Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NL West - Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks
Even though we are coming off a disapppointing Season 4, The Diamondback fans are confident that good times are on the horizon. The owners opened up their wallets and landed one of this year's top free agents in superstar LF Jack Meadows signing him to a monster $130 million contract.

This was the icing on the cake to what was a successful offseason that saw a huge trade bring the talented 2B Curtis Howell and RP Stu Myers to the desert from Philly.

It's never easy to trade away quality prospects like Fernando Martin, Yeico Lee, and Carlos Gandarillas, but nobody can question we aren't trying to make this team better immediately.

The Farm system is still very strong headlined by young phenoms Darryl Duffy, Justin Jacquez, Murray Dawley, and Jacob Munoz to name a few.
A #5 pick in the draft and money budgeted for at least one good IFA should just add to the depth in the minors.

Sub-par starting pitching this year will keep us from being a serious contender, but a wild card spot isn't out of the question if the team gels and stays healthy.

Everyone is fully committed to turning this around as evidenced by ML fielding instructor JJ Harris who was signed to a somewhat controversial 5.22m contract last year and yet was willing to come back this year for only 750k.

Guess that's what HBD is all about.

Good luck to everyone in Season 5 and keep an eye on The D-back as we are building something special here.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Key Player Added: C Rod Shaw

Key Player Lost: RP Santiago Martin

Key Transaction: SP Fernando Veras and SP Livan Suarez were traded for 2B Shigetoshi Ming.

Rookies: 2B Cookie Castro, 3B Rodrigo Chavez, SS Ross Francoeur, SP Jack Bailey, RP Julio Leon, RP Jumbo Ramirez, RP Marc Teahen and SP Abraham Brignac.

Outlook: Win at least 70 games.

San Diego Padres
The Padres continued the overhaul to the offense after again disappointing in the playoffs. The checkbook was opened for Delino Melendez, the key off season acquisition. A couple of role players were also added to the bench via free agency, but Melendez was the only significant addition.

Gone from last year's squad are first baseman Randall Robinson and CF Daryl Durham, a couple of everyday players. They were moved on to allow playing time for younger players ready for a larger role - Phillip Kroger and Phillip French.

No impact minor leaguers are on the horizon for this season.

San Diego is once again poised to battle NL West division rivals for the coveted playoff spots. The team remains centered around pitching and defense although the bats have improved slightly over the last few seasons. Look for Stu Delucia and Jesus Rodriguez to vie for the NL Cy Young award.

NL South - Preview

Atlanta Braves
Time for the new season and Braves fans are wondering once again if the aging vets have what it takes for a repeat. The magical playoff run of last year was certainly bolstered by the last minute acquistions of slugging OF Tomas Rojas and former Brave SP Joe Hannity from the Reds. Both of these guys came with hefty salaries, but were huge contributers down the stretch. If Hannity continues to pitch like he did in his first 2 years in Atlanta then the Braves starting 5 will be among the best in the league and will minimize the losses of Josias Mercedes and Freddie Desmond who left via FA.
The Braves also lost SS Curt Leslie and 2B Darron Harding to FA, however last minute negotiations are rumored to be in the works with both Leslie and Desmond. Because of cap restrictions (due in large part to picking up Rojas and Hannity) the Braves were quiet in the FA signing dept. They did manage to pick up versatile IF/OF Darren Whitaker for only 2M. Could be a bargain for a guy who can hit 35HRs and drive in 100RBI and has a career OPS near .900. The Braves also made 1 off-season trade with NL rival SD. The Braves sent up and coming RP Shelby Stinnett to the Padres for the speedy Gold Glove CF Daryl Durham. The Braves will surely miss Stinnett, but just signed RP Rudy Pote to try to replace his prescence in the bullpen. The question now is," Will Chief Noc-A-Homa's tribe dance Bravely in the southern heart of Atlanta once again?"

Florida Marlins
Key Players added
Buddy Connrad LF 22 promoted
Bubba Rasmus RF Rule 5
Fernando Park CF 25 Rule 5
Rafael Franco CF 34 FA
Geraldo Guardado 3B FA
Jesus Torres SS 31 FA
Evan Howard P 38 FA
Sean Griffin 3B 35 FA
Diory Machado C 28 FA

Key Players Lost

Buddy Connrad just promoted before spring training will be a huge asset to our line up.

A new Florida Marlins Team this year. A much younger Minor League system, I had 75% of my minor league system retire this Spring, and only had 3 returning coaches. The Major adjustment we made this year, was adding guys that can hit right handed pitching and play defense. I think our biggest worry is that our bullpen wil get over worked. Remenber the name Buddy Connrad for Rookie of the year

NL North - Preview

Montreal Expos
Key Player Added : Sidney Capps (Trade)
Key Player Lost : Bob Richards (FA), Art Harvey (FA) and Morgan Russell (Trade)
Key Transaction: Morgan Russell traded for Sidney Capps and Jaime Stoops
Rookies: None

Outlook: The Expos have lost some good player in Morgan Russell, Art Harvey and Bob Richards. They also acquired a nice starting pitcher in Sidney Capps. The team has some problem with their pitching staff depth, but if they need a new pitcher, they have a lot of free money.

Despite of all this, the Expos still have a good pitching rotation with Daniel Ratliff, Rabbit Mauer, Buzz Epstein and Sidney Capps.

Terrence Fonville will be the closer for the season. His numbers are great, and we are sure that he will keep showing good numbers. It was his third season in the bigs, and he is becoming better.

On the positions players’ side, the Expos almost have the same lineup. With his high batting average, J.R. Baines will be use as clean up spot. Sherry Merrick will be the lead up guy, following by Charles Suzuki and Greg Nichols. We will have Hector Colome, Peter Yamamoto and D’Angelo Duran following Baines. All of them can hit the ball for home runs.

Since the Expos have some nice young players that are pushing toward the majors, some player may be trade through the season.

There is a jinx on the Expos regarding the fact that they can’t beat Atlanta in playoffs… We will try another time to break it.

We are projecting to enter in the series a one of the two wild card teams.

Philadelphia Phillies
This Philadelphia Phillies are once again in competition for the playoffs wild card, or division. The 101 win team from last season, who was embarrassed in the 1st round with late season injuries to top players, will get their crack this season to overcome those troubles. This season they are once again led by the leadership of Les Milner who will be changing positions to LF after back to back Gold Glove awards at 1B. This is to make room for the Home Run Derby Champion from last season Kevin Edmonds. The Pitching Staff plans to come back from a great season last year in which they were ranked 2nd in ERA out of all 32 teams. This team has lost a fair amount of great players in Meadows, Howell, and Myers and only really added one in Edmonds, but hopefully the team can show their resilience and bring the proud city of Philadelphia another division title and maybe this time a pennant.

Key Players Added:
1B - Kevin Edmonds (Trade)
C – John Tebeau (Trade)
Bench/Pitch Hitter – Jon Cohen (Trade)
RP – Marcus Carson (FA)

Key Players Lost:
LF – Jack Meadows (FA)
2B – Curtis Howell (Trade)
RP – Stu Myers (Trade)
RP – Alfonso Reynoso (FA)
C - Ralph Byrd (FA)

Projected Opening Day Line-up
1.) CF- Luis Diaz (L)
2.)2B - Miguel Vazquez (R)
3.) LF – Les Milner (S)
4.) 1B – Kevin Edmonds (L)
5.) C – John Tebeau (S)
6.) 3B – Posiedon Buddie (L)
7.) RF – Bob Scoroposki (L)
8.) SS – J.R. Porter (S)

NL East - Preview

Washington Nationals
key players added: p bip leifer, 3b- alexi colon, cfer-pascual mendez and rule 5 additions-ss raymond boling and bryan hearn.

key players lost: rfer-darren whitaker, cfer-delino melendez, 3b-fergie crawford.

no rookie

my outlook is OK we return all piching but that could be bad not good b/c they didnt perform up to expectations. we do return lfer johnny munro who is very good and a leader offensively.

