2014 MLB Predictions

I’m back once again for my 2014 MLB predictions. Last year I was correct on 8/30 of the standings and had the win/loss record correct on 3/30 considering Texas played a wild card game. Here are my predictions for the 2014 season. As always, feel free to comments your thoughts or suggestions on the standings.

AL East

NL East

Team

Wins

Losses

Team

Wins

Losses

 Boston

90

72

Washington

92

70

Tampa Bay

84

78

Atlanta

86

76

New York Y.

81

81

Miami

77

85

Toronto

79

83

Philadelphia

77

85

Baltimore

75

87

New York M.

71

91

AL Central

NL Central

Team

Wins

Losses

Team

Wins

Losses

Detroit

94

68

Pittsburgh

89

73

Kansas City

87

75

St. Louis

84

78

Cleveland

85

77

Cincinnati

82

80

Chicago W.

78

84

Milwaukee

77

85

Minnesota

71

91

Chicago C.

72

90

AL West

NL West

Team

Wins

Losses

Team

Wins

Losses

Texas

85

77

Los Angeles D.

95

67

Oakland

83

79

San Francisco

87

75

Los Angeles A.

82

81

Colorado

83

79

Seattle

76

86

Arizona

80

82

Houston

73

89

San Diego

75

87

 

 

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MLB Facts You Didn’t Know

These are not so much facts on Major League Baseball as it is on the athletes participating in it. I love learning about a player or a team. You know, that piece of info you can “WOW” your friends with. I find myself learning lots of new stuff from watching a baseball game. Major League commentators are overflowing with information they want to fit into conversation. I have lots of info that you didn’t know or didn’t think of about baseball and ballplayers.

Did you know that the average MLB, nine inning game is less than 10 minutes. Think about it.

Evan Gattis: The 27-year-old Braves rookie has many jobs before he returned to baseball in 2010. He was a night janitor, ski-resort worker, pizza man and worked at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Ben Zobrist: Tampa Bay’s infielder and former teammate Gabe Gross used to organize Bible studies with teammates. Zobrist also chooses not to drink, smoke or do drugs.

Brandon Moss: The A’s first baseman is distant cousins with country musician Alan Jackson.

J.J. Hardy: The O’s all-star shortstop’s father was a professional tennis player and his mother was a professional golfer. I guess pro sports runs in the family.

Alex Gordon: In 2006, before Alex had ever played a major league game, he had a Topps rookie baseball card. This card was released too early and is now considered and “error” card.

                                                                                        Alex Gordon

Brandon Morrow: The 6’3″ Blue Jays pitcher is a Type 1 diabetic. He wears an insulin pump to regulate his blood sugar.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett: Jacoby, alongside former teammate Josh Beckett, released a wine called ZinfandEllsbury through Charity Wines with all proceeds going towards several charities. Beckett’s wine was called Chardon-K.

                                                            

A.J. Pierzynski: The aggressive Rangers catcher has made several appearances on wrestling shows including TNA Impact, WWE Raw. I have no interest in this sport, if you want to call it a sport.

 

A-M All-Star Team (MLB)

I apologize for my absence from my blog. I have been sidetracked with school, sports and teenage laziness. It’s time for the A-Z all-star team. This list highlights the first half of the alphabet with the best player representing each letter. For the 26 letters I will pick: 6 pitchers, 10 infielders and 10 outfielders. (All players are active).

