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State of the Mulligan Nation

M7 Mulligans (56-104)

After the first year under Mulligan management this team is still lacking in enough overall talent to compete now but is well positioned to get there soon.

Lineup:

C – Mauer (Suzuki)

1B – Belt (Morneau, Smoak)

2B – Bloomquist (Flores)

SS – Cozart

3B - ?? (Castellanos, Davidson)

LF – Harper (Urrutia)

CF: Trout (Eaton, Marisnick)

RF – Stanton (Choice)

Long outfielders and short infielders hopefully some of the depth plays well enough to become trade chips. Also, hopefully M7 gets more/more active GM’s who want to trade.

Rotation:

Jose Fernandez

Bumgarner

Liriano

Archer

Cingrani

(Turner, Mejia, Webster, Tyson Ross, Thornburg, Nelson))

Bullpen:

Justin Wilson, Cody Allen, Anthony Swarzak, Antonio Bastardo, Jeurys Familia

Injured Reserve:

Vizcaino, Casey Kelly

Prediction: A borderline lottery team, dreaming on next year.

A load of good young arms from which a rotation can be extracted, led two young aces in Fernandez (21) and Bumgarner (24). A year of development and the acquisition of a good young DP combo should put this team into contention as soon as next season. Next year’s draft should be loaded with shortstops …

B8 Mulligans (105-55, 2nd place, Lost in the Championship series 4-2)

Coming off of a 119 win season that ended with a first round loss, the B8 Mulligans tried it the other way by making the playoffs as a wildcard and making the Championship Series. Management, unhappy with the lack of success either way gave up a fortune in talent to acquire Mike Trout this offseason and will take another run at it from this direction.

Lineup:

C – Santana (Hundley)

1B – Pujols (Helton)

2B – Kendrick (R.Weeks, Bloomquist)

SS – Reyes (Owings)

3B – Donaldson (Davidson, Flores)

LF – Beltran (Gomes, Urrutia)

CF – Trout

RF – Victorino

As a whole this lineup should be moderately productive for at least another year.

Rotation:

Hamels

Miller

Gio Gonzalez

Dickey

Cingrani

(Turner, Straily, Thornburg, Gausman, Nelson and Lincecum)

Bullpen:

Kimbrel

Hunter

O’Day

Allen

Mazzaro

Cecil

Grilli

The Mulligans have had the best pitching staff in B8 for a few years and this group should be close. This could be the worst staff we send out there for the next five years.

Prediction: Another wildcard playoff appearance would be a welcome result in this beast of a division. Once in, who knows?

 

W9 Mulligans (101-59, 2nd place, First round exit)

The W9 Mulligans have been uncharacteristically quiet on the trade front this offseason. Partly due to a team that didn’t need much tweeking but largely due to seven unmanaged teams and no liquidity. This team is built on pitching and remains an enigma offensively.

The Lineup:

C – McCann/Mesoraco

1B – Votto (Helton)

2B – Kendrick

SS – Drew/Forsythe

3B – Donaldson

LF – J.Upton

CF – McCutchen

RF: Bruce

Bench: Gomes, Denorfia

One would imagine this team can score. One would be wrong.

Rotation:

Felix Hernandez

Miller

Parker

Tillman

Weaver

(Garcia, Mejia, J.Johnson, E.Johnson, Billingsley, Gausman)

Bullpen:

Melancon

Hochevar

Howell

Webb

Allen

Mazzaro

McGee

(Hunter, Soriano, Rodney)

A very good, deep pitching staff.

Prediction: A division title leading to playoff mayhem.

 

A12 Mulligans (80-80, 4th place)

The A12 edition of the Mulligans has been retooling for two seasons after winning five of six division titles and two A12 Championships. Pitching has been stockpiled while the outfield has gone fallow (it’s always something getting neglected).

Lineup:

C – Mauer/Mesoraco (Bethancourt)

1B – Morales

2B – Utley (R.Weeks)

SS – Desmond

3B – Wright

DH – Donaldson (Don’t be surprised to see him all over the field) (Dunn, Carter)

LF – Soriano (Urrutia)

CF – A.Garcia (Marisnick)

RF – Joyce/Khris Davis

This offense should score enough to make the team competitive. Last year’s squad scored 747 runs with 213 HRs while playing 2-3 INN players most days.

