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#1 arexcrooke

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:12 PM

Here we go, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training not too far away, lets get talking about the 2011 season.
So just to recap the off season;
1-Cliff Lee goes to Philly to maybe form one of the best rotations in baseball ever
2-Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford join the Sawx
3-Zack Greinke goes to the Brewers (said Mariners and dont know how)
4-Rafael Soriano to the Yanks
5-Cubbies pick up Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

My Predictions for Division Winners, LCS, World Series are as follows.

AL East-Yankees
AL Central-Twins
AL West-Rangers
Wild Card-Boston

NL East-Philly
NL Central-Cubs
NL West-San Fran
Wild Card-Atlanta

ALDS-Yankees over Twins
Rangers over Boston

ALCS Yanks over Rangers

NLDS Phillies over Cubs
San Fran over Atlanta

NLCS Phillies over San Fran

WS Phillies over Yanks

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:15 PM

I predict my Cardinals will hang in there through the All Star break, after that our lack of pitching and injury plagued off season pick-ups will come out and we will quickly lose position.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:23 PM

I predict my Cardinals will hang in there through the All Star break, after that our lack of pitching and injury plagued off season pick-ups will come out and we will quickly lose position.

What kind of chance do you see of the Cards signing Pujols?
Personally I am not sure that signing him is good for any team that is trying to build a winner. I just see his contract as being to costly for almost any team (Yanks arent in the mix as we have Tex) to have him AND be able to afford the supporting cast needed to make a run at a WS championship.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:24 PM

Two errors in your opening post

Greinke was traded to the Brewers not the Mariners.

And the Cubs are terrible.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:27 PM

Two errors in your opening post

Greinke was traded to the Brewers not the Mariners.

And the Cubs are terrible.

Shawn

Cubbies got a lot better with Garza and Pena
Plus the NL Central is always fluid. I think they have a chance to contend.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:29 PM

AL East-Red Sox
AL Central-White Sox
AL West-Rangers
Wild Card-Yankees

NL East-Phillies
NL Central-Brewers
NL West-Rockies
Wild Card-Giants

ALDS- Rangers over Yankees
Red Sox over White Sox

ALCS Red Sox over Rangers

NLDS Phillies over Giants
Brewers over Rockies

NLCS Phillies over Brewers

WS Phillies over Red Sox


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#7 cadets68

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:33 PM

Cubbies got a lot better with Garza and Pena
Plus the NL Central is always fluid. I think they have a chance to contend.



They finished 5th last year. Pena is not an answer. Garza is a nice pickup but not enough. The Brewers improved too much and the Reds and Cardinals are still better.


Isn't hot stove the best time of the year? I would not have picked the Reds last year and look how they owned that division.


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#8 arexcrooke

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 03:43 PM

They finished 5th last year. Pena is not an answer. Garza is a nice pickup but not enough. The Brewers improved too much and the Reds and Cardinals are still better.


Isn't hot stove the best time of the year? I would not have picked the Reds last year and look how they owned that division.


Shawn

I agree that the Hot Stove is such a great time. With the exception of like the Pirates fans feel optimistic about the upcoming season.

Who did the Brewers pick up? Outside of Greinke?

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 04:01 PM

I agree that the Hot Stove is such a great time. With the exception of like the Pirates fans feel optimistic about the upcoming season.

Who did the Brewers pick up? Outside of Greinke?



Shaun Marcum

And they still have one of the best hitting teams in baseball. Now with pitching.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 04:28 PM

Shaun Marcum

And they still have one of the best hitting teams in baseball. Now with pitching.

Shawn

That is a good upgrade over last years team for sure. Looks like the division might be the Brew Crew's to win

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:25 PM

Looks like the Yankees could once again have that 1-2 punch in the 8th and 9th inning, much like they had when Wettland was the closer and some young kid by the name of Mariano was the set up man in the 8th.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:23 PM

Looks like the Yankees could once again have that 1-2 punch in the 8th and 9th inning, much like they had when Wettland was the closer and some young kid by the name of Mariano was the set up man in the 8th.



The Cubs are such total failures they have to be a whole lot better than everyone else just to be in the race. They aren't, so they won't be.
The Yankees are aging and have a lot of holes in the lineup. The Bosox got a whole lot better, luckily for the Yanks the Rays got a whole lot worse, so they have a prayer of the wildcard.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:04 AM

The Cubs are such total failures they have to be a whole lot better than everyone else just to be in the race. They aren't, so they won't be.
The Yankees are aging and have a lot of holes in the lineup. The Bosox got a whole lot better, luckily for the Yanks the Rays got a whole lot worse, so they have a prayer of the wildcard.

The Yanks have holes in the rotation. I dont see the holes you say they have in the lineup. Aging, yes. Holey, no.
Jeter will bounce back and have a .300, 200 hit, 100 run year. Robbie Cano will move into the 4 hole with A-Cod moving to the 5.
wouldnt surprise me to see Gardner in the leadoff and let Jeets bat behind him.

So, where do you see the holes at?

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 04:09 PM

The Yanks have holes in the rotation. I dont see the holes you say they have in the lineup. Aging, yes. Holey, no.
Jeter will bounce back and have a .300, 200 hit, 100 run year. Robbie Cano will move into the 4 hole with A-Cod moving to the 5.
wouldnt surprise me to see Gardner in the leadoff and let Jeets bat behind him.

So, where do you see the holes at?

Yanks sign Andruw Jones to a 1 year sheet for 2 million and a possible 1.2 million in bonuses.
Probably platoon and hit against lefties.
Seems like a good pickup.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 04:17 PM

What was up with Arod this past year? Is it age catching up with him?

I'm a Dodger fan, so count your blessings. We don't even know who owns them!

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:03 AM

What was up with Arod this past year? Is it age catching up with him?

I'm a Dodger fan, so count your blessings. We don't even know who owns them!

I think that age is catching up to him.
In July he will be 36 and that is the time that, without steroids, performance begins to decline.
Injuries are beginning to take their toll and again, without steroids, the body doesnt bounce back as easy.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:41 PM

NY's batting order is no better than Texas's. And now, no Pettitte. What the heck are they going to do about that mid-level rotation?

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 06:19 PM

Come on guys ... what's your opinion?




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