AL West - Preview

Seattle Mariners
Projection: 105 wins 1st RD BYE Key Additions Sun-Woo Zhang (SS) I over paid this guy thinking there would be more of a demand on SS.

I would’ve been better off resigning Odalis Andujar for the reduced rate of $2.8M. Hopefully Zhang can get me more SB and less errors. (PROJ .250) I’ll probably attempt to trade this guy at some point.

Morgan Russell (LF/RF/3B/1B) I traded away SP Sidney Caps to acquire this guy. Morgan will probably rotate through a few different positions this season. I’m expect him to bat in the 7/8 spot mostly at LF.

(Proj .275 Avg with 35 HR’s) Sal Bristow (RF/LF/3B/1B) I traded a couple pitching prospects for this guy late last season. I’ll probably rotate him through a few positions and he’ll likely bat in the 7/8 spot mostly at RF.

(Proj .270 Avg with 30-35 HR’s) Yank Stafford (Closer) We brought this guy back to fill our close needs. He will free up Juan Martinez which will hopefully solve some of my set up concerns.

BC Leon (Set Up B) I added this geezer for $875K.. Should be a bargain for 50-60 solid IP. Key Losses Sidney Capps #5 SP I traded away this guy to acquire Morgan Russell.

It may end up biting me in the ass. I will use Brendan James as my #5 SP and hope that everyone stays healthy. James was pretty solid late last season, hopefully I don’t regret making this trade.

Benito Johnson (LF/1B) I had to let either Harry Suarez or Benito Johnson go. I decided to keep Suarez due to his superior fielding and lower $$ demand. Benito should be solid in at with his new team, Anaheim

AL South - Preview

Kansas City Royals
Last year 87 wins, this year 95 wins.

The new players, via FA Kevin Anderson, via Trade Xavier Russell, Martin Cook, via Call up Geraldo Machado Javier Mantalban and improvement to SP's Pedro Coronado, Johnnie Donovan who both got long term contracts. This team is here to stay and win for 3-5 years. Good luck AL South it will be another tough season for us all.

This should be the team for the next 3 seasons as contracts are set so hopefully this is the correct mix. Good Luck AL South it will be another tough year.

Tampa Bay Rays
Key Player Added: Odalis Andujar, SS (2 years, 2.8mil per year)

Key Player Lost: Abraham House, CF (FA - Unsigned)

Key Transactions: None

Rookies: None

Outlook: The Rays finished with 108 wins last season and were then swept in the ALCS by a tough Seattle team. Instead of blowing up the roster, the Rays decided to let other teams make moves around them and see how they can stand up with their roster. The core of the roster is locked in for the next few seasons, so Tampa is hoping to wrap up a couple of titles. Will that happen? Just have to wait and find out now.

AL North - Preview

Chicago White Sox
Optimism is high in Chicago's US Cellular Field this year. The White Sox shouldn't have any problem scoring runs. The potent lineup includes CF Yunel Andujar, 2B Evan Henry, 1B Yusmeiro Owen, LF Everth Henriquez, DH Fred Bieser, and C Slick Shumpert.

However, this is tempered by the questions concerning the pitching staff. Will the young pitchers Bernard Brooks, Diory Andino, Darrell Swan, Rafael Azocar, and Dave Loiselle progress? Will the staff respond to last year's dismal season?

Key Players added: SP Rodrigo Rivera, SP Don Fleming, DH/C Fred Bieser, and IF/OF Glenn Aspromonte

Key players lost: Xaiver Russell, Michael Newsome, Dustin Peters, Stan Hodges

Big trade: Xavier Russell for Fred Bieser and Rodrigo Rivera

AL East - Preview

Boston Red Sox
With new management in town the Red Sox have started the roster turnover needed to make the team a sustainable winner. Traded away are big names John Tebeau, Kevin Edmunds and Brett Kerr in return for numerious propects. the focus of the trades was to improve the future pitching of the team as management belives that is the key to winning championships. With the many departures allows for the playing of many young players. Noted rookies include Will Taylor, Vicente Franco, Brent Wunsch, Sammy Vega, Benjamin Carew, Alex Kyung, Jesus Miranda and Welington Balboa. As management continues to turn over the roster other young players will have the oppertunity to show that they belong on the ML team. Even with all the turnover and terrible record last year, management expects this group to compete in every game but is expecting about 70 wins for the club.

Cleveland Indians
Key Player Lost – Stubby Swann – he declined his option then wanted to file for free agency. I didn’t have the money to keep him, that will be a big loss.

Key Player Added – Not a single player addition can make up for losing Stubby Swann. No major additions either.

Transactions: Revamped bullpen with some new faces. No good way to make-up for losing Stubbby. Also bringing up Bruce Liddi from the minors should be a nice boost for the lineup.

Rookie – as mentioned above, adding Bruce Liddi will hopefully prove to be a big plus for the team. Solidifies an infield position to give some consistency.

Outlook – expect a solid season from the lineup again, but the pitching is definitely a question mark. I expect to be somewhere near the playoff race, although it might be as a wild card. I expect the offense will carry the team this year, but will need good performance from the bullpen and at least passable pitching.

Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles are a team in transition this season. Gone are veteran players SS/3B-Glenn Aspromonte and CF-Pascual Perez (free agency) as well as veteran RHP-Alex Kennedy and C-Martin Cook (traded).

The team did sign three veterans in SP-Art Harvey, C-Cory Williams, and LF-Marv Sauveur; and, it traded for two prospects in CF-Michael Swindell (who made the ML team) and SS-Enrique Bazardo (low-A) who is still a few seasons away from his Camden Yards debut.

The goal this season is to let ML rookies 3B-Ralph Bay and CF-Michael Swindell gain experience while meshing with the other members of the team's young nucleus (SP-Roy Leonard, SP-Vernon Sewell, etc). ..all that, while trying to avoid a 114+ loss season (which would be 200 in two seasons).

It will be a struggle in the AL East as the Indians are always the team to beat and the young and hungry Yankees have improved a lot in the off-season as well. Adding to the dilemma...is the fact that other teams like Kansas City, Minnesota and Oakland made some big moves to get better this off-season too...so it will be a chore to avoid losing 100+ games in the always tough American League this season.

The Orioles hope to have a great draft this year as they have 4 of the top 69 picks...including #15 overall. The team is also looking to sign an International free agent or two this season to expedite the rebuilding process.

GM Terry Swayne has gone on record to say that “No one on our team is untouchable. We will consider trading anyone in our organization as long as it makes financial sense and makes us a better team. Our goal is to become an elite organization in this league. One that will be good for a long time and win multiple Championships. We want to build a dynasty here in Baltimore and we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to accomplish that.”

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome – Season 5

The fifth season of Gary Carter is starting, finally. I have already said this, but I’m sorry for the waiting before the two seasons. It was supposed to be a quick rollover, but instead I had to look for new owners.

Now, that all the teams have been taken, we are ready to play ball.

