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#91 NucksFanTilIDie

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:10 AM

Ah right on, glad the Bedard deal went through. Similar to the canucks' "one top 6 forward away from being there" is the mariners' "one good pitcher away"...nice to see Felix will have some help now. Let's do it this year M's :)

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 10:38 AM

Blue-Jays line-up:

Rios - RF
Hill - 2B
Wells - CF
Thomas - DH
Rolen - 3B
Overbay - 1B
Johnson - LF
Zaun - C
Eckstein - SS

That lineup is all right. I think Eckstein could end up being the leadoff hitter though, as Rios in my opinion is better suited to hit with men on base. I also hope Curtis Thigpen can make the jump at catcher this season, but Barajas will certainly get some starts there too. If Reed Johnson can have a bounceback season, he might also end up leading off, though I actually hope Adam Lind can move in on his job a little bit.

Not too shabby. I would say I slight improvement over last season, providing they can stay healthy for once. Boston and NY still too dominant for the Jays to make a serious playoff push. But for once, the future looks bright with the likes of McGowen, Marcum, Litsch, Lind ready to step up and make a real impact.

I would say these two have already. Both won 12 games last season, more than Burnett, and they each pitched about as many innings as AJ too.

The Jays probably won't make the playoffs this year, but they also don't have too many glaring holes in the lineup, which is a rarity in this age in baseball, and could be at least a serious contender.

The way I see it, they have:
Good rotation, where 1-5 are capable of pitching a victory
Excellent bullpen, with Ryan returning, allowing Accardo to pitch setup, Janssen 7th inning, Downs as a situational lefty, and guys like League and Tallet thrown in who also can be reliable
Good righthanded power, with decent but not overwhelming speed on the bases
Excellent defence at almost all positions, the most notable exception of course being Zaun at catcher (though he's pretty decent at blocking bad balls, just not at throwing guys out)
Good options off the bench, both defensively (McDonald, Scutaro) and offensively (Stairs, hopefully Lind)

As someone has said, one of the bigger deficiencies will be lefthanded power, so I expect Stairs to get a few starts when up against right handed starters.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 02:30 PM

Rios - RF
Hill - 2B
Wells - CF
Thomas - DH
Rolen - 3B
Overbay - 1B
Johnson - LF
Zaun - C
Eckstein - SS

Halladay
Burnett
McGowen
Marcum
Litsch


I like that Jays lineup as well, but I'm definetly gonna say that Eckstein will be leading off. Why put arguably your best power hitter at leadoff in Rios?? Even the pitching looks alright, as long as Burnett stays healthy and Halladay can get back to Cy Young form.

Here's what the M's lineup will probably look like, or at least what I would go with:

Ichiro - CF
Vidro - DH
Beltre - 3B
Ibanez - LF
Sexson - 1B (don't know for how long though)
Johjima - C
Wilkerson - RF
Lopez - 2B
Betancourt - SS

Hernandez
Bedard
Washburn
Silva
Batista

J.J. - Closer

I still like the idea of Yuni batting ninth so when he gets in, Mr. Ichy can drive him in. And really, Sexson better produce SOMETHING this year. If he can at least put up his '05 numbers (.263, 39 HR, 121 RBI), I won't care so much about his lazy donkey .205 last year.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 03:17 PM

Yankees will win this year.
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 03:19 PM

Too bad I work all summer.

Hey Johnny think I could head down to Safeco with you a couple of times on the weekend? :lol:
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 03:34 PM

Too bad I work all summer.

Hey Johnny think I could head down to Safeco with you a couple of times on the weekend? :lol:


Just weekends???? :lol:

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:10 PM

The worst moves of this offseason:

1. Hunter to the Angels for 5/90

2. A's trade Swisher to the Sox for prospects.

3. Hiroki Kuroda to the Dodgers for 3/35

4. Francisco Cordero to the Red's for 4/40

5. Dusty Baker to the Reds
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:17 PM

Just weekends???? :lol:


Well I work weekdays :(

I can't get over it though... Hernandez one night and Bedard the next... have we ever had such a back-to-back threat?
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:07 PM

The worst moves of this offseason:

3. Hiroki Kuroda to the Dodgers for 3/35


Can't really say that just yet, since he was considered to be the best pitcher in Japan at the time he left.

