Archive for October, 2012

I think that was the first time I correctly predicted all four division series winners. Of course I got both of the wild cards wrong. And I thought after the Reds won Game 1 that they should win the series and they almost did.

It was enjoyable watching the Cardinals come back in Game 5 over the Nationals just because having been a Clippard owner I saw how he and Storen could easily blow it.

The Orioles continue to amaze me and I was hoping I was wrong but in the Yankees were just that much better.

ALCS Detroit beats New York

Detroit has two disadvantages, starting the series in New York and not having Verlander until Game 3 and that will be on short rest which I think could be a mistake.

Still I see them winning because of their superstars, Verlander, Miggy, Prince and the way the Yankees are struggling on offense.

NLCS San Francisco beats St. Louis

San Francisco plays well at home, they have better starting pitching and their offense is good enough. St. Louis has the better offense but their starting pitching isn’t very reliable. Also I think Bochy is better than Matheny and in a close series that will matter.

In the end San Francisco should win in a close series.

World Series Champion Detroit

It seems I can’t make up my mind. First I predicted San Francisco would beat Detroit, then I predicted Detroit would beat St. Louis. Now I’m predicting Detroit to beat San Francisco.

Verlander should be lined up for Game 1 and things should fall into line after that for Detroit.

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2012 MLB Playoff Predictions Updated

 | October 7, 2012 8:33 AM

As I predicted before my predictions so far have been completely wrong.

Saunders was 0-6 in six career starts in Arlington with a 9.38 ERA. Yet he gives up only 1 run in 5 2/3 innings to lead the Orioles to victory.

Medlen and the Braves had won 23 straight games he started. But on an easy double play ball Chipper threw the ball into right field and the Braves made two more errors in one of the worst played games.

And the Reds somehow win Game 1 while losing their ace, Cueto, after eight pitches. But he could pitch Game 3 and Latos was fantastic as I predicted.

Now it’s time to update my predictions which of course will be wrong again.

AL Division Series 2
New York beats Baltimore

I want the Orioles to win not because I like them but because I don’t like the Yankees. However I am still not a believer. Hammel, their Game 1 starter, is coming back from an injury. Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez don’t impress me either.

This could be a sweep but the Orioles have a great bullpen and a great manager. I’ll say Yankees in 4.

NL Division Series 2
St. Louis beats Washington

Unlike the Braves the Cardinals did not lose much having to play the wild card game. One could argue their ace, Wainwright, is pitching Game 1 of this series.

Wainwright has been kind of up and down but if he pitches like an ace then the Cardinals should take this series. Their offense is better and their pitching can be as good. I will predict Cardinals in 4.

NLCS
St. Louis beats San Francisco

If St. Louis can beat Washington then I think they can continue that roll and beat San Francisco.

World Series
Detroit beats St. Louis

I have no idea but I’m going to stay with Detroit though I think St. Louis will be a more formidable opponent than San Francisco.

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Funky Kimchees Win Again in 2012

 | October 5, 2012 9:54 AM

Funky Kimchees continue their winning streak of consecutive championships which dates back to 1986-87.

Congratulations 2012 League Champion! Funky Kimchees

Last season I entered two ESPN public free fantasy baseball auction leagues. The first league I won but the second league I dominated. This league’s auction was two weeks into the season so I just bought all the hot guys and rode them to an easy victory.

Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels - MLB - Yahoo! SportsThis season I wanted a little more competition again so I entered one of my friend’s church’s league. Turned out this season was one of the most dominant I have ever had and it was simply because of one man, Mike Trout. The day Mike Trout was called up I had just picked up Scott Downs. The guy who wanted Scott Downs and missed picking him up by two minutes later picked up Mike Trout just before I could get him. We then traded the two guys which was actually his suggestion. I asked for Tim Hudson because I didn’t expect he would want to trade Mike Trout. At the time I thought Mike Trout’s floor was Alejandro De Aza and his ceiling was a potential All-Star. But I never expected one of the greatest fantasy seasons ever.

At one point my outfield was Mike Trout, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hunter Pence which on paper sure looks awesome. I actually end up dropping Hunter Pence soon after he was traded to the Giants and trading Jacoby Ellsbury for Adam Wainwright.

My final roster kind of looked like this but not exactly because I made so many transactions, 854 to be exact.

Funky Kimchees 2012 Roster

I was way ahead in the standings and at one point had 107 out of a possible 110 points. My goal was to win every category which I have never done before but I actually went down a little. One pattern of my teams is they almost always seem to swoon in the last couple of weeks.

RWC Royal Rumble 2012 Standings - Free Fantasy Baseball -  ESPN

Anyway it was a fun and pretty stress free season. Matt Kemp busted out in April and then I rode Mike Trout the rest of the season while also enjoying Ryan Braun. As for starters Brandon Beachy was awesome but then he went on the DL but was resurrected as Kris Medlen.

Now I’m looking forward to receiving my first place prize, an authentic Jeremy Lin Houston Rockets jersey. Should I get red or white? Smile

adidas Houston Rockets Jeremy Lin Revolution 30 Replica Road Jersey

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First I want to say this was supposed to be the season the Toronto Blue Jays make the playoffs. I blame Yunel Escobar. Now onto my predictions which if they follow past history will be completely wrong.