(A) Elvis Andrus, TEX. He may not be the most powerful shortstop but Andrus provides that burst of energy that a recently offensively struggling Texas needs. He is still young at 24-years of age and has been to two all-star games. Elvis is a career .272 hitter and usually leads off in the batting order. Andrus has over 130 stolen bases and over 215 RBI in his career. Be sure to get to your seat early when your team is playing Texas, he leads off with a bang. (Honorable mentions: Jose Altuve, Alex Avila, Bronson Arroyo)

(B) Ryan Braun, MIL. The face of the franchise now in Milwaukee. Ever since Prince Fielder left Wisconsin, Braun has taken over as the leader but may be lacking some support on the lineup. The 29-year-old left fielder has over 200 homers and 675 RBI in his career. The career .304 batter has nothing salivating about his numbers in 2013. Braun maintains his headlining plays but Carlos Gomez is not a suitable man to protect Braun in the order. (Honorable mentions: Jose Bautista, Madison Bumgarner, Mark Buehrle)

(C) Miguel Cabrera, DET. Everyone’s pick would be Miggy for this category. He is just unbelievable. Cabrera is top 5 in the MLB in HR, AVG, RBI, Hits, Runs and Doubles. He had an all-star spot locked up before the season began and this years numbers are just the cherry on top. A whopping .320 hitter with over 340 HR and over 1190 RBI. Cabrera and Fielder are still the #1 three, four duo in baseball. The 10 year veteran is playing his best baseball ever. (Honorable mentions: Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Cain)

(D) Yu Darvish, TEX. There’s no sophomore slump in this guys repertoire. Darvish has been striking guys out like there’s no tomorrow. Yu is averaging 11.99 K/9 and leads the second place leader in strikeouts by 21! Darvish has more than double wins then losses in his career. Darvish’s lowest amount of K’s this year was 5 and he has 5 double-digit strikeout games. I know a strikeout is not the only way to get a batter out but those numbers are spectacular and I wish Yu the best on his 300 K’s quest. (Honorable mentions: Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adam Dunn)

(E) Edwin Encarnacion, TOR. Edwin may not be the first player that comes to mind when you say “home run”, but he has 60 homers over the past 2 seasons and there is still lots to come. Encarnacion broke out last year when he exploded for 42 bombs. That was 16 more than his previous high. Edwin can play 1st, 3rd, LF or DH. Him and Bautista keep the home runs coming north of the border. (Honorable mentions: Jacoby Ellsbury, Andre Ethier)

(F) Prince Fielder, DET. I can’t pick Miguel and then not pick Prince. But lucky for me I had the stats to prove it. Fielder has shown the high average side to his game since signing with Detroit. His average rose 14 points in 2012 from his 2011 AVG. When he gets on base, Cabrera can drive him in. Prince has had 6 straight 30+ HR seasons to go along with 7 straight 80+ RBI seasons. Fielder has over 270 career homers and over 815 RBI. Prince should continue to hit sky-high home runs and make sky-high amounts. (Honorable mentions: Freddie Freeman, Dexter Fowler)

(G) Paul Goldschmidt, ARZ. This is the perfect example of a well-developed prospect I would want in my lineup everyday. Drafted 246th in 2009, according to ESPN, Goldschmidt weighs just 30 lbs. less than Prince Fielder. Mmmhmm. He hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves due to the low media franchise but Goldy is 4th in homers among all first baseman (15). He also has hit .286 for his career and those numbers are on the rise thanks to the hot start to this season. The Delaware native sounds more like a tractor salesman than a baseball player, but I would take any tractor seller who can hit over .300. (Honorable mentions: Curtis Granderson, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez)

(H) Bryce Harper, WSH. When he first entered the league I wasn’t drooling over is play or his attitude but as all players  do, they grow on you. Why would I put Harper on this list? Well, that’s a clown question bro. Harper, still only 20-years-old, has the right amount of swagger that all young players need. His hot start has recently been slowed down due to some nagging injuries but still has put together 12 home runs in just 44 games played. When he hits a homer, he really hits one. Harper is known for his powerful swings and his quick trots around the bases after it. Washington doesn’t care how long he takes around the base path as long as that ball leaves the park. (Honorable mentions: Matt Harvey, Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay)

