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1/2 Way Mark, Your MLB Team.surprises  
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Well now every team has played at least half of their games, the biggest surprise for me has been the Milwaukee Brewers, leading the way in the National League Central. Our local team, the Arizona Diamondbacks (ugly new uniforms to boot) hung tough, but it appears the wheels are coming off the wagon so to speak, recently lousy pitching, no hitting, still expect them to finish in 5th behind Colorado.

Individually can't believe the year the Prince Fielder is having for Milwaukee, and Barry Bonds doesn't look like a soon to be 43 year old at bat, (89 walks already, along with 17hrs). Pitching wise who is having a better overall year than both Jake Peavy of the Padres and Brad Penny of the Dodgers?

Comments.

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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Quoting AirCop (Thread starter):
Pitching wise who is having a better overall year than both Jake Peavy of the Padres and Brad Penny of the Dodgers?

Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia are making their cases as well...


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 1):

Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia are making their cases as well...

That they are. Speaking of CC, I'm thinking the Indians, Tigers, and Twins are going to battling it out for the division title and wild card.


User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26449 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 1):


Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia are making their cases as well...

Beckett gives up too many runs. Sabathia is too prone to the long ball, though being left-handed is always a plus. I think he needs to get in better shape to lengthen his career

Quoting AirCop (Thread starter):
Pitching wise who is having a better overall year than both Jake Peavy of the Padres and Brad Penny of the Dodgers?

Penny, because he is doing it without throwing his arm out. That was a great duel between the two



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User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

Boston: Current standing - 53/32 PCT: .624

The Yankees are 11 games behind and struggling. Boston has the best record of any MLB team, and seems to have a good grip on the AFL East. However, as any Bo-Sox fan knows, September is usually the month we get our hearts broken!

-UH60


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

For Oakland, Danny Haren has been dynamite, he got a loss yesterday though.
Putrid hitting but great pitching....and a ton of injuries. That's the A's this season.
I'm confident that when some of these guys heal up (Buck, Piazza, Street), they'll take off in their usual late summer run.

-Copa


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

Quoting AirCop (Thread starter):
the Arizona Diamondbacks (ugly new uniforms to boot)

I disagree with you. The D-Backs uniforms are much, much better than that hideous purple they had last year since being an expansion team,

As for my team, The Seattle Mariners, they are gonna tank. After Mike Hargrove left they have slumped bigtime. They only won 1 game so far since the big shocker.



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4942 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

My Padres have a slim lead in the NL West... I guess the biggest surprise of late for me is that Chris Young got the final NL All-Star spot by getting the most votes in any All-Star game final vote. He certainly deserved to get in, and I'm real happy SD is sending 3 guys to the game this year...

Anyway, the Padres are otherwise performing as expected- mediocre hitting, great pitching (team ERA of 3.00), and the equivalent .500-.600 record that one can expect with that combo. The major suprise for me this season would be seeing the Padres make it past the NLDS, which could be possible if they don't have to play St. Louis AGAIN...



Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 4):
AFL East

Uhh wha? You mean AL East, right? LOL!  Silly



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User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26449 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 4):

The Yankees are 11 games behind and struggling.

And lost to the Angels in a thriller today.

Quoting San747 (Reply 7):
The major suprise for me this season would be seeing the Padres make it past the NLDS

The major surprise for you should be the Padres making the playoffs at all. They are only doing as well as they are because the Dodger pitching staff has been decimated by injuries



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7277 posts, RR: 85
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
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I like Matt Holiday for hitters and Brad Penny for pitching.

User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

Quoting AirCop (Thread starter):
Colorado



Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
And lost to the Angels in a thriller today.

thought I never say this, but it looks as though the Yanks have become the Rockies in the way they keep managing to lose games.

Anyway, it's no surprise here (especially with O'Dowd as GM) that Rockies haven't yet traded Helton for a solid relief pitcher. They keep loosing games because of the pen and would be a serious contender if they got ever a "good" one.

signed,
Matthew



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
And lost to the Angels in a thriller today.

Wouldn't call a game that was decided on an error a thriller. Was a very good game though - both Clemens and Lackey were lights out (as a Yankee fan, I'm quite pleased with what Clemens has brought to the table), and it came down to the bullpens. Even though Farnsworth did a good job, and Rivera was Rivera, the Yankees aren't going to win that battle against the Angels.

-Mir



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User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 4):
The Yankees are 11 games behind and struggling.

