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#1 nmigliore

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

About time to kick this off, I think. Miguel Cabrera just signed a monster extension. My 2014 predictions:

 

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: Tigers

AL West: Angels

 

AL Wild Cards: Rays, A's

 

AL MVP: Mike Trout (easiest player award pick; should've won it the last two years, I say he wins it this year as he leads the Angels to a division title in what should be a competitive 3- or 4-team race)

AL Cy Young: Danny Salazar (part of this is me wanting to be unique, but everything about Salazar screams future ace; the future is now)

AL Rookie of the Year: Masahiro Tanaka (lots of other good candidates such as Jose Abreu, Xander Bogaerts, Yordano Ventura)

 

 

NL East: Nationals

NL Central: Cardinals

NL West: Dodgers

 

NL Wild Card: Pirates, Braves

 

NL MVP: Bryce Harper (see Salazar explanation, although this one doesn't feel nearly as bold; with good health, Harper seems ready for an MVP-caliber breakout as the Nats win the East)

NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez (I'm a fool for not picking Kershaw, but Fernandez is among rarefied air as a pitcher who skipped AA and AAA and then dominated the Majors to a 2.19 ERA/2.73 FIP at the age of 20)

NL Rookie of the Year: Gregory Polanco (like the AL, lots of other potentially good candidates in Archie Bradley, Jameson Taillon, Javier Baez, Billy Hamilton.... but I say Polanco comes up and displaces Jose Tabata pretty quickly and helps lead the Pirates to an NL Wild Card)


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:57 PM

The Trout deal is interesting. Takes him until 29, when the best players could be making $35 million a year.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:28 PM

Mike Trout just homered in his first AB of the season.

 

I love this guy. 


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:44 PM

curious nmig why no Yankees for either the WC or Division

 

they have age, but man are they deep in the rotation and lineup. McCann is in the perfect ballpark. Beltran I'm sure is declining but will still be good. They'll prob get something out of Roberts or Johnson (another perfect NYS pull hitter)

 

Tough to put them at anything less than 94 wins


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:46 PM

Honestly I'm skeptical of the Yankees chances too although you figure Jeter'll somehow will them into contention his final season.  They really aren't the powerhouse offense everyone thinks they are - they have Texiera who IF he stays healthy will hit .240 with 30-100.  Soriano's a hundred years old, but he can go 30-100.  Maybe Beltran goes 30-100 and McCann goes 25-80, but with those four guys you're talking about three old farts and a catcher (i.e. all health risks) plus they've got huge question marks at third base, second base and one of their outfield positions.  It's not a classic AL lineup, and their starting pitching has a lot of potential issues too.  That's not even bringing up Robertson filling the big shoes this year.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:32 PM

curious nmig why no Yankees for either the WC or Division

 

The infield could be downright awful, lots of age on the roster, toughest division in baseball (could seriously make a case for all 5 teams to make a playoff run). Sabathia was apparently struggling to top 90 mph in spring, which is a little alarming in light of last season; at the very least I think his days as a frontline guy are over. They were still a really close call along with Texas for me, so I'm not all that down on them. I like their playoff odds more than I do other decent-looking playoff hopefuls like Cleveland, Kansas City, and Seattle. 

 

Rough start to the season for the Jays; Dickey really struggled (5 IP, 6 ER, 6 BB) and Reyes hit the DL with hamstring issues after being removed after 1 AB.


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 10:36 PM

Exciting to kick off the yankee season tomorrow. Hope to see CC in his old form early

Of course Trout parked one in his first AB how can you not love the guy
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:21 PM

Rough start to the season for the Jays; Dickey really struggled (5 IP, 6 ER, 6 BB) and Reyes hit the DL with hamstring issues after being removed after 1 AB.

 

Hate both of those, I thought Dickey would really bounce back this year after he picked it up in the second half last year when healthy.


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:32 AM

ESPN is obsessed with Mike Trout.  Angels get destroyed last night, but Trout is the cover story because he went 2 for 4 with a homerun. 


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:22 PM

Warning, some Captain Obvious here, but goodness, how freakin' good is Clayton Kershaw? 28 straight scoreless innings after his start today. 2.04 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 107 strikeouts to 11 walks in 79 innings this season. That's a 12+ K/9. Incredible.
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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:32 PM

Holy sh!t what a trade between Oakland and the Cubs:

@jonmorosi: Deal is Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily, source confirms to @FOXSports1. No PTBNL.
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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:59 PM

Cubs are pretty well stocked now at SS. Castro, Baez, Russell. Somebody might be getting traded, and somebody else might be undergoing a position change. Russell is prob a few years away. Baez may be moved to 3rd which means they keep Castro.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:30 PM

22 Jaw-Dropping Factoids about Kershaw's Scoreless Streak by Jonah Keri. Some crazy stuff in here, my favorite might be this:

 

10. Kershaw held opponents to a .305 OPS (.123/.160/.145) during the streak. For context, MLB pitchers have a .303 OPS at the plate this season

 

 

http://grantland.com...ic-2014-season/


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:58 PM

22 Jaw-Dropping Factoids about Kershaw's Scoreless Streak by Jonah Keri. Some crazy stuff in here, my favorite might be this:

 

 

http://grantland.com...ic-2014-season/

 

If Clayton turns in 2-3 more years like this, is he a HOFer based on short-term dominance?  That's a hell of a 6-8 year run.  Old-timers will probably scoff at Koufax comparisons because Koufax threw so many more innings and completed so many games (137 for his career), but Kershaw can't help what era he's pitching in.  We won't even see four-man rotations, 300 IP guys, and 20+ complete game per season starters ever again.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:10 PM

If Clayton turns in 2-3 more years like this, is he a HOFer based on short-term dominance?  That's a hell of a 6-8 year run.

 

Yeah, I think so. Scary part is that, health willing, he could be Hall of Fame worthy before he reaches his 30th birthday. 


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:12 PM

Yeah, I think so. Scary part is that, health willing, he could be Hall of Fame worthy before he reaches his 30th birthday. 

 

Short-term guys are always fun...so much more so than the compilers (there's something to be said for being consistently good for 20 years or so, but it's always kind of weird to see those guys get in with the ones who truly dominated their era).  If Pedro Martinez never threw another pitch after 2003 (he was 32 by the end of that year), I don't see how he wouldn't have gotten in...from 1997-2003, his numbers were insane (and this is in the thick of the 'roid era to boot):

 

118-36, 2.20 ERA (he was the ERA leader in five out of seven seasons), 1408 IP, 1009 H, 344 ER, 315 BB, 1761 K, 0.94 WHIP, only 93 HR allowed.   

 

And then there's Randy Johnson...obviously had terrific years before he went to Houston (and then Arizona) at the age of 34, but what he did from the ages of 34-38 was obscene:

 

91-28, 2.39 ERA, 1115.1 IP, 844 H, 296 ER, 314 BB, 1533 K (?!), 98 HR (not bad but surprising considering how dominant he was), 1.04 WHIP, won the CY Young all four seasons from 1999-2002 (to give him five for his career).  Like Pedro, even with "just" 224 wins (against 106 losses), I'd have to think Randy would've been a shoo-in for the HOF if he hadn't thrown another pitch after 2002.   


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