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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:15 pm 
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Oh, what the hell. It's Friday and I'm drinkin' early.

AL EAST
Rays
BoSox (WC)
Yanks
O's
Jays

Rays look to me like the only legit 100-win team in the AL. Yanks are about to learn a brutal, expensive and thoroughly enjoyable lesson in defensive efficiency. Weiters = ROY. A Jays firesale seems altogether likely.

AL CENTRAL
Indians
Twins
Tigers
Royals
ChiSox

Indians might squeak out 90 wins. Hard to believe that just a couple years ago this was the toughest division in baseball.

AL WEST
Angels
A's
Rangers
Mariners

BAU in the AL West: Angels will win 90+ games and get booted in the first round of the playoffs.

NL EAST
Mets
Phils (WC)
Braves
Marlins
Nats

Bullpen acquisitions will finally put the Mets over the hump. If Dunn hits 50 home runs in National Park, will it make a sound?

NL CENTRAL
Cubs
Cards
Brewers
Reds
Pirates (69-93)
Astros

Cubs could win this division by 20 games. Astros fans should settle in for a long residence as MLB's worst franchise.

NL WEST
Dodgers
Giants
D-backs
Rockies
Padres

Dodgers were my pick even before Manny re-signed; he just makes them that much better. Giants are my sleeper pick for the WC.

AL Pennant: Rays
NL Pennant: Dodgers
WS: Rays in 6

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:58 pm 
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Colin21 wrote:
i think either the Pirates or the Astros lose 100 games and im sorry to say i have the Buccos going 61-101 this season, but i do agree with curveradio in that the Pirates will have a breakout year in 2010 getting to within a couple games of .500


I love this! Can someone name any other team where a breakout year is a couple games within .500? I'm wholeheartedly aboard this ship.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:07 pm 
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Also, here is my take on the whole thing:

AL EAST
1. NY Yankees (can't compete with that payroll)
2. Boston Red Sox*
3. Tampa Bay Rays (A near miss in a tight race.)
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Toronto Blue Jays

AL CENTRAL
1. Indians
2. Twins
3. White Sox (They always seem to surprise me, so I'll give them the benefit)
4. Tigers
5. Royals (You traded for Jacobs?! Really?!)

AL WEST
1. A's (a very weak division
2. Angels
3. Mariners (Griffey leads the team to a surprising 3rd place finish!)
4. Rangers

NL EAST
1. Phillies
2. Braves
3. Mets
4. Marlins
5. Nationals

NL CENTRAL
1. Cubs
2. Cardinals
3. Brewers
4. Pirates (Gasp!)
5. Reds
6. Astros

NL WEST
1. Dodgers
2. Diamondbacks*
3. Giants
4. Rockies
4. Padres

AL Champ: Yankees
NL Champ: Cubs

WS: Pains me to say this, but Yanks over Cubs in 5.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:43 pm 
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I really don't think the Cubs stand a chance at making it to the World Series with the team they have now.They have a chance at having the best record in baseball throughout the regular season but they just can't seem to get it together in the playoffs.Since they lost to the Marlins they have been one and done every playoff appearance and they haven't even made them close series'.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:24 pm 
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Can't compete with that payroll?

Come one now. I'm used to more baseball IQ around here than that.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
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Jeremy wrote:
Can't compete with that payroll?

Come one now. I'm used to more baseball IQ around here than that.


Mark Teixeira is a younger version of Jason Giambi without the controversy and he was highly overpaid.The Yankees did improve there pitching staff alot but i am a big Bobby Abreu fan and i think the Yanks are going to miss him and his numbers.In my opinion they might have went from a C+ team to a B+ but the Rays are still a C+ team and the Red Sox are an A- team.So i think the Sox still have a better team than the Yankees.Smoltz was my deciding factor on picking them to win the division over the yankees.I still have them both in the playoff and facing in the ALCS with the Sox winning in 6.Payroll has nothing to do with it.Six of us on this board could get paid $30 million a year by the Rangers giving them the highest payroll in baseball but that isn't going to make them the best team.I do agree with alot of your other opinions though chet, Blue Jays finish in last in the AL East, Tigers finish in 4th in the AL central, Mariners finish above the Rangers, and that the Braves snag second in the NL east.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:22 pm 
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Colin21 wrote:
Steelkings wrote:
NL Central

1. Chicago
2. Pittsburgh (no wild card) over .500
3. Milwaukee
4. St. Louis
5. Houston
6. Cincinatti


If this happens if the standing end up in this order i will walk from here where i am at in western pennsylvania to California


If so, Colin, stop by and say hello to No. 9 in Iowa, then visit AZ in ... well, Arizona of course, and then stay in my guest house!!


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:26 am 
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Colin21 wrote:
Jeremy wrote:
Can't compete with that payroll?

Come one now. I'm used to more baseball IQ around here than that.


