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I'll give you the Dolphins but they should still be near sold out but of the Miami teams they get the most support. I disagree about the Marlins. Even when they had Stanton they staduim was empty. The only way that stadium will be full is if the Red Sox or Yankees come to town cuz no one down there cares about the Marlins. They are just like the Rays a bunch of bandwagon fans. The Rays barely fill the staduim for playoff games and sure the Marilns staduim was full last opening day...with Cubs fans another team that people will come to see. They should move the Rays and Marlins where fans will come out...thus a name change if they were to move.
 
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^ You're missing the point.
It's not the fans that are the problem, it's ownership. No city any where in America would support this team after the crap they've pulled over the last twenty-six years.
As I said before, now that the Marlins have a decent owner who seems to genuinely want to rebuild the team in to a legitimate competitor, the fans will probably start coming back to support the team.

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^ I'm not missing the point. The fans are the problem cuz there are 5,000 people there a night. Fans drive ticket sales and the product on the field is crap. Idt they care about ownership cuz if the team was halfway decent no one would be there still. Look at Baltimore the were dreadful last season. Some night under 10,000 people...cuz they suck who wants to waste their money. They aren't thinking the ownership is bad its the team that is bad. The Marlins fans aren't going to games cuz of the ownership they don't go cuz the team sucks and even if they are good no one goes. Hence back to my original point...poor fan base. Also no one went to Falcons games towards the end of the year cuz they weren't very good...bad team no one wants to watch. Sure people haven't come out in Philly to support the Phillies much but at least there are 25,000-30,000 people there and if the Eagles were 1-10 the stadium is full unlike Atlanta and Miami. If the Phillies (my fave team) have poor owership I'm not going to say well our owner blows I'm not going to the game no the team blows so why go. The Marlins suck and even if they are decent no one goes...bad team = poor attendance. Like I said my perception of South Florida fans are bandwagon fair weather fans with no east coat mentality. To me they are all about college football and don't gravitate to baseball. If the Marlins get good maybe if they are lucky they will have 15,000 there but I don't see that happening. And don't get me wrong its a nice looking ballpark.
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Miami is fine for MLB, as bad as the attendance continues to be, their local TV ratings are solid-that's where MLB teams are really making their money nowadays. On the other hand, I've never seen or heard any indication that the Rays have had success in Tampa Bay; even with the World Series appearance (2008) followed by a couple more playoff appearances, the Rays never saw an average attendance bump and it appears that the locals have never really cared about 'em. From what I understand, you have A LOT of residents there who actually grew up in the Northeast, so a sizeable portion of Tampa-St. Pete residents (who have an interest in MLB) are actually Yankees/Phillies/Red Sox/Mets fans.
This whole discussion of dissolving one or both Florida teams is mute, though, because it ain't happening. If anything, MLB would expand by two teams so that both leagues are even at 16 teams and you don't have to play interleague games year-round. I don't know where else it could go-Portland, Charlotte, Las Vegas? Of course, you also hear chatter every once in a while about giving Montreal a team again.
By the way, with less than a month to go until Spring Training starts, there are a lot of free agents still unsigned (not just Harper and Machado). This seems to be becoming a pattern, since the same thing seemed to happen last offseason. This little bite from ESPN talks about it: . In the case of Harper and Machado, I think the big sticking point is number of years; I think all teams are done with the 10-year deals.

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^ MLB has a problem on their hands with free agency. Normally the big signings happen in December but now they are dragging out. NFL and NBA are free agent frenzys. I know baseball contracts are different without a salary cap but this is getting ridiculous. There really isn't anyrhing the league can do. They can't make guys sign. Who will blink first...Harper or Machado? Whoever signs first then I think the next one will sign and that will open the door for Kimbrel, Kuchel and Mosockas. If the Phils get one of the big two they reportedly want Kimbrel and Kuchel. Idk what to believe cuz I don't believe many of these reports I read cuz there are not many sources attached to them. Hopefully one of them signs soon cuz Spring Training starts in less than a month now.
 
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Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned. One of the sport’s best catchers had to settle for a one-year deal. Kyler Murray might play another sport if he can’t get paid. Only the players can fix this, but to do so, they’ll have to risk a work stoppage they’re not currently prepared to win.

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Maybe Harper and Machado are asking for too much money and teams either don't think they're worth the money or just don't have the money to pay them.

