ML Baseball 2005 discussion thread

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Okay, for some odd reason (still used to Cincinnati kicking off the regular baseball season), Boston and New York get the 2005 MLB season started tonight.

    Please post your comments of the 2005 MLB season in this thread.
     
  2. Casey Trowbridg

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    Well, it doesn't seem right to have a new season thread without some predictions.

    AL East
    1. Boston
    2. New York Yankees
    3. Baltimore
    4. Toronto
    5. Tampa Bay

    AL Central
    1. Minnesota
    2. Cleveland
    3. Detroit
    4. Chicago White Sox
    5. Detroit

    AL West
    1. Anaheim (I refuse to call them that other thing)
    2. Seattle
    3. Texas
    4. Oakland

    Wild Card: Yankees
    Cy Young: Johan Santana
    MVP: Vlad Guerrero

    NL East
    1. Atlanta
    2. Florida
    3. New York Mets
    4. Philadelphia
    5. Washington

    NL Central
    1. St. Louis
    2. Houston
    3. Chicago Cubs
    4. Milwaukee Brewers
    5. Pittsburgh
    6. Cincinnati

    NL West
    1. Los Angeles
    2. San Diego
    3. San Francisco
    4. Arizona
    5. Colorado

    Wild Card: Florida
    Cy Young: Tim Hudson
    MVP: Albert Pujols (I'd pick Bonds if he weren't going to miss some serious time this year)

    World Series: Atlanta over Boston
    *Hey, I can dream can't I?
     
  3. ZacharyTait

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    Here's my predictions:

    A.L. East:
    1) Boston Red Sox
    2) New York Yankees
    3) Baltimore Orioles
    4) Toronto Blue Jays
    5) Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    A.L. Central:
    1) Cleveland Indians
    2) Detroit Tigers
    3) Minnesota Twins
    4) Chicago White Sox
    5) Kansas City Royals

    A.L. West:
    1) Los Angeles Angels
    2) Oakland A's
    3) Seattle Mariners
    4) Texas Rangers

    N.L. East:

    1) Philadelphia Phillies
    2) Atlanta Braves
    3) New York Mets
    4) Florida Marlins
    5) Washington Nationals

    N.L. Central:

    1) St. Louis Cardinals
    2) Cincinatti Reds
    3) Chicago Cubs
    4) Houston Astros
    5) Pittsburgh Pirates
    6) Milwaukee Brewers

    N.L. West:

    1) Los Angeles Dodgers
    2) San Francisco Giants
    3) San Diego Padres
    4) Arizona Diamondbacks
    5) Colorado Rockies


    A.L. MVP: Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins
    A.L. Cy Young: See Above
    A.L. Manager of the Year: Eric Wedge, Cleveland Indians

    N.L. MVP: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
    N.L. Cy Young: Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs
    N.L. Manager of the Year: Tony LaRussa, St. Louis Cardinals

    A.L. East Champion: Boston Red Sox
    A.L. Central Champion: Cleveland Indians
    A.L. West Champions: Los Angeles Angels
    A.L. Wild Card: New York Yankees

    N.L. East Champions: Philadelphia Phillies
    N.L. Central Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
    N.L. West Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
    N.L. Wild Card: Cincinatti Reds

    A.L.D.S.: Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians in 5 and New York Yankees over Los Angeles Angels in 4 games.

    N.L.D.S.: St. Louis Cardinals over Philadelphia Phillies in 5 games and Cincinatti Red over Los Angeles Dodgers in 5 games.

    A.L.C.S.: Boston Red Sox over New York Yankees in 7 games.
    A.L.C.S. MVP: Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox.

    N.L.C.S.: St. Louis Cardinals over Cincinatti Reds in 6 games.
    N.L.C.S. MVP: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals.

    World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Boston Red Sox in 7 games.
    World Series MVP: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals.

    We'll know in 7 short months just how wrong I am. [​IMG]
     
  4. Joseph S

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    We don't have to wait that long. The Sox and Yanks and Cards and Reds can't play each other in the division series.
     
