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Brian’s 2011 MLB Predictions

I may not be our resident betting expert, but I’ve got a good feeling about these picks.

AL East Champ: Yankees

AL Central Champ: Tigers

AL West Champ: Rangers

AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL East Champ: Braves

NL Central Champ: Reds

NL West Champ: Rockies

NL Wild Card: Phillies

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National League Centeral Previews: Reds

Today’s Focus: Cincinnati Reds

2010 Record 91-71, 1st Place NL Central. Lost to Phillies in NLDS

The same Cincinnati Reds that brought you the NL Central Championship last year are back with no major changes to its core of talented players.  The pitching staff is anchored by the 1-2-3 punch Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Edison Volquez.  Former 1st round pick, Homer Bailey, finally showed some consistency last year and will get a chance to win one of the final spots in the rotation this spring.  The bullpen took a hit with Arthur Rhodes departure, but hard throwing uber prospect Aroldis Chapman will likely take his take his spot, and could wind up as the team’s closer

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2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of February 27th

SPRING TRAINING QUICK HITS

There is still talk of Francisco Liriano being dealt to the Yankees within the next two weeks. Still not sure how this makes sense for Minnesota, but they’re not exactly doing anything to dispel the reports…Fausto Carmona has rightfully been named the Indians’ 2011 Opening Day starter, this after winning 13 games last year with a 3.77 ERA…Destined for the bullpen, Aroldis Chapman continues to electrify starting off the spring with 4K in 2 IP. And he’s also walked three…Just when it appeared time to worry about Domonic Brown‘s spring struggles, we now get to worry an additional 4-6 weeks as he fractured his hamate bone. Remember Ryan Zimmerman fractured the same one and it sapped his power for some time. Ben Francisco now has a great opportunity to do something with this opportunity…

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Fantasy Prospect Preview: Part Trois


Freddie Freeman (Icon SMI)

10. Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1b – Fast Freddie Freeman is a misnomer; he isn’t very fast (but how can you resist the moniker? It just flows so well).  Freddie, however, makes up for his lack of speed with the ability to hit for power and average.  If he translates his 2010 triple A line of 73/18/88/.319 to the majors, he’s a cheap Billy Butler at the end of your draft.  He didn’t exactly impress during his 24 PA debut with the varsity team, striking out a third of the time and hitting .167, but again, it was only 24 appearances.  With no Derrek Lee around, Freeman has the starting first base gig all to himself.  He plays a loaded position, but if Mr. Freeman gives you 20 hr 95 rbis and hits .295 – not completely out of the realm of possibility – you will be happy you didn’t select Chubbs Butler way earlier.