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^ That is a good point. We really don't know how much money they are looking for. Most teams couldn't afford a huge number other than the Yankees and possibly the Phillies cuz they have lots of money to spend. John Middleton of the Phillies said they wanted to spend "stupid money" so if the Phillies don't end up with one of the two he will surely regret saying that especially cuz Phillies fans won't let him forget.

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^I agree with you about how the Phillies would have to sign at least one of them so they don't look bad.
 
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Personally, I wouldn't be pissed off at the Phillies if they passed on both Machado and Harper. As I see it, they've got four options:
1) Sign Machado
2) Sign Harper
3) Sign neither and, instead, stock up on the lower-tier free agents (Mike Moustakas, Dallas Keuchel, A.J. Pollock to name a few)
4) Stand pat and hold off until next offseason (or next season's trade deadline) to make a big splash
I'm cool with options 1, 3 and 4. Option #2 is the worst to me; don't know if I mentioned it here before, but I'm not a fan of that Bryce Harper guy.

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^ I hope we get somebody cuz as the team is constructed now they still aren't good enough and I want a superstar player...I'm for Harper as you know lol I'm cool with your 2 and 3 option. Worst for me is 1, I'm not a Manny Machado guy. I think Harper will be the better player over the next decade in terms of power numbers. Sure Machado is a great defensive player but I think his offense will decline and if he doesn't hussle now wait til he gets paid then he really has no reason to hussle. I wouldn't mind Keuchel but the other two are just band aids. If they stand oat I'd be pretty pissed cuz they haven't done too much this off season. A few nice moves but not a big splash. The Jean Segura trade was good at least but add Harper and the top 4 hitters would produce a lot...Segura, Hoskins, McCuehen and Harper. I really hope Roman Quinn or someone seplants Odebul Herrera. I can't take another season of him lol
 
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February has arrived and both Machado and Harper are still unsigned.
 
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At this point it would not surprise me if this lingered into March. Its ridiculous. Who will blink and sign first? They both are not going to get as much as they want and maybe they will take less years to become a FA again. Baseball has to do something the next collective bargaining agreement and set a deadline for FA to sign. Baseball has the worst FA period. It a frenzy in both the NFL and NBA. Its slower than a snail in MLB.
 
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This is what the owners want, it's pretty obvious to me that they've all come together in agreement (i.e. colluded) that nobody's getting a 10-year deal anymore. They are making players - superstars and "average joes" - wait it out as long as possible so they are forced to sign a deal that is less than what they were looking for. You're also seeing a lot more guys having to settle for 1-year deals.
As for Machado and Harper...at this point, I think the Phillies get Machado and Harper comes back to the Nationals. With both guys, it won't be their ideal destination, but it's what they'll have to settle for because the Yankees are out on Manny and the Dodgers are out on Bryce.

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^ I agree with you about the state of free agency.
As for Harper and Machado I too have a feeling Harper goes back to DC and I hope the Phillies do not sign Machado. I believe Harper will have better numbers the next 5-8 years. I'd rather Manny sign with San Diego which I have a feeling he will. He doesn't stike me as someone who wants to be "the guy." He would get eaten alive in NY or Philly and probably didn't like all the attention in LA. Baltimore didn't ask much of him to be the in the limelight and San Diego is perfect for him cuz no one cares so he can put up hollow numbers for a bad team while getting paid. I get the sense he does not like the city of Philadelphia and same for Harper.

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The Phillies pulled off a big trade with the Marlins. Phillies gave up tbeir top prospect RHP Sixto Sanchez, C Jorge Alfaro, and LHP Will Stewart in exchange for C J.T. Realmuto. I love the trade. Sanchez was hurt and who knows if will pan out. Alfaro had 10 HR last season and countless passed balls. I hated him and he never tapped into his potential that everyone talked about. Realmuto had 21 HR last season and at CBP he can have 25-30. He is under control through 2020. I the Phillies get Harper they should be the faves to win the NL East. Maybe they can also add Dallas Kechuel.

Edited by - philly26 on 2/8/2019 12:43:27 AM

 
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Yep, I like it, too. Yesterday, I found myself searching online for some analysis from "experts." I found two completely different takes, a guy from The Ringer wrote that the Phillies "got fleeced," while a guy from CBS Sports claimed the Phillies "knocked it out of the park."

