McBrayer’s NL Central Projections

Once again this year the Cubs will be pushed down to the basement of the NL Central. With the Astros moving to the AL West the NL Central just got better. I tend to believe the top three teams this year will be the Reds-Cardinals and Pirates. The Brewers will try to make a push towards third place but the Pirates have enough power to rise above. With the likes of McCutchen, Alvarez and Jones they should have at least 95 home runs between the three of them. The two dominant teams will be the Reds and the Cardinals. With injuries plaguing the Cardinals I give the Reds the edge for first place and it will be a battle. These two teams will make the Central look respectful once again instead of being called NL Comedy Central.

1. Reds
2.Cardinals
3. Pirates
4. Brewers
5. Cubs

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McCarver’s One last Stand

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this article this evening that Tim McCarver will be retiring after the 2013 season. Why wait one more year? Oh I forgot what an egotistical wanna be sports caster would want a farewell tour before he leaves. Oh the drudgery. I want to share this article from the LA Times that was written by Joe Flint on McCarver’s last hurrah into the sundown.

Legendary baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver is stepping down from his job as Fox‘s lead baseball analyst after this season.
A former catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, McCarver has held the job since 1996, when the network acquired rights to broadcast the national pastime. He has also covered games for NBC, CBS and ABC and spent many years calling New York Mets games.
“Although I am neither tired of broadcasting baseball nor have I in any way lost my interest in baseball, with which I have been associated as a player and broadcaster for 55 years, it’s time to cut back,” McCarver said in a statement. On a conference call with reporters, McCarver added the decision was “not a tough call” nor a “sad thing.”
Occasionally criticized for being long-winded and dwelling on details, he is also considered one of the sharpest analysts to have covered the game.
“McCarver lives up to John Madden’s credo for great sports analysis – the great ones tell you what you’re seeing, but not seeing,” said David Hill, the former chairman of Fox Sports who is now a senior executive at parent company News Corp. “His knowledge and love for the game is going to take a long time to be equaled. He leaves big shoes to fill.”
Fox is leaving the door open to McCarver to come back and do work for the network and its soon-to-launch Fox Sports 1 cable channel. McCarver said he didn’t know whether he would take up the offer.
“I want to travel to Italy and take cooking classes there,” McCarver said, adding his health is fine. “I plan on living a very long life.”
Joe Buck, who worked side-by-side with McCarver, said, “He’s every bit as important to me as my dad.” Buck’s dad was sports broadcaster Jack Buck, who also worked with McCarver.

LA TIMES  Joe Flint

McBrayer’s NL East Prediction

1. Atlanta Braves

2. Washington Nationals

3. Philadelphia Phillies

4. New York Mets

5. Miami Marlins

I believe the battle of top dog in the NL East will be between the Braves and the Nationals. With the Upton Brothers and Jason Heywood, the Braves would be a formidable team to oust the top heavy Nationals team. I give the Braves an edge to pass by the Nationals.

Wainwright Signs For Five Years

As the mighty Chris Carpenter misses the 2013 season a new leader rises to his mark as the new leader as the Cardinals #1 in its rotation. The five year deal takes Wainwright up to 2018 thats valued $100 million. The talks came to a close this afternoon as both parties parted their ways. He is now the Cardinals Ace and ready to take on 2013. I had feeling this would come to an end before the season started.

Shelby Miller Named 5th Starter

It finally happened…………Cardinals named Shelby Miller their 5th starter today. Joe Kelly the other competitor will most likely become the long man in the bullpen. Matheny met with Miller and Kelly today to let them know his decision. It was reported that Miller said “I am very humbled” and “This is unbelievable news”. I am also happy to see this decision made at this time. So I guess we are set with Wainwright, Westbrook, Garcia, Lynn and Miller. This rotation looks good.

McBrayer’s 2013 AL Division Predictions

Well its that time of the year again when I try to predict the American League Standings for 2013. So please sit back and relax as I attempt to put my baseball brain to the test. Would love to hear your thoughts from my predictions.

AL EAST

Toronto Bluejays
Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Boston Redsox

AL CENTRAL

Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals…..yes I said it KC Royals
Chicago Whitesox
Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians

AL WEST

Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros

WILD CARD SPOT 1

Los Angeles Angels

WILD CARD SPOT  2

Tampa Bay Rays

Lohse Lands with Brewers

 
The long wait is finally over for Kyle Lohse. After the end of his career with the Cardinals he became a free agent all the way up the last week of Spring Baseball. He had signed a deal with the Brewers for three years at $33 million. There is also a $1million bonus for incintives. The Brewers will now give up their 17th draft pick while the Cardinals will still have their 28th pick overall.