Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NL East Preview

The Dover Gryphons finished last in a great division last season going 89-73. They have made some nice moves to try and push themselves just over that edge to get into the playoffs this season. They traded for Chip Hodges and signed P's Corey Strange and Luke Boshiers as well as top C Clay Charles to go along with SS Ray Lyon, 3B Nash Metcalfe and SP's Pete QuinnEllie Hitchcock, and Willie Milner to form a very nice team.

Prediction: 2nd 90-72

The Trenton Trash Haulers made a huge leap last season just barely losing out on the division title by 1 game. They made a few key addititons this season in free agency with SP Jesus Benitez, C Albert Arrojo and 3B Archie Aldridge will team with all-world 1B Craig Velandia, rookie LFAndre Wall, RF Roy Gordon and a staff led by bullpen aces Joe Becker and Fred Townsend.

Prediction: 1st 97-65

The Boston EliteDucks have absolutely owned this divison with 8 straight division titles. This could be the season though where that stops. The Ducks added 2B Emilio Francisco, CF Polin Merced, and P's Lloyd Keefe and Fernando DeJesus. They will team with C Victor Jose and RF Wilfredo Sanchez along with SP's Santos Quixote and Enrique Beltran along with top RP Willie Martinez.

Prediction: 3rd 83-79

The Baltimore Bayhawks finished last season just making the playoffs and will try to do that again. They have added P's Bobby Joe StanleyVictor Franco, and Midre Espinosa along with 2B Geovany Brogna. They will help 3B Corky Merrick, 1B Donald Matsuzaka and P's Hersh BergmanYunel Martin, and Carlos Martinez.

Prediction: 4th 82-80

Top Hitter in the division will be Craig Velandia.
Top Pitcher in the division will be Hersh Bergman.

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