Monday, April 06, 2009

2009 NL Season Preview

This preview will be more legit than EP’s AL preview. I won’t have teams from the same division playing in the Division Series.

NL East
Mess (98-64) - I’m not proud of this. But it’s their time. They fixed their biggest weakness, the bullpen. And they don’t have to think about their manager being fired all year.
Marlins (86-76) - Young, good talent. They have some good arms, Hanley & Uggla is one of the top double-play combos in the bigs. They just aren’t ready for the playoffs yet.
Phillies (82-80) - Sorry, Rev, you’ll just have to be happy with 2008. Bad pitching, good hitting.
Braves (77-85) - Good pitching, real bad hitting. At least they’re not the team below.
Nationals (71-91) - Good God, what happened to this team. Remember when they were going to win the World Series in ’94? That was fun.

Thoughts on the NL East: I really didn’t want to have to pick the Mess. But I want this to be a legit preview with no bias. The Mess are solid, save for 1 or 2 spots in the rotation. But they can throw anyone in that #5 spot and they’ll be better off than with anything they had in the ‘pen last year. Right now fatty Livan is the #5 guy, but they have a couple of young guys (Holt, Niese) who could end up there before the All-Star break. The hitting lineup is obviously the strength of this team. And they have to be happy to not have to hit in Shea anymore. Expect big numbers from Wright & Beltran this year.
Marlins are obviously real young, but they have loads of talent. Hanley is going to love moving from leadoff to the 3 spot in the lineup. The one problem that this team has is that they have a lot of guys who get hurt too much, especially pitchers. I don’t think they have enough depth to be able to overcome that. But if they can get some consistency at the top of the order, they will be able to put up a lot of runs with Hanley, Cantu, & Uggla in the middle of the order. Biggest question mark on this team is the bullpen. Phillies and Braves are going to struggle to compete for the division this season. Hamels’ elbow could be a factor this season. And if it is, the rest of the rotation consists of Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, and Chan Ho Park. Fucking gross. They will need to score 1200 runs with that group of retards. Atlanta has the opposite problem that Philly has. Their rotation is alright, it’s their lineup that is not real impressive. Lowe & Vazquez aren’t true aces, but in a pitcher’s park they can each win 15 games with a sub-4 ERA. The Nationals are just truly terrible. They probably won’t compete for a while. They have some good young guys in the lineup, but their rotation and bullpen are hot garbage. Bottom line: The Mess have 2 years of choking in September on their minds. Now that they have better talent in the bullpen, they should be able to close it out this year. I hope the Marlins can stay in the race at least until late August. If so, they can maybe give the Mess a little scare.

NL Central
Cubs (100-62) - One of the top 3 teams in baseball, talent wise. But curses can be a bitch, you.
Cardinals (91-71) - Playoff berth rests on the elbow/shoulder of Chris Carpenter
Reds (80-82) - They’re gonna be neck and neck with the Brewers for 3rd this year. I only put them ahead of Milwaukee because I have a bet with mize.
Brewers (79-83) - Is Braun’s oblique going to be a problem his whole career?
Astros (70-92) - Their best pitcher pitched in the WBC. And Mike Hampton is the #3 starter. Nuf ced.
Pirates (68-94) - Terrible team. Terrible city. Terrible uniforms.

Thoughts on the NL Central: This year is the Cubs’ year. 101 years of futility, gone. Hahahaha, I keed. I just wanted to see what that sounded like. I like this roster, though. And I’m a big fan of Piniella. The lineup improved a little with the addition of Bradley, if he can stay healthy enough to play at least 2/3 of the season (AHIIK). The rotation is probably as deep as any in the NL. And the switch from Wood to Gregg is basically a wash, except the fact that Wood was loved in Chi-town. But they were smart not to give him $10mm for a year. I have the Cards in 2nd based strictly on the fact that I think that Carpenter stays healthy the whole year. If he doesn’t they could drop down a little. They have a solid 1-5 in the lineup. And Greene will be a minor upgrade at SS. The rotation is led by Carpenter, and has 4 guys who could win 13-14 games. Having a rookie in the closer’s role is a little scary. Reds & Brewers will fight for 3rd. I don’t like the Brewers rotation at all, sans Yovani. And their closers are Villanueva and Hoffman. If I spoke Spanish, I might understand. Brewers have a better lineup than Cincy, though. But we all know that good pitching is better to have than good hitting. Astros and Pirates will be in a dog fight to stay out of the cellar. I don’t even like thinking about either of these teams because I hate the taste of vomit. Bottom line: This division belongs to Chicago right now. St. Louis will take the Wild Card spot, but the rest of the division is pretty weak. If Carpenter gets hurt, though, Chicago could win this division by 20 games.

