#11 - Boston
Offense: The Chowds' suddenly have one of the best defenses in the league. Mostly young too. WsL Rank: 17th
Starting Pitching: Cain and Cliff Lee headline a rotation in transition. WsL Rank: 4th
Relief Pitching: I had to get on Wikipedia to find out who most of these guys are.WsL Rank: 17th
2010 was a year of transition for the Chowds. Older stars like Ryan Howard, Chipper Jones and Vlad Guerrero took a step back while the team attempted to integrate Freddie Freeman and Jayson Heyward in the lineup. As with most rebuilding years, the Chowds had their worst W/L record in quite some time.
Final Record: 60-99, 3rd in AL East
Team AVG: .258, 14th in the WsL
Team OBP: .326, T-13th in the WsL
Team SLG: .407, 12th in the WsL
Team ERA: 5.26, 22nd in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .283, 20th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 199, 21st in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
The Chowds had money set aside for new acquisitions Cliff Lee and Erick Aybar, so they had to fill some holes on the cheap. Luckily, Boston ownership had no problem beating on a dead horse by trading Brandon Beachy for a young starting 2B in Danny Espinosa, gold glove CF in Peter Bourjos, plus a SP lottery ticket in Nate Eovaldi for Brandon Beachy. Don't let him fool you because he's the commish; Seth's as big a shark as anyone.
Worst Offseason Move
One area where the Chowds have struggled in recent years has been the draft. Other than Freddie Freeman last year, the Chowds have turned out such question marks as Mike Minor, Jenrry Mejia, Travis Snider, Derek Holland lately. Plus, they traded away Alex Avila before his break out. On the bright side, at least teams like Texas and San Francisco were more than happy to bend over and re-stock the Chowds system for a hearty handshake.
PG's '11 Prediction
The Chowds could make a run with the tradable assets they have, but rumor has it ownership is fearful of going all-in to catch Toronto. 86-76 record.