wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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Another long season ahead

Well, I suppose it could be worse from a baseball perspective: I could be living in Kansas City, where the management seems to have completely forgotten the methods that made the Royals so great in the 1980s. Or North Korea. Which is kind of the same thing, from a baseball perspective. Still, I have to face facts, and the facts are that I'm cheering for two teams that have next to no offense, and in the case of the Nationals, damn little good pitching either. At least the Nats have an excuse, since they're still drifting without an owner and have to put up with one of the biggest idiots to ever fill a General Manager's chair as a result. The Twins? Not so much. Terry Ryan has a reputation as a competent GM, although after he turned down Corey Koskie for Tony Batista and left Jason Bartlett in Syracuse for another year, I find my doubts renewed. You can only blame so much on the legendary cheapness of Carl Pohlad, after all.

Anyway, Aaron Gleeman has a nice analysis of the team at the Hardball Times which seems to fit the consensus that we're going to finish third in the AL Central behind the rejuvenated Tribe and the Pale Hose, not necessarily in that order. I'm a little dubious about the consensus; I don't think all the young talent in Cleveland is going to perform as well folks think it well, and I don't think los Tigres are going to completely suck the way they have for the last decade and a half. The Royals, on the other hand...DOA. They could lose a hundred games. Again.

As for the Nats, well, they're in a tough division where the Mets and Phillies will be hitting them from one end of I-95 and the Braves will be doing likewise from the other end; the only soft spot in that division is the stripped-down Marlins, but I don't know if the Nationals have enough offense to dominate them and manage a 4th-place finish, especially after sending down their best center-field candidate, Ryan Church.

So...anyone up for a fantasy baseball draft this weekend? I hear Yahoo! has some leagues open...
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