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Tag:Carlos Quentin
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.
Posted on: May 9, 2009 9:47 am
 

Week End Grading: Chicago White Sox

The White Sox are currently 13-15, with a few emerging stars so far, and some players that are doing god awful.  Only 28 games into the season, a lot has been said and done by this Chicago team.  They have not really been struck by injuries, but the fashion in which they have is deadly.  Both the White Sox top center fielders are out, on the DL!  Scott Podsednik himself has been purchased from the minors, if another CF gets struck down, the White Sox will be in deep trouble.  Now with out further ado, lets continue on.

Last night was something I called consistent.  It was consistent as Jose Contreas once again got blasted, and the White Sox lost 6-0.  In fact, that loss deescalades Contreas to 0-5 on the year.  A little production was received from the centerfield position as forth, they still lost. Chicago White Sox center fielder Brent Lillibridge (18) catches a fly ball from Texas Rangers' Michael Young during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 8, 2009, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Does one loss make a difference?  No, it doesn't, most of the time.  Although, this loss is different, this is a type of loss that can take energy away from a team, when your pitcher gets blown out of porportion, and the oposing pitcher throws a complete shutout game.

The White Sox right now, need to re-cooperate, a few players have indeed hit stride, such as Carlos Quentin, currently with eight home runs.  But, the base stealing woes continue, as Ozzie just can't find an answer.  Opposing players are always stealing on the White Sox pitchers, it might be their delivery, but who knows?

All in all this team needs to step it up in the coming games, and the pitchers need to get back on track.  Ozzie Guillen has done a good job replacing the injured center fielders, just the Sox have not hit stride yet.  Season Grade (Team):Manager Grade (So far this season): B-

Keep in mind all grades are based on the Chicago White Sox first 28 games.

 
 
 
 
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