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MLB Regular Season: 2019
« on: March 19, 2019, 09:51:15 PM »
This Japan crowd is molten hot for Ichiro. Opening Day for most teams will be March 28th but Clayton Kershaw's streak will be snapped.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 04:29:37 AM »
Ichiro will play tomorrow (later today?), possibly off the bench.

Biggest takeaways from today, Domingo Santana's grand slam and Tim Beckham scoring three runs. Pitching looked shaky but I try not to draw conclusions from a single game.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 07:21:48 AM »
https://www.mlb.com/news/ichiro-in-lineup-for-opening-series-finale

Ichiro officially retired after this morning's game :( Amazing career especially given how late he started in MLB alone. He had 4 seasons with a .350 or higher batting average, which is insane considering he was primarily a singles hitter. For comparison, Tony Gwynn had 7 such seasons in arguably a more favorable hitting era.

Amazing Ichiro Stat: He stole 509 bases and was thrown out just 117 times for an 81.3% career success rate.

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 11:56:24 AM »
I was super excited when he got to 3,000 hits because I didnt trust the HOF voters to put him in otherwise.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 11:49:08 AM »
Red Sox locked up Sale for 5 more years.  I don't think they win 108 again this year but they certainly will be in good shape to defend unless injuries or a mass regression happens (and JBJ is bound to bounce back after last season)

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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2019, 03:41:55 AM »
I did not know this but apparently the Chicago Cubs are setting up their own network and moving on from WGN next year. I was sad when they left WGN America in 2014 as I had been watching their games in the afternoons after school almost religiously from 1997 through 2003 with a heavy dose of Cubs/White Sox between 2004 and 2014. I still remember seeing the majority of Sosa's career including his '98 HR chase, Kerry Woods' 20 K game on TV as it happened, the rise of Mark Prior's ace run, amongst many other stuff.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2019, 09:55:11 PM »
I did not know this but apparently the Chicago Cubs are setting up their own network and moving on from WGN next year. I was sad when they left WGN America in 2014 as I had been watching their games in the afternoons after school almost religiously from 1997 through 2003 with a heavy dose of Cubs/White Sox between 2004 and 2014. I still remember seeing the majority of Sosa's career including his '98 HR chase, Kerry Woods' 20 K game on TV as it happened, the rise of Mark Prior's ace run, amongst many other stuff.
Agreed.  The Cubs became my number 2 when I was a kid based on hearing Harry Carey call their games after school for most of junior and high school.

If the Cubs would have won that World Series against literally anybody else I would have celebrated as much as anybody

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2019, 12:48:37 PM »
The Cubs outright released Mike Zagurski. I don't care about the Cubs anymore.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2019, 01:27:07 PM »
He's the new goat.

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2019, 12:30:35 AM »
Mets sign Jacob deGrom to a 5 yr/137.5 million contract extension

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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2019, 04:39:29 AM »
The Cubs outright released Mike Zagurski. I don't care about the Cubs anymore.
Mike Zagurski was last decade. We’re all living in Willians Astudillo’s world now.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2019, 05:16:21 AM »
The passing of the jelly donut.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2019, 11:21:09 AM »
The passing of the jelly donut.

That reminds me, I thought Bartolo would have a job by now. Padres should sign him cause he hits home runs in Petco.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2019, 01:43:45 AM »
The Fernando Tatis Jr time is now. Reports are saying he has made the team and the Padres aren't going to worry about service time.

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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2019, 02:07:08 AM »
Tatis is interesting because he never hit AAA, the Padres could hardly be blamed for keeping him in the minors.

Eloy Jimenez makes the White Sox after being in the minors long enough to learn how to accept a contract that locks up his service time. Funny how that works.

Rule 5 pick Richie Martin makes the Orioles' opening day roster.

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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2019, 12:30:36 AM »

Jeter wishes he had a minority stake in the Yankees. I love him getting all defensive and agitated.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2019, 12:37:52 AM »
I'm loathe to do predictions, but I'll throw some out for fun.

