2008 Playoff Predictions

March 28, 2008

Who will be champ? (misconmike/flickr)

Who will be crowned the next World Champion? (misconmike / flickr)

Now that I have wrapped up all my 2008 division predictions, its time to move on to who is going to do what this fall in the playoffs. Make sure to check back tomorrow as well to see my picks of who will take home the 2008 awards. As always let me know what you think of all the picks!

In case you missed any of the division breakdowns you can check them out here:
AL East | AL Central | AL West | NL East | NL Central | NL West

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2008 Division Predictions: NL West

March 28, 2008

Holliday crushes another pitch (MelvinSchlubman/flickr)

Holliday looks to lead his Rockies in another close division race. (MelvinSchlubman / flickr)

With the 2008 season opener upon us I figured it would be as good a time as ever to give my exciting 2008 division, playoff and award winner picks! Today marks the final division that we have to cover (see below to view one of the other divisions) so tomorrow we move on to the playoff and World Series picks and award winners on Saturday. As always, let me know your opinion on each one!

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The Best NL Prospects You Don’t Know

March 26, 2008

By now, everyone has heard just about everything there is to know about some of the biggest prospects in the game. There probably isn’t too much new I can tell you about guys like Jay Bruce, Joba Chamberlain, Clay Buchholz or Evan Longoria. There has been so much media attention given to the top tier of prospects (more than I can ever remember) that there is a whole gang of young players that are constantly overlooked and forgotten.

So with that being said, I have decided to put together a collection of prospects called “The Best Prospects You Don’t Know” for both leagues comprising of the top prospect at each position (and here’s the key) who you may not know much about. So below is the National League team I have compiled of all the best who you may have never heard about. As always let me know what you think and if I have missed anyone you think deserves to be on here.

CATCHER: J.R. Towles, HOU
After flying through the Minors in 2007 and joining the Astros by year’s end, it gives you a good idea of how good of a young catcher this kid is. Towles is a very good hitter who can hit for average and has above average power (for a catcher) thanks to his very good eye at the plate. He’s a dead pull hitter (which is fine in Houston’s ballpark) but he does need to learn to hit to other fields to be successful in the big leagues. Last season he had 40 at-bats with Houston and hit .375/.432/.575 with 12 RBI. Defensively he is rather quick behind the plate and calls a good game but he could use some work in a few areas such as throwing out base runners. Otherwise projects to be an above average everyday catcher in the Majors.

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2008 Division Predictions: NL Central

March 24, 2008

Fielder stands tall (Gbfan/flickr)

The Prince reigns supreme over the NL Central. (Gbfan / flickr)

Today marks the start of a new week as well as the continuation of my 2008 division, playoff and award winner picks! Today we’ll continue covering each division (one division per day) with the order they will finish along with some brief statements about each team and the standout players from that division. Once all of the divisions are done we will talk playoffs and then finally the 2008 award winners. As always, let me know your opinion on each one!

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2008 Division Predictions: NL East

March 21, 2008

Howard at the plate (ebot/flickr)

Big Ryan Howard looks to help his club destroy the Mets for a second straight year. (ebot / flickr)

With the 2008 season opener upon us I figured it would be as good a time as ever to give my exciting 2008 division, playoff and award winner picks! We’ll start off by covering each division (one division per day) with the order they will finish along with some brief statements about each team and the standout players from that division. Once all of the divisions are done we will talk playoffs and then finally the 2008 award winners. As always, let me know your opinion on each one!

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2008 Division Predictions: AL West

March 21, 2008

Guerrero at the plate (PV Bruin/flickr)

Guerrero finally has more offense to protect him in the lineup. (PV Bruin / flickr)

With the 2008 season opener upon us I figured it would be as good a time as ever to give my exciting 2008 division, playoff and award winner picks! We’ll start off by covering each division (one division per day) with the order they will finish along with some brief statements about each team and the standout players from that division. Once all of the divisions are done we will talk playoffs and then finally the 2008 award winners. As always, let me know your opinion on each one!

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Great Joba Debate Comes to an End

March 20, 2008

It's Joba Time! (dethtrip99/flickr)

It’s Joba time folks! (dethtrip99 / flickr)

Well Yankee fans, fantasy owners and anyone with “Joba Fever” the debate on where phenom pitcher Joba Chamberlain will start the season has finally been officially answered. New Yankee manager Joe Girardi announced Wednesday that Joba will start the year in the bullpen but did not announce that he will be Mariano Rivera’s set-up guy.

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