Well I work weekdays :(

I can't get over it though... Hernandez one night and Bedard the next... have we ever had such a back-to-back threat?


I don't think so. I hope it pays off too!!

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:24 PM

Kuroda projects to be a number 4 starter. Paying 12 million a year for a 33 year old number 4, with no MLB experience doesn't make sense to me. I think the money could have been spent better in my opinion.

Billingsey
Lowe
Penny
Schmidt
Loaiza
Kuroda

Its not like they badly needed him either.

I just read that AJ Burnett has an opt out clause at the end of this year if he pitches at least 180 innings. Lose lose situation for the Jays.

Oh and the M's have supposedly already started working on a long term deal with Bedard.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:19 AM

excellent, i'm so pumped for the upcoming season. RE-PEAT!

Time to do it all over again
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:29 AM

excellent, i'm so pumped for the upcoming season. RE-PEAT!


It's going to be an interesting season in the AL East.

There are pitching questions in New York and Boston. Both teams will still score a ton of runs.

Schilling already has problems that could end his season before it starts, and Wakefield is a year older and was hurt a lot last year.

The Yankees have questions about Mussina and Pettite(not injury). And who knows how their young starters will do.

The D-Rays are on the rize, the Jays should be good if they stay healthy.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:32 AM

mets have a super good chance to win since the Santana trade. My Jays are gonna finish 3rd in the AL East again

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:36 AM

mets have a super good chance to win since the Santana trade. My Jays are gonna finish 3rd in the AL East again

They will need a better performance from their bullpen...Wagner!!!
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:41 AM

ok...

Im a big Redsox fan..
will get a userbar to show and a sig...

They will make it to the series, AT LEAST, if they dont face the mariners in the ALCS..
and yes I said it.. the Mariners in the ALCS..
They will do great this season..
2nd best pitching rotation in the AL and maybe in the league..
Watch those Mariners ..
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:41 AM

Mets can go to hell. :P Go Braves!

And for the love of God, can Hampton please stay healthy this year??!!?
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:43 AM

excellent, i'm so pumped for the upcoming season. RE-PEAT!



isnt "RE-PEAT" one word??
as in "repeat"? :huh:

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:24 AM

isnt "RE-PEAT" one word??
as in "repeat"? :huh:


yeah, but you know when they chant
DE-FENCE at sporting games? I'm saying it like that ;)

Time to do it all over again
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:27 AM

It's going to be an interesting season in the AL East.

There are pitching questions in New York and Boston. Both teams will still score a ton of runs.

Schilling already has problems that could end his season before it starts, and Wakefield is a year older and was hurt a lot last year.

The Yankees have questions about Mussina and Pettite(not injury). And who knows how their young starters will do.

The D-Rays are on the rize, the Jays should be good if they stay healthy.


I have faith in our young guys. Lester and Buchholz are primed and ready to go, Dice-K with a year under his belt will be that much better, and Beckett will be Beckett. If we have another injury... that's when problems could occur. But I can see the sox trading for a possible 5th starter now that Schill is MIA for who knows how long.

Sure the Jays should be good if they're healthy, but how many years have we been saying that?

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 07:23 PM

I have faith in our young guys. Lester and Buchholz are primed and ready to go, Dice-K with a year under his belt will be that much better, and Beckett will be Beckett. If we have another injury... that's when problems could occur. But I can see the sox trading for a possible 5th starter now that Schill is MIA for who knows how long.

Sure the Jays should be good if they're healthy, but how many years have we been saying that?



About 15-16 :rolleyes:

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 03:02 AM

Apparently Mike Sweeney's off to Oakland. Umm.... why?

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 12:42 PM

Apparently Mike Sweeney's off to Oakland. Umm.... why?


