Pre-Season All-Stars 2012

March 30, 2012

NL
C: Brian McCann
1B: Joey Votto
2B: Brandon Phillips
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
3B: Hanley Ramirez
LF: Ryan Braun
CF: Matt Kemp
RF: Justin Upton
SP: Clayton Kershaw
SP: Roy Halladay
SP: Cliff Lee
SP: Tim Lincecum
SP: Cole Hamels
CL: Craig Kimbrel
CL: John Axford
CL: Drew Storen
CL: Heath Bell

AL
C: Mike Napoli
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: Elvis Andrus
3B: Miguel Cabrera
LF: Josh Hamitlon
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
RF: Jose Bautista
DH: David Ortiz
SP: Justin Verlander
SP: Jered Weaver
SP: Felix Hernandez
SP: CC Sabathia
SP: Dan Haren
CL: Jose Valverde
CL: Mariano Rivera
CL: Andrew Bailey
CL: Brandon League

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Best Hitter-Pitcher Combos in the MLB Going Into 2012

March 26, 2012
  1. DET: Cabrera and Verlander
  2. LAD: Kemp and Kershaw
  3. NYY: Cano and Sabathia
  4. LAA: Pujols and Weaver
  5. MIL: Braun and Grienke
  6. TB: Longoria and Price
  7. PHI: Pence and Halladay
  8. BOS; Gonzalez and Lester
  9. ARZ: Upton and Kennedy
  10. TOR: Bautista and Romero
  11. SF: Posey and Lincecum
  12. TEX: Hamilton and Darvish
  13. WSH: Zimmerman and Strasburg
  14. STL: Berkman and Wainwright
  15. CIN: Votto and Latos
  16. MIA: Ramirez and Johnson
  17. ATL; McCann and Hanson
  18. SEA: Suzuki and Hernandez
  19. COL: Tulowitzki and Guthrie
  20. CHC: Castro and Garza
  21. MIN: Mauer and Baker
  22. KC: Hosmer and Sanchez
  23. CLE: Snatna and Jemenez
  24. CHW: Konerko and Danks
  25. NYM: Wright and Santana
  26. SD: Maybin and Stauffer
  27. BAL: Jones and Britton
  28. PIT: McCutchen and Bedard
  29. OAK: Weeks and McCarthy
  30. HOU: Lee and Rodriguez

Review: Out Of The Park Baseball 13

March 25, 2012

I like recommending baseball products to people and I am lucky enough to get the chance to before anyone else tonight.  I am a big MLB gamer, PlayStation or PC.  I love MVP Baseball 2004 and 2005, best video games ever.  On the computer I like to do what I hope to do in my future…be the GM of an MLB team.  I have played many games, Baseball Mogul is good but the best game is easily Out of The Park Baseball.  I have played it for the last three years now and this year I was able to sim the season before anyone else thanks to a promotion with Out of The Park Developments and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  I got to sim the 2012 season right before my eyes on my computer.  Before I go to the results of my game, I would like to stay this is not a sponsored post, and if you think you may want the game go to http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball/ and click on the top where it shows OOTP 13 and read about the awesome features and pre-order it for $39.99.  It’s the most in-depth baseball sim out there, no doubt.  Now to my results.

Winners
AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Yankees
AL Wild Cards: Red Sox over Rays
NL West: Giants
NL Central: Brewers
NL East: Braves
NL Wild Card: Marlins over Reds
ALCS: Angels over Tigers
NLCS: Giants over Brewers
World Series: Angels over Giants in 7 (Just like in 2002)


Marlins Question #4: Will The Young Guys Develop?

March 25, 2012

The Marlins are loaded with young talent, some guys like Bonifacio and Sanchez broke out last year.  This year for me, it’s three specific players that need to develop to help the Marlins chances at the playoffs get better and those three guys are Logan Morrison, Gaby Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton.  I will look at each guy separately.

Giancarlo Stanton: You may be thinking, what more does this guy have to do?  Well, 34 homers was certainly good and if he repeats his 2011 he will be in good shape but he is better than that.  He could easily hit 40 or more home runs and have his average go up 15 points.  Stanton is a smart hitter and will start to solve pitchers and an increase is imminent, but his average will be the toughest.  His power will continue to develop and 40-41 HR is good enough for 2012 and around what he’s capable and should do.  His average may take some time, he will likely never be a .300 guy constantly but .280 is a good number and that may be out of reach for him in 2012.  His talent is enormous and he should shoot up in growth and be more than what the Marlins need in 2012.

Gaby Sanchez: You may be saying, he’s a good player as is for Sanchez too, and you would be right.  Sanchez showed he could be an all-star in 2011 but in the second half he fizzled off and the key to winning for the Marlins are the guys behind Stanton and Sanchez is one of them.  He needs to not slip up in the second half this year and if he doesn’t, he could be a tough hitter who hits 25 big flies.  He’s been constantly bad after the break and that isn’t good but the is younger and can change that, only time will tell but he has to do damage and he will and be one of the Marlins better first half hitters for sure and most likely good enough.

Logan Morrison: He’s got power but all the way up from the minors he hit for average too.  LoMo is going to develop more and my gut and his talent say he will be the biggest breakout in the MLB in 2012, yes I said it.  His power will only get better and last year was weird for him being demoted and he had some struggles but fought through them and he’s better than the stats suggest and with the talent he has, Logan and Giancarlo could be one of the best 4-5 combos in the NL and MLB in 2012 and in the many years after.  He should do good enough.

 

The young guys should all improve and as I answer these important questions, it keeps looking better and better for the Miami Marlins in 2012, but also in the years that follow.


Top 10 Brewers Right Now

March 23, 2012

1 LF Ryan Braun
2 SP Zack Greinke
3 SP Yovani Gallardo
4 3B Aramis Ramírez
5 RP John Axford
6 2B Rickie Weeks
7 RF Corey Hart
8 SP Shaun Marcum
9 CF Nyjer Morgan
10 RP Francisco Rodríguez
HM: Wolf, Gonzalez, Narveson, Gamel


Top 10 Red Sox Right Now

March 20, 2012

1 CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2 1B Adrain Gonzalez
3 2B Dustin Pedroia
4 SP Jon Lester
5 LF Carl Crawford
6 DH David Ortiz
7 3B Kevin Youkilis
8 SP Josh Beckett
9 RP Andrew Bailey
10 SP Clay Buchholz
HM: Sweeney, Ross, Melancon, Schoppach, Saltalamachhia, Aceves


Top 10 Yankees Rights Now

March 20, 2012

1 2B Robinson Cano
2 3B Alex Rodriguez
3 SP CC Sabathia
4 RP Mariano Rivera
5 CF Curtis Granderson
6 1B Mark Teixeira
7 SS Derek Jeter
8 SP Michael Pineda
9 RF Nick Swisher
10 LF Brett Gardner
HM: Kuroda, Robertson, Garcia, Nova, Hughes, Martin, Ibanez