2028 Season Predictions
It's time for another round of awesomely inspired predictions from the team that brought you "Oh My God! We're All Gonna Die! (the Musical)" and "That's No Moon..."
Our annual pick of the Titans to win the Elf Division (a routine that has a .500 batting average, as they have won it 2 of the last 4 years) is not going to stop this season. Despite the miracle Marauders coming from out of nowhere to knock off both Minas Tirith and a strong run by Old Forest, we're still thinking the Titans have what it takes to get back on top...at least in this division. They've got a really good outfield, an excellent closer, and at least two good starters. Lots of weakness in the infield (at least with the bats), and that's why they went out and signed Karin Elv during the offseason. Elv's not exactly a superstar, but he's a veteran with some pop in his bat and an excellent glove. They're also taking a chance on Sikar Daggerdrinker, giving the 27 year old a 4-year contract and a chance to redeem himself after a dismal 7-17 performance with Dagorlad last season. The Titans feel he's better than that, hoping he'll return to the form of his early 20's when he put up 15-win seasons with ERA's below 4.00.
Are we supremely confident in our pick of the Titans to win the Elf Division? Not with Old Forest hanging around. Last year, the Merry Fellows tied Minas Tirith just 2 games out of the division lead. In fact, OOTP has them winning the Elf Division this season by 2 games ahead of the Titans. Old Forest has the latest in the *Hubbard dynasty, Elle-Rhonda, who at 24 already has 4 major league seasons under her belt. She's an All-Star and a key part of the Merry Fellows attack. She's joined by power hitters like Wayne Hawks and Wart Wolfgobber. The pitching staff is anchored by Gundabald Headstrong (17-11, 3.49), and they have a top-notch closer in 'Grunge' Gadrienduil. Their biggest problem is depth. If anyone gets hurt, they don't have a lot to back up the front line stars.
Rivendell remains in third place in our rankings, making some moves in the offseason to pick up some free agent talent like SP Frendian Rards and 1B Celegast Eäräthien. Nothing they did jumps out as giving them the opportunity to overtake Minas Tirith or Old Forest, but they didn't hurt themselves either.
Mirkwood finished last in our predictions last year, but you know how that turned out. OOTP had them just a game out of first place, which was apparently closer to the truth, but this year they're 20 games out in the OOTP poll. In truth, the Marauders look to be rebuilding, but in an odd sort of way. They still have Mablung 'the Venerable' *Véneanár, but the offseason saw a lot of moves by Mirkwood. They signed pitcher Aihal Highdrake,34, probably as a stopgap measure while their plans ripen. They also traded Sariaron the Witch for a pair of minor leaguers, yet turned around and signed a pair of 33-year-olds: catcher Thaivia Elriden and pitcher Eeolbo Celandriendel. And while no one doubts the value of 3B Estella Underhill, she is 31 and was traded to Forgotten Realms for Talla Foriand, 28, and Bleaennyn the Changed Man, 22.
Division Winner: Minas Tirith Titans
Despite losing the Shire Conference title in the Two Towers Series for the 2nd straight year, the Wyrms just keep getting better and better. When they won their first title of any kind in 2025, they had a good 95-win season. In 2026, they won 106. Last year, they had an amazing 120 victories (2nd only to the 125-win season of the 2023 Fairies). This year, OOTP predicts they'll win 118. I'm not gonna argue.
Erebor keeps trying to climb that hill, but like the rest of the division, they're buried deep in Minas Ithil's shadow for now. They signed a few pitchers this offseason, including Vruudish the Devastator. The once 25-game winner has fallen on hard times the last couple of years, but he's only 28 and the Eagles hope he'll turn things around. Erebor also picked up Bertel Tanod from the SFL to bolster their bullpen.
Lake Town was busy in the offseason and picked up a couple of good pieces. First, they signed free agent catcher, Norman Mailer, to a 4-year contract worth a total of $62,000,000. Mailer's a .311 hitter over 4 seasons in the SFL with the Land of Oz Munchkins. He popped 20+ HR's each year, too. But the free agent catch of the offseason, Crazy Powers, signed a whopping 7-year contract worth a total of $177,800,000 with the Archers. Powers, 29, has patrolled RF for Discworld the past 4 years, hitting .337 with 126 HR and 406 RBI and won the 2024 FL Outstanding Hitter Award.
Bywater is next, and they're looking to make some headway under new manager, Misur Orebender. Orebender saw action from 2003-2005 as a pitcher for Rivendell. He was 11-6 with 26 saves and a 3.30 ERA in the inaugural SGCBL season. The Bounders went out and bought him a closer in Eillf Eregion, who split duties with Thomas Hardy at Mirkwood last year.
Division Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Last year, we predicted--and I quote--"There's still no immovable object that will stand in the way of the irresistable force of the Fairies...It's certainly not going to be their Dwarf Division rivals..." Foolish mortals. As we now, Moria bested the Fairies by 5 games and went on to become League Champions. Yet, we're still not going to back off our statement that Bucklebury is still one of the top 5 teams in the league, and they shouldn't have any trouble sewing up another Dwarf Division title. Still, OOTP shows them finishing 6 games behing Moria...
