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Old 01-29-2013, 08:55 PM   #991
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Well I may be. Mets got D'Aurnaud back who should be a star catcher, Noah Snydergaard is also really good even if his name is hard to spell. Mets were able to get rid of Beltran and Dickey 2 talented players who probably wouldn't be talented by the time the Mets got good again and turned them into their current 3 best prospects. Guys who they can build around. They should have done the same with David Wright, but Wright is more of an image than a player. He's like the Dale Murphy of the Mets.

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:33 PM   #992
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Well I may be. Mets got D'Aurnaud back who should be a star catcher, Noah Snydergaard is also really good even if his name is hard to spell. Mets were able to get rid of Beltran and Dickey 2 talented players who probably wouldn't be talented by the time the Mets got good again and turned them into their current 3 best prospects. Guys who they can build around. They should have done the same with David Wright, but Wright is more of an image than a player. He's like the Dale Murphy of the Mets.
Agreed 100%. I am, however, happy that they resigned Wright. Not just because I enjoy rooting for him, but it restores just a tiny bit of faith in the game for me. I like to see a guy come up through the system and work to improve not only himself, but that system. Not seek the most profit.

Am I being naive? Probably. But I don't care.
Two weeks until pitchers and catchers report.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:11 AM   #993
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http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-01-31/news/a-rod-and-doping-a-miami-clinic-supplies-drugs-to-sports-biggest-names/full/

So much funny stuff. A-Roid of course is using again. What a shock that is, guy clearly can't play anymore and wants to but can't stay healthy. HGH helped others "cough Clemens and Bonds" stay healthy.

Also would be nice seeing if Gio Gonzalez can be a Cy Young candidate without his PEDs,now that he's actually "as clean as apple pie"

BTW as clean as apple pie is now my new favorite saying.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:13 AM   #994
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Phillies last year weren't a fluke, they're old. Philly will be in the playoff hunt, and I wouldn't be shocked if both of the wild cards come from the NL East. Braves and Nationals last year weren't flukes either. Since the advent of Jason Heyward, the Braves have averaged 91.3 wins a season. I can't see any way they're a safe bet to not win 91 or 92 unless they're decimated with injuries like they were in 2011. Can you say the Phillies are better than 91 or 92 wins? I can't. I mean sure perfect world where Utley is healthy and an MVP and Howard is healthy and still a great hitter. Phillies rotation short of injury should be awesome. Halladay should bounce back, his FIP was much lower than his ERA, Lee is one of the 10 best pitchers in baseball and Hamels is great. Unless someone gets hurt their rotation is excellent. As far as their offense goes, this is what they're working with

C - Ruiz - Good but a cheater, lets see how his numbers go from here
1B - Howard - Old coming off a miserable season, who knows where he goes from here
2B - Utley - Old and injury prone.
3B - Michael Young - LOL. Young's value is 100% based on his ability to hit for average. For soem reason I think he'll struggle with that in Philly. Doesn't walk much and his power is in freefall.
SS - Rollins - Old coming off a great season, but I'll bet he doesn't repeat it.
LF - Brown - If he puts it together could be a star.
CF - Revere - Similar, but honestly I don't expect Revere to be more than a poor man's Michael Bourn. At the very least he'll provide great defense for the meh brown and the oh so terrible.
RF - Delmon Young - HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I know he's a former top prospect, and he had some ability, but I don't know where that all went. Can't hit, can't field, can't run the bases. Guy is a bum.

Compare that to the Braves

C - McCann - Risky because he's coming off surgery
1B - Freeman - Young star in the making
2B - Uggla - Solid 2B
3B - Francisco/Johnson - below average 3B
SS - Simmons - Young superstar in the making, may never hit enough to be a superstar but arguably the best defensive SS in baseball.
LF - Justin Upton - Need I say more? Sure he stank a bit last year but him at his worst is still a well above average player
CF - BJ Upton - Not a great defender but can hit really well. Sucks at average but walks and has power.
RF - Heyward - One of the best players in baseball when he's healthy. Kid does it all, hits, walks, steals, homers, plays defense. There's nothing he can't do, except half ass it.

