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St. Louis Archers Season 12 Preview


The S11 St. Louis Archers made the best of their third Capra World Series appearance in five straight seasons by winning their second World Series Championship. They did it the hard way by losing the division title, and a first round bye, to our arch rivals, the Los Angeles of Anaheim Anteaters. The Archers blew the division lead in the last few days of the season but made the playoffs by taking the first wildcard spot with a 103 win season. "Losing the division title after having a commanding lead all season was tough," said bench coach Ober Gonzalez. " But the 14-4 run in the playoffs and to take the WS in six games made up for that division title shortfall." The Archers look forward defending their title but recognize season 12 will be an uphill battle.

Season 12 roster sports several league all stars.

CF -- Hong-Gu Hyn (S6-RoY, S8 & S9-MVP, 6 time Silver Slugger and 7 time All Star Player)
LF -- Melvin Martin (2 time All Star and Sil…

Anteaters S12 Forecast

The Anteaters are fresh off of their best regular season to date. However, 103 wins in S11 didn't translate to anything more than an early round playoff sweep at the hands of their long-stewing rival, the St. Louis Archers. In fact, that marked the 4th straight playoff loss that St. Louiee has bestowed upon Anaheim in the post-season. So the question is no longer can the 'Eaters fly another division flag(having won 7 in 11 seasons), but rather can they find the legs to stick around in the playoffs.
Current Lineup Al Perez, CF Bingo Gonzalez, LF Ismael Maduro, 1B Ariel Rosario, 3B Trenidad Rios, RF Julio Uribe, 2B Eli Lopez, C Delino Julio, SS
Everyone in the lineup is returning and 29 or younger. Last season, only Gonzalez and Uribe did not get to 30 homeruns; they took the tour 23 and 21 times respectively after being recalled after the first month of the season. CF Al Perez looks a lot like Carlos Beltran after averaging 31 HRs, 32 SBs, and .308 at the dish over his first 2 campaigns.…

Maintaineers Season 12 preview

The Maintaineers expect to have much of the same roster in Season 12 as in Season 11. Gone are reliever Shane Shumaker, journeyman catcher Brett Gardner and right fielder Max James. Shumaker lost his right-handed specialist job in midseason due to his 2.06 WHIP. James spent most of Season 11 in AAA.

Gardner played well but had to move out of the way for the 21 year old hot prospect Jimmie Franco. Franco lit up major league pitching, hitting .344 with a 1.079 OPS. Al Vallarta split time at catcher and was very productive. The two combined for 45 home runs and 116 RBI’s.

The Season 11 lineup featured six everyday players with 20 or more home runs. Left fielder Stan Lee set personal highs with 56 home runs and 155 RBI’s. He had his fifth consecutive season with fewer strike outs than walks. He also let the team in stolen bases with 31. Oh yeah, don’t forget that new MVP trophy for the fire place mantle.

Alexander Henry is a fixture at first base. He finished his 10th season with the Mainta…