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Tag:American League
Posted on: July 17, 2009 7:43 pm
 

First Half American League Standouts

Contained here is a list of the top performers of each AL position, other than the DH, they may be included in their natural fielding position.  In order, top three.

Starting Pitchers:

1. player photoZack Greinke, who in my mind deserved to start in the All-Star Game, Greinke leads the AL in ERA, is 10-5, and may have more wins if the Royals gave him some more run support.  To top it all off, batters are having a horrific time against the peerless Greinke, who has struck out 129 batters.

2. Roy Halladay, the All-Star starter, has retired 106 batters, and only walked 17. Although he may not be on the Blue Jays much longer, they would certaintly miss his 10-3 record, he also has three complete games.

3. Justin Verlander, another ten win pitcher, he has an ERA that does more than get by at 3.38, but the main thing about this guy is that he leads the AL in K's, and as he gets run support is ERA could sink down to 3.00 soon!

Relief Pitchers:

1. player photoJoe Nathan, he's amongst the top of the saves list, and has a lower ERA and more strikeouts than most of the leading relievers.  Nathan may soon become the leader in saves.

2. Mariano Rivera, the man, who has 23 saves, needs to be reminded he isn't even in his prime right now, as a veteran, he has a 43-3 K to BB ratio, and only a 2.43 ERA, he got the save in the All Star Game, and as a Yankee, he'll get plenty of save opportunities!

3. Brian Fuentes, he's the closer for the Angels, after losing last year's record setting closer, this guy has steped up, leading the league in saves, at 27, but his ERA is nothing to brag about.

Catchers:

1. player photoJoe Mauer, he leads the league in batting average, which is the most important hitting stat, he's probably the best fielding catcher in the AL, and he has power, with 15 homers, he competed in the home run derby!

2. Victor Martinez, like Mauer above, he has loads of power, going long 15 times, and has nearly 60 RBI's, but is not as well in the field.  Victor Martinez has a smoaking bat!
3. A.J. Pierzynski, with ten home runs, he can go long, and can knock guys in.  Another guy who fields well, but bats even better, with a .300 average, this guy is the most under rated catcher in the league.

First Basemen:

1. player photoJustin Morneau, focusing on his batting, he's batting above .310, and has 21 home runs.  And is third in RBI's, no slouch in the field, Monreau was robbed by the fans, not starting in the Mid Summer Classic.

2. Mark Teixeira, twenty one homers, close to no errors, this alone should make him an all-star.  And I haven't added that he's batting .275, and is amongst the leading RBI getters.

3. Miguel Cabrera, he still has a slim chance at getting that triple-crown, he's been good in the field, 18 home runs, .320 average, and 50 RBI's, Cabrera has a chance to shine once again, or has he already shined?  I'll go with option number two.

Second Basemen:

1. player photoAaron Hill, by far the best hitting second basemen, with 20 home runs, 60 RBI's, and a .292 batting average, its no wonder why Hill started in the All Star Game.

2. Ian Kinsler, he has speed and power, not to mention skills in the field, with only six errors, he's stolen 18 bases, and has 18 home runs!  He could have started in the All Star Game as well.

3. Robinson Cano, another guy with a .300 average, gone yard 13 times, and has scored 61 runs.  With 50+ RBI's, Cano should have been named to the ASG.

Short Stops:

1. player photoDerek Jeter, the veteran is one of the league leaders in batting average, and has stolen nearly 20 bags, Jeter is the most consistent short stop, but his RBI's and home runs, aren't very high, albeit, he is a lead-off hitter.

2. Jason Bartlett, he's batting .347, what more can I say?  He's got 19 stolen bases, and can field well.  So he's giving Jeter a run for his money at the one spot.

3. Alexei Ramirez, this guy is very under rated, his bat is great, with 11 long balls, and 50 RBI's, he needs to pick up his speed a bit, with only 12 swiped bags, his average is above decent at .281.

Third Basemen:

1. player photoEvan Longoria, he leads AL third basemen in many categories, 17 home runs, and 61 RBI's, Longoria only has eight errors!

