as usual the team has several question marks heading into the season. some of the pitching has shown surprisingly good highlights in ST. and dumping the 2 out, bases empty singles hitter/automatic DP, rally killer (VG) is a plus. but he was replaced with a player who has rarely played more than 100 games a season (WB). and provides even less protection for the only power in the line up (Reynolds).
I don't usually assume the worst or best case scenarios when predicting the W-L record for the season. there was no significant upgrading done this winter, so you might say they are about as good as they were last year. However, the other 4 ALe teams all got better, which pretty well closes the door on any hope of a "Why Not II".
64 - 98
Expect Nolan and Andino to do well. Would like to see how much Mark Reynolds has improved his D. At the game I saw in Sarasota he made a couple good diving stops (there was also a ball that squirted by both him and Andino that was irritating to watch). What will happen with Chris Davis? He didn't suck at 1B in the game I saw, in fact he lifted up his teammates by making some great picks of poor throws.
It all boils down to the pitching as always. Time for the cavalry to grow up or ride on out of town.
I predict downhome and (not so) little (but still my baby girl) downhome will be at T Shirt Thursday on April 26. The shirt is pretty cool.
At this stage in both of their careers, Vlad and Betemit are the same players
70 to 73 wins, last place by 20+ games.
why does a perennial last place team have 10 players who will be 30 and older on the 25 man roster?
0-0 opening day
77 wins- like using 12 man staff and deep pen. That's when Buck is at his best with deep pen and the end of the season, don't try stretching starters anymore, 5-6 solid innings is enough and turn it over to the pen. Now they have depth in the pen in the
Minors to bring up if releivers get tired arms for a few weeks is what they did this offseason.
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