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4/11/11: MLBo Headlines

Bronson Arroyo’s Dominant Start — Chris B. Young Making a Home North of the Border — Who is this John Bowker guy? — Red Sox Living Up to Early Hype.

The defending NL Central division Champion Cincinnati Reds are an uninspiring 4-5 to start the season, but that isn’t due to the effort of veteran starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo.  In his first two starts of 2011, Arroyo pitched seven innings, allowed zero earned runs, struck out nine and walked just two while scattering nine hits.  He received a no-decision on April 2 against the Brewers – a game the Reds ended up losing 4-3.  Then, he received the win at Arizona on the the 8th.

This off-season the Arizona Diamondbacks decided to trade outfielder Chris B. Young to the Toronto Blue Jays for a slew of players including Jon Rauch and Scott Podsednik.  So far, Young is making a nice impression on fans in Toronto as he is hitting .303 with four homers and 13 RBI out of the gate.  He took home the first American League Player of the Week Award.  Rauch has also been successful early on in his second stint with Arizona – pitching in 8.0 innings, he is 1-0 with one save and hasn’t allowed an earned run and only three hits.  Podsednik has received just six at-bats for the D-Backs so far, but has four hits and three RBI in those chances.

John Bowker is getting a chance to play in Pittsburgh and has taken advantage early on.  His five homers are tied for the Major League lead in that category.  Unfortunately, the Bucs haven’t had many runners on in front of him, as he has just six RBI to show for the five bombs.  He has been leading off for the Pirates and his hitting .326 through 43 at-bats.

The Boston Red Sox spend the off-season acquiring pieces to develop one of the scariest lineups in baseball.  The addition of 1B Adrian Gonzalez in a trade with the Padres and the free agent signing of Carl Crawford tops the list.  The team, and their $166 Million payroll – is paying off so far – sitting at 8-1.  Ranked atop the AL in on-base percentage (.372), OPS (.867), HR (14), walks (44) and first in runs allowed in the AL with just 33.

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N.L. Central Preview

By: Josh H. (jogan) – Colorado Rockies GM

Chicago Cubs

Hitting
The addition of Carlos Pena provides needed pop in the middle of the lineup.  Geovany Soto and Kosuke  Fukudome get on base with consistency, while Pena, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, and Soto are power threats. Can Castro and Tyler Colvin build on successful rookie campaigns? Can Ramirez and Carlos Pena rebound from subpar seasons? The Cubs offense need positive answers to this question if they are going to be successful.

Rotation
Matt Garza is a key addition. This rotation lacks an ace but Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Garza are all #2/#3 type guys. Andrew Cashner has a lot of potential in his first year as a starter in the majors. This group has the potential to be a solid, if unspectacular, rotation.

Bullpen
The Cubs have a solid bullpen, especially with Kerry Wood giving a hometown discount. Carlos Marmol has turned into one of the better closers in the game, while Wood and Sean Marshall are solid 7th and 8th inning guys. After that, the quality of arms takes a steep downturn.

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Astros, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates, Reds

 

League Rules Posted

Alright. As we are filling up quickly, I invite all owners to check out the League Rules page.  If you have any questions/comments/suggestions – please don’t be shy to bring them up by commenting (registered users) and/or posting at the Message Board.

NOTHING is set in stone until we officially kick this thing off.  Let your voice be heard.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in General

 

MLBOnline Launched!

This is the newest online league using the newly released OOTP 12.  We are looking for dedicated owners to get this thing off the ground!  We will have strict rules for owning a franchise in this league and will be quick to replace with somebody on the waiting list to make sure we have full participation!

We will start taking applications for teams very soon.  We will post a message as soon as we get started!  We will have a non-owner of the league run the simulations to avoid any problems along those lines.

We will vote all proposed changes, just like in real MLB.  If we try to abolish the DH, we will need unanimous support for it.  If we want to institute an 11-day D.L. – same thing.

We will be starting very soon!

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in General