

The Indiana Pacers never played in the NLCS either.

blue said...

you didn't quantify the brewers as the only NL team to not play in the NLCS, you just said they were the only team...to which thomas and I have both offered up examples of teams that have not played in the NLCS.

tem said...

some 16yr old in brazil admitted to killing 12 people.

i think he was going for a record. he had a good start.

JFreak said...

blame wiki.

I quoted it from the bible.

tem said...

then we are wrong.

tem said...

the red sox, yankees and pacers all played in the NLCS.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

"The Milwaukee Brewers are the only team to have not played in the NLCS."

The Brewers have been in the NL for a whopping 10 years.

JFreak said...

And yet, it isn't any less true.

blue said...

the cubs haven't won a world series in 100 years

JFreak said...

The Diamondbacks have been in the NL for 10 years and they've won an NLCS.

blue said...

freak is a baseball historian...he should get a job with elias

El Padrino said...

maybe he can be our statboy

tem said...

maybe he is elias.

JFreak said...

I'll be lov's tony realli.

do i get paid?

El Padrino said...

"do i get paid?"

only if i get paid for my writing

so no, you will be complimented though, from time to time

tem said...

you guys don't get paid?

blue said...

tem just got a check yesterday for his writing skillz

blue said...

speaking of which, my check is in the mail today...so however long it take to get to colombus

tem said...

seemingly it takes like 6 days to get here from anywhere.

blue said...

it takes longer to get to colombus than it does to columbus

blue said...

i figured that if I waited until today to send it, you'd get it sooner than if I sent it last monday.

blue said...

my review is over with...i had read it beforehand so no surprises.

we don't find out our raises until next week, and they'll be ridiculously low, i'm sure.

JFreak said...

tem, did you get mine yet?

seems like i sent it forever ago.

JFreak said...

"only if i get paid for my writing"

I working on making this happen.

Stay tuned.

tem said...

not yet freak.

probably get here today.

Keith S said...

On this day in 1992...

In the NCAA basketball East Regional final at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Christian Laettner of Duke leaped and caught a 75-foot inbounds pass and sank a last-second basket to propel the Blue Devils into the Final Four with a 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky.

blue said...

i almost forgot to go to lunch

Keith S said...

Did you get my check? I haven't sent it yet.

tem said...

not yet.

tem said...

blue gets a cola raise.

Keith S said...

Blue's boss will give him a raise.

tem said...

this morning went quickly.

this afternoon is a drag.

tem said...

you got that backwards keith.

tem said...

blue gives his boss a raise.

JFreak said...

"Blue's boss will give him a raise."

"you got that backwards keith."

.esiar a mih evig lliw ssov s'eulB

???

tem said...

voss?

Keith S said...

silly

JFreak said...

shh.

JFreak said...

I think I'm gonna grill up some burgers.

tem said...

oasis sang wonderwall

Keith S said...

NYC has the most #1 pitchers.

Keith S said...

"oasis sang wonderwall"

And Champagne Supernova

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

NYC has the best sewers in America

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

The Miller Oasis is a key location at Summerfest

tem said...

Miller makes Miller Lite.

El Padrino said...

"NYC has the best sewers in America"

this is actually a troof

Keith S said...

They're all troofs

Keith S said...

I hope I never come across a chuck*wall(a)

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

How 'bout this weather

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

I eat chuckwalla

Keith S said...

Our weather is pretty good, but it's pales in regard to the weather in NYC.

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

NYC weather is the cream of the crop

tem said...

you mean the Metro Area right?

El Padrino said...

weather sucks here

tem said...

because it is the whole metro area that is awesome.

El Padrino said...

for the most part anyway

tem said...

sniper

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