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  1. Could not agree more. Whitt Merrifeld is now on record stating how the Astros stabbed fellow players in the back and cost them a lot of money $$... things are not going to go well for the Stros this year. I mean, this goes beyond the plunking that is gonna take place. Pretty sure many of us attend ball parks through out the year, maybe even BP, or at the least watch games on TV. You know what i notice in all 3 scenarios? players socializing with each other at 1B, behind the cages, after the game or for dinner. Guess what will not be happening this year? Any of those things.. Combine the cold hearts they will be receiving from their colleagues around the MLB, with the hatred the fans will be dishing out via words and signage both inside and out of the ballparks across America.. the stresses the players will be placing on themselves to perform well (and they will hit slumps... everyone does).. This is not going to go well for the Astros. Love the fact they are favored.. crazy value on the Athletics to win the division.
  2. 1. No, they wont over come it. TBH, i would be disapointed if Houston isnt beat up at seasons end. 2. Oaklands rotation has a ridiculous amount of potential. However, with the potential.. there are a lot of question marks and things do need to go right for them.. Fiers, Luzardo, Manaea, Montas, Puk, Mengden.. man, potential elite rotation. 3. No, The Angels at this point wont find anything to satisfy their pitching woes. Maybe via trade? What do they need to give up? 4. Mariners will finish last. lol.
  3. I like your picks. I also like and agree with your reasons for the most part on plenty of your predictions. However, i think you are forgetting some names in that Twins rotation. Jose Berrios is a stud. As mentioned, Odorizzi. Afterwards, i would see why you are worried. I personally like Michael Pineda, who i believe has never truly lived up to his potential dating back to the M's days. What does Homer Bailey give them? probably nothing but innings. Who knows what happens with Rich Hill when he returns to the mound? Fernando Romero looked good in brief stints and still has time to develop into a quality arm and the same can be said for Smeltzer. Berrios, Odorizzi, Pineda, Bailey. Hill, Romero, Smeltzer. It may not be the 'best' rotation in the division, but, when combined with the BEST offence in that division, they should be able to hold their own and win plenty of games.
  4. I see your point. I mean, he has actually had a lot of success as an MLB manager.. albeit he has not won a World Series. Division titles, WS appearance, manager of the year awards, etc.
  5. Agreed. I dont think some people truly understand how much of this the Astros are going to encounter. It is one of the bigger reasons i have the A's winning the division this year. I expect both to be banged up through out the year, and quite possibly lucky to finish the year. On a side note, i am curious what happens when Mike Fiers is pitching against Jose Altuve/Bregman. going to be must watch TV.
  6. lol, everybody is on the Reds bandwagon. Its going to suck when come seasons end the Pirates end up as division winners.
  7. Yup. I personally did not believe the Astros will over come whats gonna go down in the 2020 season. My belief in that prediction grew stronger with this hire.
  8. Looks like the Stros will be hiring Dusty Baker to be their manager for 2020. I dont rate Dusty very high in terms of 'best managers'. Not sure how he will be able to motivate or keep morale high for the circus that is to be the 2020 Astros season.
  9. I have taken a couple things from the posts so far: 1. A lot of people like the Rays to win the division. I personally dont understand why? They have added Renfroe, J.Martinez and Tsutsugo... Tampa will also be hoping to have full seasons from the likes of Snell, Glasnow and possibly McKay. I understand why there is optimism for this team in 2020, but, they also gave away arguably their best player in Pham for a homer or bust type player in Renfroe. So, while the Rays will be bringing in a handful of new players, and hoping their injury plagued members of the roster remain healthy and are considered new additions.. the Yankees will also be in the same boat. The Yankees will be adding Gerrit Cole to an already solid rotation.. Yankees, like the Rays have dealt with some injuries last season too and expect the likes of Andujar, Sanchez, Stanton, Judge, etc. to have full healthy campaigns. I personally think we forget what the Yankees did last year with all the injuries they were dealing with. They still won the division, and i can only imagine that with a full healthy roster + Gerrit Cole that this team will be even more dangerous. I mean. there is something to be said in the fact they are also -320 to win the AL East, as well. 2. The reds, as i said, will be a super trendy pick. lol.
  10. I am so saddened at the way the Angels have handled the Mike Trout years to this point. In fairness, they have spent money. Its unfortunate their big money signings just havent worked out the way they had hoped. I look at their team this year, and its much of the same to me. This is not the first time i look at the Angels line up and am impressed with their offense. It wouldnt be the first time they let me down either. Outside of Ohtani (who knows how he bounces back after TJ surgery), their options are super thin. They brought in Teheran and Bundy, neither of which are pennant winning pitchers. They are just guys who are 'there'. As pointed out, it will be interesting to see what this team will do through out the year in terms of additions if their offence can keep them in the playoff hunt. I view them as potentially 3rd best in this division behind both Oakland and Houston.
