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Livewire
March 29th, 2011, 07:34 PM
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The 2011 MLB season is barely 24 hours away, with opening day taking place Thursday, March 31st. The defending World Series Champion San Francisco looks to defend its title, while in the American League, Derek Jeter chases history, as he will seek to become the first Yankee player ever to reach 3,000 hits.

What do you foresee happening this season? Will the Giants repeat? Or will an old power like the Red Sox or the Yankees lift the trophy once again?

Discuss.

Team Fail
March 29th, 2011, 07:36 PM
This year is looking to be really good. Many teams have changed their rosters, and some of the teams, over spring training, look very promising this year. One particular player I want to watch this year is Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. I wonder how well he will do this year in terms of home runs, seeing as how he was home run king last year with fifty-some home runs.

Livewire
March 29th, 2011, 08:10 PM
This year is looking to be really good. Many teams have changed their rosters, and some of the teams, over spring training, look very promising this year. One particular player I want to watch this year is Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. I wonder how well he will do this year in terms of home runs, seeing as how he was home run king last year with fifty-some home runs.

I'd be very surprised if I don't see him at the All-Star game, he's a great player, no doubt about it. Although I'm not certain if the Blue jays can capitalize and rally around him and get into the post season, they'd have to get through some pretty steep opposition first. :x

Exile
March 30th, 2011, 04:12 AM
Ah, the fresh air of April and home-cooked apple pie, no doubt that it's baseball season. The Yanks and Rays seem to have declined, but my Red Sox are certainly on the rise. I see the World Series champ coming out of the NL east, however, whether it's the Phillies, Braves, or another entity, I'm not sure, but that division seems to be full of contenders. Also, feel free to rate me.
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Livewire
March 30th, 2011, 07:15 AM
Ah, the fresh air of April and home-cooked apple pie, no doubt that it's baseball season. The Yanks and Rays seem to have declined, but my Red Sox are certainly on the rise. I see the World Series champ coming out of the NL east, however, whether it's the Phillies, Braves, or another entity, I'm not sure, but that division seems to be full of contenders. Also, feel free to rate me.
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I had to sacrifice certain positions, in order to get players such as Heyward and Braun.


I agree, I see the NL East being the top division, statistically at least. Mostly because of the Phillies and their god-tier rotation. o.o

Team Fail
March 30th, 2011, 12:35 PM
I'd be very surprised if I don't see him at the All-Star game, he's a great player, no doubt about it. Although I'm not certain if the Blue jays can capitalize and rally around him and get into the post season, they'd have to get through some pretty steep opposition first. :x

True at that. But even if they don't, it would be a good season regardless, if Bautista can do as well as last year. But, I wouldn't bet any money on it just yet.

donavannj
March 30th, 2011, 01:27 PM
I'm just concerned with the Twins actually winning in the postseason for once, honestly. I am disappointed that they are terrible in the postseason this decade, but I'd take that over consistent failure any day.

I don't care what happens with every other team as long as the Twins win the World Series. :P

Kenshin5
March 30th, 2011, 06:45 PM
I'm just concerned with the Twins actually winning in the postseason for once, honestly. I am disappointed that they are terrible in the postseason this decade, but I'd take that over consistent failure any day.

I don't care what happens with every other team as long as the Twins win the World Series. :P
Good thing is they got Joe Nathan back. The one thing I would be worried about though is Justin Mornneau after his concussion last season. Also outside of Francisco Liriano(who had a Cy Young type year when him and Santanna were tearing it up in together) who else is actually good in your rotation?

As for a Team I am skeptial about right now, because of injuries is the Phillies, Utley will be out for a bit, Lidge is going to be out at least 2-3 weeks. Red Sox looks TOO STRONG, although big free agents along ain't going to get you anywhere.

