Monday, June 22, 2009

Pretty Prettttaaaaaay Good

It's June 22nd. We are a little less than half way through the baseball season. I think that it's fair to start changing our assumptions about teams into facts. If you still suck 70 games into the season, why would you stop sucking all of a sudden? And if you are in the mix now, you should be able to hang around all year. So it's time to head back into the archives and dig up my preseason MLB predictions and analyze/change things. If you want to read them in their entirety and see what guest helper, Kenny Powers, had to say, the AL is here and the NL is here. By the way, if you even think that I'm going to not mention how my World Series pick, the Giants, are currently a playoff team (or at least very close), you are fucking nuts. I am one clairvoyant sumbitch. Let's start in the AL:

AL East
Then: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays
Now: Swap the O's and Jays
Thoughts: I still think that the Yankees win the East once A-Rod figures things out at the plate. The Red Sox lineup really isn't that good eventhough they are loaded with starting pitching except for Brad Penny who sucks ass. The Rays are who I TOLD YOU THEY WERE. They had no chance this year. You can blame injuries all you want, but that is just an excuse. That team was a fluke. The Jays will slide. It's been the ultimate smoke and mirrors job north of the border this Spring.

AL Central
Then: Twins, Royals, Indians, White Sox, Tigers
Now: Tigers, Twins, Royals, White Sox, Indians
Thoughts: I'm all over the place on this one. I did not see WhiteTrashlander and Eddie Jackson figuring out how to pitch. Miggy Cabrera has been a bit of a disappointment (he should be better than this). It appears that Joe Mauer can not be pitched to. The White Sox suck. I just don't understand the hope that the Indians are clinging to. They are losing games now in ways that are almost impossible. It's time to blow this thing up. I would get rid of that underachieving fag Sizemore first. Dude is not a superstar. By the way, in the initial post, Damman stated numerous times in the comments how good the Tribe's bullpen was going to be...nice call. Maybe you should start watching softball.

AL West
Then: Angels, Rangers, A's, Mariners
Now: Same
Thoughts: The Angels will hold off Texas because their manager does not look like Tyrone Biggums. And then the Angels will do what they do best and get swept out of the playoffs by Boston. Josh Hamilton is being a real bitch this year on my fantasy team. I couldn't name one pitcher on the A's. Seattle starts Russell Branyan...they deserve to be in last place which is where they will eventually reside.

MVP then: Miguel Cabrera MVP now: Mark Teixeira narrowly over Mauer
Cy Young then: CC Cy Young now: Roy Halladay
Manager then: Trey Hillman Manager now: Ron Washington's $400,000 crack party
Rookie then: Matt Wieters Rookie now: same since I can't remember any other rookie in the AL other than Nick Adenhart and I don't see him taking this award home
Playoffs then: Yankees over Twins, Red Sox over Angels...Yankees over Red Sox Playoffs now: Swap the Tigers for the Twins and it's the same

NL East
Then: Mets, Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Nationals
Now: Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins, Nationals
Thoughts: The Mets just really aren't that good. They have a great pitcher and a few good hitters, but really nothing else. And Jerry Manuel is a nutjob. Did you know that the Phils were like 12-15 games over .500 on the road but had a losing record at home this year? What the fuck is that all about? How many times per day do you think that Bobby Cox daydreams of killing Jeff Francouer? The Nationals would win the division if they played the Yankees everyday. Dan Uggla might be the worst player in baseball.

NL Central
Then: Cubs, Reds, Cardinals, Astros, Brewers, Pirates
Now: Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Astros, Pirates
Thoughts: The Brewers will go out and get a pitcher before the deadline is up. Ryan Braun seems to hate me because he hits at least 5 home runs during the week in which he faces my fantasy teams. When will the Cards ever pull off a deal to get Pujols some help? Even someone like Mark DeRosa would help them exponentially. I just don't see it this year from the Cubs. The pitching has been OK but the bullpen is horrendous. The hitting is rotten. They went what felt like an entire month never scoring more than 2 runs in a game. Joey Votto being a pussy killed the Reds' chances. The 'Stros and Buccos are just along for the ride.

