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Season Preview: AL West

Expectations: The Rangers ditch all of their Braves’ World Series tapes that they’ve studied from the past two years.
Key Addition: SP Yu Darvish (signed from Nippon of the Japanese League)
Key Loss: SP C.J. Wilson (signed with LA Angels)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Rangers, coming off of their second straight World Series appearance, have one of the best lineups in baseball.

They had four players with 25+ HRs (Adrien Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton). Beltre, Hamilton and Michael Young all hit over .295 while Kinsler and Elvis Andrus added the speed (30 or more steals each).

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Phillies maintain pursuit of Gio Gonzalez

Earlier this morning, several reports suggested that the Phillies had contacted the Oakland Athletics about left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

Now it appears that the Phillies have been turned down by Oakland according to Ken Rosenthal. He tweeted that they are still persistent about getting a deal done.

Gonzalez would be a solid addition to the rotation as he would seemingly take the spot of Roy Oswalt. It would give the Phillies three lefties in Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Gonzalez.

He was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 2010.

Gonzalez was in the Phillies organization at one time and was dealt to the Chicago White Sox along with Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia back in 2006.

Doc pitches fifth complete game; earns 10th win

Phils SS Jimmy Rollins doubles off the right-center field wall in the bottom off the 2nd. It was the second of four hits for Rollins. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

There should be no doubt who the best pitcher in red pinstripes is.

Roy Halladay was at his best once again, proving why he’s the best pitcher on the Phillies roster, let alone the best in Major League Baseball.

Halladay pitched his fifth complete game of the season, picking up his 10th win as well in the Phils 3-1 win over Oakland Sunday afternoon.

Halladay had another low strike out total but he lowered his ERA in the process. The only run he let cross home was on a bloop single and he scattered eight hits throughout the game.

The right-hander once again put the Phils in the best possibly position to win as the Phillies have won all of Doc’s last eight starts.

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Phils held to four hits in loss

A's starter Trevor Cahill, 23, earned his eighth win of the year against the Phils. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Last night was a fluke. A team cannot manage only four hits and expect to come away with a win.

Tonight proved that as the Phils again managed four hits and a run but lost to Oakland, 4-1.

Cole Hamels allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strike outs scattered over eight innings. But the offense wasted the effort, landing Hamels an undeserved loss.

The Phils struck first in the bottom of the 2nd when Carlos Ruiz drove in Ryan Howard on a two-out RBI single. Ruiz’s hit was the first of the game for the Phils but the A’s would out-hit the Phils 9-3 in the final seven innings.

Oakland tied the game in the top of the 3rd on a solo home run by Adam Rosales. They tacked on one more in the 4th off an RBI single by Scott Sizemore that scored Coco Crisp and gave them the permanent lead.

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Surprising hero walks it off for Phils

The love/hate relationship the fans have with Ben Francisco turned to all love for one night.

Francisco, who found himself an almost permanent spot on the bench with Domonic Brown an everyday player, had the game-winning hit in the Phils 1-0 win Saturday night.

His hit was only the fourth hit for the Phils and the sixth on the night between the two teams. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, each team only had two hits. But a walk by Shane Victorino, a single by Brown and ground out by Brian Schneider moved the runners in scoring position.

With two down, Francisco pinch-hit for the pitcher, and grounded a ball between second and short to score Victorino easily and win the game.

Vance Worley pitched six innings of one-hit ball. He walked four and tallied four strike outs.

Only David Herndon allowed a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Juan Perez’s 1/3 in the 8th and Michael Stutes’ 9th cleaned up the game for the Phils.

A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso went seven innings of two-hit ball while walking three and striking out two.

NOTES – Before the game, the Phillies placed Roy Oswalt on the 15-day DL and called up right-hander Scott Mathieson. They also activated catcher Brian Schneider and optioned Dane Sardina to AA Reading.

WP: Stutes (3-0). LP: Fuentes (1-8).


Series Preview: vs Oakland Athletics

PHI: 47-29, 1st in NL East; OAK: 34-42, 4th in AL West

When: June 24-26
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (2-1, 3.41) vs Gillermo Moscoso (2-3, 3.30)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51) vs Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.51) vs Josh Outman (3-1, 2.86)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

The preview is short this week due to the business of a majority of TTB. Many are either attending the games or getting drunk in AC for the DMB Caravan (this guy). Hopefully Christian and Chris can cover the recaps while I’m in a crowd of 40,000 in Bader Field.

Season Preview: AL West

Well, where do I begin? The AL West is considered to be the weakest division in baseball among many baseball experts and fans alike. This division is the smallest in baseball, having only four teams (which is probably four to many), and only one team finished above .500 last year.

