10:55 pm January 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
February 2nd, 20127:32 pm
I’ll still tier the NL like this:
Tier One – Phillies
Tier Two – Cardinals, D-Backs, Giants, Reds, Braves
Tier Three – Nationals, Marlins, Brewers, Dodgers
Tier Four – Rockies, Padres
Tier Five – Mets, Cubs, Pirates
Tier Six – Astros
February 2nd, 20127:34 pm
February 2nd, 20127:35 pm
They play in Houston
February 2nd, 20127:38 pm
might as well just throw them in the A.L. and forget about them
February 2nd, 20127:41 pm
How’s our young man ROBBIE HEFF doing? Ready for the season?
February 2nd, 20127:42 pm
I might throw the gNats into tier two, maybe
February 2nd, 20127:44 pm
also not sold on D-Backs. teams from offensive parks are often erratic from year to year it seems to me
Even though the Cards lost Pujols, I’m backing em since they signed the guy we should have…..
February 2nd, 20127:47 pm
February 2nd, 20127:55 pm
That’s fair, and they also had career offensive years from a lot of their guys. I guess I just like Aaron Hill on a bounce back and maybe Drew will contribute. And I like the Cahill addition.
If the Giants made smarter offensive acquisitions(getting better players than Melky, Pagan and upgrading at SS – Theriot isn’t that), they’d have my vote in the NL West, hands down.
February 2nd, 20128:13 pm
Speaking of weather… 40° tomorrow where I live in upstate, NY in the dead of winter… the ski resorts have been hurting. I’m not such a fan of the white stuff so this warmer weather has been a plus for me.
February 2nd, 20128:27 pm
well I’m not saying that ‘zona definitely will not be good, just that I’m a little less than sold.
February 2nd, 20128:45 pm
Wow just wow. Fan based team and baseball sites and blogs on the internet seem to have garnered a following of their own groupie type following. A fan starts a baseball site and has a Jim Jones following and all of a sudden the site has credentials. OMG
There seems to be hundreds of fan sponsored, fan driven sites, like CAC, and others that have risen without credentials like maybe an endorsement from Peter Gammons, Tracy Ringolsby, David O’Brien, Mark Bowman, Richard Justice and I can go on, but naive young fans drink up their rubbish as fact
February 2nd, 20128:59 pm
Still think Washington is going to be better than what most people think.
February 2nd, 20129:03 pm
the guy who started cac was used by olney in a lot of quotes, giving him some respectibility i guess. i don’t know if that still occurs with the current guy or not
February 2nd, 20129:06 pm
or maybe it was another ESPN writer, I’m not sure now
February 2nd, 20129:11 pm
I said while ago that I think they’ll compete for one of the two wild-card berths (assuming there are two).
February 2nd, 20129:15 pm
last I read, the two WC plan was not ready yet. I wonder if it will make it this season
Steve from OH
February 2nd, 20129:25 pm
Still think Washington is going to be better than what most people think
Absolutely. Most of those on the blog that pay attention have been saying they’re on the upswing for the last two years. Gonna be a tough NL East battle, no doubt.
February 2nd, 20129:33 pm
February 2nd, 2012
Still think Washington is going to be better than what most people think.
I think most folks now think they will be pretty dang good.
February 2nd, 20129:42 pm
I agree Dave, how can the Nats not be considered what the Braves are which is a potential Wild Card team. SP staffs are equal imo if Strasburg is healthy. Pen is ours, but theirs is tough too. I think their offense is a little better if Werth and Zimmerman hit like they’re supposed to.
February 2nd, 20129:45 pm
Ranking the NL East by position, this is what I have:
Starters: 1. Phillies 2A. Nationals 2B. Braves 4. Marlins 5. Mets
-Phillies still the team to beat here with Halladay, Hamels, and
Lee. Worley was solid last year. Nats made big splash with Gio.
Strasburg – sky is the limit. Zimmerman is underrated. Braves with too many question marks to put #2 by themselves. Marlins add Buehrle but still not in the same class as the first 3. Mets are sorry.
1B: 1. Phillies 2. Braves 3. Marlins 4. Nats 5. Mets. Half season of Howard trumps everyone else. Freeman is a solid bat with great defense.
2B: 1. Braves 2. Phillies 3. Nats 4. Marlins 5. Mets. Utley has fallen in recent years
SS: 1. Marlins 2. Phillies 3. Nats 4. Braves 5. Mets
3B: 1. Nats 2-4 Braves, Mets, Marlins 5: Phillies. Chipper, Ramirez and Wright could all be the best of the group or the worst or injured.
OF: 1. Nats 2. Phillies 3. Braves 4. Marlins 5. Mets. Mike Stanton may be the best of the bunch. Can Heyward rebound? Prado? Looking forward to seeing Harper.
Bullpen: 1. Braves, Braves, Braves
All in all tough division where every position there are legitimate arguments to be made. Aside from the Mets usually being sorry at every position, 2-4 is often up for grabs.
Should be a fun year.
February 2nd, 20129:51 pm
I do not rank the gNats above the Braves at this point
February 2nd, 201210:07 pm
Seems like Buster Olney picks us to finish real good every year and only once have we made the playoffs. So this could be a good thing.
February 2nd, 201210:13 pm
He’s gonna be a free agent outfielder that is talked about here, but wow, just looked at Andre Ethier’s splits……he’s like Ryan Howard-lite. I’m not sure how great of a defensive player he is, pretty sure he’s solid, but his career like vs. LHP is going to be a real red flag for him heading into free agency next fall: .242/.302/.359(872 PA’s) vs. RHP: .309/.386/.523(2,491 PA’s).
