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 Post subject: Who's going to win it all this year?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:15 pm 
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Make your bold predictions now ....

I think the best team in baseball this season will be the Cleveland Indians.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 10:22 pm 
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AL PLAYOFF TEAMS: Yanks, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox (WC)
NL PLAYOFF TEAMS: Mets, Astros, Dodgers, Braves (WC)

AL PLAYOFFS: Angels beat Red Sox, Yankees beat White Sox, Angels beat Yankees
NL PLAYOFFS: Astros beat Braves, Mets beat Dodgers, Astros beat Mets

WORLD SERIES: Angels in 6


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:49 am 
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AL PLAYOFF TEAMS: Angels, Indians, Red Sox, Yankees (WC)
NL PLAYOFF TEAMS: Dodgers, Astros, Marlins, Cardinals (WC)

AL PLAYOFFS: Red Sox beat Angels, Yankees beat Indians, Yankees beat Red Sox
NL PLAYOFFS: Marlins beat Astros, Dodgers beat Cardinals, Dodgers beat Marlins

WORLD SERIES: Yankees in 4


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:22 pm 
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Wow, I think the Yankees are being given too much credit here. That starting pitching is THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN. Or is it universally assumed that George will go out and buy what the team needs?

Carl Pavano, Opening Day Starter? And Josh Phelps at first base?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:39 pm 
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Wabberjocky wrote:
Wow, I think the Yankees are being given too much credit here. That starting pitching is THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN. Or is it universally assumed that George will go out and buy what the team needs?

Carl Pavano, Opening Day Starter? And Josh Phelps at first base?


Pitching is a problem, but they have an awesome offense. NYT reported that many Yankees regard Robinson Cano as their best hitter. And yet he's batting 8th because the lineup is so potent.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:23 am 
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Phillies.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's going to win it all this year?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:06 pm 
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My worthless guess is that the young teams in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit (if they can get over the World Series debacle) and maybe even Minnesota could be the class of the American League.
I expect Texas to display talent but lack consistency, as usual.
I expect the fountains beyond Kansas City's outfield to be kinda nice.

I have little feel for the West, and bad feelings about the East. Maybe this is Toronto's year to humiliate the Yankees and Red Sox.

As for the NL: The travel would be brutal, but the Pirates might petition to switch to the West. Mets and Phillies should be tough, and maybe the Braves will mature.
How good is Milwaukee? What's up with LaRussa and the Cards?

If the big stories of the first half turn out to be waiting for Clemens to pick a team, Bonds to break the HR record and Steinbrenner to find a new way to jerk Torre around, I might skip this season.

But I hope to see Pujols and Howard excel, rookies come out of nowhere, and Boston's new pitcher team up with Schilling.

And perhaps we could pass the hat and buy the Cubs.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:53 pm 
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AL East: Yankees
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels
AL Wild Card: Indians

ALDS1: Yankees over Indians
ALDS2: Angels over Tigers

ALCS: Yankees over Angels, finally

NL East: Braves
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Mets

NLDS1: Braves over Dodgers
NLDS 2: Mets over Cubs

NLCS: Braves over Mets

World Series: Yankees over Braves

Wabber, where are your predictions?

Also, yes, the Yanks' starting rotation has a lot of question marks, but the bullpen is stocked with five power arms--Bruney, Vizcaino, Farnsworth, Proctor and Rivera. That's a pretty tough combination for opposing managers to deal with, even if they all throw from the right side. All neutralize lefties just as easily as they do righties.

The Red Sox' rotation has as many question marks as the Yankees', if not more (Will Josh Beckett challenge Bert Blyleven's record for homers surrendered? Will Fat Curt make it through the season? Who's the No. 5 starter, and please don't make me laugh by saying Julian Tavarez?), and the Red Sox' bullpen in front of Papelbon is very weak. There's your postseson-missing difference between the two beasts in the East.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:09 am 
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Okay ....

AL West: A's
AL Central: Indians
AL East: Yankees
AL Wild Card: Tigers

ALDS1: Indians over Yankees
ALDS2: A's over Tigers

ALCS: Indians over A's in 6

NL West: Dodgers
NL Central: Cardinals
NL East: Braves
NL Wild Card: Mets

NLDS1: Braves over Dodgers
NLDS2: Mets over Cardinals

NLCS: Braves over Mets in 7

World Series: Indians over Braves in 7


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Interesting how so many of us (including me) are predicting big things for the Indians, given their huge flameout last year amid rumors Eric Wedge had lost the clubhouse. It's hard to bet against that offense, though, even if it gets only halfway decent starting pitching to support it.


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