I would like to welcome the new owners, ferg63 (Boston Red Sox), jmuhtoff (Milwaukee Brewers), desanders (Chicago White Sox) and a returning owner, shesaid (Chicago Cubs).

The rules are the same. You can read them on the blog if needed. Also, Minnesota has to win 70+ games this season or he will have to leave. Rules are made to be followed.

Good luck to all of you!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Minnesota Case

The Minnesota Twins have broken the 200+ loses rule over two seasons, with a total of 207.

More than 200 losses over a two year period and the owner will be asked to state their case as to why they should be allowed to stay. If allowed to stay the owner must reach 70 wins or be replaced.

Minnesota Comment
My horrendous start made it a virtually certainty that I will break that barrier. My team has improved since I cleaned out the ML staff earlier this season. Hopefully, you see that I am an active owner and will be allowed to continue. Some problems can't be fixed in 1 season. . . I'll have to be more aggressive in the off-season to get up to 70 wins.

Final Decision
I was hoping to never have to apply this rule, but now I have to deal with it. Rules are made to be followed. I have taken the time to look at what Minnesota has done since he joined the world in day one. I have also asked people for their comments on Minnesota.

For my part, I have found that his team records have dropped since the first season, from 90 wins in season 1 and 51 wins in season 4. The good thing is that Minnesota seems to be an active owner in this world. Since the first season, he has made 19 trades, signed 8 IFA and drafted some nice prospects. I can see there that Minnesota’s owner care about his team.

Also, his minor team’s records are very good over the past seasons. This means that there should be some potential in his young players. In the last season, he has signed some FA at the start, move some players with trades, and promote young players to his ML team. I’m sure that all this has been done to try winning more game and avoid breaking the rule. Honestly, I think that his intentions to have a winning team are real.

So, the rule will apply. Minnesota owner will stay for the next season, but will have to win 70+ games to be allowed to continue in the world.

Some Facts
• 5 in S1
• 1 in S2
• 6 in S3
• 7 in S4

• 2 in S1
• 1 in S2
• 4 in S3
• 1 in S4

• 90-72 in S1
• 71-91 in S2
• 66-96 in S3
• 51-111 in S4

He has a winning minor league records.
He has made some activities in FA market in season 4.
He has made some promotion in the ML to try winning some more games.

Anonymous Comments
"Being in the NL I haven't kept up with many AL teams so I can't offer an opinion on whether or not dh0220 has been a "bad" owner.. What I do think is he's been with us since Day 1 and I don't recall any shady trades or claims of him running out guys with 0(0) stamina. He wasn't neglecting his minors (they all had winning records) so I see no reason why would we kick him from this world. This HBD simulation isn't very consistent. How many 100+ win teams get beat in their first playoff series ??? Happens all the time in HBD.. I added more talent to my team before this year, stayed relatively healthy, my young guys were a year older and yet I lost 11 more gms than last year which makes no sense.. Same thing could have happened in Minnesota. I think we need to keep as many Gary Carter "veterans" in this world as long as possible.. That's my long winded opinion.. "

"That is always a tough call. The guy has been here since season one and made playoffs and has gradually declined. I would put him on probation and say 1 more 100 loss season and he gets the boot. That way he can call up some minor leaguers and not do a first class tank job and may stay several seasons if he turns it around. "

"Don't know him personally so I look at his "record". He is a HOF'er and I can relate to him a little. I lost over 100 games this season and sometimes that happens when you are building a team. For these reasons he should stay. "

"I'm OK with letting either stay another season. "

"I've never interacted with him. Looking at his minor league results, he seems to have some talent since each team has a winning record. I'd lean towards giving him one more year to get it together. "

"I don't know enough about him to have an opinion. However, I think if you do not enforce a rule, then you are going to have a hard time enforcing that rule or any other rules the next time the situation arises. You should not have rules if you are not going to enforce them no matter who the owner is. "

"Knowing he was that close to the loss threshold, he should have put much more effort into this season. And it looks like he did just the opposite. I'd jettison him, I think. "

"I think that he should GO. 36 carear seasons and only 6 seasons over .500. He has 18 seasons in which he lost over 100 games. Either he doesn't try to win or doesn't get the game. "

"I have not had a real opportunity to observe him as an owner, but Minny should have been able to win more than 51 games this year. "

"Not sure if my opinion counts, but he has progressively lost more and more games each season, and he's played .400 ball in 36 seasons overall. Either he doesn't get it, or he's a tanker. "

"I vote he goes. I had to make moves I didn't want to this season to ensure I didn't break the 200 game mark. He broke it. He goes. "

"I personally would say bye bye to dh0220. He has 2 teams, neither of which can must a .400 win%. IMHO, to lose 200 games over 2 seasons means you don't have a clue or are trying to stockpile players. He is difficult to trade with too (unresponsive). "

"I'm ok with him staying on one more season. "

"Im okay with him, He hasnt ran the team very well. but then again, he may have started with a poor team. I didnt think the trades he did helped his team much including the one with me. I think he's gotten royally ripped of on a few trades and the people in the world have done him any favors by not vetoing.. So he's have to win 70 next season? If so, I dont see it happneing.. "

"Rules are rules I guess...but he seems harmless for the most part. "

"I'd let him stay another season. He has tried bringing in some ML talent to avoid that situation. "

"Here is my thinking- based on nothing but how hard it is to find owners- does he check his team most ever day? does he bid on international free agents? does he set his draft picks? In your opinion, is he trying to do the right thing with his team? If the answer is yes to all of these then I say keep him!"

Teams Power Ranking - Season 4

National League
1. Philadelphia Phillies (+23)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (+22)
3. New York Mets (+14)
4. Houston Astros (+11)
5. Milwaukee Brewers (+10)
6. San Francisco Giants (+4)
7. Washington D.C. Nationals (+3)
8. St. Louis Cardinals (+2)
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (0)
10. San Diego Padres (-1)
11. Atlanta Braves (-6)
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (-11)
12. Florida Marlins (-11)
12. Montreal Expos (-11)
13. Chicago Cubs (-12)
14. Cincinnati Reds (-22)

American League
1. Cleveland Indians (+17)
2. Tampa Bay Rays (+14)
3. Colorado Rockies (+10)
3. Seattle Mariners (+10)
4. San Juan Tiburones (+9)
5. Anaheim Angels (+8)
6. Detroit Tigers (+6)
6. Oakland Athletics (+6)
7. Texas Rangers (-7)
7. Chicago White Sox (-7)
8. Toronto Blue Jays (-10)
9. Kansas City Royals (-11)
10. Baltimore Orioles (-13)
11. Minnesota Twins (-15)
11. New York Yankees (-15)
12. Boston Red Sox (-17)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Looking at the NL Wild Card Race

We've covered the AL Wild Card Race already, so let's get into the NL race. There are four teams within eight games of each other battling for the last two spots, but two of the teams could be in trouble if they don't turn out some wins pretty quickly.

* San Francisco Giants - The Giants are currently one game up on Montreal for the first place wild card spot. They are also only two games behind the San Diego Padres for the NL West division lead. They will split their final 20 games down the middle with 10 on the road and 10 at home. A big three game series with the Expos that could shake up the race a bit starts tomorrow afternoon (8/12 - PM cycle). SanFran won't have a chance to control their division destiny until the next to last series of the season when they hook up the Padres, in the Bay.

* Montreal Expos - Les Expos have gone wire-to-wire in 2nd place in the NL North this season. With the Phillies coming out of the gates on fire, the division race was all but confirmed as over. Since then, the Expos have focused on the wild card and are in good position to seal the deal. After a three game road trip to San Francisco, Montreal will come home for seven games, hit the road for four more, and then finish at home with six straight. With 13 of the last 20 games at home, the Expos can breath a little easier, considering they are only two games over .500 at home.