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As you pointed out, Jorge Alfaro was a disappointment last season. By just looking at the guy, I figured he'd be a good power hitter, but the lack of power last season was baffling to me. He was essentially a singles-hitter with the occasional double. Worst of all, though, was how often he struck out; if I'm not mistaken, his strikeout percentage was one of the worst for qualified hitters in all of MLB. The one thing people raved about was his throwing arm and ability to throw out runners, but that was negated by his penchant for passed balls. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to watching him in the Phillies lineup for the second straight season. In regards to Sanchez, he was a highly rated prospect, but you were talking about a guy who's still a year or more away from being on the big league team and, as you pointed out, he's already looking like an injury prone hard-throwing pitcher.


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We are now more than halfway through February and still nothing on Machado and Harper. It's ridiculous, baseball is really broken. I mean Jacob deGrom is talking about limiting his innings if he doesn't get an extension by the beginning of the season. Are you kidding me? Reportedly Harper won't take a short term deal and both guys are waiting for the other guy to sign first. At this point Idt either guy will sign through mid March. I was MLB would step in and say if you don't sign by a certain day sit the season out. I know they can't and won't but its a nice thought.

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Breaking News: San Diego just signed Manny Machado to a 10 year $300 million deal. I am so glad he is not a Phillie. As I said in this thread a few weeks ago Machado is perfect for the Padres cuz now he can put up hollow numbers and win nothing like in Baltimore. San Diego will not win with Machado, he is not a guy you can build around. He will hit his 30 HR and San Diego will lose 90 games. He hit .182 in the World Series and dogs it a lot.

Now the Phillies better sign Harper and spend that "stupid money."

 
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Huh, how 'bout that...the San Diego Padres are suddenly big spenders. Along with this Machado mega deal, they also gave a big 8-year contract to Eric Hosmer last offseason. They still won't be expected to make the playoffs this season, but with their top-rated farm system, the Padres could be primed to dominate the NL West in the early 2020's like how the Dodgers have in this decade. I'm surprised that Machado actually got 10 years; with how this thing was dragging on, I figured that both guys would have to settle for something less than 10 years.

As for how this effects the Phillies, I'd rather see them do some short-term deals with some other free agents that are still out there (like Dallas Keuchel), but it's all but inevitable now that they will do the mega deal with Harper. (I also wouldn't them passing on Harper now and waiting for 3B Nolan Arenado to hit free agency next year.)

Edited by - Mass Facialties on 2/19/2019 3:23:22 PM

 
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Marcus Hayes, of the Philadelphia Daily News, does a good job in that piece of articulating how I feel about this. Also, just how baffling it is that so many Phillies fans have this distorted view of Bryce Harper as "Johnny Hustle" (to use the phrase that got Manny Machado in trouble) and a "heart and soul" player in the likes of Chase Utley. Of course, Bryce Harper is not that type of player, he's actually just as much, if not more, of a primadonna and "half-asser" as Machado.

If the reports are true - that Machado was always the player of the two that they preferred and $250 million was the most they were willing to offer him - why in the world would the Phillies then turn around and offer even more for Harper? If the Phillies do end up giving Harper that "stupid money," I think it will be because majority owner, John Middleton, overrules the front office guys like GM Matt Klentak. I think those analytics-obsessed nerds in the front office know that Bryce Harper can not possibly live up to the expectations of a $300 million-plus long-term contract.

Edited by - Mass Facialties on 2/20/2019 11:41:18 AM


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^ After Machado signed for $300 million and the Philles passed I highly doubt they are going to give Harper well over $300 million. As the Phils stand now they are not a playoff team and with Harper they have a better shot but still need starting pitching. If Harper signs I will check out more games if not I will watch as much as the last few seasons...not much at all. This team still does not excite me and baseball is now down to my number 4 sport. If they sign Harper I think the fan base gets ingnited similar to 2007-2011. The Phillies are going to get killed cuz they aren't going to spend "stupid money." I think Harper goes to San Fran and puts up more hollow numbers on a bad team. Andy Martino of SNY said on Philly Sports Talk that sources he trusts said Harper does not like Philadelphia so if that is true Idt he signs in Philly. Fans will be outraged and the front office will have egg on their faces. I am ao glad they did not sign Machado.
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If Machado or Harper were worth what they had been asking, Dave Dombrowski would have already offered one a contract and told him to fill in a number. The fact Boston has not so much as been heard from in the process tells you what you need to know about them. If he's not offering stupid money, they definitely are not worth it.

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^ Boston is already loaded. It makes no sense whatsoever for them to bring in either player plus they won't pony up on Craig Kimbrel which is a good move cuz he is shaky at times.
 
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That's the most remarkable thing about this Harper/Machado saga, that the traditional free agent monsters (Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs) were all out of the running. A really bad break for both players.

