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The Baseball Season Begins Tonight!!!

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by Dryden, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Spring training is over, and the real baseball season begins tonight with the BoSox & Yankees, weather permitting.

    Who's everyones' favorites?

    I think the Twins win it all this season, hold off a charging and emerging Indians club, and are the best built for the short post-season series, whether they get the Yanks or the BoSox. The Twins have had the best defense for awhile and the pitching staff is solid coming out of the gate. I think they get over the hump this year.

    I grew up a fan of the Big Red Machine, my dad regularly took me to Riverfront from about the time I was 5, so I grew up rooting for Bench, Rose, Morgan, etc ... but the Reds don't have a shot when the staff ace is Paul Wilson. Dunn and Casey just aren't enough to carry the team over 80 wins, and I won't believe Griffey can play 85 games in a season until he actually does it. Dunn fanned nearly 200 times last season, and the best off-season pick-up was #2 starter Eric Milton, who served up 40+ taters last year. The NL central isn't the right league to build a midmarket club on a budget, and the Reds aren't even as good at doing it like the Twins or As. I think the Reds roar out of the gate and flame out down the stretch, just like last year. (Though that won't stop me from making about 5 trips down to the Queen City this year to cheer them on).
     
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  2. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    The Twins have a few questions marks...does Morneau realize his potential this year? does Lew Ford put up similar numbers to last year? does Mauer stay healthy all year? is Bartlett ready for bi league pitching? how do the starters not named Johan Santana perform? lots of questions, but they could have all the answers. I think the Tribe will compete in the AL Central.

    I like the Twins, Angels, and Yankees in the AL. Cardinals, Braves, and Giants in the NL. Braves and Yankees in the World Series. I'll wait until October to predict the WS champs... :)
     
  3. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    Sadly, on the opener of the season, a player (Alex Sanchez of Tampa Bay) has already received a suspension for failing the steroid testing. This is not what MLB wanted/needed on opening day.

    As for me, I'm hoping that the Indians can get back to where they were in the late 90s. They've got a very young club and if a few of their top prospects can begin to translate their talents into bonafide stars, I think they can do so.
     
  4. Alan

    Alan Banned

    In Honor of Sloopy45's annual prediction thread.....I will put mine here....

    AL

    East
    ny
    bos
    bal
    tor
    tb

    Cent
    minn
    det
    cle
    cws
    kc

    West
    laa
    oak
    sea
    tex

    NL
    East
    atl
    fla
    nym
    wash
    phi

    Cent
    stl
    chi
    hou
    cin
    mil
    pit

    West
    sd
    la
    sf
    ariz
    col

    series- LAA v. St.Louis with the Cardinals winning.
     
  5. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    I'll give you that, but the Twins also have an incredible track record of drafting smart, developing talent, and plugging in the holes. If Christian Guzman can play anything over AA ball with that swing ... well, he hits like Charles Barkley golfs.

    Hell, even Chuck Knoblauch was a rookie of the year.
    Where's the fun in that. Picking the Red Sox in March of last year might have been a reach, but picking them after that ALCS was a no-brainer. :wink2:
     
  6. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    alright fine Dryden...twist my arm...I am going to go with the Braves to win it all in 2005.
     
  7. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    Lets go Tribe!
    I see no reason the Indians cant pull of a central division championship.
     
  8. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    AL

    East
    ny
    bos
    bal
    tor
    tb

    Cent
    minn
    det
    cle
    cws
    kc

    West
    laa
    sea
    tex
    oak

    NL
    East
    atl
    fla
    nym
    phi
    wash


    Cent
    stl
    chi
    cin
    mil
    hou
    pit

    West
    sd
    sf
    ariz
    la
    col

    series- New York v. St.Louis with the Yankmes winning. I hate them, but they are loaded.<!-- / message -->
     
  9. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go!

    Go Red Sox! (up 1-0 against NY)

    edit: Grrrr. I hate the Yankess.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2005
  10. daddyphatsacs

    daddyphatsacs Let the cards fall...

    Go Braves.

    Baseball should be interesting this year to say the least.
     
  11. bucksn'boobs

    bucksn'boobs Rookie

    As a sox fan I have to say there is a lot of media speculation about what redsox nation is supposed to feel this year. I can only speak for myself and my friends when I say that I will not be disapointed with any possible outcome of this year. I could give a rat's ass if we have a good year or not. I will enjoy every last moment of being a world champion. Nothing on earth could possibly top last year's ALCS. I will enjoy every dirty look as I walk down the street everyday in NY. Nothing can take my buzz away, even as I watch us lose in the stadium.
     
  12. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Whether my favorite teams are involved or not, no, I don't know that any sporting event, ever, will top last years ALCS. Whether a person is even a baseball fan or not, that was a magical ride.

    Watching the '04 highlight film last night in the Yanks/BoSox pregame ... I still get goosebumps when Ortiz hits that Game 4 winner, regardless the fact I've seen that sweet swing 100 times replayed over and over again.
     
  13. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    Let's go Reds. 2:00 on EsPIN I wanna hear Marty say "And this one belongs to the Reds!"
     
  14. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    and the reds start the season out right :smash:

    kaz matsui? give me a break.
     
  15. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I don't acknowledge the start of baseball season until the Reds take the field. That has always been the ceremonial start to the MLB season being that they were the first franchise.

    I'm not a fan of games the night before no matter who they are.

    Am I the only one who doesn't cream his drawers over the Red Sox-Yankees?

    EDIT** I saw that Dmitri Young already has 2 homers today. Who wants to bet that someone on the local news or Sportscenter will say that he's on pace to hit 324 homers this season?

    That lamo shit really gets old.
     

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