Posted on: June 3, 2009 12:23 pm

Emack's All-Star Roster Projections

I followed the rules and had every team represented. Many were easy ... and I am sure I have some ommissions, but I had to. I still think the AL will take 12-plus pitchers, too.

AL -- 31
C -- 3
1. Joe Mauer MIN
2. Victor Martinez CLE
3. Jason Varitek BOS

1B -- 3
1. Kevin Youkilis BOS
2. Justin Morneau MIN
3. Mark Teixeira NYY

2B -- 3
1. Ian Kinsler TEX
2. Aaron Hill TOR
3. Dustin Pedroia BOS/Robinson Cano NYY

3B -- 2
1. Evan Longoria TB
2. Mike Lowell BOS/Alex Rodriguez NYY

SS -- 3
1. Derek Jeter NYY
2. Jason Bartlett TB
3. Marco Scutaro TOR

OF -- 6
1. Jason Bay BOS
2. Ichiro Suzuki SEA
3. Carl Crawford TB
4. Torii Hunter LAA
5. Adam Jones BAL
6. Nelson Cruz TEX

SP -- 6
1. Roy Halladay TOR
2. Zack Greinke KC
3. Justin Verlander DET
4. Kevin Slowey MIN
5. Mark Buehrle CHW
6. Matt Garza TB ... Rays manager will take one of his pitchers

RP -- 5
1. Jonathan Papelbon BOS
2. Frank Francisco TEX
3. Mariano Rivera NYY
4. Joe Nathan MIN
5. Andrew Bailey OAK

NL -- 31
C -- 3
1. Yadier Molina STL
2. Brian McCann ATL
3. Bengie Molina SF

1B -- 3
1. Albert Pujols STL
2. Adrian Gonzalez SD
3. Ryan Howard PHI

2B -- 2
1. Chase Utley PHI
2. Orlando Hudson LAD

3B -- 3
1. David Wright NYM
2. Ryan Zimmerman WAS
3. Mark Reynolds ARI

SS -- 2
1. Hanley Ramirez FLA
2. Miguel Tejada HOU

OF -- 6
1. Raul Ibanez PHI
2. Ryan Braun MIL
3. Alfonso Soriano CHC
4. Carlos Beltran NYM
5. Adam Dunn WAS
6. Brad Hawpe COL

SP -- 6
1. Johan Santana NYM
2. Chad Billingsley LAD
3. Dan Haren ARI
4. Tim Lincecum SF
5. Zach Duke PIT
6. Wandy Rodriguez HOU

RP -- 6
1. Francisco Rodriguez NYM
2. Jonathan Broxton LAD
3. Heath Bell SD
4. Ryan Franklin STL
5. Trevor Hoffman SD
6. Francisco Cordero CIN

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 30, 2009 5:58 pm

Emack's 2009 MLB predictions

AL East
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles

AL Central
Cleveland Indians
Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals

AL West
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners

Wild Card: New York Yankees
League champ: Boston Red Sox
MVP: Grady Sizemore, Indians
Cy Young: Josh Beckett, Red Sox
Manager: Eric Wedge, Indians
Comeback player: Victor Martinez, Indians
HR champ: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Surprise: Howie Kendrick, Angels
Disappointment: Travis Hafner, Indians

NL East
Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets
Florida Marlins
Atlanta Braves
Washington Nationals

NL Central
Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres
Wild Card: New York Mets
League champ: Chicago Cubs
MVP: Jose Reyes, Mets
Cy Young: Johan Santana, Mets
Manager: Dusty Baker, Reds
Comeback player: Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
HR champ: Ryan Howard, Phillies
Surprise: Daniel Murphy, Mets
Disappointment: Chipper Jones, Braves

World champ: Chicago Cubs


Category: MLB
Posted on: July 28, 2008 10:12 am

Maine event Monday night

Going to the Marlins-Mets game tonight. Should be good drama, but also another chance to look at the pitcher I called a 20-game winner this spring, John Maine.

I might have sounded crazy predicting a five-victory jump for the third-year right-hander, but his stuff in spring training looked better than anyone these eyes saw. Far better than Johan Santana's. Santana really doesn't blow people away anymore.

Maine came out of the gate throwing 97 mph, but struggling a bit with his command. He is a streaky pitcher -- remember the first half of 2007 and his final start of that year? -- so perhaps he can be a horse down the stretch.

I have traded for him in many leagues. Ross Devonport got me on a deal June 1. Rick Ankiel and Justin Duchscherer for John Maine. I had OF and pitching depth and figured I would "upgrade" Duchscherer to Maine. Whoopsy!

Maine is my pick to be better here on out, obviously, but throwing in Ankiel was just too much. Devonport is stalking me in the Fantasy Magazine league from third place, while I am a 1/2-point out of first now. Without that deal, I might have been leading things.

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