2. Alex Rodriguez, he missed six whole weeks, and incredeoulsy has 17 home runs, and 50 RBI's, his average needs to pick itself up a bit, at .250.  A-Rod only has six errors!

3. Scott Rolen, the oldest of the bunch, Rolen is hitting for average at .320, his power has slumped, only hitting the ball over the fence six times, but speed does not slump and the veteran has four stolen bases!

Center Fielders:

1. player photoTorii Hunter, the best fielding out fielder, and he is also amongst the top hitting out fielders, batting .305, with 16 home runs and 65 RBI's, he also has 13 stolen bases!

2. Curtis Granderson, a speed threat, with 15 swiped bases, his average is not the best for a lead-off man, but his 18 home runs and 43 RBI's make up for it!

3. Adam Jones, in a few years this guy will be atop the list he is very young, and is already hitting for a .300 average, nearly 15 home runs, and 50 RBI's!

Left Fielders:

1.player photoJason Bay,  an All Star Game starter, he has a great average, great fielding, and is amongst lead leaders in both home runs and RBI's!

2. Carl Crawford, the best fielding left fielder, he proved that in the All Star game, and that silver bat may lead to jumps in his stats!  Did I mention he has 44 stolen bases!

3. Johnny Damon, he's a hitter, with fielding skills he has 16 home runs and 50 RBI's, but what I think matters most is that he's crossed the plate 62 times!

Right Fielders:

1. player photoJermaine Dye, with 20 home runs and 55 RBI's, I don't see why he was not on the All Star team, but hey, he doesn't let that distract him, and he's just going to keep on improving!

2. Ichiro Suzuki, with a crazy high batting average, he also racks up a lot of steals, he's been consistent year after year, and is only getting better!

3. Bobby Abreu, this veteran has nearly 20 steals!  Who would have thought he'd be the speed threat and not the power guy?  With six home runs, you may be shocked seeing him on this list, but he is very agressive, and does not make many mistakes!

Posted on: June 28, 2009 4:09 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2009 9:53 am
 

Breaking Down The Race

The race for the AL Pennant is heating up, and I have a feeling we will have to deal with some suprises before the playoffs.  So here are my predictions.

NOTE: I am not yet predicting the NL or the World Series, just the AL Pennant chase.

AL Central Winner:
Chicago White Sox logoChicago White Sox (36-38) - The White Sox are a few games back of the Tigers right now, and they are just on fire, there is no weak spot in the order and the rotation is doing great as well.  The White Sox have recently beaten the Tigers, and at the pace the White Sox are playing at I wouldn't be suprised if they lead the division at the All Star Break, with slugger Carlos Quentin coming back this team will keep on rolling.

AL East Winner:
Boston Red Sox logoBoston Red Sox (46-28) No suprise here, they have two pitchers who could reach twenty wins this season, and the rest of the rotation hasn't been bad either, we all know that their bats are great, but their pitching is key this year, and if David Ortiz gets on track, there's no telling how far they'll go.

AL West Winner:

Los Angeles Angels logoLos Angeles Angels of Aneheim (40-32) Another team currently leading their division, the Angels are doing it all right, hitting, fielding, and most importantly, pitching.  No team in their division looks like they will stop them, and the Angels look like the best team in the AL West, watch for them in October.

AL Wild Card Winner:
New York Yankees logoNew York Yankees (42-32) I don't think they'll catch the Red Sox, but I do think they'll make it to October, their bull pen seems to be the problem right now, with great hitting, and an above average rotation, the Yankees should get the AL Wild Card spot with ease, but in their tough division, you never know.

My Predicted AL Pennant Winner:
Boston Red Sox logoBoston Red Sox (46-28) No suprise here, they have two pitchers who could reach twenty wins this season, and the rest of the rotation hasn't been bad either, we all know that their bats are great, but their pitching is key this year, and if David Ortiz gets on track, there's no telling how far they'll go.

That's my explanation from earlier, but for this part, its quick and easy to understand, they are simply the best team in the AL, maybe in all of baseball.

So what's stronger the AL or the NL?  Well I guess we can see at the all star game, because everyone has a different opinion on this, I personally think that the AL is much tougher than the NL, but only time will tell.
 
 
 
 
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