Personality-wise, both of these guys seem to be the same-they want the historic deal without the pressure and responsibility of being a "franchise player." That's why I REALLY hope the Phils don't give in and sign Harper, that punk ain't ready for the pressure of being "the man" in Philly. I believe the Phils sensed that after meeting with Machado back in December, thus the reason why they weren't willing to offer what the Padres (and White Sox) did for Manny.

 
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At a total of $260 million, this deal actually sets a new record for "average annual salary" given to a position player; Diamondbacks pitcher, Zack Greinke, holds the record for average annual salary for all players (his average is at over $34 million per season).

Huh, so much for the possibility of the Phillies getting him later this year (via trade or free agency). I guess it's Harper-or-bust now.


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After months of false reports, wondering where Bryce Harper will go is finally over. My first reaction was not excitement it was more oh okay its about time plus I didn't believe it at first but it has been confirmed and now the excitement is setting in. I will get a Harper t-shirt, I have not gotten a Phillies' player shirt in a few years. It's a 13 year $330 million deal with no opt outs and a no trade cluse. The park is gonna be full now and the Phillies will contend this season. They still need more pitching. I think the Phils will make the Wildcard, I won't give them the division yet. The Nats have better pitching. If Harper mashes and the Phils offense gels they might win the division cuz the bullpen is decent. It would be a similar offense to the 2008 team cuz they had decent picthing after Hamels and they out scored people. After Nola and Arieta the other starters are question mark. Maybe they can get Dallas Keuchel now. I'm much more excited for opening day.
 
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Wow, even though the wait was forever and there was an expectation that it was going to happen, I gotta admit my initial reaction was shock when I heard the news this afternoon. Despite all my criticisms about Bryce Harper, I was actually standing in front of the TV this afternoon, smiling as I thought to myself: "Wow, the Phillies are finally a relevant - and contending - team again!" With what had happened in the last two weeks - Machado signing elsewhere and Arenado getting an extension with Colorado - I kind of came to the realization that if the Phillies didn't get Harper now, what superstar player would they actually be able to get in the months and years to come? Wait another two years in the hopes that 30-year old Mike Trout will come home? Nah, not only would that approach have been tough for the fan base to take, but it would've been downright illogical. With the foundation that's been established, they needed to get the franchise-altering player now, rather than sit around and wait for another 2+ years. I think both the free-wheeling ownership group and the analytics-obsessed front office guys came to that realization this week. To think, after that run of five-straight division titles (2007-11) for the franchise, 7 years have been lost in this "decline-tank-rebuild" process. This shit needed to end sooner rather than later.

So, despite all of that negativity before in regards to Bryce Harper, I'm ALL-IN on this new era of Philadelphia Phillies baseball.

 
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Congrats, I hope it works out! That is QUITE a contract, I hope he can live up to it.
 
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Initially, at least, Phillies & Harper don't have to win anything. Organization has sent message they are trying to win and that will energize the common folk. With time, if there is no glory, it'll get ugly. Hey, it's Philadelphia. Added bonus for Harper is he can hit some pop fly home runs in one of baseball's smallest ballparks.
 
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"Initially, at least, Phillies & Harper don't have to win anything."

Nah, that's not the case here in Philly. Fans, myself included, understand that the division is tough and the Phils might not actually win it, but there's definitely an expectation now that they will be in the playoffs. As I alluded to in my previous post, it's been 7 consecutive years without postseason baseball for this franchise; the drought has gone on long enough. One thing's for sure...if the 2019 Phillies don't make the playoffs, the manager (Gabe Kapler) will be gone.


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^^ The last few seasons us Phils fans knew the team was in a rebuild and now as Aaron Nola said the rebuild is over. Now there are expectations so not winning anything will not fly now in Philly. I agree with Mass if this team doesn't make the postseason Kapler is gone. Idt he is a good manager but with this line up he will look good. He better bat Harper 3rd or 4th. The fan base is on fire...100,000 tickets were sold yesterday alone. I will def be going to a game and I can't wait to see CBP rocking again. Harper is going to wear No. 3. Last season 34 was taken out of circulation and the Phils may retire it. I had a feeling Harper would wear a different number out of respect for the late Roy Halladay.

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13 years? Woof. I say they'll regret it after 5-8.

Also, you better hope the NL implements the DH - imagine Harper playing RF at 36?


