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Hello Offseason: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers truly had a bad year. They were projected by most to win the division, and they just had some terrible slumps to prevent them from doing that.

Their issue was pitching, like it is with most teams. They got Ted Lilly to help with their staff, and then signed him to a three year extension. It was a good move for a team that is having trouble making any moves at all with their ownership situation.

Lilly was good for LA, Having a 3.51 ERA in 12 games along with a 0.99 WHIP. So that is a deal the Dodgers do not regret. In fact, most of the rotation was pretty good for Los Angeles, with Chad Billingsly, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Monasterios, and Hiroki Kuroda. All five pitchers had a sub-5.00 ERA, the highest being Monasterios with a 4.38.

The Dodgers bullpen wasn’t what they hoped for, with good seasons out of only Hong-Chih Kuo and Kenley Jansen. Jonathan Broxton and George Sherill, two former closers, had Earned Run Averages over 4.00, with Sherill’s over six.

So a lot of the blame for that falls on Sherill and Jeff Weaver, who had similar numbers as the long relief arm.

In the infield, James Loney was a disappointment, and is a possible non-tender candidate. He hit only .267 with 10 home runs and 88 RBIs. LA does not have a surplus on first baseman, but they may non tender him and just resign him after for less money.

Ryan Theriot did a pretty good job coming over from Chicago, hitting .270 with 20 stolen bases. Theriot may not always be an everyday player, but he certainly gets the job done. Rafael Furcal had a quietly good year, hitting .300 right on the button. He alos had an On Base Percentage of .366 and a .826 OPS.

Casey Blake probably was not as good as expected, hitting .248. But he did 17 home runs over at third base, and he is 37 now, so who knows what his future in Los Angeles is?

Rod Barajas was solid at catcher when he came over from New York, hitting .297 with five homers in LA. He filled in very well when Russel Martin went out in August with the torn laburem.

In the outfield, the Dodgers did have Manny Ramirez, but he went to the DL three times before being traded to the White Sox. So instead, they called up Xavier Paul who did pretty much nothing.

In the other outfields were Andre Eithier and Matt Kemp. Kemp had a down year batting average wise, but still hit 28 home runs. Eithier had another great season, hitting .300.

Is this Dodgers team going to look the same in March? Probably not. There are already rumors of them moving Eithier and Kemp. Kemp for being a distraction as of late, and Eithier because of the whole ownership situation. There were rumors of them trading for Daisuke Matsuzaka of Boston, but Seattle is now interested too so it will be interesting to see if they get him.

All in all, the Dodgers probably could make the playoffs next year, but they do have some work to do.

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4/21 Total Bases

Here is this week’s league leaders in Total Bases :

 

1. Vernon Welss- Toronto- 47

2. Nelson Cruz-Texas- 41

2. Matt Kemp-Los Angeles- 41

4. Jose Gullien-Kansas City- 40

5. Albert Pujols-St.Louis- 39

5. Dustin Pedroia- Boston- 39

7. Alex Gonzalez-Toronto-38

7. Chase Utley-Philadelphia-38

9. Casey McGee-Milwakee-36

10. Jorge Cantu-Florida- 35

 

 

 

Opening Day Predictions

I made my before-Spring Training predictions, here are my Opening Day Season predictions. Plus, check out the player to watch feature which gives you a player to watch on each team during the reaguler season.

 

AL East      Player to watch:

Boston Red Sox   (Jacoby Ellsbury)

New York Yankees  (Marcus Thames)

Tampa Bay Rays  (Ben Zobrist)

Baltimore Orioles  (Nolan Reimold)

Toronto Blue Jays  (Adam Lind)

 

AL Central

Minnesota Twins  (Orlando Hudson)

Chicago White Sox  (Jake Peavy)

Kansas City Royals  (Rick Ankeil)

Detroit Tigers  (Austin Jackson)

Cleveland Indians  (Micheal Brantly)

 

AL West

Seattle Mariners  (Chone Figgins)

Anaheim Angels  (Kendry Morales)

Texas Rangers  (Neftali Feliz)

Oakland Athletics  (Brett Anderson)

 

NL East

Philadelphia Phillies  (Jayson Werth)

