The New York Mets will be hosting the MLB All Star game at Citi Field this year and even though its far away there is still the giant question, who is going to win this battle? After looking at previous records, the last time the National league has won more than 3 All Star games in a row was from 1972-1982, overall The NL has been better by winning 5 games more than the AL. I believe that if the AL All Star team has more players from every team, rather than being from the Yankees there might be a chance that they will win, It is time to let the great younger players get there All-Star time, like Manny Machado, Yoenis Cespedes, Drew Hutchinson, etc. So I am deffinitly going with an American League win this year, they lost 8-0 the previous year with Justin Verlander allowing 5 runs in only 1 inning!
The AL is not happy and everyone should notice that.
Every year we see people giving their thoughts on the top teams of the year and who they think will be playing in October. Well why not make a different prediction? Why not guess who will be calling up their minor league teams in August to get them playing time? Which team will take home the annual “1899 Cleveland Spiders Basement Award” (They finished 20–134 (.130), the worst in baseball history)? Here are my top 3 picks for the worst team this year!
1. Houston Astros
This is a no-brainer. Firstly, they are the reigning champions of the worst record in the MLB bringing home 107 losses in 2012. When you look at their roster it already looks like they have made their minor league call-ups. Their offseason moves are not looking to help them either. The big one they made to practically lock themselves in the basement is their move to the AL West. They moved to a really tough division after leaving a division where they could at least battle for second last place with the Cubs. Now they are going into a division where every team is a threat. Yes, even the Seattle Mariners could make Houston look like a little league baseball team.
Houston added some new faces in the offseason that will help them end their season even quicker. They added Carlos Pena, but I don’t think anyone told the Astros that this is not the Pena from the 2007 Rays (He hit .282 with 46 home runs and 121 rbi’s). This is the Pena from 2012 who after being unsuccessful with the Cubs (which is a pretty easy thing to do) went back to Tampa to hit just .197 with 19 home runs and 61 rbi’s in 160 games. What is odd though is that his 61 rbi’s is more than J.D Martinez’s 55 rbi’s which led the Houston Astros last year. So while it is an improvement for them, it’s not an improvement for a normal team.
They also added Phil Humber who is best remembered for pitching the 21st perfect game in MLB history last year. Now Houston you should pay attention to what I’m telling you as you may not be aware. Humber pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners last year. The Seattle Mariners hit just .234 last year as a team. That was last in the league, not just the American league, this was in all of baseball. So while this is impressive the rest of his stats are not that great. He has a career ERA of 4.87 and his season with the White Sox ended last year after he sustained an injury and was replaced by Francisco Liriano……..that’s right. So here’s to ya Houston, you surely are the front runner to be the worst team in the Majors once again!
2. Miami Marlins
Coming into the 2013 season, I will be honest, I forgot that there was a team in Miami. I could have swore they were relocated to Toronto to make a 2nd team up there called the “Toronto Marlins.” Then it hit me, Gincarlo Stanton has to still be in baseball right? So i looked him up on Wikipedia on low and behold I discovered that he wasn’t released from Miami. After shipping out Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson , John Buck, and Emilio Benifacio, I had to think they got something out of this right? In fact, the only noteworthy name they got was Yunel Escobar. So in what was a very clear salary dump move they followed this up by trading Yunel Escobar 2 weeks later. It can’t get any worse right? Wrong. They announced three days after that unreal trade that they had signed Juan Pierre. You give up an all star cast of players to replace that with Juan Pierre?!! What happened to this team? They won the world series in 1997 and 2003. Now they are fighting with Houston to be the tickle fight team of the Major League. I had to do some research to figure out where they went wrong. Then after about an 18 minute search I found my answer. David Samson.