Mark Teixeira is a younger version of Jason Giambi without the controversy and he was highly overpaid.The Yankees did improve there pitching staff alot but i am a big Bobby Abreu fan and i think the Yanks are going to miss him and his numbers.In my opinion they might have went from a C+ team to a B+ but the Rays are still a C+ team and the Red Sox are an A- team.So i think the Sox still have a better team than the Yankees.Smoltz was my deciding factor on picking them to win the division over the yankees.I still have them both in the playoff and facing in the ALCS with the Sox winning in 6.Payroll has nothing to do with it.Six of us on this board could get paid $30 million a year by the Rangers giving them the highest payroll in baseball but that isn't going to make them the best team.I do agree with alot of your other opinions though chet, Blue Jays finish in last in the AL East, Tigers finish in 4th in the AL central, Mariners finish above the Rangers, and that the Braves snag second in the NL east.



They're not going to win the division with the third best pitching staff in the division......period.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:07 pm 
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two posters (Steelkings and myself) have predicted a 2nd place finish for the Pirates and there's little reaction to it?

Pirates 82-80


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
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Eric Bowser wrote:
two posters (Steelkings and myself) have predicted a 2nd place finish for the Pirates and there's little reaction to it?

Pirates 82-80



I love the optimism you guys bring to the table.

I think that if the staff can find a groove and if the LaRoche Brothers can hit early and often, we won't be horrible.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:07 pm 
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Eric Bowser wrote:
two posters (Steelkings and myself) have predicted a 2nd place finish for the Pirates and there's little reaction to it?

Pirates 82-80


two posters (Curveradio and myself) have predicted that in 2010 we will make our first strides towards success and get within a couple games of .500.This year i see us going 65-97.
The Pirates are also in danger if in the next 5 years we don't turn things around we could be a below .500% team for their all time franchise record.Right now before the start of the 2009 season the Pirates stand 9691-9480. They are only 211 games above .500 all time.But there is one positve that comes out of this.In the next 5 years the Pirates will break the 10,000 all time wins if we average atleast 62 wins over the 2009-2013 seasons.Also if the Pirates can average between 77 and 78 wins over the next 4 seasons we could break the 10,000 win mark in the 2012 season.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:59 am 
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I just wanted to bring this topic back so if there is anybody that wanted to make their season predictions that didn't get a chance to yet.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:18 pm 
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Colin21 wrote:
Steelkings wrote:
NL Central

1. Chicago
2. Pittsburgh (no wild card) over .500
3. Milwaukee
4. St. Louis
5. Houston
6. Cincinatti


If this happens if the standing end up in this order i will walk from here where i am at in western pennsylvania to California

Careful. Remember Jim Rooker. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:20 pm 
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sisyphus wrote:
Colin21 wrote:
Steelkings wrote:
NL Central

1. Chicago
2. Pittsburgh (no wild card) over .500
3. Milwaukee
4. St. Louis
5. Houston
6. Cincinatti


If this happens if the standing end up in this order i will walk from here where i am at in western pennsylvania to California

Careful. Remember Jim Rooker. :lol:


I dont think its ever been settled if he meant the state of California or the PA city of California...

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:42 pm 
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I dont think its ever been settled if he meant the state of California or the PA city of California...


That part of the deal gets settled at the all-star break but i am willing as of right now to say that i will walk to the state of California if those are the final standings.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:42 am 
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I thought since it is the all-star break that i would bring up our pre-season predictions to see how we are doing so far.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:47 am 
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Colin21 wrote:
i think either the Pirates or the Astros lose 100 games and im sorry to say i have the Buccos going 61-101 this season, but i do agree with curveradio in that the Pirates will have a breakout year in 2010 getting to within a couple games of .500


Isn't that a sad comment about how bad we are. Breakout year= less then 82 wins

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
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Substitute2 wrote:
Colin21 wrote:
i think either the Pirates or the Astros lose 100 games and im sorry to say i have the Buccos going 61-101 this season, but i do agree with curveradio in that the Pirates will have a breakout year in 2010 getting to within a couple games of .500


Isn't that a sad comment about how bad we are. Breakout year= less then 82 wins


I still think it would make alot of people happy.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
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Something else is that we are 38-50 right now i had us going 61-101 this season. We would have to go 23-51 for the rest of the season. That is down around the Nationals level so i don't think we will lose 100 games anymore. I don't really see it happening now.


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 season standing predictions with playoffs
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Colin21 wrote:
Substitute2 wrote:
Colin21 wrote:
i think either the Pirates or the Astros lose 100 games and im sorry to say i have the Buccos going 61-101 this season, but i do agree with curveradio in that the Pirates will have a breakout year in 2010 getting to within a couple games of .500


Isn't that a sad comment about how bad we are. Breakout year= less then 82 wins


I still think it would make alot of people happy.



And isn't that sad (but true)

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