Livewire
March 30th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Given the Cardinals pitching/injury/Pujols drama issues, It's looking like the Reds and the Cubs will be the contenders for the NL Central crown this time around. The Reds have stronger star power I believe, NL MVP Joey Votto (\o/) and Aroldis Chapman and his 105 MPH pitches. o_0

donavannj
March 30th, 2011, 06:58 PM
Good thing is they got Joe Nathan back. The one thing I would be worried about though is Justin Mornneau after his concussion last season. Also outside of Francisco Liriano(who had a Cy Young type year when him and Santanna were tearing it up in together) who else is actually good in your rotation?

We do have Matt Capps waiting in the wings if Nathan fails to return to form. We have the depth to be able to afford to lose Morneau (move Michael Cuddyer to first from right and then put Jason Kubel in left and have Thome DH when Mauer's not DH on his off-days), but I don't think his health will be an issue the later into the season we get. As for the rotation, we've got a bunch of 3/4/5 starters who are innings eaters and have their great games sometimes, and Carl Pavano is better than Liriano in my opinion because he's more reliable and less prone to flailing about for weeks because his pitches aren't landing. Honestly, Liriano is too moody to be an ace at this point in his career.

I'm more worried about Alexi Casilla as our shortstop, though, than the rotation.

Kenshin5
March 30th, 2011, 07:21 PM
I haven't paid much attention to the Twins, but I remember Delmon Young was good when he was with the Rays. So is he doing well, or at least last season? Also yeah Cards season pretty much died when Wainright when out for the season. Reds look primed to take the division, I dunno about the Cubs...

donavannj
March 30th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Delmon's not even a problem, really. He knocked the cover off the ball last season. He probably won't match last season, but he's been very consistent, even if he wasn't initially the jolt of power we were expecting him to be when we got him in 2009.

Team Fail
April 1st, 2011, 09:06 PM
Well, I knew to keep an eye on Bautista. He got his first home run of the year today in a massive victory today.

donavannj
April 1st, 2011, 09:25 PM
Well, I knew to keep an eye on Bautista. He got his first home run of the year today in a massive victory today.

At the expense of my Twins. >:( /not pleased at all

Tony Bautista can hit home runs against other teams. He needs to stooooooop hitting them against my Twins. >:( He can hit as many as he wants against the Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers, Rays and Phillies. Just not against my Twins. :)

Livewire
April 2nd, 2011, 09:42 AM
Well the Reds won on opening day in a wonderful fashion. :D Depsitre the fact that Volquez was pretty horrible and they left like 12 runners on base. Oh well, a win is a win.

hyperblast81
April 8th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Well, after the first game I thought my Mets had no hope at all, and then they went on that 3 game winstreak. Although I haven't seen a game in a few days, been doin other things..

So I guess i can say that everything went better than expected

Kenshin5
April 8th, 2011, 07:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6310125
Long story short Manny retired, instead of serving a 100 game suspension because he tested positive for performing enhancing drugs again.

Livewire
April 8th, 2011, 08:36 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6310125
Long story short Manny retired, instead of serving a 100 game suspension because he tested positive for performing enhancing drugs again.

Why does that not surprise me. :/ He'll never get into the hall.

Team Fail
April 10th, 2011, 05:14 PM
Why does that not surprise me. :/ He'll never get into the hall.

I wasn't surprised either. I was like, "Hey! What's new? More MLB Players testing positive for steroids? KNEW IT!"

I'm also surprised at the Red Sox. I never thought they'd be at 0-5 to start the year.

Livewire
April 15th, 2011, 09:41 AM
I wasn't surprised either. I was like, "Hey! What's new? More MLB Players testing positive for steroids? KNEW IT!"

I'm also surprised at the Red Sox. I never thought they'd be at 0-5 to start the year.

And that's the saddest part, imo. :/ The game has been so tainted by steroids in the past decade and a half or so.

Going by all that $ they threw around to get Crawford and Gonzalez, they should be much, much better than they are. But It's probably just a chemistry issue, they'll work it out soon I bet.