Is It Too Early to Worry About Cliff Lee?

I’m in a pretty competitive fantasy baseball keeper league.  A few years ago I plucked Cliff Lee off the waiver wire after he made a few good starts. He went on to have one of the greatest seasons ever by a starting pitcher when he went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 170 strikeouts. Needless to say, I kept him and to this day, he’s one of the greatest waiver wire pick ups in the history of baseball. Good for me. I did wait on Jose Bautista, though. Wish I had that back.

Anyway, I’m a little worried about my stalwart pitcher. I may be the only one, but I’d like to see if I’m crazy for my thoughts. Let’s find out.

I loved being a Yellow Dart while I was an Indian. Now I'm a Phillie and I walk batters again.

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NLCS Prediction Post

In my previous prediction post, I accurately called three of the four series, including the lengths of two of them.  The other one I called a toss-up and went with my heart instead of my head.  Sue me.  I stopped there because I wanted to play video games which I felt at the time was the correct choice.  I still feel it was the correct choice.  Anyway, I didn’t think the Braves were going to win the World Series so this post isn’t going to look a whole lot different than it would have if the umpire had accurately called Buster Posey out before he scored the only run of Game 1.  (Sour grapes?  Nawww, not me.)

We’ll start in the NL because I like it more:

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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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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 West

I started doing these division by division baseball previews a while ago, planning to space them out a bit.  Then my computer crashed.  Then it took two weeks to get a new one.  So this is the inaugural post from my shiny, new HP laptop.  The typos will probably increase, so watch out for that.  Today we’re going to take a look at the AL West.  Check out the AL East and the AL Central. Continue reading

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