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The National League Central Is Kicking My Ass (April 6 In and Around Major League Baseball)

Well, the 2008 Major League Baseball season is, for all intents and purposes, one week old. I could give my thoughts on the games I watched today — I caught bits and pieces of about half of them — but seeing as how I posted a 6-9 record in my predictions for today’s games, I’m not quite sure my expertise is what people would be looking for at the moment.

So instead, I figured I’d take a look at the current league leaders and perhaps reveal a few fantasy baseball sleepers to the unsuspecting public. There’s no arguing with numbers, after all. They’re not known to lie.

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Me Against The NL Central, Day Four — Now With Deceptive Standings!

The first full day of the 2008 Major League Baseball season has passed, with 12 of today’s 15 scheduled games having been played to their completion. As it usually does, Opening Day provided us with several wild games, a number of star pitchers getting lit up, and a couple of statistical anomalies.

Two of the more interesting anomalies are directly related to each other. The Washington Nationals are currently the best team in Major League Baseball, having won both of their games. They followed up Sunday night’s Ryan Zimmerman walk-off home run with some more late-game heroics, as the Nats, for lack of a more delicate way of putting it, beat the shit out of interim Phillies closer Tom Gordon. Gordon retired only one batter while being charged with five earned runs, which impressively puts his ERA at 135.00.

Two other closers imploded Monday in what was likely the game of the day between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Ben Sheets and Carlos Zambrano were both dominant, with both starters taking shutouts into the seventh inning before turning the games over to their respective bullpens. Until the ninth inning, both ‘pens were similarly magnificent, and the game remained tied.

Then came the guys that are paid to slam the door shut.

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Me Against the NL Central, Day Four

Well, I’m down to 1-2 following Washington’s dramatic 3-2 win over the Braves on Sunday night. With Monday’s slate of games fast approaching, I decided to err on the side of caution and just throw out my quick and dirty picks for Opening Day. In the future, I’ll probably briefly feature at least one of the day’s scheduled games before making my picks. But, in the interest of saving time, I’m just going to bust out the picks and then take about a seven hour nap. If you’re looking for MLB-related content, though, I’ve recently written preview pieces of each of the six divisions, and will probably culminate that series with my playoff/World Series picks on either Monday or Tuesday.

Here it goes.

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Me Against The National League Central

This is probably the sleep deprivation talking, but I think I could put up a better winning percentage in picking Major League Baseball games than the best team in the worst division in the Big Leagues will put up after its 162-game season.

So I’m throwing it down right now, when I’m good and tired. I already lost to a video game in college football picks, leading to a self-imposed ban on picking college football games. Why not open myself up to a beating from the cream of the NL Central crop as well?

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