Posted on: May 14, 2009 12:28 am

The state of the AL West, latest prediction

So there you have it, the Angels no matter how battered are staying right with the Texas Rangers who have now won 9 of thier last 11. I know you heard me say that the Mariners were going to win this division and while I think they are a greatly improved team from last year, I tell you this now. These last 4 games against the Rangers forced me to see that Texas is clearly a better team as a whole, every single guy in that lineup can and will go deep all too often. And if Josh Hamilton keeps getting hotter now that he has been back for 2 games and has 2 homeruns then the Mariners don't stand a chance in this division when the Angels get healthy and I think we have known for a few weeks now that Oakland doesn't stand a chance either.

As the first quarter of the season comes to a close in the coming weeks, know this......The Angels and the Rangers are going to fight for this division. If Kevin Millwood can keep up his current pace, Vicente Padilla has given up one run on two hits in his last 15 innings which is obviously never a bad sign and Frank Francisco can keep saving games when he gets back in to the bullpen then this team is going to win a lot of games this year. The bats are rediculous right now, 56 homeruns in 34 games. And that new 20 year old shortstop Elvis Andrus is going to shine in this league, as if he wasn't good to begin with, he gets Omar Visquel to mentor him. Give me a break, that kid has been amazing in the 6 hole on the field and in the 9 hole in the lineup. Texas is deep and you better get used to it because they are still a young team.

After winning the division 4 out of the last 5 years you don't need me to tell you too much about the Angels but know that when this team is healthy they are still one of the toughest teams in all of baseball. The way Torii Hunter is on sportscenter every other night with another catch and is hitting for some good power this year again is always dangerous for opponents with the amount of heart that he has. Joe Saunders is throwing the ball extremely well and so is Jered Weaver. When Ervin Santana, John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar, Dustin Moseley and Vladimir Guerrero come back to the team they are something to watch and a team that can completely shut the opposition down.

So 34 games in to the season, here are my predictions for the AL West..

1. Texas Rangers (93-69)
2. LA Angels (91-71)
3. Seattle Mariners (83-79)
4. Oakland Athletics (74-88)

I think this is the year that the Rangers pitching does just enough for that incredible offense to win them the division this year.

Glad to hear some comments and criticism.....

Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:58 pm

Biography on the worst pitcher in all of baseball

Hello, my name is Carlos Silva and I am the worst pitcher in the major leagues. The reason I'm rich is because Bill Bavasi was the worst thing that ever happened to the Mariners organization and he felt the need to pay me more than any other pitcher in the Mariners rotation. Although my best year I went 14-8 with a 4.21 ERA in 2004 and 13-14 with a 4.19 ERA the year before Bill gave me over 40 million dollars, I think he saw something in me. He saw that I obviously couldn't handle getting paid that much and the pressure that it comes with, he saw that I meant well and I wanted to do good but completely lacked the competitive drive and composure to do so. Either way I have had some ok days as a pitcher but now, I am officially the worst pitcher in all of baseball for a reason, because I'M A HACK.

Release him Mariners, do away with one more big chunk of Bavasi, do it!!!! Who cares how much money this guy is getting paid and will get paid, we will only lose more money by having him anywhere near the mound. Last year I made the mistake of going to a game when this guy was on the hill, last time I will do that. He gave up 7 runs before he got the third out, yes, I said that right 7 runs. Hell, I can literally throw a ball 90 mph down the middle of the plate but you see the thing is, I don't have another pitch do get a major league hitter out just like this guy. Whether he is in the bullpen or not he is going to throw the ball over the middle of the plate and people are going to hit it and hit it hard.....every single time he is on the mound. RELEASE HIM AND MOVE ON!!!!

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2009 3:03 am

The Seattle Mariners; can we really do this?

Well folks, here is what I think and as much baseball that I have played I would say I have a decent opinion on this particular matter..

The Mariners are an electric ball club for the simple fact that they like eachother and they are fighting for eachother right now. My favorite coach when I played legion ball used to say that baseball is 90% mental and the other 20% is pretty much all in your head as well. Yes that sounds funny because it is supposed to make you think. Either way, these guys are getting along with eachother and having fun winning ball games and when this starts to happen on a baseball team it is dangerous for the other teams in that respective division. Especially if your division is the AL West.

The AL West is comprised of three struggling teams and the Mariner's right now, although I don't think the Angels have any problems on thier team except for injuries and the Athletics just need to hit the darn ball and might start winning some games but as of right now don't look to be a threat in the division. The Rangers although having a powerful and effective offense have some serious run-prevention problems and except for Kevin Millwood and thier closer, Frank Francisco they are seriously lacking in the ability to stop opposing teams from scoring runs.

With that being said the Mariners are in an entirely different place than the rest of these teams. Jack Zduriencik, Don Wakamatsu, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney have no doubt changed this clubhouse with great leadership. While the offense has struggled as a whole, they have gotten some very timely hitting when they have needed it. Russell Branyan has been an absolute god-send and as the number's have shown in the past and will show again, Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre will get the bats back in shape and that could be all that they need with the pitching we have going right now. And as management has finally come to understand that defense wins games at Safeco Field, they could very well have the best defensive outfield in the major leagues with bringing in Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez.

Felix Hernandez is going to make this his real breakout year and show the rest of the league that he should battle for the Cy Young every year. Erik Bedard and Jarrod Washburn are pitching great and will keep doing so because they want to get the contracts done by the end of the year. I believe that Ryan Rowland-Smith when he comes back is going to be one of the best 4th or 5th starting pitchers for any team in the bigs this year. That leaves only one hole in the rotation with Carlos Silva who has had good stuff in the past and has had some shining moments this year with the M's. As a whole, if these guys keep pitching to thier potential, the Mariners could very easily win this division and have a great turn-around from last year's woes. I will call it now, AL West champion Seattle Mariners at 89-73.

Agree? Disagree? Come on, let's hear it!
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