For those of you who don’t know this man is the President of Baseball Operations in Miami. He is the man who destroyed the Montreal Expos and had them sold to Major League Baseball so they could eventually be the Washington Nationals. He became the president of the Marlins in 2002 and after watching them win a world series in 2003, has sent then on a downhill since. Now it appears he has them at rock bottom. He thought moving the team from Florida to Miami (Spoiler Alert they literally didn’t leave the city of Miami, just changed the name to try to spark something) would help them, but unfortunately no one in Florida seemed to have noticed, and the continually bad attendance numbers prove it. Seeing this year unfold for Miami will no doubt be amusing. Maybe Barry Bonds will come back and play for the Marlins for absolutely no reason. Then sometime right before the all-star break the MLB will pull an NBA move and take the team out to Oklahoma City and keep them there to add another pro team in Oklahoma. When you look at the standings this year you will surely see Miami at the bottom. Good luck to you, Gincarlo.
3. Chicago Cubs
I feel like this is just a bad joke that has going on for what 104 years now? They are destined to be another bottom feeding team and now that Houston has left the NL Central they won’t have a struggle to be last in that division, they just will be. The Pirates are actually becoming somewhat good now until the all-star break, then the other three teams in the Central are actual baseball teams so the Cubs will have no problem being in last. I have to give the Cubs credit for at least trying to find a good team, they’re problem is every player they get catches what I like to call “Cubsitis.” Scott Baker and Matt Garza have a bad case of it, and it’s hitting them so bad they don’t even want to play. They added Edwin Jackson to try to get some depth in pitching, but he better beware of that Cubsitis.
Alfonso Soriano continues to be the only legitimate home run threat leading the team with 32 HR’s last year, but at age 37 that it is inevitable that Cubsitis will hit him soon. Bryan Lahair was an all-star for the Cubs last year because Tony Larussa hates the Reds, but now the Cubsitis has hit Bryan so badly that he disappeared and is now playing in Japan. Rizzo could be the next hope, but the problem with him is he has a chance to be good so he will more than likely get traded for a couple of minor-leaguers.
Hey I have a joke I want to tell you…….Carlos Marmol. Get it? Now on a serious note. Led the league in blown saves in 2011 and in 2012 was plagued with Cubsitis so he was only able to collect 20 saves and pitched just 55 innings. This is mainly because in order to bring in a closer you need to have a close lead near the end of the game. That doesn’t happen often for the Cubs so this was a problem. I still have to admire the fans that come out every year to cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It’s just disappointing that they are never able to provide the city with a team that can be worthwhile to actually watch. Good luck to you on your 105th consecutive re-building year Cubs.
Also received votes to be on this list:
Boston Red Sox
Becuase they’re team was bought out by the Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they’re manager left to go to Cleveland
Will only be out of the basement if they figure out that there is more to life than Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer
San Diego Padres or Colorado Rockies
Flip a coin.
There you have it folks. When you are checking the bottom of the standings this year you can surely expect to see near the bottom!
2013 MLB Playoff Predictions
We here at Baseball’s 28th Out have shown you our regular season predictions. Now it’s time for our October baseball predictions.
Here they are:
#1 Nationals vs. #2 Giants
The Nationals take the Wild Card due to superior pitching. The Giants stack up very well against most teams pitching wise, but the Nationals have the best pitching staff in the league. Nationals win.
#2 Reds vs. #3 Dodgers
The Reds and Dodgers both have stacked lineups, however, the Reds have something the Dodgers lack; team chemistry. The Dodgers struggled at the end of last season because of the last of a team identity and it will cost them again against the loaded Reds lineup. Reds win.
#1 Braves vs. #4 Nationals
The Nationals pitching comes through again. The Braves bolstered their lineup by adding both Uptons, but lost their leader in Chipper Jones. The Braves cannot contend with the pitching staff of the Nationals and they stumble in what shapes up to be a great series. Nationals win.
#2 Reds vs. #4 Nationals
Guess what, the Nationals pitching staff stays hot. The Reds will do the opposite of last year and play better at home than on the road, but they will not be able to beat the Nationals pitching. In 7 games, the Nationals take the series and move on the world series. Nationals win.
