Sunday, August 16, 2009

ML AL South Division Preview

. Sunday, August 16, 2009

Louisville Phantom Regiment
After 4 successful seasons in Texas the franchise has packed up and moved to Louisville.
But the more things change the more they stay the same.
The team has added some pieces to a already potent squad and look to claim another division title this season.
Key Arrivals: Rico Mieses,Butch Mercker & Rick Brantley
Key Departures: J.T. Kelly,Walter House & Joshua Hines
Prediction: 1st Place - 96-66

Atlanta Fairfax
The ATL showed a resurgence last season after a tough season 10 in which the team was too interested in being reigning world champs than playing hard.
The problem is that the lack of effort could be shown again this season.
The Fairfax will likely need to grab a few bats to overtake Louisville, but the race will be very close.
Key Arrivals: Kordell Lennon
Key Departures: None
Prediction: 2nd Place - 94-68

New Orleans Perpetual Hangovers
A very young team this season, something that will both help and hurt them.
The team will see highs and lows this time around but should be better for it in the future.
With so many holes in key areas the team will struggle. They will likely log the best season in some time and promote some prospects.
But the team is playing for next season.
Key Arrivals: Steven Keeler & Rafael Vallarta
Key Departures: None
Prediction: 3rd Place - 72-90

Richmond Sons of Virginia

To say it's going to be a long season for Richmond would be cruel to their fans.
The holes in the rotation and bullpen are enough to cause concern, the alarm goes off when you see the potential lineup.
Not nearly enough impact hitters to offset the rest of the issues.
Key Arrivals: Don Fujiwara
Key Departures: Quilvio Vazquez,Denny White
Prediction: 4th Place - 70-92