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^ Better than Barry roid Bonds in left field lol I think the DH will be in place soon in the NL. If the Phils win the World Series well before he is 36 Idc what he will look like in RF lol
 
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Whether they were to decide on pitchers hitting or having a designated hitter for both leagues, I've always felt that they need to have the same rules for both leagues. It's always been my belief that the American League teams have an unfair advantage over the National League teams, both in World Series play and in free agency because they have the DH and the N.L. doesn't. Personally, I'd rather see the DH in both leagues, I ABSOLUTELY HATE watching pitchers "trying" to hit.

You buy any Phillies tickets yet, philly26? I didn't buy a season ticket plan (don't have that kind of cash), but right after I found out about the Harper signing last week, I did get myself a ticket on StubHub for the March 31st Sunday night game against Atlanta. I definitely plan on going to a couple games this season (I did four last season), but I've never believed in buying tickets for games weeks/months in advance.


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^ I haven't bought any tickets yet. Sometimes my friend gets tickets from her job so she usually lets me know a few weeks in advance. My friend and I want to go to the June 21 game when they have the ceremony for Chase Utley. We went to a game last year and got tickets for 16 bucks on StubHub...we will have to pay more this year. Have fun at the March 31 game. I will go hopefully on June 21 and if not probably in July or whenever my friend scores tickets from her job.
 
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Well, as expected, the Los Angeles Angels are giving Mike Trout a new, record-shattering contract:
Well, hopefully, in a year or two, the Angels might actually make the playoffs. In the meantime, it'll continue to be a struggle for them to be just a .500 team. Oh, and Angels fans will continue to have the pleasure of watching Albert Pujols try to run.
 
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Congrats to Mike Trout. The best positional player is the highest paid. That's not always the case. Angels are one of those teams with a very lucrative local tv deal, so they can toss the money around. The other option they had is let him play out his contract & go play for the (Yankees/Dodgers/Red Sox/Cubs/etc.). They found that option less appealing.
 
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Life long Halo fan I couldn't be more happy that Mike Trout will be with the Angels 12 more years. I'm glad they got this done now I'm quite relieved !!!!
 
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Simply as a baseball fan, I REALLY do hope that the Angels get their act together and put a playoff-caliber team around Mike Trout. It's fuckin' sad that the best player in baseball for almost the entire decade has a grand total of three postseason games played. Like the Padres and Manny Machado, the hope is that in a year or two the organization's top prospects will be able to complement the highly-paid superstar to where the team is in the postseason year after year.
Despite the remarkable dollar amount of the deal, Trout probably sacrificed some money in agreeing to this mega deal. If he had hit free agency in the 2020-21 offseason, he most likely would've been able to get a deal worth $500M+ in total value. The closest thing to Trout right now, when it comes to "best player in baseball," would have to be Mookie Betts. Don't be surprised if the Red Sox, in the next year or two, lock him up with a mega deal somewhere between what Trout and Bryce Harper are getting.
 
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Red Sox have attempted to lock up Betts long term for a couple of seasons. To this point, they have been unsuccessful. It may just be a matter of dollars or could be he really wants to test the market. Think you are on target about the money it will take to sign him. Another possibility thrown out there in talk show land is Betts doesn't love the scrutiny of the Boston sports scene. That was the case with another Red Sox wonder boy from a couple decades ago, Nomar Garciaparra.

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The 2019 season got underway this morning in Japan with the Mariners downing the A's 9-7. As the full slate of games approach next week, here are my 2019 predictions.

AL Division Champions

AL Central - Indians

AL West - Astros

AL East - Red Sox

AL Wildcards - Yankees and Twins

NL Division Champions

NL East - Phillies

NL West - Rockies

NL Central - Brewers

NL Wildcards - Cardinals and Nationals

Bold Predictions - Dodgers and Cubs miss the post season, Padres still lose 90+, Dodgers finish below .500, and Phillies win 90+ games (93)

ALCS - Astros over Red Sox

NLCS - Brewers over Cardinals

World Series - Astros over Brewers

 
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Posted - Mar 21 2019 : 1:01AM
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Yeah, I had no idea about this "Opening Series" in Japan between the Mariners and A's until I flipped on ESPN early yesterday morning. It's basically a "farewell" series for Ichiro.