He’ll still get plenty of play and probably a nice 4-5 year deal, but that’s kinda scary.
February 2nd, 201210:16 pm
Just got done watching the end of the Murray St v. SEMO game..Murrary St remains the only undefeated team in the country. Murray St (22-0) should play Binghamton University (0-22 only team w/ no wins in the country)…okay well actually it probably wouldn’t be that entertaining.
February 2nd, 201210:18 pm
Bill James site has Ethier tied for tenth last season in RF. That is the best they have had him at. The three years B4 that were much worse
Speaking of other free agent outfielders for next winter……
According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol on Monday night at a bar in the Dallas area.
If true, that’s sad…..he needs to stay away at all times and promised the Rangers and his fam he would stay away.
February 2nd, 201210:20 pm
Bill James site has Ethier tied for tenth last season in RF.
Yeah, I mean, if he isn’t going to provide value with the glove and can’t hit LHP….then not sure I’d want the Braves to bring him in next year. Not to say they would, but among the free agent outfielders, I think he may be pretty over-hyped.
February 2nd, 201210:24 pm
and not getting any better. his homers fell off a lot last season and he hit 563(ugh) against lefties. He needs a big bounce back season to capitalize on FA
Sigh…..really wish we signed Beltran for two years. No free agent outfielder this coming winter would of deterred me from having that guy in the outfield from 2012-2013. Injuries be damned. Bringing Carlos in and keeping Prado as well would of been amazing. I know it never was going to happen, but that’s the one time where I wish the Braves found 10-12 million under the sofa cushions….. Bring in Carlos and pair him with Chipper for Jones last two seasons. Oh well.
February 2nd, 201210:26 pm
February 2nd, 201210:28 pm
Not good: http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/7535200/texas-rangers-outfielder-josh-hamilton-relapse-alcohol
February 2nd, 201210:30 pm
Was about to post the same link. If it’s true, hope he overcomes again. Damn good player.
Tomahawkin (The Godfather)
February 2nd, 201210:47 pm
“Seems like Buster Olney picks us to finish real good every year and only once have we made the playoffs. So this could be a good thing.”
That Turd John Kruk Picked us to face the Red Sox Prior to the start of the 2008 season! We have been cursed since
Oh well, time to get back to watchin Rasslin
February 2nd, 201210:48 pm
I meant to say he picked us to face the Red Sox at the start of the 2008 season…
In The World Series!
McFann O O o
February 2nd, 201210:56 pm
You forgot catcher…or was that one just a given…?
February 2nd, 201211:03 pm
Dumb move by Hamilton. Drink at home.
February 2nd, 201211:45 pm
went to the hawks game tonight…had an interesting time
February 2nd, 201211:51 pm
C is a given – meant to put that under the bullpen as the finale. Bethancourt is a stud
February 2nd, 201211:52 pm
One of those nights where it’s impossible to refresh quickly enough to keep up with the blog…
February 2nd, 201211:53 pm
yes I’m struggling here
February 2nd, 201211:55 pm
when its sleepy time down south…….
February 3rd, 201212:19 am
CARIBBEAN series Game 1
Lead-off CF JOSE ‘George’ CONSTANZA [.000 BA] 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB .
RHRP JAIRO ASENCIO [SV 1, 0.00 ERA] 1.0 IP, 2 SO, 3 BF, 11p / 9s, 0 GO/ 0 AO.
February 3rd, 201212:20 am
Sleepy time, sure is. I hit the send button twice. Sorry.
February 3rd, 201212:28 am
February 2nd, 2012
I surely hope the BRAVES don’t ascribe to that analysis nolie. They are going to be tougher on us than last year for sure. I now leave the ‘g’ off when genuflecting while tippin’ my cap to D.C.
February 3rd, 201212:29 am
O.K. catch everybody on the rebound.
February 3rd, 201212:32 am
stasburg, gio, jackson.
johnson, buerhle, snachez.
halladay, lee, hammells.
pretty stout top of the rotation of our contenters.
some pretty good collection of southpaws.
February 3rd, 201212:41 am
dont laugh ,but i think beachy is going to become the best pitcher on this team.
February 3rd, 201212:53 am
beachy, a nobody just like venters. well beachy 169 k’s. his whip was right there with hanson and hudson.
February 3rd, 201212:58 am
beachy never gets tossed in the conversation, when the the latin trio prospects come up.
beachy reminds me of mike mussina. total mound pressence.
February 3rd, 20121:04 am
hanson, beachy, hudson, jjj, minor.
that would be my rotation.
February 3rd, 20121:07 am
gotta agree with what scoots said earlier. the top three in the rotation earn you wins. the latter two are on the offense.
Josh Harvey-Clemons Grandfather
February 3rd, 20121:08 am
Angels sign Pujols
Tigers sign Prince Fielder
Braves sign Jack Wilson and lower hot dog prices…….
February 3rd, 20121:16 am
Late night NEW BLOGGAGE
February 16th, 20125:22 am
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February 16th, 20126:42 am
Take Shelter was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a pretty long time. You have very good taste, DOB. Your list has been a great sleepless night aid. — Tyler (TN)
Glad you enjoyed it, Tyler. It’s rare that I leave a theatre so focused on what I just saw as long as I was upon leaving after seeing Take Shelter. Just so powerful, provocative, sad, and real. And that ending — wow. I still am not sure what it meant, nor do I think we were supposed to be sure.
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