I'm still optimistic that the AL east will turn into a cluster f*ck of all sub 90 win teams though
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I would say there is a somewhat-realistic chance of that happening. Might become a Toronto fan.
How do you think Sanchez and Porcello will turn out?
I'd put Scherzer at #3 of #2s in AL:
J.Johnson>Sale> Scherzer>CJ Wilson
Johnson will get hurt which makes Max #2.
National League gets a little more interesting:
IMO Overall #1s are:
Projecting. And only slightly ahead of CC.
I used to use last year, then I learned better.
e.g. Trout and Verlander are equal value.
Darvish and CC are a super value because they won't go till the 4th round unless someone really reaches. The ideal situation would be 12/1...
Prob is when he's on...
I took him a couple of years ago when I figured he was the next big thing.
And last year likewise. He was really bad the 1st half, so I dropped him.
Then during the second half he was one of the 10 best pitchers in baseball. Fuck me.
I'm still very torn on Baker. He is not well liked in Cincy, despite the recent success. I'm still pissed about how he managed our starting pitching in the series against the Giants last season in the NLDS. Much more credit (and deservedly so) goes to Walk Jockety and ownership for making some moves and being willing to spend some money.
Dusty is a players manager, not a game manager. He is at his best motivating players behind closed doors and we really don't get to see that. His track record of ruining young pitchers terrifies me, although I do think he has gotten better. Having a strong bullpen certainly helps with this.
I could argue this both ways. I would argue that a dominant closer is a crucial component to most Championship teams (at least since the 90's). Blown saves have a psychological effect on a team that cannot be measured by statistics.
On a pure innings basis, you are 100% right of course. A closer just has a lot more appearances and handles the 9th (or jams), which are a different animal from the 3rd inning.
Yankees are in trouble. No doubt about it. If it was the middle of the season I might argue that Cano could carry them for awhile, but starting like this out of the gate is difficult to do.
The upside is that it should be easier to get tickets to the company box
I'd really like to see them deal Cano to some big spending contender for prospects. Possibly Granderson as well. No one in their right mind would take on Tex's contract. Its just time to clean house and start over.