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MLB 2010 – who’s taking a step forward?

Felix Hernandez, Seattle
He was great this year.
I think he can do better.

Clay Bucholz, Boston
Assuming he’s given a spot, of course.

Phil Hughes, New York (AL)
Same thing

Max Scherzer, Arizona
I expect an ERA below 3 with 200 K’s.

Mat Latos, San Diego
This guy strikes me as really good.
And in that park? I expect he’ll get an all star nod next year.

Daric Barton, Oakland
.280 average, 15 home runs, 85 rbi, .380 obp
Some may not count that as a breakout, but we’re not expecting a lot of power.
This is not much of a stretch, but so far he’s only shown greatness in September.

Ryan Sweeney
He’ll hit over .300 with closer to his second half slugging numbers than his first half.
Here’s hoping, that would make him an all star.

Travis Snider
I expect he’ll hit right away – not to the Ryan Braun level. Less average, maybe more power.

Colby Rasmus
I should give the guy a couple more years before expecting much, but I have high hopes.

Carlos Santana
He’ll hit right away.

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To the playoffs go the Twins

The Twins won in extra innings of their extra game, against the Detroit Tigers.

This pleases me, for several reasons:

  • As an A’s fan, I have the small-market brotherhood feeling with the Twins.  Although apparently their limits could be relaxed by a more generous owner.
  • Joe Mauer – the best player in the AL, and perhaps the game (Pujols vs Mauer) will be in the playoffs.  I give the edge based largely on the strength of Mauer’s defense and position.  Pujols is still the more powerful hitter. A few years ago, Mauer became the first catcher in AL history to winning a batting title.  He’s has now won 3 out of the last four batting titles.
  • Their all star first baseman, Justin Morneau is injured – they are big underdogs going into the division series against the yankees.
  • Their roster is largely homegrown.  Their closer came from the giants.  Carlos Gomez came from the Mets and Delmon Young came from Tampa Bay with Brendan Harris.

As much as I would have enjoyed watching Verlander in the playoffs, I’m glad the Twinkies won.

Yahoo MLB recap, Twins vs Tigers

MLB winners for 9/30 games

Judging from yesterday’s results, don’t use my picks.

September 30 Games:

Chicago over Pittsburgh
Mets over Washington
Phillies over Houston
Atlanta over Florida
Cincinnati over St. Louis
Chicago over Pittsburgh (zambrano)
Colorado over Milwaukee
San Diego over Los Angelos
San Francisco over Arizona

— american league —

Cleveland over Chicago
Chicago over Cleveland (Peavy starts)
Minnesota over Detroit
New York over Kansas City
Tampa Bay over Baltimore
Toronto over Boston

Texas over Los Angeles
Oakland over Seattle

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MLB winners for 9/29 games

I will be picking winners, to tally up in a week when the season ends

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September 29 Games:

Phillies over Houston
Mets over Washington
St. Louis over Cincinnati
Atlanta over Florida
Chicago over Pittsburgh
Milwaukee over Colorado
Los Angeles over San Diego
San Francisco over Arizona

— american league —
Minnesota over Detroit
Detroit over Minnesota (verlander starts)
Cleveland over Chicago
New York over Kansas City
Tampa Bay over Baltimore
Boston over Toronto
Texas over Los Angeles
Oakland over Seattle

I got 6 right – fluke