#1 Blue Jays vs. #2 Athletics
The Blue Jays break out the boom sticks and smash the Athletics pitching staff. The Athletics hang around, but in the end, the power and star studded lineup of the Blue Jays wins this one. Blue Jays win.
#2 Angels vs. #3 Orioles
The Orioles pitching can’t contain the power of the Angels lineup. The small ball Orioles scrape a few runs, but cannot keep pace with the overpowering lineup of the Angels. Angels win.
#1 Tigers vs. #4 Blue Jays
The Tigers dominate the Blue Jays in every aspect of the game. The Blue Jays, on paper, look like they can match up with the Tigers, but the Blue Jays lack of team chemistry ends their playoff run. Tigers win.
#1 Tigers vs. #2 Angels
In an absolute slug fest of a series the Tigers pitching will be able to stop the bleeding before the Angels pitching staff can. The Angels sluggers leave it all on the diamond, but in the end, the pitching staff loses this one for the Angels. Tigers move on to their 2nd world series in as many years. Tigers win.
#1 Tigers vs #4 Nationals
Two opposing team strategies, the Nationals a pitching dominant team, and the Tigers, an offensively dominant team. The winner will be the team that can shut down the other team’s strength. The Tigers are going to need to flex their muscles and plant a lot of souvenirs into the outfield bleachers. The Nationals will need to slow the game down and let their pitching staff do what they’ve done all season long: win. In what will be a thriller of a series the Detroit Tigers will win the World Series because they will be able to get to the Nationals pitching staff that carried the Nats this far. The Nationals pitchers give it everything they’ve got, but their youth and lack of offense leaves the Nationals with just a pennant and not a ring. The Detroit Tigers win.
2013 American League Predictions
We here at 28th out spent hours and hours running mathematical equations and building models to determine our American League predictions. Ok, not really, just hours spent debating and stat crunching. Here are our picks with explanations for each.
1.) BALTIMORE ORIOLES – I’m buying the bird! A young crop of kids who can rake and run. Pitching is a little bit of a worry, but if they get to the 9th with the lead Jim Johnson is one of the best closers is the biz.
2.) TORONTO BLUE JAYS – The Yankees have shown money wins the AL East, however, I don’t think the Blue Jays will quite have enough, but fear not Blue Jays fans, they make the playoffs as a wild card.
3.) NEW YORK YANKEES – Although being old and decrepit seems to be a requirement to make the team, the Yankees always seem to be in the hunt. No playoffs for the Bronx Bombers this year though
4.) TAMPA BAY RAYS – The Rays trade away Scott Shields for Wil Myers, a great move for the future, but the loss of a dominant starter hurts the Rays this year. Good year, not great, no playoffs for the Rays.
5.) BOSTON RED SOX – I’m putting the BoSox in the basement. Why? Because they’re in the toughest division in baseball and don’t have an identity as a team. Rough year for the BoSox much like last year.
1.) DETROIT TIGERS – The Motor City will be all fired up this year. A triple crown winner, a 30+ homerun hitter, a Cy Young candidate, and guess what Victor Martinez is back. Big year for the Tigers.
2.) CHICAGO WHITE SOX – The White Sox have the potential to overtake the Tigers, but will the pitching be there? Will they be able to get consistent play from their allstars like Adam Dunn? No playoffs.
3.) KANSAS CITY ROYALS – Country Breakfast is going to lead his boys into 3rd place this year, just edging the Indians, but being nowhere close to contention. The playoff drought continues for the Royals
4.) CLEVELAND INDIANS – The Indians haven’t had anything to celebrate since 1964 and well let’s be honest, Bourn and Swisher are nice, but they aren’t going to get you to the playoffs…or even close.
5.) MINNESOTA TWINS – The Twins are in the basement. Mauer and Morneau are good, but can you name other players on the team? Can you name the starting rotation?