AL EAST: Red Sox
AL CENTRAL: Twins
AL WEST: Astros
Wild Cards: Yankees, Rays

NL EAST: Phillies
NL CENTRAL: Cardinals
NL WEST: Rockies
Wild Cards: Dodgers, Nationals

WORLD SERIES: Astros over Dodgers

AL MVP: Trout
AL Cy Young: Sale
AL Rookie of the Year: Eloy Jimenez

NL MVP: Arenado
NL Cy Young: Scherzer
NL Rookie of the Year: Fernando Tatis Jr.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2019, 03:16:01 AM »
The NL definitely seems like a much bigger dogfight again this year.  There's probably at least 8-10 teams that are playoff caliber.   The AL Central might only need like 85 wins to clinch.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2019, 04:21:58 AM »
Robinson Cano with the first inning home run. That's run support Jacob deGrom isn't used to seeing.

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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2019, 05:30:11 AM »
Robinson Cano with the first inning home run. That's run support Jacob deGrom isn't used to seeing.

Eh, he's used to trying to win games 1-0 so just wait 7 more innings ;)

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2019, 07:31:49 AM »
Tuned into the Cards/Brewers game. Josh Hader is still f’n filthy.

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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2019, 08:30:13 AM »
And he’s not bad at pitching either

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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2019, 08:31:32 AM »
Regardless of the Dodgers performance today, I think the offense is going to struggle throughout the season.


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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2019, 09:33:05 AM »
Dodgers set an Opening Day Record for most team HRs in a game with 7

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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2019, 09:33:47 AM »
LIRL.... make that 8, jesus christ

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2019, 09:51:39 AM »
Javy Baez with two homers today. Cubs are getting slept on this year, but if Bryant is back to MVP level like he looks and the starting rotation is as good as it looks on paper, the Cubs are still very dangerous and can win the NL Central. Only one game but the offense looks much improved from the Chilli Davis shit.

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« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2019, 11:16:56 AM »
The Cubs can win the Central, they can absolutely win the World Series. My concern for that team is depth. If guys get hurt it can go south. But a healthy Cubs team could rip off a 100 win season like the Red Sox of last season.

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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2019, 11:26:27 AM »
Kluber pitches a gem and loses 2-0 because, like last year, the Indians offense is going to be inconsistent at best.

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« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2019, 11:30:19 AM »
You earn that extension,  Chris!

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« Reply #31 on: March 29, 2019, 12:53:00 AM »
Kluber pitches a gem and loses 2-0 because, like last year, the Indians offense is going to be inconsistent at best.
Most games they won't see a pitcher as good as Jose Berrios. That guy is Cy Young caliber good. As I say that though, six of their nine starters had a below average OPS+ last season. The Twins have a better lineup and it's not like it cost them a ton of money to get it.

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« Reply #32 on: March 29, 2019, 06:39:09 AM »
Best game tonight?

-Astros @ Rays. Garret Cole vs. Charlie Morton, Morton's first game with the Rays is against the team is played with in 2017-18.
-Cardinals @ Brewers. Jack Flaherty vs. Freddy Peralta. Division contenders, two sophomore pitchers. Peralta struggled in his first season but had an 11.0 K/9. Flaherty finished 5th in ROY balloting.
-Angels @ Athletics. Matt Harvey vs. Marco Estrada. Matt Harvey's first game with the Angels and you get Mike Trout.
-Red Sox @ Mariners. Nathan Eovaldi vs. Yusei Kikuchi. The Mariners' quest for 162-0 continues. It's Kikuchi's stateside debut, the Sox are defending champs and Eovaldi is a huge factor in determining whether or not they'll repeat. Bonus: Mookie Betts is the second best player in baseball.

I'll probably try and catch the Astros/Rays. It feels weird for a northeast baseball fan as 6/10 of the eastern division teams are off on day two, and two of the other four are the Florida teams.

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« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2019, 09:50:28 AM »
So apparently the dumbass teams have a toy belt/trophy that they gave out to whoever did the best to keep salaries down during arbitration.

To that, I can't wait for the next CBA. Because that's going to be great fodder for them.

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« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2019, 12:53:37 PM »
I want more bloated, franchise crippling contracts in sports!

Oh wait, the Cubs already have enough of those.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2019, 01:55:36 PM »
Domingo Santana is a full blown adult hoss in peak form. He just hit his 3rd homer so far this season for the Mariners.

