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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,141 ✭✭


    Qqq123xx wrote:


    Qqq123xx wrote:


    Yep and the Sox got out of their sad bed enough to win tonight.



    Yanks 22 home games 15 road games

    Sox 15 home games 22 road games




    Yanks still took 2 out of 3.Yanks v Sox is really the only reg season baseball I watch routinely. Absolutely always some drama going on. I wouldn't be surprised at a 1 game playoff at the end of the season.



    But why didn't Didi throw out the sox runner coming home from 3rd with 1 out and score 0-0?
    Welll I don't know maybe he thought the Yanks would score 15 more runs..... image/swoon.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':swoon:' /> image/busted_cop.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':busted_cop:' /> image/pimp.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':pimp:' /> image/taunt.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':taunt:' />




    I think you're actually on point Q. But I remember my little league coach telling us that every run you prevent is as if you scored a run. Fundamental baseball.




    Was it early in the game Thug? If so, I'm sure they figured they would score more than enough to offset one run. Get the sure out and try to eliminate the big inning.




    Yeah 2nd inning I think. But he had the ball in his hand while the runner was not even halfway home. I guess that shows how offense minded the Yanks are.
  • moegolfer11moegolfer11 steal your face right off your head Members Posts: 2,185 ✭✭
    Don't look now but my Reds are on a 6 game winning streak & just swept the Dodgers, since trading for Harvey. Trying not to get my hopes up. I think its the first time since the 70's the Reds have swept the Dodgers away from home.
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    Don't look now but my Reds are on a 6 game winning streak & just swept the Dodgers, since trading for Harvey. Trying not to get my hopes up. I think its the first time since the 70's the Reds have swept the Dodgers away from home.




    My Dodgers suck! Of course the injury bug hasn't helped.
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  • CommerceTigerCommerceTiger Members Posts: 2,164 ✭✭
    Lol braves still 9th in the power rankings with the best record in the NL. And we have played the second hardest schedule. Idiots
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  • Yanki01Yanki01 TEXASMembers Posts: 6,110 ✭✭


    Lol braves still 9th in the power rankings with the best record in the NL. And we have played the second hardest schedule. Idiots




    mainly click bait and to start discussions. i don't really care for power rankings personally. their record tells their story. Braves are looking good.
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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,141 ✭✭
    Yanki01 wrote:
    Lol braves still 9th in the power rankings with the best record in the NL. And we have played the second hardest schedule. Idiots
    mainly click bait and to start discussions. i don't really care for power rankings personally. their record tells their story. Braves are looking good.




    Power rankings? It's a team's record, difficulty shmificulty.



    Yanks and Sox still neck and neck. Yanks v Stros for the AL in october and no one from the NL will beat the winner.
  • CommerceTigerCommerceTiger Members Posts: 2,164 ✭✭

    Yanki01 wrote:
    Lol braves still 9th in the power rankings with the best record in the NL. And we have played the second hardest schedule. Idiots
    mainly click bait and to start discussions. i don't really care for power rankings personally. their record tells their story. Braves are looking good.




    Power rankings? It's a team's record, difficulty shmificulty.



    Yanks and Sox still neck and neck. Yanks v Stros for the AL in october and no one from the NL will beat the winner.




    Okay take away the difficulty and we are still way higher than 9th?
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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,141 ✭✭


    Yanki01 wrote:
    Lol braves still 9th in the power rankings with the best record in the NL. And we have played the second hardest schedule. Idiots
    mainly click bait and to start discussions. i don't really care for power rankings personally. their record tells their story. Braves are looking good.




    Power rankings? It's a team's record, difficulty shmificulty.



    Yanks and Sox still neck and neck. Yanks v Stros for the AL in october and no one from the NL will beat the winner.




    Okay take away the difficulty and we are still way higher than 9th?




    Yeah, 1st place NL East, you can't take that away. They have some good bats. But, it's the NL East, I don't really follow the NL until the end of the season...
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,685 ClubWRX

    Yanki01 wrote:
    Lol braves still 9th in the power rankings with the best record in the NL. And we have played the second hardest schedule. Idiots
    mainly click bait and to start discussions. i don't really care for power rankings personally. their record tells their story. Braves are looking good.