(I) Omar Infante, DET. These older infielders have never received the credit they deserve due to them being overshadowed by Fielder and Cabrera at 1st and 3rd. But Infante and double play partner Jhonny Peralta have been great so far in 2013. Infante is always a good bet to deliver that clutch hit or be the person to breakup the no-hitter. Omar hasn’t hit below .250 since 2005 and is usually good for around 8 homers a year. The second baseman is smooth on his fielding and throwing as only 1 out of the 6 positions he has played does he have a fielding% below .950. Infante is a good leader and hitter and should set a good example for younger players making their ways to the bigs. (Honorable mentions: Chris Iannetta, Raul Ibanez)

(J) Jim Johnson, BAL. Jim Johnson, certainly not the most notable closer, nor will he ever be. But in Baltimore he is doing the job better than anyone could ask for. 51 saves for the relatively new closer in 2012 and 24/26 so far this season. Jim had a brutal major league debut in 2006 as a starter. He lasted just 3.0 innings and gave up 8 ER. He got a regular job in the bullpen in 2008 and never had more than 10 saves until last year. Baltimore is lucky to have this 5th round pick closing for them. Johnson led the league in saves and played in his first all-star game. If Johnson can hold down the fort in the 9th than the young squad could be looking to a possible playoff spot. (Honorable mentions: Derek Jeter, Adam Jones, Josh Johnson)

(K) Clayton Kershaw, LAD. It seems that this kid and Adrian Gonzalez are the only bright spots on the Dodgers at the moment. Nothing seems to be going the LA’s way. I guess those hundreds of millions of dollars that the team spent hasn’t paid off just yet. Clayton has a miniscule 1.84 ERA which leads the NL. Compare that to his 5-4 record and you can see how the Dodgers have struggled. They can’t get this guy more wins when he is giving up just 1, 2, 3 runs a game. Kershaw is only 25-years old and looks like he’s been playing in the bigs since he was five. Clayton needs run support from the offensively lacking squad. Although his Cy Young, Gold Glove, 2 All-Star appearances and 2x ERA champ look good, these achievements can’t win your team baseball games. (Honorable mentions: Ian Kinsler, Matt Kemp, Paul Konerko)

(L) Evan Longoria, TB. Evan Longoria has the potential to be one of the best players in all of baseball. He has been stopped by long injuries preventing from showing his talent. Tampa Bay is not known for their power or extreme offense but with Longoria in the lineup, there is always a home run threat. Longo is in his 5th season but has never hit more than 33 dingers. He easily has the capability for 40+ with a healthy year. He has won several awards in Tampa and with his ability, he should win several more. A handsome guy who has helped his ball club to 3 postseason appearances. (Tim Lincecum, Jon Lester, Cliff Lee)

(M) Andrew McCutchen, PIT. Here is the true poster boy for 5 tool player. Cutch is batting .296 with 7 HR. This is considered struggling to cutch. Most guys would be delighted with these numbers but Cutch has so much more to show. He broke out in 2012 with 31 long flies and 96 homers. McCutchen would make any fantasy lineup look perfect. He provides that boost to the team that Pittsburgh would be seriously lacking without. Andrew sports those long dreadlocks and looks good doing it. He is dedicated to his a team and has won a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and the NL Most Outstanding Player in 2012. Andrew is a career .291 hitter and only 26-years-old. There’s plenty down the road for this youngster.

Winners/Losers of MLB Offseason

Now that 2012 is wrapping up and the NHL is still locked out, MLB spring training is just around the corner. Lots of moves have been made in the world of baseball and very, very, little has been made in the hockey world. Headlines have been swarming around big free agents like Josh Hamilton and Zack Grienke, while the Blue Jays actually have something to look forward to in 2013 with the big trades involving players like Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and R.A. Dickey. I have made my predictions for the upcoming season and I’m ready for Fantasy Baseball. Some winners and losers can easily be identified from the lack of trades/signings or the constant news making. This list will give you analysis on teams and how they fared during the offseason.

