Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Blake Griffin and CP3 (Chris Paul) team up for the first time while beating the Lakers by 19
Derek Fisher missed practice and didn't play for the Lakers and Chris Paul scored 17 points while dishing out 9 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds. Chauncey Billups scored 23 points for the Clips.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Here are some predictions for the "aging" Kobe Bryant in 2012.
24 points per game
3 assists per game
3 rebounds per game
0.5 blocks per game
1 steal per game
Those are predictions for "The Black Mumba" in 2012. :) ;) ;0 :0 ;( :(
The Clippers have reportedly acquired all-star point guard Chris Paul and 2 second round draft picks from the Hornets. The Hornets would get Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Faruqu Aminu, and a first round draft pick. Paul and Blake Griffin would make a GREAT combo. For the Hornets they would have another dependable center in Chris Kaman to go with Emeka Okafor. They would also get an all star caliber guard from Eric Gordon and a solid young forward in Al-Faruqu Aminu. This trade should go through and boost both teams rosters.
Monday, December 12, 2011
The LA Angels have recently signed Albert Pujols for 10 years and over 250 mil. dollars! They also signed lefty C.J. Wilson for 5 years and 77 mil. dollars and reliever LaTroy Hawkins for 1 year. In addition, they traded starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood for Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta and dealt catcher Jeff Mathis (.174 BA in 2011) for Blue Jays lefty Brad Mills.
WHO ELSE SHOULD THE LA ANGELS GO AFTER?
After spending tons of money will the Angels try to make another splash in free agency or who should they target in a trade?
1.Aramis Ramirez 3B Chicago Cubs
Ramirez has been playing for a while now so he may not be as good as he was in 2005 or 2006 but he still has some power left over (26 home runs in 2011).
odds to sign with the Angels: 45-1
Closing thoughts: If the Angels purchase Ramirez they would'nt have much left over. I don't see them acquiring Aramis. Just too much money.
WHAT DECISIONS SHOULD THE ANGELS MAKE?
To start off I want to talk about the first baseman situation for the Angels. They have 3 who all have lots of power (including future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols). Mark Trumbo is coming off a 29 home run effort-good enough for 2nd place in the AL rookie of the year voting behind Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson who won 13 games to go with an impressive 2.94 ERA. Kendrys
Morales missed most of 2010 and all of 2011 due to an injury from jumping on to home plate after a walk-off Grand Slam to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1. Morales exploded in 2009 hitting 34 homers. He should do similar to that in 2012. Anyway, I think that Trumbo should be at third base, pujols stays at first, and Morales will be moved to DH. But probably the hardest decision is who should take over the number 5 spot in the starting rotation. They have Jerome Williams who performed good at the end of last season for one option. They also have Trevor Reckling who has yet to make his Major League debut but is a young pitcher with high potential. Their last option is Garret Richards who is young with high potential like Reckling but has made his debut in the Majors last season.
odds for Williams to make the starting rotation: 12-1
odds for Richards to make the starting rotation: 10-1
odds for Reckling to make the starting rotation: 13-1
closing thoughts: Richards should make the rotation.
WHERE WILL THEY RANK IN THE POWER RANKINGS?
Predictions for power rankings
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
On November 30, the Anaheim Angels traded sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood for Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta. Chatwood was 6-11 with a 4.55 ERA. Iannetta played in 112 games, hit 14 home runs, and drove in 55 runs. Iannetta filled a big need for the Angels. A couple days later, Anaheim got rid of catcher Jeff Mathis who hit a dreadful .174 average for lefthander Brad Mills of the Toronto Blue Jays. Thanks for reading!
With the lockout affecting the NBA season, teams like the Lakers will be interested in big money players like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. Howard expectedly grabbed 14 rebounds a game (2nd in NBA) and averaged almost 23 points a game last season. Paul on the other hand averaged 15 points per game and dished out 9.8 assists. Bynum should be traded for one of them. Pau Gasol also got a small amount of interest. In order for this trade to go through, the Lakers will probably have to send one of their role players( Matt Barnes/Steve Blake) to one of the teams because Bynum isn't durable and inconsistent which does'nt give him a near edge for any of these players. With a role player though, the trade should be complete and logical.