Once again Bree comes up as the number 2 pick for the division and the Shire Wild Card winner. They even went up a couple notches in our poll without doing anything in the offseason. If history is any judge, they'll get knocked around by injuries and miss the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. But if the fates are kinder, the Cheese should advance to the postseason.
How can we do this to the League Champs? OOTP has them winning the division handily. Yet, we're still picking them third in the Dwarf Division. They are undeniably talented, with Porto Moss (26-5, 2.45) leading a very good starting rotation. They've got Nose Gladrierà (.308, 40 HR, 129 RBI) and Gignar Demoneater (.290, 40 HR, 128 RBI) as the twin bash brothers. But there's just a lack of depth behind the superstars. If they get hit by injuries, it's all over for Moria.
Spring training dealt the Carrock Bears the blow of losing their ace, Odessa *Enthugger, for the first two months of the season last year. They're not ready for the big time, yet, but they've got some exciting players like Celillbo Arwiama, 21, who hit .321 last year with 47 SB and can just fly.
Division Winner: Bucklebury Fairies
Shire Wild Card Winner: Bree Cheese
There's not much argument that the Hops are the best team in the Orc Division, but OOTP thinks they're the best team in the Mordor Conference. In this case, we have to agree. Only Minas Ithil tops this team in our poll.
Dead Marshes is trying everything they can to climb back up the ladder this season. They've made trades and free agent acquisitions left and right all offseason. Ultimately, the wheeling and dealing has paid off, as they jump 6 places and into the top 10 teams in our power rankings. They invested a ton of money in Gredoc Foemasher (.297, 29 HR, 93 RBI), hoping he'll produce the 35+ HR/120+ RBI type seasons he had with Weathertop.
Dunharrow was dormant over the offseason, waving goodbye to long-time hero, Orgulas 'the Tank' Black, as both he and catcher Romana of Gallifrey retired.
Grey Havens is in a free-fall. They're last on our poll by a huge margin, and OOTP has them losing 112 games.
Division Winner: Misty Mountain Hops
Ravenhill didn't need to do much in the offseason to stay atop the Goblin Division. Their rivals are pretty weak, but the Darkwings still have a 99-win season on the way according to OOTP.
Weathertop continues to mature, and the Witch Kings may one day take over from Ravenhill. We don't think it's this year, though. They didn't really do anything in the offseason, but relative to other teams, they moved up a couple notches.
Lothlorien is exactly where they were a year ago. Nothing exciting in the offseason. No major retirements. They didn't really lose anyone to free agency. The Lumberjacks are just stuck in the lower tier of teams for the first time in a long time.
Numenor has found themselves in the mire for quite sometime. The Kings have wrestled with rebuilding for a long time, but it appears that few of their prospects have developed into anything approaching stardom.
Division Winner: Ravenhill Darkwings
Minas Morgul is back at the top of the game. They sit where they did in last year's poll as our #2 pick overall. Despite (or because of) getting swept out of the Fellowship Series by Misty Mountain last year, the Slayers should be back to seek revenge on the Hops in this year's playoffs. They've got dominant young hitters in Lilith *Blackbark, Adelena Blackbark and Bets Blizzard and a great pitching staff, led by Nesil Orebearer and anchored in the 'pen by Rowan Hill.
Isengard is up next in our rankings, and the Raiders have been trying to get their house in order all during the offseason. They signed a new manager, Todd Grigol, and picked up free agents like closer Dwain the Centaur from Gallifrey, Bosur Oakenshield and Eimer Eärüviel. At age 34, Ragnar *Stonecutter is getting a little old to be waiting much longer for a RotK ring, but he hopes that his fellow sluggers, Gaman White Hand, Glomli of Erebor and James Miller will join with the new blood to get him to the playoffs.
Dagorlad made a good run at the division title and the Mordor Wild Card last year before falling short. So, they picked up Imcir Imcirion, Betsie Hilldweller and Wuurg Nosehammer to short contracts to try and help them get over the hump this year. Hilldweller and Gollilmer Bloodhelm will join Christine Roper, Myrtai Isyrith and Vabis Githrarith as part of a really good lineup this year. However, the Disaster pitching staff really only has Snibb *Ninwocket going for it.
Dol Guldur got a little better this year, picking up free agent starter, Bilin Brockhouse, and a new manager. Once again, the Dragons have a team that looks good in the batter's box, but falls short on the mound.
Division Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
Mordor Conference Wild Card: Isengard Raiders
Shire Conference Winner: Minas Ithil Wyrms
Mordor Conference Winner: Minas Morgul Slayers
League Champions: Minas Ithil Wyrms
2027 Power Rankings
Minas Ithil Wyrms
Minas Morgul Slayers
Misty Mountain Hops
Minas Tirith Titans
Old Forest Merry Fellows
Dead Marshes Uruk-hai
Lake Town Archers
Dol Guldur Dragons
Grey Havens Stars
OOTP predictions are here: http://solonor.com/ootp/news/html/leagues/league_100_preseason_prediction_report.htmlPosted at August 22, 2013 11:36 AM | more from League News