Offseason Acquisitions Set to Make a Big Impact

Posted: April 3, 2011 by Josh Tannenbaum in Uncategorized

Baseball season is back in action. Every offseason there seems to be a few big-name free agents that find themselves a new destination. This offseason was no different, but the acquisitions made this winter could play an enormous role in which teams are in contention come October.

The Red Sox had a relatively disappointing season last year. Despite winning 89 games, the Sox finished third in the AL East, missing the playoffs as the Yankees and Rays moved on. In response, Boston went out and acquired the two best available offensive players in Carl Crawford through free agency and Adrian Gonzalez via trade. Inserting these players into any lineup, let alone the Red Sox lineup, is a huge boost. The added offense in addition to their strong pitching staff and deep bullpen should translate into a very successful season for the Boston Red Sox.

In the National League, no team has been as competitive over the last 5 years as the Philadelphia Phillies. While their offense is not what it used to be, their pitching is being discussed as one of the best rotations to ever be assembled. It’s far too early to be making claims as such, but the hype is legit. Roy Halladay is almost unanimously dubbed the best pitcher in the game today. Cole Hamels is one of the  best, young lefties in the majors, having a bounce-back year a season ago with 12 wins, a 3.06 ERA, and 211 strikeouts. Veteran Roy Oswalt was added the rotation at the trade deadline last season, and pitched brilliantly in a Phillies uniform, going 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA down the stretch. And this offseason, Cliff Lee was brought back to Philadelphia via free agency. The Phillies traded Lee in a 3-way deal wot get Roy Halladay. Now the team has both of them. Lee is a fantastic pitcher who pitches deep into games and doesn’t walk anybody, but his postseason track record is what made him the talk of free agency this winter. Lee is 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 postseason starts in his career. He’s pitched 3 complete games, and has struck out 80 while only walking 8 in 76 innings. These four pitchers together in the same rotation is a scary thought for the rest of the National League. If they can get decent production from a talented, but aging lineup, then the Phillies might be making another World Series appearance.

Here are my predictions for the playoffs:

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: White Sox

AL West: Rangers

Wild Card: Yankees

World Series Representative: Yankees

NL East: Phillies

NL Central: Reds

NL West: Giants

Wild Card: Braves

World Series Representative: Phillies

OUTCOME: Yankees over Phillies in 6 games.

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