Friday, December 30, 2016

AL West Outlook

With two new owners this division is a tough read

COLORADO SPRINGS- Veteran owner trubrewcrew always competes and his almost 1000 game over on his W vs L record verifies that. CSP lost veteran Hawk Kerr who had a nice resurgence last year at the age of 35. They were also unable to hang on to C Pedro Amarista and back end stalwart Ahmad Grace. They were able to resign solid RP Bey Hammonds, Solid 1B Rex Lunsford, and make deals for C Chris Snow, and rookie stud 3B Polin Valbuena. They also made a handful of very nice FA signings. They are led by all world 2B Norman Piper and stallion SP Jonathon Mock. This team is setup to repeat on the Division crown they took last year and I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a deep run. Very Talented.

SAN FRAN- Returning for his 2nd season in Uecker bigronnie is looking to guide SF to an upgrade over the 64 wins they had last year. The only real loss they suffered was slugger Winston Corporan but that was easily off set by the promotion of some younger bats. Looking at the roster this team feels like a much more talented team than the 64 wins they had last season. Offensivley they will be led by Brian Manaea and Leandro Castillo. Two very nice players. The question that many of us will have is how will the pitching hold? There are a few ??'s there. If the pitching holds this team will approach the .500 mark. If it fails they will be 10 games below.

COLORADO- Joining us for his first season ever in HBD is leitz44! He is piloting the Colorado Express which relocated from Scottsdale. They had a dismal year last year only winning 45 games. They saw some defections losing 2 pitchers and a very solid defensive C and SS. They were able to sign another great defensive catcher in Andre Neal and longtime power bat Hawk Kerr. They will fill that hole at SS with two beastly rookies, Ray Hayes and Dante Ramirez. Future is bright as 6 of their top rated players are under the age of 26. If the veteran arms hold up there is no reason why this team won't boost that win total by 25 games.

SAN DIEGO- Joining us for his first season of Uecker is ackleyjosh. He relocated the franchise from Salt Lake to the warm confines of San Diego. Just cause he's a rookie doesn't mean he hasn't studied. Impressive moves were made in the keeping of ace Enrique Pescado, solid 2B Everth Flores, and shutdown RP Bob Sierra. They also made great signings in SP Evan Field and RP Ahmed Grace. It is debatable but it could be considered that they won free agency. This a very solid team with some great young core talent. In Salt Lake they finished 10 games under but were coming on strong. I Don't know if they have the talent to dethrone CSP but look for them to compete.

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