As always, it's been interesting. The Dirt Dawgs are tied in first place with the Bulldogs. Runs against separate these two title contenders. However the Mudskippers are on their tails. No individual on any team has really stood out, which means it's really been a team game for the big boys at the top. With a few more matchups lurking with the Dawgs, Bulldogs and Mudskippers playing each other one more time. It will get very interesting coming down the back half of the season as these teams battle it out. Let’s not forget about the Tigers, Braves and Orioles here either. They come to play and can easily shake this thing up. The feeling around the league is that one of the 3 big boys will go down against one of them towards the end of the season, ruining one team’s hope of being the top seed!
The All-star game against pendel is upon us soon and a 6 team league on Sundays with have something to prove against the other league! Keep your eyes peeled, forget the 4th of July just watch how it pans out for the rest of the year for these fellas of LBMBL.
Braves vs Orioles
I chose this game because we're in mid season already and the Braves and Orioles are neck and neck for being in last place. All a matter of Seeding for playoffs , because the top 3 teams will do what they do best which is beat the crap out of each other all year for home field advantage.
The Braves season is in turmoil and pretty much the only bright spot is Ant Kelly and the Biernacki boys. They have some quality wins, but since the Tigers swept them, it's just not the same team. Levito has a decent arm but is it enough to help them to make a run? Can Mason get his team back in contention? This would be a good week to do it!
I really like the Orioles! They show signs of improving by doing something every week and building on it. Veteran Colin Dew and Josh DaBeary will have to lead this team this week. However like I said, seeding is becoming crucial right now, and the Orioles have a choice of facing the Bulldogs, Dirt Dawgs or the Mudskippers depending on where they finish.
Prediction: I see a series split here. Both teams will grind out wins.
The Two Time defending champs are back and looking to win 3 in a row. Manager Kris Sharp is excited as he can lean on his core group of guys as they all return and then some. Dillon Tagle will anchor this line up, the big catcher hits for average and power. Jordan Premick, Sean O'Hara and Mike "Back Tits" Iller makes this team very dangerous as they can play multiple positions which makes them very flexible in all aspects. Prediction: Forget the regular season, this team comes to play in the playoffs. They will finish in the top 2 this season.
If falling short twice in the championship doesn't piss you off, I don't know what will. This tough bunch of men will come out firing as expected this season. With POY Matt Raws leading the charge on the mound for them. The Dawgs are a scrappy group. Mike Leone and Dennis Higgins are as tough as they come when it's time to play. The only concern is that they lack power in the middle of the lineup. If well known Dan Gavlick shows, then put this team in the mix for the title.
Prediction: No one looks forward to playing this team. They are and will be a handful. Look for them to be in the top 3.
The Bucks County Bulldogs are as legit as they come. They will pose a serious threat to every team with Mike Caron leading the charge on the mound. However the bulldogs made some additions to their lineup, adding ex Camden Rivershark Greg Miller and Mike Villari who will be instant impact players. Lets not forget about 2015 league batting champ Ray Schmoltze and league MVP Mayhem Dove who can manufacture runs single handily.
Prediction: They can make a run and win it all if Caron, Dove, Schmoltze and the offense duplicates last year.
Billy Mason self proclaimed " the legend, masbrenner, Billy baseball, MVP and Billy pop ups" has a scary team. With Adrian Gonzalez, Ant Kelly, Rick Stronski and Bill Parave on this roster. They will keep them in games. However with the loss of Ryan Loughran to their rival Dirt Dawgs, can they pitch? Another question, will they show up every week?
Prediction: The league can see them being in the 2,3 or 4 spot all year. Time will tell!
This team in the past few seasons has surprised some teams with some upsets. They'll give you a game. Veteran Dan Madonna has these boys on the right path and they will get better. They just got to stay the course. Rome wasn't built in a day. I'm excited for these guys to upset one of the big boys, as they do it every year.
Prediction: Look for them to push the pack, but eventually finishing outside the top 4.
The second year of the new look Tigers are back at it. With some losses to their team , the league senses a strong feeling this will be a year with some growing pains for manager Jarred Barnes. Don't count anyone out of the race though. The game is played between 2 white lines and anything can happen. Prediction: Someone has to finish in last place? I hope the Tigers prove the league wrong. Surprise us, please!