Predictem MLB Archives: September 2009 Through December 2009

Sweepstakes Winners: The Mets landed Jason Bay and the Cardinals locked up Matt Holliday ending all speculation that a handful of either teams might land either of the two all-star calibur players.

Yankes Deal for Ace: The New York Yankees acquired SP Javier
and LHP Boone Logan from Atlanta for OF Melky Cabrera,
LHP Mike Dunn and RHP Arodys Vizcaino. The mnove gives the Bronx Bombers
another quality arm, bolstering their chances for a repeat in 2010.

BIG 3 Team Trade in the Works: Early reports are that Roy Halladay will go to Philly, Cliff Lee will head to Seattle and the Bluejays will get C Travis D’Arnaud and OF Michael Taylor from Philly and P Phillipppe Aumont from Seattle. It’s not official yet, but many sources are reporting that it’s likely to be completed by mid week.

BoSox Add Pitcher: Free agent P John Lackey is expected to sign a 5 year deal with Boston. – 12/14

Godzilla Signs: The Angels have signed free agent OF Hideki Matsui to a one year deal. – 12/14

M’s Score Big: The Seattle Mariners signed 3B Chone Figgins to a 4 year deal with a 5th year as an option. This really changes the outlook of the team as they add more speed to the top of their lineup that already includes the fleet-footed Ichiro Suzuki. It also means that Adrian Beltre is likely to be out the door as well.

Another Ace in the Cards Deck: The St. Louis Cardinals signed P Brad Penny today to a one year deal.

3-Team Blockbuster Trade in the Works: The New York Yankees will
acquire star outfielder Curtis Granderson and only give up Ian Kennedy,
Austin Jackson and Phil Coke. Arizona would get P Edwin Jackson (ending
speculation that the Mariners were going to get him) and Ian Kennedy. The
Tigers would pickup CF Austin Jackson, RHP Phil Coke, RHP Max Scherzer and
LHP Daniel Schlereth. It appears that neither Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon
will be returning to NY for the 2010 season unless one or both are accepting
of a much lesser than market value deal, which is not likely.

Braves Sign Closer: The Atlanta Braves have signed CL Billy Wagner. He will be the teams main man out of the pen for the 2010 MLB season.

Legendary Announcer Staying Put: Dodgers announcer Vin Scully will remain with the team in 2010 as their play-by-play announcer. The 82 year old has been with the team for SIXTY years and if you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to one of his games, please, take a day off and take one in. You’ll be glad you did.

N.L. Cy Young Winner: Accolades go to Tim Lincecum who edged out Cardinals hurlers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainright and to win the award.

American League and National League Manager’s of the Year: Angels Skipper Mike Scioscia takes A.L. honors while Rockies Manager Jim Tracey takes honors in the senior circuit.

American League Cy Young Winner: Goes to…Zack Greinke! The Royals SP had an amazing 2.16 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 242 strikeouts. He only had 16 wins, but who can fault him for that? He had SIX no decisions in which he gave up two runs or less. He would surely have been a 20 game winner on a decent team that had some offense.

N.L. Rookie of the Year: Surprisingly, honors went to Marlins OF Chris Coughlan. The rook hit .321 in 128 games and was consistent all season. The reason we say surprisingly is because we figured it’d be either Tommy Hanson, Andrew McCutchon, or Phillies starter J.A. Happ.

A.L. Rookie of the Year: Goes to Oakland Closer Andrew Bailey. Bailey was 6-3 on the year with 26 saves, a 1.84 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP in 83 1/3 innings. He beat out Rangers SS Elvis Andrus and Tigers SP Rick Porcello.

Triple Crown in 2010? The Texas Rangers are very interested in signing free agent OF Vladimir Guerrero. His career numbers in their park? A FAT .394 batting average, .471 on base percentage and .705 slugging pct. Could happen if he was able to stay healthy which is a whole’nother conversation in itself!

Mariners Fans Rejoice: The team announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will be returning to the team for his 22nd season in the majors. The slugger has 630 round trippers and is likely to add on another 20 or so to his total next season.