Atlanta Braves  (Jason Heyward)

Florida Marlins  (Mike Stanton)

Washington Nationals  (Nyjer Morgan)

New York Mets  (Kiko Calero)

 

NL Central

St.Louis Cardinals (Colby Rasmus)

Chicago Cubs  (Randy Wells)

Cincinatti Reds  (Aroldis Chapman)

Milwakee Brewers  (Alcades Escobar)

Houston Astros  (Hunter Pence)

Pittsburgh Pirates  (Garrett Jones)

 

NL West

Colorado Rockies  (Jason Hammel)

Los Angeles Dodgers  (Clayton Kershaw)

San Fransisco Giants  (Madison Bumgarner)

Arizona D-backs  (Justin Upton)

San Diego Padres  (Clayton Richard)

 

AL MVP

1.  Evan Longoria

2. Joe Mauer

3. Kendry Morales

NL MVP

1. Albert Pujols

2. Chase Utley

3. Ryan Braun

AL Cy Young

1. Jon Lester

2. Cliff Lee

3. Zack Greinke

NL Cy Young

1. Roy Halladay

2. Chris Carpenter

3. Tim Lincecum

AL ROY

1. Brain Matusz

2. Austin Jackson

3. Desmond Jennings

NL ROY

1. Jason Heyward

2. Mike Stanton

3. Madison Bumgarner

AL MOY

1. Don Wakamtsu

2. Ron Gardenhire

3. Joe Maddon

NL MOY

1. Bobby Cox

2. Tony LaRusa

3. Freddi Gonzalez

AL Comeback Player

Andruw Jones

NL Comeback Player

Manny Rameriz

 

Wild Cards:

Yankees

Braves

 

Those are my predicitions. My Internationl League predictions will be sometime next week.

MLB Season Predictions

Standings:

AL East:

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

Tampa Bay Rays

Baltimore Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays

 

AL Central:

Minnesota Twins

Chicago White Sox

Kansas City Royals

Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians

 

AL West:

Seattle Mariners

Anaheim Angels

Texas Rangers

Oakland A’s

 

NL East:

Philadelphia Phillies

Florida Marlins

Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals

New York Mets

 

NL Central:

St.Louis Cardinals

Chicago Cubs

Cincinatti Reds

Milwakee Brewers

Houston Astros

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

NL West:

LA Dodgers

Colorado Rockies

San Fransisco Giants

Arizona Diamondbacks

San Diego Padres

 

AL MVP Top 3:

Evan Longoria- Rays

Joe Mauer- Twins

Kendry Morales- Angels

 

Red Sox MVP:

Jacoby Ellsbury

 

AL Cy Young Top 3:

Jon Lester- Red Sox

Zack Greinke- Royals

Cliff Lee- Mariners

 

Red Sox Cy Young:

Lester

 

NL MVP Top 3:

Albert Pujols- Cardinals

Jayson Werth- Phillies

Ryan Braun- Brwers

 

NL CY Youn Top 3:

Josh Johnson- Marlins

Tim Lincecum- Giants

Carlos Zambrano- Cubs

 

AL ROY:

Desmond Jennings- Rays

 

NL ROY:

Jason Heyward- Braves

 

Bold Predictions:

The Baltimore Orioles will compete with the Rays for the #3 spot in the AL East

The Royals will have a record around .500

Mike Cameron will hit 25 HRs

The Reds will finish over .500

The Blue Jays will have the second worst record in baseball, ahead of only the Mets

I will be right about at least one thing here(I told you, bold predictions)

MLB Free Agent Signings: Starting Pitchers

Here is a list of every MLB free agent signing to this point. You can also see this list at Soxtime.com. I will update this with every signing.