    Power rankings? It's a team's record, difficulty shmificulty.



    Yanks and Sox still neck and neck. Yanks v Stros for the AL in october and no one from the NL will beat the winner.




    Nationals probably the best chance. Solid starting pitching, and if they can juggle things to get Scherzer three starts in a series........



    Need another bad so Harper doesn't get walked like 7,000 times this season!
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  • fillwelixfillwelix Members Posts: 1,261 ✭✭
    The Yanks have their first lead in a week!
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  • Joe85Joe85 Members Posts: 3,867 ✭✭
    edited May 22, 2018 #72
    I think the Twins will come around. We've played more interleague games than games in our own (worst in baseball) ALC Division. It's a quarter of the year yet and we have hardly played the Sox, Tigers or Royals.



    Also, the best pitcher in baseball the first half of the season (Santana) last year has not pitched a game yet for us, our starting SS (Polanco) was suspended the first half of the season, our most critical power hitter has been injured for a while now (Sano) and our best base runner and defensive out fielder has missed a ton of games this season as well (Buxton).



    Not discounting the recent Mauer DL placement...maybe I'm wrong but I think that - assuming all these pieces are back and healthy soon down the road - the Twins should be able to win the ALC. I get that Cleveland is good but it should be a close race between them and us.
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  • Darth PutterDarth Putter Members Posts: 5,002 ✭✭
    Bubba Watson tossed out the first pitch at Wrigley tonight. He was also helping the grounds crew with watering earlier for some reason.



    Oh God, that means he's going to sing later doesn't it?
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers Posts: 1,179 ✭✭
    Come on Cubs this is like the first half last year. play around .500 ball the first half then turn it on? The starting pitching hasn't been very good, specifically Darvish/Quintana. Lester and Hendricks have been good. Chatwood is wild as ****, but has shown pretty good stuff. They need Darvish/Quintana/Chatwood to average 6 innings per start the rest of the way and they will be fine. It is those 4 inning or 5 inning outings that kill the bullpen, which isn't great to begin with IMO.



    The lineup will be fine IMO, as Schwarber is playing much better this year and will have some huge stretches coming up I think. Bryant is solid as always, Rizzo has struggled, but that won't last all year. He will end up around .280 with 30 homers and 100 RBI's I think.



    The real swing players will be Baez (if he can keep it up, and I think he can), Contreras who has been good, and Russell. Russell has hit better of late and plays solid defense. Baez and Contreras have both booted the ball around thus far, but have huge defensive potential.



    Heyward will never been a plus hitter, but with his defense if he can hit .250 with a .333 or better OBP then I'm happy.



    Go Cubs Go
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    I'm glad someone else has to put up with Darvish this year. He cost the Dodgers the series last year.
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  • Joe85Joe85 Members Posts: 3,867 ✭✭


    I'm glad someone else has to put up with Darvish this year. He cost the Dodgers the series last year.






    Fortunately the Twins didn't win that battle. We always have bad luck with pitchers it seems so it's nice that we actually didn't get him. It's bad enough the way Lynn has pitched (among others).
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers Posts: 1,179 ✭✭
    Wasn't crazy about adding Darvish. IMO I wanted the cubs to go after Verlander last year at the trade deadline for pennies on the dollar as his salary was high and at 35 aging for sure. Now look at the guy!
  • pwapwa Members Posts: 86 ✭✭
    Go Braves! That is all.
  • RobNY22RobNY22 Members Posts: 408 ✭✭
    This weather is not only killing my golf routine, but already PPD'ed 7 games for the Yanks and its only the beginning of June.
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  • CommerceTigerCommerceTiger Members Posts: 2,164 ✭✭
    Lol. The braves take 3 of 4 from the nats for a 1.5 game lead in the division. And then move behind the nats in the power rankings. What a joke
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  • RobNY22RobNY22 Members Posts: 408 ✭✭


