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MLB At The Quarter Pole: How's Your Team Doing  
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

I actually can't believe I'm starting this thread. I must be a glutton for punishment or something. But we are just about 1/4 thorugh the regular season, already. Time to run down your teams.

I'll get the worst out of the way at the begnnings.

The Indians are an absolute disaster, from head to toe right now. They're on the verge of total collapse before June even arrives. They're 14-25, second worst record to the Nats, who started the season 0-10.

They have arguably the worst bullpen in the majors. They blew a 7-0 lead to Tampa the other day. They've already gone through 20 pitchers! By the middle of May! The starters haven't been that bad, but, except for Cliff Lee, no one eats up a lot of innings. Lee is 2-5, I think, but easily should be 6-1. He's pitching right now as well as anyone, and certainly as well as last year, but gets very little run support. Carl Pavano has been decent, but they need more than decent starts with the bullpen in shambles.

The only bright spots this year are Victor Martinez, who leads the AL in hitting, and has been around .400 all year. SS/2B Asdrubal Cabrera is an absolute star in the making, and has hit over .300 all year, and will anchor that infield-if the Indians are smart-for the next decade. The only one playing decent is Shin Soo Choo, but he's still a work in progress.

They need a new manager; a new GM, but, most importantly, and owner who is willing to stay competitive by spending.

This is gonna be a long summer in C-Town. Thank God it looks like the Cavs will play til mid-June.

Your take on your teams.

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User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

After starting 3-8, the Brewers are now 23-14 and in 1st place.

After losing Sheets and Sabathia...they've been playing amazing the last month.



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3375 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

The Jays have the best record in the AL and have had it pretty easy so far but the teams that they usually lose to like KC they are winning against and they have a well performing offense which they didn't have last year. However their Litmus test is coming up when they go to Boston this week and we see if they can take at least 2 of 3 from the Chowds who have been right behind us this year.

The pitching is decent and a lot of the young guys have been performing at a decent level. Halliday is arguably the best starter in the league this year and the bullpen has been performing well. Hopefully we will get Shaun Marcum back later this year, as well Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan are expected be back in the next little while

Most of the improvements this year can be traced back to last June when they got Cito Gaston back as manager and have had the best record in baseball since.

I hope that they can end their 16 year playoff and World Series drought.      

[Edited 2009-05-17 19:31:15]


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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
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The Astros are bad, but don't suck as bad as the Indians. Going to the entire series against Brew Crew this week. You in town IAH777?

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 1):
After losing Sheets and Sabathia...they've been playing amazing the last month.

I got scared when Braun started the season in a temporary slump. Glad they are playing as well as they are without CC.


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

The Giants are surprisingly decent so far. 19-18 record for second in the division, 6 games back of Satan's army, but have played two fewer games than the Dodgers.

Totally reliant on our starting pitching, as we don't have an offense to speak of. To illustrate, both our runs tonight were set up by balks from the Mets pitcher. We won because Matt Cain is one badass mofo, who can put every leadoff batter on base and still get out of the inning unscathed, while picking up an RBI at the plate and doing a nice takeout slide into second base to break up a possible double play.

Barry Zito is actually almost earning his keep. ERA is under 4.00 and the Giants are over .500 in his starts this season. His record doesn't reflect it though because of that sad offense. At one point he had given up 3 runs in his last 3 starts, yet all were no decisions for him.

Overall, I was expecting much worse from the Giants. We'll see if they can keep it up.



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User currently offlineKBUF From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

My Mets are currently atop the NL East Big grin

Take that, Phillies!



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4278 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Texas Rangers. First place in AL West. Because of . . . pitching? Off to an absolutely astonishing start this year, and shut out the Angels 3-0 today in Texas. If I remember correctly, the Rangers did not throw any shutouts last year. They have two already this year.

The pitching is actually showing promise, and I think all the credit is due to Nolan Ryan, President, and Mike Maddux, pitching coach. Millwood has a sub-3.00 ERA, Harrison has allowed 2 runs in his past 23 innings (which include two complete games), Padilla pitched back-to-back one-hitters, and even Scott Feldman has turned it around after a horrendous first three outings. Plus we have some great bullpen help: Francisco has a 0.00 ERA and 9 Saves in 14.2 innings, and O'Day has a 2.00 ERA.

We are still hitting well, too. Young is hitting .351, Kinsler .314 with 11 HR, Marlon Byrd is there at .309, and even Andruw Jones is hitting at a .291 clip.

And the Rangers are 23-14 at this point, tied for the third best record in baseball. All this without Hamilton hitting yet, with hardly any production from either catcher, and with Blalock and Davis doing their best Pete Incaviglia impressions (each player has 10 HR and a sub-.240 batting average). Way too early in the season to say anything more about the team, but color me impressed so far!

Texan



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

The Padres are a mixed bag right now... 16-22, having won the last 3 against the Cincinatti Reds.