Rotation:

Darvish

Minor

Price

Lester

Miller

(Liriano, Archer, J.Johnson, Morrow, Anderson)

Bullpen:

Perkins

Grilli

McGee

B.Parker

Thornburg

Walden

(Workman, R.De La Rosa)

The stout starting staff should allow the thinnish bullpen to get by.

Prediction: This team should reclaim the division title but doesn’t have the offense to go much further.

 

F18 Mulligans (70-90, 4th place)

The Flagship Mulligan franchise has been rebuilding for three years and, while an excellent draft class provides hope for the future, it appears one more year of struggles awaits.

Lineup:

C : Castro/Lucroy

1B – Butler (Smoak, Teixeira)

2B – Phillips (Profar)

SS – Profar (Bogaerts)

3B – Rendon (Castellanos)

LF – Harper (Pollock, Urrutia)

CF: A.Jones

RF – Bruce (A.Garcia)

DH - ??

The outfield looks productive but those young infielders developing is the key to next year.

Rotation:

Sale

Minor

T.Wood

Cashner

Gallardo

(Eovaldi, Turner, Ventura, Webster, Anderson, Nelson, Pomeranz)

Bullpen:

Allen

Reed

McGee

Thornburg

Dunning

Familia

Good rotation, thin bullpen, great future.

Prediction: One more year in the wilderness and then the young infield takes root and this team s back in the fray.

 

Champs Mulligans (54-96, 4th place)

It’s been a tough couple of years rebuilding in a very competitive division but the Champions League Mulligans are ready to contend again.

Lineup:

C – McCann/Mesoraco (Grandal)

1B – Santana (Carter,Teixeira)

2B – Murphy (Punto,R.Weeks)

SS – Tulowitzki (Bogaerts)

3B – Alvarez/Valencia (Davidson)

LF – Harper/Marte (Urrutia)

CF – McCutchen

RF – J.Upton

The offense has usually under performed with this squad but management is stupidly optimistic this year.

Rotation:

Bumgarner

Chacin

Miller

Archer

Cashner

(Turner, Cingrani, Gausman)

Bullpen:

Scheppers

Cotts

Howell

Rosenthal

D.De La Rosa

Allen

Thornburg

Siegrist

A good, young, deep rotation backed by a good, young, deep bullpen. The pitching will be the key to this season (And should be pretty good going forward too).

Prediction: It’s a tough division but anything less than a first place finish has to be considered a disappointment.

 

98T1 Mulligans (99-61, 2nd place, swept in the Championship series)

A team that feels a Championship got away from them last year; this year’s team isn’t as strong as last year’s version.

Lineup:

C – Wieters/Pierzynski

1B – Freeman

2B – Beckham/Ackley (Espinosa)

SS – Desmond (Forsythe)

3B – Longoria (Davidson)

LF – Braun (Urrutia)

CF – A. Jones (Amarista)

RF – Stanton (Tuiasosopo)

Not as potent as last year’s offense they should still score enough runs to compete.

Rotation:

Kershaw

Verlander

Sale

Lohse

Bailey

(Milone, Morrow, Nelson, Warren, Pomeranz0

Bullpen:

Scheppers

Cots

Allen

Lindstrom

Casilla

Burton

Walden

(Familia, Carasco, R. De La Rosa)

A top shelf rotation backed by a solid and deep bullpen should keep these Mulligans in the hunt.

Prediction: Not the powerhouse that last year’s team was, but the entire division is off a little so this team should take the division title before taking its chances in the playoffs.

 

99T2 Mulligans (90-70, 2nd place, first round exit)

The Mulligans have won six of the last eight division titles, with two Championship series losses and one 99T2 Title.

Lineup:

C – Saltalamacchia/Mesoraco

1b – Gonzalez (Carter)

2B – K.Johnson/Franklin

SS – Tulowitzki (Gregorius)

3B – Donaldson (Davidson)

LF – Beltran/Raburn (Urrutia)

CF – Crisp

RF – Bruce

DH – Cuddyer

Some holes but this offense should be good.

Rotation:

Strasburg

Lohse

Wilson

Cashner

Gray

(Thornburg, J.Johnson, Matsuzaka, Nelson, Pomeranz)

Bullpen:

Melancon

Nathan

Balfour

Allen

Walden

Ramos

Gorzellany

Familia

The back of the rotation may be thin but the deep, talented bullpen should pick up the slack.

Prediction: With a few division rivals in flux these Mulligans should win the division.

 

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:02 PM by Brian B.

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