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nice weekend for the Nats. 3 great starts for Scherzer, Strasburg, and Gio- 0.98 ERA and 1.65 FIP for 3 starts for those guys. To have that in that park is pretty good.

Pen still a concern IMO.
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Nats offense and starters are scary. Pen won't matter until post-season so plenty of time to fix. Formidable team.
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Dodgers give up 2 runs in 4 games and only come out of the series 2-2.

Highest ERA starter? Kershaw
Highest ERA reliever? Jansen

Cuz baseball.
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Glad to see the season has begun. Gives me something to watch until college football starts again.

For me, it's as easy as ABC.

A nyone
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Guess who's back? Back again.

Hey all, good to be back. Life has been crazy busy for me (in a good way), but now that baseball season is back, so am I.

So the Giants totally sucked, yet managed to split. This was probably due to the position of the moon or some crazy solar winds, because no way will we ever again win in that fashion. Coming into the season I knew the lineup would be pretty weak, but so far they look even worse than I imagined. It's early and I don't expect them to hit this bad (how could they?), but I have no doubt they're a below average team. I'm expecting something like 77 wins (at most). Hopefully Cueto's start on Friday was a sign of things to come and we can get rid of that contract.
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(04-01-2018 11:18 PM)stever20 Wrote:  nice weekend for the Nats. 3 great starts for Scherzer, Strasburg, and Gio- 0.98 ERA and 1.65 FIP for 3 starts for those guys. To have that in that park is pretty good.

Pen still a concern IMO.

Is it? I though the Nats had a solid pen, especially with last year's additions having a full season.

But anyway, it's pretty obvious that the Nats and Dodgers are in a tier by themselves. It's funny, during the Kershaw game, ESPN ran a poll where they had asked fans who the best pitcher in baseball is and they overwhelmingly voted Kershaw. And yes, he still deserves that title. But I don't think it should be a slam dunk. Scherzer is amazing and seemingly improves as he ages. Would I still take Kershaw? Yes, but Scherzer is very very close.
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(03-27-2018 08:11 AM)stever20 Wrote:  yeah can I change my bold prediction now???

Poor poor swoosh.

Ha what was your bold prediction? And don't feel bad for me, I'm happy about this. This team was going nowhere in a hurry. I want another top draft pick and a total July sell-off. The latter will not happen, but I can dream. Before he and Samardzija's injuries I predicted 81 wins.
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(04-02-2018 11:36 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  Guess who's back? Back again.

Hey all, good to be back. Life has been crazy busy for me (in a good way), but now that baseball season is back, so am I.

So the Giants totally sucked, yet managed to split. This was probably due to the position of the moon or some crazy solar winds, because no way will we ever again win in that fashion. Coming into the season I knew the lineup would be pretty weak, but so far they look even worse than I imagined. It's early and I don't expect them to hit this bad (how could they?), but I have no doubt they're a below average team. I'm expecting something like 77 wins (at most). Hopefully Cueto's start on Friday was a sign of things to come and we can get rid of that contract.
too many years left to get rid of that contract IMO.

good to have you back...
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(04-02-2018 11:39 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(04-01-2018 11:18 PM)stever20 Wrote:  nice weekend for the Nats. 3 great starts for Scherzer, Strasburg, and Gio- 0.98 ERA and 1.65 FIP for 3 starts for those guys. To have that in that park is pretty good.

Pen still a concern IMO.

Is it? I though the Nats had a solid pen, especially with last year's additions having a full season.

But anyway, it's pretty obvious that the Nats and Dodgers are in a tier by themselves. It's funny, during the Kershaw game, ESPN ran a poll where they had asked fans who the best pitcher in baseball is and they overwhelmingly voted Kershaw. And yes, he still deserves that title. But I don't think it should be a slam dunk. Scherzer is amazing and seemingly improves as he ages. Would I still take Kershaw? Yes, but Scherzer is very very close.

they have the additions, but my fear is they're the only ones who can get many outs- and they're going to be run into the ground by September.....

re Kershaw vs Scherzer- I'd take Scherzer right now and it wouldn't be close. Too many injuries for Kershaw and absolutely no guarantee he'll pitch for close to a full season. Heck, I'd take Sale over Kershaw probably now as well.
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(04-02-2018 11:40 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(03-27-2018 08:11 AM)stever20 Wrote:  yeah can I change my bold prediction now???

Poor poor swoosh.

Ha what was your bold prediction? And don't feel bad for me, I'm happy about this. This team was going nowhere in a hurry. I want another top draft pick and a total July sell-off. The latter will not happen, but I can dream. Before he and Samardzija's injuries I predicted 81 wins.

Giants winning the west.

The thing for me is I think if the Giants can go close to .500 by end of April- when the guys get back- the schedule eases up considerably. by then 10 vs LAD done, 6 vs Ari done, 3 ea vs Was and LAA done. Heck even the 2 vs Seattle are tough. Really only 4 vs San Diego could be called a breather.
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(04-02-2018 12:00 PM)stever20 Wrote:  
(04-02-2018 11:40 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(03-27-2018 08:11 AM)stever20 Wrote:  yeah can I change my bold prediction now???