* Houston Astros - The Astros are sitting at six games behind Montreal for the final playoff spot and with only 21 games left, there is plenty of work to be done. With a total of 13 home games in the last 20, including the last 10 in a row, the 'Stros could be an unexpected bump in the road. But first, they must get past the Brewers in Milwaukee for a three game set. Whoever loses this series can go ahead and consider themselves out of the playoffs.

* Milwaukee Brewers - After finishing their current series at San Diego, the Brew Crew will come home for six games against the aforementioned Astros and Cincinnati. After that, the schedule is not so kind. With 11 straight road games, Milwaukee is certainly facing an uphill battle. If things can't get any tougher, they finish the season with an away series against Montreal and then a home series with Philadelphia. Are Robin Yount and Paul Molitor still available?

Looking at the AL Wild Card Race

Down to around the 20 game mark left in the season and the AL Wild Card Race is getting tight. There are five teams within six games of each other and Baltimore is at 1o back. With that big of a margin, the Orioles are most likely out of it, unless they go on the greatest run in the history of baseball. So, with that being said, let's look at the five teams gunning for the two wildcard spots.

* Texas Rangers - The Rangers are sitting at 78-62 and two games up on Kansas City for the first wildcard spot as of this post. The Ranger are currently in Detroit finishing up a series and will then travel to Minnesota for a three game set, before going back home to Arlington for a 14 game home stand. They finish the season with three games at Tampa Bay.

* Kansas City Royals - The Royals are 76-64 and two games behind Texas, but also two games up on Colorado and Anaheim and four up on Oakland for the last wildcard spot. The Royals schedule isn't as kind as the Rangers though, as they will play 13 of their last 22 games away from Kauffman Stadium.

* Colorado Rockies - While Kansas City might not have the most ideal situation to end their season, the Rockies have really been hit hard by the schedule fairy. The Rockies will play their final 17 games of the season on the road!

* Anaheim Angels - The Angels have almost the reverse fortune of the Rockies with a solid dose of home games. After they finish their current series in Kansas City, the Angels will find themselves at home for 14 games. They will then head to Seattle for three games before coming back home to wrap up the season against Colorado.

* Oakland Athletics - The A's are holding on by the slimmest of margins right now, but with a series against the Angels, in Anaheim, quickly coming up, the A's will know their fate for the season. The A's have an even split of home and away games to finish the season with 10 each. The bad news for the A's is that they are currently 3 games under .500 on the road.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Around the League in 81 Games: AL Edition

Now that we have the Senior Circuit completed, let's take a look at what is going on in the AL.

Most Home Wins: Tampa Bay Rays - My Rays made me proud in the first half with a home record of 30-13. We will need as many home wins as possible when visiting the likes of Texas, Kansas City, and San Juan late in the season.

Road Warriors: Seattle Mariners - With a road record of 31-12, the Mariners have found themselves in first place in the AL West. A current 11 game lead over second place Anaheim will only grow larger if they keep this road dominance up. Not to go unnoticed/unmentioned is Seattle's uber impressive 22 game winning streak earlier in the season. That is the second longest winning streak I've seen in HBD. Hats off to willsauve and the Mariners for that accomplishment.

MVP Candidates: Ezdra Ayala is the winner right now. Hitting .384 with an OPS of 1.187 is ridiculous. There are a ton of guys on his heels though, with 9 players hitting .340 or better, 10 with 25 home runs or more, and 8 with 75 RBI or more. It will take a few 0-fer days for Ayala to come down to the rest of the pack though.

Cy Young Candidates: I see this one as a two man race right now, with a few sleepers. Kelvin Mills and Stubby Swann have had excellent seasons so far, helping their respective teams to the division lead. Xavier Russell and Dwight Cameron are two guys that have impressive seasons going for them and I'd really like to see them duplicate their success in the second half. Of course, there are several other guys out there that, with a strong second half, can shoot right back into the race.

Rookie of the Year: Not a ton in the way of impressive rookie pitchers at this point in the season, so maybe with some second half seasoning they can improve their numbers. Tim Murray leads all qualified rookies in hitting, with Courtney Russell, Vinny Lee, and Socks Butler nipping at his heels. Dustin Malone is a nice power prospect, but I'd really like to see that average come up a bit.

Overall, the playoff race looks to be six teams within 11 games of each other for the two wild card spots, with Toronto, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and Seattle leading their divisions. Look for Kansas City, Texas, and Anaheim to make strong second half strides to get into the playoffs. Don't count out San Juan, Colorado, or the Yankees as any team can get hot, shown by San Juan's recent 6 game winning streak.

Around the League in 81 Games: NL Edition

Now that we are at the halfway point of the season, let's take a look around the league and see who is doing what, starting with the National League.

Most Home Wins: Philadelphia Phillies - Estrada's club came out of the gates quick and the NL North seemed like it was a one horse race. With an impressive 18-0 start at home the Phillies finished the first half with 34 home wins. That is more than some teams have total wins on the season so far!

Road Warriors: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, and Houston Astros are all about even when it comes to the road record. No big surprise that Pittsburgh and San Diego currently lead their divisions and Houston is tied for the lead in their division.

MVP Candidates: Right now, I'd say my vote would go to the $100 million man: Reid Gold, but there are a slew of worthy candidates such as J.R. Baines, Jack Meadows, Raul Cortes, Pat Jefferson, and Chet Lieber, in no particular order. There are many players right on the fringe and have a lot of time to make up some ground with strong second half performances.

Cy Young Candidates: In my opinion, this award could go to any of these three guys,Henry Barmes, Allan Henderson, and Kenneth Johnson. They are so close, that it is hard to pick one. In the end, I would probably go with Johnson and his five complete games and four shutouts. Of course, there are about 7-10 more candidates that could put up strong bids in the second half as well.

Rookie of the Year: This one is a bit more difficult to choose from. Bruce Stephenson doesn't qualify for the pitching category yet, but is having a strong season at 8-1, with a 2.90 ERA. Luis Moreno, Daric Butler, Trevor Lockhart, and Roosevelt Haynes are all having solid years. Haynes and Lockhart are your typical speedsters, so don't discount their lack of power as not being worthy for the ROY!

The playoff race could get pretty exciting in the NL East and NL South, as Washington is in last and only 7 games out in the East and the South has a tie atop the leader board while St. Louis is only trailing the Astros and Braves by 4 games.

Who are your ultimate winners and losers in these races?

Monday, June 20, 2011

NL South Preview

Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have managed to return their entire veteran core that has won 3 straight division titles including 2 World Series appearances and one championship. Even with a 100 win season last year, Atlanta was well aware of their one glaring weakness: A big left handed bat in the middle of the lineup. Atlanta got their man in 2 time MVP Reid Gold.

From front office to the littlest of fans, Atlantans feels like Reid is worth his weight in Gold. Atlanta has a history of veterans and spends top dollar to keep them healthy and productive. Atlanta curbed their scouting budgets to clear cap room for Gold. The prospects acquired in the draft have been marginal because of the low order of picks brought on by continued success. Atlanta had to part with often injured OF Ralph Bay who underachieved at the ML level last year. They also had to let go Season 2 and Season 3 #1 picks in Ed Riely and Reed Highland. Reed will do well in a few years but Atlanta is deep at RP and can afford his departure. Ed Rielly has done well in the minors but the front office was concerned that his lack of power and the effects of a pitchers park may hinder his ability to get on base and thus neutralize his speed.