And there are still scars on my heart from the year the Sox were up by 14 games..and blew it..
I'm still a Sox fan..but hope that someday, the Devil Rays will get their act together...   
TPAnx

[Edited 2007-07-08 04:46:02]


I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

Reds suck. There's a surprise.....not.  sarcastic 

Yankees were predicted to be one of the better teams at the start of the season. They aren't even at .500 ball right now. Pathetic for that line-up. Pitching is finally getting their act together (well, sort-of) and now the offense isn't producing. I won't be surprised if George does some house-cleaning in the off season if the Yanks don't make it to the playoffs.


User currently onlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26449 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 12):

Wouldn't call a game that was decided on an error a thriller.

That was a lot of why it was a thriller. It took something wacky like that to end that struggle. And what a performance by Scot Shields. That man is a pitching god, and he is happy playing the role he does and letting K-Rod notch the saves

Quoting Mir (Reply 12):
the Yankees aren't going to win that battle against the Angels.

Last I checked, the Angels are the only franchise with a winning record against the Wankees

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 11):

Anyway, it's no surprise here (especially with O'Dowd as GM) that Rockies haven't yet traded Helton for a solid relief pitcher.

Now that would be a horrible move, Helton is too big a star for that. Then again, perhaps the Angels could send them Bootcheck  Silly



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4942 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
The major surprise for you should be the Padres making the playoffs at all. They are only doing as well as they are because the Dodger pitching staff has been decimated by injuries

Hey! The Padres have good pitching skill... Obviously Young, Peavy and Hoffman, but also Justin Germano (5-2 as a rookie) and even oldies like Wells can still be dangerous.

OFFENSE is the Padres perennial problem, and it's what keeps us only a decent team that makes the first round of the playoffs, then gets blown away.

And yes, the Dodgers are having some problems, but remember, they aren't far behind. It's not like the Pads are blowing them out of the water. One sweep of my Pads and the Dodgers are back in first.



Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in slide at the break.Even the series with the Yankees couldn't
cure their ills,losing 2 out of 3.They got clobbered today,12-0 which brought their record to PSA53's magic numbers,53W 35L.It will be an interesting second half.



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

My defending American League Champion Detroit Tigers this week took 2 of 3 from the very good Tribe, and this afternoon completed a sweep of the Red Sox.

At 52-34, they are back in 1st in the A.L. Central. They have 5 All-Stars this year (3 starters). They have the best hiting lineup in the majors. The starting pitching ihas been outstanding. The bullpen is on the mend. Thay have the best manager in the game.

See you in October. The Tigers will be there.



Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 18):
and this afternoon completed a sweep of the Red Sox.

The Yankees nation thanks you for your support.  Smile

-Mir



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Rumor; brought up during the Reds-Diamondbacks game by the Red's announcer - Griffey to Milwaukee for two prospects. Can't see that happening.

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8005 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

Biggest surprise this year: the Detroit Tigers didn't go into a slump after winning the AL Pennant last year. Good reason why someday Tigers manager Jim Leyland should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  Smile

User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1052 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 2):
That they are. Speaking of CC, I'm thinking the Indians, Tigers, and Twins are going to battling it out for the division title and wild card.

Not sure about the Twinkies, but the Tigers go into the break white-hot, and the Indians and Red Sox have hit a minor set of the skids right now.

For the Indians, Westbrook and Lee have to start getting consistent; Hafner has got to light the fuse and get hot; they need another reliable middle/late-inning reliever, besides Bentencourt and Perez.

The Tribe will be in it to the end, I'm pretty sure, but they haven't put it all together yet. If they do, watch out.


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

I think the Tribe win the AL Central. Too much power in that lineup.
At the very least, they make the playoffs.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

I agree that the Tribe will make it to the post-season, but top to bottom the Tigers have a better lineup. And I think the Tigers pitching will only improve. They have played in big games. They did not collapse after that last trip to Jacobs Field.

Tigers win the division, and wind up with best overall record in A.L.



Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
25 Mir : A .493 winning percentage (coming into the 2007 season) does not a first-ballot Hall of Famer make. He's a good manager, and may someday make it into
26 Falcon84 : Could be the best foursome in a while out of one league, playing in the playoffs for the AL: The Angels, Tigers, Indians and BoSox. That's potent stu
27 N174UA : Despite our former wimpy former-manager quitting mid-season, I'll throw the Seattle Mariners out there. I think a lot of people had them marked for an
28 Mir : Just watched the highlights of the day on MLB.com, and did Curtis Granderson ever rob Wily Mo Pena. That's the best catch I've seen in a long, long ti
29 Post contains images ORFflyer : Hadn't seen that until now - WOW!! What a catch. Pitcher owes him a steak dinner for sure.
30 N1120A : The Padres do, however, hit for a lot of power. Their averages suck, but the long ball and gap hitting keep their offense going. Remember the crap he
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