Name:                        Position         Old Team        Rumored teams:          Signed with:         $:

Erik Bedard              SP               Seattle        Boston, Baltimore

Paul Byrd                  SP               Boston        None 

Aroldis Chapman   SP               Cuba            Boston, NYY   

Jose Contreas       SP              Colorado      Colorado

Doug Davis              SP              Arizona         Milwakee

Justin Duchscher  SP             Oakland         Oakland, Boston, CHC

Kelvim Escobar      SP             Anaheim        Boston

Jon Garland            SP             Los Angeles  Baltimore, Anaheim

Mike Hampton       SP             Houston           Atlanta

Rich Harden           SP             CHC                  Boston, Seattle

Livan Herndandez SP            Washington    Washington

Randy Johnson      SP          San Fransisco   None

John Lackey         SP            Anaheim            Boston, Texas, Baltimore, Anaheim

Brandon Looper  SP           Milwakee            Milwakee

Jason Marquis     SP          Colorado             NYM

Pedro Martinez    SP          Philadelphia       Philadelphia

Brett Myers          SP          Philadelphia       NYY, Boston

Vincente Padilla   SP         Los Angeles      Houston

Carl Pavano          SP         Minnesota          Minnesota

Brad Penny          SP         San Fransisco    San Fransisco

Andy Pettitte       SP          NYY                      NYY

Joel Pinero          SP        St. Louis               St.Louis, Boston, Seattle

Ben Sheets          SP       Milwakee              Boston, NYY, Texas

John Smoltz        SP       St.Louis                St.Loius, Texas

Jarrod Washburn SP     Detroit                   Seattle

Todd Wellemeyer SP   St.Louis                 None

Randy Wolf              SP  Los Angeles        LA, Texas, Atlanta

 

 

 

Type A’s and B;s

Here is all the type A and B players, who can be offered Arbitration today.

Type As: Bengie Molina SFG  Billy Wagner  BOS  Chone Figgins LAA  Darren Oliver LAA  Jason Bay BOS Jermaine Dye CWS  John Lackey LAA  Johnny Damon NYY  Jose Valverade HOU  Kevin Gregg CHC  LaTroy Hawkins HOU  Marco Scutaro TOR  Randy Wolf LAD  Matt Holliday STL  Miguel Tejada HOU  Mike Gonzalez ATL  Octavio Dotel CWS  Orlando Cabrera MIN  Orlando Hudson LAD  Placido Polonco DET  Rafeal Betancourt COL  Rafeal Soriano ATL 

Type Bs: Adam LaRouche PIT  Adrian Beltre SEA  Andy Pettitte NYY  Bob Howry SFG  Brandon Looper MIL  Brandon Lyon DET  Brain Giles SDP  Brain Shouse TBR  Carl Pavano MIN  Carlos Delgado NYM  Chan Ho Park PHI  David Weathers MIL  Doug Brocail  HOU  Doug Davis ARI  Erik Bedard SEA  Felipe Lopez  MIL  Fernando Rodney DET  Fernando Tatis NYM  Garret Anderson ATL  Greg Zaun TBR  Ivan Rodriguez TEX  Jason Kendell MIL  Jason Marquis COL  Joe Beimial COL  Joel Pinero STL  Jon Garland LAD  Justin Duchester OAK  Mark DeRosa STL  Marlon Byrd TEX  MFelvin Mora BAL  Miguel Olivo KCR  Mike Cameron SEA  Nick Johnson FLA  Randy Johnson  SFG  Randy Winn SFG  RIch Harden CHC Rod Barjas TOR  Ronnie Belliard LAD  Russ Springer TBR  Scott Eyre PHI  Tory Glaus STL  Vincente Padilla LAD  Vladimir Gurerro LAA  Xavier Nady NYY  Yorvit Torrealba COL

MLB News and Rumors-11/28

  • Marco Scutaro says he would prefer to sign with the Red Sox or Dodgers, beacause he wants to play either SS or 2B. the Mariners and Rangers want to use him at third base. Interesting Texas would want him, with Micheal Young. “Boston is interested, like the Dodgers, Seattle and Texas,” Scutaro said. “They have just called to say they have interest, but they haven’t made an offer yet.
    “The Dodgers want me to play second base, shortstop in Boston, and there are other teams who have called to play third. Although not close the doors, I would rather be between short and second.”
  • Bud Selig has said he will retire after the 2012 season.
  • Yesterday we learned the Marlins may be willing to deal Josh Johnson.
  • Roy Halladay would aprove a deal to the Yankees.
  • The Tigers are looking to trade Edwin Jackson.