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Old 08-20-2008, 12:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hett, what would you have said if someone told you that on August 20th the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and th Chicago Cubs would have the best record in their leagues.

I would have probably been less surprised about the Cubs because of their mid-late season run last year, but the Rays are a huge surprise.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Everyone that's into MLB....lets go out on a limb RIGHT NOW, and call the WORLD SERIES! YESSSSSSSS...

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I don't know if I have it but I'd like to see the white sox and cubs go to the world series and have the sox take it

it's a possibility.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:24 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Phillies over Angels
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Red Sox are going to win
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I got the Cubs in 6 games over the White Sox.

Red Sox don't have the protection for Ortiz in the line-up now that Manny is gone and their pitching staff is becoming less effective by the day.

The Angels will blow it in the playoffs as usual.

And the Rays don't have the post season experience necessary to be a viable threat in the playoffs.

As for the NL, the Mets bullpen/pitching staff is their weakspot and that is not good come post-season play. The NL west is pretty average and the D-backs probably won't be a threat come October.

As for the wild-card, I am betting on the Phils locking that one up and they could pose problems because when they are on they are tough to beat.

Great season, great season
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Ummmm....NO (might I add, your reasoning behind that post is ASTOUNDING). ManRam is history, and Ortiz isn't seeing NEARLY as many pitches as he did with him present. That was a deadly 1-2 combo in that lineup, but now the "1" of the sequence resides in Dodger Blue.

The pitching staff is really on a skid as of late as well. Did you see Beckett getting HAMMERED the other night? Dude was gone by the 2nd inning. Plus, his ERA is almost 4 1/2! OUCH. Paul Byrd is a shitty 3, with a 7-11 record...oh, and his ERA IS 4.55. Lester & Matsuzaka are the only ones you can count on right now.

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Cubs win it in 6 games.

Chicago has CRAZY depth on the hill!

1. C. Zambrano (12-5, 3.38 ERA)
2. T. Lilly (12-6, 4.32 ERA)
3. R. Dempster (14-5, 2.92 ERA)
4. R. Harden (8-2, 2.04 ERA)
5. J. Marquis (8-7, 4.67 ERA)

Only place they could run into trouble in the post-season is with Marquis...he's hot and cold, and misses spots A LOT, thus the high earned run average.

Bullpen: they have the crazy stuff of Marmol, setting the table for Kerry Wood (25 SV). Plus, Cotts and Howry can be called on when needed.

That's DEEP.

OH, and their lineup & defense are ridiculous as well.

Soriano, Edmonds, and Fukudome patrolling the outfield...while Aramis and Lee hold the corners down, and up the middle you've got DeRosa and Theriot. STRONG. Soto behind the dish is underrated too, IMHO.

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Anaheim's pitching is sometimes a little suspect, but their power offense wins them quite a few games.

Anderson, Hunter, Vladdie, Teixeira (good addition...even though he's hot & cold at times), Matthews...plus there's speed to burn as well with Figgins and Kendrick. Imagine if Anaheim still had Big "O" out @ short. MAN...

I just see Anaheim's staff stepping it up a bit in the post-season, keeping games close if the offense isn't there. But, when it's there, the Angels are a tough team to beat. ESPECIALLY if K-Rod gets a chance, it's basically lights out.

We'll see what happens though....like ZZ said, such a great season left ahead of us.

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Ummmm....NO (might I add, your reasoning behind that post is ASTOUNDING). ManRam is history, and Ortiz isn't seeing NEARLY as many pitches as he did with him present. That was a deadly 1-2 combo in that lineup, but now the "1" of the sequence resides in Dodger Blue.

The pitching staff is really on a skid as of late as well. Did you see Beckett getting HAMMERED the other night? Dude was gone by the 2nd inning. Plus, his ERA is almost 4 1/2! OUCH. Paul Byrd is a shitty 3, with a 7-11 record...oh, and his ERA IS 4.55. Lester & Matsuzaka are the only ones you can count on right now.
A man can hope can't he?

The lose of Manny and the 1-2 combo of Manny/Ortiz reminds me of Nomar Garceieppara and Mo Vaughn. It was the same thing back then but the Red Sox were able to bounce back, it just took some time.
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Hett, what would you have said if someone told you that on August 20th the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and th Chicago Cubs would have the best record in their leagues.

I would have probably been less surprised about the Cubs because of their mid-late season run last year, but the Rays are a huge surprise.

GO CUBBIES!!!
I would have told you to **** off. Some of my friends were predicting a 3rd place AL East finish, all I was hoping for was a .500 record.
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