Tag:ST Battles
Posted on: February 28, 2009 11:49 am

Yankees ST Battles

LF: Xavier Nady vs. Nick Swisher     Nady should be the clear winner here

CF: Nick Swisher vs. Brett Gardner vs. Melky Cabrera    Gardner is going to be a huge asset to this team. Swisher will not be happy about this.

Utility IF: Cody Ransom vs. Angel Berroa     Ransom has more power and can play the corners giving him an advantage.

4th OF: Nick Swisher vs. Melky Cabrera: Melky can come in for defense for Nady/Damon. That givers him an advantage because we already have Ransom's bat on the bench. You don't need Swisher's

Bullpen Strength confusion Spots 4-7: Edwar Ramirez vs. Jose Veras vs. Phil Coke vs. Mark Melancon vs. David Robertson vs. Jon Albaladejo vs. Dan Giese vs. Steven Jackson vs. Phil Hughes vs. Ian Kennedy vs. Jason Johnson vs. Humberto Sanchez vs. Brett Tomko vs. Alfredo Aceves.     Edwar will have a dominant year and will be there. Coke will be there based off last year's stats. Veras will not have a great year, but it will be good enough to guarantee him a spot. I would give the last spot to Humberto, but in wake of the latest injury news I am giving it to David Robertson who will tie Melancon for the spot. Robertson gets advantage in ties. Albaladejo and Giese could be traded with potentially Miranda. Steven Jackson is already 27. He could be up very soon. Hughes and Kennedy won't really compete for the spots. They will be in AAA with Tomko, Aceves, and Jason Johnson. Eric Milton will be cut for this to happen.

25th man: Angel Berroa vs. Nick Swisher vs. Juan Miranda vs. Frank Cervelli vs. Mark Melancon vs. Dan Giese vs. Jon Albaladejo vs. Steven Jackson vs. Phil Hughes vs. Ian Kennedy vs. Jason Johnson vs. Humberto Sanchez vs. Brett Tomko vs. Alfredo Aceves    I have to go with Berroa here. He will man the MI and Ransom the CI. Unfortunately, the Yankees IF is so strong that they may not need both of them unless Berroa come in for defense. Ransom is more of a pinch hitter. Although he is the better player they may not need him. As I mentioned before several of these may be traded.

Notable Players not on roster: Juan Miranda, John Rodriguez, Justin Leone, Eric Milton, Doug Bernier, Jason Brown, Kevin Cash, Nick Swisher, Mark Melancon, Dan Giese, Jon Albaladejo, Steven Jackson, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Jason Johnson, Humberto Sanchez, Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves, Shelley Duncan and prospects, Jesus Montero, Austin Jackson, Andrew Brackman, Austin Romine, Wilkins de la Rosa, Michael Dunn, Colin Curtis, PJ Pillitere, Kevin Russo, Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, JB Cox, George Kontos, Kanekoa Texeira, Eric Hacker, Chris Garcia, Anthony Claggett, Kyle Andon, and Kei Igawa.

Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Xavier Nady, Johnny Damon, Brett Gardner, Hideki Matsui  Cody Ransom, Angel Berroa, Jose Molina, Malky Cabrera

Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, Chien-Ming Wang   Mariano Rivera, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Phil Coke, David Robertson


Category: MLB
Posted on: February 20, 2009 10:56 pm

Red Sox ST Battles

The Red Sox are a team with hardly any battles. Now that the Red Sox chose Julio Lugo over Jed Lowrie, they really don't need too many other things to decide.

5th OF of 8th bullpen man: Brad Wilkerson vs. Billy Traber vs. Fernando Cabrera     I have to go with Wilkerson here so they have someone to backup first base. Traber will come up at some point

Notable players not on roster: Nick Green, Billy Traber, Fernando Cabrera, Wes Littleton, Marcus McBeth, Enrique Gonzalez, Devern Hansack, Jeff Bailey, Chris Carter, Lars Anderson, Jonathon Van Every, Paul McAnulty, Ivan Ochoa, Gil A. Velazquez, Chip Ambres, George Kottaras

Out until early June: John Smoltz

Out until early May: Mark Kotsay

Jason Varitek, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Julio Lugo, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, J. D. Drew       Josh Bard, Jed Lowrie, Brad Wilkerson, Rocco Baldelli

Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, Brad Penny     Jonathan Papelbon, Javier Lopez, Justin Masterson, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, Clay Bucholz

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 1, 2009 9:26 am

Royals ST battles

The Royals did a lot to help themselves this offseason so don't be surprised if they do well.

C: Joe Buck vs. Miguel Olivo    Joe Buck really needs to come through to keep his job. The Royals are getting serious about it now. I still like Buck, but they will split time.

Utility IF: Esteban German vs. Alberto Callapso vs. Luis Hernandez vs. Tony Pena vs. Willie Bloomquist  Callapso is the likely favorite of the group. Pena is a plus for defense and German is the veteran. I like Callapso to win this job. German can be traded. Hernandez and Pena are minor league depth. Bloomquist is oft injured.

4th OF: Shane Costa vs. Mitch Maier vs. Ross Gload vs. Tommy Murphy  Gload is an absolute beast. Costa didn't play last year just limiting his competition. Gload can't play all the OF positions, but CF and LF are already versatile and Teahan can move back.

5th SP: Brandon Duckworth vs. Luke Hocheaver vs. Horacio Ramirez     If Kyle Davis is a reliever that could make 2 of these guys make it. I think it will be just Hocheaver

7th RP: Devon Lowery vs. Franquelis Osoria vs. Joel Peralta vs. John Bale vs. Luke Hudson vs. Heath Phillips vs. Lenny DiNardo vs. Oscar Villareal vs. Neal Musser vs. Henry Barrera vs. Brandon Duckworth vs. Horacio Ramirez      I have to go with Villareal here even though the Royals won't. Good thing is that they have a lot of veterans in AAA in case of injury. The Royals will choose John Bale probably.

Last Player: Ryan Shealy vs. any of the other losers     His top competition is Mitch Maier, but I think he will beat him. Kila Ka'aihue could also be in this race.

Failed to make roster: JR House, Horacio Ramirez, Brandon Duckworth, Devon Lowery, Franquelis Osoria, Joel Peralta, Oscar Villareal, Luke Hudson, Heath Phillips, Lenny DiNardo, Neal Musser, Henry Barrera, Mitch Maier, Kila Ka'aihue, Shane Costa, Tony Pena, Luis Hernandez, Esteban German, Willie Bloomquist

John Buck, Mike Jacobs, Mark Teahan, Mike Aviles, Alex Gordon, David DeJesus, Coco Crisp, Jose Guillen, Billy Butler                 Miguel Olivo, Alberto Callapso, Ryan Shealy, Ross Gload

Gil Meche, Zack Grienke, Luke Hiocheaver, Kyle Davies, Brian Bannister           Joakim Soria, Kyle Farnsworth, Ron Mahay, Jimmy Gobble, Doug Waechter, Robinson Tejada, John Bale

Category: MLB
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