You were joking about the Buffalo State winning it? LOL, thanks for the chuckle...
It depends where you are in NY... Oswego may not play this year as they have 100 inches of snow! And no schedule for this year (at least not on their web page...)
Always glad to see another opinion... as long as it agrees with mine!
What team in the conference do you follow?
I get all jumbled up when I try to put together a prediction... there are so many considerations.
CORTLAND: I think that theyhave to be the favorite just from past hisory... althought they've lost a lot. With all the pitching back they still have to be the favorite. They have some departures to fill in their infiled and batting order... but still have some tough bats in the lineup. Bashnight coming back makes their outfield solid with him, Maycock and the transfer from Oswego, Coromato.
BROCKPORT: should be right there with them... They've been the one team (at least in the playoffs) that has beaten them. And the games during the season last year were vey close and could have gone either way. As cycle points out, they have some departures to fill too, they lost some esperienced hitters, but they have some talented young guys who showed they can play back... and they may be better hitters then the guys who left. Time will tell on that... as they will now play a regular roll. They (like Cortland) also have back all their pitching from last year..
I have a hard time figuring out 3-6:
PLATTSBURGH is young and talented... and has been improving annually. What impact will losing Hoffman have on their pitching staff. Also, Waldron will be missed... what have they picked up to compliment their talented young team? We will see in the March games... they will be dangerous.
ONEONTA has been number 2 for the last 2 years, but couldn't get over the Cortland hump. They didn't lose much from last years team, but what will losing Salamida mean to their staff? Will someone emerge who can throw Salamida's innings and to support Weber in the starting rotation? Also, this is the second year in a row that they lost a top catcher... is there a third one in the mix somewhere? They have a lot back, and will compete for the playoffs... can they stay in the #2 spot or drop off?
NEW PALTZ: they may be the surprise team... but will have to have everyone have a best year to do so. Have they found a bat to replace Kelts so that DeKams has some help? They need to find some front line pitchers... 3 new freshamn pitchers, will the contribute right away? Donohue and Stith show they are good pitchers, and will probably be 1-2 in the rotation... Who will the other starters be? A lot of question marks... but then I guess everyone has a lot of them at this time of year.
FREDONIA: I like them this year... they have some new young guys who may come through for them. If one or two of these young pitchers produce, they may sneak into 4th place. They have several guys who can hit... and I think that Murphy may surprise with his bat this year. The questionhere will be can the young pitching step up and complete with the top teams daily?
The loss of Cormato may hurt them a lot... with out a roster up to see who is back and how many new guys its tough to say. They have been in the middle of the pack for the past several years, I don't want to say they won't be there as coach Paino has proven in the past he can produce competative teams. Adn they do have several starters returning... I think. Seeing the roster will help. I think they will surprise some teams on the field this year, like they did Cortland last year. Will it happen enought to make the 4th spot? Time will tell...
SUNYIT: They have a lot of spots to upgrade... I don't think they can fill them all in one year. I haven't seen their roster, so I don't know who is coming back.. or is new. But for the same reason I have Cortland #1, I have them #8.... past history. They may surprise... but from last year, they have a lot of upgrading to do to get in the playoffs. But you never know...
OK, John tell me what I've missed here....