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2019 MLB Thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Unlucky 13, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    Hechevarria is a streaky player. Had a great start to the year and has been awful since.

    Another big week...3 vs Cleveland and 3 vs ATL. Been a good home team all year but Mickey and the pen always worry me. Bovada odds are down to +2000 from +2800 a couple of weeks ago. May have to consider it...
     
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  2. muscle979

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    Yeah I'm hoping we don't need him in the lineup for longer than another week or two. Dansby's heel injury has been one of those weird lingering situations. Cleveland's been pretty hot lately, but I don't personally think those AL Central teams are as good as they get credit for being. Powerful lineups, sure, but overall I'm not sold.
     
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  3. muscle979

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    This may be the first time I've been rooting for the Mets. Please sweep the Nationals... LOL.
     
  4. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    We need it. After that streak of crappy baseball vs the cubs and braves we hurt our chances big time.
     
  5. adamprez2003

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  6. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    Lmfaoooooo

    Any chance you parlayed a bet between the MLB club blowing that 9th inning 6 run lead vs the nats and an 8 run 9th in lead in AAA vs the Yanks farm club in the same night? If you did, you likely became a millionaire.

    FFS, there is something seriously wrong with the way the entire mets organization uses their bullpen or trains their bullpen. Your big league club has blown 30 + games in the 7th or later. You should be in contention for the best record in the NL instead of fighting for a MF'N wildcard that you likely will not get.
     
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  7. Unlucky 13

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    The Mets certainly have their issues, but they put up a graphic during a Cubs game last week that the NL's overall bullpen ERA this year is as bad as it's been in a long, long time. I think that the issue boils down to the fact that many relievers are power pitchers, and the juiced ball this season is wrecking total havok. It was noted earlier this week that AAA home runs are up 60% this season after they started using the MLB ball, whereas homers at all other levels of the minors are flat. The ball is messing up baseball, pure and simple.
     
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  8. muscle979

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    I don't have a big issue with the balls, to be honest. It's not like anybody's out there hitting 80 or 90 home runs. Power pitchers are supposed to miss bats, so I don't think the ball hurts them as much. If anything, it should hurt pitchers that pitch to contact. I think bullpens are bad because teams are carrying too many pitchers. There isn't an endless supply of pitchers who are good at the MLB level. It's a small number, and I think there aren't enough to fill all the roster spots for 30 MLB teams. That's why you see so many teams struggling with bad bullpen pitchers. More teams are using more pitchers. It was highly probable that would cause a decline in performance.
     
  9. Unlucky 13

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    The Cubs offense has exploded this weekend against the Pirates, and they are still in the hunt for the playoffs. But they've already effectively lost Javy Baez for the season with a broken thumb, and Anthony Rizzo had to be helped off the field with an injured ankle today. I'm pretty much throwing in the towel on 2019 at this point, and taking good feelings from how well so many of the guys are playing, hoping it translates into next year.

    And if Theo doesn't resign Castellanos, he's screwing up big time. Cubs fans will revolt.
     
  10. muscle979

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    Yeah, Cubs are in trouble for this season. But we'll knock the Cards out of the playoffs for you.
     
  11. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    8-11 record against the freaking Reds this year is what's going to do us in. The Reds who are 61-73 against everyone else, and who score 1.50 runs fewer in the rest of their games than they do vs the Cubs. :headwall:
     
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  12. Boik14

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    I feel like every team has a crappy team they play down to. For the Mets, its usually the Marlins or in the years the Braves are bad, them too.
     
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  13. muscle979

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    Yeah, and look at how bad Philly has been against the Marlins this season. It's hard to explain sometimes.
     
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  14. adamprez2003

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    i have zero concern that the Yankees can get by the Twins or the Indians but the A's worry me a little bit. We should beat them if we face them but they are a feisty bunch. Rooting for the Twins or Indians in the first round
     
  15. texanphinatic

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    Imo that horrendous start killed the season. Cant lead off the season like that and expect a deep run.