 

Winner: Toronto Blue Jays- I think the Jays would be on everyone’s Most Improved list. The Jays made headlines when they acquired pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher John Buck. Then to top it all off, they acquired NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and two catchers. Sure the Jays took in over $200 million in salary but the Jays finally made a move in the right direction. The Blue Jays also signed some key free agents such as Melky Cabrera and Macier Izturis. There is no guarantee to what Melky will bring to Toronto due to his PED filled year, but with a reasonable 2 year $16 million contract, I think Melky will fit in well. Overall, the Blue Jays went from basement dwellers to major contenders. The AL East has even more competition now and teams must be prepared when they take on Toronto.

Winner: Los Angeles Angels– The Angels have to get a winner’s spot due to their big signings and acquisitions. They signed the biggest free agent of the offseason in Josh Hamilton. They have AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and one of the best first baseman in the MLB with Albert Pujols, who I’m guessing is going to have a better offensive year in 2013 than he did in 2012. They have a great starting rotation with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and newly acquired Tommy Hanson. The Angels have bright spots in just about every position. They also have the newest member in the AL West (Houston Astros) to beat up on. If the Angels perform like they should be, I think the AL could have some very tough matchups ahead.

Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers– Both LA teams have cracked my winner’s list. The Dodgers ended the 2012 year with a huge trade sending James Loney and some prospects while Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto were sent packing for California. The Dodgers took in over $250 million in payroll in what is said to be one of the biggest trades ever. The Dodgers also made a splash via free agency. They signed starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu and now have one of the most dominant starting rotations in the NL. The Dodgers will remain on top for the next few years if these guys stay healthy. I’m hoping for a Angels-Dodgers World Series. Now that would be a series for the ages.

 

 

Loser: Miami Marlins– I’m not sure whether to laugh or show sympathy for the fans of the Marlins. This team has gone from bang to bust. They rebuild their franchise with a new, name, logo, stadium and players, then in a matter of 12 months, they are the laughing-stock of baseball. I feel terrible for the baseball fans in Miami. The team goes out and gets Heath Bell, Jose Reyes, John Buck, manager Ozzie Guillen and more only to have half their team shipped to Toronto for some prospects and the trouble-causing Yunel EscobarHeath Bell goes to Arizona, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio head to Toronto and manager Ozzie Guillen gets fired. Miami might as well trade their stadium and everything that goes with it. The rebuild leaves Giancarlo Stanton very ” pissed off, plain and simple”(as quoted by Stanton himself). Miami has a bunch of prospects, Stanton, newly acquired Juan Pierre and that awesome pool in the right field territory to keep fans coming to the stadium.

 

Loser: New York Mets– The Mets will have another poor season in 2013 as far as I’m concerned. They traded Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Jays. They did acquire some decent prospects though. The Mets have inconsistent pitching and no consistent hitters in their lineup except for David Wright. Ike Davis night have a respectable year in 2013. Aside from his .227 average, he did smack 32 home runs. The Mets have also had no luck in 2012 with Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis who struggled for playing time as the season went on. The New York Mets bright spots will most likely appear in later years when their prospects such as Travis d’Arnaud and Jordany Valdespin pan out into hopeful major league stars. For the Mets to finish out of the bottom five in the standings, they are going to need another good year from David Wright and Ike Davis aswell as needing Johan Santana to return to injury-free pitching.

 

Loser: San Diego Padres- The Padres have stood still though this offseason. They have made one trade that effected their current lineup. That was acquiring pitcher Tyson Ross from the Athletics. Ross will be lucky to crack the opening day roster and if he does will be a 4th or 5th starter. The Padres only bright spot of 2012 was Chase Headley’s great performance. They had struggling starters, and injury prone hitters. San Diego needs offensive help in just about all infield positions and they need a consistent pitcher. They should attempt to sign a pitcher like Kyle Lohse or Shaun Marcum. They aren’t franchise players but someone who you can count on in an important game. Unless the Padres want to remain an awful franchise, I suggest signing some players who chip in well offensively and defensively to provide a hope for a .500 season.