NL West
Giants (83-79) - This is my surprise pick. Every year one team has to step up and perform above their heads. Last year it was Tampa. This year it’s the Giants.
Dodgers (82-80 - Martin, Manny, Kemp. Mucho bueno.
Dbags (78-84) - Webb & Haren can't carry them. Especially with that terrible bullpen.
Rockies (73-89) - Todd Helton is still alive? Who knew that the strength of the Rockies could ever be their starting pitching?
Padres (71-91) - Hey, at least they live in San Diego.

Thoughts on the NL West: This is probably the worst division in baseball, again. I like San Fran to surprise some people this year. They have some young guys in the rotation, and they will get to work with the Big Unit for a full season. He’ll take all the pressure off of them with his quest to win #300 early in the year. I know he’ll get hurt at some point, but he’ll be a good influence on those guys.
(Side note): Speaking of 300 wins, Randy Johnson might be the last guy we ever see win 300. The next closest active pitcher is Jamie Moyer with 246. CC Sabathia is the only pitcher under 30 with more than 100 wins (117). Just thought that was interesting.
Back to the preview…Giants have some good young hitters, and Renteria will be a bit of an upgrade over Vizquel. Sandoval is going to rake this year. I’d have the Dodgers winning this division if they had better pitching. Billingsley is solid, but has had some groin problems this spring. Kuroda is just ok, and I think Kershaw needs another year. They have one of the top 3-4-5 trios in baseball, though. Dbacks are probably a year away. They have probably the top 1-2 punch in baseball with Webb/Haren. But the rest of the rotation isn’t much, especially with Scherzer starting the season on the DL. I don’t think this year will be Upton’s breakout year, but he’ll take step forward from last year. Rockies & Padres will battle for the 4/5 spots. Neither team has anything worth talking about.

Hardware

NL MVP: Albert Pujols (boring, I know)
NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum
NL ROY: Cameron Maybin

How it will go down

NLDS: Mess over Cards, Cubs over Giants
NLCS: Mess over Cubs
WS: Mess over Twins

Let the insufferableness begin…

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spaceman spiff said...

nice work

El Padrino said...

suite preview keefer

El Padrino said...

phillies are in last place

hahahahahahahahahahaaa

El Padrino said...

cincy, oh
39 degrees / snow showers


suite

El Padrino said...

i never understood why mlb cant scehdule the east coast teams anywhere other than bad weather cities

or at least put them in domes
i figured it out, you can easily do it

only problem is one AL team would have to open up in a potentially shitty weather town

El Padrino said...

i'm smrt

El Padrino said...

and talking to myself

again

tem said...

i'm still freaking sick.

tem said...

i'm getting old.

i've nerve been sick for this long before with a stupid fucking cold.

i've nerve been sick this long with anything other than mental issues.

El Padrino said...

tem you dont have a cold is your still sick

have you seen a doctor?

tem said...

i saw one on tv, does that count?

tem said...

i watched Road House this weekend and Gangs of New York.

Gangs of New York was very boring for about an hour.

tem said...

i also watched some other movies, but I had seen them all before.

Nerve seen Road House or Gangs of New York before.

El Padrino said...

OPENING DAY!!!!

who is pumped!

tem said...

good for who.

tem said...

i bet most first basemen are pumped.

tem said...

so that Paris chick is going to repay the school now that her team lost in the chick's NCAAs?

tem said...

by the by good post keef.

El Padrino said...

chick ncaa talk is a no-no

El Padrino said...

tom izzo is the better

Blue said...

so was the bravos clubbing of philly because of the bad pitching of the phils, or the bad hitting of the braves?

Blue said...

not sure if this was mentioned over the weekend because my interweb was down.


does anyone know where they are playing the final four this year?

tem said...

i think they are playing it at Izzo's house. like the court in his backyard or something.

Blue said...

oh, ok.

didn't know if the announcers mentioned it.