    Maddon out. Bit of a risk, but his message wasnt being heard and 2 straight disappointing seasons getting beat out by lesser talented teams makes it an easy choice.

    Question is how far they go in tinkering. Do they hope a new manager can get the most out and mostly stand pat? Or do they go crazy and try a move like offloading Bryant for pitching? Will ownership be willing to spend?

    Also, the Red Sox appear ready to pinch pennies and ship out Mookie.
     
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  16. Unlucky 13

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    There is a lot of sentimental support for the Cubs to hire David Ross as manager, but I'm in the Joe Girardi camp. The Cubs have no excuses not to be a WS contender at least for the next two to three seasons minimum, and they need to hire someone who knows what the heck he's doing, and not a rookie. Girardi's been to the post season six times, and won 28 games once he got there. He's also from the Chicago area originally, and played for the Cubs briefly, so that's a little bonus.

    As far as the team goes, we shall see. I'm going to be pissed as anything if they fail to resign Castelanos. He was perfect for them in the second half. Lots of other parts could be shuffled around. I'm even open to the idea of trading Bryant for a mega package, if someone comes knocking.
     
  17. texanphinatic

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    Castellanos was really good for them down the stretch, about the only one. He should definitely be a priority, will see what kind of suitors he has though. Shame that Almora couldn't put anything together on offense. This is also going to be a last chance year for Happ.

    The problem though is pitching. Lester was an abomination for much of the year, Hendrix slipped a lot. Q is unreliable and Darvish - while he rebounded into ace form - is not reliable health wise. The bullpen was a dumpster fire. Not really sure what all they have to clean that up aside from praying guys like Lester, Hendrix and Kimbrel have a positive regression after tough years.
     
  18. Unlucky 13

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    No doubt. The Cubs haven't successfully drafted and developed a pitcher since Wood and Prior. Their system has sucked at it for a long, long time, and its killing them. But they're basically stuck with what they have while these contracts play out. At least Darvish had a really good second half. The hope is that he is finally healthy and that's why it all finally came together. But otherwise, they basically need to be able to win games by just out slugging and wearing out their opposition.
     
  19. adamprez2003

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    Enjoyed the Nationals game vs the Brewers and Game 1 of the Braves vs the Cardinals is excellent so far. MLB got off to a good start
     
  20. Unlucky 13

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    I can't even stomach the urge to watch right now, after my Cubs choked away September two years in a row. Football time.
     
  21. AGuyNamedAlex

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    I know this is w but old but I think you have it backwards.

    Yes, power pitchers miss bats. They are also fly ball/line drive type pitchers when a bat connects. If warning shot outs are becoming home runs its certainly impacting them.

    On the other hand contact pitchers arent generally fly ball pitchers to begin with.
     
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  22. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    I agree. Many games at all parks seem to be like a day at Wrigley when the wind is blowing out.
     
  23. adamprez2003

    adamprez2003 Senior Member

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    man. Sherzer just struck out the side in the 8th. Dodgers/ Nationals is the real NLCS. Whoever wins will go to the World Series. Braves and Cardinals arent in the same class. They would need massive amounts of luck to win
     
  24. muscle979

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    LMAO, you can't be serious, come on. The Braves are better than the Nationals in basically every way and have proven it over and over again this season. You're overreacting to one game. These same Nationals that went into September with a chance to jump right back into the division race and instead dropped five of seven to Atlanta. If Atlanta makes the NLCS I hope like hell that it's Washington they play. I'd be ecstatic to see the Braves in the World Series again.

    I would agree that the Cardinals are going to need a lot of luck to even get to the NLCS, and if they pull that off, they're going to get it handed to them by either opponent. They were lucky game one. But they burned Flaherty with a high pitch count and still lost handily yesterday. Now Atlanta puts out one of the best road pitchers in MLB tomorrow. I wish NLDS was seven games too, you rarely see talent not prevail in a seven game series. But I'm still optimistic about Atlanta in this series, for now anyway.
     
