2022 American League Central Breakdown

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  1. soxandgators

    soxandgators The Gator Nation

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    Lets keep it brief and too the point. Spend 30 minutes in your life and breakdown your team previews for us all. Here is a good outline to follow to keep it simple and to the point. Nippon join us and do a division thread also lots of us are interested in the league and don't know much about it.

    1. Last seasons final thoughts and review

    2. Roster loses

    3. Roster additions

    4. Offensive preview

    5. Pitching preview

    6. Rookie watch ( rookies who have a legit shot at a major league debut this year)

    7. Final predictions for your division top to bottom (wins-loses) And playoff predictions for the dugout.
     
  2. BigSmooth33

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    Why called AL Central breakdown????
     
  3. Brandon S.

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    1. Last seasons final thoughts and review
    Final thoughts "Dear god why did this happen to me? Why did my team fall apart?" In review, i had a good year with a mediocre starting rotation and when i tried to improve it by adding the likes of Michael Nash, Lucas Lang, and...sadly....Gio, it all fell apart. I was hoping my defense would make those GB % pitchers look great but for some reason my defense was horrible. Im happy with where i finished considering how far this team has come since i took over.

    2. Roster loses
    I didnt lose anyone to FA but my SS Pete Roberts basically died in spring training. Lost 15 power 5 contact 5 eye and now hes just a poor mans backup instead of a .300+ 20+ HR defensive SS

    3. Roster additions
    Didnt add anyone through FA but Chu is staying in the bigs this year after being called up last september.

    4. Offensive preview
    No surprises here, Clay and Ocampo are going to carry my offense after they both had 120+ RBIs last year. Now i need someone to help them out. Hopefully my new found OF rookie Nathaniel Lewis provides some power and can bring in some more runs.

    5. Pitching preview
    If EVERY pitcher on my staff doesnt have a BABIP of .330+ then this staff can be great. But thats a big IF. I think last year was a fluke defensively and this year we will set things straight. And Gio gets little action in the pen this year.

    6. Rookie watch ( rookies who have a legit shot at a major league debut this year)
    Well Chu and Lewis are in the ML to stay and those are the only guys in my system that have a chance this year.

    7. Final predictions for your division top to bottom (wins-loses) And playoff predictions for the dugout.

    1. KC - 90-72
    2. CHI - 89-73
    3. DET 85-77
    4. MIN 75-87
    5. CLE 68-94

    Come on i cant PREDICT myself to end up losing the division ! Got to stay hopeful !
     
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  4. soxandgators

    soxandgators The Gator Nation

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    Because I was hoping we could have a thread for each division.
     
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  5. sawemoff

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    I like the idea. Let's see what I can do for the NL West!
     
  6. JFace907

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    1. Last seasons final thoughts and review
    The Tribe went into the season with a “whatever happens” mindset and would quickly come to the realization that the #TeePeeTankJob must continue. A bright spot along the way was seeing Jared Wallace come to life and show some resemblance to the 5 tool potential he was once touted as on draft day long ago. Ron Phillips also shook off a very slow start to once again hit above .300 and prove he is still a top 5 all around first baseman in the AL. We are trying not to kill another top flight outfield prospect Jose Leon who did very well in low A ball and not too bad in a small sample size in high A. The future is looking bright.

    2. Roster loses
    The core of the team remains in tact as the only roster casualties were players signed to 1 year deals as stop gaps.

    3. Roster additions
    We tried our hardest to finally nab a top flight free agent with a little over 20 mill to play with in free agent money. Unfortunately, the larger markets swiped them all out from under us. We had to resort back to the 1 year stop gaps with guys like Avila, Yan, and Wilhemsen. After a solid spring we’re hoping Demo Canales and Bazooka Madrid can finally complete a rookie season in the Bigs, however Madrid may soon be on the way back to Columbus after a rough start to the season.

    4. Offensive preview
    Young bats are starting to mature so we’re excited to see guys like Kenny Christensen and Adrian Price don Indians unis for the long haul. Rueben Perez seems to progressing along nicely as well. Highly doubt he’ll hit the “elite level” bat control/contact scouts are telling us, but he will be a great bat nonetheless. Markus Mason appears to be having a motivation complex as now that he has put his pen to a fat contract he doesn’t want to hit for average anymore. However, he did lead the team in homers and RBIs.