Atlanta will be quiet in the FA market as having obtained their Golden boy. A few leftover bargains may be picked up to fill the minor league holes from the prospect departures. The fans are quite pleased with the one big offseason blockbuster and are anxiously awaiting to hoist another pennant in Turner Field

Florida Marlins

Key Additions (ML) - No Key Additions

Key Losses (ML) - Kip Johnson RP. 1st Round Pick Retired from last years draft.

Season 4 Outlook - Strong Starting Pitching, with a few mid season (sell out type) trades and a lot of luck we might get into the play-offs. The season 4 Marlins have a few weekness that we hope to address soon. A weak Bull Pen with a mediocore offence is going to be one of our biggest challenges. If the Marlins believe, that we can make a deep run in the play-offs this year. The Marlins loaded minor league system can give us the trade tools needed to fill the weakness.

NL East Preview

New York Mets

Key Player Added: Hersh Baxter
Key Player Lost: N/A

Best Prospects: Ricky Duffy, Erubiel Sardinha, and Gerald Park.

Season Outlook:
The NL East isn't a strong division as no team finished season 3 over .500. Torres, Baxter, Simms, and Corbin provide a decent heart of the order, and the additions of Trevino and Ramsey (Rule V) make what was already a solid bullpen a potentially dominant one.

My starting pitching isn't great, and my offense does have some holes in it. I think I might have a chance at .500, and in the NL East that might contend for the playoffs. Of course, I may lose 90+ games again too. Who knows...

Washington Nationals

Key additions - free agent 2b Joe Briggs, P Pascual Perez
Rule 5 additions - p Domingo Hernandez and cf Roger Moyer

Losses - P Barry Cook

Rookies - P Ron Henry, Bono Walker, and Manny Heilman, ss Shaggy Cedeno

Outlook - We look to improve our record and defend our South Division Crown. With the addition of Briggs moving former ss Fergie Crawford to third and the insertion of Cedeno at short improves our defense. Walker and Heilman were late call ups last season and improved our pen, This season, Heilman will be the closer as Allie Mitchell and his 42 saves goes to the setup role. Of course, Rightfielder Darren Whitaker and Catcher Derrick Miller hitters 5 and 6 in the lineup return coming off 30 homer seasons as well as the speedy and talented outfield duo of Leftielder Johnny Munro and Centerfielder Delino Melendez.

AL West Preview

Seattle Mariners

Key Additions

Pepper Sutton - LR/Spot Starter (FA)
Brendan James - LR/Spot Starter (Trade)
Juan Martinez - Stud LRP (FA)
Paul Harris - Back Up Catcher (FA)
Robinzon Mondesi - SP (Trade)
Hong-Jin Sasaki - 2B/3B (Call Up)

Key Subtractions

Von Hultzen
Yank Stafford (Type A Comp)
Peter Vernon (Type B Comp)
Will Wilson (Type A Comp)

Typical Line Up (Pos) (Proj):

Garrett Simons (3B) .280, 30HR, 75RBI, 30SB
Benny Vega (CF) .310, 45HR, 130RBI
Rondell Brooks (DH) .330, 45HR, 125RBI
Josias Cedeno (C) .280, 35HR, 100RBI
Darwin Howell (1B) .275, 40HR, 100RBI
Hong-jin Sasaki (2B) .270, 35HR, 75RBI
Harry Suarez (LF) .290, 30HR, 100RBI
Odalis Andujar (SS) .240, 10HR, 60RBI, 20SB
Benito Johnson (RF) .300, 15HR, 80RBI, 15SB

Pitchers (Rot) (Proj):

Andy Ramsey (SP1) 240IP, 18W, 4.00ERA
Robinzon Mondesi (SP2) 240IP, 18W, 4.00ERA
Wendell Xavier (SP3) 175IP, 15W, 3.20ERA
Ivan Estrella (SP4) 175IP, 14W, 3.50ERA
Ben Reese (SP5) 220IP, 10W, 4.50ERA

Pepper Sutton (LR) 120IP, 8W, 4.00ERA
Juan Martinez (RP) 150IP, 3.25ERA
Gus Handworth (RP) 100IP, 3.75ERA
Victor Ramirez (RP) 75IP, 3.5ERA
Jim Osbourne (RP) 75IP, 4.00ERA
Clayton Benard (RP) 40IP, 4.00ERA

Possible Injury replacements

Brendan James (SP)
Brad Harper (RP)

Rookie Update:

Hong-jin Sasaki should have a solid rookie season, playing in Safeco will likely prevent him from getting ROY consideration.

I think I’ve made improvements to my bullpen, I still need to get a closer and perhaps improve the back end of my rotation. I may have to trade a solid prospect to do so. We’ll have to see how the RP’s that I have perform. My core players are still young and my team should be much better just based on their progression. Doesn’t help that my starting SS just got injured, luckily it happened early enough that I can still sign a decent FA to fill in.

Projected Win Total: 100 (2 seed)

AL South Preview

Kansas City Royals

Success for year 4 will be measured by a World Series Ring, everything else is failure for the Royals.

Off Season big decision was to trade year 2 MVP Jack Meadows or keep him for his last season of his contract. Offers were low ball so Meadows is back for a Championship run. Kansas City will always attract pitchers but batters like Meadows will want to move. He would be crazy great in parks like Colorado.

Last year failure may have been only having Lefties in the pen so FA signings of Magglio Jose and Anthony Lansing will give better options.

The other improvement will come from training. Big off season for Edgardo Javier moving from a 75 to an 81. His second year could be his breakout to all star form. Also, KC starting pitching has further improved with Jonnie Donovan and Pedro Coronado's youth have moved into prime time and Last season's Cy Young winner Dale Nathan all return

Tampa Bay Rays

Key FAs added - Tuck Thompson and Kip Johnson
Key FAs lost - Milt Duncan
Transactions - Brought in Sun-Woo Zhang and Stu Morgan through two separate trades.

Rookies - Alex Jung and two Rule 5 picks: Woodie Maurer and Karim Biddle Review - The Rays were able to keep their core players intact and bring in a few veterans to help the cause.

After winning 94 games last season, which was only good for 3rd in the division, the goal this offseason was to get better overall. By trading for Morgan, we were able to replace Duncan, who brought us two 1st round picks in free agency.

We then gave up our own 1st round pick to acquire Johnson who will be our closer this year after moving Phillip Price in the trade for Zhang. The Rays look to stay consistent and hit the 90 win mark again this season.

Texas Rangers

Key Players Added : None
Key Players Lost : None

Key Transactions : None

Rookies expected to contribute: RF Dustin Malone.

We made big moves last season when we acquired Michael Tatum and Joe Bowman, who finished the season as our first and second SP. Marino Barajas also came in those trades and was our closer. We think these three guys will lead the pitching staff to a better season than last year.

On the offensive side, the same guys are back, SS Ezdra Ayala(.325,46 HR and 156 RBI), CF Miguel Picasso(.305, 18 HR, 84 RBI and 75 SB), 3B Ramon Masato(.305, 23 HR and 109 RBI) and rookie DH Ralph Cameron(.295, 39 HR and 113).

Our goal is to made the playoffs..

