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Old 12-25-2008, 03:19 PM   #381 (permalink)
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^I still think their starting 5 is good enough, bullpen needs some work though. N yea everyone says AJ pitched well last season because it was a contract year but i just think it was because he's healthy. I heard the Jays were lookin at Cabrera, hes dominated us before. He has some good stuff and can become a stud but as you said he refuses to listen
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:12 AM   #382 (permalink)
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^I still think their starting 5 is good enough, bullpen needs some work though. N yea everyone says AJ pitched well last season because it was a contract year but i just think it was because he's healthy. I heard the Jays were lookin at Cabrera, hes dominated us before. He has some good stuff and can become a stud but as you said he refuses to listen
and hes healthy because.......it was his contract year. plain and simple, the guy has no heart
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and hes healthy because.......it was his contract year. plain and simple, the guy has no heart
Exactly. When he was in Florida and his 12-13 year I believe people were finally saying, there's that potential.

The Yanks will miss Moose more than they think b/c he knew how to handle the pressure. Just ask, Randy "Get out of my face" Johnson about pitching in NY and how different it is.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:49 PM   #384 (permalink)
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Lol, alright watch when AJ tears it up this year. He's still in the same division, he's still gonna play the same teams as last year and most of the same batters. His fastball is crazy and he has a wicked curve. He has a taste of what it feels to be a top pitcher and if he has any pride he will perform well. I think some of Doc's heart rubbed off on AJ last year, plus he's pitching with CC, Wang, he doesn't wanna look like a slouch compared to them.
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and hes healthy because.......it was his contract year. plain and simple, the guy has no heart
Wtf, he was healthy because it was a contract year? He was heallthy cause he was healthy nothing more. Athletes dont decide how healhy they're going to be during the course of a year, shit just happens
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Wtf, he was healthy because it was a contract year? He was heallthy cause he was healthy nothing more. Athletes dont decide how healhy they're going to be during the course of a year, shit just happens
Yeah, just like 2 years ago when he had to sit out b/c of a hang nail right
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:25 PM   #387 (permalink)
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The way AJ throws a curve is puttin the tip of his nail on top of the ball, hard to do that if you have a hangnail. Seems minor but if he cant throw a curve batters will be already geared up for the fastball and he would've been rocked
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But w.e
we shall see when the season starts
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:20 PM   #389 (permalink)
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From pitching in college ball, it's really easy to miss a start for an embarrassing reason, like a hang nail or a blister. Luckily, I also played the outfield, so I could just get inserted out there. Anyway, I think AJ's biggest problem is going to be the short porch in right field (I think the dimensions at the new park are the same, right?). A lot of home runs in NY are fly balls and with AJ's tendency to get wild, a couple of walks and a "fly ball" could break a few games open. He still has the best stuff in the AL and second best in the league next to Lincecum.
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well its a new season
looks like the Jays will win it all this year

predictions

AL
East champ: Mets
Central champ: Cubs
West champ: Diamondbacks
Wild card: Reds
Champion: Mets

AWARDS
MVP: David Wright
Cy Young: Brandon Webb
Rookie of year: Cameron Maybin

OTHER
Breakout player: Justin Upton
Dark-horse team: Braves/Marlins
Most disappointing team: Dodgers

AL
East champ: Red Sox
Central champ: Indians
West champ: A's
Wild card: Yankees
Champion: Red Sox

AWARDS
MVP: Grady Sizemore
Cy Young: Roy Halladay
Rookie of year: Travis Snider

OTHER
Breakout player: Shin-Soo Choo
Dark-horse team: Blue Jays/Royals
Most disappointing team: Angels

WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Mets

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Old 04-06-2009, 11:19 AM   #391 (permalink)
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You can't peg Choo to be a "break out" player. He's already broken out. The guy hits over .300 put up something like 15 homers and aside from someone not named Sizemore or Lee was Cleveland's best player.
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If I had to label guys who may break out I'd list:

Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin in Fla.

In the AL: Matt LaPorta if he gets called up, Matt Wieters (for obvious reasons, not even really a breakout really), Billy Butler or Alex Gordon (finally?)

For me, I have the NL shaping up to look like:

East: Mets
Central: Cubs
West: Dodgers (Kershaw is filthy)
Wildcard: Marlins

AL:

East: Boston
Central: Minnesota
West: LAA
Wildcard: Tampa

World Series: Boston over the Cubs

Awards:

NL: Rookie: Jordan Zimmerman
Cy: Tim Lincecum ( I think I have a man crush on him)
MVP: David Wright

AL:

Rookie: Matt Wieters
Cy: Toy Halladay
MVP: Josh Hamilton
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You can't peg Choo to be a "break out" player. He's already broken out. The guy hits over .300 put up something like 15 homers and aside from someone not named Sizemore or Lee was Cleveland's best player.
I'm just saying your going to hear a lot more from him
he got .291, 17 homers, 94 rbi's but the common fan doesn't know about him

if not him I'll pick Howie Kendrick or Zack Greinke
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Kendrick is a sexy pick this year. Greinke should be known and Choo I'm not completely sold on just yet. I want to see what happens when he isn't hitting in September.
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NL
East champ: Mets
Central champ: Cubs
West champ: Dodgers
Wild card: Phillies
Champion: Dodgers

AWARDS
MVP: Manny Ramirez
Cy Young: Johan Santana
Rookie of year: Jordan Schafer

OTHER
Dark-horse team: Marlins
Most disappointing team: Diamondbacks

AL
East champ: Yankees
Central champ: Twins
West champ: Angels
Wild card: Rays
Champion: Yankees

AWARDS
MVP: Justin Morneau
Cy Young: CC Sabathia
Rookie of year: Matt Wieters

OTHER
Dark-horse team: Royals
Most disappointing team: Athetics/Red Sox

WORLD SERIES: Yankees over Dodgers
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I'm just saying your going to hear a lot more from him
he got .291, 17 homers, 94 rbi's but the common fan doesn't know about him

if not him I'll pick Howie Kendrick or Zack Greinke
You can label him underrated, but not "break out" player.
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Hoops you think the Yanks have improved that much huh? I'm still shaky on their pitching to be honest. I like the talent but they need a guy like Hughes or Joba to finally step up.

And I like Schafer a lot too. If he ends up hitting at the top of the order, as I believe is planned, then he'll be a mighty fine replacement for Andruw Jones.
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Also other guys I'd keep an eye on:

Kendry Morales, Jeremy Hermida, Matt Lindstrom, Ian Stewart and Nick Adenhart.
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Kendrick is a sexy pick this year. Greinke should be known and Choo I'm not completely sold on just yet. I want to see what happens when he isn't hitting in September.
Kendrick is what he is - a .300 hitter that strikes out a lot more than he should. If he can be a bit more patient and selective, he should compete for the batting title year in and out.
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Also other guys I'd keep an eye on:

Kendry Morales, Jeremy Hermida, Matt Lindstrom, Ian Stewart and Nick Adenhart.
I'm expecting big things from Morales this year - we've heardd about him for so long, it's time he puts up - after all, he's gonna get the playing time.

Hermida - man, I remember him from like 5-6 years ago as the Marlins next best prospect. Is Lindstrom injured? I think he had to pull out from the WBC.

I like Adenhart - the Angels keep pumping out prospects.
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