Poor poor swoosh.

Ha what was your bold prediction? And don't feel bad for me, I'm happy about this. This team was going nowhere in a hurry. I want another top draft pick and a total July sell-off. The latter will not happen, but I can dream. Before he and Samardzija's injuries I predicted 81 wins.

Giants winning the west.

The thing for me is I think if the Giants can go close to .500 by end of April- when the guys get back- the schedule eases up considerably. by then 10 vs LAD done, 6 vs Ari done, 3 ea vs Was and LAA done. Heck even the 2 vs Seattle are tough. Really only 4 vs San Diego could be called a breather.

Does anyone really think that Bumgarner will be back by then? I'm guessing he won't be back until the end of May .

I just look at the lineup and see something that isn't much better than last year. I also have zero faith in the pen
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(04-02-2018 11:50 AM)stever20 Wrote:  
(04-02-2018 11:36 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  Guess who's back? Back again.

Hey all, good to be back. Life has been crazy busy for me (in a good way), but now that baseball season is back, so am I.

So the Giants totally sucked, yet managed to split. This was probably due to the position of the moon or some crazy solar winds, because no way will we ever again win in that fashion. Coming into the season I knew the lineup would be pretty weak, but so far they look even worse than I imagined. It's early and I don't expect them to hit this bad (how could they?), but I have no doubt they're a below average team. I'm expecting something like 77 wins (at most). Hopefully Cueto's start on Friday was a sign of things to come and we can get rid of that contract.
too many years left to get rid of that contract IMO.

good to have you back...

oh damn, i thought he had two years left after this. Kill me
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(04-02-2018 12:29 PM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(04-02-2018 12:00 PM)stever20 Wrote:  
(04-02-2018 11:40 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(03-27-2018 08:11 AM)stever20 Wrote:  yeah can I change my bold prediction now???

Poor poor swoosh.

Ha what was your bold prediction? And don't feel bad for me, I'm happy about this. This team was going nowhere in a hurry. I want another top draft pick and a total July sell-off. The latter will not happen, but I can dream. Before he and Samardzija's injuries I predicted 81 wins.

Giants winning the west.

The thing for me is I think if the Giants can go close to .500 by end of April- when the guys get back- the schedule eases up considerably. by then 10 vs LAD done, 6 vs Ari done, 3 ea vs Was and LAA done. Heck even the 2 vs Seattle are tough. Really only 4 vs San Diego could be called a breather.

Does anyone really think that Bumgarner will be back by then? I'm guessing he won't be back until the end of May .

I just look at the lineup and see something that isn't much better than last year. I also have zero faith in the pen

maybe not Madbum- but the other 2 guys will be back end of April.

And I could see a scenario with Madbum where if they are close when he does get back- he could be fresh in 2nd half of the season- similar to what Kluber was like last year(not saying results, just freshness).
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so is Jansen now officially a problem for the Dodgers? What was his velocity like tonight?
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(04-03-2018 12:29 AM)stever20 Wrote:  so is Jansen now officially a problem for the Dodgers? What was his velocity like tonight?

Yes. ERA of 18, FB velo is down. He blows a 3 run lead bottom 9. Team is all "this stuff happens - it's probably just mechanics". Screw that; if they won't panic somebody should. I'm just the guy for the job. (Panicking; not closing.)

Scherzer v Kershaw? It's *possible* Kershaw could have a better 2018 but I don't think it's likely. I think if you're asking, now, who will have the better career/career stats when they're both done? I'd say Kershaw but it's definitely closer than it was a couple of years ago.
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Oh, yeah - definitely gonna fire off some strongly worded emails to somebody about this...


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(04-03-2018 12:29 AM)stever20 Wrote:  so is Jansen now officially a problem for the Dodgers? What was his velocity like tonight?

Not yet a full blown panic, but conversations need to be had. You could write off the HR, but he has zero K's in the two innings. And yes it sounds silly to even talk about two innings, but this is Jansen. Let's see what happens over the next two weeks.
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best case, this is doing for the Dodgers what I think they were afraid of- right now they're a good 3 games back in the loss column to the Nats.

Tonight a huge night for the Dodgers IMO with Kershaw pitching. He had a pretty meh start on opening day(at least meh on the Kershaw scale) with 2 walks and a homer given up with only 7 k's.
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(04-03-2018 08:23 AM)stever20 Wrote:  best case, this is doing for the Dodgers what I think they were afraid of- right now they're a good 3 games back in the loss column to the Nats.

Tonight a huge night for the Dodgers IMO with Kershaw pitching. He had a pretty meh start on opening day(at least meh on the Kershaw scale) with 2 walks and a homer given up with only 7 k's.

And his velocity was none too impressive
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Meanwhile Bryce Harper is on insane, mega fire. If he performs anywhere close to the level of 2015 what do you think he'll get? 10/400? 10/450? One thing holding him back from getting what he wants is that the Yankees are right up against the luxury tax threshold and the Red Sox are up against the super penalty threshold. There's always a wild card like the Mariners or Phillies. Imagine Harper in that Philly ballpark, with Rhys Hoskins?
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