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MLB Free Agents 2013

With the end of the 2012 season comes the start off signing, trades and waiver claims. Here are reports made by me, on all 30 teams based on free agents and players. All stats and records are as of November 30 2012. Enjoy

MLB Free Agents

Team  Free Agents (Position) Best Fitting Free Agents Tradeable Players 
Arizona Diamondbacks     Matt Lindstrom, RP
Takashi Saito, RP
Henry Blaco, C
    Michael Bourn, OF     Willie Bloomquist, SS
Atlanta Braves     Michael Bourn, OF
Reed Johnson, OF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Chad Durbin, RP
Jeff Baker, RF
    Josh Hamilton, OF     Dan Uggla, 2B
Jair Jurrgens, SP
Baltimore Orioles     Joe Saunders, SP
Randy Wolf, SP
Endy Chavez, OF
Nate McLouth, OF
Jim Thome, DH
    Zack Grienke, SP     Brian Matusz, SP
Brian Roberts, 2B
Mark Reynolds, 1B
Boston Red Sox     Vincente Padilla, RP
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP
James Loney, 1B
Scott Podsednik, OF
Cody Ross, OF
    Kyle Lohse, SP     Daniel Bard, RP
Chicago Cubs Manny Corpas, RP
Joe Mather, OF
Mike Napoli, C
Zack Grienke, SP
Nick Swisher, OF
Ian Stewart, 3B
Chicago White Sox     Francisco Liriano, SP
Brett Myers, RP
A.J. Piersynski, C
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Orlando Hudson, 2B
    Michael Bourn, OF
Zack Grienke, SP
    Alex Rios, OF
Philip Humber, SP
Cincinnati Reds     Bill Bray, RP
Miguel Cairo, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Ryan Ludwick, OF
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Josh Hamilton, OF
    Nick Masset, RP
Cleveland Indians     Roberto Hernandez, SP
Kevin Slowey, SP
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Travis Hafner, DH
Grady Sizemore, OF
    Jose Valverde, RP
Kyle Lohse, SP
    Jason Donald,SS
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP
Colorado Rockies     Jeff Francis, SP
Jonathan Sanchez, SP
Jason Giambi, 1B
    Mike Napoli, C
Anibal Sanchez, SP
    Ramon Hernandez, C
Michael Cuddyer, OF
Detroit Tigers     Anibal Sanchez, SP
Jose Valverde, RP
Delmon Young, DH
    Ryan Dempster, SP
Nick Swisher, OF
    Rick Porcello, SP
Ramon Santiago, 2B
Houston Astros     Chris Snyder, C     Mike Napoli, C
Michael Bourn, OF
Delmon Young, DH
    Wilton Lopez, RP
J.D. Martinez, OF
Kanasas City Royals     Joakim Soria, RP     Jose Valverde, RP
Kyle Lohse, SP
Zack Grienke, SP
    Luis Mendoza, SP
Johnny Giavotella, 2B
Jason Bourgeois, CF
Los Angeles Angels     Dan Haren, SP
Zack Grienke, SP
LaTroy Hawkins, RP
J. Isringhausen, RP
Eric Hurley, RP
    Kyle Lohse, SP     Scott Downs, RP
Hank Conger, C
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Los Angeles Dodgers     Joe Blanton, SP
Randy Choate, RP
Juan Rivera, 1B
Shane Victorino, OF
Bobby Abreu, OF
    Anibal Sanchez, SP
Mike Napoli, C
    Ted Lilly, SP
Chris Capuano, SP
