Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mid Season Report - N.L. East

Kansas City
Kansas City Monarchs (NL)
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Season 9: 1st Place (86-76)
Season 10 Prediction: 1st Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 1st Place (48-39)

Impact Player: Erick Hatcher - 23 HR, 90 RBI, 59 RS, .326 BA, 46 XBH (Extra Base Hits)
Impact Pitcher: Carmine Holmes - 11-3 W/L, 2.71 ERA, 129 WHIP, 100 K's

Hella Good
After a slow start, the Monarchs have turned up the heat (just like I promised in my preseason predictions). Erick Hatcher is tearing the cover off the ball and he's far from alone. Cookie Holt and Julio Park are both hitting over .340 - that's scorching! On the mound, Carmine Holmes is having a career year and the team ERA is a mere 3.98, 2nd best in the N.L. All is right in Kansas City.

Season 9: 2nd Place (77-85)
Season 10 Prediction: 2nd Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 2nd Place (43-44)

Impact Player: Steven Bonds - 29 HR, 76 RBI, 60 RS, .296 BA
Impact Pitcher: Victor Rizzuto - 6-4 W/L, 3.25 ERA, 99.2 IP, 88 K's, 1.36 WHIP

Two Sides Of The Coin
Okay, so maybe Russ Feller should be noted as the Impact Player. He is having an MVP year (.347 BA, .728 SLG, 1.177 OPS), but we've come to expect that from Mr. Feller. In fact, hitting has never been a problem for the Metros and this year is no different (3rd in Runs Scored in the N.L.). The achilles heel has always been the pitching (4.85 team ERA - 3rd worst in the N.L.). There's no big-time ace in New York. Victor Rizzuto and Dennys Franco are the closest to it, but 13 wins in 34 starts combined is not getting it done. However, this is not news to jmaese and he's actively looking for starting pitching help. Who's gonna answer the call?

Season 9: 3rd Place (68-94)
Season 10 Prediction: 3rd Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 3rd Place (41-46)

Impact Player: Nolan Anderson - 66 RS, 18 HR, 58 RBI, 15 SB
Impact Pitcher: J.P. McEnroe - 7-3 W/L, 5 CG, 3.88 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .221 OAV

The Other Side
If I was a mad scientist, I'd take the Metros hitters and the Swingers pitchers and put them in a test tube and create the greatest franchise ever! Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but numbers don't lie. The Swingers have the opposite problem of the Metros. Syracuse has solid pitching (4th in team ERA in the N.L. at 4.26), but poor hitting (in the bottom 4 in just about every offensive category). Hmmm, is an inter-division trade in the future? Speaking of trades, the Swingers traded Ted Hunter which certainly took away some of the offense, but I do like the prospects Syracuse received in return so it was a smart trade for both parties.

Season 9: 4th Place (59-103)
Season 10 Prediction: 4th Place
Season 10 Place/Record: 4th Place (32-55)

Impact Player: Bill Kane - 25 HR, 62 RBI, 48 RS, .865 OPS
Impact Pitcher: Bruce Gulan - 8-4 W/L, 3.98 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .255 OAV

Things Can Only Get Better
This is no suprise. Chicago's got a lot of work to do, but they can build around Tony Rodriguez and Cookie Veras. The Old Style will just need to continue to work the drafts, the waiver wire and grab some international free agents.

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