February 2008

Projected Standings:

1) Detroit Tigers
2) Cleveland Indians
3) Minnesota Twins
4) Chicago White Sox
5) Kansas City Royals

Actual Standings:

1) Chicago White Sox
2) Minnesota Twins
3) Cleveland Indians
4) Kansas City Royals
5) Detroit Tigers

Projected Lineups: Projected Rotations:
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson
Placido Polanco
Gary Sheffield
Maguel Cabrera
Magglio Ordonez
Carlos Guillen
Edgar Renteria
Jacque Jones
Ivan Rodriguez
Justin Verlander
Jeremy Bonderman
Dontrelle Willis
Kenny Rogers
Nate Robertson
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore
Asdrubal Cabrera
Travis Hafner
Victor Martinez
Ryan Garko
Jhonny Peralta
Jason Michaels
David Delucci
Franklin Gutierrez
Casey Blake
C.C. Sabathia
Fausto Carmona
Jake Westbrook
Paul Byrd
Cliff Lee
Minnesota Twins
Jason Kubel
Branden Harris
Joe Mauer
Michael Cuddyer
Justin Morneau
Delmon Young
Mike Lamb
Jason Pridie
Adam Everett
Livan Hernandez
Francisco Liriano
Boof Bonser
Scott Baker
Kevin Slowey
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera
Nick Swisher
Jim Thome
Paul Konerko
Jermaine Dye
A.J. Pierzynski
Joe Crede
Carlos Quentin
Danny Richar
Mark Buehrle
Javier Vazquez
Jose Contreras
John Danks
Lance Broadway
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus
Mark Grudzielanek
Mark Teahen
Jose Guillen
Billy Butler
Alex Gordon
Joey Gathright
Miguel Olivo
Tony Pena, Jr.
Gil Meche
Brian Bannister
Zack Greinke
Brett Tomko
Hideo Nomo

Roger Clemens testified before Congress today that the only injections he received from Brian McNamee, his former trainer, were the vitamin B-12 or the pain reliever Lidocaine. McNamee, on the other hand, insisted before a House panel that that he injected Clemens with only testosterone, the steroid Winstrol or human growth hormone. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, stated the obvious by saying, “Someone isn’t telling the truth.”

McNamee’s allegations originally surfaced in ex-Senator George Mitchell’s report to Congress on the state of steroids in Major League Baseball. Also named in the report, from McNamee’s allegations, were Clemens’s former teammates, Chuck Knoblauch and Andy Pettitte. Both Pettitte and Knoblauch have acknowledged that the allegations about them were true.

Pettitte, Clemens’s good friend, who has played with him since 1999 for either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, weakened Clemens’s credibility by testifying about a time several years ago that he recalled that Roger mentioned taking human growth hormone. Clemens dismissed Pettitte’s testimony saying he must have misheard the remark.

Projected Standings:

1) Milwaukee Brewers
2) Chicago Cubs
3) St. Louis Cardinals
4) Houston Astros
5) Cincinnati Reds
6) Pittsburgh Pirates

Projected Lineups: Projected Rotations:
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks
J.J. Hardy
Ryan Braun
Prince Fielder
Corey Hart
Mike Cameron
Bill Hall
Jason Kendall
Ben Sheets
Dave Bush
Jeff Suppan
Carlos Villanueva
Chris Capuano
Yovani Gallardo
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano
Kosuke Fukudome
Derrek Lee
Aramis Ramirez
Mark DeRosa
Felix Pie
Ryan Theriot
Geovany Soto
Carlos Zambrano
Ted Lilly
Rich Hill
Jason Marquis
Jon Lieber
St. Louis Cardinals
Cesar Izturis
Rick Ankiel
Albert Pujols
Chris Duncan
Troy Glaus
Yadier Molina
Brian Barton
Adam Kennedy
Adam Wainwright
Braden Looper
Joel Pineiro
Anthony Reyes
Mark Mulder
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn
Kaz Matsui
Miguel Tejada
Lance Berkman
Carlos Lee
Hunter Pence
Ty Wigginton
J.R. Towles
Roy Oswalt
Woody Williams
Wandy Rodriguez
Brandon Backe
Jack Cassel
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel
Brandon Phillips
Ken Griffey Jr.
Adam Dunn
Edwin Encarnacion
Joey Votto
David Ross
Alex Gonzalez
Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Jeremy Affeldt
Homer Bailey
Matt Belisle
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth
Freddy Sanchez
Adam LaRoche
Jason Bay
Xavier Nady
Jose Bautista
Ronny Paulino
Jack Wilson
Tom Gorzelanny
Ian Snell
Paul Maholm
Matt Morris
Sean Burnett

Projected Standings:

1) Boston Red Sox
2) New York Yankees
3) Toronto Blue Jays
4) Tampa Bay Rays
5) Baltimore Orioles