  11. I find your Cubs pick very interesting. Any interest in expanding on your thought process? I think Cincy has made the most improvements within the division. Cubs will be playing the year with a new manager, Some new faces, and a super stars whos future will be hanging in limbo through out the year (Bryant).. While the Cards havent made any real improvements, even they have been some moves where as the Cubs are the same team who finished 3rd in the division last year (7.0 games back)
  12. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. I appreciate your response. I have to politely disagree with Cleveland, though. This is essentially the same team as last year and have not made any real improvements to this point in the off-season. Minnesota will be returning with their elite offence and will have the addition of Josh Donaldson to better that offence. I do have some slight concerns with JD if i am being honest, though. As a Jays fan, i got to see him first hand, and while super talented, he has always come off as someone who was seeking that pay day. He finally got it. In other words, i do have doubts he plays to the same standards he did last season, and may sit more frequently if 'not healthy'.. Regarding the White Sox.. i think their pitching is pretty solid. Giolito, Gio Gonzalez, Keuchel, Lopez, Rondon (when healthy), Cease (who was respectable).. They have options.. none of which are 'garbage' pitchers. Infact, there is still quite a bit of room for guys like Reynaldo, Rondon and Cease to improve. Totally get your point about the Astros. I just dont envision them making it through the season healthy. As mentioned, i truly do believe teams will be out gunning for their heads.
  13. I actually find some of your selections really interesting. Care to expand on your Cleveland prediction? When considering Minnesota has improved their roster with the addition of Donaldson, and the White Sox have had a dramatic improvement in comparison to last year? Cleveland has gotten rid of Kluber, which may not be a big deal considering they still have a solid rotation. Their lack of offence and potential departure of Lindor do scare me, though. Nothing about this Cleveland team inspires me. Houston? Is this based strictly on talent? do you believe they will be proving a point this year and have the talent to do so? The media circus that will be cast upon them through out the whole year has no influence on your decision? That NL East is such a hard division to predict. Any team not named Miami has just as good of a chance to win it all. Cincy.. this is going to be a trendy selection lol.
  14. Hey all, I realize there are still FA's available. Everybody is slowly preparing for their 2020 fantasy drafts and looking towards player out looks as well as team out looks. Based on how everything has shaped up so far, how does everybody feel about predicting 2020 MLB division winners? Let me start. AL East - NY Yankees AL Central - Chi White Sox (although Minnesota is scary - depending on how Donaldson performs IMO) AL West - Oakland Athletics (i personally think the Astros are going to get beat up over the year. Pitches inside. Hard slides into 2nd. It isnt going to be an easy year for the Stros) NL East - Atl Braves (This is probably the toughest division in baseball to predict) NL Central - Cincy Reds (Likely a trendy pick - i dont see anybody in this division having improved much - Cards included) NL West - LA Dodgers
  15. Do you think the addition of Marte puts the Dbacks ahead of the Dodgers? or is this still the Dodgers division in 2020?
  16. To be honest, i am not impressed with what the Cardinals have done. Infact, outside of Cincy, i dont believe anybody in that division has really improved. I think at this moment, if all their pieces mesh well and are productive, it is their division to lose. Cincy is in a good spot to win this division.
  17. That would be interesting, lol. It def wouldnt fly though when considering the money being thrown around in the gambling world. I wonder if MLB would have ever considered suspending literally every player on the roster for 'x' amount of games? Even those no longer with the organization and playing else where? Me personally? If i was the commish, i would have opted to go that route. I would place further punishment on the organization having to field minor league rosters for 'x' amount of games, as well as punishing the players by not participating in the games which means less $ per paycheck, lack of AB's which would translate into a loss of ASG votes, MVP votes, incentives in their contracts, along with many other things. MLB came down way too soft in this situation.
  18. Keuchel has been the smartest of the bunch to this point by actually coming out and apologizing. I mean, he is only doing so to help save face and probably doesnt regret it in the least. He has kinda gone forgotten in the whole thing because he is no longer part of the Astros organization, and i feel most pitchers will go forgotten in this ordeal because they didnt really benefit from the situation.
  19. Are the Braves officially the favorite to win the division? Incredible division, but the Braves just looking solid top to bottom in all aspects.
  20. You know what, man? I totally get what you are saying.. but.. its like the famous saying goes.. if you aint cheating you aint trying.. This theory applies to anything in life. We as regular people unfortunately do not get any where without bending the rules a bit or in other words.. cheating. While i am totally against what the Astros did, and want pitchers to be throwing at them, players to be suspended for their participation and banners to be withdrawn.. i understand why they all did it. We try to get away with what we can... its the human in us... and when we get caught.. we gotta man up and take the punishment. This is not just a baseball problem, though. Soccer is full of cheating. Football is full of cheating. Basketball is full of cheating. Hockey is also full of cheating. Each sport cheats in different ways, and while the issue in baseball is probably the most severe due to how dependent the individuals are in the secrecy behind whats coming.. they all still cheat. Dont let it get to you man. Enjoy the game you love .
  21. Im drafting him in the 1st round. lol. He has already been on record saying if MLB doesnt do anything about this.. he will take it into his own hands via his flamethrower of a FB,
  22. Whats up with Wall? He is one of top yahoo pick ups over the last 24 hours but i cant find anything stating he is any closer than he was last week when playing 3 v 3..
  23. I will take the over... Pitchers will be coming at a handful of these guys all season..
  24. you are right.. it equates to the same thing. sign stealing.. the only thing i see here is the other teams had caught on to the trash can incident... and converted to using the buzzer on the shoulder.. this 1. allows teams to believe a fair game is being played.. and 2. the players are still receiving signals to benefit themselves and the team.. if this theory is correct.. the fact they went out of their way to develop a new method makes things even worse and certainly deserves more punishment..
  25. I think this is such an under rated question for both fantasy and wagering purposes. Are we going to know the answer with certainty prior to the start of the year? or will we have to use a wait and see approach while using a comparison between the upcoming and previous season?