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Old 03-27-2019, 08:17 AM
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Spring Training has officially ended. All 30 teams play on 3/28 to help set the mood.

Time for your thoughts, hopes and predictions. Who's your team(s), and what are you expecting out of them this season? Who are your early guesses for ROY, MVP, Cy Young, and Comeback POY? And where do Kimbrel and Keuchel end up?

Welcome back, Baseball. You've been missed.
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Great time of year! We're all undefeated! Well, except you Oakland. I for one hope to see a little better baseball this year. More running, more strategy. Who am I kidding, we're in for another year of everyone playing for a bloop and a blast.
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These 2019 season leaders stats will be enjoyable until tomorrow:

Batting Average
Tim Beckham - .714

Runs
Tim Beckham - 4

Home Runs
7 Tied - 1 HR

Runs Batted In
Domingo Santana - 5

Stolen Bases
3 Tied - 1 SB

Wins
Marco Gonzales - 1
Zac Rosscup - 1

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Hunter Strickland - 2

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5 Tied - 0.00

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3 Tied - 4
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:24 AM
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I bet Strickland holds onto the lead...
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:58 AM
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DeGrom has a shot to lose 20 games and still lead the league in earned run average.
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Calling the under for the Astros on the betting line I saw recently of 97.5 wins. Not that I dislike them, I just think they had some remarkably good injury luck last year and still 'only' won 103. Plus, they had to replace 3/5 of their rotation, though I'm not terribly worried about their pitching. Just seems like people might be too bullish on them, though I still think they'll do well.

ESPN had an interesting little poll about your picks for various things like MVP, Cy Young, RoY, etc... Lots of shrugs from me, but what are your guesses?
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Once again this year I pledge to refrain from trash talking the Giants when they fall below 10 games behind in the NL West. The Giants are gunna blow chunks this year. My Dodgers are going to hold the NL West almost start to finish this year. Our current #5 starter (Urias) just threw 5 shutout innings against the Angels. We should be a little less streaky in our hitting this year.
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Our current #5 starter (Urias) just threw 5 shutout innings against the Angels.
Four shutout innings, but who's counting? Probably felt like 12 to the Angels.
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Calling the under for the Astros on the betting line I saw recently of 97.5 wins. Not that I dislike them, I just think they had some remarkably good injury luck last year and still 'only' won 103.
I mean, I'd bet the under on any team at 97.5. 98 wins is a lot of wins. You can have a hell of a year and go 95-67. It's very common for the World Champion to not win 98 games.

Fangraphs doesn't project ANY team in the majors to win 98 games and only one, the Orioles, to lose 98 or more (100, specifically.)
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I don't know. I think this Astros team will be remembered as one of the best of the decade. I almost didn't mind losing the Series to them, they were very worthy.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:31 PM
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Previews are pretty much picking the same 4 super teams in the east (houston, new york, boston, cleveland) plus one of tampa or oakland or California or maybe the Twins, LA in the NL West, and a giant scrum in the NL East and central - pretty much predicting last year. Not that I disagree.
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I don't think in my lifetime I've seen three teams more obviously dominant in one league than Boston, New York and Houston. I would not put Cleveland at their level - I am pretty sure they'll win the Central, but I don't think they're up with the other three. It's gonna be hard to be Tampa Bay.

But as Joaquin Andujar said, youneverknow.
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Its time for Dodger baseball!

I've got Dodgers/Yanks in the WS with the Rockies making a string showing all of the way to the NLCS.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:16 AM
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The Giants need to win 91 games this season on order for Bruce Bochy to end his career with a winning record. He's already a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, but I figure that going out with that +.500 mark, plus managing a 4th World Series winner in his final season, should be the icing on the cake.

On the off-chance that the above does not happen, I guess I'll just root for the Not-Dodgers to win their 31st straight championship.

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Go Sox!! Its the best day of the year!

So weird that its this early but ill take it
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I've got Dodgers/Yanks in the WS with the Rockies making a string showing all of the way to the NLCS.
I'll take Yankees vs Dodgers.
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It has begun! Mariano Rivera through out the first Pitch and Tanaka has retired the first 2.
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Sweet, Judge singles to right, Stanton singles to right and Judge aggressively takes third.
Voit homers to the Monuments in Center.

Andujar's out was a long fly out to the track and Sanchez follows with a soft single. He took advantage of the shift.
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I haven’t watched much baseball the past couple years (life got in the way; funny how a crumbling marriage, depression, and flailing in one’s career can distract one from sports). But I’m excited to try to resume my fandom and Cardinals boosterism this year. Y’all may remember me as Bayard, the guy who was always going on about Yadier Molina. By the way, I saw a couple clips of Molina gunning down runners in spring training. He caught one poor bastard by like a step and a half. And Molina is 36!! He just signed a new contract and should finish out his career as one of the greatest Cardinals ever.

Funny story: for Christmas, my seven year old son decorated a coffee mug for me with, “#4 Dad”. I was kind of perplexed until he explained that Yadi is the best player, and he wears #4, so I’m the Yadier Molina of dads.

Since I was out of the baseball loop last year, I didn’t really catch on to Jordan Hicks, who apparently has a bionic arm. He threw a couple of 105mph fastballs last season?! Holy Cow!