Blue said...

i did see that earvin was wearing a better fitting shirt.

El Padrino said...

derek lowe, oof

tem said...

i think the announcers said something about it, you know, in passing.

Blue said...

i need to put a reminder on my calendar to set my lineup everyday

tem said...

what line up?

Blue said...

all fantasies

El Padrino said...

thrid girl wins by a country mile

tem said...

carrie underwood is dating some hockey player.

El Padrino said...

old news

tem said...

it was news to me. i don't live in NYC, so I don't know these things.

El Padrino said...

true

El Padrino said...

The Braves will retire Greg Maddux’s No. 31 at home on July 17.

tem said...

old news

tem said...

wall city

El Padrino said...

bosox game cxled


mi idea looks better and better

Blue said...

carrie underwood is dating some hockey player...he plays for the same team that hillary duff's boyfriend plays for.

i know nothing bout hockey

El Padrino said...

What is the Ottawa Senators?

I'll take obscure sports for $400 Alex.

Blue said...

"bosox game cxld"

operation "fuck boston" is in full effect.

El Padrino said...

and so it begins...

see that some groomsmen of thomas brady shot at paparazo at thier little nuptials in costa rica?

spaceman spiff said...

blue are you gonna do power ranking this year

spaceman spiff said...

beff was rubbing one out during last night's game. hope cmkod was not watching, kod says that's a no-no

Blue said...

i haven't decided if power rankings are going to be done.

if folks think they're worthwile, i'll hit em up. They don't take long.

El Padrino said...

nails gonna be homeless

Blue said...

"see that some groomsmen of thomas brady shot at paparazo at thier little nuptials in costa rica?"

costa rica means "the rich coast"

spaceman spiff said...

"if folks think they're worthwile, i'll hit em up. They don't take long."

do it

El Padrino said...

anything to jump start this limp dick blog

Blue said...

there are 2 leagues this year...that means 2 posts/week.

Blue said...

my post per week ration* is doubling

Blue said...

i want double the money

spaceman spiff said...

"i want double the money"

done

Blue said...

suite

Keith S said...

WFT is all this snow? It's April

Keith S said...

Reports: Miller rejects Arizona to stay at Xavier


hahahaha, IN YOU FACE, Tucson

spaceman spiff said...

"Holliday "is ridiculously strong. He is unbelievable. The balls he hits, and the weight he throws around in the weight room is amazing. And he's ever better now after working with Mark [McGwire] this winter. He's shorter to the ball. There's no telling what he's capable of here.""

rut-roh?

Blue said...

tucson does not care

Keith S said...

ever better is suite

El Padrino said...

mickey rourke knocked out jericho

El Padrino said...

zach randolph drives drunk alot

Blue said...

yeah, the mark mac story was linked by EP a few weeks ago.

I didn't understand why Holliday would take instruction from a career .260 hitter.

unless it was instruction on where to use the needle so nobody will see the trackmarks.

Meiz said...

Keeping track of 5 fantasy teams is already a pain in the ass. 1 or 2 of them will suffer horribly until I move. Then, they will all suffer horribly.

El Padrino said...

Woe arrived.

El Padrino said...

meix how many of those are for money?

tem said...

i am not hungry.

damn illness.

Keith S said...

"Woe arrived."

aitch

Blue said...

why will they all suffer when you move?

because exgfmeiz was the brains behind the operation?

Meiz said...

mickey rourke fake knocked out jericho



*fixed

Keith S said...

EP's motherland is shook

El Padrino said...

bought the biggest leg of lamb i found from the butcher saturday

wife's stank face was glorious after showing her that

El Padrino said...

i hope my peoples are ok

Blue said...

couldn't get my fucking palm leaves to light on fire yesterday in the snow...

Meiz said...

"couldn't get my fucking palm leaves to light on fire yesterday in the snow..."


What?

Keith S said...

"so was the bravos clubbing of philly because of the bad pitching of the phils, or the bad hitting of the braves?"

4 runs isn't really "clubbing"

Blue said...

palm sunday...athiest

Blue said...

i says clubbing

spaceman spiff said...

"4 runs isn't really "clubbing""

for the braves it is

Meiz said...

ah, palm sunday

Keith S said...

Palm Sunday isn't the day of masturbation?

