Heading into the 2011 season many people penciled in the Phillies as the world series winners. They had a rotation that was straight out of a video game, three of their starters could have been aces on any team in baseball. As a result they had arguably the game’s best rotation. Their offense was good as well, ranking in the upper half of the league. Continue reading
The 2011 New York Yankees led the American League with 97 wins, but the offense went flat in the ALDS, losing to the Detroit Tigers. That was surprising due to the great offense, and the pitching seemed maligned, but was also pretty good. This is a fairly old team, especially on the offensive side. As always, with the Steinbrenners supporting them, they will spend money and likely field another great team. Continue reading
The Brewers are coming off of a first place finish where they won 96 total games. They had one of the best offenses in baseball, but the loss of Prince Fielder to the Detroit Tigers really hurt. They also had one of the better pitching staffs in the league, but Zack Greinke is a free agent at the end of the season so the Brewers will have to sign him to a big deal.
With another great 2011 season, the Texas Rangers have cemented themselves as contenders for the coming years. Despite defending their AL crown, the Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series before David Freese ended those dreams. There is also a great minor league system supporting the club with cheap production year after year. The offense has been the strength of the franchise the past 20 years, but the defense and pitching has improved enough to sustain success. Continue reading
It’s been reported that the Washington Nationals have come to a 6 year extension with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman was still signed for two more seasons, so over the next 8 seasons he will earn $126 million dollars. There’s an option for 2020 which could bring the deal up to $128 million dollars. If Zimmerman can stay healthy this could turn out to be a nice deal for both sides. Continue reading
The Tigers are coming off one of their better seasons, winning 95 games and making it to post-season play. Their offense and pitching were above league average, but not quite good enough to go far in the playoffs. The pitching was headlined by MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, while the offense was headlined by Miguel Cabrera. Continue reading
The biggest surprise of 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks overtook the defending champs and won the NL West, going 94-68. Both their pitching and hitting was average, but they played great defense and had a little luck, finishing 6 games better than their Pythagorean record. The entire core of the team returns, making them the divisional favorites for 2012. Continue reading