#15 - New York
Offense: Injuries and ineffectiveness galore here. The Narcs will need a surprise here to score some runs. WsL Rank: 19th
Starting Pitching: CC is a rare #1, followed by solid options 2-5. WsL Rank: 9th
Relief Pitching: Anyone hungry for a crap sandwich? WsL Rank: 22nd
WSL's cursed franchise watched injuries decimate high-dollar players like Grady Sizemore, JD Drew and Jason Bay. When half of your lineup is on the DL at any given time, chances are you won't win many games. The sins of the past owner, as well as new ownership's poor luck, continued to cripple a once-proud franchise.
Final Record: 76-86, 4th in AL East
Team AVG: .253, T-17th in the WsL
Team OBP: .321, 16th in the WsL
Team SLG: .401, 14th in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.15, 13th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .253, 11th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 168, T-13th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
The Narcs' offensive woes have traditionally been off-set by depth in their rotation. The philosophy that added Shaun Marcum for cheap coming off an injury in 2009 continued with the signings of Ricky Nolasco and Edinson Volquez for a combined $9M. With some breaks, those pitchers could easily be worth double that salary in a given year. Having too much cheap pitching is a good problem to have.
Worst Offseason Move
Given the troubles the Narcs have had keeping their hitters healthy, it was curious to see management invest almost $25M on Chase Utley and Alex Rodriguez; both on the wrong side of 30. Factor in that Alex Gordon and CC Sabbathia are hitting free agency next year and it's easy to see why the Narcs may be in trouble.
PG's '11 Prediction
Bad luck struck the Narcs again as Brett Anderson is already struggling with elbow trouble. It should be another long year for the Narcs. 75-87 record.