Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
Recently I posted my predictions for the American League and I picked the Los Angeles Angels to win it all, below are my thoughts on the National League with my World Series pick at the bottom.
1 – Washington Nationals – Probably the most complete team in all of baseball. Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg will have a complete year together along with a healthy Jayson Werth. Rafael Soriano’s addition just makes their bullpen even more dangerous.
2– Atlanta Braves – The Chipper Jones-less era of the Braves looks like it will start off with a bang. With Atlanta bringing in the Upton Bros. to go along with Jayson Heyward good luck hitting the ball into that outfield. It’s not Smoltz-Maddux-Glavine but Hudson-Medlen-Minor is going to be dangerous to deal with.
3 – Philadelphia Phillies – If they were in any other division this year they could probably contend for the Wild Card. Cliff Lee and Roy Holliday may be too old to be the workhorses they once were but they can still get it done. Look for Ryan Howard to contend for comeback player of the year.
4 – New York Mets – Their biggest offseason acquisition was Marlon Byrd. David Wright would be smart to ask out of here by the trade deadline.
5 – Miami Marlins – I am not even going to dignify these guys with a prediction.
1 – Cincinnati Reds- They have built a team that will probably contend for the division for the next few years. Joey Votto is always a MVP candidate, and while their rotation doesn’t have the sexiest names they’re one of the most reliable in the league.
2 – Milwaukee Brewers - Remember this team won the division just two years ago. If Kyle Loshe can have the year he did last season him and Yovani Gallardo could be a very dangerous 1-2 combo. While accusations cloud Ryan Braun, look for Norichika Aoki to have a very quiet but productive year.
3 – St. Louis Cardinals – This is another team you never want to count out because they always seem to come out of nowhere and win it all. But this year’s Cards are too banged up in the wrong places. Chris Carpenter and Kyle Loshe’s absences are going to hurt this rotation.
4 – Pittsburgh Pirates – If last season is any indication about the direction of this franchise, then fans will be excited to know that if the season was only 110 games long they would win the division every year.
5 – Chicago Cubs – They brought in Edwin Jackson to be the number 2 guy in their rotation, the Cubs are Jackson’s 6th team since 2009.
1 – San Francisco Giants – Cain-Bumgarner- Vogelsong oh my! Also Barry Zito showed last season he can still win and Tim Lincecum showed that one day day he could be one nasty relief pitcher. Buster Posey will contend for the MVP once again. Also look for former Squirrels Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford to become everyday starters.
2 – Arizona Diamondbacks – While this team quietly contends for a playoff spot, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will quietly become one of the best first basemen in the league. With their rotation filled with guys who can go the distance of the season, relief pitcher J.J Putz will try for his 3rd straight year with 30+ saves.
3 – Los Angeles Dodgers – Yes the Dodgers have some dangerous bats in Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Haley Ramirez but none of these guys can stay healthy. If they can though, and they get a CY young performance out of Clayton Kershaw, they can win the division.
4 – Colorado Rockies – It what could be Todd Helton’s swan song, young stars like Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez will try not to make it too embarrassing for him. Josh Rutledge seems to be another star on the rise, wish I could say the same thing about their pitching.
5 – San Diego Padres – I took one look at their lineup and went; never heard of - never heard of - never heard of - oh so that’s where Carlos Quientin is - never heard of - never heard of….well you can see where this is going.
Wild Card: Atlanta Braves over Arizona Diamondbacks
Divisional Round: Washington Nationals over Atlanta Braves 4-3
Cincinnati Reds over San Francisco Giants 4-2
NL Championship: Washington Nationals over Cincinnati Reds 4-3
World Series: Washington Nationals over Los Angeles Angels 4-3