    5. Pitching preview
    I believe we have a solid pen now with Franky Rios finally settled into the closer’s role that he always seemed to be destined for after failed attempts at converting him to a starter. The additions mentioned above will help as well. The rotation will be purely dictated by how well the kids do. Demo will have to get used to an unfamiliar role as Ace as we have no true top of the rotation guy just yet. Bazooka would like to have an extended stay up at the Show but only his performance will determine if his ticket from Columbus to Cleveland was one way or round trip.

    6. Rookie watch ( rookies who have a legit shot at a major league debut this year)
    Various prospects have made spot debuts already in Demo and Bazooka and maintain their eligibility for ROY, however someone who will definitely be taking his first big league at bat this year will be Adrian Price. He has yet to consistently produce at the AAA level, but once a sign of that just peaks the surface, he’s getting the call to Cleveland. However, we do have a bit of a logjam at the 1B/DH spot. Bringing back Stanley Bena was something we thought was necessary to cover our lack of left handed power. Bena came out strong the first 7 games blasting 5 homers. At the very least, Price will be up during roster expansion.

    7. Final predictions for your division top to bottom (wins-loses) And playoff predictions for the dugout.
    1. White Sox 90+ wins
    2. Tigers 85ish wins
    3. Twins 80-85 wins
    4. Royals 75-80 wins
    5. Indians 65-70 wins

    Yankees and O’s will meet in ALCS with Yanks winning
    Brewers and D-Backs will meet in NLCS with D-Backs winning
    Yankees over D-Backs for the back to back
     
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    1. Last seasons final thoughts and review

    Offense last year came out of Spring Training ice cold. The team ranked in the bottom 3-5 teams as far as production for the first two months of the year posting a 9-19 June record before getting hot and making a valiant comeback effort that was stalled in the final month by two crippling injures to a short SP staff. Losing Fulcan and Latos at the end of August left the Tigers to try and hold onto a minimal lead in the division. We were simply were unable to hold on closing the season by getting swept by Miami, in Miami and falling short of the division by one game to #southsidesucks. Managing to secure a Wild Card slot, the Tigers lost in the one-game playoff to the eventual World Series winning Yankees to end the season.

    2. Roster loses

    SP AJ Vulcan (Trade)
    C Sam Buckma (Trade)

    3. Roster additions

    CL Dan Parks (FA)
    C Ed Wilcott (Trade)
    2B Jesus Lopez (Minors)

    4. Offensive preview

    The same line-up returns for 2022 that was #3 in runs scored in 2021 in all of baseball. With the unexpected ice cold start last year while still being a top offense, the team is expected to shatter opposing pitchers this year.

    5. Pitching preview

    The pitching staff was also top 3 in the AL in runs allowed. The problem facing the Tigers was all the late close games lost. With a revolving door at closer the Tigers brought in CL Dan Parks in FA to close the door. Moving former first rounder Ken Smith, who is in his 2nd full year and much more developed, into the set-up role with former All-Star Menke who missed most of last year with an injury. Tigers start last year's All-Star game winner, who is was rookie, Mitchell with Falcon, Robins, Latos & Martin. Interestingly, ootp predictions had Coleman (a reliever) winning 14 games.

    6. Rookie watch ( rookies who have a legit shot at a major league debut this year)

    1B Cisco Valentin. He would already he up but he is blocked by Grinaldo and Platea, two of the best hitters in the AL currently. Unless an injury happens, I don;t see him making it to the show this year.

    7. Final predictions

    Tigers 92+ wins
    Sox ~85 wins
    Royals 83 wins
    Twins 80 wins
    Indians <70 wins
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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  9. soxandgators

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    I know it is as good as yours
     
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    Bitch please. I didnt get to 20,000 posts trolling. Its called content Junior. Try it some time.
     
