Mood: not sure
There's been a lot of talk about just about everything other than games lately, and I, for one think we are the poorer for it. So lets bring the focus back to the games, where it belongs, shall we?
The first half of the exhibition schedule is in, and the second has begun. We are just a week away from the start of the season! My fearless predictions for the Legends league follow:
East--Boston Red Sox
This team has it all, from Shoeless Joe to the Beast to Greg Maddux. Adding SS Ross Barnes was a bold stroke, and a brilliant one. They'll win in a walk, but Baltimore might give them some "moments" along the way, and the Birds remain a serious Wild Card contender.
OK, this is my own team, but the fact remains that they are defending Champs and remain well equipped to take on the season. They've lost the Batting Champ and that will hurt. His replacement, Nr. Turkey Stearnes, won't hit .349 as Jess Burkett did, but with Ed Delahanty in the lineup for a full year maybe the next batting champ will wear a Pirates uniform again. But regardless of batting championships or lack thereof, with the best staff in the league the Bucs will remain tough to beat in the Central. Any team that boasts Babe Ruth in its lineup cannot be discounted, and the Cubs may just be the surprise team of the league this year. They have a solid rotation and a good lineup. They are Wild card competitors at the least.
West--St. Louis Stars
The league's most controversial team is also the Best in the West. Whether or not the disputed Gehrig trade goes through in its current form, this team has still collected superstars like Steinbrenner on a meth binge. That should translate into winning this division handily. They have a big time lineup that is at least on a par with Boston's, and enough pitching to get the job done. Houston and Mudville should win their share of games however, and it's quite possible the Wild Card will come from this division.