Low risk, semi high reward. He is still a decent player, just can't stay healthy. Plus its a minor league deal so its not costing them much. Bonds chances of playing next season just decreased by a lot.
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 01:04 PM

It's going to be an interesting season in the AL East.

There are pitching questions in New York and Boston. Both teams will still score a ton of runs.

Schilling already has problems that could end his season before it starts, and Wakefield is a year older and was hurt a lot last year.

The Yankees have questions about Mussina and Pettite(not injury). And who knows how their young starters will do.

The D-Rays are on the rize, the Jays should be good if they stay healthy.

Chien Ming Wang is still probably the best starter the Yankees have, in my opinion. Still, I think the Moose should turn in a decent season, and Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy will probably both earn rotation spots. Andy Pettitte is the biggest question mark (along with maybe what to expect from Kei Igawa). With Joba and newly signed fireballer Latroy Hawkins in the pen (and maybe even a better season from Farnsworth), and then of course rivera, the Yankees will get some good relief performances as well.

With Beckett and Daisuke, the Red Sox should be just fine at the top of their rotation, and Wakefield should be fine (you're thinking of 2 years ago when he was hurt). Knuckleballs are so easy on the arm that he should be able to pitch a couple more years if the Sox want him, and he fills a 4th spot nicely or would be one of the best 5th starters in the league. I personally am sold on Jon Lester, so if Clay Buchholz (who is a top prospect with ace potential) can develop precociously and take Schilling's spot, the Red Sox won't really have starting pitching concerns. Their bullpen might be a bit of a concern, but they bring back one of the best closers in baseball (with one of the best setup guys in Okajima), so I can't see being too worried there either.

The Rays are on the rise, sure, and picking up Garza to follow Kazmir and Shields will help them a lot, but their pitching is not of the calibre of the Sox, Yanks or Jays (who could actually have the best staff in the division). Their offence will not be quite there either.

I think the AL East will look very similar to last year:

Boston
New York
Toronto
Tampa Bay (finally climbing out of the cellar)
Baltimore
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 04:37 PM

Mets can go to hell. :P Go Braves!

And for the love of God, can Hampton please stay healthy this year??!!?

HAHAHAHA. Good luck to the Braves.

Can Hampton stay healthy and contribute? The odds are probably somewhere between those for Jason Schmidt, and those for Carl Pavano.
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:39 PM

Boston
New York
Toronto
Tampa Bay (finally climbing out of the cellar)
Baltimore


Ooooooh!! Prediction time!! Here's mine:

AL EAST
Boston - Nothing changed, could and should repeat as Champs
New York - Pitching is their only problem, but are scary as hell
Toronto - Tough to play with the two giants above you, but they keep getting better
Tampa Bay - Pena and Crawford alone will keep them out of the basement
Baltimore - Ummm.... yah. Ouch? They have Adam Jones for the future I guess

AL CENTRAL
Cleveland - Still think they souhlda finished off Boston in last year's ALCS
Detroit - Should challenge for the Wild Card, Cabrerra and Willis makes them a serious threat
Minnesota - Santana leaving killed their playoff chances IMO, but a healthy Liriano will help them compete
Chicago -Adding Swisher helps, but they're far from their '05 Championship form
Kansas City - See Baltimore

AL WEST
Los Angeles - Still too dominant in this division; great pitching and arguably MLB's best outfield now
Seattle - Bedard helps, but consistant solid pitching is always their problem; they may compete for the Wild Card
Oakland - Not much here as they seem to lose a key player every year
Texas - Even worse than Oakland

NL EAST
Philadelphia - Rollins, Howard, Utley, and Hamels?? Should be in the NLCS this year
New York - The new "Yankees", I still think the Phils are slightly a better team
Atlanta - Not looking so good down south
Florida - Bunch of quality young guys, but the pitching is terrible
Washington - Thonly team in all of baseball without a real star player