  5. Shane Martin

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    My predictions:

    AL East: Red Sox
    Al Central: Minnesota Twins
    Al West: Texas Rangers
    Wildcard: Ny Yankees
    AL Cy Young: Curt Schilling
    AL MVP: Manny Ramirez

    NL East: Atlanta Braves
    NL Central: St Louis Cardinals(though I find them suspect)
    NL West: LA Dodgers
    Wildcard: Florida Marlins
    NL MVP: Carlos Delgado
    NL CY young: John Smoltz

    World Series Prediction: Minnesota over Florida

    I guess I read ESPN too much [​IMG]
     
  6. Patrick Sun

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    Just remembered a funny story about Wells and his prospect of returning to the Yankees, as relayed on ESPN yesterday. Wells/his agent made inquiries, and Cashmen/Yankees said they wanted to go in a youth-oriented direction, and then, before you know it, the Yankees announce the signing of Randy Johnson. *Chuckle*
     
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    AL East: Yankees
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: Angels
    AL Wild Card: Rangers
    AL MVP: Hideki Matsui
    AL Cy Young: Santanna

    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Cardinals
    NL West: Padres
    NL Wild Card: Dodgers
    NL MVP: Pujos
    NL Cy Young: Jason Schmidt

    World Series: Yanks over Dodgers
     
  8. John Alvarez

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    You guy's are killing me with the Braves as N.L. East champs....The Marlins will take it this year....[​IMG]
    In all reality to me that will be the most fun race to watch.

    Did Wells hit Giambi on purpose twice last night or what?
     
  9. Patrick Sun

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    What's scary is that this is one of those years where, on paper, the Braves look pretty good (as long as injuries don't factor into the equation), so it probably means the Braves streak of 13 straight division titles will go by the wayside. Just as long as the Mets don't make the play-offs, I'd be okay with it. [​IMG]
     
  10. ManW_TheUncool

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    Huh? The Braves do NOT look that good on paper -- well, compared to many previous years anyway. The Phillies would arguably be best on paper in these last couple years, but somehow, they just haven't scored as many runs as one would expect, and their pitching just keep finding ways to disappoint.

    As for the silly quote about the Yankees "going w/ youth", well, as is usually the case, such observations are often made completely out of context or missing the bigger picture. Yeah, Big Unit is certainly not youthful, but didn't the Yankees also add Pavano and Wright as well after trading away Vazquez? Or should the Yanks have gone w/ Wells instead of Unit (or Pavano or Wright)? Seems to me that they did get a bit more youthful in their starting rotation while also getting Big Unit. Of course, what can you expect from the party who's most likely to say "sour grapes"? Wells is just being himself of course.

    _Man_
     
  11. Patrick Sun

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    The ESPN baseball heads liked the Braves or Marlins over the Phillies (based on Baseball Tonight, last night). The Phillies aren't getting that much love, perhaps it's because they habitually under-perform, but that's part of the prognostication game.
     
  12. Joseph S

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    Cubs locked up Ramirez for 4 years prior to the game today.

    Nomar just got his 2nd RBI. Zambrano looks even better this year than last. Vazquez looks just as "good" as last year after getting rocked again by Ramirez on that last pictch. [​IMG]
     
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    Somehow over the past 10 years I've learned not to bet against them. The Marlins need to win the division first before I can preseason like pronounce them the champs. Bobby Cox did a masterful job last year.

    And this comes from someone who really doesn't care for the Braves. It's like betting against the Patriots in the NFL playoffs..
     
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    Its more like Giambi did as little as humanly possible to get out of the way.
     
  15. Casey Trowbridg

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    Well, its like betting against the Patriots in the NFL playoffs if we're talking about Atlanta in the regular season...but when it gets to the baseball post season then its a whole different ballgame so to speak.

    Sexon had a big day today for Seattle 2 HR, 5 RBI accounting for all 5 runs in their win over Minnesota. Santana takes the mound tomorrow night, I love watching that guy pitch.
     
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    If only that were so today. Didn't even last long enough to pick up the easy W. Looks like he didn't have good control today. What a bummer -- yes, I have him in one fantasy league.

    _Man_
     
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    Pedro looked great in the highlights today. Couldn't see it because of a Cablevision/Time Warner bitchfest. I think he'll be dominant in the NL.
     
  18. Andrew Pezzo

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    Is it just me or were there a lot of home runs hit today?





    I dont think any player tries to get out the way anymore.
     
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    Well, being juiced, those extra muscle mass helps in deflecting the pain from the baseballs. [​IMG]
     
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    boooo [​IMG]
     

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