Keith S said...

I beat tem in FNBA. Suite

Meiz said...

That would be Rosy Palm sunday

Keith S said...

Ah, I get those 2 confused

Meiz said...

I know, its cornfuzing. I hope you weren't 'batin in a church yesterday. I made that mistake in 7th grade. It wasn't pretty.

El Padrino said...

demon

El Padrino said...

mets/marlins
pirates/astros
cardinals/padres
cubs/dbacks
rockies/dodgers
reds/brewers
nationals/giants
phillies/braves

that's how it should be

tem said...

"I beat tem in FNBA. Suite"

#1 seeds never win.

El Padrino said...

yankees/bluejays
orioles/tampa
red sox/rangers
tigers/twins
white sox/seattle (might be shitty)
kansas city/oakland
indians/angels

tem said...

twinkies going outdoor soon though

tem said...

el pad's issue solves the first 5 days of the season.

what's the next 25 while the weather is still shitty?

El Padrino said...

"what's the next 25 while the weather is still shitty? "

6 game homestand with two travel days, that's 8 days, by mid april hoepfully the weather is better

tem said...

" by mid april hoepfully the weather is better"

it isn't.

tem said...

it is a solid start though.

El Padrino said...

easy negative nancy

it's an idea

El Padrino said...

sloshy outfield in cincy

El Padrino said...

hope johans changeup works in 40 degree weather

Keith S said...

"what's the next 25 while the weather is still shitty? "


Snow only lasts until April 12th.

El Padrino said...

and the twins building an outdoor baseball stadium is dumb

and i know we've all harped on this but it needs mentioning, especially today

El Padrino said...

no matter what the score is today tem, no worries, as pirates ALWAYS WIN

tem said...

"Snow only lasts until April 12th."

i did not get this memo.

tem said...

"easy negative nancy

it's an idea"

a good idear...you need to add more to it.

El Padrino said...

farrah fawcett might die

tem said...

i guarantee she will.

tem said...

she is no Highlander.

spaceman spiff said...

beisbol

El Padrino said...

beisbol CHUB

*fixed

tem said...

from cnn.com...apparently this lady doesn't really know what the apocalypse is:

" In just 30 seconds, an earthquake devastated the historic city of L'Aquila, Italy, killing 92 people and leaving thousands homeless. "It was the apocalypse," Maria Francesco told AFP. "


i do not think the apocalypse kills only 92 people.

El Padrino said...

tem stop picking on my titi

El Padrino said...

beltran, MVP national league

believe it

spaceman spiff said...

"
i do not think the apocalypse kills only 92 people."

she is eye-talian, she thinks the town she lives in is the only town on earf

spaceman spiff said...

"beltran, MVP national league

believe it"

relax

El Padrino said...

i cant, i'm pumped

spaceman spiff said...

beltran isnt even MVP of the mess

spaceman spiff said...

canseco thinks manny is on the failed test list that arod was on

El Padrino said...

your wright about that spiff

tem said...

manny probably is on the list.

El Padrino said...

manny is too dumb to take steroids

kodiac said...

and the twins building an outdoor baseball stadium is dumb

yes!! If you're spending all of that money for a new stadium, why not go all out and get a retractable roof? Makes 0 sense to me. It's 35 degrees right now in Minneapolis; that's gotta be fun for everybody

spaceman spiff said...

fuck you wright, sacrifice would have done

El Padrino said...

wright's gotta make that happen

El Padrino said...

someone is having a seizure or something

tem said...

manny is too dumb to take steroids.

nope, he is so dumb that there is like a 100% chance he took them and didn't really know it.

Meiz said...

Mets already getting shellacked

El Padrino said...

?

Meiz said...

it was a joke

El Padrino said...

oh, hilarious

El Padrino said...

ryan church, fighting sheffield

spaceman spiff said...

"nope, he is so dumb that there is like a 100% chance he took them and didn't really know it."

agreed. tem is now a scientist

El Padrino said...

but manny's numbers have never changed

El Padrino said...

and his swing is the same since he was a chubby latin kid in clevland hitting 450 ft bombs

tem said...