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    1. Last seasons final thoughts and review

    What a season it was for the Whitesox. Being predicted to finish 68-94 by OOTP. Winning the Nick Knight award as worst GM in this league. And also being berated by OOTP brass about how I was crazy to believe my team would finish near.500 at the end. Finishing the season at 89-73 felt so great. The offense clicked and my bullpen was sensational. My staff was ranked 13th in the American League which hurt a lot. I made some adjustments to my team strategy and relied on my strengths as a team. I let my bullpen carry the load and hooked my starters quick. Paid off very well in hind sight. Owners expectations were to finish .500 so my over achieving paid off as my budget increased 10 mill and my revenue went way up as well. Market size increased as well and the fan base became way more loyal. Going into the playoffs we had nothing to lose. We decided to wipe the floor with the back to back world series champs in 4 games to move on to the American championship series. The Yankees had great timely hitting and good SP that wore us down. I am proud of how my guys fought (TWTW). Am very pleased going forward as we literally had a C+ team based on my total organization strength. Nothing but clear skies ahead on the south side.

    2. Roster loses

    Nothing that was major everyone gone was a small role player.

    3. Roster additions

    Steven Strasburgh (via trade) liked the move for a 2 yr rental. He had to under go tommy john this spring and will be out a full year.
    3 Fingers (via FA) Best arm in FA last year. Still in a holding pattern to see how he adjusts to MLB life. 30 mill per/4 years
    Spooks (via farm) Best prospect in baseball is making his MLB debut.
    Peter Lang (via FA) Stud bullpen right hander to help bolster a already beast mode bullpen. Really like what this kid offers us
    Daniel Moskos (via FA) will be a lefty specialist. Wanted to add depth and a 3rd lefty arm out the bullpen.
    Carlos Durango (via farm) looks to be a above league average catcher and he is a left handed bat. Going to split time with Gonzo for the year.
    Melvin Hedgwood (via FA) depth to the middle infield and a fill in till Terry Lee is off the DL this week
    Denny Almonte (via FA) depth to the OF and a nice left handed bat to platoon with

    4. Offensive preview

    It will be the same lineup that was here last year. Wanting to improve off last years success I have decided to have 2 positions be a full time platoon based on left/right hander on the hill. Durango and Gonzo will be the catcher platoon and Pak and Allain will be the DH/1B platoon. I think i can squeeze a extra 3-4 war outta these 2 positions hopefully.

    5. Pitching preview

    The staff is a overhaul. Added some great arms in 3 fingers/spooks/stras. And obviously taking a hit like stras this early is not fun but we will over come. The bullpen got stronger and smarter as guys will not have to work so many stressful innings as i added key additions. And having my rotation grind off more innings can only help that as well.

    6. Rookie watch ( rookies who have a legit shot at a major league debut this year)

    Interesting as there are a few players like Randall Walker who possibly can become ready by September but I will be in no rush to add him. Will take the same approach as last season with Spooks and give him a full off season to grow maturity. I am pretty set now with my youth taking there time and rounding off. Any adjustments i need to make will come via trade or FA in the off season for the next 2-3 seasons.

    7. Final predictions

    With Cleveland in between a win now/rebuild mode hard to predict them making any big moves anytime soon. Royals made no improvements themselves. I haven't checked the Twins yet. I didn't hear one move they made so I will assume they didn't do anything either. Detroit made some upgrades and filled a hole that was killing them. Looks like a 2 horse race for the central.

    Sox.......92-70
    Tigers....90-72
    Twins.....84-78
    Royals....81-81
    Indians...72-90

    Like the Orioles/Yankees/Astros/Sox/Tigers in the AL.....Phillies/Marlins/Brewers/Reds/Dbacks in the NL
    Yankees vs the Brewers in the World Series again Yankees in 7
     
  13. Fmode11

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    Cardenas out for 7 months???! Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
     
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    what, did these go to Harvard, gain an MBA, and row crew in the offseason? :ROFLMAO:
     
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  17. Brandon S.

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    I predicted id go 90-72, and we finished the regular season 90-72 and won the 1 game tiebreaker vs DET to make us 91-72.

    Call me Nostradamus. Predicting everything.
     
  18. Fmode11

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    Congrats on the clutch win. Even with the Tigers posting a 19-9 September and sweeping you in the process, it still came down to one last head-2-head match-up.
     
  19. Brandon S.

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    My team caught fire at the end, i got my all star CF and my awesome SS back right at the end and made a good push. You just wouldnt stop winning either. Win or lose, our race was more exciting to watch than any of the other divisions.
     
  20. Fmode11

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    True that and now the AL Central has two teams in the divisional round of the Playoffs. Good luck against the Astros... you will probably need it.
     
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