Saturday, November 27, 2010

2010 in Review

Time again to revisit my preseason predictions.  Sorry to say.


New York Yankees (98-64) 96-100 win range

Boston Red Sox *WC* (94-68) 92-96 win range

Tampa Bay Rays (88-74) 86-90 win range

Baltimore Orioles (74-88) 72-76 win range

Toronto Blue Jays (66-96) 64-68 win range

And here’s what actually happened …

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Giant Step

Quick note:  The title of this blog refers to the underrated musical stylings of The Monkees, whose TV show I was a big fan of as a kid (and yes, I’m serious).  I should also note that, thanks to a typo, this was almost titled “A Giant Strep.”  Make of that what you will.

Question:  When was the last time the Giants had two pitchers as good as Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain?  (And I don’t just mean for one year.  I mean two legitimately excellent, still-in-their-prime pitchers for a fair amount of time).

Short Answer:  About 35-40 years.

And now for the long answer …

Thursday, November 18, 2010

2010 NL East in Review

Note:  This article was completed before I learned of the trade sending Dan Uggla from the Marlins to the Braves.  Instead of starting this entry over, I’ll just say that the deal really helps the Braves while providing little other than money saved for Florida.

Atlanta Braves

W-L:  91-71 (2nd in NL East; NL Wild Card)

Pythagorean W-L (pW-pL):  93-69

Payroll:  $90.3 million (7th in NL)

R/G:  4.56 (5th in NL)

ERA:  3.57 (4th in NL)

Defense Efficiency Ratio (DER):  .687 (T-8th in NL)

Team MVPs:  Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Martin Prado