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HL West 2024 Season Predictions

HL West

Previous Division Champion

austin_bats

Previous Record: 100-62

Prediction: 94-68

X-Factor: Bullpen is a subject for discussion on this Austin team. Their offense fires on all cylinders and you have to love their starting rotation, but can their bullpen close out the close games? Expect Clayton Keyshaw, Austin Torres, Charlie Head, and Kenley Jansen too all be important players for this Bats team. If they pitch well then this team can go the distance.


portland_panthers

Previous Record: 95-67

Prediction: 85-77

X-Factor: The HL West has gotten stronger this year so you’ve seen my predictions take quite a few wins away from both Austin and Portland so far. Portland is pretty special all the way around but I’m not sure they are dominant in any category unlike division rivals Austin (Offense) and Richardson City (Defense). For them to take that next step forward look for team aces Ken Holman and Gerrit Cole (out last year due to injury) to have excellent seasons.

richardson_city_blood_raven

Previous Record: 94-68

Prediction: 87-75

X-Factor: Surprisingly to say I think the factor that will make the biggest difference toward a playoff run for RC is Offense. Team GM Imran has said his team is in a soft rebuild mode but his team still will compete for a spot and will always be scary in playoffs. Defense is the name of the game in RC and that won’t change for quite sometime but losing Hosmer to division foe Colorado could potentially hurt. Can Sano have yet another MVP season? I think that’s a given. Will Yorman be a monster again? DUH. Ulitimately RC’s offense will be good, but will it be elite like there previous championship runs? Only time will tell.

colorado_gold_sox

Previous Record: 66-96

Prediction: 83-79

X-Factor- This team took the offseason by storm, I love many of this teams acquistions and if they stay the course the team will gain chemistry but I think they’ll need time to gain it. Bullpen is my question mark with them, and defense. Starting pitching is solid and so is offense. Who fills in for Koehler from last season? Some arms in their bullpen need to step up to dethrone Austin.

vallejo_admirals

Previous Record: 57-105

Prediction: 55-107

X-Factor: I have them getting better while being worse. I like the deal he got for Trent Johnson and I think it’ll help him retool. Plus he has a good system and first overall pick in a great draft class. So there are things to be excited about for sure. Being patient is the name of the game for Vallejo. Ultimately I have them a little worse at the CBL level mainly because the division as a whole got better significantly.



3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Dan Courcelles

    Dan Courcelles

    February 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Austin and RC look good as always. I think Portland could take the division with a solid year from everyone. I think the most exciting division for division title race. Every other division seems to have a clear favorite. FL East is open too but the HL West should be the division to watch!

  2. Matthew Wells

    Matthew Wells

    February 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I agree AUS wins this division, but gotta think COL takes the #2 spot. So much improvement on both sides of the ball. RC always surpises me and does great, so definitely can happen again. Think POR will struggle with too many questions in the OF, losing a top SP (Goodwin) and no true closer from my scouts views

    • Justin Zima

      Justin Zima

      February 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Yeah this division might be my favorite to watch in the whole FL. Colorado has a great roster now but RC is proven. Idk up for grabs

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