Monday, September 01, 2014

The New Look United

We new that there would be big changes at Manchester United this season but none of us thought the squad would look like this. Wow. This has been a watershed transfer window for the club. The Glazers, to their credit, have put their money where their mouth is. 

With all of the new pieces here is how I think United will lineup when the Premier League returns in two weeks. 

This has look of a very good starting 11. I think that they could go 4-3-1-2 but it could morph into anything. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prospects Plus: Marlins Austin Dean

Name: Austin Dean 
Organization: MarlinsTeam: Greensboro GrasshoppersPosition:  Outfield Organizational Rank: 14th ranked prospect in the Marlins system, according to Baseball America.Stats vs. Lakewood Blueclaws: 0-4 Friday night. 

Positive:  He is a good hitter with very good power potential. Dean has one of the quickest bats in the Marlins organization. Dean has good bat control and is more of a line drive hitter than a home run hitter at this point, but could develop into a 15-20 home run guy, according to Baseball America. 

Negative: Has a below average arm and he is not the fast person in the world. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Professional Tailgating: Rutgers 2014 Football Season

Its uncharted water for the Rutgers Football program as they head to the Big 10 this season. While some think that they will not win games, I can see them going .500 and making a bowl game.

Here are my predictions:

  • At Washington State: Rutgers 21, WSU 17
  • Howard: Rutgers 35, Howard 10
  • Penn State: Rutgers 21, PSU 28
  • At Navy: Rutgers 24, Navy 20
  • Tulane: Rutgers 28, Tulane 17
  • Michigan: Rutgers 17, Michigan 35
  • at Ohio State: Rutgers 10, Ohio State 45
  • at Nebraska: Rutgers 17, Nebraska 35
  • Wisconsin: Rutgers 17, Wisconsin 35
  • Indiana: Rutgers 35, Indiana 28
  • at Michigan State: Rutgers 10, Michigan State 35
  • at Maryland: Rutgers 21, Maryland 20
Record 6-6 and a berth in the a bowl game. Now that would be the perfect start the season.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Prospects Plus: Marlins Avery Romero

Name: Avery Romero 
Organization: Marlins
Team: Greensboro Grasshoppers
Position:  second base
Organizational Rank: 9th ranked prospect in the Marlins system, according to Baseball America.
Stats vs. Lakewood Blueclaws: 3-4 with two double Friday night. 

Positives: He's almost as valuable a prospect as a second or third baseman, because his bat is the real appeal here.  He has good bat speed which should give him above average power down the road.  

Negatives: Romero doesn't have a true position. Scouts don’t believe that Romero has the athleticism and quickness needed to play shortstop in the pros. Scouts do believe he has adequate talent to handle the hot corner or play second, as well as provide enough offense to play either position

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fore: Metuchen Golf and Country Club

Last week, I had the honor of playing Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison and I really enjoyed it. The course had great greens and a really nice design. The holes where all playable which is something that is lacking in today's golf world of super sized golf courses.

If you get a chance, its worth playing 18 holes.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Professional Tailgating: Eagles go home

The Eagles took a trip back in time on Sunday. Instead of having training camp at The Linc, they went back to original home Franklin Field. Here are some of the sights from the day. 

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Prospect Plus: Orioles Chance Sisco

Name: Chance Sisco 
Organization: Orioles 
Team: Delmarva Shorebirds
Position: Catcher
Organizational Rank: 10th ranked prospect in the Orioles system, according to Baseball America.
Stats vs. Lakewood Blueclaws: 1-5 with a double during a double header on Friday night. 

Positives:  Sisco has a good arm and soft hands, as should be expected, and his body does indeed look more like a catcher than infielder. At the plate, he should be able to bring his solid contact skills and quick bat to bear in the minors, while power may take a few years to really show up. Smooth lefthanded swing, according to Baseball America. He has bat speed with the ability to make solid contact and while you have to dream, there is future above-average power in the bat. 

Negative: Still learning how to catch, only started catching two years ago. He, like most catching prospect, will be a long term prospect. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Fever Pitch Day

Every year we get excited for our Rutgers  season football tickets to come in the mail and yesterday was the day. It was extra special because this year is their first year in the Big Ten.