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#1 of 329 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted April 03 2005 - 05:03 AM

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.
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#2 of 329 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted April 03 2005 - 06:02 AM

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 of 329 OFFLINE   ZacharyTait

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Posted April 03 2005 - 11:20 AM

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.

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#4 of 329 OFFLINE   Joseph S

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Posted April 03 2005 - 12:09 PM

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We'll know in 7 short months just how wrong I am.

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 of 329 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted April 03 2005 - 12:55 PM

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

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#6 of 329 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted April 04 2005 - 06:18 AM

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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#7 of 329 OFFLINE   Bryan Ri

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Posted April 04 2005 - 06:23 AM

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 of 329 OFFLINE   John Alvarez

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Posted April 04 2005 - 06:30 AM

You guy's are killing me with the Braves as N.L. East champs....The Marlins will take it this year....Posted Image
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 of 329 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted April 04 2005 - 06:55 AM

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. Posted Image
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#10 of 329 OFFLINE   ManW_TheUncool

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Posted April 04 2005 - 07:18 AM

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.

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#11 of 329 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted April 04 2005 - 07:28 AM

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.
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#12 of 329 OFFLINE   Joseph S

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Posted April 04 2005 - 09:31 AM

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. Posted Image

#13 of 329 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted April 04 2005 - 11:21 AM

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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..
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..

#14 of 329 OFFLINE   Mark Murphy

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Posted April 04 2005 - 11:49 AM

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Did Wells hit Giambi on purpose twice last night or what?


Its more like Giambi did as little as humanly possible to get out of the way.

#15 of 329 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted April 04 2005 - 11:52 AM

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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....

I've heard this before...

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It's like betting against the Patriots in the NFL playoffs..

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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Posted April 04 2005 - 11:58 AM

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The ESPN baseball heads liked ...
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Zambrano looks even better this year ...
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.

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#17 of 329 OFFLINE   Phil L

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Posted April 04 2005 - 02:11 PM

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.

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Posted April 04 2005 - 02:30 PM

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



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Its more like Giambi did as little as humanly possible to get out of the way.


I dont think any player tries to get out the way anymore.

#19 of 329 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted April 04 2005 - 03:33 PM

Well, being juiced, those extra muscle mass helps in deflecting the pain from the baseballs. Posted Image
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Posted April 04 2005 - 03:38 PM

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Well, being juiced, those extra muscle mass helps in deflecting the pain from the baseballs


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