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#20 - Chicago
Juice
Offense: Age finally catches up with Chicago. WsL Rank: 18th

Starting Pitching: A few years ago, a Rich Harden/Josh Johnson-led rotation would have been studly...Juice is all about timing.WsL Rank: 20th

Relief Pitching: Bard and Melancon would be excellent if they had 1-2 big arms in front of them. WsL Rank: 21st

2010 Synopsis
Defying critics calling for a rebuild, the Chicago Juice signed and acquired their annual big ticket items in Carl Crawford, Josh Johnson and Justin Morneau en route to another playoff berth after 2009's disaster. Unfortunately, Kansas City served as antagonist once more by defeating the Juice in the NLCS.

99-63, 2nd in NL Central

Reality Check
Final Record: , 99-63, 2nd in NL Central
Team AVG: .281, 3rd in the WsL
Team OBP: .346, 5th in the WsL
Team SLG: .437, 6th in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.53, 5th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .248, 8th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 154, 10th in the WsL

Primary Lineup
C - Rod Barajas
1B - Ryan Howard
2B - Howie Kendrick
SS - Marco Scutaro
3B - Orlando Cabrera
LF - Nelson Cruz
CF - Ichiro Suzuki
RF - Jon Jay
DH - N/A

Starting Rotation
#1 - Jon Lester
#2 - Rich Harden
#3 - Jake Westbrook
#4 - Josh Collmenter
#5 - Dillon Gee
Top Prospects
SP - Henderson Alvarez
SP - Josh Collmenter
SP - Dillon Gee









Bullpen
RP - Daniel Bard
RP - Wilton Lopez
RP - Randy Choate
RP - Mark Melancon
RP - Esmil Rogers

Best Offseason Move
Faced with the sharks circling over Dustin Pedroia and others, the Juice did well to lock up a quality young 2B like Howie Kendrick for less than half of what Pedroia ended up singing for. While he's not AS good as Pedroia, Kendrick's not as far off as you might think.

Worst Offseason Move
Much as this transaction was San Diego's best move this off-season, it is the Juice's worst move. Despite getting raided in free agency, Juice ownership was the last to know their run was over. Rather than rebuild, they traded nearly their whole farm system to patch holes with aging veterans...and not particuarly good ones at that...wait, did we forget they signed Ryan Howard's corpse until the end of the century too?

PG's '10 Prediction
No doubt the Juice will come out swinging, but their punches couldn't even slay Glass Joe from Mike Tyson's Punch Out. 63-99 record.


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