Shout out to my fans and the readers of Samsports especially my number 1 fans Jeni and Asher! :)
Thursday, December 1, 2011
1.LeBron James Heat
2.Dwyane Wade Heat
3.Kevin Durant Thunder
4.Derrick Rose Bulls
5.Chris Paul Hornets
6.Kobe Bryant Lakers
7.Dwight Howard Magic
8.Rajon Rondo Celtics
9.Kevin Love Timberwolves
10.Deron williams Nets
LeBron can do anything in basketball. Is that enough for you? I am a Heat fan!
Wade, LeBron's teammate is almost as good as James, but needs to work a little more on his outside shooting.
Durant is THE best shooter in the NBA but does not pass nearly enough and needs to work on his D if he wants to get any higher.
Rose had no part to win the MVP last season but still great. He can score, pass, and rebound which makes him a triple-double threat.
Paul is a good shooter, a great passer, and a really good defender. That makes him probably the best point guard in the West conference.
Kobe has been fading and fading for the past couple of seasons so this is probably his last year on the top 10 but he is a first-ballot hall of fame shooting guard.
Howard is a great rebounder and a great shot blocker but a terrible shooter. He is the best center though.
Rondo is a great, all around basketball player, and a good athlete. He is also the reason Boston even made the playoffs last season.
Kevin Love is the only Power Forward on this list and is by far the best. His rebounding skills are terrific, he is a good defender and a dynamic scorer.
D-Will was on fire after being dealt to New Jersey last season but he still did'nt have a season I expected from him. He should be able to break out this season.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
4.White Sox 78-84
1. Red Sox 99-63
2. Rays 94-68
4.Blue Jays 70-92
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
While the Steelers secondary has been productive, Ike Taylor is the star this season, even more than Troy Polamalu. Taylor has no interceptions this season which makes sense because they do not have even 10 takeaways this season. However, Taylor has been great on coverage in the backfield and making key tackles. Taylor has been very quiet even though he is having an all-pro season as the cornerback. Without Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh would be nowhere near where they are now. I am not sure if Taylor will make 1 pro bowl in his career, but I will always remember him for his effort in the backfield.
Buffalo Bills star running back Fred Jackson is reportedly out vs. the New York Jets on Sunday due to a broken bone in his lower right leg. Jackson might miss the rest of the season to this injury. His backup C.J. Spiller will likely take over.
Monday, November 21, 2011
With David Wright and C.J. Wilson getting closer to the Angels organization, they should sign Wilson before anyone else does. If they want to have the best starting pitching in baseball next season, they would have to sign another ace like C.J. Wilson and if they want to have a powerful offense they would have to trade for third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets. Here are my predictions for the LA Angels offseason and their 2012 starting lineup.
1. FA signings from best to worst
Wilson is coming off a 16 win season with the Rangers and had a 2.94 ERA and struck out 206 batters: all career highs. Wilson made the All star team in 2011 and finished 6th in the AL Cy Young award balloting. Wilson also had a nice season in 2010 when he won 15 games and lost 8 to go with a 3.35 ERA. Wilson has a career taking him up and down,until he made himself one of the best pitcher in all of Major League baseball. Up until 2010, Wilson was a solid reliever for the Rangers from 2005-2009. I expect Wilson to be signed for 84.2 Mil. If a team like the Phillies or the Giants signs him, they would have the best pitching staff in the Majors because they already have one of the best. If Anaheim signs him, they would have 4 aces and a young pitcher with high potential all in their pitching staff. Wilson will win 19 games, post an ERA of 2.48, strike out 239 batters, and make the all star team with any team. With C.C. Sabathia re-signed early by the Yankees, Wilson is probably the best Free agent pitcher in the majors.
With the worst catcher in the major leagues(Jeff Mathis) the Angels are in need of a reliable catcher like Cincinnatti's Ramon Hernandez. However, Hernandez is 36 and has not averaged much more than 100 games in the past couple of seasons. He is a free agent and could likely go to the Angels IF a team like the Mariners don't re-sign him.