NL CENTRAL
Milwaukee - Solid teamwork last year almost got them in; this could be their year for playoffs
Chicago - Will definetly challenge with the Brew Crew, especially with Lou as their manager
Houston - Adding Tejada is huge, and they still have Berkman, Lee, and Oswalt
St. Louis - What happened to the Champs??? Pujols and..... who?
Cincinatti - Not much to see here
Pittsburgh - Even less to see here

NL WEST
Los Angeles - After last year's collapse, the new additions should put them back in the playoffs and maybe all the way
Colorado - Last year's cinderella story won't sneak by anyone this year, still could make the playoffs
San Diego - Still probably the best pitching staff in the bigs, but their offence SUCKS; they won't make it
Arizona - I still think last year was a fluke, although adding Haren will give a solid 1-2 punch with Webb
San Fransisco - They shot themselves by signing Bonds to that ridiculous contract last year; oh, and their team is terrible

Playoff predictions:
ALDS
Red Sox over Indians
Angels over Tigers (Wild Card)
ALCS
Red Sox over Angels

NLDS
Dodgers over Mets
Phillies over Brewers
NLCS
Phillies over Dodgers

WORLD SERIES
Red Sox over Phillies

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:54 PM

AL EAST
Boston
New York
Toronto
Tampa Bay
Baltimore

AL CENTRAL
Detroit
Cleveland
Minnesota
Kansas City
Chicago

AL WEST
Los Angeles
Seattle
Oakland
Texas

AL Wild Card:
New York

NL EAST
New York
Philadelphia
Atlanta
Florida
Washington

NL CENTRAL
Chicago
Milwaukee
Cincinatti (These guys will surprise, as long as the young guys get to play)
Houston
St. Louis
Pittsburgh

NL WEST (Will definitely be the closest division)
Los Angeles
Arizona
Colorado
San Diego
San Fransisco

NL Wild Card
Arizona


Playoff predictions:
ALDS
Tigers over Yankees
Red Sox over Angels
ALCS
Tigers over Red Sox

NLDS
Mets over Arizona
Cubs over Dodgers
NLCS
Mets over Cubs

WORLD SERIES
Tigers over Mets


Ill post my MVP, Cy Young and ROY predictions later.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:39 AM

Ill post my MVP, Cy Young and ROY predictions later.


Why wait??? :lol:

Here's mine

MVP:
AL - Vladimir Guerrero, LAA
NL - Matt Holliday, COL

CY YOUNG:
AL - Erik Bedard, SEA (Seriously, not just a homer pick)
NL - Cole Hamels, PHI

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
AL - Evan Longoria, TB (If he plays the full year)
NL - Andy LaRoche, LAD

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 12:02 PM

Predictions! YAHOO!!!

Already called the AL East:
Boston: World Series winners return most key players
New York (WC): Young talented pitching and experienced lineup should challenge the Sox
Toronto: Excellent rotation would make this team a contender in most divisions
Tampa Bay: Out of the basement, finally\
Baltimore: Take last year's lousy team, subtract Tejada and Bedard

AL Central:
Detroit: Cabrera will finally get some recognition out of Florida, and the Tigers power past Cleveland
Cleveland: Can Carmona and Sabathia have the same type of season as last year? Can Hafner not have the same season as last year?
Minnesota: Losing Hunter and Santana hurts, but they added potential superstar Delmon Young, still have some good arms, and lots of exciting young players. And Morneau.
Kansas City: Another basement dweller which should finally reap some benefit from their young talent
Chicago: Garland gone, Iguchi gone (added Nick Swisher though). Rebuilding year

AL West:
Seattle: Homer pick? Maybe, but this team finally has good starting pitching, a very decent offence and a quality bullpen. Good D too.
LA Angels: Some great hitting outfielders, but no power in the infield. Will the challenge the Mariners? Absolutely, but I think they fall a bit short.
Oakland: Decent pitching will keep them out of the cellar (but can Harden stay healthy for once?). Need more from 3B Chavez.
Texas: Their starting is abysmal. That's all there is to it.


