Friday, July 31, 2009

ML NL East Division Preview

. Friday, July 31, 2009

This is the continuing series of the division by division preview for the upcoming season.

1 - Cincinnati Marauders
Last season the Marauders finished 2nd in the worst division in HBD. It took only 85 wins to win the division title last season and at one point no team was over .500. The GM has taken to task and acquired 4 Free Agents this offseason which will propel them back to the top spot in this weak division for their 6th division title. The acquisition of 2 veteran pitchers, a catcher, and a superstar RF in Alvarado will be enough to win this division.

2 - Jacksonville PnBs
Last season's division winner stayed pat mostly in the offseason with only 2 veteran pitcher pickups. This team is driven by its young offense which will bash its way to challenge for their 2nd division title. They may fall short with their average pitching and will need to improve their win total to challenge for the wild card. With only 4 players over 30 years of age this team will continue to challenge for the divsion title for the foreseeable future.

3 - Toledo Lugg Nutts
This new owner has taken over a hapless team and made a big splash in the free agent market with 8 acquisitions. The acquisitions include 4 pitchers which should help re-vamp this pitching staff and 1 potential star player in LF Jeff Smith. These moves should be enough to vault them to 70 to 75 wins and a 3rd place finish in this division. The rebuilding of what once was a 5-time division winner should take a couple more seasons to contend for a wild card and division title.

4 - Washington D.C. West Wingers
This hapless franchise has the lowest payroll in baseball with 31.5 million. Unfortunately, the results will reflect that as well as this team will struggle all season with its pitching. Only 1 FA acquisition during the offseason won't change the fortunes of this team. The rebuilding process will continue for this franchise. This team is very young with only 3 players over the age of 30 and has potential to improve as the team matures. This team will be looking up at the rest of this division and perhaps lose 100 games again this season.