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FL West 2024 Season Predictions

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Previous FL West Champion & CBL Championship Winner

vancouver_canadians

Previous Record: 103-59

Prediction: 97- 65

X-Factor: I’ll be honest here, they are pretty damn solid all the way around. That being said I’ve seen based on my scout some significant drops in Hoffman and Fernandez. I’m sure they’ll still be fantastic but can the Three headed beast hold their dominance much longer? Plus I may be the only one but I don’t think Mitch Hart has a repeat year or Thatcher for that matter. I’m not hating although I’m sure Dancouver GM won’t love this preview of them. They are still fantastic I’m just not sure how much longer their top guns will reign supreme.

san_diego_surf_dawgs

Previous Record: 84-78

Prediction: 88-74

X-Factor: Big Years for Smith, Acosta, Arvizu, and Tauretto. Young Guys with huge upside. If they can all be phenomal like they appear then SD will be damn good. Bullpen got some help with Bandilla back, but still a big question mark for me. That being said GM Tim is aware of this issue and I look for him to make a trade or two during the deadline to help reassure this issue.

dayton_sting

Previously Calgary Mavericks

Previous Record: 81-81

Prediction: 72-90

X-Factors: New GM Mike is a legend in the CBL but he hasn’t had time to put his stamp on the team yet. I think the Mavericks now the sting have slowly been falling for a while now. Look for them to miss playoffs the first time in Franchise history. Players like Puig,Matsuda,Bryant, and Chapman control most of the teams budget and im not too optimistic about production from any of them. Mike will certainly retool and I believe he’ll get them back in shape fairly quickly.

minneapolis_millers

Previous Record: 68-94

Prediction: 81-81

X-Factor: Great defense, Delgado, Touki, Alaniz if he didn’t die in the Dominican Republic or something; this team could be good. Touki has always been a huge question mark for me, very inconsistent. If he has a good year though I think this team will surprise many. I think the Millers will find themselves in playoffs this year, I tip my cap to the job GM Erik has done. Can Joey Gallo come back from his injury and lead the offense? Or are his days numbered? Questions on offense as real and concerning, but we’ll see if that keeps them from reaching my prediction.

tucson_express

Previous Record: 66-96

Prediction: 69-93

X-Factor: Gotta love this teams defense. Everyone contributes to playing flawless fundamental defense on this team, but the offense isn’t going to light any score boards up. Pitching will stay pretty consistent because of the teams focus on defense but I think ultimately their offense is too far behind to make a bigger splash. That being said GM Aces consistent “who’s dealing” has paid off in my mind. Taking on contracts for prospects has worked and I like the direction they are heading.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Dan Courcelles

    Dan Courcelles

    February 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Great article. I know people have been saying Hoffman is falling off. I am confident its going to be the opposite and he will dominate this year. That’s my team prediction. Written here. San Diego also looks good. I bet San Diego gets the 1st Wildcard spot convincingly.

  2. Matthew Wells

    Matthew Wells

    February 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Outside of the financial reasons, I agree with the decline of VAN’s big 3, and that’s one reason I didn’t pursue any of them. But they still have Keller, and lots of other talent (although oft injured). SD has too much young talent, but from my scouts views, replacement level players behind that. Will be interesting to see if they can carry them. And I also agree on CAL, definitely a step back, that they’ve stayed afloat this long is amazing

  3. Erik Voldness

    Erik Voldness

    February 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Hoffman’s stuff has dropped with each update so we’ll see. I think this will be his last year where he’s above average.

    Well done Justin and I agree with the order, although I’d be thrilled to go 81-81 at this point. Dancouver’s got the best team again but I hope SD gives them a run for their money.

  4. Justin Zima

    Justin Zima

    February 15, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Interesting division man. Calgary has certainly been impressive! Both FL divisions are fun to watch this season

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