AL North Preview

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox will have a solid hitting lineup led by CF Yuel Andujar has averaged 40 homeruns and 103 RBI's his first two years in the Majors. The sox also brought up last year Evan Henry and Yuumeiro Owen that hit .294 and .270 in their first year. The Sox have the luxury of platooning two very good catchers in Lew Ginter and Slick Schumpert who hit .280 and .339. The club also added Evereth Enriquez as a free agent who will play all outfield positions. The White Sox pitching is still a concern but have D.T. Obermueller who had 30/33 saves last season. The ace of the staff is Xavier Russell 14-9 and has 2nd year startes Mike Seaver 4-3 and Darrel Swan 5-11 who should seee improvement this season. The pitching FA aquisitions were Osvaldo Torcato and Dustin Peters. The white Sox look to the future of 5 great pitching prospects to go with the current lineup.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins will concentrate on trying to solidify my bullpen with the addition of 3 RP. SP was a huge disappointment last year -Robert Kielty was a bust and also let Eduardo Sanchez go. Minnesota is trying to add 1 more SP via FA or trade to bridge the youth coming up.

Re-upping Kirkland to a not too bad extension was my key transaction. Outlook is to avoid 100 losses as my offence tries to steal games and I try to re-build the pitching staff while working in some kids over the course of the year.

AL East Preview

Baltimore Orioles

Key player added- Efrain Grissom
Key player lost- Reid Gold
Key transaction- (ultimately...the trade for Hersh Baxter from Cincinati was my "big deal" and the "domino" (and main) reason Reid Gold was moved to Atlanta as I needed to free up cash for Baxter's long term deall......it may ultimately be my team's demise as I really wasn't expecting the veto).

So, if we are talking about transactions that actually didn't get vetoed...then the trade of Reid Gold to Atlanta was our key tranaction as it gives the Orioles the financial flexibilty needed for the next four seasons, but most importantly, we added three very good and underrated ML prospects that will help the Orioles long after Reid Gold decides to hang up his cleats.

Season #4 Outlook- The Orioles still consider themselves the team to beat in the AL East. We still have a potent offensive team with a good mix of veterans and youngsters alike.

We are slick-fielding and have the best bullpen in the league. If there is a weakness, it's the back end of our rotation as there is a drop-off in talent after our top-three starting pitchers.

If the team takes a turn for the worse and doesn't produce this season, you may see a "fire sale" as 3 key veterans Glenn Aspromonte , Pascual Mendez , Philip Price are in their contract year and several other key players are arbitration eligable next season. Anything less then the playoffs will be a major dissapointment.

Boston Red Sox

Additioins: Huang (will DH) Pride (SP) Stafford (RP) Lockwood Cohen (LF) Ordonez (RP) Promte Kerr

Released: Lemke Walsh

FA that left - Thompon and Owen

Cleveland Indians

Jolbert Mendoza - CF - was my key player lost
Yovani Johnson - C - key player added
Albert Fernandez - SP - key Rookie

Biggest move is having Fausto Bennett for a full season from a trade last year. If the SP holds together, the team should be in good shape. Decent depth is available on the hitting side, but we'll need to have consistency in the rotation to do anything good this year.

Not alot of movement on my team between years.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

NL North Preview

Cincinnati Reds

Key Losses: CF Hersh Baxter (trade), CF Everth Henriquez (free agency), RHP Juan Martinez (free agency), C Buzz Meadows

Key Addition: LHP Dennis Maduro

Season 4 Outlook: Many fans in Cincinnati were upset to see some of the star players leave the Ohio River area. The Reds are forecasted to be an average team with some holes to fill at 2B and CF. Many feel that the Reds will be sellers during the July trade deadline with RHPs Doc Patterson and Joe Hannity being the most likely causalities if any other team has the money and the courage to take on their large salaries.

Franchise Outlook: Although many Cincinnati fans don’t want to hear it, the Reds are looking at a rebuild. The Reds lost two Type A free agents and one Type B and so will be looking to rebuild with two first round draft picks, three supplemental round choices, and two second round selections; the highest being 19th overall. The Reds front office staff realizes that they have a lot of scouting to do in order to receive the absolute best payoff with the low budget they have ($8M college, $13M high school).

Bottom-line: Look for the Reds to be an average team in season 4. They will continue to rebuild in forthcoming seasons, spending more money on scouting and less on payroll. The draft will be critical this season and in the next few seasons with a few more Type A and Type B free agents to come. ML favorites like RHPs Doc Patterson, Joe Hannity and 1B Tomas Rojas could be traded as well. Expect the Reds to become irrelevant until season 7 or 8.

Milwaukee Brewers

My offseason was quite tame. I lost nobody of importance, and signed nobody of importance. My only important transactions were the promotions of Gerardo Castro and Byron Mashore from AAA, along with the Rule V selection of Guillermo Martin from the Blue Jays. All three are pitchers who will get a fair number of innings this season. As for an outlook/prediction, this is essentially the same team that has been playing .500 for the last three seasons. Unless something crazy happens, or I make a big trade, we'll be a .500 team and miss the playoffs yet again this season.

Montreal Expos

Key Player Added : None
Key Player Lost : None
Key Transaction: No major transaction
Rookies: None

Outlook: The team is almost the same from last season. The Expos still have the same pitching rotation, Rabbit Mauer, Daniel Ratliff, Art Harvey, Bob Richards and Buzz Epstein. In the playoffs of the last season, Mauer and Ratliff were very impressive and we hope that they will be as good this season. Epstein should be better since his control and split have improved in the offseason.

Terrence Fonville has shown great numbers in his first season in the bigs. He was second in saves with 49, and he has kept an ERA of 2.01. Fonville still have the closer job for the Expos.

For the positions players, Hector Colome may be use in the clean up spot since he hit 51 home runs last season. Peter Yamamoto did very well as a rookie, and we are hoping more from him this season. Also, Charles Suzuki was promoted in the mid season to replace injured Sherry Merrick. Merrick is back, and Suzuki will stay with the team and play at second base. This is the main reason why the Expos traded Maverick Rivera for a young prospect.

Montreal won his first world series, and they are looking for another title. Therefore, there is other teams who want the same thing. Many of them have already moved to acquire some great players.

Also, we are looking to play against Atlanta in the playoffs because we need to prove to all the Expos fans that we can beat them. This is becoming personal.

Philadelphia Phillies

Key Player Additions: Jack Meadows(trade from KC) and SetUp/Closer Frank Fujiwara (Trade from LAD)

Key Players lost: 2B Prince Hernandez(Trade to Boston), 2B Huston Hill (FA signing by LAA)

Rookie Outlook: OF Bob Scoroposki and SetUp/Closer Del Carrasco

Outlook: The Phillies are looking to get back into the division race with Fujiwara and Carrasco joining the back end of the bullpen and former MVP Jack Meadows coming in to the lead an Offense that already featured MVP candidate Les Milner together they are hoping to bring a ring to the city of brotherly love.

Its short I could make it a bit longer if you would like just let me know if you need more info

Friday, June 17, 2011

NL West Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks

Key Additions (ML) - Don Takada (C from Oak)-will provide a much needed big bat even though his defense isn't the greatest. Was an All-star last year. May play 1B for me this year.

Key Losses (ML) - Tony Torres (OF). His proj/ratings show him to be a career minor leaguer, but all he's done is crush ML pitching. I may regret letting TT go.
Willie Park (1B) - hasn't lived up to the hype.. Coming off major injury last year and headed to arbitration = needed to go..

Key Additions (prospects) - Carlos Gandarillas (SP-from LA). Should be in my ML rotation in Season 5. Very happy to add another quality young pitcher to my team.