I'll fully admit the Phillies rotation will be better. But that's why the season is interesting.

It's early, but if I had to guess who the best teams in baseball are I'd go with (not in order just trying to pick a top 10)

Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Reds
giants (though never know with the dodgers
Angels
A's
Yankees
Rays
Tigers

Jays could force themselves in that mix as well of course, but they're in a tough division, and a lot of the guys they went out and acquired are risky. First I'll compliment them on getting R.A. Dickey, guy is great, he'll be their ace almost for sure. Also think they made a good low risk signing in DeRosa. Melky is also a good risk signing. Obviously he cheated and that's why he played like an MVP candidate, but his issues were always effort related not talent related so if he puts in the effort, he should be gold. But lets talk about the Marlins trade. Bonafacio is a solid player, like him, Mark Buerhle is a great 3, like him, Josh Johnson is one of the best pitchers when he's healthy, the issue, he's not always healthy. And I loathe Jose Reyes, guy isn't a ball player, he's a show off. Gimme Andrelton Simmons over him any day. One year Reyes can decide to play and be an MVP, the next he can mail it in.
So if Halladay and Lee are going to bounce back then where are these extra wins they're picking up coming from? in order for their win totals to go up somebody's have to go down. my bets are that the Marlins and the mets are going to have bad years. Lee and Halladay can Steal games by themselves so only a marginal improvement in offense will make a huge difference
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:54 AM   #995
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So if Halladay and Lee are going to bounce back then where are these extra wins they're picking up coming from? in order for their win totals to go up somebody's have to go down. my bets are that the Marlins and the mets are going to have bad years. Lee and Halladay can Steal games by themselves so only a marginal improvement in offense will make a huge difference
Marlins and Mets may have 60 win seasons each. But I think that likely the Nationals drop in win total as well though not much. Will be interesting to watch. As always I think health will dictate which of the teams is best. Last year the Nationals were almost freakishly healthy, Storen and one other reliever are all I can think that got hurt on the pitching side, and they had some guys miss some time on offense, but most of the guys who missed games weren't one of their key play players like Werth and Ramos. Braves offensively didn't have many injuries but the injuries hit arguably their 2 best hitters, one being the obviously gonna get hurt Chipper Jones, the othter was the devastating shoulder injury to McCann that he had scoped out.Phillies had a ton of injury issues as well. Ruiz, Howard, Utley, Polanco, and Halladay. That said, Polanco and Utley, lets face it they're in the same boat as Chipper Jones was, getting 120 from them is a miracle. Howard could be heading down that path as well but who knows. Ruiz is a catcher fresh off an amphetamine bust and 34 so who knows where he goes. Phillies are certainly a threat, I just think the Nationals and Braves are more complete teams.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:47 AM   #996
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Astros will lose 100 games this year....

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Old 02-06-2013, 04:55 AM   #997
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The main reason I liked Delmon was because my wife, who is a bigger fan than me, couldn't "warm up" to him as a player. I liked him because he seemed to hit when needed. We watch every game so I made it point of calling attention whenever he came to bat in a crucial moment. Sure enough he would get a hit and she started to feel it was our time to score some runs when he was at bat. She developed a Delllllmonnn chant. She still didn't like him though except during a rally. Some great players are rally killers and some mediocre guys are rally ready.
I've never forgotten Delmon throwing the bat at the ump in AAA. He was a punk and I was glad to seem him squirt out the back end of our organization quickly. Glad he worked out for the Tigs though.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #998
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6 days until pitchers and catchers report!!!!! Yay baseball!

Let's Go Rangers!

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Looking for a battle of the beltways world series this year. DC/Baltimore.

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Orioles might be a team to watch this year.

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