2012 MLB Postseason Picture

AL Wild Card

Texas beats Baltimore

I have been questioning Baltimore’s success all season and I will continue to do so. Saunders is probably one of the worst playoff starters while Darvish is starting to pitch like an ace. Texas should win this easily. But if it’s close and it gets to the bullpen then Baltimore will have the advantage with its better bullpen and superior manager, Buck Showalter.  But I don’t think Texas’s offense, #1 in MLB, will let it get there.

NL Wild Card

Atlanta beats St. Louis

This seems like the easy choice. Medlen has been awesome and Lohse has been much more hittable on the road. Atlanta does not have as good of an offense but it has the better bullpen so I think they pull this out.

AL Division Series 1

Detroit sweeps Oakland

I want Oakland to win. They’re a fantastic story. But to do that they might have to beat Verlander twice.

Let’s assume Detroit wins Game 1. This seems like the easy choice. In Game 2 it’s Doug Fister against Tommy Milone. Fister has been pitching very well while Milone has not pitched well on the road nor against the Tigers. Oakland could lose the first two games.

In Game 3 it’s Max Scherzer against Brett Anderson. Both pitchers have been very good of late but both also have been dealing with injuries. I am much more concerned about Brett’s. Again I can see another Oakland loss.

If Oakland makes it to Game 4 I think they can possibly win it because Anibal Sanchez is beatable. I am not sure what to expect from A.J. Griffin. His last start he got beat up by Texas and when he faced Detroit he did not do well.

And finally I can’t see Oakland winning Game 5 against Verlander. But if it gets there I like their chances more because Parker is very good at home and I think all the pressure will be on Detroit.

I predict Detroit sweeps but I hope Oakland wins.

AL Division Series 2

New York beats Texas

I think the Yankees would rather play the Rangers than the Orioles because of how well the Orioles have played them. And I believe they will get their wish and then beat the Rangers in 5.

The Rangers are really hurt by the fact they have to play the wild card game. Darvish will not be able to start in the Division Series until Game 3 or 4.

The Yankees pitching staff is much better and their hitting can keep up with the Rangers. But I hope the Rangers win, I’m a fan of Josh Hamilton.

NL Division Series 1

San Francisco beats Cincinnati

I don’t know why but I don’t really like the Giants. Maybe it’s the uniforms. Saying that I think they will beat the Reds.

In Game 1 it’s Cain vs. Cueto. Both have had remarkable seasons but I believe a lot more in Cain. Game 2 is Bumgarner against Arroyo. This is a mismatch in my mind. I don’t know why Baker is saving Latos for Games 3 but he’s clearly the better pitcher.

I am not sure who the Giants pitch in Game 3. Lincecum will probably be the starter but I don’t think it matters who it is because Latos will win.

In Game 4 I am not sure who the Giants start but the Reds are starting Cueto. Let’s assume Cueto wins this one.

In Game 5 it’s Arroyo again and I just don’t trust him. Giants win with Cain or Bumgarner starting.

In the end the Giants have the better offense and starting pitching. The Reds have the better bullpen but I think their advantage is not as great as many perceive.

NL Division Series 2

Washington beats Atlanta

I want Atlanta to win even though they have the racist uniform and chant. Maybe it’s because I’m a Heyward and Medlen fan. Or maybe it’s because I think the Nationals were idiotic for benching Strasburg.

The Braves have the better bullpen and the majority of fans cheering for Chipper Jones to win it in his retirement season. However they don’t have as good of an offense nor starting pitching. And the Braves won’t have Medlen until Game 3 or 4.

Gio Gonzalez will win Game 1 against Minor or Hudson. Zimmerman is more beatable but I think he can beat Minor or Hudson though this game will be closer.

Let’s assume Medlen starts Game 3 and beats Edwin Jackson. Tommy Hanson could beat Lannan in Game 4. But then I think Gio Gonzalez will be too hard to beat at home in Game 5.

ALCS

Detroit beats New York

If Detroit only has to use Verlander in one game in the Divison Series then it’s chances to win the ALCS are much higher.

Last year I was on the Verlander bandwagon but he actually had a playoff series. I am going to board it again and predict the Tigers beat the Yankees.

Plus I don’t like New York. Smile

NLCS

San Francisco beats Washington

In a longer seven game series I think the absence of Strasburg will be felt even more for the Nationals. San Francisco I think wins because their starting pitching is better, their bullpen is much better and I think even their offense is better with Buster Posey playing like Johnny Bench.

However if Washington beats Atlanta in 3 or 4 games while San Francisco takes 5 to beat Cincinnati then Washington will have the advantage in terms of setting its rotation. But even in that case Bumgarner will be starting Game 1 which is not much of a step down.

World Series

San Francisco beats Detroit

I don’t really want San Francisco to win. I am not sure why but I know I don’t want to hear bandwagon fans yelling in my face “This is Giants’ country!”

But in a field of not dominant teams they could win. They have a better bullpen, deeper lineup, better starters and in my opinion the better manager. San Francisco also has home advantage.

However Verlander is the best starter in baseball and Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball. If they somehow beat the Yankees easily so Verlander can start Game 1 then they could win it all. However I don’t see that happening so unfortunately as strange as it sounds I have to pick San Francisco.

If only the Blue Jays just had a few things bounce their way they could be winning the World Series. It’s really not a very strong field this season. The Blue Jays just split a series with the Yankees.

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