Key Losses (prospects) - Ivan Roque (#5 overall pick from Season 1 part of Gandarillas trade). Was looking at a ML promotion this year. Has had success in the minors, but as you predicted when he was drafted he's likely only a LF and not a 2B due to his sub-par glove. LF are easy to find SP aren't. That was my thinking.

Season 4 Outlook - The D-backs improved 17 gms from Season 2 to Season 3. Lost too many games early on from a terrible bullpen and a very young SP rotation. Promoted closer Orber Soriano probably a year early to try and keep from hitting the losses limit and just win some games and it paid immediate results. He was one of the best closers in the NL in the 2nd half. The team had an 11-gm and an 8-gm wins streak in the 2nd half so I fee like the D-backs could be a playoff contender in Season 4 if we stay healthy. We dramatically addressed our defensive issues from Seasons 1&2 with free agent signings of Mac Nakamura and Ramon Jang. Both are getting up in age, but their defense was stellar and Jang had an All-star year while winning the Silver Slugger award for SS in the NL.. With young CF Bob Price and proven vet Adam Long at 2B my team was at the top of the defensive stats in the NL and should continue to be that way.

Franchise Outlook - Probably aren't a serious contender this year, but the future looks very bright. I have several highly rated prospects who should arrive in Season 5. A future rotation of Daryle Duffy, Justin Jacquez, Lorenzo Mercado,and Carlos Gandarillas looks very promising though Jacquez and Mercado will never be big inning eaters so my bullpen needs more depth. Orber Soriano and Yamil Calvo makes for a dynamic 8th and 9th inning "closers",
My offensive prospects are just as solid as Murray Dawley, Jacob Munoz,and Yeico Lee should all have great ML careers when they arrive..

- I will have $30m to spend on INT prospects along with the #13 pick in the Amateur draft so expect to see me add 2-5 top rated prospects in Season 4.

Coaching - I budgeted 15m for coaches and currently have the Top 10 bench, hitting and pitching coaches as well as several top coaches in the minors. Gonna overspend on what above average fielding coaches are left, but certainly wish I had a better one already signed.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Key Player Added: RP Cole Simmons

Key Player Lost: RP Frank Fujiwara

Key Transaction: SP Carlos Gandarillas for IF/OF Ivan Roque, RP Jumbo Ramirez and C Damian Lowery

Rookies: SP Stump Stokes and C Ian Dorsey

Outlook for the upcoming season: Looking to improve by at least 10 games. Team defense and pitching have been upgraded from weak points to modest team strengths.

San Diego Padres

The Padres traded for Maverick Rivera to bring some much needed pop to last season's lackluster offense. In a surprising move, they dealt away the Cy Young Award runner up, Stu Morgan, for a minor league pitcher. To compensate for the loss of Morgan, San Diego signed type A free agent Milt Duncan. Only time will tell if that was a smart move.

Look for top prospects Jesus Rodriguez and Phillip French to make an impact on this club, although both are expected to start the year in the minors.

The Padres made it to the NLCS last season and are expecting to represent the NL in the World Series this year. The pitching and defense are top notch and if the hitters can step up the Series is there for the Padres to take.

San Francisco Giants

Not much happening out in the Bay Area. Our only addition of note was the trade for Eli Soto .

We didn't lose anyone of note this season (although Reid Gold coming back to the NL does NOT make me happy). Key Rookie is Catcher Corey Carter , who should add a little offensive punch to the lineup.

As far as season outlook is concerned, SF is in limbo. The team is still competitive enough for the division, but the takeover of LA by santafe, plus San Diego's continued progression will make any success in the NL West hard earned.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Teams Power Ranking – Season 3

National League
1. Arizona Diamondbacks (+16)
2. Montreal Expos (+15)
2. San Diego Padres (+15)
3. Cincinnati Reds (+10)
4. Washington D.C. Nationals (+9)
5. Atlanta Braves (+5)
6. San Francisco Giants (+2)
7. St. Louis Cardinals (0)
8. Florida Marlins (-2)
8. Houston Astros (-2)
9. Milwaukee Brewers (-6)
10. Chicago Cubs (-6)
11. Los Angeles Dodgers (-11)
12. Philadelphia Phillies (-12)
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (-13)
14. New York Mets (-21)

American League
1. Texas Rangers (+29)
2. New York Yankees (+15)
3. Kansas City Royals (+13)
4. Boston Red Sox (+11)
5. Oakland Athletics (+9)
6. Seattle Mariners (+2)
7. Tampa Bay Rays (+1)
8. Baltimore Orioles (-1)
8. Chicago White Sox (-1)
9. San Juan Tiburones (-2)
10. Minnesota Twins (-5)
11. Toronto Blue Jays (-8)
12. Anaheim Angels (-10)
13. Colorado Rockies (-14)
13. Detroit Tigers (-14)
14. Cleveland Indians (-24)

Welcome - Season 4

Welcome to all for this forth season of Gary Carter. Three owners have left us in the offseason, but they have been replaced. So, let me introduce jmaese (Boston Red Sox), santafe (Los Angeles Dodgers) and riverbat33 (Florida Marlins).

The world has the same rules, and you can read them on the blog if you need a little refresh.

Good luck to all of you!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Playoffs Races Preview

NL North
The Montreal Expos has taken the lead and are looking for their first division title if everything stays like it is right now.Their closest follower are the Cincinnati Reds with 8 games back. It's still possible for the Reds, but they will have to win their matches against Montreal. The Philadelphia Phillies are out of the division title race, but could take the second wild card. They know that it will be hard.

- mohawkman says: Heck, I'm hoping I'm even it for a wild card when it gets down to the very end.

NL East
This division is very tight with only 10 games back between the first and last. Everything can happend here until the end. There is almost no chance for a wild card team here.

NL South
The Atlanta Braves and the Florida Marlins are engaged in a very exciting race for the division title with only 2 games back between them. The St.Louis Cardinals can still work and take a wild card spot, but it will be a surprise.

NL West
Another great race for the division title between the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants with a small one game back. That kind of race is always interesting when we know that San Francisco has won the last two division title and San Diego were second last season.Who wants to take a bet?

AL North
There is also a race here between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox. Only 3 game back between the two teams. The title were in Toronto's hands last season and Chicigo are looking for their first title since they finishes second in their first two seasons.

AL East
It seems that a three gorse race is happening here between the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. There is only 8 games back between them. Cleveland has won the last two titles, and the Yankees are coming for the last position in their first season. It will be a great race.

AL South
The toughest division of the world. Only 6 games back between the first and the third position. The Kansas City Royals are leading followed by the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Therefore, there is a huge chance that the two AL wild card go to the second and third of this division. So, they will meet in the playoffs for sure.

AL West
The Seattle Mariners are leading that division with 9 games, but the Anaheim Angels can still hope for a playoff spot. It will be interesting to see if the Mariners can keep their pace. Remember that Anaheim were in the world series at their first season.

- willsauve says: My feeling right is that I already have the division title in my hand.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Welcome - Season 3

Hi all!

The third season of Gary Carter has just started. We have lost few owners in the offseason, but new one has been invited to join the world. I would like to introduce LIGHTOUT16 (Chicago Cubs), obtuseangle (Chicago White Sox), mongoose_22 (Boston Red Sox) and tacosluss (Oakland Athletics).

The rules are still the same, so if you are not sure, read them again.

Good Luck to all of you!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Teams Power Ranking - Season 2

I call this Power Ranking, but this is only a simple list of the teams ordered from the team that had the biggest improvement to the team that had the smallest improvement.