As for predictions, I feel like I should wait to see/read some season previews, but now that I'm looking at things, most of it seems pretty straight forward, especially in the American League. So, I might as well just go ahead and make 'em now:

National League

East: Nationals (Count me as one of those who thinks the Nationals will actually be better without Bryce Harper)

Central: Cardinals (The great acquisition of the offseason that nobody's talked about is STL acquiring Paul Goldschmidt)

West: Dodgers (I think this entire division - including LAD - will be very weak; LAD might only finish with like 85 wins)

Wild Cards: Cubs, Braves (Despite winning 95 games last season, everybody's assuming CHC are going to fall off; ATL has some dynamite young talent and their starting pitching should actually be better this year)

Other thoughts on the NL: Year 1 of the Bryce Harper Era here in Philly will be underwhelming, as the team misses the postseason, Harper finishes the season with less than 30 HR (Rhys Hoskins will have a great year statistically, though) and manager Gabe Kapler will be fired. I think the Brewers miss the playoffs because I feel like their run last season was kind of fluky, especially considering their mediocre starting rotation. Rockies will also fail to return to the playoffs because their bullpen is significantly weaker and, as always, starting pitching will be an issue.

American League

East: Red Sox (Offensively, there will be a very slight decline most likely, but I think the pitching - especially starting - will be better)

Central: Indians (They'll win their pathetic division once again, but they don't stand a chance of doing anything in the postseason)

West: Astros (They shouldn't be ravaged by injuries like they were last season, a season in which they still won 103 games)

Wild Cards: Yankees, Rays (NYY will have to play the do-or-die WC Game yet again; TB will do what the A's did last season, where they'll do a lot of unconventional/quirky stuff (i.e. "openers") and somehow win 90+ games)

Other AL thought: Is there any reason to believe that 2019 won't go just like 2018 did, where BOS, NYY and HOU are so much better than every other team in the league?

 
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Posted - Mar 21 2019 : 1:04AM
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Oh, and I'll go with a Cardinals-Astros World Series, which would be kind of odd considering they were division rivals a decade ago. Cardinals win it.

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Posted - Mar 21 2019 : 1:46PM
^^ Wow I guess that's your bold prediction, Harper struggles and Kapler gets the ax because of it. If that is the case I agree no doubt Kapler gets fired. I picked the Phils to win the East cuz of their offense and the Nats are a paper team, they have been like that for years. I think Realmuto hits 25 HR, Hoskins at least 30 and I think Harper (in a smaller home park) will hit 37 HR. I almost picked the Cardinals for the World Series too but I like the back end of the Brewers' bullpen. It will be interesting to see when and where Dallas Kuechel and Craig Kimbrel will sign.
 
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Posted - Mar 23 2019 : 1:28AM
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"... I like the back end of the Brewers' bullpen."

Milwaukee's bullpen is actually the main reason why I'm not picking them to get back to the playoffs. Their bullpen was EXCELLENT last year, and to expect them to repeat that performance a second straight season is asking a ton. I feel like bullpen performance is the most up-and-down, unpredictable thing for MLB teams. Especially when you're talking about a unit that was used heavily the previous season.

As for my less than optimistic prediction about the Phillies and Bryce Harper, what can I say, as much as I want this to be a "home run," I still have the same misgivings about Harper that I did before he joined the team. As I've said repeatedly, I feel like we've already seen the best of him, he won't come close to having another season like that 2015 MVP season. I hate to even make the comparison, but I fear that this deal with Harper is like the deal the Phils made with Ryan Howard back in 2010, where we look back on it now and realize that the team was essentially paying the player for what he had done already and not for what he was going to do after signing the deal. Needless to say...I HOPE I'M WRONG!


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Posted - Mar 23 2019 : 1:29PM
^ That's a great point about the bullpen in general. Bullpen guys are year to year and down. I'll still stick with the Brew Crew. Watch in June their bullpen ERA be one of the worst in the NL.

As for Harper I'm not expecting him to be MVP Harper from 2015. I think he will put up solid numbers and perform better than Manny Machado from an offensive standpoint. Ryan Howard never had a proper chance to live up to that contract cuz once he blew his achillies out he was toast and then the Phils went downhill as the team got older. Even if he didn't get hurt Idt he would have put up monster numbers like he did before but he still would have produced a better clip but then the injury finshed his career cuz he was never the same player. Needless to say, I hope you are wrong about Harper!


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Posted - Mar 28 2019 : 11:27PM
The Phils looked pretty good today. Aaron Nola battled through. Surprised he had 5 BB but he had some filthy pitches. It was nice to see McChean to hit a lead off HR. The bottom of the line up came through too and it was dumb to IBB Harper, its not like its a mate season game and Hoskins made the Braves pay with the GS. Its just 1 of 162 but nice to down the Braves and hopefully the weekend games will go well.
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