Just wondering how many of you thought that by this point in the season the Orioles, Nationals, and Dodgers would be leading their divisions? One of the stupidest things we do is try to predict baseball. We all know you cant do it but we still try over and over again. Also who would have thought that Albert Pujols the best first-base man in over 60 years would be hitting 197 with 1 HR? You just don’t know with baseball, for instance last year just about every expert (including myself) predicted a Red-Sox vs. Phillies World Series, And Boston didn’t even make it to the play-off’s. Even though the Orioles are slowing down a little Washington and L.A keep heating up. The Nationals have had by far the best pitching this season led by Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman they have held a 2.33 ERA. Who knows maybe the Royals will win their division with baseball you never know.
Reds M.V.P Joey Votto has signed a 10 year 225 million dollar extension through 2023. Votto is now the best player in the N.L Central and one of the best in the N.L. He hit 309 last season along with 29 HR’s. I expect more from him this year as you can see from my predictions in other articles. With Pujols and Fielder out of the way I think Votto will lead the Reds to a division title at least. I also think this is a very smart move and I think it should pay out.
10. Ivan Rodriguez
9. Alex Rodriguez
8. Frank Thomas
7. Randy Johnson
6. Barry Larkin
5. Albert Pujols
4. Greg Maddux
3. Mariano Rivera
2. Derek Jeter
1. Ken Griffey.Jr
Edwin Jackson has signed a one year deal with the Nationals for somewhere around 5 million dollars. The Nationals have allot of left over money from missing out on Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J Wilson. They have already added Gio Gonzales to the rotation and if Stephen Strasburg comes back healthy those 3 should combine for a nasty 1-2-3 punch at the front of the rotation. For the first time in a long time the Nationals appear ready to compete in the nations capital city.
The Detroit Tigers made a shocking move on Tuesday signing free agent slugger Prince Fielder for reportedly 9 years and 214 million dollars. Once again the mystery team comes out with the prize. Soon it will most likely be proven that mystery teams tend to win. Here’s some proof right now– take Cliff Lee for example. He hit the free agent market before the 2011 season; every one said it would be the Rangers or Yankees that would get Lee. Then out of nowhere come the Phillies and just like that they have him for 5 years. Albert Pujols is another example. He was sure to go back to the Cardinals. I read the article saying that the Marlins took back their bid, but there was still a mystery team in the bidding. I went back to the home page and saw that Albert’s on the Angles for 10 years and the second largest contract in history! It just goes to show all GM’s not to reveal their off season plans if they want to improve their team .
The Cardinals made a big splash yesterday by signing one of the games most well known stars. The signing was for two years and $ 25 million.The signing should help to fill the gap left by All Time great Albert Pujols.