Yes, we took a week off. But, don’t you worry, we’re back in full force with another dose of weekly MLB Power Rankings!
This week, we’re putting a spin on the article. Instead of giving each team a paragraph for their pros and cons from the week before, we’re going to do something a little different. This time, each team will get just one sentence. However, this one sentence will be from the perspective of a random fan before the season who’s trying to impress his buddy with sports knowledge, but says something totally unbelievable that no true fan of that team would’ve thought was possible.
This Week: @ San Francisco (3), vs. NY Mets (3)
Who needs Ryan Zimmerman when we have Adam LaRoche in the middle of our line-up? That dude’s got pop!
2. Cincinnati Reds (-1, 69-46, 1st in NL Central)
This Week: vs. NY Mets (3), vs. Chicago Cubs (4)
I’m serious, we’re not just going to be fine without Joey Votto. We’re going to be better than we were with him! I swear!
3. Texas Rangers (+1, 67-46, 1st in AL West)
This Week: @ NY Yankees (4), @ Toronto (3)
C.J. Wilson? Yu Darvish? Forget it, Matt Harrison is going to lead the staff! We’ll be fine!
4. New York Yankees (-1, 67-47, 1st in AL East)
This Week: vs. Texas (4), vs. Boston (3)
Who needs Mariano Rivera when we have Rafael Soriano? Not gonna miss that guy one bit!
5. Atlanta Braves (+0, 66-48, 2nd in NL East)
This Week: vs. San Diego (4), vs. LA Dodgers (3)Just when Mets fans thought the dark days of the Chipper Jones era was over, we’re gonna spring Freddie Freeman on them! They won’t see it coming! (OK, probably saw that coming. Just needed another avenue to express how depressed I am that the Braves found another Met killer. Maybe one day…) Read more…
Its Opening Day! Being a Mets fan far removed from the bright lights of New York City, I’m going to live-blog about my Mets/Braves Game #1 experience today from the comforts of my full size bed and handy dandy laptop.
12:49pm - The first down side to not having SNY and being blacked out of their feed from MLB.tv since I’m in the Braves viewing market, I can’t watch all the pre-game festivities. This is such a bummer. Twitter is telling me
LARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY Chipper Jones got loud chorus of boos. Good to see nothings changed. Damn him. DAMN THAT MAN!
12:51pm - Money line stands at -450 for Jason Bay getting booed louder than that. Oh! But first they boo the training staff. Mets fans are awesome.
12:54pm - Uhm, besides Freddie Freeman, who in this Braves line-up am I supposed to be afraid of? Matt Diaz?
12:59pm - Adam Rubin on twitter: “Ruben Tejada introduced at shortstop. The Jose Reyes era is over.” Yeah? What was your first clue?
1:00pm - Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuda!
1:01pm - The Braves on Fox Sports South have gone with Switchfoot as their 2012 theme music. That makes sense. Good for them.
1:05pm - Love the new blue walls, but LOVE the “Kid 8″ patch the Mets have put on the wall in honor of the late Gary Carter. He meant so much to this fan base and this city. It is great to see that the organization understands just how important he was to this team. Well done, Mets. Read more…
With baseball season fast approaching, it is time for TheWaiverWire’s inaugural Baseball Preview package. We will look at every division in baseball, starting in the American League and moving from East to West by division. Also, we each team by who will finish last to first. So, the first team you read about from each division is in the basement, and the last is who we determine to win the division.
National League East
Third Place – Atlanta Braves
Fourth Place – Washington Nationals (read season preview here)
The MLB regular season awards won’t be released for another month, but why not take a look at the candidates now? Debates for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, CY Young and Most Valuable Player awards have been ongoing for months, so I’m not exactly jumping the gun here.
American League Rookie of the Year:
My Pick: Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP), Starting Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Runner Up: Eric Hosmer (.293 BA, 19 HR, 78 RBI), First Baseman, Kansas City Royals
Other Candidates: Mark Trumbo, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda
My Take: There’s been a big push for Nova to win this award, but I can’t see it happening. While his record is very impressive (16-4), Hellickson has him beat in every other major category. Hellickson ranked 2nd in BAA, 8th in ERA, and 13th in WHIP in the AL this season and was a big reason the Rays made the playoffs, going 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five September starts. Hosmer had a great season for the Royals, but his stats aren’t as overwhelming as Hellickson’s. I’d be shocked if Hellickson didn’t win.