Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 11:16 PM
I will admit that I haven't watched as much of LSU as I have wanted to. I saw them play the entire game against North Carolina, a half of the West Virginia game, a half of the Tennessee game and a half of the Florida game. However, I have not really been that impressed by their defense.
Sure, they do rank 3rd in the country in total defense, but they also haven't really played many teams with an offense. Their schedule thus far, with total offense rank in parentheses:
North Carolina (63)
Mississippi State (55)
West Virginia (64)
McNeese State (78 in FCS)
The best offense they have played thus far is a mediocre Mississippi State one.
We all know that Auburn's offense is one of the best in the country, and LSU will be the best defense they have played, without a doubt, but how good is LSU's defense, really? Someone who has seen them play more please inform me.
Posted Tuesday, March 02, 2010 08:20 PM
Florida Marlins over 80.5 (-105) (6u)
This is a team that won 87 games last season and I think they should be even better this year. They did lose Nick Johnson from the starting lineup, but the rest of the lineup is in tact.
I would imagine that the lineup probably looks something like this for the season opener:
1. LF Coghlan
2. CF Maybin
3. SS Ramirez
4. 3B Cantu
5. 2B Uggla
6. 1B Sanchez
7. RF Ross
8. C Baker
It's not great, but it's not a bad lineup either. I think they'll find ways to put up big runs. They always seem to do so.
The rotation is headlined by Josh Johnson, who could be a legitimate Cy Young contender this year after going 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA last year. Ricky Nolasco had a terrible ERA last year (5.05), but was extremely unlucky. He ranked 9th in the NL in K/9 (9.49), 5th to K:BB ratio (4.43:1) and 32nd in WHIP (1.25). However, his ERA ranked 75th. Expect to see things come back to normal a bit this year with Nolasco. I think he's in line for a 15 win, 3.60 ERA season. Anibal Sanchez, Sean West, Chris Volstad, Rick VandenHurk and Andrew Miller are all fighting for the last three spots. The bullpen posted a respectable 3.89 ERA last year, putting them 7th in the NL. From that bullpen they lost Luis Ayala (5.63), Matt Lindstrom (5.89), Kiko Calero (1.95) and Scott Proctor (6.05). I see no reason to believe that the bullpen will be an... [More]
Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:41 AM
How in the world is the Cleveland season win total set at 83.5?
This is a team that won 65 games last year, and now they are supposed to improve by 19 wins? With a roster that is probably worse than it was last year?
I understand that Sizemore had a terrible year last season (.248, played in 102 games), but does 60 games of healthy Sizemore equate to 19 wins? I think not.
Here's a look at their projected starting rotation and bullpen:
1. Fausto Carmona
2. Justin Masterson
3. David Huff
4. Jake Westbrook
5. Aaron Laffey
That pitching is going to win 84 games?
With a starting lineup of:
C: Carlos Santana
1B: Matt LaPorta
2B: Luis Valbuena
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
3B: Jhonny Peralta
LF: Michael Brantley
CF: Grady Sizemore
RF: Shin-Soo Choo
DH: Travis Hafner
That lineup is going to put up enough runs to win 84 games?
Please, someone tell me what I'm missing here. I'm about to dump everything I have on this as soon as the line is actually released.
Another one that jumps out is the Mets under 89.5. No way in hell they are winning the division, which is what that number puts them at. Also really like San Francisco and Seattle both over 79.5 and St. Louis over 83.5. The Cardinals are the best team in the NL, no? At worst 2nd bes... [More]
Posted Sunday, July 26, 2009 08:08 AM
Everything is either to win or betting 1 unit unless noted. I don't see much point in tying a whole bunch of money up for the whole season.
Arizona State under 6.5 (-110)
Georgia Tech over 8.5 (-110)
Miami FL under 8 (-215)
North Carolina over 8.5 (+130)
Tennessee over 7 (+125) - 2.5u
Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 08:55 AM
In an effort to get at least a little bit of conversation going in this forum, I'll be throwing together a way too early top 25. Hopefully we can get some sort of spark generated. I'll do them in five team segments.
The Jayhawks return just about everyone, most importantly Aldrich and Collins. They also add Xavier Henry, one of the best recruits in the nation. They also bring in a 5-star PG (Elijah Johnson) who adds depth at the PG position, and Thomas Robinson (4-star PF) gives them another body in the paint. Don't forget that Jeff Withey, a 7-footer who originally signed with Arizona, is eligible to play following the fall semester (December). This is the team to beat this season, ala North Carolina this season.
The Horns lose Abrams and Atchley to eligibility, and possibly Damion James to the NBA. However, the rest of the squad is in tact, headlined by Dexter Pittman, Gary Johnson and Justin Mason. Pittman will be the real key to the Horns success this season. He was in much better shape last year, and hopefully for the Horn faithful, he'll be in even better shape this year. They appear to have found a pair of PG that they are at least comfortable with in Dogus Balbay and Varez Ward. They add my #3 player in this year's class to the 2-guard spot in Avery Bradley, who is an absolute stud. He'll be an immediate starter for the Horns at SG, and will have a huge impac... [More]