NL West
Then: Giants, Dodgers, D-Backs, Rockies, Padres
Now: Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Rockies, Padres
Thoughts: You all laughed when I picked the Giants to win the NL. But they have been a scrappy team this year with Lincecum and Cain being two of the best pitchers in the league. They still need another stick desperately (Aubrey Huff?) but I like their odds. The Dodgers have been outstanding in spite of their shaky starting pitching and very little power. Just goes to show how horrible the West truly is. I know nothing of the Diamondbacks other than Brandon Webb is a snatch. The Rockies suck...I hate Troy Tulowitzki. He runs like he needs a backiotomy. OK, the Padres are really bad but why would anyone ever throw a strike to Adrian Gonzalez? Boggles my mind.

NL MVP then: David Wright NL MVP now: Albert Pujols
Cy Young then: Chad Billingsley Cy Young now: same
Manager then: Bruce Bochy Manager now: same
Rookie then: Pablo Sandoval Rookie now: same!
Playoffs then: Dodgers over Mets, Giants over Cubs............Giants over Dodgers Playoffs now: Dodgers over Phillies, Giants over Brewers.....Giants over Dodgers

I'm sticking with my Giants until they lose in the series to the Yankees. Not bad, as you can see. Fire away in the comments. Oh, and this is somewhat of a monumental post as this is The Money Shot's 800th career blog! Congratulations to the sexy blogger who runs this site. FYI, the three year blogiversary is coming up soon, too.


Anonymous said...

No fucking way that Matt Wieters takes home AL ROY over Rick Porcello or Ben Zobrist.


GMoney said...

Yeah, I thought about Porcello last night but was too lazy to change it. Does Zobrist qualify?

Dustin said...

Damman will still say "we still hav a shot- nobody in the central has run away with it. Once we get healthy we will go on a run. Kerry wood blowing 2 saves this weekend was a fluke." this season couldn't ace started any better! Thank god your central picks were fucking awful!

Anonymous said...

He might not...actually probably not.

Weird fact from his Wikipedia page....

He uses Christian rap artist TobyMac's song "Ignition" as his entrance song during the 2008 season.


Dustin said...

And Rick porcello is your Al ROY.

Good luck this week. Hopefully your team comes back to earth. I think all of your players hit at least 3 bombs last week.

Anonymous said...

No, Damman will not say that. We don't have a shot. It doesn't matter if nobody runs away with the division. Kerry Wood blowing 2 saves was not a fluke. It's not a fluke when you suck.


GMoney said...

Knock it off, D, I need you to save your venom for your guest post.

Dut, I have a 7 game lead in the league right now AND I'm starting Slick Rick Porcello, Miggy, and Home Run Granderson against're fucking done.

Mr. Ace said...

The Giants won't make the playoffs...which you know but cannot admit.

Don't doubt Ozzie Guillen. He is a master motivator. Even if you don't think we will win the division, how the fuck do you have the Royals ahead of us. Turd.

GMoney said...

Maybe I shouldn't doubt Ozzie, but since I can't understand him, I will. Do you really think that an idiot like Jim Thome can figure out what Ozzie says? Of course not. He probably just assumes that Ozzie wants to mow his yard.

Tony B. said...

I'm not sure where you got your current standings but the NL West Now is Dodgers, Giants, Rockies, Padres, then the D'Backs. The Rockies have won 16 or 17.

I have to give you credit for you Pablo Sandoval ROY pick. Lots of people were high on him over here, but I couldn't tell if it was legit or just Giants fans over-hyping him. That guy can play.

Tony B. said...

Oh, and Joe Mauer is the MVP of the AL. You don't hit over .400 for two months with home run power and not get it. Tex has been great, but not as great as Mauer.

Upstate Underdog said...

There is no way the Giants make the play-offs. Not enough bats on that team.

Also, you Yankee haters are slacking. Not one comment about the Bombers?

GMoney said...

Tony, the Twins are nothing more than an average team with him or without him. I also have to take away some votes from Mauer because there is a big difference between putting up in New York and Minneapolis. And this is why Morneau stealing the MVP from Jeter a few years ago still pisses me off.

The Giants will add a bat (maybe two). I stand by my pick.

Tony B. said...

Too bad Jonathan Sanchez went from awesome bargaining chip to terrible fifth starter this year. The Giants have lost 9 of his 12 starts this season.

By that same logic, the Yankees are probably still a pretty good team without Teixeira. They won 89 games last year without him, CC or Burnett so they may still be right around the same position had they not signed him in the offseason.

Anonymous said...

"...if you are in the mix now, you should be able to hang around all year" followed by, "The Jays will slide."

Do you even read what you write?
Tied for first in the Wild Card standings apparently doesn't equate to being "in the mix."