    Lol. The braves take 3 of 4 from the nats for a 1.5 game lead in the division. And then move behind the nats in the power rankings. What a joke




    Yeah that is a joke. Power rankings in general are, but can’t help looking at them. Astros are #1 on ESPN which is the least respectable source of baseball talk. They are 4-6 in their last 10 and have gotten spanked by both Yankees and Sox in those 10 games, yet they are ranked above them?
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  • pwapwa Members Posts: 86 ✭✭


    Lol. The braves take 3 of 4 from the nats for a 1.5 game lead in the division. And then move behind the nats in the power rankings. What a joke




    ESPN power rankings? We don't need no stinking ESPN power rankings! Braves are 1.5 up over the Nats! What a week-end.
  • RobNY22RobNY22 Members Posts: 408 ✭✭


    Lol. The braves take 3 of 4 from the nats for a 1.5 game lead in the division. And then move behind the nats in the power rankings. What a joke




    Bleacher Report's power rankings for the week have the Braves at 5 (best NL team)
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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,141 ✭✭
    OK, what the frick is a power ranking? All you need to do is look at a team's record and watch them play to know how good they are. Who needs power rankings..this analytics stuff is getting out of hand.
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    OK, what the frick is a power ranking? All you need to do is look at a team's record and watch them play to know how good they are. Who needs power rankings..this analytics stuff is getting out of hand.




    “Exit velocity”. Who cares!



    Seems like they come up with a new stat everyday to make someone look good.



    “He’s the top hitter in the league in day games that follow a full moon when facing a left handed pitcher who is under 6’1” and is a Virgo”! Sheesh.
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  • RobNY22RobNY22 Members Posts: 408 ✭✭
    edited Jun 6, 2018 #86


    OK, what the frick is a power ranking? All you need to do is look at a team's record and watch them play to know how good they are. Who needs power rankings..this analytics stuff is getting out of hand.




    Hardly an analytic or nerdy saber metric stat. Simply put, different outlets weekly ranking the best teams in a sport based off of record and strength of schedule for the week. They are meaningless, but if you are a fan of a good team, its likely you will click on it to see where they think you stack up.



    And I'm with you on the ridiculous amounts of analytics in the game today and more importantly in the front office of most organizations. I don't want a statistician from Harvard scouting. I want baseball people who have been around the game since they were kids.
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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,141 ✭✭
    Man, the quest for playoff spots is heating up in both leagues. Boston is stumbling a bit and if NY weren't injured they might be even by now. Meanwhile, where the frick did Oakland come from? The Stros are actually looking over their shoulders when they were ahead by a million games only a couple months ago.



    Then, there's the NL. Holy Cow, 8 teams, each of which could take their division title/wildcard. I don't have a dog in the NL fight but I think the Cubbies are gonna get there again. Cubs/Yanks world series. Gonna be great!



    This is the best time of year for baseball. Screw football.
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    In the NL I agree with the Cubs being the favorites. Cardinals are getting hot. Diamondbacks just keep winning while the Rockies hang close.



    Dodgers just are playing terrible baseball but are still only a couple games back and are still insanely talented. Dave Roberts doesn’t seem to have any feel for the game. Too much by the analytics book.
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  • SnapHooker_605SnapHooker_605 Members Posts: 775 ✭✭


    In the NL I agree with the Cubs being the favorites. Cardinals are getting hot. Diamondbacks just keep winning while the Rockies hang close.



    Dodgers just are playing terrible baseball but are still only a couple games back and are still insanely talented. Dave Roberts doesn’t seem to have any feel for the game. Too much by the analytics book.




    I'm a Rockies fan. It is good to see us still alive, but I don't think they will hang in long enough. I don't think the Dodgers are going to catch the danger noodles either.
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    Dodgers just can't get their bullpen to wake up, I agree it will be Cubs or Cards. Hoping the Yanks can get healthy and make it to the WS, Yankee/Cubs would be AMAZING!
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