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« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2019, 05:44:32 AM »
Just saw that Mets and Nats play each other 13(!) times before the end of May.

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« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2019, 10:14:10 AM »
This time Bauer throws a gem and gets a 2-1 victory.

I like pitcher's duels but if every game is 2-0, 2-1, somewhere in there, I might  have a stroke by the end of the season.


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« Reply #38 on: March 31, 2019, 12:59:44 AM »
Daniel Murphy broke his left index finger.  Dude has been having the worst problems with injuries the last 2/3 years and *after* he left the Mets!

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« Reply #39 on: March 31, 2019, 03:41:50 AM »
Khris Davis already has 3 HR in 5 games and is quietly one of the best power hitters in baseball. Another 40+ HR year puts him right around 250 for his career in just 7 seasons.

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« Reply #40 on: March 31, 2019, 09:23:28 AM »
Every Boston starter that has pitched has an ERA over 10 right now.  This is a pretty sorry start to the season.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2019, 12:14:55 AM »
It seems like there was a lot of offense this weekend but league OPS, home run totals, etc. are about in line with 2017 numbers. Granted it's very early.

The Red Sox starters are...good lord. Thankfully their bullpen has an ERA of 2.50 which should keep them competitive. Just like we predicted.

Meanwhile the Orioles took two of three in Yankee Stadium. Nate Karns walked the bases loaded on Saturday in the first inning. To me it looked like the beginning of another rout and a LOOOOONG season for the O's. Then they turned a double play and never looked back. Baseball is a weird game.

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« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2019, 01:49:00 AM »
Cubs scored a combined 28 runs in their series against the Rangers and still lost 2 out of the 3 games due to Yu Darvish and the bullpen. Maybe PECOTA predicting them to win 78 games isn't that crazy, because good lord the pitching needs some help big time. The offense does look amazing at least.

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« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2019, 05:20:38 AM »
Adam Wainwright's really been struggling in his start today against Pittsburgh. Has thrown 65 pitches through 3 innings with Pittsburgh not really able to hit him very hard but he's been wild, consistently going into 2-2 or 3-2 counts it seems.

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« Reply #45 on: April 01, 2019, 06:32:09 AM »
Red Sox also locked up Bogearts to a long-term deal.  Seems like they are getting all their ducks in a row for when Betts comes due so they know what they can offer him.  I bet JBJ will be the odd man out in this situation because while he's a great defensive player, he hasn't brought much offense aside from 2016.

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« Reply #46 on: April 01, 2019, 01:25:17 PM »
Confirmed: Cubs aren't going anywhere with this pitching staff.

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« Reply #47 on: April 01, 2019, 02:45:00 PM »
The Ricketts fucked up by suddenly going really cheap despite the Cubs continuing to make more and more money. Could've fucked them for a while tbh. I could understand not going after Machado/Harper, but there were a lot of quality pitchers on the market and they didn't make an attempt for any.

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« Reply #48 on: April 02, 2019, 02:37:28 AM »
The Cubs have $209.5 million of player payroll on their books for 2019. Of that, Lester, Hamels and Darvish are each $20+ million. Tyler Chatwood makes $12.5 million, Jose Quintana makes $10.5 million and Kyle Hendricks makes $7.41 million. Hendricks is their cheapest but has also been their best performer. The problem the Cubs have is beyond finances, there's simply only so many roster spots you can fill with guaranteed money. I think Randy Rosario is the only unestablished pitcher on the roster, and he's pitched well. The Cubs need internal options to fill the gaps in their pitching. They need depth and they can't keep throwing bad money after bad money.

I missed Chatwood's 2018 season though. Good lord, what was going on there?

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« Reply #49 on: April 02, 2019, 03:09:10 AM »
Don't offset my rage with logic. I do think it has more to do with political spending then caring about the team, but that's just me. The weird timing of Theo saying changes will be made and their will be a reckoning in October 2018 and then Tom Ricketts saying they have no money after the 2018 midterms seems to coincide with that. In hindsight they should've picked up some bullpen arms instead of the 20 million Hamels option.