Some Playoff Predictions

As promised, I’m coming back this offseason with some real posts.  Since I haven’t done that since like August, this is a big step for me.  First up will be the Major League Baseball playoff predictions.  Luckily, I’m really good at this so you won’t even have to watch the games and you can just jump right into hockey season.  I can’t wait for hockey season.

Let’s get started:

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Friday 5: Worst Draft Picks Since 2000

I haven’t written a Friday 5 in a while and I kind of stumbled across this idea while on the greatest website ever created (except this one, of course).  While we do love our NFL Draft around here, this one is referring to the Major League Draft and I’m going to throw out some rules before we get into it.  I’m not talking about the Matt Bush’s of the world who flame out before hitting the big leagues or a pitcher whose arm falls off in Class A ball.  Or just for Chappy, a guy who gets drafted in the first round, becomes the subject of a best-selling novel and plays a whopping five Major League Games.  But hey, that’s exactly five more Major League games than all the readers and writers of this site have ever played in.  No, I’m talking about the guys who were taken high and rocketed through the minors only to flame out and be done within three years.

Some of the players may surprise you.  Let’s get started.

5. Adam Johnson – SP – Minnesota Twins – 2nd overall pick in 2000

The 2000 draft may go down as one of the worst in history.  For a while it looked like the first pick, Adrian Gonzalez, was going to be a massive bust, but he’s found a home in San Diego.  Adam Johnson, who went right behind Gonzalez, hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2003.  Let’s check his vitals.  In his career with the Twins he went a grand total of 1-3 with a 10.25 ERA in 9 games.  Helpful.  In his 26.1 inning career he gave up 7 homers.  That’s a lot.  He also gave up 40 hits, 14 walks, hit five batters, and gave up 30 runs.  He had a WHIP of over two.  This was your second overall pick.  Good start.

Johnson gets the nod over Justin Wayne, Joe Borchard and his light tower power, and Phil Dumatrait.  All are bad…none were picked 2nd overall.

The Twins could have had:  Chase Utley (15th overall), Adam Wainwright (29th overall) or Grady Sizemore (75th overall)

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Winter Meetings – The Rich Get Richer

Curtis Granderson

Baseball held their annual Winter Meetings in Indianapolis over the past three days which are always interesting to the Hot Stove crowd.  This year’s edition featured a blockbuster trade and a few free agent signings, plus just enough rumors to make us all want baseball to come back.

Let’s review.

The Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson, the D’Backs acquired Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy , and the Tigers acquired Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson in a three team trade.

The World Series Champs made their team even stronger by acquiring the speedy lefty Granderson to man center field for the next few years.  Granderson mashed 30 homers last year in Detroit, so there’s no telling what number he’ll reach at the new Yankee Stadium.  Than lineup is actually scarier now than it was last year.

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2009 Baseball Previews – AL East

It’s about time for the 2009 Major League Baseball season to commence, so I’m going to do a little division by division break down.  Today, we’ll look at the best division in baseball, the AL East.

Last year, the Rays dropped the Devil and took home their first Division crown since joining the league in 1998.  In fact, they finished above last place for the second time ever.  In 2004 they cruised to a 70-91 record, good enough for 4th.  Continue reading

The End of Baseball Season

It may have taken a little while but the Philadelphia Phillies are the Champions of Baseball.  Last night, they finished off the Tampa Bay Rays in the final three and a half innings of Game 5.  I’ll be real honest, I didn’t watch any of it, I was pretty busy last night.  I know Rocco Baldelli homered in the 7th, Pedro Feliz eventually drove in the game winning run, and Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske to end it.

Now, as a Braves fan, I guess I should be unhappy about the Phils since we’re in the same division, but I’m really not.  The Phillies players are just likable.  Ryan Howard is from St. Louis, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels are fun to watch, Jimmy Rollins talks too much, but I like him.  It’s good to see Brad Lidge exercise the Albert Pujols demons that had derailed his career (before this year).  Plus, they’re not the Mets.  If they were, it would be a different story.  I don’t really like Philly fans, but a 25 year championship drought in a city is a long time.  I’m happy for them.

Enjoy it Philly.

Now the offseason starts, which for fans of teams who haven’t played in a month, becomes the new highlight of the season.  Early rumors have a deal in place for the Royals to acquire Mike Jacobs from the Marlins for two pitchers.  It’s going to be a fun offseason.

I’m going to link to this one more time, since I don’t think I’ll ever put up predictions this accurate again.  Note the MVP of the World Series down there as well.

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