National League
1. San Diego Padres (+22)
2. Philadelphia Phillies (+10)
3. Florida Marlins (+9)
4. New York Mets (+7)
4. Houston Astros (+7)
5. St. Louis Cardinals (+5)
6. Milwaukee Brewers (+0)
7. San Francisco Giants (-1)

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (-1)
8. Montreal Expos (-2)
9. Atlanta Braves (-6)
10. Washington D.C. Nationals (-8)
10. Arizona Diamondbacks (-8)
11. Los Angeles Dodgers (-9)
12. Chicago Cubs (-10)
13. Cincinnati Reds (-23)

American League
1. Baltimore Orioles (+31)
2. Seattle Mariners (+21)
3. Cleveland Indians (+18)
3. New York Yankees (+18)
4. Toronto Blue Jays (+14)
5. Boston Redsox (+4)
6. Anaheim Angels (+1)
7. Detroit Tigers (-1)
8. Tampa Bay Rays (-6)
8. Oakland Athletics (-6)
9. Chicago White Sox (-7)
10. Kansas City Royals (-12)
11. Colorado Rockies (-14)
12. San Juan Tiburones (-16)
13. Texas Rangers (-18)
14. Minnesota Twins (-19)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Season 2 Draft Review Countdown: Picks 16-1

Let's pick up where we left off...ready for pick number 16.

Pick 16: Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) - Owner: jamesb007
Carlos Gandarillas
Los Angeles
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Kenner, LA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Dodgers spent their first pick in the draft on what could be their future ace. Gandarillas is projected to have great command of his pitches and with his ability to keep the ball out of the air, the defense behind him will have plenty of opportunities to rack up GG votes.

Pick 15: Philadelphia Phillies - Owner: Estrada13
Anthony Moore
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Laquey, MO
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Phillies picked up Moore out of the JUCO ranks. This is a very good grab in the middle of the round. With four above average pitches, this kid should be able to mix it up enough to keep hitters guessing. Add into the mix that he has great makeup and pinpoint accuracy, Moore could be a very dominant pitcher when he matures a bit more.

Pick 14: Toronto Blue Jays (AL) - Owner: jpveronn
LORENZO GONZALES - Has not signed as of 1/19/2011

Pick 13: Detroit Tigers (AL) - Owner: gnocc

Monte Milner
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Corning, CA
Position(s): SS
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The Tigers have grabbed themselves an amazing defensive player in Milner. This kid could be a perennial GG winner. He won't thrill with his bat, but he should be a regular in the lineup due to his tremendous glove.

Pick 12: Florida Marlins (NL) - Owner: kumbiakings

Freddie Schlereth
Age: 20B/T: S/R
Born: Canyon Country, CA
Position(s): 2B
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Kumbiakings went out and got their future starting 2b with this pick here. Schlereth will provide an above average bat with power and play stable defense. He has good speed and sweet mustache to boot.

Pick 11: New York Mets (NL) - Owner: dirtyhill03
Les Diaz
New York
Age: 18B/T: S/L
Born: Mooresville, IN
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Mets have added a nice SP piece with Diaz. This kids has a full arsenal of pitches, with five above average pitches to choose from. Will he be the staff ace in the future? At only 18 years old, he has plenty of time to develop into that. Mets' fans are thinking positive!

Pick 10: Washington Nationals - Owner: burk

Phillip Durham
Washington D.C.
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Sandusky, MI
Position(s): P (SP4)
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This is the part of the draft that we will see mostly all pitching come off of the board. The Nationals didn't quite get their Strasburg with this pick, but Durham will be a very reliable pitcher. In the worst case scenario, he would be an end of the rotation innings eater. Best case, he will probably top out as a two or three starter, which isn't much to complain about!

Pick 9: Oakland Athletics - Owner: peltier
Bob Hiatt
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Montgomery, NY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The A's used the 9th pick in the draft to land Hiatt, an 18 year old pitcher coming out of high school. Four plus pitches and great command will help this kid land in the majors in a few seasons, depending on how quick his makeup will let him develop. Will peltier use Hiatt as a building block or a bargaining chip ala Billy Beane?

Pick 8: Seattle Mariners (AL) - Owner: willsauve
ERNIE ROSALES - Has not signed as of 1/19/2011

Pick 7: St. Louis Cardinals (NL) - Owner: habsfan1
Matt Redding
St. Louis
Age: 18B/T: S/R
Born: Powell, WY
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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WOW! That is all I can say about this kid. He was originally listed as a CF, but has been moved to 2B to start his career. This move could be just to develop his defensive skills or as a permanent home. Either way, I think there could be some GG's in this kids future. My one nit-pick with Redding is that you would like to see his RH split a little higher, but with his batting eye, LH split, and power ratings, he should have no problem becoming a cornerstone player for this franchise.

Pick 6: Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) - Owner: scottermcray

Justin Jacquez
Age: 19B/T: S/R
Born: Mcalester, OK
Position(s): P (ClA)
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The D-backs went out and snatched up Jacquez from the JUCO circuit. It looks like scootermcray has moved Jacquez to the closer's role for now. Is this a permanent spot for him? If not, it is most likely his spot for now until he lifts up this stamina a bit. If so, he might be one of the most versatile closers this game has seen. Great command and four above average pitches will help this youngster move right up the rankings and into the ML in a couple of seasons.

Pick 5: Houston Astros - Owner: gerald007
Jimmie Rodriguez
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Marblehead, MA
Position(s): C
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Are we looking at a future HOF here? Just from project ratings alone, I certainly think so. I know it is the 5th pick of the draft, but the Astros may have the steal of the draft right here. A great defensive catcher with great power and good batting ratings. What is not to like about this kid?

Pick 4: Baltimore Orioles (AL) - Owner: tswayne11
Ricky Duffy
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Warwick, RI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Baltimore fans can stop hiding bodies in the vacants at least for a while. The team is playing well right now and they were able to add this future ace with the 4th pick in the draft. If groomed properly and he hits his projected ratings, Duffy will be contending for Cy Young awards every season.

Pick 3: San Diego Padres (NL) - Owner: royfranklin
Daryle Duffy
San Diego
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Lake Geneva, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Padres are touting this pick as "The Better Duffy" as they had a choice between Daryle and Ricky. They both had sweet facial hair, but I think the Padres went with the sideburns as a tie breaker. It is really splitting hairs trying to decide between the two, but the main differences I see here are that this Duffy has a bit better health and makeup ratings. That could ultimately push "The Better Duffy" to be better. We shall see. Maybe the two will meet when they start in the All-Star game?

Pick 2: Boston Red Sox - Owner: qtip32
Brett Kerr
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Little Chute, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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I saw someone comment on the World Chat about the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees had the first two picks in the draft. In real life or in HBD, that seems like it shouldn't happen. Kerr is planning on making this a fluke and took an ad out in the local paper with a headline of "These Sox Don't Fade." Here is looking forward to a couple of seasons down the road when this kid makes his ML debut. I'm sure it will probably be against the Yankees and ESPN will have the coverage, like always!

Pick 1: New York Yankees (AL) - Owner: mamidu

Herbert Buckley
New York
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Greensboro, NC
Position(s): P (SP2)
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With the first pick, you have the ability to pick the best player available. The Yankees did just that. Buckley will be able to hit the ML in a few short seasons and really anchor the pitching staff for a long time to come. Let's just hope that he doesn't succumb to the pressures of listening to Mike Francesa bash him on air if he happens to have an off game!