The City of Goodyear is one of the far westernmost valley communities in the Phoenix Metro Area. West of Goodyear is the City of Buckeye, so there’s the Ohio connection just east of Goodyear, the spring home of the Buckeye State’s own, Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. Goodyear is surrounded by the Estrella Mountains and is a community of its own. They offer plenty of golf in these wide open spaces on the far west valley. As Goodyear continues to grow, the industries and activities in the area, which include the Airline Training Center of Arizona, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Sunfresh Farms, not to forget Spring Training bring an huge identity within the community. If you are at Goodyear Ballpark, will see an airport with many large planes including 747’s. These old planes are discontinued from commercial service and stored, but are later refurbished and put back to service. Before I show Goodyear Real Estate, it’s time to talk where Ohio’s Interstate 71 revolves around these two teams, stretching from Cleveland to Cincinnati.
This Cleveland team this past year took good strides with manager, Manny Acta, who was in his second year as the tribe’s skipper. With many injuries and having to shuffle the lineup numerous times of the course of the year in a rebuilding mode, you can’t say the 2011 season was a disappointment when they were eliminated from contention in early September. If they produced with runners in scoring position, especially with two outs, they possibly could have been a playoff team. Finishing 11 games behind the wildcard standings with Boston, Toronto and the Angels in front were too much to ask. None the less, the message to the league is that the Indians’ future is looking bright. Their AAA affiliate, Columbus won their championship for two years straight. Obviously, it give a sense of an idea of the direction and the future the Indians have, as a result of replenishing with supurb talent after letting go of players they could not afford, due to the current financial structure of the game.
Looking at the positional players for the Indians, you should see a little different after this past season. They have solid punches of Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo. The question remains, can Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore remain healthy? I do believe Sizemore will be a good lead off hitter if he remains healthy. Hafner really had a productive 2011 and had gotten his swagger back after a few bad seasons. Casey Kotchman is a huge pick-up for the Tribe at first and will be a major contributor in the lineup. Last and not least, I strongly believe Carlos Santana will be the answer at working those pitchers behind the plate and his numbers at bat. The key concern the tribe has to do with getting runners at home. While in scoring position, especially with two outs, the Indians didn’t take advantage of the golden opportunities of driving runners home. If they greatly improve with that this year, then I believe this hitting team could put this team in contention.
From a pitching standpoint, there are some concerns from the starting position. It’s a shame of what took place for the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. I don’t know what will happen down the road for him. Looking ahead, the Indians have promoted bullpen coach, Scott Radinsky to Pitching Coach. Looking what’s ahead for him, Justin Masterson will be the number one starter for the Tribe this year, which is well deserved with his 3.21 Earned Run Average this past year. I hope and anticipate Ubaldo Jiminez will have a better season, who was rough-up with injuries, which he couldn’t provide his best pitching mechanics. The signing of Derek Lowe is a good signing to provide these young pitchers with some veteran leadership. I don’t doubt Chris Perez abilities to save games, but needs more opportunities if the hitters can score the runs first, so he can shut down his opponents in the ninth inning.
Overall, I like this young team. It will be an exciting team to watch this year once they address the flaws they have. Looking at the American League Central, it’s wide open. Just about all the baseball writers predict the Detroit Tigers to win the division this year, but who knows? If Detroit wins the division, I believe the AL Central can produce a wildcard winner. I strongly believe the Indians have the potential of doing that regardless what the national media thinks, especially when their favoritism only revolves around Boston and New York.
Heading down Interstate 71 in the extreme southwest corner of Ohio, the Reds really had a tough run in the very tough division. Their record may had been slightly below .500, but the division produced two playoff teams, both of which completed for the chance to win the 2011 World Series, and St. Louis was that team as a wild card and won it all. The Reds really had their cut out for them, but a few holes here and there had put them in a position to make a few roster changes in the offseason, and strongly believe this could put them in contention for at least a playoff spot in 2012.
Manager, Dusty Baker‘s hitting team really has some depth. For one, they have a transition in the catching position and should be interesting to see what Devin Mesoraco can bring to the Reds his rookie season. The Reds have high marks for this catching abilities and keeping pitchers on edge. Who they have in the lineup looks good. I don’t doubt Scott Rolen will have good season for Cincinnati though he had a limited workload from the past season. We know Brandon Phillips and JayVotto will add solid punches to the Reds near or at the top of the batting order. Overall, if this hitting team kicks in the high gear other than Votto and Phillips, this could be the year for the Reds to get back into the playoffs, as they did in 2010.
Pitching is another factor of whether or not the Reds are a legitimate contender. Make no mistake, a pitcher with a 2.31 Earned Run Average in his 24 starts deserves the number one position in the starting rotation for the Reds. Keep your eyes on Johnny Cueto and the stuff he provides. I felt the acquisition of Mat Latos from the Padres is a huge pick up, which he produced extremely well while he was with San Diego. Bronson Arroyo had an off year, and it could be make or break for him in 2012, especially at his age at 35. I really like their bullpen. The addition of Ryan Madson at the closer role is huge along with a couple of good set up pitchers. Overall, they have some good arms, but it’s up to pitching coach Bryan Price keep them in shape.
The outlook of this team should be really good this year. I really believe with some of the transitions their divisional foes had this off season, we really don’t know who will win the National League Central division. If the Reds produce fundamentally and everything goes according, they should not have a problem of at least making the playoffs this year.
Goodyear Real Estate For Sale for Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds Fans:
$343,000 : 15761 W Almeria Road, Goodyear3 beds, 2.50 baths
$329,900 : 16384 W Garfield Street, Goodyear5 beds, 3.00 baths
$159,777 : 16560 W Moreland Street, Goodyear3 beds, 2.50 baths
$265,000 : 10894 S Turtle Dove Drive, Goodyear3 beds, 2.00 baths
$225,000 : 17625 W Buchanan Street, Goodyear5 beds, 3.00 baths
$167,500 : 15936 W Watkins Street, Goodyear3 beds, 2.00 baths
$359,900 : 2743 N 144 Drive, Goodyear4 beds, 2.50 baths
$239,900 : 18623 W Mcneil Street, Goodyear2 beds, 2.00 baths
$274,900 : 15673 W Westview Drive, Goodyear3 beds, 2.00 baths
$249,999 : 16160 W Papago Street, Goodyear4 beds, 2.50 baths
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James W. Plummer III (Jim), Scottsdale