That IF is very scary for teams like the Angels who have made bad free agent signings and trades in the past. Seattle also needs a catcher because current catcher Miguel Olivo is not durable, lacks defense behind the plate, cannot hit for average, and is very inconsistent. Although, Seattle may not worry about their catching depth which will open the door for Hernandez and the Angels. Hernandez is coming off a season in which he batted .282 and hit 12 4-baggers and drove in just 36 runs. His .341 OBP however, will draw attention to other organizations. Hernandez has a .266 career batting average, with 161 homers and 723 RBI. 2 years and $56 mil. sounds like a good deal. The teams with probably the most interest are the Angels, Mariners, Rockies, and Pirates. Hernandez should finish with a .287 average with 22 homers and 87 RBI.
2. Trades from best to worst
The Angels will spend most of their offseason looking for the missing link in their lineup. David Wright fits that spot perfectly. But it will be almost a miracle if the Mets trade Wright to the Angels or any team because he is a good player and a very likable person on and off the field which you don't see often. Wright is coming off possibly his worst season in his 8 year tenure with the New York Mets when he hit just .254 and hit 14 home runs and out up only 61 RBI. Wright has not hit over the .300 mark since 2009 and has gotten closest to the milestone with a solid .283 average en route to his 5th and 5th straight all star appearance. Wright is expected to improve and has a bit of a high contract on a team that is rebuilding by trading big money players for young prospects. If the trade goes through, the Angels will likely trade one of their utility infielders such as Maicer Izturis or Alberto Callaspo and slugging prospect Randal Grichuk. Wright has a career batting average of .300 and 183 home runs with 725 RBI.Wright also has 2 gold gloves and silver sluggers both at third base. David Wright should still be all star caliber and still has enough left in the tank to blast 25 homers.
The Angels had one of baseballs worst bullpens last season and will be looking to change that by trading for Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street who won rookie of the year honors in 2005 by winning 5 games and posting a microscopic 1.72 ERA with 23 saves and 73 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched. Though in 2006, after saving a career high 37 games in 2006 Street went up against Detroit outfielder Magglio Ordonez in the ALCS where Ordonez hit a home run which would end the Athletics postseason but eventually the Tigers lost in the Fall Classic to St. Louis. Then in 2009, Street saved 34 out of 36 games in his first season with the Rockies. The problem is is that Colorado will probably want to keep their solid closer. Street will fill in in the Angels closer role very well who would take Jordan Walden's place in the bullpen. Street is a top 10 closer and durable. However, Huston Street is not consistent and will have to reduce his blown save total. I see Huston getting traded for prospects Orangel Arenas and Cam Bedosrian with relievers Kevin Jepsen and Anthony Ortega. Huston Street should save at least 35 games.
1.Peter Bourjos CF
2.Howie Kendrick 2B
3.Kendry Morales DH
4.Mark Trumbo 1B
5.David Wright 3B
6.Torii Hunter RF
7.Erick Aybar SS
8.Mike Trout LF
Predicted Starting Rotation
Right handed setup:Jordan Walden
Left handed setup:Scott Downs
long reliever: Rich Thompson
long reliever: Bobby Cassevah
middle reliever: Jerome Williams
middle reliever: John Hellweg
This is probably my best post yet. Oh, and by the way, I am 9 years old and the son of Francesca Lia Block.
THX for reading!
Friday, November 11, 2011
7. Matt Schaub
8. Ryan Fitzpatrick
10.Andy Dalton are the top 10 Quarterbacks.
1. Adrian Peterson
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Steelers, Packers, Raiders, 49ers, Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Redskins. These teams all have at least 3
super bowl victories which considers them an elite franchise. Here are the grades for every NFL team's performance in franchise history.
1. Steelers: yes I am a BIG Steelers fan but they do have the most super bowls ever. 6
2. Packers: I can't believe my steelers lost to the Pack in super bowl XLV. Good job Aaron Rogers. I hate to say it though. 4 super bowls. grade: A
3. Cowboys: Aikman, Staubach, and now Romo. Are you kidding me? Grade: A
4. Bears: 8 NFL pre- super bowl championship wins 1 super bowl Grade: A-
5. 49ers: Montana, Young, AND Rice? WOW. 5 super bowls Grade: A
6. Al Davis did a great job. Sadly, he passed away. He did own the team too long though. 3 super bowls Grade: A-
7. Giants: Eli Manning can be better than Peyton if he believes. 3 super bowls Grade: A-
8. Redskins: Theissman is actually kind of overrated but still a legend. 3 super bowls
9. Patriots: Brady is a LOCK for the Hall of Fame. My mom's friend Mike is a Patriots fan. Hope your watching this! 3 super bowls. Grade: A-
