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Old 07-10-2017, 16:38   #16
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The NL Central continues so far to be the usual tooth & nail hairball with the Cubs not getting out of one of their pitching acquisitions what they'd hoped for.
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The NL Central continues so far to be the usual tooth & nail hairball with the Brewers playing pretty good ball and the Cubs not getting decent/consistent pitching out of ANY of their rotation, while leaving things up to the bullpen has become a coin-flip (with the exception of the closer who's the only Cub going to tomorrow's All Star Game).
Holy cow indeed.

So how's everyone else's favorite team doing at The Break?
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:18   #17
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So how's everyone else's favorite team doing at The Break?
Both the Cardinals and the Rangers are mired in mediocrity.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:54   #18
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Both the Cardinals and the Rangers are mired in mediocrity.
Yeah, what's up with STL? I thought with Dexter Fowler (who the Cubs miss terribly, as player & friend) they'd get something solid going.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:05   #19
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Ha...my team...The Orioles, well they just plain "suck"....I am disappointed, but who knows maybe, just maybe they will get it together. At least they better before I go on August 5th....
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:12   #20
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Yeah, what's up with STL? I thought with Dexter Fowler (who the Cubs miss terribly, as player & friend) they'd get something solid going.
Honestly, I don't know if the problem is Mike Matheny being unable to manage a team after the one Tony LaRussa put together for him, GM Mozeliak got overwhelmed by too much work or that Jeff Luhow moving to the Astros impacted the team's ability to field quality players.
The Astros have certainly improved a great deal since Luhow's move to Houston.

Hopefully the Cards promotion of Mozeliak to Pres. of Baseball Operations and Mike Girsh to GM will yield better results on the field. But I'm not holding my breath. I like Matheny, great guy and was a good player for the Cardinals, however the team's performance under his leadership continues to deteriorate.

At this point, the Cards are fortunate that the NL Central is such a wasteland.
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Old 07-12-2017, 16:59   #21
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The weirdest thing to me so far is that every team in the American League is still technically at least in wild card contention. The worst teams, the Chicago White Sox and the the Oakland A's, are 7.5 games out. Obviously, their chances are little better than slim, but one consequence is that teams that might be sellers at this point don't really know what to do. Do teams like Baltimore and Detroit give up and unload at the deadline, or do they bet that their underperformers like Miguel Cabrera and Manny Machado will pick it up in the second half and all they really need is to get some improved pitching to get back in it?
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:20   #22
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The weirdest thing to me so far is that every team in the American League is still technically at least in wild card contention. The worst teams, the Chicago White Sox and the the Oakland A's, are 7.5 games out. Obviously, their chances are little better than slim, but one consequence is that teams that might be sellers at this point don't really know what to do. Do teams like Baltimore and Detroit give up and unload at the deadline, or do they bet that their underperformers like Miguel Cabrera and Manny Machado will pick it up in the second half and all they really need is to get some improved pitching to get back in it?

In the AL East, even for those who might consider going "sell" who would they go after? Everyone is looking for pitching whether starters (Baltimore) or bullpen (New York). Boston actually starting to perform as predicted has moved them up, but a set against the Yankees out of the break could make a big difference early in the second half.
Those with deep pockets will have the advantage as always. But even then the pickings are slim at best. Why sell off if things are that tight? As much as fans might be clamoring for some change
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I think Boston is looking for a third baseman.

The Yankees could use a first baseman, but I agree their biggest need is pitching. Maybe they make a deal with Oakland for 1B Yonder Alonso and a pitcher or two.

The Nationals biggest hole is a reliable closer, but with all the injuries to position players (Trea Turner, Jayson Werth, Adam Eaton, etc.), they might look for additional bench options. Baltimore has a fair number of players they might give up, if they go the seller route, but I'm not sure that the Nats have what Baltimore needs.

I think a lot of people in baseball still expect Toronto to turn it around in the second half. I'm not sure how many of them are in the Blue Jays' front office, though.

Of course, almost as soon as I observe that few AL teams might be sellers at this point, the White Sox trade Quintana to the Cubs, so what do I know. Maybe now that they are selling, the White Sox will make a deal with the Nats for David Robertson.
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Of course, almost as soon as I observe that few AL teams might be sellers at this point, the White Sox trade Quintana to the Cubs, so what do I know.
Thanks for that. Here I get a day off (to clean up downed limbs) and this comes along, right here on PS.COM = Not Fake News. Am definitely glad to see this. They said they were able to do this without touching their 25-man roster; which only means that some guys that were on the up/down elevator to AAA are going to be there longer rather than keeping a Chicago bag packed. (It is a BidenBig Freakin' Deal to get even 1 day of MLB service on your record when in AAA because it generates a permanent bump into your Minor League salary ceiling.)
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Well, Quintana or not, the Cubs' pitching staff (the bullpen tonight) seem to be unable too often to close the deal on close games. Big bats working tonight? No problem; but the little close ones are frustrating. (File under "The enemy gets a vote, or quit giving the other guy 4 outs."). Everyone seems to want to bring heat, as if the rest of MLB hasn't been studying the Cubs for awhile. Damn! As Crash Davis would say, "Be more democratic; throw some ground balls..."

The Cubs keep leaving these little openings for the fur-ball that is the NL Central. How are everyone's teams shaking out to this point? (Yeah, ok, if you're a Dodger fan you don't have to play.)
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Pitching, pitching, pitching....

You'd think with pitch-counts, and the myriad of specialty roles you'd have a better crop out there to choose from and consistency.

Sox (the Red ones)... Thinking Sales was solid and he gets disassembled by the Tribe last night. Speedbump but the East seems to be settled in barring some anomaly. A bunch of AL East games with the Yankees on the road and Houston at home APPEARING to be the only challenges.

Orioles - Facepalm Winning 2 games in a row is now a streak for the Birds 3 games out in the wildcard but I don't see that being a realistic expectation given the serious inconsistencies in pitching and the all or nothing offense.

Sad to see Britton's save record come to a close at 60. Unfortunate that the unwritten rule on Cy Young awards didn't give it to him last season for the streak of 47 saves a 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP.
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Once again this year I am dreaming of a Dodgers/Tribe world Series. I also dreamed of winning the Powerball. About the same odds.


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Unfortunate that the unwritten rule on Cy Young awards didn't give it to him last season for the streak of 47 saves a 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP.
Agree, that's felony-stupid. A guy that, if you manage to not step on it & scratch out a lead, and can hand it to him, will still give your fingernails back to you.

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21 Straight for Cleveland

Kudos to the Cleveland Indians for capturing the AL record for consecutive wins!
No easy feat! (For comparison, all-time record EV-UH is NY Giants - in 1916.)

The Tribe is now tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs. They're playing the KC Royals tomorrow (who're playing .500 ball) so you can bet if you want, but my money is staying in my wallet. Like "Crash" Davis said, "you have to trust the streak."
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Kudos to the Cleveland Indians for capturing the AL record for consecutive wins!
No easy feat! (For comparison, all-time record EV-UH is NY Giants - in 1916.)

The Tribe is now tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs. They're playing the KC Royals tomorrow (who're playing .500 ball) so you can bet if you want, but my money is staying in my wallet. Like "Crash" Davis said, "you have to trust the streak."
Congrats to the Tribe. I like Terry Francona so I hope they can keep the momentum into the post season.
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