Goldschmidt should be a significant upgrade at 1st, and with him the offense doesn’t look too shabby.

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Good—then for you, this never happened. Don't click—remain in blissful ignorance.
I heard about that, but I don't think I saw the clip until just now. I'm amazed he walked off the field after that . From the article:
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Yeah, no biggie. Just a fastball to the ol' twig and berries. Let me just walk off the field under my own power so I can have emergency surgery.

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I can't believe it. For the first time in my life, after watching a lot of baseball, I see a baserunner hit by a batted ball. Even more amazing, the umpires didn't immediately call it. The play went on and the out was made at third later in the play, and apparently the home plate umpire came out and corrected the play retroactively.

It was Orioles v Yankees, BTW. Voit, Judge, Stanton all look good. Bird had a nice HR off a lefty.
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Picture-in-picture is a beautiful thing. Having my Dodgers and Indians side-by-side on the TV on Opening Day. I am happy.

Also, Kluber is through four innings on only 30 pitches.
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I'm a little worried the Dodgers bats didn't have much pop today and Seager's swing didn't have it's old sweetness. Our opening day pitcher's ERA was over 1 too.
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Astros beat up on last year's Cy Young winner, so that's a pretty good opening day.
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DeGrom goes 6, pulled after about 90 pitches. 0 Runs, 5 hits, 10 KOs. Strikes out the side twice. Cano hits a HR in his first AB as a Met. Lugo out of the pen in the 7th strikes out the side. Familia and Diaz allow no hits., Mets win 2-0

That is old fashioned Mets baseball!
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Once again this year I pledge to refrain from trash talking the Giants when they fall below 10 games behind in the NL West. The Giants are gunna blow chunks this year. My Dodgers are going to hold the NL West almost start to finish this year. Our current #5 starter (Urias) just threw 5 shutout innings against the Angels. We should be a little less streaky in our hitting this year.

ha! I make no such pledge and wish giant stadium (and padre stadium) to slide off in the pacific and still agree with you …. I don't see the Rockies or d-backs doing much over 500 if they even get there …

so we should see the dodgers in the series and will watch the parade in la when it happens

all the other posers can stay home
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DeGrom goes 6, pulled after about 90 pitches. 0 Runs, 5 hits, 10 KOs. Strikes out the side twice. Cano hits a HR in his first AB as a Met. Lugo out of the pen in the 7th strikes out the side. Familia and Diaz allow no hits., Mets win 2-0

That is old fashioned Mets baseball!
I think it was more like "new fashioned Nationals baseball," but enjoy your moment!
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Who the heck is Luke Voit? Why did the Cardinals give him up for almost nothing? I know it's still a small sample, but he sure seems like the real deal.

I brought him up to show this cool pic. It shows the exact moment he's hit by a pitch just above the elbow. The ball made a furrow through his arm as it travelled.
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Luke Voit is the man of steel or the man that the Yanks did steal.

He might only be Shane Spencer part 2 but his plate discipline has improved a lot just since he joined the Yanks and the Cards may have screwed up on this one.
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Two hits in ten innings for the Jays. Bring up Vlad Jr. now!

At least Marcus Stroman was terrific. That's nice to see.
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DeGrom goes 6, pulled after about 90 pitches. 0 Runs, 5 hits, 10 KOs. Strikes out the side twice. Cano hits a HR in his first AB as a Met. Lugo out of the pen in the 7th strikes out the side. Familia and Diaz allow no hits., Mets win 2-0

That is old fashioned Mets baseball!
It's 1973 all over again!
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ha! I make no such pledge and wish giant stadium (and padre stadium) to slide off in the pacific and still agree with you …. I don't see the Rockies or d-backs doing much over 500 if they even get there …

so we should see the dodgers in the series and will watch the parade in la when it happens

all the other posers can stay home
Historically, it has been out of affection and concern for Suburban Plankton, a nice guy and baseball fan. He and I used to talk shit, but the last 2 years has been like shooting dandelions with a howitzer. So now the suspense is "how long can the Giants remain within 10." It is the Giants, after all, so the bar has to be significantly lowered.
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I'm guessing the bar will be Game 11.

I will not talk trash about the Padres and Petco, however. I see more Padre games at Petco than I ever do Dodger games at Chavez Ravine. They're easier to get to, cheaper and the food and beer are better. As young as the Padres are this year, the team ought to be exciting to watch in a way they haven't been in a while. And they're (quickly checking to make sure today's game hasn't started yet)(no problem, they're playing the Giants) tied for first place in the NLWest!

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On a somber note, former World Series MVP John Wetteland has been indicted on three counts of continuous sexual assault of a minor. Wetteland is accused of having a child perform a sex act on him, beginning in 2004, when the child was 4, and that it happened twice more during a two-year period.
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The classic Mets teams were built on pitching.
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Paul Goldschmidt hit three homers against the Brewers tonight. The first of many bombs he’ll be dropping on the NL Central for the next 5 years.
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No winner yet in Dodgers/Diamondbacks game!

Top of 13th.

Zzzzzzzzz...
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Nope. D'backs win. Dodgers bullpen sucks. Go Cubs!

Zzzzzzzzz...
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ehh getting all those HR records the night before musta wore them out...…….https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/new...ord/ar-BBVmjdF
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