Friday, September 12, 2008

A.L. North Division Predictions

Season 9: 1st Place (95-67)
Season 10 Prediction: 1st Place

The Skinny:
This team is really, really good. Offensively, they can slug it out with anyone and the addition of Bucky McDonald further enhances that point. The only area of concern for Bad Seed fans would have to be the starting rotation which is getting a bit older. However, while the offense is putting up 7, 8, 9 runs a game, there will be plenty of time to solidify the pitching staff.

Chicago Black Sox (AL)
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Season 9: 3rd Place (88-74)
Season 10 Prediction: 2nd Place

The Skinny:
We really like what Chicago has done with their bullpen this offseason led by the promotion of Jack Abercrombie and the acquisition of Louie Gil. Mix in the offensive pop of free agent signing, Pinky Lockwood and we think the Black Sox have done enough to move up a spot the division.

Season 9: 2nd Place (94-68)
Season 10 Prediction: 3rd Place

The Skinny:
After 94 wins last season, what changes really need to be made? The answer is 'not many'. The Wranglers did make one significant move in the offseason, acquiring Chris Levine from Texas. We're not sure how Levine will be used just yet, but we do expect he'll be coming out of the bullpen, possibly in a setup role. While we've got Wichita finishing 3rd, don't be surprised to see both wild card teams come out of the A.L. North, the toughest division in Mantle World.

Season 9: 4th Place (71-91)
Season 10 Prediction: 4th Place

The Skinny:
This division is brutal. Just ask the Apollos. We expect this to be their 6th straight year in the basement. At some point, the tide has to turn for this club, but it's not going to happen this season. The Apollos add 35-year old DH Charles Mulder from Jacksonville who should bring some more pop to the lineup and there are some other nice pieces (like Pat Masao), but they need more in order to contend in this division.

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