Monday, April 20, 2009

Marlins (and Yankees) are the early season surprises

Who would have thought the Florida Marlins would be the team of discussion in the NL East with all of the off season moves the Mets made, but at 11 and Deuce (5-1 & 6-1) the Marlins are also the talk of the league. They’re plus 24 in run production, which was their problem of contention last season, and already have opened up a 4.5 game lead in what promises to be a tight division. The question facing the Marlins is will their pitching keep up? On the flip side, who would have thought with all of the momentum of the new Yankee stadium, the arrival of CC and other off season acqisitions, the bombers would be getting would be getting bombarded in their own yard? The lack arm strength is what is ailing the Yanks right now fortuneatly for them the rest of the East hasn’t realized the season has started yet either and .500 ball is enough be in the thick of things, but don’t let the Jays get too far out in front. Manny, Joe, and the kids are quickly turning LA into a baseball town as they have picked up the excitement where they left off last year and have gotten out to a 10-3 record, unbeaten at home, and have the highest run differencial (+42) in the league. The scary thing is that Manny hasn’t really gotten started yet, and if teams keep pitching around him to get the rest of the lineup it may help the Dodger youth grow up that much faster. They look like the most complete team in the Big Leagues right now as their starters are consistently getting into the sixth and seventh innings, while Broxton is a monster closer without missing any save opportunities. When Manny starts being Manny again LA may have more to love.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tragedy mars start of the season as Adenhart killed in accident

Angels rookie right-hander Nick Adenhart died early Thursday morning after a hit-and-run car accident in Fullerton, Calif. The Angels said that Adenhart, 22, died as a result of his injuries after undergoing surgery at University of California-Irvine Medical Center. No other members of the Angels organization were involved, the club said. Thursday's scheduled game against the A's was postponed. No decisions about a makeup game had been made.

"The Angels family has suffered a tremendous loss today," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said in a statement issued by the club. "We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick's family, friends' loved ones and fans." A man and a woman who were with Adenhart were killed and another person was seriously injured in the accident, which involved three vehicles. Authorities were blaming the accident on a motorist who ran a red light with his van and then fled the scene on foot. He was later found and taken into custody. Adenhart was one of four occupants in a silver Mitsubishi. Fullerton Police reported the Mitsubishi proceeded through an intersection, when a van ran a red light and broadsided the vehicle. The Mitsubishi slammed into a light pole.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Boys of summer are back and 30 dreams take the field

As the madness of March winds down the madness of Summer begins, and 30 different versions of “field of dreams” are still alive and well, for at least the first month of the season, but that’s what makes this the best time of year. There’s always the off-season moves of familiar faces coupled with the anticipation of the rooks that give fans of cellar dweller the previous season with hopes of going ‘worst to first’. With all 30 books wide open let’s take a look at each team, division, and league. Here are our divisional picks as well as the wild cards but visit each individual team page here and in the MLB chat rooms. Also see the weekly schedule, pitchers and odds in the Players Club MLB room.

NL East: NY Mets
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: LA Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Philadelphia Phillies
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AL East: NY Yankees
AL Central: Minnesota Twins
AL West: LA Angeles
AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays
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