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Zaximus    4,431
11 hours ago, Kevin Greene said:

Negative. Giants talent is aging and overrated. They need starting pitching as well as bullpen help. We'll see how Free Agency shakes out and all those young arms the Dodgers used this year will be even better next. Dodgers are favored to repeat.

I'd take Bum and Cueto over Kershaw and old Rich Hill any day though.  Giants have a better lineup overall.  They can hit left handed pitchers too.   Their defense is light years better as well.  Urias will eventually start getting called for balks probably but he has a future.   Your bullpen is bad too besides Jansen.   I'm not saying Dodgers can't win that division again, but I don't think they are clearly the better team.  Giants DID have an epic fall and were dominating before.    

How are they aging? lol.  Posey is 29, Belt 28, Crawford 29, Panik 25.   Pence is 33 but not a huge deal and the outfield is older but the infield is going to be great for years.  They'll upgrade this offseason too.  

However, Dodgers are old.  A-Gone is 34, Turner is 31, Utley 37, etc.   Pederson and Seager are the only bright spots really and Puig is well, Puig.   Not exactly a clear favorite.   No doubt both teams will upgrade though, and maybe Dodgers find people that can hit lefties.

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Zaximus    4,431
11 hours ago, pantherphan96 said:

gonna have to go with Francona and the Indians over Epstein even though I'd love Lester to get another ring.

On paper and all stats, Cubs should win, but anything can happen.  Indians starters are full of right handed hitters and that bodes well for the Cubs, even better that Schwarber can play DH in the series and feasts on righties.   They handled the Blue Jays power lineup though, which is something, but the Cubs can nickle and dime you and win without the long ball if they have to.    It's going to be a good series and fun because two new teams are in it.   Sucks Joe Buck is announcing though.  

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pantherphan96    2,858
1 hour ago, Zaximus said:

On paper and all stats, Cubs should win, but anything can happen.  Indians starters are full of right handed hitters and that bodes well for the Cubs, even better that Schwarber can play DH in the series and feasts on righties.   They handled the Blue Jays power lineup though, which is something, but the Cubs can nickle and dime you and win without the long ball if they have to.    It's going to be a good series and fun because two new teams are in it.   Sucks Joe Buck is announcing though.  

on paper the Sox should have beaten the Indians but we all saw how that series played out. I'm not sure how effective Schwarber is gonna be after being out for so long. The Indians are gonna run on the Cubs, especially on Lester, and they remind me of the Royals with how they can beat you with smallball. This was the WS I wanted to see after the Sox got eliminated so I'll be happy with the result either way. 

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Zaximus    4,431
26 minutes ago, pantherphan96 said:

on paper the Sox should have beaten the Indians but we all saw how that series played out. I'm not sure how effective Schwarber is gonna be after being out for so long. The Indians are gonna run on the Cubs, especially on Lester, and they remind me of the Royals with how they can beat you with smallball. This was the WS I wanted to see after the Sox got eliminated so I'll be happy with the result either way. 

Royals were the biggest overachievers in sports last year, probably in the last century.  Experts rightly predicated that going into this season and they fell fast, but baseball is baseball and anything is possible.    No one plays more small ball than the Giants and the Cubs beat them.   Cubs have a historically good defense built for small ball and because of no DH, Madden has played that all year.   Giving him the DH For 4 games is almost cheating.  People haven't been that successful running on Lester, because Ross is throwing most people out regardless.   Now, when Montero is catching Arrieta, anyone can run lol.  Schwarber can still hit and will still scare them, even as a decoy it's a nice development.   if the Indians weren't so right-hand heavy I don't think Kyle would be on the roster though because he can't hit lefties.  

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Zaximus    4,431
1 hour ago, Kevin Greene said:

Stopped reading at our bullpen is bad, lol.

cya next year, we'll figure this out.

Your bullpen got blasted by the Cubs.  What are you talking about?  Old boy Blanton got rocked.  You had to pull in Jensen for 3 because no one else on your team could come in.  You had to keep Kershaw in when he should have pulled after 3 because no one else could come in yet.  Yes, the bullpen is bad.

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pantherphan96    2,858
2 hours ago, Zaximus said:

Royals were the biggest overachievers in sports last year, probably in the last century.  Experts rightly predicated that going into this season and they fell fast, but baseball is baseball and anything is possible.    No one plays more small ball than the Giants and the Cubs beat them.   Cubs have a historically good defense built for small ball and because of no DH, Madden has played that all year.   Giving him the DH For 4 games is almost cheating.  People haven't been that successful running on Lester, because Ross is throwing most people out regardless.   Now, when Montero is catching Arrieta, anyone can run lol.  Schwarber can still hit and will still scare them, even as a decoy it's a nice development.   if the Indians weren't so right-hand heavy I don't think Kyle would be on the roster though because he can't hit lefties.  

I forgot about Ross but I meant that they will be able to run on Lester because he is almost incapable of throwing to first. Cleveland stole the most bases in the AL and they don't get caught often. I agree about the Royals but I would say the Indians play a better version of smallball than either them or the Giants. Think this series is gonna go to Game 7.

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Squirrel    2,882

There are people in my office that think the Cubs will sweep the Indians.  

 

You would think after going 72 years without going to the World Series they would be a little humble. 

 

Pulling for the Indians and moving closer to being a White SOX fan. 

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Kevin Greene    12,232
7 hours ago, Zaximus said:

Your bullpen got blasted by the Cubs.  What are you talking about?  Old boy Blanton got rocked.  You had to pull in Jensen for 3 because no one else on your team could come in.  You had to keep Kershaw in when he should have pulled after 3 because no one else could come in yet.  Yes, the bullpen is bad.

It would be really, really, really hard for you to be more wrong.

 

bullpen.jpg

Incidentally, the Dodgers also posted this stat on their rookie starters this year:

" Nearly half the starts for the 2016 #Dodgers came from brand new Major Leaguers, with the team going 40-30 (.571) in those games. #DodgerInside"

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JPPT1974    51

Cubs magic number is 108. Last time they won the World Series was in 1908 but the last time they have been in it all together, was in 1945, 71 years!

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Zaximus    4,431
13 hours ago, Kevin Greene said:

It would be really, really, really hard for you to be more wrong.

 

bullpen.jpg

Incidentally, the Dodgers also posted this stat on their rookie starters this year:

" Nearly half the starts for the 2016 #Dodgers came from brand new Major Leaguers, with the team going 40-30 (.571) in those games. #DodgerInside"

Yeah those definitely look like playoff status, but wait, they aren't.

 

Typical Trump supporter lolz

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