The Padres started off the season on a tear, beginning 9-3. Pitching was great, our offense was producing, including making hits in the clutch and actually making comebacks. Then in mid-to-late April, the Padres returned to their 2008 form when they lost 99 games. Pitching started to decline, and offense dropped off a cliff, with the exception of Adrian Gonzalez.

Now in the last 3 days, the team has shown much more promise. Jake Peavy tonight pitched a 1-run, 4-hit complete game. Adrian Gonzalez has 5 home runs this week to catapult him to the major league lead with 15. The Padres won a 16-inning game on Saturday with a walk-off home run and excellent pitching late.

I hope they can catch up and start to regain some ground to the Dodgers and Giants. Even after dropping 20 of the last 26, the Padres are still only 8.5 games behind the best team in the NL and that says something.



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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

The Mets started off slow but are now in first place in the NL East (21-16). I was little worried when the Mets signed Gary Sheffield but now that Carlos Delgado just went on the DL he (Sheffield) is playing real good. David Wright and Carlos Beltran are really tearing it up at the plate! Beltran is hitting .378 and Wright is hitting .352. And I have a feeling Johan Santana will be the starting NL pitcher at this years All Star game he has a 1.36 ERA.


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User currently offlineUAXDXer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 765 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1978 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 3):
The Astros are bad, but don't suck as bad as the Indians. Going to the entire series against Brew Crew this week. You in town IAH777?

I will be at least one of the games for the Brewers series. Probably the Thursday night game.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5396 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

The Pirates are right where I expected them to be - dead last in their division with a 16-21 record and 7 games behind the division leader.  cry  Is a .500 season too much to ask for?


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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1964 times:



Quoting KBUF (Reply 5):
My Mets are currently atop the NL East Big grin

Take that, Phillies!

Don't fret...September is coming.  Wink


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21625 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Yankees have been off to their characteristic (of late) shaky start, but are showing some signs of being solid with the three straight walk-off wins against the Twins. A-Rod is on the way back, and Sabathia and Texiera look like they might be over their slow starts.

It's going to be a very tough division. We knew the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays were going to be dangerous, but the Jays have been very good also. It's early, but you could make the case that two very good teams that should be in the playoffs aren't going to make it.

-Mir



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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3069 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

The Angels are hanging in there despite some key injuries and a tragic start to the season.The Angels got swept by league leading Texas over the weekend John Lackey has returned to the starting pitching rotation and has the start against Seattle today.

As of today,the Angels are playing .500 ball at 18-18 and in second place -4.5 behind Texas.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9208 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1904 times:



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 10):
The Pirates are right where I expected them to be - dead last in their division with a 16-21 record and 7 games behind the division leader. Is a .500 season too much to ask for?

They are beginning to show some life. Altho I still think they should just sell that piece of sh&t of a team and get it the hell out of Pittsburgh and build a new franchise from the ground up if they post yet another sub-500 season...

I guess that's just me tho...

If they trade Jack Wilson before it ends, they should sell it right after that trade! They do that every damned season. Trade people they should be keeping as a core to develop a team around. They trade away their talented players, and they're not going to have anything to work with, and that's why they're about to have the dubious record for consecutive losing seasons IMO.

Who are the owners and managers of this glorified little league clown posse you call an MLB team anyway? They should be committed!

Thank GOD for hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins tho. That's all I have to say! Let's win the Stanley Cup and have something happen to Pittsburgh that the city hasn't seen since 1979! Two of the major sports teams winning world championships the same year!



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User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2457 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

The Brewers are red hot, they just swept the Cardinals in St. Louis.


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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

We are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With such a great start, I thought something was wrong but the real Seattle Mariners have finally shown up.
It's going to be another boring season.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5396 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1863 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 14):
Altho I still think they should just sell that piece of sh&t of a team and get it the hell out of Pittsburgh and build a new franchise from the ground up if they post yet another sub-500 season...

No thanks. I'd rather not sell one of the oldest franchises in baseball and move it to parts unknown simply because the current ownership are a bunch of morons. I'd rather keep the franchise that saw men like Wagner, Vaughan, the Brothers Waner, Kiner, Clemente,Mazeroski,and Stargell play for it. Just sell the team to an owner who cares about that history and wants to field a team that honors that history - ideally I'd love to see Mark Cuban buy the Bucs. I think the pieces are largely there - guys like Wilson, McLouth, and some of the guys in the minors could all play a pivotal role in bringing the black and gold back to relevance in baseball. What baseball needs is precisely what hockey went through - a lockout that sees enough teams unwilling to blink until the players give in and accept things like a salary cap. The rate that salaries are escalating, I think more and more teams will find themselves out of competition and out of relevance.



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User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

I'm a Marlins fan, and our 11-1 start seems like a very long time ago...

User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

Surpisingly, the San Diego Padres are not dead last. I consider that an accomplishment in itself so far.

The Dodgers and the Blue Jays though, jeez, they are just owning everyone.



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User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1831 times:



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 10):
The Pirates are right where I expected them to be - dead last in their division with a 16-21 record and 7 games behind the division leader. Is a .500 season too much to ask for?

