MLB 2018: Goodbye, Ichiro, the True Hit King

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  1. Timby

    Timby Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed. Administrator

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    We made it, y'all. Baseball is back.

    Ahem:

    ESPN Power rankings and World Series championship odds for opening day:

    Astros (AL West champs, #1 seed AL, 9-2)
    Dodgers (NL West champs, #1 seed NL, 9-2)
    Yankees (AL East champs, #3 seed AL, 6-1)
    Indians (AL Central champs, #2 seed AL, 7-1)
    Nationals (NL East champs, #3 seed NL, 8-1)
    Cubs (NL Central champs, #2 seed NL, 7-1)
    Red Sox (AL Wild Card #1, 10-1)
    Cardinals (NL Wild Card #1, 18-1)
    Angels (T-AL Wild Card #2, 25-1)
    Brewers (3rd NL Central, 30-1)

    Twins (T-AL Wild Card #2, 20-1)
    Diamondbacks (NL Wild Card #2, 30-1)
    Rockies (4th NL West, 40-1)
    Mariners (3rd AL West, 50-1)
    Mets (3rd NL East, 25-1)
    Phillies (2nd NL East, 80-1)
    Giants (3rd NL West, 50-1)
    Rangers (5th AL West, 200-1)
    Blue Jays (3rd AL East, 40-1)
    Orioles (4th AL East, 200-1)

    Pirates (4th NL Central, 200-1)
    Rays (5th AL East, 200-1)
    A's (4th AL West, 200-1)
    Reds (5th NL Central, 300-1)
    Royals (3rd AL Central, 500-1)
    Braves (4th NL East, 200-1)
    Padres (5th NL West, 300-1)
    White Sox (4th AL Central, 200-1)
    Tigers (5th AL Central, 500-1)
    Marlins (5th NL East, 500-1)

    YOUR TEAMS:

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    Will the Astros repeat? How many Mets pitchers will die for our sins? What the fuck is going on in San Francisco? How many stadiums will overflow with literal shit? In their race to the bottom, how bad will the Marlins and Rays be? Will Manny Machado be moved? Will Mike Trout play a full season? What's the deal with Shohei Ohtani?

    WHO KNOWS ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN BASEBALL IS BACK
     
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  2. 1001001

    1001001 VERY STABLE GENIUS!!! Moderator

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  3. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    :guffaw:

    I feel like that spiel should be followed by "These questions—and many others—will be answered in the next episode of...Soap." :D
     
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  4. Pondwater

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    The Braves will “still find ways to lose”.


    ETA: Yes, I still love the Braves ;)
     
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  5. 1001001

    1001001 VERY STABLE GENIUS!!! Moderator

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    I'm not really sure what to make of Ohtani. He has some wicked movement

    https://twitter.com/mlb/status/969752238573998080?lang=en

    But I'm not completely sold on this whole deal yet. Especially the two-way part.

    As for the rest, The Angels better get their shit together. The time is now. I believe (not positive) that Trout is the only starter under 30.

    We have tickets to the freeway series in July, which we are looking forward to.

    Other than that...let's play ball!
     
  6. Jedi_Master

    Jedi_Master Admiral Admiral

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    The Puniness of the thread Title helps me get over the puniness of the Oakland A's pitching staff.

    Here's to a mediocre season!
     
  7. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

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    I feel the same way about the Giants. In about a week, the Giants pitching staff went from decent, to "Who the hell are these people".
     
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  8. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    Yuuup. It's just the same as the days of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, alas.
     
  9. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

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    Indeed. I had high hopes for Cotton and Puk, and then reality got in the way.
     
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  10. Patrick S

    Patrick S Ensign Newbie

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    Lifelong Reds fan and I'm realistic in my expectations. Rebuilding is what it is and they've doing what they've gotta do: make volume trades for young starters and hope two or three hit. Luckily, baseball's the only game you don't need winning to enjoy the product. Being at the park and watching the game is often the thing. Although, seeing meaningful games late in the season makes things a whole lot more fun.

    In the NL I think we'll see Chicago and Washington in the NLCS with Washington going the WS. In the AL we'll see Houston and Cleveland and Cleveland's dominant staff will finally do what they need to do and get them to the WS where they'll finally win. Full disclosure, I hate Cleveland, but their ball club is built to win, especially in a short series. If they're healthy I think they'll win in October.

    Strasburg NL Cy Young
    Severino AL Cy Young
    Bryant NL MVP
    Correa AL MVP

    Marlins lose 105 games.
     
  11. BillJ

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    Live in the Greater Cincinnati area. Someone wake me up in 2020 or 2021. The Reds might be competitive by then.
     
  12. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    ^ At least you have SKYLINE CHILI :drool:
     
  13. Skywalker

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    I'm just hoping the Red Sox' rotation stays healthy and J. D. Martinez gives the offense a much-needed shot in the arm.
     
  14. Timby

    Timby Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed. Administrator

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    Skyline "chili" is an abomination. I have not, to my knowledge, consumed the feces of a gorilla, but I presume its taste would be roughly similar.

    I will defer to Albert Burneko:

     
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  15. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    The pretentiousness! It burns!
     
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  16. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I prefer Gold Star.
     
  17. Timby

    Timby Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed. Administrator

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    Says the guy who sneered at buying an antenna to watch the World Series. :lol:

    Edit: Cubs win the home opener, including a home run from Ian Happ on the first pitch of the season, but if anyone was wondering whether Lester just had an off year last season or had entered his decline phase ... I think that question was answered today.
     
  18. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    OK, fair enough.

    (I eventually did try an antenna, BTW. It didn’t work.)

    Edit: Stanton homered in his first NYY at-bat. Anyone know how Sterling called it? :lol:
     
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  19. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    It was a good day. 3 homers and the only iffy pitcher was Lester (4R/3ER).

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  20. Timby

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    Steve Cishek getting the first win of the season for the Cubs just feels ... wrong, somehow. :lol:
     
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