"but manny's numbers have never changed"

must still be on roids then.

spaceman spiff said...

xavier guy changed his mind, taking zona job, keef retract your 'in you face tuscon'

Blue said...

in de face keeth....!!!!

spaceman spiff said...

jinx time, johan throwing a NO NO

spaceman spiff said...

there is a no hitter currently taking place

spaceman spiff said...

johan santana has allowed no hits through 3 innings

JFreak said...

How many hits has Johan allowed?

spaceman spiff said...

zero, zip, zilch

spaceman spiff said...

all my fantasy players in play are sucking

JFreak said...

Wow, that's like the makings of a no-hitter, right?

Now isn't that something.

tem said...

has there ever been an opening day no hitter?

spaceman spiff said...

yea possible no hitter, only 16 batters to go

spaceman spiff said...

benching clifton lee appears to be a good choice, too bad none of the rangers on my team are partaking

JFreak said...

That's too bad, it's not a no-hitter anymore.

JFreak said...

"has there ever been an opening day no hitter?"

yes.

tem said...

i have 2 players on the DL already.

tem said...

"yes."


please provide more info. thanks and regards.

spaceman spiff said...

"That's too bad, it's not a no-hitter anymore."

yes, tragedy

El Padrino said...

white jesus broke up the no hitter

spaceman spiff said...

no shit

JFreak said...

"please provide more info. thanks and regards."

more info

tem said...

i learnt stuff

Blue said...

is 'don't mess with the Johan' doing good yet?

spaceman spiff said...

'backup' outfielder went yard

Blue said...

fuck, walk a few more guys johan

El Padrino said...

dan murphy means business

El Padrino said...

beltran gonna finish harang off right now

tem said...

looking at 3rd strikes usually doesn't finish pitchers off.

tem said...

unless it is the end of the game.

JFreak said...

Razor Shines used to play for the Indianapolis Indians.

El Padrino said...

white jesus is on fire

gunned wright at home

spaceman spiff said...

wright is being ghey today

tem said...

it's too cold to run fast.

Meiz said...

SOMEBODY FIND THAT BACKUP OUTFIELDER A SPOT IN THE LINEUP.

He's dyanmite!

tem said...

HE HAS NOWHERE ELSE TO GO

tem said...

if he is a backup why is he starting on opening day?

El Padrino said...

because he's not

El Padrino said...

michah owings

stop it dusty

Blue said...

my head hurts.

kodiac said...

no Mets pitcher has ever thrown a no-hitter, at least, while they were pitching for the Mets.

-I bet Johan ends that streak eventually

El Padrino said...

i agree kodiac

Meiz said...

"I bet Johan ends that streak eventually"


I highly doubt that. The Mets are destined to never have a no-hitter

tem said...

i bet he continues that streak.

Blue said...

i bet he doesn't end that streak today

Meiz said...

Good looking older lady in here wearing tight stretchy pants was just doing an array of stretches. I think I felt my pants move

tem said...

she comes there to work out?

tem said...

she must not have anywhere else to go.

tem said...

my fantasy pitchers have yet to give up a run, or even a hit, and have not walked anyone yet.

El Padrino said...

tem is jinxing himself?

tem said...

well they haven't even pitched yet.

tem said...

well one did yesterday, but that didn't count.

Blue said...

my fantasy pitchers were all pitching shutouts the last i checked...at least ERA shutouts.

tem said...

oh, i guess yesterday did count.

didn't know that.

spaceman spiff said...

"I think I felt my pants move"

shit your pants?

spaceman spiff said...

looks like we get to see putz and bb rod, see if the name on the jersey affects them

tem said...

they are probably used to having their names on their jerseys by now.

spaceman spiff said...

not in those colors

spaceman spiff said...

jeff garcia to the raiders, hilarity

tem said...

clev signed the hotdog guy to pitch?

spaceman spiff said...

yes, he was there last year too

El Padrino said...

Dear Prospective Giants Season Ticket Holder:

As a valued member of the New York Giants Season Ticket wait-list, you are now eligible to purchase Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs) for the new stadium and become a New York Giants Season Ticket Holder beginning in 2010.


thanks but no thanks

tem said...

ha, you will buy them.

El Padrino said...

i aint doing no psl

spaceman spiff said...

white jesus gonna hit a game tying bomb off bb rod next inning

spaceman spiff said...

psl this

spaceman spiff said...

almost

spaceman spiff said...

time

spaceman spiff said...

a

spaceman spiff said...

bolder

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