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Thread started 08/29/19 8:29am

RodeoSchro

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Last Regular Season Baseball Thread


The dog days of August are almost over, and we're heading into the stretch run.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have completely demolished the NL West. They have a good chance of winning their division by 20 games. I can't remember when that happened. They'll be a force to be reckoned with but I still think - and history backs me up - that Dave Roberts over-manages the bejeezus out of his club in the playoffs.

The New York Yankees continue to amaze. Depending on the day of the week, they have both the best record in all of baseball, and the most starters on injured reserve. I don't see how anyone but Aaron Boone can win Manager of the Year. What a job he's done. If the Yankees get completely healthy, I don't know if anyone can beat them.

The Twins are still hanging in there, but the Indians won't go away. You don't see addition-by-subtraction very often but getting rid of clubhouse cancer Trevor Bauer has really helped the Indians.

But it's the Atlanta Braves who are the surprise team of the year. They're building a substantial lead in the NL East, completely under the radar. My favorite Brave - Nick Markakis - is on the shelf. But they have a really solid roster. I wouldn't be surprised if they make the NLCS. However, don't count out the Mets and their monster of a rookie, Pete Alonso. He just broke the Mets' single-season homerun record, smashing his 42nd dinger last night.

The Cardinals, Cubs and Brewers are locked in a fight for the NL Central. There's a ton of pressure on both the Cubs and the Brewers. The Brewers were thought to be much better than they've played. The Cubs are expected to win it all, namely because they spent $$$$$$$ and actually DID win it all a couple years ago. GM Theo Epstein has said this is a make-or-break season and if the Cubs don't make, he's blowing up the roster. So the happy-go-lucky Cardinals jsut keep winning, while the teams around them implode.

I've saved the best for last. Of course I'm talking about the Houston Astros!

Despite multiple injuries to a plethora of pitchers, the Astros have a 10-game lead in the AL West. They're playing incredible baseball. Let's talk about Yordan Alvarez.

Yordan is putting up numbers that have only been put up by the likes of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. He is UNBELIEVABLE. The guy is a rookie! He's played 61 games and knocked in 62 runs. He's got 21 homers, and is hitting .329. His numbers today extrapolate to a full-season total of 56 home runs and 164 RBIs.

The Astros right now have: (1) the most strikeouts by their pitchers in MLB; and (2) the fewest strikeouts by their batters in MLB. No team in the modern era has ever done that so if the Astros can keep it up, they'll be the first in 120 years to do so.

But we have some injuries that are worrisome. Brad Peacock is back on the shelf with a sore shoulder. All Star Ryan Pressly is out until the very end of the season. New acquisition Aaron Sanchez is on the IL. Carlos Correa's injury-plagued season continues, with a lower back issue.

We still have plenty of guns, though. Michael Brantley has just been incredible, and leads all of baseball with a .337 average. And he's been right there all year. He's never slumped. What an incredible addition he's been!

Yuli Gurriel is the hottest player in baseball not named Yordan Alvarez. On May 2, he was hitting .232. Today he's batting .308. He was the player of the month in July (he hit .408 with 12 HRs and 31 RBIs for the month!) and might be again in August. Yuli is hitting .330 since his May 2 nadir.

Right behind him has been Jose Altuve. Jose started the year with a surgically-repaired knee that wasn't fixed just right. He went in for some rehab on May 10, with a .243 average. He came back on June 19 and has raised his average to .305. Altuve has hit .353 since coming back.

Bregman, Springer, Reddick, Correa (when healthy) - all mashing, all smashing. Verlander, Cole, Greinke, Miley - all wheeling, all dealing.

It should be a great September for baseball!

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Reply #1 posted 09/01/19 1:51pm

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Justin Verlander just threw a no-hitter.

Now I know why no one else is posting on this thead. Y'all scared! smile

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[Edited 9/1/19 13:51pm]

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Reply #2 posted 09/09/19 10:25am

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THe Boston Red Sox fired President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski last night--one season after they won the World Series. Brutal.

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The Astros had another squeaker yesterday, getting by the Seattle Marners 21 - 1. I can't wait until Carlos Correa comes back; then our offense can really get on track. biggrin

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sexton said:

THe Boston Red Sox fired President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski last night--one season after they won the World Series. Brutal.



Yeah, I wonder what that was all about? There has to be something besides a baseball issue, don't you think?

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Reply #5 posted 09/09/19 12:43pm

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RodeoSchro said:

sexton said:

THe Boston Red Sox fired President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski last night--one season after they won the World Series. Brutal.



Yeah, I wonder what that was all about? There has to be something besides a baseball issue, don't you think?


I read more about it and it seems like the Red Sox have decided to move in a different direction now that their chances of making the playoffs are almost zero: https://www.fangraphs.com...ayoff-odds --that different direction being cutting payroll and replenishing the depleted farm system which are not Dombrowski's strengths. He's a win now at all costs guy and the Red Sox did that so his services are no longer needed now that the costs are coming back to bite the organization.

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I saw the final score of 21-7 for last night's game between the Astros and A's and thought, wow Houston threw yet another football score up on the board, but then realized it was Oakland who scored 21. That was a surprise.

Meanwhile, the Yankees tied the Twins last night for the most home runs this season hitting six more and also giving up 12 runs in a loss to the worst team in the majors, the Detroit Tigers who score less runs than the Marlins. Inexplicable. disbelief

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sexton said:

I saw the final score of 21-7 for last night's game between the Astros and A's and thought, wow Houston threw yet another football score up on the board, but then realized it was Oakland who scored 21. That was a surprise.

Meanwhile, the Yankees tied the Twins last night for the most home runs this season hitting six more and also giving up 12 runs in a loss to the worst team in the majors, the Detroit Tigers who score less runs than the Marlins. Inexplicable. disbelief


LOL, just before that game I was going to post that we'd outscored our opponents 36 - 1 in our last two games. And then THAT happened! Oh well, we have outscored out opponents 43 - 28 in the last three games, LOL.

Wade Miley has completely imploded in his last two starts. Twelve earned runs; 1/3 of an inning total in those two starts. Yikes! I hoep he gets it figured out before his next start. He says he feels good and that he's "refreshed" but he's not really fooling anyone. I will note, however, that all seven hits he gave up last night were singles that were either up the middle or to the opposite field. It's not like guys are driving the ball against him.

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Reply #8 posted 09/12/19 7:31am

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Crushing injury to Christian Yelich. I was looking forward to watching him in the playoffs. He's a really great player.

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Reply #9 posted 09/12/19 9:39am

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I did not watch much baseball this season. The Jays sucked, but hoping for a much better season for them next year. Bo and Vlad have been awesome, but I wish the general management would take a hike. They've been awful for this team. mad

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Dodgers

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #11 posted 09/13/19 11:42am

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2freaky4church1 said:

Dodgers



Are you on their bandwagon this year? They do have a great team but it remains to be seen if Dave Roberts can keep from over-managing again.

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