Thursday, July 19, 2012

AL South Preview

The New Orleans Freebeads finished last season 90-72 and they were not very active during the offseason. They did make some key addition with stud defensive SS Pedro Quevedo. They also have a very good team already with sluggers DH Fred Wells and 1B Erubiel Pineda leading a very potent offense. The pitching staff is led by Cy Young Award Winner Glendon Green and fellow starters Charles Davies and Wascar Aparicio.

Prediction: 2nd 94-68

The Atlanta Braves franchise won their division for the first time since season 5. They have added a couple of pitchers to help them try and defend their division crown. They are SP Raymond Lincoln and RP Sun-Woo Abe. They will help compliment an already very good pitching staff in SPs David VincenteRey Graves, and Pedro Alarcon. They are supported by RF Otis Boyle and 3B Robert Merrick on a solid offense.

Prediction: 3rd 90-72

The Florida Fire Sailfish finished last season 88-74 and will continue to try and build on that with a lot of the same team. They have added reliable and solid Ps Buck Cohen and Abraham Orie. They are led offensively by CF David Olivo and DH Steven Shelley. A very good pitching staff is led by a plethora of excellent RPs Geraldo SanchezYamid Astacio, and Midre Grey along with excellent SPs Al Iglesias and Roberto Acosta.

Prediction: 4th 88-74

The Louisville Sluggers finished the season having just missed the playoffs at 87-75. They had a busy offseason with a bunch of bench players and role players leaving and new ones coming in. They also tried to revamp the end of the starting staff with newcomers Ed Norton, acquired via trade, and Victor Colome and Johnny Conway. They also added a bevy of veteran hitters 1B Luis Guillen, LF Gerald Hiro, and 1B/COF Lou Beamon. They will join a team that is led by heavy hitting 2B Vern Craddock and ace SPs Harry Velazquez and Junior Valdivia.

Prediction: 1st 95-67

Top Pitcher will be Harry Velazquez
Top Hitter will be Erubiel Pineda

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