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kamikazi89 04-14-2016 08:58 AM

MLB 2016 thoughts and predictions
 
NL East
1. Washington Nationals
Should run away with it this year. During a 162 game schedule, managerial moves are more about luck than anything else. Dusty Baker is a "people person" and what this team lacked last year was chemistry. That should change this year .
2. NY Mets
Could be the best starting rotation in baseball. Offense was challenged last year until they picked up CÚspedes. That was lightning in a bottle, and i expect the offense to be enemic this year. Pitching will keep them in the playoff picture
3. Miami Marlins
They have three talented offensive players: Gordon, Stanton and Yelich, a very good defense, but one quality starting pitcher. Should be around the 500 mark all year, but not much more
4. Philadelphia Phillies.
Rebuilding started 2 years too late. The pitching staff has three good young starters with high upside potential and one veteran with high upside in Hellickson who is trade bait . The offense outside of Franco consists mainly of utility players that individually could help a good team, but they can't carry an offense, which will struggle to score runs all year. A below 500 team
5. Atlanta Braves
They started really tanking the last month of 2015, and that will continue this year. A dreadful team with little pitching and no offense. could lose 100+ games easily

NL Central
1. Chicago Cubs
Solid up and down the lineup, good, if not outstanding pitching. Should make it to the NL Championship series
2. Pittsburg Pirates
Great outfield. suspect infield decent pitching. They really maximize their talent and should compete for a wildcard spot as they do every year. no chance at the division title
3. St. Louis Cardinals
Decent pitching will keep them competitive, offense is getting old and lacks talent. a 500 team
4. Reds
Rebuilding. two good young pitchers in Iglesias and Finnegan. Votto, Bruce and Phillips are trade bait, rest of the offense is poor. well below 500
5. Brewers
Nothing about the way this team is built suggests a team that can compete. well below 500
NL West
1. Giants
best team in the NL top to bottom. should beast the Cubs in the NL championship series
2. Dodgers
This is a poorly run organization, for as much talent as they have. they had a glaring problem with the bullpen last year and never addressed it. Choosing rather, to get older and slower at the trade deadline as well as the previous off-season. New manager won't help. should compete for wildcard
3,4,5 Rockies, Padres,Arizona. in that order. not worth expounding on.

AL East
1.Baltimore Orioles
Good starting pitching and dynamic offense should keep them near the top of the division all year
2.Toronto Blue Jays
Aging offense with just enough starting pitching should keep them competitive atop the division.Team will have to rebuild next year
3.Boston
Just enough young offensive talent to keep things interesting up to the all-star break. finishes at 500
4. Yankees
Questionable starting pitching. aging offense keep this team around 500 , no one wins built around a bullpen. Bullpens are the final piece to the puzzle, not the main piece
5 Rays
Continues to be a feeder organization for other clubs
AL Central
1 Royals
This is what "billy ball" should look like. just enough pitching to keep them competitive for the division. high contact offense, good bullpen
2. White Sox
Top three of the rotation are good, decent offense, one or two moves away from division title
3. Tigers
this team was a closer away from two World Series championships. now the offense is good but ageing and the starting pitching is questionable. Should be competitive through the all star break
4 Indians
Starting pitching will keep them competitive within the division/wildcard, will struggle offensively
5. Twins
this is not a major league team
AL West
1. Texas
Good offense and one Ace will keep them near the top of the division. Lacks pitching depth
2. Astros
exciting offense, i expect the team to regress this year after over achieving in 2015, lacks pitching depth
3 Angels
Shallow lineup, not much offense after Trout. Top three pitchers should keep them competitive within the division
4. Mariners
this team is an enigma to me. decent top third of the rotation, lacks power offensively. should be around 500
4 Oakland
see Tampa Bay Rays

Bold prediction: A-rod will fail to bat over .200 or hit 20 HRs

stoneric 04-14-2016 01:48 PM

I need the Cubs to win the world series so I can enjoy baseball again. It's not funny anymore. Good analysis though.

kamikazi89 04-15-2016 11:26 AM

I think you'd be happy with a World Series appearance, tbh

stoneric 04-15-2016 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kamikazi89 (Post 52291312)
I think you'd be happy with a World Series appearance, tbh

You'd be dead wrong.

kamikazi89 04-15-2016 02:20 PM

It wouldn't be the first time :)

Canuck Wisdom 04-15-2016 04:55 PM

Go Boo Jays!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UdsVO7HaJg

This was the most exciting game of baseball I can remember watching.

Oh here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDm3RdEbStU

Terry 04-16-2016 06:57 AM

Well I already root for the Broncos and the Avs, but I don't want to be a Denverfag for EVERY sports team, so who should I root for as a baseball noob? I've also lived in Seattle, Portland and (briefly) Arizona. Not that me having lived in a place at some point is necessary.

Geeno 04-16-2016 07:50 AM

My friend Billbill liked the orioles. You could be like billbill.

Grieves 04-16-2016 07:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Terry (Post 52291356)
Well I already root for the Broncos and the Avs, but I don't want to be a Denverfag for EVERY sports team, so who should I root for as a baseball noob? I've also lived in Seattle, Portland and (briefly) Arizona. Not that me having lived in a place at some point is necessary.

Pick the Mariners and I will know you are not a bandwagonfag

Geeno 04-16-2016 08:07 AM

^their stadium was p cool

stoneric 04-16-2016 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Terry (Post 52291356)
Well I already root for the Broncos and the Avs, but I don't want to be a Denverfag for EVERY sports team, so who should I root for as a baseball noob? I've also lived in Seattle, Portland and (briefly) Arizona. Not that me having lived in a place at some point is necessary.

The Cubs. I think Joe Madden must smoke dope to be that cool at his advanced age. :)

Terry 04-17-2016 06:44 PM

Hmm Mariners would be chill plus they play their games here in Montana more than the cubs HOWEVER the Cubs have a cool logo and dank shwag so I'm leaning Cubs so I can get my summer accessories game going.

Terry 04-17-2016 06:45 PM

Also wtf stoneric you're a Packers fan that roots for the Cubs? And I thought Galt was schizo...

stoneric 04-17-2016 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Terry (Post 52291445)
Also wtf stoneric you're a Packers fan that roots for the Cubs? And I thought Galt was schizo...

My dad was a Packer fan, A Cub fan and a University of Michigan fan. I wanted to eat. When I was a kid the whole family LISTENED to Cub games together. The old man had to tap the tubes in the back of the radio to make them work as we tried to pick up far away WGN. We buried him in a Cubs jacket, Cubs hat and an Ernie Banks autographed ball in his hand. And Galt is schizo.

John F. Kerry 04-17-2016 07:18 PM

holy shit, its all of you guys. kami, grieves, terry, stonerric, canuck wisdom... all my old fellow hookans.

...the fuck is going on guys?

Looking forward to baseball season myself... how is everyone's spring going?

Terry 04-17-2016 09:08 PM

Good man it's been nice. Just workin the spring away.

kamikazi89 05-16-2016 11:39 AM

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you don't see to many MLB fights actually result in blows
http://l3.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Qt...51823662033968

Canuck Wisdom 05-16-2016 03:21 PM

Texas is such a professional team.

It always blows me away when people get paid millions and can't conduct themselves as such.

moketweed 05-16-2016 04:22 PM

Frog punched his ass.....

Canuck Wisdom 05-16-2016 07:52 PM

Just saw the footage. Looks like they were both being dicks.


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