RALEIGH— The 2010 baseball season is upon us. At last. Spring training is wonderful but it is no substitute for the real games.
Below are my predictions for the season. I’m basing this on six weeks of Spring Training research and analysis. Grueling late nights crunching numbers. Back ground checks on all new rookies. Team chemistry. Complex mathematical algorithms. A crystal ball. The magic 8 ball. And the rule of starting pitching. Basically more the last thing than the others.
Generally speaking, teams which have their starting five make the majority of their starts, win. So when I look at the teams out there, I look at the starting five. If it looks like a strong five, then I tend to favor them over a team with massive offense and a lottery for pitchers. Hence, I don’t think the Dodgers will pull it off this year. They lack a solid 1 through 5. They should be good. But I don’t see them getting to the post season, or deep into it should they fall ass backwards into it.
But it isn’t all pitching. Teams can pitch lights out and never hit and thus never make it. So I have my reservations about the Giants. I think that team has one of the best staffs out there. But they also have a very unimpressive batting order. I love Pablo Sandoval. Can’t say much good about DeRosa as a starter and key cog.
And then you have your teams like the Diamondbacks. This team should have been good. All it required was for their ace to start the season. Now he will not and now they will not succeed.
As for my beloved Braves, the homer in me puts them in the Wild Card. But I could just as easily wish them into the Division title. However I suspect what is more likely is a third place finish behind the Phillies and the Fish. The Mets are a joke. The Nats have a long way to go. The NL Central has Pujols, Fielder, and Braun which should be a blast to watch, but not that intimidating to play for the top three in the NL West or the top three in the NL East.
The AL. Well they are the inferior league, what with the need to mandate a crutch. Still insisting on playing by rules designed by and for co-eds the AL has a mixed bag of great teams and terrible teams. I don’t see too many that will be thrilling. Once you get past the Red Sox, Twins, Yankees, Rays, and Angels the rest is uninspiring.
Over all this should be a great season. I look forward to catching a Pirates game come July. And I look forward to seeing the Braves regain the dominance of the 90’s.
|National League||American League|
|1||Philadelphia Phillies||93||69||1||New York Yankees||92||70|
|2||Atlanta Braves||91||71||2||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||92||70|
|3||Florida Marlins||81||81||3||Boston Red Sox||91||71|
|4||New York Mets||72||90||4||Baltimore Orioles||71||91|
|5||Washington Nationals||70||92||5||Toronto Blue Jays||70||92|
|1||Milwaukee Brewers||91||71||1||Minnesota Twins||93||69|
|2||Saint Louis Cardinals||89||73||2||Detroit Tigers||87||75|
|3||Cincinnati Reds||84||78||3||Chicago White Sox||87||75|
|4||Chicago Cubs||82||80||4||Kansas City Royals||65||97|
|5||Pittsburgh Pirates||70||92||5||Cleveland Indians||62||100|
|1||Colorado Rockies||90||72||1||Los Angeles Angels||91||71|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers||89||73||2||Texas Rangers||89||73|
|3||San Francisco Giants||89||73||3||Seatlte Mariners||83||79|
|4||Arizona Diamondbacks||67||95||4||Oakland Athletics||65||97|
|5||San Diego Padres||65||97|