1.) LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM – Jared Weaver, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, no, that’s not the starting lineup of the All-Star game, it’s the 2013 Angels
2.) OAKLAND ATHLETICS – Led by Yoenis Cespedes, and a bunch of pitchers nobody has ever heard of but turns out they’re pretty good, the Athletics will coast into the 2nd wild card position.
3.) TEXAS RANGERS – The Rangers dominant reign in the AL West has come to a screeching halt. Following last season’s collapse the Rangers let Hamilton walk and are sending Profar to AAA. No playoffs.
4.) SEATTLE MARINERS – Look at it this way, there is absolutely no way the Mariners will come in last this season! Could mix it up with Texas for the 3 spot, but not enough to get to the post season.
5.) HOUSTON ASTROS – The Lastros will live up to their name yet again. After literally trading away the entire team except Altuve and a couple lucky pitchers, the Astros will continue to rebuild.
2013 National League Predictions
We here at the 28th Out have put countless ours into deciding who we think will take the National League. Here are our picks and a little explanation as to why we picked them
NL EAST –
1.) ATLANTA BRAVES – The Tomahawk-Choppers take the closest division race in baseball. The Braves led by their unbelievable outfield, slam the door on the Nationals. Top seed in the NL
2.) WASHINGTON NATIONALS – Their pitching is outstanding, absolutely dominant. However can the offense produce? That giant question is what keeps the Nats from taking the division. #1 wildcard though.
3.) PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – They aren’t going to be good, but with Utley and Howard on the team anything can happen. In the Phillies case that anything is 3rd place and missing out on the playoffs.
4.) NEW YORK METS – In the leagues best battle for the basement the Mets just get edged by the Marlins. The rebuilding Mets struggle this year now that they’ve lost their Dickey. No playoffs.
5.) MIAMI MARLINS – I don’t know what’s worse, the team Jeffrey Loria has decided to put on the field or the hideous statue in center field. Either way the Marlins occupy the NL East basement.
1.) CINCINNATI REDS – By adding a leadoff hitter the Redlegs have filled their biggest hole. Hop aboard the Choo Choo train Reds fans because the division title stays in the Queen City this year. Big year.
2.) ST. LOUIS CARDINALS – The Red Birds come up short in the division. Too many holes in the St. Louis lineup that has been plagued with injuries in Spring Training. Miss out on the playoffs.
3.) PITTSBURGH PIRATES – I’m really not sure what it is, but the Pirates keep signing has-beens and expect them to lead them to the World Series. Somebody needs to tell them that’s not how it works.
4.) MILWAUKEE BREWERS – The Brew Crew fights the Buccos for 3rd, but a lack of offense and a potential suspension for Ryan Braun kill the Brewers.
5.) CHICAGO CUBS – The Curse of the Billy Goat continues to squelch Theo Epstein’s attempt to bring any kind of success to the Cubs. With the Astros out of the division, the Cubs take over the basement.
1.) LOS ANGELES DODGERS – Magic Johnson bought himself a nice lineup. The Dodgers knock of the Giants for the top spot in the West led by Greinke and Magic Johnson’s pocketbook.
2.) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – The Giants miss out on the division title but still have a great year thanks to a solid rotation and the MVP behind the plate. Second wild card for the defending champs.
3.) ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS – They trade away Bauer and Upton, two of there best players, and get prospects. I’m assuming the Dbacks have conceded the division this year. No playoffs.
4.) COLORADO ROCKIES – Tulo is back from injury and will hopefully stay healthy. However, the Rocks don’t have the pitching or the offense outside of Tulo and CarGo. Tough year for the Rockies.
5.) SAN DIEGO PADRES – The Friars are plagued with a lack of offense, partly because of the stadium and partly because they don’t have an offensive threat. Grandal’s 50 game susp. hurts, Pads in the basement