MLB Teams to watch in 2009

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MLB Teams to watch in 2009

Here are a few teams that I feel are capable of having a good year this year. I will be adding more info to these teams later, but if you have any information or thoughts on these teams please add. The total win information is taken from BetUS. I will be adding a couple more teams before season starts as well.

 

Kansas City Royals:

The Kansas City Royals have always been a team that people have a tendency to look past when it comes to a winning ball club. Things may be different this year. Kansas City has made progress this spring to become a team that will compete in the AL Central. The Royals have had decent pitching in the last few years including their ace Gil Meche and also Zack Greinke. The area the Royals have struggled is at the plate. This year they brought in Mike Jacobs who last year hit .247 and had 32 homeruns for the Florida Marlins. Although Jacobs is no savior he does bring a little more help to Alex Gordon, who is in his 3rd year with the team. Along with Jacobs and Gordon, the Royals also signed Coco Crisp who will help defensively for the Royals this year along side Jose Guillen in the outfield. Here is what their starters should like come the start of season.

1st: Mike Jacobs
2nd: Alberto Callaspo
SS: Mike Aviles
3rd: Alex Gordon
LF: David DeJesus
CF: Coco Crisp
RF: Jose Guillen
C: Mike Olivo
Starting Pitchers: Gil Meche, Zack Greinke, Kyle Davies, Brian Bannister, Luke Hochevar
Closer: Joakim Soria

O/U regular season wins: 75.5
D Money Suggestion: OVER 75.5

Pittsburgh Pirates:

This is a team we all saw play a little better last year but couldn't hold on all year. This year we may see the same thing as they will start out strong again but could end up fading towards mid year. The Pirates have some good players both offensively and defensively. They were led last year by Nate Mclouth who hit .276, 26 Homeruns, 94 RBIs and 23 SB's. McLouth will have some help this year by Adam LaRoche, Ryan Doumit and Ryan Doumit. The Pirates also have some very good and solid pitchers. What hurt last year is they were not consistent all year. If the big 3 for the Pirates this year can stay consistent then look for the Pirates to compete in the weak NL Central. The pitching staff this year will again be lead by Paul Maholm who led the team with 139 strikeouts. Ian Snell was close behind with 135, and then next in line was Zach Duke, who the Pirates need to step up this year. As of 03/23 the Pirates were 4th in the National League spring training in homeruns with 29 team homers. We all know that spring training doesn't really mean too much when it comes to regular season, but when it comes to a team like the Pirates a good spring could mean things are looking good in future. They have gone 14-9 this spring. Here is their depth chart as of now with 12 days to go until the season opener.

1st: Adam LaRoche
2nd: Freddy Sanchez
SS: Jack Wilson
3rd: Eric Hinske
LF: Nyjer Morgan
CF: Nate McLouth
RF: Brandon Moss
C: Ryan Doumit
Starters: Paul Maholm, Ian Snell, Zach Duke, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens
Closer: Matt Capps

O/U regular season wins: 69.5
D Money Suggestion: OVER 69.5

  • I highly doubt the Rangers will be the team to watch.

  • Great start for my Dodgers +210 wager........we'll see what happens.........  :)

  • I really hope to see the Royals continiue to play well this year and get to this number. Pirates started good, but have now faced the Brewers too many times who they just can't seem to beat

  • i think that KC will have an ok year but i think the team that everyone will have to watch out for are the Reds. They have so much young talent the only thing the need now is some relief pitching.

  • I really like what the Dodgers have this year & I have them at +210 to win the NL West. KC will be a team to deal with in that division for sure.

  • I think alot of people aren't up on the Pirates this year, but I do believe the pitching will be more consistent this year and that will help lead to a much better season. But great comments and keep them coming

  • With you on the Royals - Can't back the Pirates....but I've heard that Maholm is throwing the ball great leading into this season

  • I don't see them winning the division this year, but I do think they will compete within the divison.

  • Do you guys think the Royals are a play at 10/1 to win the division?

  • Couldnt agree more on KC, they will be my biggest futures play this season, not sure about Pitt though, take out Maholm and they dont have any pitching!

  • I think Royals will have a nice season but I did not expect the o/u to be this high.  But I definitely think they have a great chance to get 80 wins this season.  On the other hand, I cannot understand why the Pirates number is so low.  This number jumped out at me right away and made me hesitate a bit.  I have the Pirates getting 75 wins.  

    I love season long bets and in the process of narrowing it down for this season.  I do season long bets in every major sport.  

  • I agree with you on the Rangers, in fact they are a team I will be doing a write up on the next couple days. I think they will have some power this year with Hamilton, Blalock and Kinsler. And Look for Micheal Young to have a come back year, and also look for Nelson Cruz to play a key role for the Rangers this year.

  • Great stuff buddy - I also heard the Rangers might be a team to watch.  They have Mike Maddux in as their new pitching coach, and Kevin Millwood should be extra motivated in a contract year.  I think this franchise is definitely heading in the right direction under Nolan Ryan's supervision.