Monday, October 20, 2008

Mid Season Report - A.L. East

Season 9: 2nd Place (88-74)
Season 10 Prediction: 2nd Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 1st Place (55-43)

Impact Player: Tom King - 22 HR, 83 RBI, 54 RS, 40 XBH, 12 SB
Impact Pitcher: Peter Pong - 25-26 SV/SVO, 4.19 ERA, 37 K's, 34.1 IP

Welcome To Atlanta
A big 3-game series starts tomorrow when the Blizzard storm into Atlanta. Atlanta currently holds a 1-game division lead over Burlington, but this scene looks all to familiar to both clubs as they battled it out until the last weekend of the season last year. Just like last season, jarazix is getting the most out of his club. The Nutcases are a middle-of-the-pack team on offense with 501 runs scored and a team batting average of .276. While Tom King's the team leader in RBI, Pedro Gonzales and Claude Buckley are both having exceptional seasons as well. On the hill, Dorian Wainhouse has reached the 10-win mark already and Emil Cook is pitching strong too. While Peter Pong's numbers may not look as good as last seasons, he's still putting the nails in the coffin when he gets the ball. Look for Burlington and Atlanta to be duking it out right up to season's end.

Season 9: 1st Place (89-73)
Season 10 Prediction: 1st Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 2nd Place (54-44)

Impact Player: Alex Palmeiro - 15 HR, 63 RS, 61 RBI, 45 XBH, 14 SB
Impact Pitcher: Vitas Henley - 9-1 W/L, 2.37 ERA, .205 OAV, 1.12 WHIP

An 11-game winning streak going into and coming out of the all-star break had closed the gap on the Nutcases and pulled Burlington within a game of the Nutcases. The Blizzard have their pitching to thank for cutting into Atlanta's lead as their early season struggles seem to have gone away and Julio Armas (9-3, 4.55 ERA) and Paul Ishii (7-10, 4.44 ERA) have been throwing the ball better recently. As can be expected when you play in an extreme pitcher's park, the team ERA (3.90) is the best in the A.L. and the team batting average is 5th from the bottom (.269). Offensively, the team is fairly balanced with 5 regulars hitting in the .270's. All-Star center fielder Gus Zhang is having another fine season and with a good run might surpass the 1,000 hit plateau this season.

Season 9: 3rd Place (69-93)
Season 10 Prediction: 3rd Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 3rd Place (41-57)

Impact Player: Lawrence Brown - 34 HR, 97 RBI, 74 RS, .304 BA, 1.025 OPS
Impact Pitcher: Dean Long - 5-6 W/L, 3.55 ERA, .240 OAV, 1.29 WHIP

Kirby's House

Well, it used to be anyway (Bart Kirby). I think the torch has officially been passed though and it's time the league take notice of Lawrence Brown. Brown has 279 career home runs and this is only his 6th season. He's never driven in or scored less than 100 runs in any season (excluding the 19 games he played in Season 4) and he's never hit less than 40 home runs in a season. But, let's not send off Mr. Kirby just yet. He's going to surpass 40 home runs again this season and earlier in the year, he hit milestone home run number 500 (he's up to 514). Unfortunately, the rest of the offense doesn't provide much pop. The pitching staff has actually done a pretty good job keeping the ball in the park in Durham, but the Team ERA (5.21) is still near the bottom of the A.L. Yamil Castro is having a solid season and looks like he might be an arm the Bulls can count on in the future.

Season 9: 4th Place (59-103)
Season 10 Prediction: 4th Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 4th Place (35-63)

Impact Player: Bruce Payne - 34 HR, 86 RBI, 61 RS, .334 BA, 1.119 OPS
Impact Pitcher: Mike Burnett - 7-7 W/L, 3.70 ERA, 92.1 IP, 71 K's

Raining In Baltimore
The youth movement is on in Baltimore and things are looking up. Bruce Payne is a stud at 23 years old and 25-year old Junior Martin (20 HR, 56 RBI) and 22-year old Mike Clark (43 RS, .286 BA) both look promising. Mike Burnett has great projections and could lead this rotation in a season or two. If reps can move a few more decent veterans and bring in some additional young talent, this franchise will be heading in the right direction.

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