Trade: The Milwaukee Brewers have traded SS J.J. Hardy to the Minnesota Twins for OF Carlos Gomez. – 11/6

Yanks Win! The New York Yankees have won the 2009 World Series by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in game 6 of the series. The win marked the 27th time that the NYY have won it all. – 11/4

World Series Previews and Picks:
2009 World Series Game 6
2009 World Series Game 5
Game 4: Take the UNDER 8.5
Game 3: Passing
2009 World Series Game 2 (Pedro Martinez vs. A.J. Burnett)
2009 World Series Game 1 (Cliff Lee vs. C.C. Sabathia)

Trade Rumor: The Chicago Cubs are said to be interested in dealing OF Milton Bradley to Toronto for Vernon Wells. This is of course a rumor and as we all know most of the time these don’t pan out. – 11/1

Sunday MLB: We like the UNDER 9.5 runs in the Angels/Yankees game. – 10/25

Tribe Hires New Manager: Former Nationals skipper Manny Acta has been hired as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians. – 10/25

Tuesday MLB: We like the Angels at +122 today! – 10/20

Going Home: Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima has opted out of the final two years of his contract and will return back to Japan to finish his professional baseball career. – 10/19

Saturday: PASSING!

Friday: Take the UNDER 8.5 in the Angels/Yankees game. – 10/16

Thursday MLB: We like the Dodgers at -137. Good luck! – 10/15

Sunday MLB Playoff Pick: Take the Rockies at -110 – 10/11

Friday/Saturday MLB Playoffs: Passing.

Thursday MLB Playoff Picks: Take the Anaheim Angels at -107. – 10/8

Wednesday MLB Playoff Picks: No surprises today. We like the Phillies at -150 and the Cards at -133. When will Carpenter ever get any respect? – 10/7

You’re Fired! Eric Wedge was fired today, just days before the regular season ends, but will stick with the team through the final game. Just when you thought you’ve heard everything. – 9/30

2010: Braves manager Bobby Cox said that next year will be his last and then he will retire. Love him or hate him, his career as the Braves manager has been very solid. – 9/23

You’re Fired! Despite the end of the season just around the corner, the Houston Astros have fired Manager Cecil Cooper. He must have really pissed somebody off! – 9/21

102MPH Throwing Lefty? Yes, it’s true. Aroldis Chapman who has defected from the Cuba, may become a free agent and end up in MLB soon. – 9/21

Bradley in Trouble Again: The Chicago Cubs have suspended OF Milton Bradley after he was quoted as saying that Chicago is “not a positive environment” and that he can understand why the Cubs haven’t won in 100 years. – 9/20

Thursday 9/17 through Sunday 9/30: We are passing for a couple weeks. Our MLB picks have stunk lately. Time for a break.

Wednesday: We like the Texas Rangers at -157! – 9/16

Monday: Passing. Sorry, the arrival of football has us all tied up in knots. Picks should resume tomorrow. – 9/15

Post Season Thoughts: David A. Lane makes his 2009 MLB Playoff Predictions

Monday: We like the San Diego Padres tonight at -152! – 9/14

Friday-Sunday: Passing!

Thursday: Passing. We found absolutely no value in tonight’s card. – 9/10

Wednesday: We like the White Sox today at -132. – 9/9

Tuesday: We like the New York Mets today at -105. – 9/8

Injury: The Rays will be without 1B Carlos Pena for the rest of the season due to broken fingers. – 9/8

Monday: Going for 3 wins in a row today and looking to do so with a huge bang. We like the Reds at +220 today! – 9/7

Sunday: Take the Washington Nationals at +108! – 9/6

Saturday: We like the Baltimore Orioles at +122. Good luck! – 9/5

Friday: Today’s recommended play is the Washington Nationals at +110! – 9/4

All Stars Hurt: The Cleveland Indians have shut down OF Grady Sizemore for the season. He has an elbow issue that he had previously been playing with for most of the season. That explains his un-Grady like stats. He’ll need surgery in the off-season. The Cubs have decided to sit Alfonso Soriano who has a bum knee. The word is that he’s out INDEFINITELY with no timetable for a return. – 9/4

Thursday: We like the Oakland A’s at -133! Good luck! – 9/3

Wednesday: We like the Nationals today at +115. 3:35PM EST Start!

Tuesday MLB: We’re on the Phillies at -182! Laying such chalk is a really bad habit and not one you want to fall into consistently but the SF Giants Pitcher Sanchez’s stats are so horrible on the road, we’re going to bite. – 9/1