Juan Uribe, 3B
Nick Punto, 3B
Miami Marlins     Carlos Zambrano, SP
Juan Oviedo, RP
Carlos Lee, 1B
Chad Gaudin, RP
Austin Kearns, LF
    Mike Napoli, C
Zack Grienke, SP
Nick Swisher, OF
    Ricky Nolasco, SP
Logan Morrison, OF
Milwaukee Brewers     Francisco Rodriguez, RP
Shaun Marcum, SP
Jose Veras, RP
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Kameron Loe, RP
    Kyle Lohse, SP
Jose Valverde, RP
    Nyjer Morgan, OF
Minnesota Twins     Carl Pavano, SP
Matt Capps, RP
    Josh Hamilton, OF
Zack Grienke, SP
Michael Bourn, OF
    Glen Perkins, RP
New York Mets     Jason Bay, OF
Scott Hairston, OF
Ronny Cedeno, SS
Jon Rauch, RP
Ramon Ramirez, RP
    Michael Bourn, OF
Delmon Young, OF
Ryan Dempster, SP
    Mike Nickeas, C
New York Yankees     Rafael Soriano, RP
Andruw Jones, OF
Nick Swisher, OF
Ichiro Suzuki, OF
Raul Ibanez, OF
    Josh Hamilton, OF
Delmon Young, OF
Mike Napoli, C
    Clay Rapada, RP
Chris Dickerson, OF
Oakland Athletics     Dallas Braden, SP
Brandon McCarthy, SP
Stephen Drew, SS
Brandon Inge, 3B
Jeremy Accardo, RP
    Kyle Lohse, SP
Delmon Young, OF
    Brandon Moss, 1B
Philadelphia Phillies     Jose Contreras, RP
Ty Wigginton, 1B
Placido Polanco, 3B
Hector Luna, 1B
Brian Schneider, C
    Adam LaRoche, 1B
Michael Bourn, OF
Zack Grienke, SP
Mike Napoli, C
    Freddy Galvis, 2B
Pittsburgh Pirates     Kevin Correira, SP
Jason Grilli, RP
Rod Barajas, C
Chad Qualls, RP
    Ryan Dempster, SP
Anibal Sanchez, Sp
    Jeff Karstens, SP
Clint Barmes, SS
San Diego Padres     Jason Marquis, SP
Tim Stauffer, SP
    Ryan Dempster, SP
Josh Hamilton, OF
    John Baker, C
Will Venable, OF
Jesus Guzman, OF
San Francisco Giants     Angel Pagan, OF
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Freddy Sanchez, 2B
Aubrey Huff, 1B
    Adam LaRoche, 1B
Michael Bourn, OF
    Brett Pill, 1B
Javier Lopez, RP
Seattle Mariners     Miguel Olivo, C
Kevin Millwood, SP
George Sherrill, RP
    Mike Napoli, C
Anibal Sanchez, SP
    Jason Vargas, SP
Brendan Ryan, SS
Casper Wells, OF
St. Louis Cardinals     Kyle Lohse, SP
Lance Berkman, 1B
Brian Fuentes, RP
    Nick Swisher, OF     Edward Mujica, RP
Tampa Bay Rays     Kyle Farnsworth, RP
Carlos Pena, 1B
Jeff Keppinger, 3B
Luke Scott, DH
J.P. Howell, RP
    Adam LaRoche, 1B
Josh Hamilton, OF
    Alex Cobb, SP
Reid Brignac, SS
Ben Francisco, OF
Texas Rangers     Josh Hamilton, OF
Mike Napoli, C
Koji Uehara, RP
Ryan Dempster, SP
Colby Lewis, SP
    Nick Swisher, OF     Mitch Moreland, 1B
Toronto Blue Jays     Jason Frasor, RP
Brandon Lyon, RP
Kelly Johnson, 2B
    Anibal Sanchez, SP     Mark Buehrle, SP
John Buck, C
Jesse Litsch, RP
Washington Nationals     Edwin Jackson, SP
Sean Burnett, RP
Chien-Ming Wang, SP
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Mike Gonzalez, RP
    Zack Grienke, SP
Ryan Dempster, SP
    Tom Gorzelanny, RP
Jesus Flores, C
Roger Bernadina, OF