Actually, they've been pretty good the last week. We're now 17-21 and pounded out over 10 runs in both of the last two games. Granted, they're against the Nats (Gnats is more like it) and Rockies, but still.

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 14):
If they trade Jack Wilson before it ends, they should sell it right after that trade! They do that every damned season. Trade people they should be keeping as a core to develop a team around. They trade away their talented players, and they're not going to have anything to work with, and that's why they're about to have the dubious record for consecutive losing seasons IMO.

Who are the owners and managers of this glorified little league clown posse you call an MLB team anyway? They should be committed!

The problem is, we don't have a productive farm system and haven't had one for quite some time. When Bonifay ran the team, our system was relatively productive. Once Littlefield came in 2001, the whole thing was blown apart. We have more pitchers with busted arms than any other team in baseball. One of them, Barthmaier, was designated for assignment less than a week after his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Littlefield's over-reliance on pitching and weak scouting has doomed us the last few years. Only now are we starting to see a correction made by Huntingdon and his staff. We sign the best players we can get now, instead of refusing to deal with Scott Boras and his mega-clients. We passed on Matt Wieters a couple years ago for that exact reason. The guy we picked, Danny Moskos, is now learned how to be a starter. You don't waste a top-ten pick on a closer! I could go on and on about Littlefield's mistakes, but you get my point.

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 14):
Thank GOD for hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins tho. That's all I have to say! Let's win the Stanley Cup and have something happen to Pittsburgh that the city hasn't seen since 1979! Two of the major sports teams winning world championships the same year!

I feel you, pal. I agree wholeheartedly.



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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10423 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

I'm a CUBS fan and although they don't seem to be playing as well as last year, they are actually ahead of where they were at this time last year. We've got a few injuries and they guys filling in have done a pretty good job which makes me feel that once the injured players come back, we'll be doing ok. The only thing that worries me is the bullpen. I've not been particulary impressed with Kevin Gregg, so far. Maybe Marmol should have been the closer.


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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9208 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1807 times:



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 17):
I'd rather keep the franchise that saw men like Wagner, Vaughan, the Brothers Waner, Kiner, Clemente,Mazeroski,and Stargell play for it.



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 17):
Just sell the team to an owner who cares about that history and wants to field a team that honors that history - ideally I'd love to see Mark Cuban buy the Bucs.

Hmm... ok. Yeah, get rid of the idiot owner and manager of that team. They are taking a good franchise and dragging it through the mud! Who is Mark Cuban btw?

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 17):
What baseball needs is precisely what hockey went through - a lockout that sees enough teams unwilling to blink until the players give in and accept things like a salary cap. The rate that salaries are escalating, I think more and more teams will find themselves out of competition and out of relevance.

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I really am a bit disinterested in MLB. I'm glad that the Phillies have ended Philadelphia's 25-year championship drought by winning the World Series, but the Pirates have stunk up the NL Central for 16 (soon to be 17) seasons, and most of the league is either pre-madonas or steroid-a-holics...

I agree, something needs to be done with MLB...



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User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Brewers are now 25-14 after a 4-2 win in Houston and a 4-0 start to a 9 game road trip. They have a 7 game win streak... Dave Bush is 3-0 on the season and Braden Looper is better than the "depth" we expected when signing him. 3 game lead on the division after a 4-9 start. Yes thats 21-5 in the last 26 games.


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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1543 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

Kansas City seems to be playing the best they have in a while. Sitting at 21-18 in the AL Central, just a game behind the Tigers. The team seems to be playing well together, and they finally have some decent pitching. Hopefully, the pitching can keep it up all year long. I feel once we get Alex Gordon 3B back, they might play better, and they might have enough people that they could trade somebody to pick up some additional pitching, if needed.

-DiamondFlyer


25 Garnetpalmetto : Mark Cuban's a Pittsburgh-native (Mt. Lebanon, I believe) who is a billionaire entrepreneur. He already owns the Dallas Mavericks and very much wants
26 Steeler83 : Mt. Lebanon? BOOO! (I'm a Baldwin native...) It would be sweet to see him land his hometown team tho, especially given his passion for it and everyth
27 Dragon-wings : Well it looks like the Mets are coming un done. They get into LA and are falling apart. I don't get Jerry Manuel, Carlos Delgado is out until at least
28 Garnetpalmetto : One and the same. With the first overall pick of the 2002 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Bryan Bullington. To refresh your memory here's
29 Stretch 8 : The Tigers are atop the A.L. Central, thanks mostly to pitching and defense. Dontrelle Willis appears to be back, and Jeremy Bonderman will rejoin the
30 Steeler83 : How many times did the Phils have a chance at the post-season since selecting Hamels? I'm just curious. I believe it's been at least 3 before winning
31 Garnetpalmetto : Hamels cracked their roster in 2006. That year they finished 2nd in the NL East but did not earn the Wild Card, amassing an 85-77 record. In 2007 the
32 USPIT10L : And to make matters worse, in the press conference following the selection, Littlefield referred to Bullington as "a number 3 starter." You wasted a
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