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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #105 on: July 30, 2005, 03:48 PM »
Wow!  I checked to see if the Cubs were going to get anyone at the deadline.  They are supposed to be in talks involving all these players - Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, Alfonso Soriano, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Mench, or Manny Ramirez.  I suspect one of them will wind up being the Cubs new LF.  Anything is an upgrade to Todd Hollandsworth.  LOL!

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #106 on: July 30, 2005, 11:13 PM »
Manny Ramirez may still become a Met, but he won't have to get there via Tampa Bay.


The Red Sox and Mets have agreed to stop working on an intricate three-team deal with the Devil Rays, and now have begun talking only with each other, according to an official of one of the three teams.

The current deal being proposed would send Ramirez and about $15 million in cash to the Mets, in exchange for Mike Cameron and the Mets' top prospect, Lastings Milledge. But the Red Sox are believed to have told the Mets they would need more talent back to sign off on the deal. In the meantime, however, Boston is calling other teams to see if it can move either Milledge, or Cameron, or even both, in deals that could help the Red Sox address multiple needs.
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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #107 on: August 1, 2005, 01:53 PM »
Palmeiro has been suspended for steroids!   :o

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #108 on: August 1, 2005, 02:59 PM »
Palmeiro has been suspended for steroids!   :o

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Wow, that's big news... My friend and I were just having a "Is he HoF material or not" debate the last time we hung out. 

With 3000 hits and 500 HR, it's hard to say he's not a HoF'er, but this is gonna hurt his chances big time.

I guess Jose Canseco wasn't lying about shooting up with Palmiero after all.  :-X
 
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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #109 on: August 1, 2005, 03:02 PM »
Makes you wonder what else Canseco was telling the truth about. Have to admit I was pretty surprised to hear this at lunch today. Are we sure Viagra isn't on the list of banned substances?

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #110 on: August 1, 2005, 04:46 PM »
Great, just great.   >:(

Stick a fork in my beloved Minnesota Twins.  With the news that Torii has a broken ankle and will miss at least a month (and maybe the rest of the year) I'm pretty convinved the Twinks are done.

In the AL Central, we're now 14.5 games behind Chicago (who show no signs of slowing down).  Even if the Chi-Sox slow down to a paltry .500 pace to finish the year, the Twins would have to go 42-19 (.689) over the next 61 games to pull even with them.   :o

In the Wild Card Race, we're 4 games behind Oakland, the team we happen to be starting a 3-game series with, and we're coming off a 3-8 road trip.  Without a HUGE turn-around in offense and a few killer games from Santana and BRadke, we are in a lot of trouble to even get a WC berth since Oakland and the Yankees are finally playing killer ball.  :-\

It was a good run while it lasted though...   :'(

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #111 on: August 2, 2005, 03:54 PM »
Without a HUGE turn-around in offense and a few killer games from Santana and BRadke, we are in a lot of trouble to even get a WC berth since Oakland and the Yankees are finally playing killer ball.  :-\

Case in point:

   A fantastic outing by Santana
+ a horrible offensive output against something called "Joe Blandon"  ::)
= yet another 1-run loss to a good team

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #112 on: August 2, 2005, 09:51 PM »
I am ready to make my AL and NL Cy Young forecasts.  I'm going to hold off on ROY and MVP for 2 more weeks.

AL:



Rivera, not Matsui  8)


NL:



Rather than:




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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #113 on: August 2, 2005, 10:00 PM »
And if this fella had a little more run support in the first half, with his ERA < 1.50 and WHIP < 1.00, he'd have challenged Carpenter for the nod:

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #114 on: August 7, 2005, 11:37 PM »
I was in Phoenix for less than 24 hours this past week and lucked into seeing Clemens on the mound against the D-backs. The guy is not as overpowering as he once was but he's pitching better than ever. Just amazing. I'd like to see him shoot for 400 wins.

I wanted to give Palmeiro the benefit of the doubt when Canseco pegged him in his book. His lame denial in front of Congress changed my mind, though on the surface and without proof, it was only fair to preface his steroid use as "alleged". So his suspension doesn't surprise me.

I've been on the "nay" side of the "Is Palmeiro a HoF'er right now" debate. I needed to see a couple of more solid years to be convinced only because I saw him as the offensive equivalent of Don Sutton or Phil Neikro -- nothing really dominating in their career.

IF he were to bounce back from this brouhaha AND string a few more solid years, I'd be inclined to say he belongs in the HoF despite the steroids. In this era of performance enhancers, legal and not, he's (so far) proven himself as one of the better players of the day.