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  25. adamprez2003

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    I could be bumping the Nats too much but it would be because of their September and August not last night's game. I also think their starters Scherzer, Corbin Strasburg are ignificantly better than Atlanta's starters and if they are going to use these guys in the bullpen then I think it solves some of their bullpen problems which was their only weakness.

    Postseason baseball isn't like regular season. You just need two really dominant starters and if you can get three so much the better. The rest of your starters go the pen and that helps immensely.

    I might have bumped the nats too much but I have to see it before I concede it

    For what it's worth I think soroka beats wainwright and the Braves advance 3-2
     
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  26. muscle979

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    Our starters aren't big names like theirs (except maybe Keuchel I guess), but their performance this October so far has been comparable if you look at it side by side. We'll see how the young Soroka does this afternoon in St. Louis. He's been a special talent so far at his age.
     
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  27. muscle979

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    I had no idea Adam Wainwright could still pitch that well.
     
  28. adamprez2003

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    that was a clinic. unbelievable. and soroka too. he hung in there puitch for pitch, inning for inning. and he looks like he's 16 on that mound. ice in his veins. game five coming up. all arms on deck
     
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  29. adamprez2003

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    Crappy end to Atlanta vs st louis. That was the best series.of the four and it's a shame it was over after the first inning.

    Love the fact that Houston went five and verlander looks human. Think the yanks take it but you never know

    Nationals with the upset. Dodgers soft again in the playoffs

    Yankees with the only sweep. Set up nicely for the ALCS
     
  30. Unlucky 13

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    I guess I'm pulling for Houston the rest of the way. :confused2:
     
  31. adamprez2003

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  32. adamprez2003

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    Sherzer vs wainwright is just awesome. If you love pitchers duels this is a great game
     
  33. adamprez2003

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    Mr October- San

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  34. AGuyNamedAlex

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    Man I was just looking at Tim Tebow and his minor league stats for the heck of it, hes almost worse at Baseball than Football. As far as professionals go. Obviously hes better than random dudes.
     
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  35. Unlucky 13

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    Obviously it was always just a publicity stunt, designed to get certain people more interested.
     
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  36. adamprez2003

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    Even though severino has pitched well since coming back from injury, he still isn't strong enough to go many innings meaning the Yankees will probably have to go bullpen early. Yankees probably lose game three.

    The Yankees are praying game 4 is rained out. Rain is supposed to come. If it is they can throw a rested Tanaka game 4. If the game is played tomorrow then both teams will throw their bullpens which will probably favor the Astros again.

    Yankees are facing a must win either game 3 or 4 and they are clearly the underdog in each. Giving away yesterday's game could be very costly
     
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  37. Unlucky 13

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    I have no love for the Nationals, but watching them destroy the Cards is beautiful. I'll be rooting for them in the Series.
     
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    you and the country i think. Other then Yankees or Astros fans or NL EAST rivals the whole country will probably be rooting for the Nationals. And they have a chance. They have the bats and starting pitching to compete and their bullpen is improved with the playoff roster. And it looks like they will be very rested whereas their opponent may be more tired
     
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    Lol hes doing it for fun mostly... he makes more money being a Pastor like Joel Osteen does than he does playing baseball and working at the SEC Network/college gameday... theres rumblings of him getting his one hour televised sunday mass program coming in the future.. hes working his way there, and hes got a huge following
     
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  40. AGuyNamedAlex

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    That's interesting actually, but damn the world doesnt need another mega preacher. I'm not sure I could dislike Tebow more (his personality is exactly the guy you want to punch in the face as far as I'm concerned) but that might do it lol

    Edit: When I say dislike I just mean wouldnt want to hang out with. I dont carry anger towards Tim Tebow around lol
     

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