NL East:
New York: Solid everywhere (the only question mark for me is Delgado). Santana puts them over the top.
Atlanta (WC): Call me crazy, but I think those old horses on the mound have enough left to make Atlanta a playoff team.
Philadelphia: Come back to Earth after last year's surprise division win. Hamels is a great young pitcher, but their pitching is very ordinary after him.
Washington: Not much pitching either, but the potential for at least some offence is there.
Florida: They sucked last year. Then they traded their two best players.

NL Central:
Chicago: The best of a bad lot. Rotation is probably above average, couple of intriguing rookies (Soto and Fukudome).
Milwaukee: Stumbled last year, but there's some potential here. Power in spades, and they might get some decent pitching too.
Houston: Back end of rotation is muddy, but a lot of good hitters in a great hitters' park. What will happen with Tejada? Which Matsui will show up?
St Louis: Starting pitching is important, really! Will they get any? Can Glaus stay healthy?
Pittsburgh: These bottom three teams are so brutal, it's hard to rank them. Like Pittsburgh to avoid last place solely due to the potential of young players maturing together.
Cincinnati: Spend big off-season dollars on...a closer. Do they realize you have to be winning late in games for him to come in?

NL West:
Colorado: Team went to the Series last year, and should be better this year as young players continue to develop.
San Diego: Pitching will be excellent. Offence not so much, though Gonzalez and Kouzmanoff were good last year and could continue to improve.
Arizona: This team won the division with one of the weakest offences in the league last year. Won't happen again. Really good looking rotation though.
Los Angeles: Will Schmidt be able to play? Garciaparra? Will Andruw Jones rebound? Still, some good pitching and a lot of good hustle guys, so the division could be tight from 1-4 this year.
San Francisco: Young pitchers Cain and Lincecum the only things to be excitied about.

EDIT: Playoff Predictions

ALDS
Detroit beats New York Yankees
Boston beats Seattle

ALCS
Detroit beats Boston

NLDS
New York Mets beats Chicago
Colorado beats Atlanta

NLCS
New York Mets beats Colorado

World Series
Detroit beats New York Mets

Edited by 190744Dynasty, 12 February 2008 - 02:22 PM.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:19 PM

A few recent signings to update:

Garrett Atkins re-signs with the Rockies, for about 4.4M: A sizable, but deserved raise for a .300/25/100 guy.

Khalil Greene re-signs with the Padres, 11M over 2 seasons: This guy is one of a few Padres with any significant pop in his bat. However, he's also a big whiffer, with one of the longest swings you'll ever see, and every time I see him hit, it seems like pitchers who can switch velocities well will have him at their mercy. Still, for a decent fielder and mostly good hitter, this deal makes sense for San Diego.

Livan Hernandez signs one year deal with Twins, 5M: Livan Hernandez is a guy with fabulous arm mechanics, which has made him possible the most durable pitcher of our age. He also, for the most part, throws strikes. However, he doesn't really have electric stuff, and has declined a bit over the last couple of years. He's also a good hitter, which will be wasted in the AL. I can see why some teams would be interested in this guy, and Minnesota would definitely be one, considering they gave up both Santana and Garza in trade, without getting any pitchers who will definitely be ready in 2008 in return.
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 05:28 PM

CY Young

AL Erik Bedard
NL Johan Santana

MVP

AL ARod
NL David Wright

ROY

AL Evan Longoria
NL Geovany Soto

A couple players that I'm excited to watch: Justin Upton, Dustin McGowan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Cole Hamels, and Tim Lincecum.

Khalil Greene re-signs with the Padres, 11M over 2 seasons: This guy is one of a few Padres with any significant pop in his bat. However, he's also a big whiffer, with one of the longest swings you'll ever see, and every time I see him hit, it seems like pitchers who can switch velocities well will have him at their mercy. Still, for a decent fielder and mostly good hitter, this deal makes sense for San Diego.


Great deal for the Padres, Petco holds this guy down so much.

Edited by TheGreatest, 12 February 2008 - 05:39 PM.

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