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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #115 on: August 8, 2005, 10:51 AM »
Terry Ryan seriuosly needs to re-evaluate a ton of things with this team.  Gardenhire is a horrible manager.  He plays favorites with the vets when they need a kick in the butt and he uses younger players as scapegoats.  He is unable to motivate or get them to keep their heads in the game.  He keeps shuffling the lineup and positions around.  The Twins win games in spite of him, not because of him.  It's time for his head on a platter.  Mazilli was canned in Baltimore for similar circumstances.  Gardy would have been gone by now in NY or Boston.  Why should we expect less?
Ullger should be gone, too.  He has not made a single hitter better under his reign.  He has only made people worse.  We have guys who hit well in the minors, then are brought up and screwed up by Ullger.  Ortiz and Kielty got better when they left.  Dougie Baseball and Guzman have not been able to recover.  Morneau and Mauer might get worse if Ullger tinkers with them too much. It's not too late, Terry Ryan.
Mays, Lohse and Romero should be dumped for Baker, Liriano and Bowyer.  Give the minor leaguers a shot.  They can't do any worse than what we have now.  Punto should be benched for L-Rod.  LeCroy should be dumped.  He is too slow and he can only hit fastballs.  Give someone else a shot.  Maybe they could bring up Garrett Jones.
The only reason they won three division titles in a row was because the AL Central was so weak.  Those days are over.  TK's influence is also gone.  The Twins always played hard when he was managing.  They might have been horrible, but at least they were fundamentally sound.  This team is a joke.  I want to see Gardenhire gone ASAP.


 
Great, just great.   >:(

Stick a fork in my beloved Minnesota Twins.  With the news that Torii has a broken ankle and will miss at least a month (and maybe the rest of the year) I'm pretty convinved the Twinks are done.

In the AL Central, we're now 14.5 games behind Chicago (who show no signs of slowing down).  Even if the Chi-Sox slow down to a paltry .500 pace to finish the year, the Twins would have to go 42-19 (.689) over the next 61 games to pull even with them.   :o

In the Wild Card Race, we're 4 games behind Oakland, the team we happen to be starting a 3-game series with, and we're coming off a 3-8 road trip.  Without a HUGE turn-around in offense and a few killer games from Santana and BRadke, we are in a lot of trouble to even get a WC berth since Oakland and the Yankees are finally playing killer ball.  :-\

It was a good run while it lasted though...   :'(

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #116 on: August 11, 2005, 09:06 PM »
And if this fella (Clemens) had a little more run support in the first half, with his ERA < 1.50 and WHIP < 1.00, he'd have challenged Carpenter for the nod

I say Roger still gets it.  He's only 5 wins behind the NL win leader now, since the Astros have picked things up of late, and he's getting a little more run support now.  Plus, if they nab the Wild Card (which they're now in position to do), that'll help his cause a little.  I just see no way the voters can get around his absolutely mind-boggling ERA that's in the 1.3 range now.  That's unbelievable.  If he can get up to at least 15 wins, I think he's got a solid chance at it.  Considering the way he's still going right now, I hope he doesn't lay it up and retire.  I'd love for him to keep up this pace for another year or two...

As for Palmeiro, that was devastating.  I don't know why, but him and Eddie Murray have always been two of my alltime favorite players.  Obviously, I think it's just the "consistently good" stats that they toss up there year after year.  Never great, but always excellent.  They've both always played behind bigger superstars, and are very quiet personalities, so they've always been underrated and flown under most folk's radars, I think.  But hell, when there's only four guys in the 500 HR and 3,000 hit club, and the other two are named Aaron and Mays, ****, that's really saying something about Palmeiro and Murray.

Unfortunately, now all of Palmeiro's consistently excellent years are going to be called into question and put under the microscope.  I just can't understand how he could possibly (be so stupid as to) be on the 'roids right now, after getting specifically fingered in Canseco's book, and before Congress.  Especially near the end of his illustrious career, with a virtual lock on the HOF.  Why risk it?  Makes no freakin' sense, at all.  But my thought is this, if they nail his ass and keep him out of the Hall for 'roids, then similar treatment should be shown to McGwire, Sosa, and especially Bonds as well - even if those guys never got "caught".  And those would be some BIG names to exclude from the Hall.  **** it, just let 'em all in, I say.  We've got the "mental asterisks" in our minds already, so that should be enough...

Oh, and my Angels have totally gone into the toilet the past several weeks, dropping them all the way into a deadlock with the A's for the West lead, when we had a solid 7 game lead on them just a couple weeks ago.  Idiots.  >:(

I won't even mention what my stupid Dodgers are doing right now...  ::)
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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #117 on: August 17, 2005, 05:47 PM »
Angels have bounced back a little in the past week, and pulled a couple games ahead of Oakland who's tanked 3 in a row.  Vlad's been carrying us again, just like last year.  Now if K-Rod would just get back to his usual self, and stop blowing save (3 bad ones the past couple weeks).

Dodgers are somehow hanging in there (kinda), 5 back of the Padres who are sucking much ass of late.  When's the last time that a division winner finished under .500, I wonder?

Anyone else following MLB, or am I talking to myself in here?!  :P

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #118 on: August 17, 2005, 11:34 PM »
Twinkies just swept the Sox...pulled within 12 of them.  If they could have hit back in July, it might even be close.  Still only 4 out of the Wild Card.   Things are starting to come together it looks like

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Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« Reply #119 on: August 18, 2005, 09:51 AM »
The Twins need to play like they have been the last two series from here on out if they want to make the playoffs.  The Wildcard is not out of the question for them if they can do that.  I just don't see it unless the hitters can keep doing what they did in Chicago.  I still think they need a new hitting coach.  Sometimes a change needs to be made just for the sake of making a change.  Mays should be thrown into the pen the rest of the year.  He has trouble going more than 4 or 5 innings.  Baker would be able to take his place and do it better IMO.  They could dump Mullholland also and use Liriano in the pen while they are at it.