Saturday, December 5, 2009

How did I do - NL Central

Here's the link to my original predictions. Glass half full - I got 1st, 2nd and 6th right. Glass half empty - I got 3rd, 4th and 5th wrong.
1. Cardinals
"Why not? They have some good young players, and Tony LaRussa always gets the maximum out of his teams. This division is ripe for the picking."
Pretty good - not many people picked the Cardinals this year.
2. Cubs
"After two straight playoff disasters, the Cubs, like the Mets, will be playing very tightly. It won't take much for this talented team to implode."
I think that is not a bad summary for what happened to the Cubs this year.
3. Reds
"Lots of exciting young players like Johnny Cueto and Jay Bruce. The dark days could soon be over for this franchise."
I was wrong about both players, who seemed to get hit by the sophomore jinx last year.
4. Astros
"All of those people picking the Astros to lose 100 games this year have forgotten how strong this team finished last year. Remember this team won 86 games last year."
They didn't lose 100, but they weren't very good either.
5. Brewers
"Last year was nice, but they lost their two best pitchers with nothing in return and picked a total mediocrity for their manager."
They were better than I expected, but still finished below .500
6. Pirates
After that loss to Manatee Junior College they went and lost 99 games to major league teams this year.

The player pictured was Cardinals rookie Joe Mather. He spent most of the season rehabbing an injured wrist and didn't play in the majors in 2009.

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