Halfway point. Let's see how pathetically miserable we're doing. Current x2 projections are in parenthesis.
Total wins - 94 (82 - unfreakin' real)
1st NL Central by 5 games (down by 3)
Team Batting Average - .264 (.247)
Milton Bradley games - 96 (112 - of course many of those are pinch hit appearances)
Fukudome games - 100 (138)
Rich Harden Starts - 24 (26)
Rich Harden Starts of 7+ innings - 5 (no idea, but I believe he's had at least 1)
Over/under 200 innnings for starters -
Dempster - over (210)
Lilly - over (222)
Zambrano - over (192)
Harden - under (140)
Marshall - under
No surprises there.
Home Runs -
The Hoff - 13 9 (14 - I was closer on my first guess)
Bradley - 25 (12 - "The Mistake" nuff said)
Lee - 20 (32 - but he will not continue hitting at this sick pace. Like A-Ram, prolly closer to 22-25)
Ramirez - 33 (8 - but he did miss 2 months on the DL. Not gonna be 30, but maybe 22-25)
Soriano - 35 (28 - assuming he remembers how to hit at some point)
Fontenot - 23 (12 - who knew making him an every da player would freak him out so much...)
Soto - 19 (16)
Yes, Fontenot will have more home runs than Lee. (Umm..no...He won't)
Home Wins - 52 (50)
Road Wins - 42 (32)
This is based on nothing except gut. We'll see.
Soi basically what it boils down to is nobody saw THIS bad a performance coming. Lee is hitting much better than he has in the last 3 years, Soto is starting to hit the ball, and BRadley's fine as long as he's batting right-handed - hmmmm. Fontenot has performed way below expectations, and looks to continue that way. Overall, the division is still winnable but only because it's so incredibly bad. I thi k they'll end up with more than 82 wins - prolly closer to 86, but that's good enough to win this division. We'll have our asses handed to us in the post season once again, but hey...
Jim Hendry better start typing his resume if he doesn't get anyone as 2B or SS (which would then move Theriot to 2B) before the deadline. One more bullpen arm would be nice too.