Projected Lineups: Projected Rotations:
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury
Dustin Pedroia
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Mike Lowell
Kevin Youkilis
J.D. Drew
Jason Varitek
Julio Lugo
Josh Beckett
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Curt Schilling
Clay Buchholz
Jon Lester
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon
Derek Jeter
Alex Rodriguez
Bobby Abreu
Hideki Matsui
Jorge Posada
Jason Giambi
Robinson Cano
Melky Cabrera
Chien-Ming Wang
Andy Pettitte
Phil Hughes
Mike Mussina
Ian Kennedy
Toronto Blue Jays
David Eckstein
Lyle Overbay
Alex Rios
Frank Thomas
Vernon Wells
Scott Rolen
Aaron Hill
Adam Lind
Gregg Zaun
Roy Halladay
A.J. Burnett
Dustin McGowan
Shaun Marcum
Gustavo Chacin
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura
Carl Crawford
Carlos Pena
B.J. Upton
Rocco Baldelli
Jonny Gomes
Evan Longoria
Dioner Navarro
Jason Bartlett
Scott Kazmir
James Shields
Matt Garza
Edwin Jackson
Brian Anderson
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts
Melvin Mora
Nick Markakis
Kevin Millar
Aubrey Huff
Ramon Hernandez
Luke Scott
Jay Payton
Luis Hernandez
Jeremy Guthrie
Daniel Cabrera
Adam Loewen
Matt Albers
Radhames Liz

Projected Standings:

1) New York Mets
2) Philadelphia Phillies
3) Atlanta Braves
4) Florida Marlins
5) Washington Nationals

Projected Lineups: Projected Rotations:
New York Mets
Jose Reyes
Luis Castillo
David Wright
Carlos Beltran
Carlos Delgado
Moises Alou
Brian Schneider
Ryan Church
Johan Santana
Pedro Martinez
John Maine
Oliver Perez
Orlando Hernandez
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins
Shane Victorino
Chase Utley
Ryan Howard
Pat Burrell
Geoff Jenkins
Pedro Feliz
Carlos Ruiz
Cole Hamels
Brett Myers
Kyle Kendrick
Jamie Moyer
Chad Durbin
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson
Matt Diaz
Chipper Jones
Mark Teixeira
Brian McCann
Jeff Francoeur
Yunel Escobar
Mark Kotsay
John Smoltz
Tim Hudson
Tom Glavine
Chuck James
Jair Jurrjens
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez
Dan Uggla
Jeremy Hermida
Josh Willingham
Mike Jacobs
Dallas McPherson
Cameron Maybin
Matt Treanor
Scott Olsen
Sergio Mitre
Andrew Miller
Mark Hendrickson
Ricky Nolasco
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez
Paul Lo Duca
Ryan Zimmerman
Nick Johnson
Austin Kearns
Lastings Milledge
Wily Mo Pena
Cristian Guzman
Shawn Hill
John Patterson
Jason Bergmann
Joel Hanrahan
Tyler Clippard

Erik Bedard’s trade to the Seattle Mariners seems to have finally been completed. This deal has been in talks for a couple of months now and has been announced as on & off several times. The Orioles are expected to acquire Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler for Bedard. Bedard took and apparently passed his physical Thursday, so an official announcement should be coming shortly.

Bedard is one of the best pitchers in baseball, but will turn 29 years old before Opening Day, has yet to throw 200 innings in a season and can become a free agent following the 2009 season. He’ll form a fantastic one-two punch atop the Mariners’ rotation alongside Felix Hernandez, but Seattle paid a huge price to acquire him and may regret the move if they aren’t able to sign him to a long-term contract extension. The move to Seattle’s pitcher-friendly ballpark should help Bedard and with Johan Santana gone he’s now the top fantasy pitcher in the AL. Bedard’s arrival knocks Horacio Ramirez out of the rotation and makes it likely that Brandon Morrow will remain in the bullpen.

In one of the most significant upsets in Super Bowl history, the NFC champion New York Giants (14-6) defeated the AFC champion New England Patriots (18-1) by the score of 17-14.Had the Patriots won this game, they would have completed a the first perfect season in the NFL since the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the only one since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season in 1978.

The game was a rematch of both teams’ regular season-ending game on December 29, 2007, which the Patriots won to finish the regular season 16–0, with a score of 38–35 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New England opened the bye week as 14-point favorites, but dipped to 12-point favorites by kickoff. In the end, after falling behind late in the fourth quarter, the Giants won 17–14 on a final-minute touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress. Manning was named the Most Valuable Player and the Giants became the first NFC wild card team to win a Super Bowl.

The telecast was the most-watched Super Bowl in history, with an average of 97.5 million viewers in the United States. A record 148.3 million total viewers tuned into the game. It was also the second-most-watched TV program in the United States, behind the 1983 M*A*S*H series finale.