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Baseball 2006

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    So it's opening day. Start of what will surely be a Bonds-centric season, though I hope good baseball will take the spotlight. Who do you think will take it all? When I look into my magic ball I see:

    Yankee confusion, and division championship
    Cubs injuries, much talk of goats
    Mets play around .500, plan to spend more on free agents in off-season

    Then it all gets cloudy.
     
  2. JBZ

    JBZ Senior member

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    Everyone's picking the Yankees to win the AL East, and maybe they will. However, they have serious starting pitching questions beyond Randy Johnson (and, at 43, even he could break down). They certainly have the sluggers, but as a lifelong Red Sox fan, I can personally attest to the fact that sluggers ain't enough. Of course, the Sox have their own potential pitching issues. Toronto is much improved this year. It could be a very competetive year in the AL East.

    I think the race in the AL Central between the White Sox and Indians (and perhaps Twins) could be very good. The AL West is always tight, but the experts are picking Oakland.

    I'm an American League guy, so I'm fuzzy about the NL. St. Louis and Atlanta look to have strong teams this year, and the Mets are definitely improved.
     
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    Sox won today and had a nice long meeting with Clemens, who will be coming to Boston to watch some games this spring. Maybe they can trade Wells back to the Yanks to open up a spot for the Rocket in the rotation.
     
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    I'm predicting (see also: praying) for the Blue Jays to take the Wild Card.
     
  5. Tokyo Slim

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    I'm predicting that the Mariners will finish 4th in the AL west.
     
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    I'm predicting (see also: praying) for the Blue Jays to take the Wild Card.
    I think they'll do well this year with all the new free agents they signed. Their pitching staff is especially much stronger. On the other hand, Toronto teams including the Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs seem to have a gift for sucking. [​IMG]
     
  7. Film Noir Buff

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    I think they'll do well this year with all the new free agents they signed. Their pitching staff is especially much stronger.
    On the other hand, Toronto teams including the Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs seem to have a gift for sucking. [​IMG]


    The actually spent some money in the off-season. I hope its a tight division race. As a lifelong Yankees fan, I tire of watching the Bombers hammer everyone else in their division, year after year. Basically you see the sox and yankees eat up everyone else in the div to pad their win numbers.

    The Yankees sure got off to good start last night, smashing the A's 15-1! Payrod, better keep it up.

    Very odd seeing Damon in a yankees uni. Stranger yet watching Halsey burn Posada.Also, as a NY Rangers fan, I dont see the leafs as sucking. The Raptors suck, bu theyre better than the knicks.

    Also, the Blue Jays as a team have no soul.
     
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    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, just paying someone more doesnt make them a better player. The Yankees are saddled with a very slow defense. And the Mets do not look like Minaya made them any better, in spite of the increase in pay. I think Anna Benson was the best part about that team.

    The Orioles and the Blue Jays have relatively high payrolls and they arent very good either...well, as it looks so far.

    I mean there is a point where money matters, like with Beltran earning as much as the entire Marlins team, but check the payrolls for the last 12 teams in every sport to win the championship and it isnt always the highest payrolls.
     
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    mrpologuy Senior member

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    How about Chris Shelton from my Tigers with 8 dingers so far? I wonder how much longer he can keep this up before we tank another season[​IMG]
     
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  13. tiger02

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    For any fantasy players, my dad just sent me a copy of Fantasyball. Great, hilarious, insightful read by a journalist who decided to join Tout Wars (famous expert league, as these things go) for his first fantasy experience. He lives the life we all wish we could--flying around the country, lobbying managers, giving gifts and cheerleading his players. Highly recommended.

    Tom
     
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    The Mets have a legitimate shot this year - because of pitching. The bullpen is great, and the rest of the division is terrible.

    I have a feeling that either Boston or the Yankees will not make the playoffs this year. Neither is dominant this year and I doubt both reach 92 wins.
     
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    "I'm predicting that the Mariners will finish 4th in the AL west." Some bold assertions you're making Tokyo Slim. You wanna back that up? [​IMG] LOL It's the other Sox (from Chicago) that's gonna be the talk of this year. I'm rootin for the A's though. Let's go Oak-land. clap-clap clap-clap-clap.
     
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    "I'm predicting that the Mariners will finish 4th in the AL west."

    Some bold assertions you're making Tokyo Slim. You wanna back that up? [​IMG] LOL


    Actually I think that if they could finish fifth, they probably would. I wonder what the record for blowing saves by giving up the long-ball to people who aren't power hitters is?
     
  17. tiger02

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    "I'm predicting that the Mariners will finish 4th in the AL west." Some bold assertions you're making Tokyo Slim. You wanna back that up? [​IMG] LOL It's the other Sox (from Chicago) that's gonna be the talk of this year. I'm rootin for the A's though. Let's go Oak-land. clap-clap clap-clap-clap.
    Last year you mean? No one's playing over their head like they did last year. CWS were a one-hit wonder the likes of which we haven't seen since Lisa Loeb.
     
  18. Film Noir Buff

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    The Mets have a legitimate shot this year - because of pitching. The bullpen is great, and the rest of the division is terrible.

    I have a feeling that either Boston or the Yankees will not make the playoffs this year. Neither is dominant this year and I doubt both reach 92 wins.



    Lol, the Mets are on fire right now but they are 3 injuries away from suckitude. Its a long season, remember last year's meaningful baseball in September? What did that net those Metsies?

    Having said that, i wish the Mets well.

    The Yankees have definite problems but theyll just bash their way to the playoffs. The red Sox look like they might have screwed themselves. Why you mess with a proven formula...
     
  19. tiger02

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    I will say for the Mets that Glavine was a top 3 pitcher second half last year, and seems to have kept it up. If he can carry the team through some rough stretches, they could be OK. They're not getting any production out of that magical middle infield, so there room on the team to go up and down.
     

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