Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MLB Midseason Report


Back on April 5th I posted "PlayBall" my MLB predictions for the year. now we are at the All-Star break, so I figured I'd take a look back and see how I'm doing and maybe tweak them a bit. My season ending predictions were;
AL East Yankees, AL Central Twins, AL West Angels, and the AL Wild card Red Sox. The team to watch is Tampa they will be fun this season and really have something to prove.

In the NL East Phillies, NL Central Cubs, NL West Dodgers look for the Cardinals to be the Wild card but they better watch out for the Diamond Backs.



The season as it stands right now

American League Regular Season Standings
Eastern Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Boston

54

34

-

.614

New York

51

37

3

.580

Tampa Bay

48

41

6.5

.539

Toronto

44

46

11

.489

Baltimore

40

48

14

.455







Central Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Detroit

48

39

-

.552

Chicago

45

43

3.5

.511

Minnesota

45

43

4

.506

Kansas City

37

51

11.5

.420

Cleveland

35

54

14

.393







Western Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Los Angeles

49

37

-

.570

Texas

48

39

1.5

.552

Seattle

46

42

4

.523

Oakland

37

49

12

.430








National League Regular Season Standings
Eastern Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Philadelphia

48

38

-

.558

Florida

46

44

4

.511

Atlanta

43

45

6

.489

New York

42

45

6.5

.483

Washington

26

61

22.5

.299







Central Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

St. Louis

49

42

-

.538

Milwaukee

45

43

2.5

.511

Houston

44

44

3.5

.500

Chicago

43

43

3.5

.500

Cincinnati

42

45

5

.483

Pittsburgh

38

50

9.5

.432


Western Division

Team

W

L

GB

Pct

Los Angeles

56

32

-

.636

San Francisco

49

39

7

.557

Colorado

47

41

9

.534

Arizona

38

51

18.5

.427

San Diego

36

52

20

.409








In the AL I'm not doing to bad with except 0f the Central division where the Detriot Tigers lead the division and the White Sox (3.5 games back)are a close second. I had the Twins but they are only 4 games back so it's still a toss up in my book.
Back in the East, early on Toronto had throw everyone for a hoop but their pitching staff slowly self destructed leading early on. Now many of their starters and bullpen are on the disable list leaving them sinking in the standings. Now the Roy Halladay watch is on to see where he ends up finishing the season. But as of right now the Red Sox and Yankees will continue to play leap frog in the East.
Way out West things are as expected, right now the Angels should seal it up, but Texas is going to keeping things very interesting and playing some good baseball. Seattle isn't that far back and have a lot of young talent it just a matter of seeing if they are mature enough to steal the division. For the AL Wildcard it just depends on where the Red Sox and Yankees finish their leap frogging at end of the season, peronally I still see the Red Sox with the Wild Card and Yankees with the division.

Now we head over to the NL; in the East it really could be anyone's game, however the Phillie's are expected to add Pedro Martinez to their pitching staff today or tomorrow. They are one of the teams I expected to make a run at Halladay. If they add both of those experienced pitchers to the staff everyone in the NL East might as well look to next season.
In the NL Central I had predicted that the Cubs would be on top, they are only 3.5 games back which is still do able, but the Cardinals have been very strong. You also may not want to rule out the Brewers. I don't know why I over looked them and they did make a run at things last year.They also have a lot of young talent like Seattle and Detroit, but they are in the chase being only 2.5 games back. Right there in the middle you also have Houston, but I really don't think they will be a factor heading in to the stretch.
Finally moving to the NL West it will be the Dodgers, period. Joe Torre is a great coach and Manny has been crazy since coming off of his suspension for steroids, (clearing my throat) I mean "band substances". Even when he was out the Dodgers were arguably the best team in baseball. I had thought Arizona would have been in the chase but now that they are 18.5 games back they can forget it. Since they lost their ace Brandon Webb for the rest of the season they will not have a chance in Hell. The final playoff spot in the NL is looking like it with be a fight between 4 teams; San Francisco, Colorado, Florida and Milwaukee, out of those 4 I like SFO but they need to add a bat.

So from now until the end of July it's just a matter of watching to see who will be moving where. The top prize right now if Roy Halladay and like I said Philadelphia might be his next residence. I don't think the Red Sox will make a run at him, but one never knows they may just to drive the price up. The Yankees, yes they could but I don't think that they have the talent that Toronto would demand in exchange. Another top catch would be Jake Peavy from San Diego, he was rumored to be on the move back in Febuary but he has a no trade clause so he has to approve the team, which he was reluctant to back then. But he's on the DL right now, with no time table which says he will be coming back anytime soon.
As for the batting cage, Colorado may be looking to move Garret Atkins(3B), Cleveland might be willing to give up Grady Siezmore(CF) or you could see Pittsburgh moving Freddy Sanchez(SS). I guess only time will tell if any of these guys are packing up the UHaul.

As for my two teams the Red Sox and Braves, The Braves desperatly need help in the bullpen if they are expected to go compete. The Red Sox only have a few weakness 3rd base and they could use maybe one more starter, with Dice-K on the DL and John Smoltz not working out as hoped. Enjoy the All-Star game tonight the AL should win once again, regular season games will continue on Thursday.


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