10. Browns I feel bad for Cleveland fans. 7 pre- NFL championships. 0 super bowls. Grade: B-
11. Dolphins: Don Shula and Dan Marino are one of the best ever. 2 super bowls.
12. Colts: Peyton is on his way to the best QB ever. He really needs to get healthy fast, or Curtis Painter and Indy will sit at an 0-16 record. 2 super bowls. Grade: B+
13. Broncos: 2 super bowls. Grade: B-
14. Rams: 1 super bowl. Grade: B-
15. Chiefs: 1 super bowl. Grade: C+
16. Vikings: 0 super bowls. Grade: C
17. Titans: 0 super bowls. Grade: C
18. Ravens: 1 super bowl. Grade: C+
19. Eagles: 0 super bowls. Grade: C
20. Chargers: 0 super bowls. Grade: C
21. Bucs: 1 super bowl. Grade: C
22. Jets: 1 super bowl. Grade: C-
23.Jaguars: 0 super bowls. Grade:C-
24.Saints: 1 super bowl. Grade: C-
25. Falcons: 0 super bowls. Grade: C-
26. Lions: 0 super bowls. Grade: C-
27. Bengals: 0 super bowls. Grade: D+
28. Panthers: 0 super bowls. Grade: C-
29. Bills: 0 super bowls. Grade: D
30. Seahawks: 0 super bowls. Grade: D-
31. Texans: 0 super bowls. Grade: D
32. Cardinals: 0 super bowls. Grade: F
The LA Angels coming into the offseason finished 2nd in the AL West standings and have missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000-01. They will be looking to repair their offense and relief pitching. So here are some Free Agents/Trade Targets the Angels should maybe try to target.
1. David Wright 3b NYM Trade Target
LA will be more focused on the FA market than the Trade market but David Wright could prove to be the missing link in the middle of the Angels lineup. Wright is coming off possibly his worst season ever in his 8 year tenure with the New York Mets while hitting just .254 and hitting only 14 homers and driving in 61 runs. Wright has not hit over the .300 mark since 2009 and the closest he got was a solid .283 average in 2010, when he made his 5th and 5th straight All Star appearance. Wright is likely to improve and has a decent contract with a team that is rebuilding by trading big money players for future prospects. The Angels could trade one of their utility infielders such as Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo and a prospect like slugger Randal Grichuk. Wright has a career batting average of .300 and has hit 183 home runs and 725 career RBI. He also has 2 gold gloves and 2 silver sluggers both at third base. I expect Wright to hit at least 25 home runs in 2012.
2. Ramon Hernandez C CIN FA target
With probably the worst catching depth in the majors, the Angel will be amazingly happy to sign a cheap catcher like Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez from free agency. With major prospect Devin Mesoraco coming up from the minor leagues next season, Hernandez will probably not be re-signed again. The odds for the LA Angels to land this catcher are probably about 80-1. I expect him to be signed by any team for 2 years and $31 million. Hernandez finished with a solid .341 on- base percentage and a .282 batting average and slugged 12 home runs but with only 36 runs batted in. Hernandez's career stat sheet are similar to Wright's(.266, 161, 723). Hernandez has not averaged much more than 100 games a year for the past seasons and is turning 36 but can still boost the Angels lineup. Here is my prediction for Ramon Hernandez in 2012: .287, 22, 91.
3. Freddy Garcia P NYY
Freddy Garcia had a solid campaign in 2011 with the Yankees and is my 13th best starting pitcher in free agency. Garcia won 12 games in each of the last 2 seasons (spent 2010 with Chicago White Sox)and posted a 3.62 ERA in 2011. In his rookie season with Seattle, Garcia broke out by winning 17 and finishing 2nd in the AL Rookie of The Year balloting and 9th in the Cy Young Award voting. Garcia has 145 wins and 95 losses to go with a decent 4.09 earned run average. Garcia also is a 1 time world series champion with the White Sox and has compiled 1,486 career strikeouts. In addition to these impressive stats, Garcia is a 2 time all star and an ERA and innings pitched champion. Garcia could fit extremely well with the Angels at the back of the rotation. Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm could also help the Angels in this position.
Hope you liked this post everybody. Thanks for reading!