FINAL: Catching up on past BSB stuff, we decided to update our 2008 MLB Competition. The regular print was the original preview. The italicized portion was the midseason update (during the All-Star Break), and this italicized and underlined portion is the final assessment.
UPDATE: As many of you know, BSB runs its season previews a little differently than most. We have a little game in which Doogan and Bry pick teams, like a draft, and whether they think that they will be better or worse than they were a year ago. The baseball preview was done about a week into the season, and is reference below. In italics, are the updates to this picks, as of the All-Star break. All “projections” are based strictly on winning percentage at the All-Star break. The scores after each one represent how it would play out if the second half mirrored the first (with the “locks” in parentheses). So, without further ado, here is the update to our Baseball Preview. If you have already read the preview, just skip through to the parts in italics.
As some of you may know, the way we do season previews is a little different than the norm (shocking, huh?). Instead of just writing who we think will win their division or the MVP or who we think will be a “sleeper,” we like to make it a little competition between the two of us. What we do is a draft. Since Bry went first in the NBA preview, Doogan will have the first pick for MLB. He will pick any team and then choose the over/under on their total wins this year, with the line being last year’s win total. He can pick any team and either over or under for any team. It involves a little strategy, a little knowledge, and a little je ne sais quoi. Okay, well, maybe it doesn’t take any of them, but it’s still a somewhat fun way to do a season preview. So, without further intro, Doogan is on the clock…
DOOGAN 1. Colorado Rockies – UNDER 90 wins: Admittedly, we’re kind of cheating by doing this over a week into the season but, honestly, I would have picked the Rockies here even if we had done this before the season started. Their slow start only makes it easier. I don’t see their pitching staff repeating what they did last season, and I certainly don’t see them winning 21 out of 22 games at any point. Especially in a fairly tough division, this looks like a .500 team to me, not a 90-win team.
UPDATE: Doogan is on his way to grabbing an easy victory with his #1 pick, as the Rockies have been rather terrible this year, and project to no where near the 90 wins that they had last year. They currently project to only 66 wins, and are actively shopping Matt Holliday (to teams like the Phillies, by the way). Even if, as some are predicting, they get red-hot again in the second half and win the division, I do not see any way that they can hit the 90-win mark.
FINAL: An easy opening win for Doogan, as the Rockies, despite a strong August, finished 16 games worse this year than last at 74-88
DOOGAN 1 – BRY 0
BRY 2. Tampa Bay Rays – OVER 66 wins: There is real hope in Tampa Bay this year about a potential .500 season. Honestly, I do not see 81 wins out of this team, in this incredible division, but I also do not think they will be the worst team in baseball again this year. I like Matt Garza and they have a true stud at the top of the rotation, in Kazmir. Plus, they just exercised their option on Carl Crawford, so he is probably going to stick around for the whole season. 66 wins is a tiny number. They will probably hit the 70-mark, at least.
UPDATE: Bry also seems to be well on his way to hitting with his #1 pick. The surprise story of the year was predicted here first (well, unless you count the part that says “I do not see 81 wins out of this team.” But, it is nice to be right, even when you are very wrong). The Rays project to an astronomical 95 wins for the season.
FINAL: Bry’s first pick proved…uh…a pretty good one. You all know the stories of this turnaround, so I won’t bore you with more.
BRY 1 – DOOGAN 1
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