It has been a bit since I have wrote on here, but lets get back to some news:
For this segment, I will be reviewing the National League Central teams and observe their progress this offseason thus far.
St. Louis Cardinals: Ok, they are still a good team even without Holliday. They got powerhouses in Adam Wainwright, and Chris Carpenter. Joel Pinerno will he a huge loss for them, and they are not sure if John Smoltz will return for one more great season. Prince Albert in a Can will be unleased for another great season.
Milwaukee Brewers: I love my brewcrew, but I have to admit, the offseason has been a bit dry for them. Sure, they got Greg Zaun, and LaTroy Hawkins, but I was for sure they would go after John Lackey. Lackey will do great in Beantown by the way. Randy Wolf was probably the only good player we got. Wolf, coming from the Los Angeles Dodgers, was 11-7 last year with a 3.23 ERA. Plus, some of the guys may know a bit about him, because he used to pitch for the Astros. Anyway, some big loses for the Brewers were Jason Kendall to the Royals, and Mike Cameron to the Red Sox. Cam-cam will do good, but not great in Beantown.
Houston Astros: Despite losing Miguel Tejada to his former team, the Baltimore Orioles, the ‘stros still got the Big Puma Lance Berkman, and El Cabio Carlos Lee. Their version of the 1-2 -punch. We got the real 1-2-punch in Braun and Fielder. Plus, I think Michael Bourn will be RE-Bourn with a breakout season. In my opinion, I think he will be in the top 5 in stolen bases, and who knows, maybe he will even lead it.
Chicago Cubs: Even though I absolutly HATE the Cubbies, they got a handful of good players. Derek Lee, Alfonso Soriono, Geovany Soto, and Carlos Zambrano are probably the only GOOD players on that cruddy team.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Personally, the Pirates will rise up to the Major League level this year. Despite losing Adam LaRoche to the DiamondBacks, they still got Andrew McCutchin. The only thing holding me back from saying they will be good this year is that they are basically lead entirely my McCutchin. If they can get at least one legit starter, and maybe a good infielder or two, they could be in the Wild Card race before we know it.
Cincinatti Reds: Man, these guys SUCK! They barely have one good player in Brandon Phillips. Sure, Joey Votto is a good player, but he needs to improve his discipline at the plate, and his fielding at first. Aaron Harang is no longer good, and Bronson Arroyo is not even average anymore. These guys will be a stinker this year.
Anyway, here is my projected NL Central standings:
Any disagreements? Comment and lay down your opinion.
One more thing:
Ricky Joseph Brantner
August 6th, 1957 – December 31st, 2009