This is my first blog for Hachland,
with the hope that readers will enjoy my writing style and my blunt
opinions. While I will try to keep many to a factual basis,
sometimes my bias towards my particular favorites will almost
assuredly shine through.
With that said, the first 50 games of
the baseball season are in the books. While I must say there are
some surprises thus far, I am not shocked by a lot of what I am
seeing. At the point I am writing this, the surprising Baltimore
Orioles, the first place Orioles, are now riding 8 losses in the past
10 games. Detriot is not in first place in their division, 5.5 games
behind the Chicago White Sox. A team with the talent of Fielder,
Cabrera, and Verlander have yet to claim a spot they should be winning
by 5.5 games. The Angels are struggling to score runs after handing
Pujols a highly overpaid contract. The Boston Red Sox have more
money on the DL than the Kansas City Royals spend in total payroll, and are
blaming all their issues on Bobby V when the should be looking at all
the bad contracts Theo Epstein handed out.
The National League is not really as
messy as the American League. I boldly predicted that the Washington
Nationals would win the division over my Atlanta Braves and the
over-rated over-hyped Philadelphia Phillies, a team in complete
turmoil. A pitching staff where Roy Halladay has more losses than wins
and is now sitting on the DL, Cliff Lee is winless and Cole Hamels is
auditioning for his new spot in Dodgers stadium next year. Speaking of the Dodgers, this team has over achieved all year so far and they show no signs of
stopping anytime soon, with the ability to now buy talent under new ownership to help
lead them to a division championship.
Lets hand out some 50 game awards....
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander.
AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
Coach of the Year: Buck Showalter
NL Cy Young Award: Brandon Beachy
NL MVP: David Wright
Coach of the Year: Terry Collins
I think some of these choices are self
explanatory. Verlander still deserves the Cy Young award sporting
one of the best ERAs in the AL. Josh Hamilton is having a monster
year. First in home runs and RBI's and second in batting average.
Showalter has done a great job managing the Orioles this year. My NL
awards probably need a bit more support. Beachy has the only ERA in
the majors under 2, and has been practically unhittable. And while
the case can be made for Cole Hamels with 8 wins, I am still sticking
with Beachy for this award. The MVP and coaching go to the
Mets. David Wright is playing amazing this year and Terry Collins is
managing a group of guys in which I am not sure I could name many of
their starters, outside of David Wright.
What can we look forward to for the
rest of the year? I think the rest of the baseball season will be
just as good as the first 50 games. I believe that you will see some
changes in the divisions. In the AL, I see the Rays, Tigers, and
Rangers claiming their divisions with the Yankees and the White Sox
claiming the wild cards. In the NL, the Nationals, Reds, and Dodgers
will win their divisions with the Cardinals and Braves winning wild
cards. Other note worthy events to follow. Cliff Lee will find his
way back to the AL and in a Yankees uniform as the Phillies will
become sellers at the trade deadline, maybe even losing Victorino at
some point as well.
I welcome all opinions to anything that
I have wrote today. Feel free to comment if you would like, you can
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