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March 15th, 2011

The Texas Rangers represented the division in the World Series in 2010. How will the division shape out in 2011? Here is the preview of all the teams in the AL West and their projected record to end the season.

Texas Rangers 2010 Record (90-72 finished first in AL West)

The Rangers appeared in the World Series for the first time in franchise history in 2010 but lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games.

Texas defeated Tampa Bay in the American League Division Series and the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

The Rangers have arguably one of the most dangerous lineups in the American League with 2010 MVP Josh Hamilton. Add in a healthy Ian Kinsler at second base, the speedy Elvis Andrus at short stop and their newest free-agent acquisition Adrian Beltre.

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March 15th, 2011

Spring training is well under way! Part II will focus on the season preview of the AL Central. The Twins came away the champs of the division last year. Do they have what it takes to repeat, or can the Tigers or White Sox swoop in and take the AL Central crown away from the Twins?

Minnesota Twins: 2010 Record: 94-68 (AL Central champions)

The Minnesota Twins lost to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series in 2010. The Twins are always under great leadership with manager Ron Gardenhire and will look to win another division championship in 2011.

Francisco Liriano anchors their rotation. Liriano struggled in 2009, as he compiled a 5-13 record with an ERA of 5.80. The southpaw bounced back in a major way in 2010, as he tallied a 14-10 record with an ERA of 3.62 in 31 starts. The Twins will need a season similar to 2010 from Liriano to win the division.

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March 15th, 2011

Spring training has finally begun! In Part One of a six-part series, I will preview each division with a small description of each team with records from last season, projected record for 2011 and projected final standings with the plus-minus win total from last season to this season.

Tampa Bay Rays: 2010 Record: 96-66 (AL East champion)

The 2011 Rays are a bit of a mystery to me. They lost Carl Crawford to the rival Red Sox and Carlos Pena and Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs. The Rays added Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. How will Damon and Ramirez fare with the Rays? I believe Manny will fill in well as a DH, but I am skeptical about Damon with Desmond Jennings waiting in the wings competing for an OF spot. I like Jennings a lot and compare him to Crawford.

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February 23rd, 2011

With MLB spring training underway, it’s time for the first preseason MLB power rankings. There are many solid teams out there, but I know, with almost 100 percent certainty, which team is worst.

For these initial rankings, I considered last year’s final standings and offseason moves. Pitching and offensive prowess were also factors, with pitching holding more value between the two.

1. Phillies – Boasting the best starting rotation in baseball with reigning NL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay and 2008 AL winner Cliff Lee leading the way. Philadelphia also has a strong offense with Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the middle. Losing Jayson Werth won’t be as big a deal as some would think. Great pitching + lots of offense + solid defense = my favorite out of the gates to win it all.

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February 18th, 2011

The 2011 MLB opening day is a little over a month away, so let’s take a look at some potential come back player candidates. Whether it’s injury or lack of production, look for these 10 players to bounce back and be fantasy relevant to your teams this season.

OF Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals

Berkman struggled with knee issues last season as a member of the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. Berkman will start in the outfield for the first time since the 2004 season. Berkman has lost weight and says he is in great shape. We will see how he holds up. The five-time All-star is in the same lineup as Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday. This could lead the former MVP to a solid comeback season…

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February 17th, 2011

The 2011 Fantasy Baseball season is upon us. We have ranked the top players at each position.

We present you the top 40 Catchers, 40 First Basemen, 40 Second Basemen, 40 Third Basemen, 40 Short Stops, 15 Designated Hitters, 60 Outfielders, 80 Starting Pitchers and 30 Relief Pitchers.

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Third Basemen
Outfielders
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Starting Pitchers
Relief Pitchers
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February 15th, 2011

As the 2011 MLB season draws near, here is a closer look at the top 10 rookies that could make an impact for your fantasy teams. All of these rookies will put up respectable numbers, dont expect godly numbers because remember these are just rookies.

The players are numbered 1 through 10 based on consistency throughout their first major league season.

1) Dustin Ackley, 2B Mariners

The MVP of the Arizona Fall League is expected to make his Major League debut in 2011. The Mariners will be tempted to keep him in the minors for service time consideration, but his bat will likely look too good in spring training to hold him down in the minors. The Mariners cannot hold him down for too long because he’ll be a high upside bat at a talent-scarce position.

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February 12th, 2011

As the 2011 Fantasy Baseball Drafts draw closer, here is a look at 10 pitchers that had deceptively low ERAs in 2010. Based on various projections, the suspected ERA tells what each pitcher’s ERA should have been.

I am NOT labeling these players as fantasy busts, but we urge you to take a closer look before drafting these pitchers either too early or at all.

SP, Tommy Hunter, Texas Rangers

2010 Actual ERA 3.73
2010 Suspected ERA 4.75
ERA Difference 1.02

Hunter was a surprising 7-0 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts at home last season. The Ballpark at Arlington is one of the more offensively friendly parks in the majors as home runs, runs scored and batting averages combines to exceed 24 percent of the league average. I would be surprised if Hunter’s numbers matched that of 2010. I would expect more of the road numbers the right hander produced (6-4, 4.48 ERA) last season for his home stats in 2011. Expect his ERA to jump over four this season…

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February 10th, 2011

With the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season fast approaching, we suggest 10 players that you should look to avoid in early rounds of your fantasy draft. These players are not necessarily going to have disastrous seasons, but because of age, injuries or statistical concerns they should be avoided in early rounds of your Fantasy Baseball Draft.

Type of League: 5 X 5, 10 teams.

OF Carlos Lee, Houston Astros

Lee, 34, will be entering into his 13th season as a major leaguer. Every season since 1999 (rookie season) Lee has slugged at least 24 home runs with at least 80 RBI. Lee is getting older and is in a Houston lineup that only scored 611 runs and homered 108 times in 2010. Those totals combined for 44 percent less than the major league average. With the lack of offensive production, I would expect teams to start pitching around him. Lee has never had a season where he has struck out 100 or more times but has never had a season in which he has walked more than 100 times.

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February 7th, 2011

We all can agree with the five no-hitters and perfect games combined that 2010 was the year of the pitcher.

These 10 pitchers have potential no-hit stuff but need an additional great season to be established as pitching stars in the majors.

10. SP Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves

Minor has to compete for the final starting spot in the deep Atlanta rotation that already consists of Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens. Minor is a fine young pitcher that came up and pitched the second half of the season after starter Kris Medlen went down with Tommy John surgery.  The first-round pick from Vanderbilt finished with a 3-2 record and 5.98 ERA in eight starts.

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