#01 - Chicago
Offense: Ton of LH power. Can they hit lefty pitching? WsL Rank: 3rd
Starting Pitching: Young and nasty. Good combo. WsL Rank: 2nd
Relief Pitching: A big lefty is all this team needs. WsL Rank: 5th
The Fireflies came into 2010 pissed after a disasterous loss to So Cal in the ALDS last year. Chicago mowed down Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Boston, Colorado and just about everyone else in their path to winning the WSL pennant. However, in an anything-goes playoff scenario, the underdog Toronto Avengers slew the AL's 800-lb Gorilla (not to be confused with the Gashouse variety). That would make two straight ALDS upsets for the Fireflies.
Final Record: 113-49, 1st in AL Central
Team AVG: .283, 2nd in the WsL
Team OBP: .366, 2nd in the WsL
Team SLG: .500, 2nd in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.62, 7th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .242, 5th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 174, T-16th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Chicago AL, as with most good teams, builds through the draft. 2011 was no different, as the Fireflies added the best catcher in the draft in Devin Mesoraco. Plus, they added some lively bullpen arms in Lance Lynn, Rex Brothers and Wade Miley. From the team that has discovered players like John Axford, Chris Perez, Luke Gregerson, Greg Holland and others? It's worth noting.
Worst Offseason Move
Not much to see here. Move along.
PG's '11 Prediction
The AL belongs to the Fireflies until further notice. They may not have Colorado or Cleveland's offense or Anaheim's rotation, but they do everything well. 105-57 record.