However, that team was the Texas Rangers, who represented the American League in the World Series last year. If that make you think this division is relevant, you’re wrong. This division still sucks and is probably worse than the NFC West.

Unfortunately the teams in this division actually have to play games, so here is what I think the standings will look like in October.

Texas Rangers

Expectations: Team will continue to say Michael Young trade rumors aren’t a distraction, even though they are.
Key addition: 3B Adrian Beltre
Key loss: SP Cliff Lee (HAHA)
Projected record: 92-70

The Texas Rangers were the only team in the AL West to finish above .500 last season and rode AL MVP Josh Hamilton and then starting pitcher Cliff Lee all the way to the World Series. The Rangers were dismantled by the San Francisco Giants in five games in the World Series, and lost their ace Cliff Lee to our Philadelphia Phillies. The Rangers offseason has also been filled with distractions because of trade rumors about an unhappy Michael Young who gets moved to a different position every day

However, the Rangers still have key pieces Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young (for now) and Nelson Cruz on their team. They also added third basemen Adrian Beltre this offseason who batted .321 last season and knocked in 102 RBI’s, so the offense should still be great. Despite losing Cliff Lee, starting pitcher C.J. Wilson and the rest of their staff should still be good enough to help this team survive in this feeble division. I expect these guys to take this division fairly easily, but not go very far in the postseason.

Oakland Athletics

Expectations: Will have an average attendance of 849 per game.
Key Addition: RF David DeJesus
Key loss: CF Rajai Davis
Projected record: 85-77

The Oakland Athletics ended last season with a record not below .500 for the first time in four years, finishing 81-81. Their pitching staff was the best last year, posting a league leading 3.47 ERA. Unfortunately for the A’s, you need to score runs to win baseball games. The A’s failed to do that, and that prevented them from having a serious shot at the playoffs.

This offseason the A’s addressed their weakness and got some bats to hopefully help out their stellar pitching staff. The A’s added Designated Hitter Hideki Matsui to the lineup to help give them some much needed RBI’s. Last year he batted .274 with 21 home runs and batted in 84 runs. Right Fielder David DeJesus also signed with the team over the winter. Last year he batted .318, but his season was cut short because of a thumb injury. With these offense additions, I will go out on a limb and say they will be over .500 this year. They are my “sleeper” team, if you will. With that said, I don’t think they will reach the wild card because I expect the AL East to send two teams to the playoffs.

Anaheim Angels (they play in Anaheim, screw that LA crap)

Expectations: Will be on National TV a lot despite sucking a lot.
Key addition: LF Vernon Wells
Key loss: DH Hideki Matsui
Projected record: 80-82

The Angels last year failed to win the AL West for the first time since 2006, finishing 80-82. After such a disappointing season, the Angels failed to get any big free agents, most notably losing out on the bidding war for Carl Crawford. In fact, the biggest move for these guys was trading for Vernon Wells, which if you consider the fact he STILL has $86 million on his contract, the move isn’t that great. Yes, he hit 31 homeruns last year, but frankly the Angels just settled on this guy because they failed to get Crawford.

With very little improvement, and the fact that the other teams in their division are getting better, (besides the Mariners, of course) I don’t expect this season to be any different for the Angels. This team has a lot of notable names, (Kazmir, Abreu, Haren, etc.) but just as the Mets know, names don’t win baseball games. They didn’t get substantially worse this offseason, but didn’t get better either, so I’ll call it a push and give them the same record as last year.

Seattle Mariners

Expectations: LMAO
Key addition: DH Jack Crust
Key loss: 1B Russell Branyan
Projected record: 63-99 (yay not 100 losses)

The Mariners had high hopes before last year. The team acquired ace Cliff Lee, and had future CY Young winner Felix Hernandez. They were going to win because of good pitching and good defense said a few “experts.”

But then the worst possible thing happened.

The season started.

The Mariners went on to reach 101 losses and make a little history. That’s right, the Mariners became the first team with a payroll over $100 million to reach 100 losses. Congrats guys. Luckily for us, these guys are only on national tv once every 165 years when the planets and moons line up, so most of us did not have to witness this train wreck they call a baseball team.  This offense scored the fewest runs by any team since 1972, so GM Jack Zduriencik went out and made a big splash this off season and acquired DH Jack Crust. The “big splash” part was sarcasm.

Not much else to say here. My brain is telling me this team should lose every game this season, but I’m a generous guy, so I’ll go on record and say this team will defy all odds, and lose LESS than 100 games. Way to go boys.